NewsLine - January 2010 - (Page 1)

4 January 2010 Strategic Accomplishments in 2009 M Strategic Plan for 2010-2012 On a personal note, I am awaiting the birth of my fi rst grandchild who is expected to arrive in just a few weeks! For my daughter and son-in-law, the last nine months have been a wonderful experience—none of the typical morning sickness and loads of anticipation and planning. By Don Schumacher NHPCO President/CEO As I write this message for this particular issue, which by tradition looks back over our work during the last year, I cannot help but draw parallels between this very personal experience and what has been a tumultuous time for our field. The last year has been unique. As we were navigating the new Hospice CoPs at the start of 2009, we were also battling the scheduled elimination of the Medicare BNAF that would reduce hospice revenue by $2.9 billion! In February, we were victorious, with a one-year moratorium enacted by the new Obama Administration and, by August, had earned a greater victory: while the BNAF would not be halted, the elimination would be phased out over a seven-year period, giving hospice providers time to plan for and absorb the cut. But late summer and early fall continued on next page Also Featured This Month: A Virtual Tour of 2010 MLC… Held each April in our nation’s Capitol, the NHPCO Management and Leadership Conference brings together seasoned and aspiring leaders and managers to share best practices and new innovations. See page 18 for some of this year’s planned events. NHF’s Winter Quarterly Report—see page 26 2010 Board of Directors any of us may be feeling a bit of a lull as the month of January begins, with the holiday flurry now past, visiting loved ones having returned home, and some dark days of winter still ahead. While I have certainly experienced my share of the post-holiday let down in past years, this January is very different. Protecting Hospice Rates—New Tools for the New Year National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - January 2010

NewsLine - January 2010
Strategic Accomplishments in 2009
Strategic Plan for 2010-2012
Protecting Hospice Rates—New Tools for the New Year
2010 Board of Directors
NHF’s Winter Quarterly Report

NewsLine - January 2010