In August of 2017 the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the beginning of a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate the needs of the home care and hospice communities, the role that NAHC has played for the past 35 years in representing home care and hospice, and what the future may hold for home care and hospice. The goal of this project is to design and develop the next generation of NAHC. This crucial undertaking quickly became known as Project NAHC 2.0.
The goal of this project is to make NAHC leaner, smarter, and better for its members and the tens of millions of Americans who rely on quality health care in the home. To do that, said NAHC President William A. Dombi, we “will be transforming each and every part of NAHC to be modernized and to be prepared for the future.”
The NAHC strategic planning event in New Orleans on February 20-21 brought together dozens of experts from the NAHC Board, the Forum of State Associations, providers, industry support representatives, NAHC staff, and representatives of the health care industry from outside home health and hospice. Joining this group were representatives from THRUUE, consultants who help organizations transform and improve themselves.
A later, larger event on April 16 in northern Virginia brought together dozens more experts from around the country to share thoughts and expertise on how to ensure NAHC is the powerhouse advocate and trade association that home care and hospice providers and patients need and deserve.
The strategic planning process has proceeded effectively and, says President Dombi, “we are on schedule to finalize our transformational game plan at the NAHC Board meeting on June 27.” That strategic plan has been drafted and submitted to the public for a comment period, which ended earlier this month.
To be brought up to date on where NAHC is in the process and what the next steps are, please watch this short video and then come back to finish the rest of this article.
While the comment period for the strategic plan has passed, we still encourage you to read the plan itself, if you have not already done so. If necessary, you may reach out to your representative on the Board of Directors if you have further comment on the plan. The NAHC Board will approve a final draft plan that emerges from the comment and revision process.
The approved strategic plan will be executed with transparency and accountability from April 2018 to 2021, with monitoring of the plan implementation and public reporting of progress. The plan will be evaluated and revised as necessary in April 2019.
NAHC’s leadership is confident this transparent and accountable process will produce, at its natural conclusion, a NAHC that is more efficient and responsive than it has ever been, and more than capable of continuing to be the industry leader for decades to come.