The Physician Assistant’s New Role in Medicare Home Health

The Physician Assistant’s New Role in Medicare Home Health July 9, 2020 Announcement as pdf: PA’s New Role in Home Health Care The Alliance has worked with the NH Society for Physician Assistants to clarify state regulatory issues related to PAs’ new authority to certify Medicare home health eligibility and oversee plans of care.  Please […]

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Dementia Training for Direct Care Staff in Residential Facilities

Dementia Training for Direct Care Staff in Residential Facilities Section 151:47   [RSA 151:47 effective January 1, 2020.]    151:47 Definitions. – In this subdivision: I. “Covered administrative staff member” means the senior manager of the facility or program, including administrators, as well as managerial staff members that directly supervise covered direct service staff members. II. […]

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Compensation Survey Report Available Now

The 2020 Northern NE Healthcare Compensation Survey Report is now complete.  This comprehensive report includes data from home care agencies, hospice agencies, hospitals and health systems throughout NH, ME and VT.  This is a free member benefit to Alliance members who choose to participate.   Twenty-four members agencies submitted data. The report includes: Policy data for […]

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Temporary Housing Assistance Revisions

  The State Unified Command has been offering temporary housing assistance for healthcare workers that work in high risk environments due to COVID-19 or need Isolation and Quarantine housing assistance because they may have had an unprotected exposure to COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID like symptoms.  The attachment is a simplified flowchart of how to […]

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Annual Conference Education – VIRTUAL!

27 Webinars 8 Pre-Packaged Tracks 1 Great Virtual Conference! Unlimited Agency Access Until September 1st! Although it is a chaotic time, and personal energy probably barely exists outside of work – we know that we must continue to offer opportunities for all to stay educated as we adjust to the “new normal”. The sessions in […]

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Latest Resource List, Burn Rate Survey June 29, 2020

  LINKED: Vendor list Please see the most recent list of vendors who have contacted the state offering PPE and materials.  The state works hard to vet these vendors but you should vet them yourselves prior to entering into a contract.  You may still make your requests for PPE though WebEOC to ESF8 but demand […]

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Regulatory update for Hospice Administrators

NHPCO confirmed with CMS that temporary exemptions for HQRP Requirements end on June 30, 2020 and starting on July 1, 2020 hospices providers are expected to resume timely quality data collection and submission of CAHPS® Hospice Survey and HIS records for all new HIS admission records and any HIS discharge records that occur on or […]

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Governor’s Assistance to Long Term Care Providers

Long Term Care Licensees Benefit from CARES Act The Governor in Emergency Order #44 allocated $30 million from CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to assist Long Term Care Providers with unreimbursed COVID related expenses or lost revenue. The funds will be administered by DHHS in consultation with the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and […]

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Member Benefit: Education Discount at Rivier University

  June is here! Get started for fall classes at Rivier. The staff of member agencies of  Home Care Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH may now access discounts to degree and non-degree course offerings at Rivier University. Rivier has Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs as well as programs in Nursing, Business (including MBA […]

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UPHOLDING RITUALS OF GRIEF AND SUPPORT DURING A PANDEMIC

UPHOLDING RITUALS OF GRIEF AND SUPPORT DURING A PANDEMIC The COVID-19 crisis has upended much of our normal patterns of life and death. Medical social worker and Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Kelly McCutcheon Adams, authors a two-part blog series for the Conversation Project that is focused on how we can preserve our […]

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NANA Appoints Engelbert as Interim Executive Director

NANA Appoints Engelbert as Interim Executive Director Chandra Engelbert has been named Interim Executive Director at the Newfound Area Nursing Association. Former Executive Director, Jennifer Rosene resigned earlier this month. Engelbert will wear two hats, as she is also the Chief Executive Officer for another Alliance member, Pemi-Baker Community Health in Plymouth, NH.  

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Portsmouth’s Cross Agency joins the Alliance

Welcome to the Alliance’s newest Affiliate Members, Mike Ripley & Matt D’Arcy of Cross Insurance Agency in Portsmouth. Cross is a family-owned insurance agency with over 40 branches throughout New England and has over 900 employees ready to provide insurance solutions to fit your unique situation. Reach Mike Ripley at mripley@crossagency.com or learn more about […]

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Blueprint for OASIS Rescheduled for October

The onsite OASIS-D training, offered by OASIS Answers, scheduled for June in West Lebanon has been postponed until October. Current registrants can move their registration to the new date or be refunded in full. Watch your e-mail for details. Experience the comprehensive and nationally acclaimed two-day Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy workshop and learn to confidently […]

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NH DHHS To Provide Weekly Lists of COVID Outbreaks in Nursing Home

Beginning this week, NH DHHS is providing a list of SNF/ALF COVID outbreaks once a week in its daily updates. The list appeared in the May 13 Update. Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, […]

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CMS Approved NH Medicaid’s Request

  For CFI Providers –CMS-approved NH Medicaid’s request to amend the state’s 1915 Waiver for Long term Services and Supports. An Executive Summary of the changes is in the first 18 pages of the 85-page document. This amendment is in effect during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

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Sununu OKs LTC “Health Partners”

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #42 as part of the state’s efforts to respond to COVID-19. Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order #42, to allow temporary health partners to work alongside licensed personnel in long term care facilities. The workers would be similar to personal csre service providers (PCSPs), as outlined […]

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Latest Resource List, Burn Rate Survey

Vendor list Please see the most recent list of vendors who have contacted the state offering PPE and materials.  The state works hard to vet these vendors but you should vet them yourselves prior to entering into a contract.  You may still make your requests for PPE though WebEOC to ESF8 but demand continues to […]

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CARES Act emergency fund distribution

Recently, a number of questions have been raised about the interplay between the Emergency Fund distribution that occurred on April 10 and 17 with the second distribution that began on April 24. Specifically, the question was whether there would be a “take-back” of monies when the amount distributed in the first round was greater than […]

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OASIS-E Delayed

OASIS-E has been delayed. OASIS Answers has created a short video to summarize the OASIS-E delay which you are free to share with staff. OAI explains the OASIS-E Delay from OAI Admin on Vimeo. Per the language in the rule it appears that the earliest that OASIS-E could be implemented is January 1st, 2022, with the actual […]

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Member Benefit: Rivier University Online Degree Programs Information

Rivier University Online Degree Programs Information Rivier University’s healthcare and related online programs continue to run as usual, and we are even expecting a possible increase in enrollment in our online programs due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Online education is the way to go for most healthcare workers, for several reasons. Right now, it […]

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