VNAA Is Not Just For VNAs Anymore
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Section: Quality and Educational Programming




Visiting Nurse Associations of Americais the unique voice for all nonprofit home health, hospice and community health providers in the United States. VNAA members consist of not only traditional freestanding Visiting Nurse Associations or Visiting Nurse Services but also hospital and health system-based home health agencies and hospices.
 
These agencies become VNAA members because they regard VNAA as a unique, rich resource for an objective perspective—to policymakers, payers and purchasers— on standards and best practices for nonprofit home health care services. VNAA demonstrates the value of home and community-based programs and the role of nonprofit home health care and hospice to key policy makers and allied health industry and health professional organizations.
 
VNAA has the following strategic goals to guide its advocacy, promotion and advancement of nonprofit home health and hospice:
 
  • Advocate appropriate access and reimbursement
  • Research and promote improved outcomes, cost, value and individual and family experiences
  • Lead innovation and transformation in new care delivery and payment models
  • Engage, connect and share knowledge, information and resources for membership
 
VNAA members receive many benefits upon joining. These benefits fall into four main categories;
 
Advocacy: Representation by a national organization with a long standing, positive and trusted relationship with Congress, CMS and other key federal agencies.VNAA’s advocacy efforts inform and educate policymakers about the complexity of home health care, the intensity of services that yield the best outcomes and the skills necessary to provide home health care.
 
Education: VNAA is the pathway to expert practices for home health care providers, a touchstone for the expanded value and role of home health and hospice in new delivery models. VNAA, representing community-based, nonprofit health care organizations, develops informed best practices to support patient engagement, enhance quality, improve outcomes and efficiently train the home health care workforce as health delivery evolves.
 
Networking: VNAA produces educational conferences that provide unique, problem-solving and solution-sharing forums for nonprofit agencies.  VNAA also supports active online communities including interest groups, roundtables and listservs for CEOs, clinical staff, quality improvement, business development, finance and immunization. 
 
Member Support: VNAA offers significant group purchasing discounts through the VNAA Member Value Plan on vaccines, medical supplies and business services including deep discounts on the renowned VNAA Clinical Procedure Manual, CEUs and meeting registration fees. VNAA connects members with nationally recognized retailers and brands for community health opportunities such as flu clinics.
 
VNAA understands that the constant changes in the health care landscape require home health and hospice providers to address new challenges and demonstrate their value and capabilities to new audiences. These specific challenges include increased competition in the number of home health care agencies, new health care delivery and payment models, increased regulatory oversight, enhanced quality reporting and assessment, and advances in and increased reliance upon health information technologies. These changes in health care delivery and reimbursement demand new solutions - solutions VNAA can provide.  VNAA works to demonstrate the quality, value and outcomes offered through engagement of nonprofit home health care services.  
 
Join fellow nonprofit home health and hospice providers today and take advantage of all that VNAA membership has to offer. To find out more, please visit VNAA’s Website by clicking here. You may also contact Chuck Koch, VNAA’s Senior Director of Membership and Corporate Relations at 202-384-1457 or ckoch@VNAA.org
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