Nebraska Home Care Association Membership

The Nebraska Home Care Association serves as our voice, advocate, representative, resource and support. Please contact our office at (402) 423-0718 or [email protected] at any time for service and support, or to discuss how you would like to be involved. We always welcome your participation and feedback on how to continually add value to your membership and meet your needs.
For more information on NEHCA Member Classifications, click here. You can apply for membership through the linked page.
If you are ready to apply now, click the link below that applies to you:

In 2024, the Nebraska Home Care Association will be working on your behalf through:

1. Professional Development, Public Relations, Communications and Marketing

Offering contact hours (continuing education) for you and your staff through events including:

      • Fall Annual Conference. There will be tracks for home health, hospice and private duty home care at our Fall Conference, along with the Annual Business Meeting and networking and social events. Stay tuned for details.
      • Conference for Newer Administrators and Directors
      • OASIS-E Conference for clinicians
      • Summer engagement tours with networking opportunities and social activities around the state in the summer.
      • Offering discounted rate on Home Care and Hospice Manager, Administrator and Executive Certificate Program.
      • Accessing the Resource for Family Caregivers on the website to educate them about home care, home health and hospice services.
      • Providing marketing materials for you to educate and inform physicians, discharge planners, and social workers about home health services.
      • Updating you on breaking development in the home care and hospice industry, and providing the latest legislative and regulatory updates, news and information through NewsPulse, our weekly electronic newsletter, and the website.

2. Advocacy, Lobbying, Government Relations and Regulations

      • Researching, interpreting and communicating with you about how proposed regulatory and legislative issues would impact your agency or company and home care and hospice clients.
      • Continuing active participation with the Medicaid managed care plans and Nebraska DHHS to address credentialing, authorizations, claims and payments.
      • Representing members and continuing to advocate for minimally burdensome management of Electronic Visit Verification.
      • Continuing our partnership with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Council of State Home Care Associations, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and CGS to provide you with legislative and regulatory information and updates, tools, data, reports and other resources.
      • Offering a webinar to help train members on how to build relationships with their state senators in preparation for discussions about legislative issues during our legislative networking reception with state senators on February 28, 2023 in Lincoln.
      • Preparing members with talking points to testify at legislative hearings involving issues that impact home care and hospice services.

3. Leadership Opportunities

      • Providing leadership opportunities and representation for you and your staff through service on our Program/Education Committee, Personal Care Home Care Work Group, Government Affairs/Reimbursement Committee, Medicaid Task Group and Political Action Committee (PAC). Thank you to all of our volunteers who served this year! Please contact me or Janet Seelhoff, our Executive Director, for more information on how to get involved.

2024 Priorities

      • Advocating for passage of a state legislative bill that appropriate funds to hire a consultant to conduct a Medicaid home health skilled nursing and private duty nursing reimbursement rate study.
      • Advocate against the proposed Medicare home health reimbursement cuts in CMS’ final rule.
      • Work with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on a process to issue payments to hospice agencies and personal care home care providers for allocation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) funding to help recoup costs as a result of the Covid-19 public health emergency. (Advocacy was done in 2022 for home health agencies to help recoup costs).
      • Advocate for adjustment of aged and disabled Medicaid waiver rates to help address actual cost of care and service delivery. Promote member participation in a critical incident management pilot project with Liberty.
      • Address the labor shortages of nurses and therapists through H2B visas and legislation such as the Better Care Better Jobs Act (S. 2210) .
      • Vote in favor of the Choose Home Act S.2562/H.R.5514). This would enable eligible Medicare patients (as determined by a carefully controlled assessment tool) to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for 30 days post-discharge.
      • Reject Efforts to Reduce the Hospice Aggregate Cap
      • Support Senator Deb Fischer’s Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act (S. 2565) to improve patient and family-prioritized outcomes and experience of care and reduce unnecessary or unwanted emergency department visits and hospitalizations.