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2009 Press Releases

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Emily Swanson
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2009 Press Releases

Dec. 17, 2009

VNAA Awarded Achieve Grant
Nonprofit organizations in Indiana, Colorado and Washington, D.C., have been awarded Achieve Grants, giving them free access to organization-strengthening services often out of reach to nonprofits...

Dec. 11, 2009

Nonprofit Home Health Providers Express Concerns in Health Reform Debate
The VNAA is still deeply concerned about the Medicare home health cuts proposed in the Senate healthcare bill (H.R. 3590), the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," ...

Nov. 4, 2009

VNAA Raises Concerns about Fraud and Abuse Related to Improper Medicare and Medicaid Overpayments
The VNAA praises the White House for identifying $54.2 billion in improper overpayments in the Medicare and Medicaid fee-for-service programs...

Nov. 4, 2009

VNAA Applauds CMS for Fraud and Abuse Measures, Modest Payment Increases and Additional Time for Adoption of CAHPS
The VNAA is pleased that a number of its recommendations were incorporated in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Final Rule for Home Health payment updates for CY 2010 released on October 30, 2009...

Nov. 4, 2009

VNAA Raises Concerns About Level of Medicare Home Health Cuts Included in House Health Reform Bill (H.R. 3962)
The VNAA is extremely disappointed with the level of across-the-board cuts included in the House health reform bill (H.R. 3962) despite the efforts of many Representatives to lower the proposed cuts...

Sept. 30, 2009

VNAA Applauds Connecticut Attorney General's Inquiry into Flu Vaccine Distribution Practices and Potential Risk to Frail Elders
The VNAA today endorsed action by Connecticut's Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, to examine a manufacturer's seasonal flu vaccine distribution practices...

Sept. 29, 2009

Despite a Season Dominated By Multiple Strains of Flu, Many Americans Still Confused About Preventative Measures
Visiting Nurse Associations of America, Families Fighting Flu and The Clorox Company Team Up To Help Educate Families and Make it Easier to Say "Boo!" To the Flu...

August 25, 2009

Wisconsin VNAs Participate in Healthcare Reform Roundtable with Congressman Steve Kagen and Present VNAA Award
The VNAA is pleased to announce that Home Health United Visiting Nurse Service (HHU/VNS), Inc. in Madison, Wisc., and the Aspirus Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Wausau, Wisc., will participate in a Healthcare Reform Roundtable with Congressman Steven Kagen M.D., (D-WI)...

May 11, 2009

VNAA Honors Eight Outstanding Individuals at Annual Awards Gala May 15, 2009
The VNAA is honoring eight leaders from across the country for their contributions to home healthcare at the VNAA Annual Awards Gala, May 15, during the 27th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

May 11, 2009

National VNA Week May 11-17, 2009
The VNAA joins hundreds of organizations this week to celebrate National Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA) Week, May 11-17, 2009.

May 6, 2009

VNAA Announces National VNA Week May 11-17, 2009
The VNAA joins hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA) Week, May 11-17, 2009.

April 22, 2009

VNAA Expresses Disappointment in Proposed Medicare Cuts to Hospice Wage Index
The VNAA is disappointed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement to cut hospice payments.

April 13, 2009

VNAA Announces New Vice President of Legislative and Public Affairs
The VNAA announces the appointment of Kathleen M. Sheehan, M.Ed., CAE, as the new Vice President of Legislative and Public Affairs, effective May 1, 2009.

April 9, 2009

VNAA Hosts 27th Annual Meeting in Texas May 14-16, 2009
The VNAA is holding its 27th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on May 14-16, 2009.

April 7, 2009

VNAA Supports and Applauds the "Home Healthcare Nurse Promotion Act of 2009"
The VNAA applauds Representative Steve Kagen (D-WI) and Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) for the introduction of the "Home Healthcare Nurse Promotion Act of 2009."

March 31, 2009

New, Interactive Health Website Provides Information About a Painful and Often Debilitating Condition Affecting Older Americans
The VNAA, the National Pain Foundation (NPF) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced the re-launch of AfterShingles.com, an online resource offering tools and information to help educate consumers about shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), or after-shingles pain, its impact on people's lives and steps to take to help manage the conditions.

March 26, 2009

VNAA Receives Award from Cardizem Consumer Settlement Fund
The VNAA is pleased to announce grant support from the Cardizem Consumer Settlement Fund to expand the heart failure section of the VNAA chronic care clearinghouse...

March 13, 2009

The VNAA Applauds Renewed Focus on Abuse in Medicare Home Health
The VNAA praised U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for bringing fresh attention to growing abuse in the Medicare Home Health program, costing it millions of dollars in improper payments and reduced quality of care...

March 5, 2009

The VNAA Encourages White House Summit on Healthcare to Include Cost-Effective Solutions
The VNAA urges participants of today's White House Summit on Health Care to tackle cost-effective approaches, including access to high-quality home healthcare for low-income and chronically ill Americans...

March 4, 2009

The VNAA Seeks Cost-Effective Solutions in Healthcare Summit
An open letter the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) sent today to President Obama in preparation for tomorrow's White House Summit on Healthcare...

March 3, 2009

The VNAA Recommends Changes in Medicare to Encourage Quality and Discourage Abuse
The VNAA released today a new publication outlining specific recommendations to encourage quality in home healthcare and discourage abuses to the Medicare reimbursement system...

Feb. 27, 2009

The VNAA Reacts to President Obama's Proposed Budget
The VNAA is disappointed and alarmed that President Obama is targeting the Medicare home health program for $550 million in cuts in the recently released proposed Federal budget...

Feb. 16, 2009

VNAA Applauds the Passage of the Stimulus Bill
The VNAA applauds the action of the U.S. Congress in reaching agreement on funding priorities to get the country on better economic standing...

Jan. 12, 2009

VNAA Partners with CareerBuilder.com to Support New Web-Based Career Center
The VNAA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Chicago-based Careerbuilder.com to support the new VNAA Web-based Career Center...

Jan. 9, 2009

VNAA Reacts to MedPAC Recommendations to Cut Medicare Home Health Payments
The VNAA is disappointed and alarmed that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has recommended in a series of unanimous votes that Congress and the...


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