One Important Part of National Home Care & Hospice Month is Advocacy.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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.