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CMS Announces Delays in Home Health Regulations

CMS showered the home health industry with good news last Friday.  The agency announced proposed rules to delay implementation of the new Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation (COPs.)  The much-maligned Pre-Claim Review Demonstration Program was also suspended.   CMS’s proposed rule will extend the effective date for the new home health COPs from July […]

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Scholarship and Excellence Awards

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire has four exciting opportunities to recognize the best and the brightest among our members. By recognizing excellence among our agencies, staff, students and advocates the Home Care Association of New Hampshire strives to publicly acknowledge and thank those who make a difference throughout Home Care, as well as […]

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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

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 year ago. […]

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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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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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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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Advocacy: Be Part of the Process

Advocacy: Be Part of the Process A key pillar of our mission is to advocate on behalf of our members at the State House. A new legislative session means welcoming returning members and educating new members on home care and the issues important to our patients and staff.  To be effective, we need you! Be […]

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Ramp Up Emergency Preparedness in 2017

CMS finalized regulations in September that require 17 types of Medicare and Medicaid providers to have detailed all-hazards emergency plans, policies, procedures, communications plans, and testing and training in place by November 2017.  These regulations apply to home health agencies. The Home Care Association of NH is offering two resources to help our member agencies […]

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Association Thanks Valerie Acres for 20 Years of Service

Association Thanks Valerie Acres for 20 Years of Service After 20 years of advocating for home care at the State House, Valerie Acres is leaving the her lobbying firm for a new challenge.  She will be the Director of Advocacy for the NH Medical Society. Over the years, Valerie has partnered with previous Executive Director […]

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Big Changes for Medicare Home Care Provider’s Emergency Preparedness Under CMS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. These new requirements will require certain participating providers and suppliers to plan for […]

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Tips for Stress Free Holidays

The holidays are a joyous but stressful time for many families.  More elderly adults are choosing to live independently longer, and family members and caretakers must make important choices about their daily care.  That care doesn’t take a break this time of year.  Many families turn to outside home care providers for a little help […]

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Winter Safety for Home Care Employees

Winter Safety Topic 1: Survive The Drive! Winter provided new challenges to Home Care employees.  Be sure you are taking appropriate precautions to keep patients and caregivers safe.  Check out our new safety tips each week. This week’s focus, Winter Driving! Winter Safety- Everyone’s Responsibility TOP 10 DRIVING TIPS for Home Care Staff in Snow […]

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Medicare and End-of-Life Care

This Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides a snapshot of Medicare and end-of-life care. Of 2.6 million total deaths in the United States in 2014, 2.1 million were Medicare beneficiaries. Although Medicare spent significantly more on care for people at the end of life who died in 2014 ($34,529 per person) than for other beneficiaries that […]

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Celebrate November as Home Care Month

During November the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the state & nation. To recognize their […]

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