2013: A Look Back
A Letter From VNAA's CEO and Board Chair
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Section: VNAA Updates

As we at the Visiting Nurse Associations of America look back on 2013, one theme is clear. This was a year of significant transition and foundational development to refine the mission of our association. To that effect, we brought aboard new staff to expand our knowledge base and capabilities along with new leadership in our board chair, Mary DeVeau, and added new members representing a broad range of nonprofit home health and hospice agencies.  
Under the guidance of this leadership and expertise, we developed a new strategic plan centered on advocating for appropriate access and reimbursement; researching and promoting improved outcomes, cost value and individual and family experiences; leading innovation and transformation in new care delivery and payment models; and engaging and connecting our members to share knowledge, information and resources. With these goals in mind, VNAA made a clear commitment to supporting, promoting and advocating on behalf of hospice and palliative care and community based care models.
This year, VNAA focused on assessing and rising to meet new challenges and opportunities. VNAA geared its programs to helping members understand these new opportunities.  Our 2013 Annual Meeting highlighted nonprofit engagement with ACOs and other models.  We issued our first Case Study Compendium dedicated to sharing successful methods and techniques nonprofits conducted in order to adapt to a new healthcare landscape.  
We launched a significant effort to clarify the framework for home health and hospice care by developing and releasing the groundbreaking VNAA Blueprint for Excellence. These best practices, developed with great contributions from our members and their clinical experts, serve as the cornerstone of our commitment to leading the way in quality and education among our peers.
In Washington, we continue to fight the battles of ensuring program integrity, accessibility and payment adequacy. This year we advocated with policymakers and thought leaders regarding a wide range of issues critical to the success of our membership, including access to skilled home health care and advancing solutions to combat fraud and abuse.
The coming year holds great promise as we build on these accomplishments. VNAA's voice in Washington and among key stakeholders is stronger than ever and is recognized as a trusted and respected resource in health care policy and advocacy. Key stakeholders rely on VNAA for honest feedback on behalf of critical community-based providers and look to us for input on emerging issues before moving forward.
We understand that you are now assessing your association membership options for 2014. You have many options when it comes to choosing your advocate.  VNAA is the only organization that truly understands the challenges faced by nonprofit providers. VNAA specifically works on behalf of nonprofit providers to demonstrate the quality, value and outcomes they offer. Please consider joining the VNAA community of mission driven nonprofit home health and hospice providers.
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year,
  Tracey Moorhead           Mary DeVeau
  President and CEO         VNAA Board Chair 
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