Legislative Update: April 23, 2019
Congress is out of session this week. When lawmakers return on Monday, April 29, it is expected that prescription drug costs and legislation to shore up the health insurance marketplace will be a continued focus, particularly in the Democratic-led House of Representatives. Specifically, it is possible that drug pricing and health insurance legislation that recently passed the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees will be brought to the full House floor for a vote in May.

The Nurse Workforce Challenge in Home Health
HomeCare Magazine recently published an editorial by Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, Vice President of Quality and Research at ElevatingHOME and VNAA, entitled, “The Nurse Workforce Challenge in Home Health.” The editorial, available here, focuses on the RN workforce and the growing vacancy rates and recruitment challenges home-based care faces today. The HomeCare Magazine piece follows a study commissioned by ElevatingHOME and VNAA and subsequent white paper report examining the state of new graduate RNs in home-based care. The report, “New Graduates in Home-Based Care,” available here, summarizes expert opinions from nurse leaders in home-based care and nurse academics. 

Legislative Update: April 9, 2019
Congress returned yesterday for one more week of session before adjourning for the Passover and Easter holidays. This week, Committee action is expected on a slate of health care bills related to drug pricing and health insurance proposals. On April 9, the Senate Finance Committee will hold its third hearing on drug prices. Witnesses will include Cigna, CVS, Humana, OptumRx and Prime Therapeutics and the focus will be on the role of pharmacy benefit managers.

A Brighter Future Together with LeadingAge 
Today, VNAA and ElevatingHOME take an important step towards increasing our impact and influence across the full continuum of services and supports for people as they age. We have entered into an agreement with the intent to affiliate with LeadingAge. Our organizations have shared visions, similar missions, and a deep commitment to service. Together, we are committed to high quality, person-centered care for individuals in any setting they call home.

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