The World Health Organization (WHO) added a new code to the international ICD-10 database: U07.1 (2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. As of April 1st, 2020, the code will be available for use in the United States. Renowned coding expert Lisa Woolery, RN, BSN, BCHH-C, COQS presents an important, timely, and free webinar, Coding COVID-19: using new ICD-10 […]

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Waivers for Home Health Care Providers: UPDATE

Home Health Agencies (HHAs) CMS is revising its existing waiver that allows Occupational Therapists (OTs) to perform initial and comprehensive assessments beyond cases in which only therapy services are ordered by expanding it to permit Physical Therapists (PTs) and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) to do the same. The waiver thus permits OTs, PTs, or SLPs […]

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Re4fresh Your Rx I.Q.

Refresh Your Rx Knowledge With new medications coming on the market all the time, it’s critical that home health clinicians stay up to date on pharmacology. Join Dr. Tayla Rose, professor of pharmacy from Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Health Sciences, for a 4-part webinar series Pharmacology Refresher for Home Health Therapists and Nurses. There will be […]

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News from CMS

Q4 2019 PEPPERs are now available for home health agencies. These reports summarize provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Visit the PEPPER Resources website for helpful information.   CMS issued a new MLN Matters Article MM11880 on Billing for Home Infusion Therapy Services On or After January 1, 2021 […]

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Tell Me About the Positive

Send us a video! Since we can’t be together in person for the Annual Meeting, we still want to be able to network and share insights about our work. Text to: 802-274-1725 E-mail: homecarenh@gmail.com What has inspired you during the past year – especially in the last few months?  What lessons have you learned? What […]

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2020 Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

Join your colleagues on Zoom for the Alliance’s VIRTUAL Annual Meeting, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on September 25th. We’ll celebrate our successes, elect directors and officers, vote on bylaws changes, and honor shining stars. Our keynote speaker is Aaron Blight, Ed.D., an international speaker, author, and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare. The event […]

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Palliative, Hospice Care are for Support, Comfort

New Hampshire Union Leader null by ANNA SWANSON “We wish we hadn’t waited so long,” is most frequent comment heard from families. By Anna Swanson Pemi-Baker Community Health Many people have heard of hospice care but they mistakenly think that it’s just a way to help cancer patients be more comfortable at the end of […]

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MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-Payment Basis

MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-Payment Basis  To protect the Medicare Trust Fund against inappropriate payments, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are resuming fee-for-service medical review activities. Beginning August 17, the MACs are resuming with post-payment reviews of items/services provided before March 1, 2020. The Targeted Probe and Educate program (intensive education to assess provider […]

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Mask Up New Hampshire!

Mask Up New Hampshire is a collaborative effort that aims to raise awareness around the basic safety precautions we can all take to help limit the spread of COVID-19 across the state and keep New Hampshire healthy and open. Many organizations have joined the Mask Up New Hampshire awareness effort to help raise awareness around […]

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Get Your Hospice PEPPER

Q4 2019 PEPPERs are available for hospices. These reports summarize provider-specific data for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing. Download your agency’s report on the PEPPER Portal.  The PEPPER Team is committed to ensuring and maintaining the confidentiality of each provider’s PEPPER. […]

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Medicaid EVV: Not Coming Soon

Medicaid EVV: Not Coming Soon New Hampshire has pushed the tentative timeline for implementing electronic visit verification (EVV) for Medicaid personal care and home care services to mid-2022. The new timeline was shared during an EVV Advisory Council Meeting on July 21. The state held stakeholder feedback sessions and conducted a survey of providers. The […]

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Well Being Trust Releases Thriving Together:A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America

The Springboard Provides Communities and Local Government with Promising Actions in the Wake of COVID-19, Towards a Healthy and Just Nation Oakland, CA (July 27, 2020) – Communities across the country have an immense reservoir of energy, courage, and imagination that can propel widespread local and nationwide action around a single unifying and measurable expectation: […]

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Clear Mask Options

This list was assembled by one of our state partners to help provide a list of known clear mask manufacturers. See the entire collection here: Clear Mask Manufacturers. Many of you may find that you have need for this type of resource.  I have not vetted these companies, so please do your due diligence before […]

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Resource Available: Take Care of YOU

This event can cause even the most prepared among us a great amount of stress, especially those that are tasked with caring for others.  Please review this attachment as a resource to help vent some of that stress.  Many of your facilities are becoming personally impacted with this virus.  For those that are not, the […]

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Chaplain and Bereavement Peer Group call

  Hello Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains and Bereavement Coordinators ,   You are invited to attend the monthly peer group meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 3pm. The call usually lasts about an hour and is your time to check in with each other for ideas, share resources and provide peer support!  My thanks […]

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Sununu Signs Tele Health Law

COVID-19 Update July 21, 2020 The tele health flexibilities that were issued by Emergency Order #8 are now permanent. Today, Governor Sununu signed HB 1623 into law. Here are key features of the bill: The NH Medicaid program shall provide coverage and reimbursement for health service delivered through tele medicine at the same reimbursement as […]

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Role of Physician Assistant in Hospice

You all received a document from Gina last week titled The Physicians Assistant’s New Role in Medicare Home Health. I am attaching it again here for you. I am writing today to clarify that the authority now granted to PAs as described in this document – only applies to homecare and not to hospice. CMS […]

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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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