Last week Visiting Nurse Associations of America brought together nonprofit home health and hospice leaders from throughout the Midwest. Executive, financial and clinical executives gathered for a regional meeting hosted by Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City, Mo and Visiting Nurse Association of Omaha, Neb. The attendees were treated to timely presentations from national healthcare leaders on a range of topics impacting nonprofit home health and hospice care providers.
President and CEO Tracey Moorhead opened the meeting by updating attendees on VNAA's strategic plan and vision for the future of nonprofit home health and hospice. Financial and operational leaders heard from M. Aaron Little, Managing Director at BKD, on optimizing revenue cycle performance; Kansas City attorneys Joseph Hiersteiner and Heath Hoobing about mergers and acquisitions; and a case study from Tracy Altman of Molina Healthcare on opportunities for nonprofit home health and hospice organizations to partner with managed care organizations.
On the second day, VNAA updated the audience on current events in Washington as well as policy initiatives and priorities. The clinical leaders in the audience saw a sneak peek of VNAA's new hospice and palliative care best practices scheduled for release later this week by Margaret (Peg) Terry, VNAA's Vice President of Quality and Innovation, and Danielle Pierotti, Clinical Practice Director and Chief Nurse at HCI Care Services in Des Moines, Iowa. Finally, Board Chair-Elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Society (HIMSS), Dr. Paul Kleeberg, presented on the importance and value of Health Information Technology in the future of home health and hospice.
VNAA Members that were not able to attend this meeting can download the presentations in PDF format from VNAA's website format by clicking here. On behalf of the attendees and all of its members, VNAA would like to thank the meeting's sponsors, Select Data, Byram Healthcare, Convatec, BKD, and Lockton Companies for their support.