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  • Porchlight VNA/Home Care CEO to Co-lead Nationwide Webinar


    LEE — Porchlight VNA/Home Care President and CEO Holly Chaffee will co-lead a nationwide webinar presentation for home-care nurses and administrators in conjunction with the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The webinar will focus on Porchlight’s continued rating as a five-star agency by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the care-quality-improvement processes and care-coordination strategies leading to this rating. The webinar will address the need for home-healthcare agencies to maintain referral sources in a constantly competitive market.

    Co-leading the presentation with Chaffee will be Chief Industry Officer Barbara McCann, representing the five-star agency Interim Health Care in Sunrise, Fla. Both will discuss specific ways in which their agencies maintain low readmission rates for patients, resources and services available to assist agencies, and how to implement and improve publicly reported outcome measures.

    The rollout of the five-star rating system by CMS last July has created a more competitive home-healthcare market with scores and other information readily available to the public on the CMS website at www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare. With fewer than 300 home-healthcare agencies in the U.S., including three in Massachusetts, achieving a five-star rating, Porchlight has the distinction of being the only five-star agency in Western Mass.

    Continuing-education credits are offered to registered nurses and licensed nurses via the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice. Registration information can be found at www.ochch.org. An audio recording is also available.

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