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    Valley Blue Sox Season Opener

    DATE: Thursday, June 9th

    LOCATION: MacKenzie Stadium, 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA

    TIME: 6:30 PM

    TICKETS: Available at tickets@valleybluesox.com or (413) 533-1100

    Porchlight VNA/Home Care CEO to Speak at Two Home Health Conferences

    Porchlight VNA/Home Care’s CEO and Chamber Board Member, Holly Chaffee, RN, BSN, MSN, will speak at The Home Health Administrator’s Summit on May 12, 2016 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV and The New England Home Care and Hospice Conference and Trade Show on May 16, 2016 at Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.  Building on decades of experience in home care, she will share the secrets to the success of the agency in achieving consistent five-star ratings from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

    The conferences will feature up-to-date information for home care leadership, including a focus on regulatory compliance, technology solutions, and growth strategies. As a sought-after home care expert, Chaffee will present on the innovative clinical and operational best practices that led to Porchlight VNA/Home Care’s ranking within the top 3% of agencies in the country. Her presentations include tips on reducing falls and medication mishaps, reducing hospital readmissions, and improving patient satisfaction. 

    Porchlight is the only Western Massachusetts agency given the elite five-star status by the federal government. Similar to hotel or restaurant ratings, agencies are given a score of one to five stars, with one being the lowest score and five being the highest ranking among peers. The national average is just three or three and one-half star ratings. The new star ratings were rolled out in July of 2015 as the standard by which all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified home health care companies nationwide are ranked.  Consumers will find the ratings useful when researching home care options. Star ratings can be found on the Medicare.gov website under “Home Health Compare” and other publications along with detailed information on the measures used to determine the ratings. Star ratings are a reflection of the quality of patient care, safety measures, and outcomes as determined by CMS standards. One such measured outcome is the improvement in a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living, such as walking independently. A low rate of patient hospitalization or readmissions is also a key measure of performance for the CMS ratings.

    Registration information for The Home Health Administrator’s Summit on May 12, 2016 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV is found at: http://decisionhealth.com/HHAdminSummit/ .

    Registration information for The New England Home Care and Hospice Conference and Trade Show on May 16, 2016 at Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT is found at: http://www.newenglandhomecareconference.com/