VNAA Southeast Regional Meeting a Success
Collaborating to Build Successful Partnerships
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
by: VNAA Member Services

Section: VNAA Updates

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Last week, Advanced Home Care and the Visiting Nurse Associations of America co-hosted the Southeast nonprofit home health and hospice regional meeting and networking event in High Point, N.C. In attendance were 15 home health and hospice professionals representing seven agencies from four states in the Southeast region.
Tracey Moorhead, VNAA’s President and CEO, started the meeting with an introduction including VNAA’s new strategic plan and direction. The attendees heard from other national leaders in the home health and hospice field such as Mark Sharp of BKD, who led an in-depth discussion of financial performance and how to target revenue opportunities and other strategies. Kathleen Sheehan, VNAA’s Vice President of Public Policy, provided important policy and regulatory updates, explaining how they will impact home health, hospice and community health service providers, and how best to adapt. Susan Carmichael of Select Data gave a detailed presentation on ICD-10 coding changes affecting home health and hospice. Tracey Moorhead concluded Thursday’s portion of the meeting with a presentation on VNAA's Blueprint for Excellence, a pathway to best practices in home health.
Continuing the theme of collaboration and successful partnerships, Gary Jacobs, Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's Health Advisory Practice, kicked of the Friday portion of the meeting with insight on opportunities for home health providers in managed care organizations. Tracey Moorhead moderated a panel discussion on transitions of care across the health continuum. Speakers included Jim Osborne, MD, Eagle Physicians, Medical Director, Advanced Home Care, Pam Tidwell, Vice President of Regional Services, CarePartners Health Services, and Patty Upham, Director of Care Transition Services, FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

Advanced Home Care and VNAA would like to thank all those who joined us in High Point. For those not able to attend, VNAA is hosting its 32nd Annual Meeting in Lake Las Vegas, NV on April 2 – 4, 2014. Please save the date for this event to continue the discussion on collaborating and building successful partnerships with other providers in the health community. Please visit VNAA’s website for more details on the 32nd Annual Meeting
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