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HHAC Board Selects New President, Secretary

Posted: February 26, 2021

Bob Gossett, executive director of Safe Homecare in Denver, and Tarrah Lowry, CEO of Sangre De Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care in Pueblo, are the new president and secretary, respectively of the Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado. 

HHAC's board chose Gossett to fill the unexpired term of Nancy Stokes, and Lowry was chosen to fill Gossett's vacancy. Board members thanked Stokes for her service to the association and to home care and hospice in Colorado. Gossett and Lowry will serve in their positions through May 2022.

 

Gossett has worked nearly 20 years for home care agencies in and around Denver. He has been an HHAC board member since 2016. He received his BA in Business Administration and Marketing from Michigan State University in 1997.

 

Lowry has more than a decade of progressive health care leadership and has been the president and chief executive officer at Sangre de Cristo Community Care since 2016 after serving in a number of senior leadership roles, including operations, compliance and business development. She has been on HHAC's board since 2020, and she served on the board of the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies, HHAC's predecessor organization, before that. She has a BS in Business Administration and Health Care Management from Colorado Technical University. 

 

The Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado represents home-care agencies and hospice organizations throughout Colorado. It was formed in early 2020 from the merger of the Home Care Association of Colorado and the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies. It operates from offices in Aurora, Colorado.

 
 

Tools to Help Communicate About Vaccination Among Your Staff

HHAC has developed a toolkit to help our members address questions and concerns home care and hospice workers may have about the COVID-19 vaccination. 

The toolkit contains communications steps and templates including emails, resources for recognizing employees who have been vaccinated, internal meeting guides and more.

Members, click here to login and access the toolkit. 
 

Did You Miss the 2021 Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Updates Workshop?

It's not too late to purchase and register for the on-demand recording now!

Position your agency for Success in 2021 and beyond with this 1/2 day live digital workshop featuring key experts sharing Regulatory Updates for Medicare-certified home health and hospice agencies.  The Public Health Emergency is expected to last for all of 2021 - ensure you have the information and resources you need to remain compliant and efficient and in business!

Topics include:

  • Billing updates
  • Hospice survey and quality updates
  • Legislative Updates
  • RAPs
  • ADRs

CEs: Administrator Education - 2 Credit Hours of Financial Management & 2 Credit Hours of Home Care Overview

Presented by: 
Aaron Little - Managing Director, BKD, LLP
Katie Wehri - Director, Home Care & Hospice Regulatory Affairs at NAHC

Click here for more information & to register!

 

Home Health Experts Offer Update on Transition to No-Pay RAPs

Home Health Care News, By Joyce Famakinwa | February 17, 2021

"It’s been 48 days since the start of “no-pay RAPs” in home health care. During this time, providers have had to navigate a sea of challenges and unexpected speed bumps while adjusting to the new process.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) kicked off no-pay RAPs on Jan. 1 of this year. Broadly, the payment change is part of the agency’s plan to eliminate home health pre-payments and move toward a Notice of Admission (NOA) requirement next year.

In general, no-pay RAPs are a signal to notify Medicare that a beneficiary has begun to receive care from a certified home health provider. A major question from providers has had to do with the processing time..."

Click here to read more. 

 

Against All Odds, Home Health Care Helped Bend 2020’s Cost Curve

Home Health Care News, By Robert Holly | February 18, 2021

"For the first time in decades, U.S. health care spending may have actually decreased in 2020, new data suggests.

Several factors likely contributed to the potential decrease, according to nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum, which released a preliminary analysis of last year’s national health spending on Tuesday. Such factors include year-over-year declines in hospital and nursing home care, along with an increase in home health care..."

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