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Next West Slope Forum Meeting Friday, September 8, At Two Rivers Convention Center

If you are located on the western slope, please join HCAC for our next West Slope Forum meeting on Friday, Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. This fall meeting is held annually in conjunction with the Club 20 2017 Fall Conference, also at the Two Rivers Convention Center. As always, the statewide members-only conference call will take place from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and feature legislative and regulatory updates from Ellen Caruso, Director of Gov’t Affairs, Betsy Murray and Eliza Schultz, HCAC lobbyists.

Town Hall Meeting: Non-members are invited to join us for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and hear from association leaders and legislators who have been invited to stop by and introduce themselves, and to hear from providers on any home care and home health related concerns.

Please RSVP here, and bring $15 to cover your lunch. 

 

Lunch & Learn Webinar
Security & Data Loss Prevention: How to Prepare for Ransomware & Other Cyber Attacks

Posted: August 10, 2017

When: Tuesday, Sept. 19
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cybercrime is one of the top economic crimes in the world, with cost estimates soon to reach into the trillions. Not only have victim demographics expanded from the large well known organizations to the small and mid-sized, healthcare providers are now a consistent target. The recent ransomware attacks, and threats of more to come, have raised questions regarding security and available protection mechanisms. This webinar will provide insight on some technical safeguards to mitigate risks, we will review compliancy concerns as it relates to Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management, and the financial impact of a data breach. It will also focus on recovery and the importance of preparing for data loss. HIPAA covered entities and business associates must know the necessary steps to take following a healthcare cyberattack. Failing to either notify overseeing agencies or properly alert patients could lead to numerous issues for an organization. Furthermore, we can show healthcare entities they cannot afford to leave their systems vulnerable for future attacks.

HCAC members pay $79
Non-members pay $149

Click Here For Details & To Register
 

Conditions of Participation Lunch & Learn Webinar Series With Donna Floyd - Registration Open!

Posted: August 8, 2017

Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, Home Care Consultant and co-owner of The Crag Business Group, will present three 90 minute webinars on CoPs and the number of key changes that will impact home health agencies. 

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 * Sept. 14, 2017: Rights, Coordination
 * Sept. 28, 2017: Care Planning, Plan of Care
 * Oct. 12, 2017: QAPI - Invite your Governing Body Members

 


HCAC members pay $79/webinar; purchase all three and pay $213 (10% discount)
Non-members pay $149/webinar

Register Here
 

William A. Dombi Chosen as NAHC’s New Interim President

Posted: Aug. 8, 2017

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice today announced the selection of William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, as its interim President.

Home Care Association of Colorado members know Bill for his tireless advocacy and for his commitment to Colorado home-care agency providers and HCAC!

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice met on Thursday, August 3, 2017 and voted to appoint William A. Dombi as the interim president of NAHC. This follows the passing of NAHC’s long-time president Val J. Halamandaris, who died on July 25.

Mr. Dombi has served as Vice President for Law at NAHC since 1987 and is also the Director of the Center for Health Care Law and the Executive Director of the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association. In addition, Mr. Dombi is a member of the advisory board of Bloomberg BNA’s Medicare Report. During his over three decades of experience in health care policy and law, Mr. Dombi has been involved in virtually every regulatory and legal development in the area of home care and hospice, including the Medicare home health benefit of 1980, the hospice benefit of 1983 and the Medicare PPS for home health in 2000.

Mr. Dombi served as lead counsel in the colossal lawsuit that successfully reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, and has been at the center of lawsuits against inadequate payment rates in Medicaid programs. Mr. Dombi also led the class action against then-HCFA for failure to enforce the federal HMO Act, and many other legal fights on behalf of home care and hospice.

“Bill Dombi has been at the center of every fight for home care and hospice in the last 30 years,” said Denise Schrader, Chair of the NAHC Board of Directors. “Nobody knows more about this industry than Bill does and nobody is more trusted by those of us in the industry. Bill’s knowledge of law and policy, as well as his experience and familiarity with the NAHC staff and members, make him the right person for the job now.”

The NAHC Board of Directors is empowered to appoint the president of NAHC, but the Executive Committee can act on Association matters and those decisions may be ratified at the next full meeting of the Board of Directors. That full meeting will take place, via conference call, within the next few weeks.

The Executive Committee is currently identifying a search firm with extensive experience in the recruitment of executives for large trade associations to aid in finding a permanent president of NAHC. Vice Chair of the NAHC Board of Directors Lucy Andrews will develop recommendations for the process of selection of the search committee members.

Meanwhile, planning has begun for a memorial celebration of Val Halamandaris at the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo from October 15-17 in Long Beach, California. For his lifetime of dedication to the rights of the elderly and disabled, Val will be posthumously honored with the Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership in October.

To all who would like to honor Val’s life of good works, NAHC encourages you to consider a contribution to the Caring Institute (http://www.caring.org/donate/).

To celebrate Val’s life NAHC has prepared a short video with some of the people in home care and hospice who knew him best, talking about what he meant to them and to the millions of Americans who depend on home care. Please click here to watch. We hope you will also go to our memorial website for Val, valjhalamandaris.nahc.org, to leave your own thoughts and tributes to a man whose contributions to health care can hardly be described and will never be forgotten.

 

RSVP For HCAC Town Hall Meeting In Fort Collins, September 20

Posted: August 8, 2017

Please join association leaders, member and non-member agencies and invited guests to this informal gathering in Fort Collins on Wednesday, September 20 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (location TBD).

We want to hear from both our members and non-members, in a casual setting, what your challenges and concerns are and how we can work together to find solutions. We are inviting all providers in this area and surrounding communities to join us. Here’s what you can expect…an update on association activities and what we are doing on behalf of Colorado’s home care and home health industries, discussion on current administration and issues affecting home health care, private duty update, legislative update by HCAC lobbyists, membership, committee and conference updates. And of course, we’ll have time for Q&A.

Click here to RSVP.

 
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