NHPCO-NAHC Collaboration News & Updates

NHPCO-NAHC Opportunity Assessment Workgroups

This page will keep our members and the entire care-at-home community – including hospice, home care, palliative care, serious illness, and others – as informed as possible about the ongoing process of collaboration and possible combination of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Please read on for information about member town hall discussions, media coverage, the leaders guiding this process, and more.  

This page will be updated as appropriate, so please check back for news and information. 

NHPCO-NAHC Town Halls 

The member voice is a critical component to this exploration. As such, all members of NHPCO and NAHC are invited to a series of joint Town Halls to hear updates on the process and participate in a Q&A with members of the Steering Committee leading this exploration. 

Town Halls will be held on the following dates and are open to all members of the NHPCO and NAHC memberships: 

      • November 15, 2023 | Watch recording
      • December 7, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET 
      • January 11, 2024, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET 

Town Hall participation information, including the link to join, will be sent to members closer to each Town Hall. 

Past Updates 

Press release 
NHPCO and NAHC Boards Agree to Pursue
Creation of a New, Combined Organization
NAHC site  |  NHPCO site 
Member email 
Announcing Letter of Intent 
NAHC site  |  NHPCO site 
Member email 
Update and Introduction of Steering Committee 
NAHC site  |  NHPCO site 
Press release 
NAHC and NHPCO Exploring Collaboration Opportunities 
NAHC site  |  NHPCO site 
Member email 
NHPCO and NAHC Exploring Collaboration Opportunities 
NAHC site  |  NHPCO site  

 Media Coverage  

As merger with NHPCO approaches, chief of
NAHC reveals plans to stay through 2024
Home Care Magazine 
NAHC, NHPCO Merger Could Be Done in 2024
NAHC merger with NHPCO on track for implementation
next year, leaders say
The strength of a united hospice house 
‘This is our time’: NHPCO leaders see opportunities
for hospice field even as challenges persist
Hospice News 
NHPCO COO and Interim CEO Ben Marcantonio:
Collaboration a Watchword for 2024
Healthcare Services Investment News 
NAHC, NHPCO Sign LOI for Potential Merger 
Hospice News 
NAHC, NHPCO Inch Closer to Possible Combination 
Home Health Care News 
NAHC, NHPCO Sign Letter Of Intent To Potentially Combine 
NAHC, NHPCO likely to merge 
HomeCare Magazine 
NHPCO, NAHC Boards Agree to Pursue Creation
of a New, Combined Organization
Provider groups explore collaboration, stronger ties 
Hospice News 
NAHC, NHPCO Seek Greater Collaboration with
‘All Options on the Table’

Steering Committee 

Members and staff leaders from NHPCO and NAHC who are leading the process to create new, combined organization:  

      • Ken Albert, NAHC Chair 
      • Trisha Crissman, NHPCO National Director 
      • Bill Dombi, NAHC President 
      • Melinda Gruber, NHPCO Chair 
      • Ben Marcantonio, NHPCO COO and Interim CEO 
      • Norman McRae, NHPCO Immediate Past Chair 
      • Susan Ponder-Stansel, NAHC Board Member 
      • Lynne Sexten, NHPCO At-Large Executive Committee Member 
      • William Simione, III, NAHC Treasurer 
      • David Totaro, NAHC Board Member 

NAHC-NHPCO Opportunity Assessment Workgroups 

Workgroups comprised of members and staff are working on key elements of a combined organization. The Workgroups are focused on the following areas: Branding 

      • CEO Search Advisory 
      • Advocacy and Policy 
      • Education 
      • Finance and Operations 
      • Governance and Nominating 
      • Membership and Dues 
      • Member Communities and Engagement 
      • Member Services  

See the full list of Workgroup members here