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One Important Part of National Home Care & Hospice Month is Advocacy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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Senator Grassley and Representative-elect Young visit UnityPoint at Home 

One important part of National Home Care & Hospice Month is advocacy. UnityPoint at Home is committed to making sure the needs and concerns of our industry are heard by our elected officials. On Monday, November 3, United States Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative-elect David Young visited UnityPoint at Home. They accompanied a home care nurse case manager, on a visit to a patient's home to learn more about how home care is transforming health care delivery. Both gentlemen toured the UnityPoint at Home offices, and met with executives to discuss important issues facing the health care industry.

Vicki Wildman RN, telehealth manager, gave a demonstration of UnityPoint at Home's telehealth technology and how it is allowing more effective communication and care coordination between clinicians, patients and primary care providers. Mary Mahoney MSN, RN, CWON, certified wound and ostomy nurse, detailed how this same type of technology, utilizing digital photography, is allowing UnityPoint at Home's team of wound, ostomy, continence care nurses practice more efficiently while delivering high quality, interventional care in the homes of patients. She also discussed key Medicare issues covering wound care patients, specifically those with ostomies, and how gaps in the current coverage can affect their ability to properly care for their conditions.Grassley and Young held a question-and-answer session with UnityPoint at Home employees and listened to questions and concerns about the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and home care services.

Grassley is currently serving his sixth term in the Senate as Iowa's senior member.Young will be representing Iowa's Third Congressional District, which encompasses Des Moines and its suburbs, and extends to the southwest part of the state. He will be sworn into office on January 3, 2015 for his term. 

Every phone call, every email, every message to your legislators can make a difference. Our patients are counting on us to make that difference in their lives. Learn how to influence policy decisions and reach out to your local legislators here.



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