Paula Long Named Regulatory Specialist for Beacon Health

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Beacon Health has completed an intensive year-long search and named Paula Long, RN CHCE, its new Regulatory Specialist for Homecare and Hospice. Long replaces the retiring Diane Omdahl, effective October 1, as Beacon Health’s authority in all aspects of homecare and hospice.

“This position is an honor to accept,” said Long. “I look forward to sharing my valuable experience and education in home health and hospice, and to continue to nurture my regulatory expertise in order to benefit those whom I educate and mentor.”

Beacon Health, a division of HCPro, Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Long, RN, CHCE, to the position of Homecare and Hospice Regulatory Specialist.

Long replaces Beacon Health founder Diane Omdahl, RN, MS, who is retiring effective October 1. Long will serve as Beacon Health's regulatory expert for all homecare and hospice educational offerings. She will present the national Mastering Medicare seminar series scheduled in five U.S. cities throughout 2011, speak on Beacon Health's monthly audio conferences, and serve as editor-in-chief of the highly acclaimed newsletters Homecare Direction, Homecare Q&A, and Homecare Administrator. Long will also provide virtual consulting services through the Beacon Institute, a membership program for homecare and hospice providers.

"This position is an honor to accept," said Long, a resident of Elnora, IN. "I look forward to sharing my valuable experience and education in home health and hospice, and to continue to nurture my regulatory expertise in order to benefit those whom I educate and mentor."

Prior to joining Beacon Health, Long was director of both Sullivan County Community Hospital Home Health and Hospice of Sullivan County. She also served as an independent consultant for Indiana-based Compliance Consultants, where she provided regulatory, clinical, and operational guidance to homecare agencies throughout the state. Long has more than 15 years' experience in the home health and hospice fields and a thorough understanding of their relationship to the long-term care and hospital settings.

Long has extensive ties to professional organizations in homecare. She serves on the advisory board of the Area 7 Agency on Aging and the regulatory committee of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. She is the compliance officer and former president of the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care and an active member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Long will make her first public appearance as Beacon Health's Homecare and Hospice Regulatory Specialist at the upcoming National Association for Home Care and Hospice conference, October 3–5, in Grapevine, TX. She will also conduct a free audio conference on October 13, entitled "The State of Homecare: An Expert Analysis of Payment and Compliance Trends." Registration is available at http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9021.html.

ABOUT BEACON HEALTH
Beacon Health, a division of HCPro, Inc., provides high-quality education, guidance, and support services to Medicare-certified homecare agencies and hospices. Its popular seminars, audio conferences, and publications help agencies achieve regulatory compliance, educate staff, and improve productivity and payment. For more information, visit http://www.beaconhealth.org.

ABOUT HCPRO, INC.
HCPro is the leading provider of information, educational, and advisory products, services and solutions in the vital areas of compliance, regulation, and management to the U.S. Healthcare Industry. The company helps the healthcare industry make better decisions about regulation, compliance and management through authoritative analysis, trusted interpretation, and best in class education and training. HCPro provides practical strategies and solutions that serve their customers' organizations, their patients, and their communities. The Company's market leading brands include HCPro, HealthLeaders Media, and The Greeley Company. Additional information can be found at http://www.hcpro.com.

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