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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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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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Behavioral Health Clear Path Project- Year 4

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 […]

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Coming Soon: MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING WORKSHOP

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 […]

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Be The Change!

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 […]

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Save the Date: MEMBERSHIP MEETING — 10/25

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.

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Clear Path Project- Year 4: A New Model to Fit Your Needs

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 […]

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Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults

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 […]

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New PEPPER Available for Home Health Agencies and Partial Hospitalization Programs

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 […]

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Meet Ayla: Another Face of Medicaid

Meet Ayla, the daughter of the MA Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign Founder, Angela Ortiz. The campaign is a coalition partner of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Feel free to share to protect all medically fragile children. Meet Ayla: Another Face of Medicaid Meet Ayla: Another Face of Medicaid – created at http://animoto.com

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Home Care Association of NH Recognizes Caregiver of the Year

—————————————- Annie Scanlon, 2017 Licensed Nurse Assistant of the Year CONCORD, N.H.— Annie Scanlon of North Walpole, NH received the 2017 Home Care LNA of the Year at the Home Care Association of New Hampshire’s Annual Meeting in Meredith, NH on June 23.  For a decade Scanlon has brought positive energy, laughter and passion to […]

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Rounds Receives NH Home Care Service Award

Violet Rounds, Chief Financial Officer of Concord Regional VNA, was recently awarded the Home Care Service Award by the Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) at its annual meeting in Meredith, NH.  The award recognized her decades of outstanding work promoting quality home care in New Hampshire. “Violet’s deep knowledge about government programs and […]

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Member News

 Home Health and Hospice Care in Merrimack was named 2017 Business of the Year in the healthcare sector by Business NH Magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Congratulations to President and CEO John Getts and his entire team for the great work they do! HHHC has been helping and healing in the […]

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Check Your HIS Preview Reports NOW!

Hospice provider Hospice Item Set (HIS) “Preview Reports” are now available in CASPER. These preview reports show hospice quality measure scores for Q4 2015 – Q3 2016 and give a glimpse of the first Medicare Hospice COMPARE Reports to be launched this summer. Click here for info about accessing your hospice’s preview report.   Hospice […]

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Interpretive Guidelines for Emergency Preparedness

  CMS has issued an advance copy of the interpretive guidelines (IGs) and survey procedures for the Medicare and Medicaid emergency preparedness requirements. These IGs are for state surveyors.  They will be incorporated into the Medicare State Operations Manual under  Appendix Z. The IGs apply to all of the 17 provider types listed in Emergency Preparedness Requirements […]

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