IA man dead after home care suspended

A Medicaid patient lost the care he’d received for 20 years. 3 months later, he was dead. CLOSE ORANGE CITY, Ia. – Thirty-two years ago, a vehicle accident left Todd Mouw a quadriplegic, unable to feed himself and needing a ventilator to breathe. Yet for decades he was able to live at home with the […]

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Help Stop HHGM!

CMS’s Proposed HHGM Payment System Will Disrupt Home Health Payments and Access to Care CMS is planning major changes for the way home care agencies are reimbursed for Medicare services, and the industry is pushing back hard. New Hampshire providers need to voice their concerns by contacting our Congressional Delegation and submitting comment letters to […]

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Private Duty Affinity Group Returns Sept 20

HCANH’s Private Duty Forum will return from summer hiatus on Wednesday, September 20th.  Beginning with this meeting, the group will now also cover Choices for Independence issues. I invite members to attend!   HCANH affinity groups are collegial, member-driven networking opportunities to share best practices, problem-solve challenges and delve into issues.  Rebecca Hutchinson, former director […]

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Be Sure To Pick Both PEPPERs!

New Hampshire’s hospices are better at accessing their PEPPER reports than home care agencies.  Two-thirds of the state’s hospices retrieved their most recent PEPPER, while just one-third of home care agencies downloaded theirs. All providers — hospice and home care — should review their PEPPERs regularly!   PEPPER reports summarize one provider’s Medicare claims data statistics […]

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HCANH/NHHCPO Affiliation Update

HCANH/NHHCPO Affiliation Update   Thank you to all who responded to the recent survey sent by Joan Hull of CompassWise Consulting.  We were pleased that many of you took the time to give Joan your thoughts on the possibility of our two organizations coming together into one entity. Joan has met with directors of both organizations […]

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2017 New Hampshire Legislative Wrap-up

  With the State Legislature taking a break for the summer, now is a good time for an overview of the key bills that affect home care and hospice agencies and the people who rely on us for care.     State Budget   The SFY ’18 and ’19 state budget was the major focus […]

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Public Policy: Up Close and Personal

  There are two great opportunities in September to travel to Washington for federal home health and hospice conferences.  Both these meetings will offer legislative and regulatory updates, Capitol Hill and CMS speakers, and advocacy days. If Medicare and Medicaid policy matters to you, then consider these options for learning and engagement! The Council of […]

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Saving the Rural Add-On

    The extension of the 3% rural add-on for Medicare home health episodes remains a top priority for home health agencies.  The differential payment expires on 12/31/17. While Senator Susan Colllins (R-ME) has introduced S.353 to continue the payment, it’s more likely that the add-on will be included in an “extender bill” for many […]

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Shea-Porter Supports Key Bills

    Visits with our Congressional Delegation really do make a difference!  After meeting with home health and hospice representatives at Rockingham VNA & Hospice in Exeter and hearing our concerns, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter signed on to three important bills. Shea-Porter is now a co-sponsor of: H.R.2663, the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act H.R.1828, […]

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Free Online Courses on Flu

Access no-cost, quality improvement education 24/7 on  The Learning Center   to register for The Learning Center (TLC) and access a CDC Vaccine Administration course. This new course is updated for the 2017-18 Flu season. While you are visiting TLC, be sure to check out all of our courses offerings on a variety of important […]

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Affiliation Survey Open Through August 22

HCANH/NHHPCO –As you probably heard, HCANH and the NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization have embarked on a formal affiliation process that will most likely result in a single entity that serves home care, hospice and palliative care providers.  All CEOs should have received survey request from our facilitator, Joan Hull.  We are seeking your […]

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Behavioral Health Clear Path Project- Year 4

THE CLEAR PATH PROJECT– -Over the past several years, twenty agencies have participated in The Clear Path Project at various levels.  We recognize that the biggest challenge is educating new clinicians about behavioral health care.  HCANH will continue to offer onsite education from time to time.  But we also want you to have the flexibility […]

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Coming Soon: MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING WORKSHOP

On September 21sth, HCANH will host a Motivational Interviewing Workshop in Concord.  This training was requested by our Behavioral Health Managers Group.  MI is a proven technique to help motivate patients towards healthy lifestyle changes.  It’s a great technique to add to the skill set of any of your clinicians.  The class is limited to […]

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Be The Change!

JOIN ME IN DC   If you’re interested getting into the nitty gritty of federal legislative and regulatory issues, there are two great options for quick trips to DC.  The Council of State Home Care Associations Public Policy Summit on 9/11 or the Elevating Home Public Policy Leadership Forum on 9/27-28.  I plan to attend both […]

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Save the Date: MEMBERSHIP MEETING — 10/25

The Association’s next Membership Meeting/Networking Luncheon will be on 8:30 am – 1:00pm on October 25th at the NH Hospital Association in Concord.  The topics will be the voluntary settlement process for Medicare appeals and plans for Medicaid long term services and supports.  Please plan now to join us.

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Clear Path Project- Year 4: A New Model to Fit Your Needs

The Clear Path Project is a unique, multi-year educational initiative designed to enhance the capacity of home health agencies to provide skilled psychiatric nursing care to home bound seniors with behavioral health conditions. With the Clear Path Project now in its fourth year, HCANH and C & V Senior Care Services are offering new options […]

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Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults

It is estimated that there are approximately 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 and older in the United States, 1.1 million of whom are 65 and older. Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults provides an overview of their unique needs and experiences so that service providers, advocates, the aging network, and policymakers can consider these […]

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New PEPPER Available for Home Health Agencies and Partial Hospitalization Programs

New Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports (PEPPERs) through CY 2016 are available for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs). PEPPERs are distributed by TMF® Health Quality Institute under contract with CMS. These reports summarize provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can […]

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Meet Ayla: Another Face of Medicaid

Meet Ayla, the daughter of the MA Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign Founder, Angela Ortiz. The campaign is a coalition partner of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Feel free to share to protect all medically fragile children. Meet Ayla: Another Face of Medicaid Meet Ayla: Another Face of Medicaid – created at http://animoto.com

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