2014 Legislative Conference

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 ushers in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members. Along with other topics impacting long term care, the 2014 Legislative Conference will focus on how the launch of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care program will impact the long term care provider community.
 
This year’s conference will continue to offer VHCA/VCAL members with an opportunity to interact with legislators serving in the General Assembly. Register today to reserve your seat!  
 
Virginia’s long term care providers are now facing unprecedented challenges in the delivery of care, a new administration, funding for long term care, the state’s pending implementation of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care, Virginia’s managed care initiative, coupled with uncertainty about decisions that will be made by Congress in 2014. In this year’s General Assembly Session, legislators, along with Governor McAuliffe, will make decisions about Medicaid funding and payment and other measures directly affecting nursing and assisted living facilities.  Legislation proposed in the 2014 General Assembly will have a direct impact on long term care.  Conference attendees will hear from presenters who will address these challenges from a state and national perspective.
 
Making our voices heard within the political and policy arena is vitally important. Time has been set aside on Tuesday morning to visit legislators.  VHCA members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with their legislators during a visit to the General Assembly and at the evening legislative reception. We urge members to make appointments now to meet with their Delegate and Senator – face-to-face meetings are one of the most effective options for delivering our message about the critical need for adequate funding for long term care.

Conference participants will:

  • Prepare for implementation of Commonwealth Coordinated Care, Virginia’s Dual Demonstration initiative, with presentations from the three participating MCOs about their perspectives and goals for care coordination among dual eligible beneficiaries.
  • Receive a briefing on legislative actions in the 2014 General Assembly and understand the consequences of budget decisions on Virginia’s Medicaid funding.
  • Discover the importance of grass roots lobbying.
  • Hear about what is happening in Congress and AHCA’s efforts to influence Congressional decisions.
  • Learn about the Arizona Model of Managed Care and lessons learned from their experience.
  • Receive an update on Medicaid Reform from Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Secretary William A. Hazel, Jr., MD.
  • Identify strategies for succeeding in today’s post-acute environment.

Registration and brochure information is available online.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $150.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or by calling 804.344.7000.  Hotel reservation deadline is January 31, 2014.