Notes from the NAHC Private Duty Advisory Council

NAHC’s Private Duty Advisory Council held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Co-chairs Brittnei Salerno of La Jolla Nursing Services and Dave Totaro of BAYADA presided over the meeting that featured a legislative and regulatory update from NAHC’s Director of Government Affairs, Calvin McDaniel, along with the latest Medicaid Home and Community Based Services news from Damon Terzaghi, Director of Medicaid HCBS Advocacy at NAHC.

Calvin reported to the group about a number of potential legislation being watched, including the Home Care for Seniors Act as well as the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act. He also started a discussion about President Biden’s Executive Order (see NAHC Report), which includes a number of directives focused on home-based care.

Following that discussion, Damon updated the Council on Medicaid redeterminations, begun April 1st as a result of the ending of the PHE. Damon wrapped up his report by recommending that everyone working with Medicaid beneficiaries keep a very close eye on information being released as well as deadlines to ensure compliance.

Newly appointed committee chairpersons also provided an update on their respective committees, including:

  • Candyce Slusher of Slusher Consulting for Education;
  • Sheila Davis of Always Best Senior Services for Membership;
  • Neal Kursban of Family and Nursing Care for Governance and Nominating; and,
  • Kathleen Smith of Gentiva Health Services for Policy

All committees will be holding inaugural meetings early in May, expecting to create a meeting schedule for the year as well as agreeing on committee goals and individual charters for each. Serving on a committee is open to all active NAHC Private Duty members in good standing, with the exception of the Governance & Nominating (G&N) Committee. Members of the G&N must be active members of the Private Duty Advisory Council. Anyone interested in participating with Education, Membership, or Policy should reach out to Kristen Wheeler, Executive Director of Private Duty at NAHC, at or 305-849-1300.

Information was also shared about NAHC’s upcoming Financial Management Conference, scheduled for July 16-18 in New Orleans. This year’s FMC is the first in the conference’s history to feature a full Private Duty track. Later in the year, NAHC is delighted to report the relaunch of its Private Duty Summit, being held October 15-17 in National Harbor. More information on speakers and the Summit agenda will be released next month.

If you have any questions or would like more information about NAHC’s Private Duty Advisory Council or any of its committees, please contact Kristen Wheeler at