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Jan. 29, 2014
VNAA Announces New State Association Membership Category

Today the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) announced state home care and hospice associations are now eligible to join VNAA as members. As the voice of nonprofit home health, hospice and community health service providers, allowing state associations to join in the exchange of information about the current and future practice of quality, cost-effective nonprofit home health care and hospice services will be a valuable addition to its mission.

Nov. 23, 2013
Patient Access to Home Health Undermined by CMS Cuts

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will slash funding and reduce services for vulnerable patients to access the Medicare home health benefit, despite substantive arguments from VNAA and other home health industry organizations, patient advocacy groups, providers and a bi-partisan group of over 193 members of Congress. Fifty-one senators and 142 representatives signed on to two letters to CMS raising serious concerns about the home health benefit and its proposed implementation of the rebasing provision.

Nov. 5, 2013
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Releases Case Study Compendium

Today the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) released the VNAA Case Study Compendium: Innovative Models for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Industry, a collection of innovative programs from across its membership of nonprofit home health and hospice providers. This compendium consists of ten VNAA member case studies highlighting successful methods and techniques nonprofits conducted in order to adapt to a new healthcare landscape.

Aug. 26, 2013
Proposed Medicare Rule for Home Health Will Jeopardize Access to Care

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Aug. 26, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) strongly opposed a proposed rebasing plan that would cut the Medicare home health benefit by 14 percent from 2014 to 2017, with a 3.5 percent cut each year.

July 23, 2013
VNAA Names 2013 Congressional Champions

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) today announced its 2013 Congressional Champions. VNAA annually honors congressional leaders who champion issues in support of nonprofit home health and hospice providers, and will present the awards during the Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) in Washington, DC on Sept. 18 and 19, 2013.

May 6, 2013
National Visiting Nurse Association Week Focuses on Vulnerable Patients

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) joins hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Week, May 6-10, 2013.

April 22, 2013
Mary DeVeau Elected Chair of VNAA Board of Directors

"We are pleased to announce the election of Mary DeVeau as VNAA's Board Chair," said Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of VNAA. "She brings exceptional leadership skills and knowledge of home health and hospice services.

February 26, 2013
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Announces New President and CEO Tracey Moorhead

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) Board of Directors announced today that Tracey Moorhead will be its new President and CEO effective March 4.

January 2, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Statement

VNAA has been in close communication with key congressional staff as negotiations over the “fiscal cliff” intensified during the last two weeks. This work was a continuation of our intensive lobbying efforts during 2012 with Congress, the Administration and other policy makers that they should “protect the home health and hospice benefit that vulnerable patients rely on.”


2012 News Releases

Oct. 3, 2012
VNAA Invites You and Your Family to Say "Boo!" to the Flu - Fun Way to Get Immunized this Flu Season

Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy; it is also the time of year to get your family vaccinated against the flu.

Sept. 25, 2012
Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Appoints Andrew Carter as President and CEO
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today announced the appointment of Andrew W. Carter as president and chief executive officer, effective December 12.

Sept. 25, 2012
 VNAA Message from VNAA Board of Directors Chair Lynn Jones to Members
You should have received a message from Andy Carter earlier today announcing his resignation.

Sept. 25, 2012
 VNAA President and CEO Andy Carter Resigns - Letter to VNAA Members
It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to inform you that I have resigned as the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA). Read more...

Sept. 18, 2012
Home Health and Hospice Leaders Convene on Capitol Hill
This week, more than 150 home health and hospice executives will be convening on Capitol Hill for the VNAA's 2012 Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC).

July 16, 2012
VNAA Names 2012 Congressional Champions
The VNAA's 2012 Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) will take place September 19-20, in Washington, DC. Each year, VNAA honors Members of Congress who champion issues important to nonprofit home health and hospice.

June 28, 2012
VNAA Reacts to the Supreme Court Decision
The Supreme Court ruled to substantially uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The VNAA is carefully reviewing the Supreme Court decision to determine its full impact on all Americans with a special focus on patients receiving home health and hospice care...

June 18, 2012
VNAA Joins New Initiative Led by Pfizer -

As one of the world's leading health care companies, Pfizer wants to play a meaningful role in helping people age well and live longer. With the launch of Get Old, a multi-year initiative to gauge Americans' perspectives on aging, the company is creating a community at that encourages people to share how they feel about getting old...

May 12, 2012
VNAA Honors National Award Recipients (PDF)
The VNAA honored seven leaders from across the country for their contributions to home health care and hospice at the VNAA Annual Awards Luncheon on...

May 9, 2012
VNAA Announces National Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA) Week, May 6-12, 2012
The VNAA joins hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National VNA Week, May 6-12, 2012.

March 19, 2012
VNAA Supports MedPAC's Recommendation for Targeted Moratorium in Home Health: VNAA Calls for More Information on Hospice Payment Reform and Opposes Call for a Home Health Co-payment
VNAA strongly supports MedPAC's recommendation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to suspend payment and the enrollment of new providers if they indicate significant fraud.

March 5, 2012
VNAA Calls for Temporary Moratorium in Home Health and Hospice Following Law Enforcement Actions in Texas
VNAA commends recent federal and state enforcement actions in Texas which identified the fraudulent billing of home health claims and the illegal recruitment of patients.

Feb. 13, 2012
VNAA Supports President's Efforts to Cut Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare & Medicaid But Opposes Co-Pay for Home Health
VNAA supports President Obama's desire to cuts waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid...but opposes proposal to enact a $100 co-payment for Medicare home health services.

Feb. 7, 2012
Home Health and Hospice Veteran to Lead Quality and Innovation Initiative with National Advocacy Group
After a lengthy national search that attracted a strong field of candidates, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) has recruited Margaret (Peg) Terry, PhD, RN, to serve as its inaugural Vice President of Quality and Innovation. In this newly established role, Terry will provide resources and guidance to member agencies in their efforts to improve quality of care, adopt innovative program models, and succeed in a competitive and rapidly evolving delivery system.

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