Vaughan Award seeks nominations

EngAGING NH and the NH State Committee on Aging are pleased to announce that we are soliciting nominations for the annual Joseph D. Vaughan awards. This is a joint effort to recognize individuals or couples over the age of 60 who demonstrate outstanding leadership or meritorious achievement as volunteers on behalf of New Hampshire’s older […]

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2018 Education Survey

Help us offer you the BEST in professional education! This 6 question survey will impact what we focus on next year. It really will take just a minute. Thanks!   Create your own user feedback survey

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Update: Medicare Targeted Probe & Educate

the new CMS Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE) initiative that started on October 1. The Targeted Probe & Educate (TPE) is for ALL types of Medicare providers. It is modeled after demonstration projects with home health agencies and hospitals. Both home health providers and hospice providers may be the subject of a TPE. Theoretically, an […]

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Love Your Job? Share Your Story!

  November is National Home Care & Hospice Month!  We want to hear from our members about what makes working in home care so rewarding. Upload a quick 30-second video to HCANH’s Facebook timeline and tell us why you love your job. Nothing fancy needed — just a smart-phone video from individual employees or a […]

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Culturally Effective Organizations Framework Learning Forum for Organization Decision-Makers

Culturally Effective Organizations Framework Learning Forum for Organization Decision-Makers November 16, 2017 8am –  1pm Penmen Room, top level of the Athletic Complex Southern NH University, 2500 North River Road In NH we value that everyone lives freely, but that means ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to thrive.  We know that organizations strive to ensure […]

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CMS Releases Draft Version of the HHCOP Interpretive Guidelines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) has issued a draft version of the home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) Interpretative Guidelines (IGs). CMS issued the IGs to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) with a request for stakeholder feedback. CMS is unable to entertain individual comments and requests that aggregated […]

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HHGM Rescue Bill

NAHC, Elevating Home, and the Partnership for Home Health offered what they are calling a “unified compromise proposal” to the House Ways and Means Committee in an effort to gain a withdrawal of the HHGM proposal from the CY2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule.    The CMS Final rule is expected to be released within […]

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Love Your Job? Share Your Story.

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire knows it’s the PEOPLE working in home care that make it such a special setting to receive quality, compassionate health care, but what about YOU? Why do YOU do what You do everyday?   Tell us about it! Upload a quick (20-30 seconds) video to our Facebook page […]

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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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