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Presidents Message

Posted: July 30, 2020

I have never really tracked the weather forecast until I moved to Florida almost 30 years ago. It became an important behavior for most residents living in Southern coastal states from June 1st through November 30th every year - hurricane season. I am currently tracking the 5-day forecast for what is now Tropical Storm Isaias as Florida is in the “cone” for this potential hurricane. That is something we Floridians like to call a “planned event,” one we have a window of time we can prepare for. We have numerous, sometimes conflicting, models that we can use to estimate strength, direction and speed of the storm, as well as anticipate where it will make landfall. As the storm approaches, this “cone of uncertainty” becomes more unified; one of greater and greater predictability ~ one where the various models reduce in diversity. During this “planned event,”  I have a checklist of activities and behaviors I complete consistently to prepare for the potential worst event. I believe that it best to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best" as the eventual outcome is out of my control.

I like predictive modeling for storms.  I find these models comforting, as they allow me to do my best to control what I can control.   I wish we had some level of predictive modeling that was consistently provided, and updated, over time related to our current pandemic health emergency.  I am disappointed and frustrated with the inability to “see” what is happening and develop a sense of whether we are getting better or worse.  I think we deserve that as a country.  Until such time, I will continue to practice the social distancing and infection control procedures that are fundamental - hand washing, mask wearing in public and limit my interactions with large groups of people.

I hope that each of you continue to find your endurance for these behaviors as well.  It has kept me safe so far and I look for the time we as a nation can no longer reside in the a COVID-19 “cone of uncertainty.”

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.


Dee Kornetti
APTA Home Health Section


Centennial Scholarship Applications

**SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED. Applications must be submitted by AUGUST 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.**

The Home Health Section is seeking one or more candidates to sponsor for APTA’s Centennial Scholars program. This program includes leadership training, mentoring, and a capstone project deliverable to the Home Health Section at the conclusion of the program. Recipient(s) will receive a year-long program of live and virtual leadership training, mentoring from an APTA-assigned mentor with significant leadership experience, and attendance at three key APTA Centennial events for up to one hundred Scholars. Centennial scholars will complete a capstone project of their choosing that will leave a lasting legacy for the Home Health Section and APTA. 

For more information & to submit an application, CLICK HERE!


2020 Home Health Section Board Nominations

The APTA HHS Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 Home Health Section Board elections. The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill the following positions: 

  • Vice President  
  • Secretary
  • Nominating Committee Member

The nomination submission deadline has been extended until TOMORROW, Friday, July 31st, 2020.To learn more about the elections, requirements to hold office and to submit your nomination, CLICK HERE


The ACHH Live Course is Going Virtual for 2020!

The 2-day live component is a critical element of the Advanced Competency in Home Health Certification program.  The live course requires actual demonstration of skills being discussed and active participation. The 2-day live portion also offers a huge networking opportunity which is one of the strengths of the program.

Due to the current and foreseeable future COVID-19 restrictions, hosting this in-person course does not seem probable through the end of 2020. We are very aware that there are participants who are on a time crunch to complete the certification within the 24-month time window, and therefore are pleased to offer this virtual option for calendar year 2020! 

Live content will be delivered in a virtual synchronous format with interactive videos and breakout sessions (using a webinar platform such as Zoom) and will be offered in 2 different seminars. Each seminar will consist of 4 weekend days of 4-hour sessions numbered 1 through 4 which must be taken sequentially. These seminars are designed to complement and build on the core modules of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. They have online pre-requisite courses, in which  you must successfully complete prior to attending. 

Early Bird Pricing Ends in 2 WEEKS on August 17th!

For more information & to register, CLICK HERE


News Alert

Posted: July 30, 2020 

CMS and CDC Announce Provider Reimbursement Available for Counseling Patients to Self-Isolate at time of COVID-19 Testing

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients, at the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, about the importance of self-isolation after they are tested and prior to the onset of symptoms...

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