VNAA brought together hundreds of nonprofit leaders for last week's 31st Annual Meeting. Participants were able to engage in many innovative and thought-provoking Preconference Sessions, Plenary Sessions, Breakout and Poster Sessions. Setting the tone for the meeting was the overall theme of creating successful strategic partnerships. Preconferences, breakout sessions and posters sessions last week all highlighted the importance of aligning your agency with key stakeholders in your community.
Especially popular was the enhanced Financial Track, which covered timely topics for the nonprofit home care and hospice agency. The Hospice/Reimbursement Issues for Hospice and Home Health Track discussed strategic partnerships and ACOs, and how VNAA members can best position themselves for success.
For the first time, VNAA's social media presence played a key role in sharing information that came out of the meeting. The VNAA Annual Meeting App was a huge success and many participants were kept up-to-date on key issues and programming throughout the conference through the VNAA Twitter account.
Tracey Moorhead, VNAA's President and CEO, issued a "call to action" to VNAA members and non-profit leaders: "Our strength is in our numbers. We must work together to communicate the value and quality of home health and hospice services provided by nonprofit agencies." Moorhead challenged attendees to urge colleagues in non-VNAA member organizations to join and work together. "Help us to 'Tell Your Story,'" she urged. "Home health and hospice providers are a central component of quality improvement efforts, new delivery systems and payment model reform."
Also at the meeting, VNAA members showed appreciation for outgoing Board Chairman Lynn C. Jones, President of Christiana Care VNA in New Castle, Del., after two years of service. The Board also approved a two-year term as Chairman for Mary DeVeau, President and CEO of Concord Regional VNA in Concord, N.H. Other Board officers approved for two-year terms during the 31st Annual Meeting include: Ellen Rothberg, President and CEO of VNA Healthcare Inc. in Hartford, Conn.; Mark Oshnock, President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Health System in Atlanta, Ga.; and Linnea Windel, President and CEO of VNA Health Care in Aurora, Ill.
Attendees should please watch for an upcoming survey of the VNAA 31st Annual Meeting to provide feedback and suggestions for future events.