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NAHC’s Dombi: Agencies Aren’t Panicking in the Streets Over PDGM

NAHC’s Dombi: Agencies Aren’t Panicking in the Streets Over PDGM

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is shaking up the home health industry in a way that hasn’t been seen in years. Now with two months of the payment overhaul under their belt, providers are trying to predict the greater impact PDGM will have on the industry moving forward, Home Health Care News reports.

Perhaps no one understands that potential impact more than William A. Dombi, who has watched home health providers evolve since becoming an industry advocate decades ago.

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'Salute to Seniors' Is April 4

'Salute to Seniors' Is April 4

Looking for a day of fun, cultural experiences, and great information for older adults, join the Colorado Gerontological Society at the 31st Annual Salute to Seniors on April 4, 2020 at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver.

Hazel Miller, Colorado’s own blues, pop, and gospel singer will be performing in concert. Miller has performed at the White House for Bill Clinton, as well as for the Denver Broncos 1998 Super Bowl. 

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Haven't Renewed Yet? Member Grace Period Ends on March 30

Haven't Renewed Yet? Member Grace Period Ends on March 30

HHAC members: Don't let your benefits lapse!

Our grace period for 2019 members extends until March 30, but after that date, you and your team members will no longer have access to HHAC resources. 

Don't let that happen. Renew today!

 
A Reason To Celebrate Today: 50 Years of Home Care Association in Colorado

A Reason To Celebrate Today: 50 Years of Home Care Association in Colorado

Posted: March 2, 2020

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Colorado's home care association, which was incorporated March 2, 1970, as the Colorado Association of Home Health Agencies, or CAHHA. The association, now the Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado, will officially celebrate the anniversary in May with a reception at its annual conference.

The original incorporators were Maxine Southwell, then of Loveland; Sister M. Judith Kuhn, then of Canon City, and Charles H. Dowding, Boulder. The first registered agent was Margaret D. Lewis, Denver.

Southwell, who died in 2005, was director of nursing for the Larimer County Health Department. Kuhn, who died in 2015, served as Chief Executive Officer of Canon City’s St. Thomas More Hospital. Dr. Dowding, who died in 2004, chaired the Colorado Health & Environmental Council. Lewis, executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association of the Denver Area Inc., died in 2000.

In 1996, CAHHA members voted to change the name of their association to Home Care Association of Colorado. And the name changed again five weeks ago following the association’s merger with the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies.

Through the years, Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado has served its provider members through economic booms and busts, a variety of payment models, improved care, deeper training, technological advances, changing standards and the advent of state home-care licensure. Volunteer leaders remain at the core of the HHAC today, serving as the association’s board of directors and committees, through which they develop strategy, establish governance and report to the members at large.

The association’s leaders today enjoy more resources — they are are supported by contract staff including lobbyists, an attorney and an association management company. But the mission today still mirrors that of our founders: to raise quality standards, provide a vehicle for exchange of information and collaboration between provider agencies, interpret objectives for state and federal agencies, and promote inclusion of coverage for home health benefits.

Congratulations HHAC on the 50th anniversary of your incorporation — we look forward to the next 50 years!

 
Your New State Home Care & Hospice Association Thanks You For Your Past & Future Support

Your New State Home Care & Hospice Association Thanks You For Your Past & Future Support

To our new members: On behalf of the board and staff of the newly combined Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado, thank you for the confidence you've showed in joining -- or rejoining, as the case may be -- our organization. We believe HHAC will be the leading advocate in our state for the provision of all health care in the home setting. We couldn't do it without your agency's membership. 

To members who haven't yet renewed: We hope you'll re-commit to your professional trade associations, now under the HHAC banner. Simply go to this page for information on joining or renewing. For former HPCAR members, go here to see how to sign into the new website. If you've not re-joined by March 31, you'll no longer continue to receive member benefits. Don't let that happen!

2020 figures to be the most active year yet for our professions. As always, we're facing reimbursement and regulatory issues in Colorado, together with new federal initiatives, including electronic visit verification, the prospect of pre-claim or post-payment review (Review Choice Demonstration),  the “hospice carve-in” to Medicare Advantage, PDGM reimbursement for Medicare provider agencies, and more. Through it all, we strive to increase services for home care, home health and hospice statewide.

The combination of the former HCAC and HPCAR, while exciting, also is challenging technologically and organizationally. Our boards and committees have combined, our multi-association conference continues, and new opportunities exist for you, as our members, to join us in leading home-based care to the future. 

If you've joined or re-joined, please take a few minutes to review leadership opportunities for you, your senior management teams, or other members of your staff.

Thank you from all of us at HHAC.

 
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