We Need Your Help With An Important Study on Medication in Home Settings

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is researching polypharmacy in the home setting and are looking for interested stakeholders to assist them in this study. NAHC believes this research is important and has agreed to help recruit people to take part in the research. What is the study about? Optimizing medication use for home health patients. The purpose…

Direct Care Workers and Unpaid Caregivers Describe Low-Wage, Stressful, Physically-Challenging Work

This story is from the Kaiser Health News. In recent focus group interviews, 32 paid direct care workers and unpaid caregivers who assist seniors and people with disabilities with self-care and household activities describe daily work defined by low pay, physical demands and mental stress that has been made worse by the pandemic. KFF conducted the…

Flu Season is Here: Protect Your Patients, Yourself, & Your Loved Ones

It’s flu season, and flu shots are the best way to protect your patients, yourself, and your loved ones. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. Reducing the spread of respiratory illness, like flu, this fall and winter is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may give the flu and COVID-19 vaccines…

Congressional Activity Reflects Strong Interest in Palliative Care

A series of bicameral and bipartisan actions in Congress in recent weeks has signalled strong support for the expansion and strengthening of palliative care in the United States. As the population ages and more people live longer with greater disability and disease, policymakers are increasingly motivated to build out the palliative care infrastructure so that…

Updated Immunization Resources for Health Care Organizations

Resources on immunization from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine The Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines Tackling Issues of Access and Hesitancy This publication presents expert perspectives on vaccine access and vaccine confidence with a particular focus on vaccine access and vaccine confidence and gave particular consideration to health systems, research opportunities, communication…

Essential Workers of COVID Pandemic to be Inducted in Dept. of Labor’s Hall of Honor

Please GO HERE to honor a home care or hospice worker you know New digital campaign asks people to share stories of essential workers in their lives To recognize their sacrifices and ceaseless efforts to protect our health and keep our country moving forward amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the induction of…

Learn How Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Can Make Your Agency Stronger than Ever

The NAHC Fall Forum, November 2-10, is a live online event featuring 30 hours of essential education for home care and hospice professionals. Registration is now open. Over the first two weeks of November, the NAHC Fall Forum will offer what you have come to expect from NAHC: the best education in home care and…

Info on Provider Relief Funds & American Rescue Plan Rural Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes $17 billion in Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 funding for providers who have experienced changes in operating revenues and expenses, as well as $8.5 billion in American Rescue…

The Home Care Community Must Rally to Support the Choose Home Care Act

Tell your members of Congress to support the Choose Home Care Act of 2021! The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is a landmark piece of legislation for the home care community. If enacted, it would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for…

CMS Releases Details of Two New Hospice Quality Reporting Measures

Register for the October 19 Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum (See details below) Hospices have been anxiously awaiting additional information on two new Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures: Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Hospice Care Index. These are claims-based measures that CMS has indicated will be publicly posted on Care Compare no…