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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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NH State Senate Politics Heat Up

  All eyes are on the presidential race, but a dramatic set of state senate races has also begun to emerge. Click on the candidate’s names to learn more about those seeking office in your district.  Your challenge:  Get to know your State Senator  — before you ever need to ask for his or her […]

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Who Will Care for Our Us?

Report: More Information Needed on Home Health Aides and Direct Care Workers America’s aging population is increasingly reliant on home health and other direct care workers but not nearly enough is known about this workforce, prompting fears the country may not be prepared for the health and demographic challenges of the future, according to a […]

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A Practical To-Do List For Family Caregivers

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Ask Kathy Kenyon about what it’s like to be a family caregiver, and she’ll give you an earful. On several occasions, doctors have treated this accomplished lawyer like she was an interloper — not the person to whom her elderly parents had entrusted health care and legal decision-making. Kenyon […]

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Survey: Demand for More Caregivers in Home Care Providers is Strong

The demand for caregivers in the home care industry is robust, but difficulty finding qualified employees remains the single biggest challenge for companies wanting to hire more staff, according to a recent study. Seventy six percent of private duty agencies are expecting to hire more caregivers in 2016 than they did in 2015, says a […]

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Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help, Too

By Rachel Bluth Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday. Nearly 18 million people care for a relative who is 65 or older and […]

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Dartmouth- Hitchcock Announces Reduction in Force

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Care System could see a 5% reduction in force by the end of 2016, as the Hanover based hospital announced Friday they have made the decision to layoff up to 460 employees to help address the $12.2 million deficit from the fiscal year which ended in July. In June the company announced an […]

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New material from CMS offers clarity on Face to Face

In the early days of CMS’ new nationwide home health “Probe and Educate” review, nearly 90% of claims have been denied – with MAC NGS denying 97% of all claims reviewed! It’s clear that issues remain with face-to-face (F2F) documentation despite recent regulatory changes. For a few years the Affordable Care Act has required a […]

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NYTimes Shines Light on CMS Denials Despite Lawsuit

Full New York Times Article by Paula Span Failure to Improve Is Still Being Used, Wrongly, to Deny Medicare Coverage A federal judge last month ordered the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to do a better job of informing health care providers and Medicare adjudicators that the so-called improvement standard was no longer […]

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Study Finds Seniors Benefit When Asked How To Help Them

A federally funded project that researchers say has potential to promote aging in place began by asking low-income seniors with disabilities how their lives at home could be better, according to a study released Wednesday. At the end of the program, 75 percent of participants were able to perform more daily activities than they could […]

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Clean house includes microbes, according to new rule

The U.S. Food and Drug administration issued a final rule on September 2, 2016 establishing that over-the-counter antiseptic wash products containing one or more of 19 different active ingredients may no longer be marketed to the public. The final rule — which covers triclosan and triclocarban, the two most commonly used ingredients in antiseptic wash […]

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