This past week, HCAF was joined by over 700 members and guests for 6 days of fantastic educational workshops, a bustling trade-show with top-tier vendors and prize giveaways, increased motivation for advocacy efforts, and even a bit of fun at our 2014 Annual Conference and Trade Show.
Held in the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa, attendees participated in over 65 educational sessions covering topics such as how to get more referrals, home health marketing, upcoming CMS changes, leadership skills, employment law, compliance, wound care, and much, much more. In addition, HCAF also offered ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding courses, as well as OASIS-C training and the COS-C Certification exam.
In the Trade Show Hall, nearly 100 home health support companies displayed their services and showed attendees how they could help their agency’s succeed. Members and guests had the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with these vendors who could be the partners that help their business reach their own silver anniversary and beyond. Our Trade Show had even more to offer than these wonderful networking opportunities: attendees walked away with incredible prize giveaways such as a 3 hour spa package, several iPads, a $300 gift certificate to Walt Disney World, and even $500 cash! Following the Trade Show, members and vendors headed up the scenic 20Seven lounge on the 27th floor of the hotel to take in panoramic views of Walt Disney World and the surrounding area, while they enjoyed beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvre, and chatted with other guests and vendors.
Advocacy was also a large focus at this year’s conference, with many attendees being inspired by messages from HCAF Board President Anthony Clarizio and NAHC Vice President of Law Bill Dombi that we all need to do more to convince legislators of the importance of home health in the spectrum of patient care options. They stressed the value of the Home Care PAC, HCAF’s political arm that raises money to support the campaigns of legislators who have been home care heroes in the past. This year the PAC Raised over $7,000 to use in the 2014 election; more than tripling the amount of donations from the previous year. Some of these fundx were raised through the annual Home Care PAC Breakfast, where this year PAC members heard from Rep. Karen Castor Dentel (D-Maitland) about the importance of building relationships with legislators and how home health professionals could do so.
In short, HCAF is thrilled to have had one of our most successful conferences ever and would like to thank everyone who joined us to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, Ponce De Leon LTC RRG, Hometown Homecare, Kinnser Software, and Axxess, as well as our other sponsors and our hardworking volunteers. We could not have pulled off such a great event without all of these great friends. We look forward to beginning to plan our 2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show and continuing to reach our golden anniversary and beyond!