Two leading home health care organizations on Tuesday kicked off a new partnership meant to to strengthen home health care for providers, patients and taxpayers.
The Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation—a national, nonprofit consortium of nonprofit and proprietary home health care organizations and providers—partnered with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)—a national, nonprofit industry organization based in Arlington, Virginia, that supports, advances and promotes mission-driven providers of community-based health care.
“The specific goals of the partnership are really to reduce fragmentation in the industry and strengthen the voice the VNAA and the Alliance have individually,” Tracey Moorhead, VNAA’s president and CEO, told Home Health Care News. “This alignment really brings us much closer together.”
According to a press release, the new partnership is being pursued to help both organizations successfully respond to the changing landscape of home health and community-based care due to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, as well as a variety of additional federal and state policy reforms. The Alliance and the VNAA were inspired to partner due to the combination of these changes, paired with the national challenges of caring for an aging population living with the high burdens of chronic illness, new health care technologies, and opportunities created by new care delivery models.
“It’s a very fragmented industry, particularly from a policymaker perspective,” Moorhead told HHCN. She explained the boards of both organizations felt it was critical to reduce that fragmentation and to coalesce as an industry.
“We want to strengthen the voice of home-based care providers before policymakers,” Moorhead added.
Written by Mary Kate Nelson