Industry Organizations and Workgroups
VNAA and ElevatingHOME participate in national dialogue, lobby on the Hill on behalf of our members, actively meet with members of Congress, and participate monthly with numerous industry organizations to expand our presence and continue to provide best practices for our members. Here are just a few of the organizations we work with on a regular basis:
Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC): C-TAC members support a robust advocacy effort and ensure that those living with advanced illness have access to high-quality, person- and family-centered care. The principal goal in their advocacy efforts is a Medicare payment demonstration for an advanced illness care model. ElevatingHOME is represented on the Public Policy and Regulatory Committees to assist in comment letters, policy development and ensuring a voice for our membership.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO): NHPCO continues to work on The Patient Choice and Quality Care Act, bipartisan legislation directing CMS to conduct an Advanced Illness Coordination Services demonstration, which will allow an interdisciplinary team to provide early palliative care and wrap-around, homebased services to individuals with multiple and complex chronic conditions. Another bill likely to be reintroduced is, The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) to establish a variety of palliative care and hospice training programs that would increase the number of healthcare professionals trained in these techniques. The legislation also supports a national education campaign to increase awareness about palliative care and supports research to improve delivery of palliative care.
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO): LCAO is a coalition of 69 national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older population and committed to representing their interests in the policymaking arena. ElevatingHOME is a member of LCAO and partners with the group to advocate for protecting and strengthening patients access to home health, hospice, palliative care and broader issues that impact the aging population.
Medicare Home Health working group: ElevatingHOME participates in a group convened by the American Nurses Association that aims to increase access to home health care, with a specific focus on promoting policies that would allow non-physician practitioners to certify Medicare patients for home health care services. This working group also includes the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, AARP, and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, among others.