Visiting Nurse Associations of America Supports Future of Home Health Event
Briefing Coincides with Visiting Nurse Association Week
Monday, May 5, 2014
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Face to Face




WASHINGTON, DC—May 2, 2014—On Monday, May 5, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) will participate in “The Future of Home Health,” presented by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) at the Rayburn House Building on Capitol Hill.  The event will launch the first installment of AHHQI’s Future of Home Health project, which seeks to improve understanding of home health care's role in the future of the U.S. health care system. This event coincides with VNAA’s National VNA Week, which celebrates over a century of mission driven, nonprofit home health and hospice agencies providing patient-centered care in communities across the country.

At the briefing, the Alliance will release a White Paper that discusses the project, the value of home health care in efforts to achieve the Triple Aim, public policy considerations and challenges for meeting future needs, and delivery system and post-acute care reforms. Other scheduled speakers include Dr. Steven Landers, President & CEO, VNA Health Group and Chairman, Alliance Board of Directors, Dr. Al Dobson, President, Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates, Tracey A. Lustig, DPM, MPH, Institute of Medicine and Teresa Lee, Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation.

VNAA President and CEO, Tracey Moorhead, will speak at the AHHQI briefing. “The Affordable Care Act envisioned and advances new health care delivery models to drive quality and innovation.  Home health care plays critical role in these new care delivery models and the achievement of quality and outcomes goals for primary and post-acute care providers.  This holds especially true for providers who care for vulnerable populations,” said Tracey Moorhead. “This important project by AHHQI will bring together a vast number of stakeholders including provider organizations like VNAA, policy makers and researchers to create a pathway for home health to continue to grow and innovate.”

“I am honored AHHQI sought VNAA’s input in developing this project. There is no better time to launch this project than National VNA Week, when we celebrate and recognize the importance of visiting nurse agencies and other nonprofit home health care and hospice providers who deliver high-quality, affordable care to elderly and disabled patients in the home and community setting.”

Interested parties may attend the briefing in person or via webcast by registering at this link. You may also join in the conversation via Twitter by following the hashtag #futurehh.

For more information on the Future of Home Health project and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, visit www.ahhqi.org. For more information on National VNA Week and the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, visit www.vnaa.org.

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VNAA is a national association that supports, promotes and advances mission driven, nonprofit providers of home and community-based healthcare, hospice and health promotion services to ensure quality care for their communities. VNAA members share a mission to provide cost-effective and compassionate care to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Learn more at www.vnaa.org.

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