NGS: Home Health and Hospice Virtual Conference Registration Open

The 3rd Annual Home Health and Hospice Virtual Conference will take place Thursday April 13, 2017. The virtual conference will begin at 2:00 PM Eastern Time with courses being offered every hour until 7:00 PM. The virtual conference is free to attend but registration is required. To register, visit the National Government Services website at […]

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Rate increase hasn’t solved pediatric nursing woes

Concord Monitor By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press Saturday, March 18, 2017 In-home nurse Jane Kern, left, chats with her patient Lexi Gerkin while administering medication at the Gerkin family home in Brentwood, N.H., Friday, March 17, 2017. Pressed by parents of severely sick children, New Hampshire increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for skilled in-home nurses a […]

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Union Leader: Palliative Care Helps NH Elders Navigate Difficult Diagnoses

Reporter Gretchen Grosky examined New Hampshire’s palliative care approach, and how it is changing medical care for local seniors like Elsa Abele (pictured below) who receives palliative care while for lung cancer. By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY New Hampshire Union Leader Palliative care helps NH elders navigate difficult diagnoses Editor’s note: This is the first of […]

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Palliative Care Highlighted in Union Leader’s Silver Lining

Each weekday, a palliative care team at Concord Hospital meets to talk about their patients who have undergone life-changing diagnoses. Shown from left are team members Laura Berman, Kathy Petit-Sneck, and Dr. Mary Kay Eckert. By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY New Hampshire Union Leader Bringing Medicine Home Each weekday, a palliative care team at Concord Hospital […]

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Skin & Wound Management Course & Exam to be Offered in Concord

June 5-9, 2017 9:00 am to 4:30 NHTI in Concord, NH This spring the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) will be offering its national certification program and exam in Concord, NH.  Thanks to a partnership with WCEI, members of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire can participate at a discounted rate. This nationally recognized […]

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Home Care Goes to Washington: Make Your Voice Heard

Join NAHC in Washington and Make Your Voice Heard March 20 & 21, 2017 for the March on Washington With a new president and a new administration, all eyes are focused on Washington, D.C. Every year, home care and hospice leaders and supporters from across the country join with the National Association for Home Care […]

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Welcome Sheehan & Phinney as New HCANH Affiliate Member

HCANH is pleased to welcome a new Affiliate Member — Sheehan Phinney, a regional law firm with offices in Manchester and Boston. Kate Hanna chairs the firm’s Health Care Practice Area. Please join us in welcoming them! Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, P.A.Katherine M Hanna, Esq1000 Elm St, 17th FloorManchester, NH 03101 Phone: 603-627-8106Fax: 603-641-2365Email: […]

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Energize Your Behavioral Health Team

  April 12, Full-day Training for clinicians who are new to behavioral health April 13, Case Study Workshop for experienced behavioral health clinicians Both sessions are at the Kimball-Jenkins Art School in Concord. Check out the brochure and register!

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How Well Does Your Medical Director Know Hospice Coding?

  Hospice coding is constantly changing. Failure to code properly impacts your future hospice payment models.  Coding expert Joan Usher will offer a 2-part Comprehensive Hospice Coding webinar series for your hospice medical director, admissions staff, NPPs, clinicians and your QAPI team. April 8, What Hospice Medical Directors Need to Know About Coding, April 13, […]

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CMS Clarifies NWPT, Outlier Payments, and Updates Medicare Benefit Policy Manual for Home Health

Last week, CMS issued Change Request 9898, transmittal #233.  All Medicare-certified agencies should review this document.  It clarifies the payment policy changes for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NWPT) using a disposable device, and also clarifies the methodology to calculate outlier payments for home health.  The implementation date is March 27, 2017. In addition, the CR […]

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Association Offers Input on CFI Waiver Renewal

The Granite State Home Health Assocation (GSHHA)  — HCANH’s advocacy affiliate — submitted a comment letter this week on NH DHHS’s draft Choices for Independence Waiver Renewal Document.  The State must renew the waiver with CMS every five years.  DHHS must obtain public comments and offer responses prior to submitting the waiver renewal document to […]

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CDC Finds Seniors’ Hospital Use Has Increases for Illness Over Injury

The number of New Hampshire’s seniors who land in emergency rooms after falling has risen sharply in recent years, as their population grows and they live longer with more chronic illnesses often requiring an array of medications. The percentage of the U.S. population aged 65 and over has grown, and it is projected to continue […]

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Brochure for New England Conference Now Available

The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show is the region’s premier event for home care and hospice agencies. It’s hosted by the six New England state home care associations, which collectively represent nearly 400 organizations. This coming year, the conference returns to the Radisson Hotel Manchester May 16 – 18, 2017. […]

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My Turn: Block grants for Medicaid would injure the vulnerable

Opinion Column By BRENDAN WILLIAMS For the Concord Monitor Wednesday, January 25, 2017 A serious threat to seniors and those with disabilities is being ignored in the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act. We must not forget that the Medicaid program dates back to 1965, not the ACA expansion for the working poor. This […]

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Your Best Recruiter is Already on the Payroll

New Hampshire is home to 520,000 residents over the age of 60, and that number is expected to soar over the next decade.  Ok, so you already knew that. The cohort has been aging in place right ahead of me for— well— forever.  They clogged the hospitals when they were born, the schools and colleges […]

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CMS’s training for the Hospice QRP program

CMS has scheduled an all-day (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) training on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program for Wednesday, January 18.  The training will be available in-person as well as via webcast. CMS has now posted a link to the host site for the webcast; it’s advisable that organizations planning to participate in the webcast […]

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Use depression assessment tools to reduce patient rehospitalization rates

From DECISIONS HEALTH   Train clinicians how to ask whether patients have lost interest in activities or if they have been feeling sad. These questions will lead to more accurate assessments and better depression treatment that can lower your rehospitalization rates and improve your star ratings. Because some clinicians may feel uncomfortable asking patients about […]

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Home Health Conditions of Participation Final Rule Released from the Office of Management and Budget

FROM VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATIONS OF AMERICA On January 5th, the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) were released from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) back to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). VNAA submitted comments to CMS on the proposed CoPs. In general, VNAA […]

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