October 17th Membership Meeting to Focus on Government Relations

Elections are in a few weeks, and the Alliance is already prepping for 2019 advocacy in Washington and Concord. Come to the Membership Meeting to find out out how you can raise your voice on home care and hospice issues. Join us Wednesday, October 17th at the NH Hospital Association, 125 Airport Road, Concord. Coffee […]

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Fixing PDGM

Despite opposition from the home health industry, CMS included a “behavioral assumption” reduction in its final proposal to move to a Patient-Driven Groupings Model in 2020. The reduction is expected to decrease Medicare home health payments by over a $1 billion. Several bills have been introduced in Congress to stop the behavioral assumption and require […]

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Federal Update

Federal Update Democrat Chris Pappas was elected to succeed Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter to New Hampshire’s Congressional District 1, while Congresswoman Anne McLane-Kuster easily won her 4th term. As always, GSHHA will develop and maintain a strong rapport with our Congressional Delegation on federal issues that affect home care, hospice and palliative care. Opioid Bill Allows […]

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NH DHHS Adopts Licensing Rules for Home Health and Home Hospice Providers

NH DHHS Adopts Licensing Rules for Home Health and Home Hospice Providers The Bureau of Health Facilities Administration has finalized the He-P 809 rules for Home Health Care Providers and the He-P 823 rules for Home Hospice Providers. The Association participated in stakeholder meetings, presented public testimony and submitted written comments on both sets of […]

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Advocacy

Your Assignment! Successful advocacy is all about building good government relationships. Now is the time to start. Here are some ideas: Send a letter, email or make a phone call to your newly-elected NH State Senator(s) congratulating them on their election or re-election. Offer to be a resource on home health, hospice or palliative care […]

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NH Politics: State Update

Election Recap   By now, most people know that New Hampshire’s State House will have a blue hue in the next legislative session. While pundits were predicting that Democrats would retake the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate might be evenly split, few predicted just how far the blue wave would reach.. […]

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Home Care & Hospice Month November 2018

Home Care & Hospice Month November 2018

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month and agencies and caregivers across the United States will be raising awareness about the unique and irreplaceable value of health care delivered in the home. Home Health care is high-quality care that empowers patients to take control of their own health and treatment while remaining independent in […]

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CY 2019 Home Health Prospective System Rate Update and CY 2020 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Requirements; and Training Requirements for Survey On October 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a final rule which includes finalized CY 2019 […]

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Enhance Your Clinicians’ Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

The Alliance is hosting a 4-part webinar series as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November. Katherine Vanderhorst, RN, MSN and Amy Craven, PT, MS, DPT will delve into unique challenges for home care and hospice clinicians who care for patients with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. The 90-minute webinars will be throughout November with recordings […]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Time for Ice Grips!

Snowy sidewalks and slippery steps are a winter way of life for home care staff, but you can help prevent falls and injuries by providing your staff with ice grips. FutureComp, the loss management division of USI, is once again offering its discounted ice grip purchase program. Click here for order information and size chart. […]

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National Drug Take Back Day:October 27th

In 2016, 6.2 million Americans misused prescription controlled drugs. Studies have shown that the majority of misused drugs are taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. National Drug Take Back Day on October 27th is a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired medications. Spread the word to family, friends […]

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Share Your Story

The Moment I Knew… The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance knows it’s the PEOPLE working in hospice and home care that make it such a special environment to provide quality, compassionate health care, but what about YOU? What was the moment like? When did you know this work was right for you? Tell […]

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Membership.

your association,  your participation Upcoming Alliance Meetings Behavioral Health Managers Meeting — 10/19, 10am – Noon, CRVNA, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord CQI Forum – 10/25, 8:45am – 9:45am, NHHA, 125 Airport Road, Concord, immediately before the QI Scholars Workshop Education Committee — 10/30, Noon – 2pm, Alliance Office, 8 Green St, Concord. Volunteers welcome! Contact […]

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NH is #1 in Home Health Adherence

Strong Showing in the Granite State The Granite State leads the nation in “adherence” to Medicare home health services. Sixty-six percent of NH Medicare beneficiaries who were discharged from a hospital with instructions for home care actually receive the services. This compares to a national average of 60%. Hawaii was ranked lowest at 48.1%. The […]

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23rd Annual Hospice Conference – Nov 15

Don’t Miss the Most Important Hospice Conference of the Year! The Alliance is proud to host “Keeping the Patient Voice Alive: The Best Care Possible at the End of Life” on November 15 at the Grappone Center in Concord. This full-day program is for anyone who cares for patients with non-curative illnesses and their families. […]

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Sponsors Needed for Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Conference

Do your services support quality end of life care in New Hampshire for those with serious illness and/ or for their team of caregivers? If so, I am writing this letter to invite you to participate in our 23rd Annual Fall Conference on November 15th.   The NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHHPCO), and […]

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Agency’s Payment Situation Highlights Broader VA Payment Problems

Right at Home Situation Highlights Broader VA Payment Problems Right at Home Situation Highlights Broader VA Payment Problems A New Hampshire-based Right at Home franchise cancelled care for several veterans due to lack of payment by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and they’re not the only company to have billing issues with VA.

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NH Home Care Agency Halts Care: Owed Thousands by VA

VA fails to pay its bills, and a home health care provider has to cut off services to vets – The Boston Globe LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Homebound with diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments, the 68-year-old Army veteran finally found a lifeline three months ago from a private home health provider recommended by the Department […]

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2018 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2018 Legislative Session finished in late May, with completed bills sent to Governor Sununu for his approval or veto in June and July. This was second year of 2-year biennium. Since the state budget was finalized last year, policy matters dominated this session. The Granite State Home Health Association — the 501(c)6 advocacy affiliate […]

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