The best OASIS competency program in the country is coming back to New Hampshire on June 25- 26. OASIS Answers “Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy” workshop will be held at The Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH. HCANH is co-hosting the program with the VNAs of Vermont. The COS-C Exam is offered on June 27th for […]
The Wound Care Education Institute is coming back to Concord on March 12-16. This 4-day Skin and Wound Management Course, followed by the WCC Exam, is a great way to develop expertise within your agency. Plus, HCANH members save $300! Register online and use the coupon code HOMECARENH.
In December, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.3 million settlement in lieu of civil monetary penalties with 21st Century Oncology — a large multi-site provider of oncology services. The company’s exchange server was breached through a remote desktop protocol, providing impermissable access to over 2 million patient records. OCR discovered that the […]
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Failure to protect the health records of millions of persons costs entity millions of dollars 21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) has agreed to pay $2.3 million in lieu of potential civil money penalties to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CMS extended the effective date of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Conditions of Participation (CoP) final rule by an additional 6 months from July 13, 2017, to January 13, 2018. This extension does not make any changes to the policies in the HHA CoP final rule. Send questions about the requirements to NewHHACoPs@cms.hhs.gov.