Value of Nebraska Home Care Association Membership
The Nebraska Home Care Association's mission is to provide a unified commitment to impact quality and growth in home care through education, networking and support to the membership.
Nebraska Home Care Advocacy
The Nebraska Home Care Association advocates for its members, in order to represent their interests and protect the services provided to beneficiaries. We depend on members to voice their opinions, share stories and insight to help us protect those rights and represent their businesses. The association strives to positively influence public policy efforts on behalf of members at the local, state and federal levels.
State Level Advocacy
Through the association’s lobbyist and the Government Affairs/Reimbursement Committee’s work, association members are kept informed of legislative updates. The association offers grassroots training to members on how to be proactive in addressing legislative issues that impact the home healthcare industry, and how to build relationships with lawmakers. Representatives testify on behalf of the association's membership at state legislative committee hearings regarding issues that impact the home care industry in the state of Nebraska.
During election years), members interview state senator candidates and educate them about home care and hospice services. This is the beginning of our process in building relationships with state lawmakers. All members are welcome and invited to attend.
The Nebraska Home Care Association is always seeking feedback on how laws can be modified to help ensure that essential home care and hospice services are being provided and that members are being supported with the necessary resources to deliver those services. Equally important is having every Nebraska Home Care Association member build a relationship with his or her state senator, to help educate them about the work being done in our state to meet the growing consumer demands for home and community based care, which is the most cost-effective healthcare delivery system available. We provide training and information on how to do this, provide an annual luncheon at the state Capitol for you to meet with your state senator and legislative staff, and help arrange for you to host a visit or tour of your office to educate lawmakers about the services you are providing.
The Nebraska Home Care Association shares frequent updates and calls to action on legislative issues at the federal level. We have a partnership with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice to keep us apprised of federal issues. Members of our state association meet with our Congressional delegation to lobby on behalf of issues important to the home health and hospice industry. We count on members to let us know what challenges they are facing and voice recommendations and concerns to our members of Congress. We also help arrange for visits and meetings, so that members can educate our Congressional delegation about home care and hospice services. You would receive regular email updates about these issues, to help you gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in delivering home and community based care to Nebraskans.
Regulatory Advocacy and Updates
The Nebraska Home Care Association continuously asks members to share challenges they are facing with regulations, compliance and reimbursement. It is a strong, unified voice for the profession. Members receive emails keeping them apprised of the issues that home health and hospice providers are addressing, which provides further insight and education about the industry.
The Nebraska Home Care Association works closely with its members to be proactive in addressing regulatory issues that impact Nebraska’s home health agencies. Our Medicaid Task Group has built relationships with Nebraska DHHS and the Medicaid Managed Care organizations. The Medicaid Task Group meets regularly with them to convey members’ ideas, requests and concerns and recommends ideas and resolutions to help ensure that home care providers are receiving adequate and timely reimbursement that accurately matches the services they are delivering, and that the amount of time spent on documentation and compliance can be reduced so that they can focus that time on serving beneficiaries.
Communications, Networking and Mentoring Opportunities
Members are provided with timely and useful information regarding the most recent developments in home care. The website is designed to be an effective tool for members to access and share current and relevant information for the home healthcare industry. Members can share ideas, best practices and solutions to challenges that impact their agencies or businesses through the website and electronic communications. Members also receive monthly issues of NewsPulse, the association's electronic newsletter.
Collective knowledge, wisdom, friendships and networking opportunities with your peers are available through your association membership. The association offers networking at our conferences and education programs where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with home care, hospice and private duty professionals. One of the greatest benefits is being able to share information, ideas and resources to help fellow members. We are glad to connect with you a mentor at any point in your career.
Like our Facebook page and stay up-to-date with the latest news and information impacting home care and hospice.
Access our membership discussion forum through the website where members share resources and information.
Community Outreach and Public Relations Activities
Nebraska Home Care Association members participate in consumer awareness activities such as:
- Providing speakers for organizations, groups or businesses that are interested in learning more about home care services.
- Assistance in locating home and community health service and home care providers in your area.
- Information regarding home care questions, complaints or concerns.
- Consultation for the establishment and/or the development of home care services.
The Nebraska Home Care Association hosts an Annual Winter Conference in Lincoln with education tracks for home care, hospice and private duty providers. Topics focus on legislative, regulatory, compliance and leadership. There are workshops, conferences and webinars offered throughout the year on a variety of clinical, business and leadership topics. The association is an approved provider of continuing education through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. We encourage associate members to present education, to help your business and provide recognition and visibility as well