NAHC President Bill Dombi Accepts Award from BayadaOctober 27, 2023
Washington, D.C. – On October 26, 2023, William (Bill) Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice gratefully accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from BAYADA Hearts for Home Care (H4HC), a nonprofit advocacy organization made up of thousands of home care recipients, their families and loved ones, and home care professionals. This is only the second time this award has been given – the first was awarded to Mark Baiada, Founder and former CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care, upon his retirement in 2018.
This award recognizes Bill’s 40 years of dedication to ensuring that home care is top of mind for legislators and other decision makers in Washington, D.C. and across the United States. Bill has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution of Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. Additionally, Bill served as lead counsel in the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, lawsuits against Medicaid programs for inadequate payment rates, and current lawsuits challenging the Medicare home health face-to-face encounter rule and the Department of Labor changes to the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“There’s no better example of commitment to advocacy and education in the home health care space than Bill Dombi,” said David Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer, BAYADA Home Health Care. “It has been an honor to work alongside him. I know that advocates will remain inspired by his passion and commitment to the cause for years to come.”
“I am enormously gratified to accept this award for Lifetime Achievement,” said Bill, who had not been told he would be receiving an award. “I have devoted decades of my life to expanding access to care at home and advocating to policymakers for the interests of patients and providers. Bayada is such an important part of our community and a valued NAHC member and I am very grateful to be acknowledged by them in this way.”
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.
About Bayada Hearts for Home Care
BAYADA Hearts for Home Care (H4HC) is a community of like-minded advocates that believes all individuals have the fundamental right to access quality health care services in their own homes. We believe in empowering our nationwide network of home care advocates through education and engagement. Together, we seek to influence state and federal decision-makers to create policies that support children, adults, seniors, and families that need this care, and recognize and respect the professional caregiving workforce.
Our goal is to tell legislators, “Home care is important to me, and it should be important to you too.” To learn more visit www.heartsforhomecare.com.
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