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Speaker Proposals Due Dec. 8 for HCAC's Spring 2017 Conference

'Refresh, Renew, Recharge' Conference Will Be May 17-19 At Keystone Resort. Submit your proposal before the Dec. 8 deadline!

Home Care Association of Colorado's Education Committee needs your help in identifying compelling presentations for the 2017 Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference.

The 2017 conference will be attended by hundreds of provider agencies in Colorado, Wyoming and adjacent states. An accompanying trade show will include interactive demonstrations from vendors from around the nation.

HCAC seeks the following:

  • Engaging keynote presenters who can enlighten our provider members in a time of great industry change
  • Breakout presenters addressing:
    • Private pay issues
    • Clinical/nursing trends
    • Administrative/operations
    • Regulatory and compliance
    • NEW FOR 2017: A one-day therapy track addressing the special needs of physical therapists and others practicing in a home-health setting
  • Preconference proposals for Wednesday afternoon. Preconference sessions typically each cover four hours and so are especially good for topics requiring a "deeper dive" in a workshop-style format. They require separate attendee registration.

What's needed

Submissions are expected to include a summary of Proposed Session (Note: this session description may be used in conference marketing and brochure; please limit to 150 words).

Additionally, three Learning Objectives must be provided. (Note: These learning objectives will be a critical component of granting education credit. Hint: Learning objectives should identify what the participant will get out of the session. Write objectives that complete one of these two sentences: (1) “By participating in this workshop, participants will . . .” or (2) “On completion of this session, participants will be able to . . .”)

HCAC's Education Committee will review the submissions after the Dec. 8 deadline and make its recommendations to HCAC's board. The association expects to announce the education schedule and open registration on or just after Jan. 1, 2017.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request and any help you can give. And as always, thanks for your membership in and support of HCAC!


Members Asked To Participate In CMS Study To Develop Standardized Assessment Items For Post-Acute Care Settings

HCAC has been notified of a CMS study to develop and test a set of standardized assessment items for use in post-acute care (PAC) settings, including home health. CMS contracted with RAND and its partners Abt Associates and Qualidigm to conduct this study. The first round of pilot testing was completed in Connecticut this summer and they are gearing up for the second round. This time the testing will be in Houston, Denver and Chicago. RAND has identified potential PAC providers that represent a mix of rural/urban, large/small and for-profit and not-for-profit agencies – and that are fairly convenient geographically to the area.


HCAC Encourages Colorado Home-Care Agencies To Nominate Nurses For The Nightingale Luminary Awards

Nominations are now open online for the Nightingale Luminary Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor.

For 2017, the award honors up to 60 nurses luminaries, picked regionally from across the state. Twelve of those luminaries are to be selected as recipients of the 2017 Nightingale Awards.

Online nominations are only accepted at

Download the 2017 Nightingale Nomination Poster (suitable for printing)

Key Dates

  • Nominations close statewide on 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, except in Southwestern Colorado AHEC and San Luis Valley AHEC
  • Nominations close earlier in Southwestern Colorado AHEC (11:59 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016)
  • Nominations close earlier in San Luis Valley AHEC (11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2016)
  • Please note the entry deadlines, these dates are final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.
  • Regional Luminaries announced: Varies by region
  • Regional Luminaries recognized and state recipients announced: Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 7 PM Mountain time (tentative)


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the Colorado Nurses Foundation by email or call 720-457-1004.


• You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
• Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in the awards presentation if selected as a finalist.
• You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.


Journal: Home Health Care Is a Big Money-Saver After Hospital Visits

Posted: Dec. 31, 2017

Patients who receive home health care after a hospital discharge are saving the health care system some serious dough, on average, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine and reported on by Home Health Care News. 

With $40 billion spent on hospitalizations annually, the study furthers the value proposition of home health care as a major driver of health care savings and improved clinical benefits.

The study, which was conducted by authors at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, looked at 65,541 patients who were discharged from the hospital with self-care and 6,560 home health care patients over a 365-day-post-discharge period. The retrospective cohort study was conducted between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2015.

American Journal of Medicine report

Home Health Care News story


Home Health Medicaid Reimbursement Rates Up Slightly Last Year, Report Shows

The average Medicaid reimbursement rate for home health and personal providers increased modestly in 2015, according to a new report from Kaiser Family Foundation distributed by the National Association of Home Care & Hospice.

According to the report, home health agencies received an average of $93.93 per home health visit in 2015, an increase of $1.24 from 2014.  In states that paid registered nurses or home health aides directly the average rate per visit was $87.26. In states that mandated reimbursement rates, the average rate per visit was $52.19. For the personal care services state plan option, the average rate paid to provider agencies was $18.82 per hour in 2015, a slight increase from $18.73 per hour in 2014. In states where personal care services providers were paid directly by the state or where reimbursement rates were determined by the state, the average reimbursement rate was $13.43 per hour in 2015.

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