Pennsylvania Regional Meeting a Success
Monday, October 7, 2013
by: VNAA Member Services

Section: Events

Last week, Pennsylvania's Visiting Nurse Associations and the Visiting Nurse Associations of America co-hosted a nonprofit home health and hospice meeting and networking event in State College, Pa. In attendance were 43 home health and hospice professionals representing 22 agencies and four states.
The attendees heard from national leaders in the home health and hospice field such as Jim Pyles of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, who spoke about new care delivery and payment models. Other sessions included an in depth discussion of financial performance and how to target revenue opportunities and other strategies by Mark Sharp of BKD. Tracey Moorhead, VNAA’s President and CEO, updated the attendees on VNAA’s new strategic plan and current policy priorities. Peg Terry, VNAA’s Vice President of Quality and Innovation introduced the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence, a pathway to best practices for home health care providers.
The second day of the event kicked off with Kristy Wright, a nurse and former VNA CEO, now a Director at Simione Healthcare Consultants who spoke on the future of home care and hospice. Rounding out the conference were two highly engaging and technical presentations; one by Alisa Chester of Baker, Donelson covering all the latest HIPAA regulations and the other by Susan Carmichael, Executive Vice President at Select Data who prepared the attendees for the ICD-10 coding changes that will affect their agencies.
VNAA offered 1.0 CEU hour to those attending the meeting session, Home Care & Hospice: Through the Looking Glass, presented by Kristy Wright, with a majority of attendees receiving CEU credits for this session. A post-meeting survey indicated a high level of satisfaction with the content of the session.

VNAs of Pennsylvania and VNAA would like to thank all those who joined us in State College. For those not able to attend, VNAA is hosting two more regional meetings this fall. The next meeting is in Englewood, Co. on Oct. 9-10. It is not too late to register on VNAA’s Website by clicking here. The last regional meeting this fall is in High Point, N.C. on Dec. 5-6. For more information on VNAA’s Regional Meetings, please visit VNAA’s Regional Meeting page by clicking here.
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