criminal background check process in NH

The NH Department of Safety will brief healthcare providers and answer questions about the criminal background check process in NH. This meeting is for members of the Alliance, the NH Hospital Association and the NH Health Care Association and will address concerns about lengthy delays in obtaining background checks. Wednesday, October 27, 10:00am – 11:00am […]

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Managing Winter Slips and Falls

  The winter months in New England can be very icy and snowy.  Slips and falls on icy surfaces are the number one cause of winter-time injuries and rising workers’ compensation costs.   When it comes to slip and fall prevention, there can be no shortcuts.  The only way to reduce accidents is through a comprehensive […]

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2021 public policy award

Advanced Directives Advocates Recognized

CONCORD, NH– Kate Hanna, an attorney at Sheehan Phinney Law Firm, and Dr. Philip Lawson of Littleton Regional Healthcare were recognized recently with the Mary Ellen LaRoche Home Care Public Policy Award for their work championing revisions to New Hampshire’s Advance Directive laws.   “Advocating for the bill was a team effort involving many people, but […]

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Stewart of Pemi-Baker Selected for MaryEllen LaRoche Scholarship

“Jennifer Stewart is a go-getter with excellent clinical skills who cares deeply for her patients and has a commitment to community-based nursing,” says Julie Reynolds, Alliance Board President. Stewart was chosen for the annual Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship.   Jennifer Stewart, of Pemi Baker Community Health, has been a licensed practical nurse for seven years […]

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CMS Issues Additional Home Health Claim Processing Instructions

CMS has made revisions to the Medicare Home Health Notice of Admission  (NOA) requirement.  CMS has made changes to the Home Health Medicare Policy Benefit Manual , chapter 10. Attached is an article from NAHC that describes the change request. Here is the Change Request. CR 12424 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

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NH Launches New Financial Assistance Program for Business

Today, the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) launched the COVID-19 Expenses Relief Program to assist NH for-profit Main Street businesses with COVID-19 related business expenses in 2020 and 2021. Eligible business can apply for reimbursement for a portion of their eligible expenses until 4 pm on October 1, 2021 via the GOFERR […]

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CMS Issues Final FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Reporting Program Update

–Payment Update drops to 2.0%, “Labor Shares” Undergo Slight Adjustment Late July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule governing hospice payment and policy changes for fiscal year 2022 (FY2022).  The rule, Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice […]

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Alliance & Rivier Team Up to Support Home Care Nursing Student Programs

The Alliance and Rivier University are activily recruiting home care and hospice agencies interested in providing clinical opportunities for junior year BSN students.  Emily Sheff, MS, RN, FNP-BC, Partnership Liaison for Project REEP, will discuss how agencies can provide clinical placements for students in the Spring Semester, January 19 – April 30, 2022.  Rivier is […]

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Managing a wound at home

submitted by Judy Bearden RN MSN/ED   With the cuts in Medicare more families will be completing non-complex and complicated wound care at home. Educating the family on wound care can help to reduce the stress levels of the patient and family. Using best practice guidelines nurses sending people home from the hospital with wounds, […]

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Dementia Training Waivers Expire with The End of NH’s State of Emergency

The New Hampshire State of Emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-04 ended at midnight on June 11, 2021. With the ending of the State of Emergency, the Dementia Training waivers granted by the department will expire. Please refer to your specific waiver letter for the date. Many waivers granted under the authority of the Executive Order 2020-04 will […]

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Update on COVID testing and State Guidance

From: Health Facilities Licensing: In attempt to respond to questions and concerns received on Friday regarding the end of the State of Emergency (SoE), we provided flexibility to ensure no changes would impact you and your residents over the weekend. The SoE gave flexibility; however, without the SoE, we cannot waive statute.  The NH RSA […]

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LRVNA + NANA Have Officially Merged

Two local home health providers have reflected the national trend to expand service area and patient offerings through mergers and acquisitions. Upon the completion of a successful Public Hearing regarding the merger of the LRVNA and NANA, these entities are officially merged and are providing quality in-home care and hospice services to a larger area […]

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Alliance Awards 2021

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

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Conversation and a Toolkit for Hosting Death Cafes

Thank you to Marsha Filion, Executive Director of the Hospice Help Foundation – Supporting hospice patients & families with dire financial need ( and Keliane Totten, V.P. of Community Engagement at Granite State VNA for sharing their insight and wisdom on Death Cafes yesterday. Conversation and a toolkit for hosting Death Cafes from Home Care […]

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Emergency Preparedness: Time to Update Your Emergency Disaster Plan

4-Part Webinar Series (live and/or recording available) Presented by Barbara Citarella, RN, MS The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has just released “Update Guidance for the Emergency Preparedness Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual.” In addition, it has been 15 months operating under a Public Health Emergency, a myriad of changes have occurred […]

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