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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Help us honor National Health Care Decisions Day with your ACP Survey results

In honor of “National Health Care Decisions Day” (April 16th), we are participating in the NH Health Care Decisions Coalition Annual Advanced Directives Survey.  The goal is to determine the average percentage of patients in our state who have evidence of completed Advanced Directives in their medical records.  NH hospitals have had 100% participation in […]

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Behavioral Health Education

webinars for direct care givers Home Care LNAs and Aides need tools to handle a growing patient population with behavioral and mental health challenges. This 4-part series explains various mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, substance use disorders and anxiety. Presenters will cover therapeutic relationships, limit setting and communication strategies. This pre- recorded, 4-part series […]

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Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy, Data Set-D

Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy – OASIS-D data set OASIS data collection continues to evolve! This workshop provides instruction on the significant changes implemented with OASIS-D January 1, 2019 based on the most current CMS guidance available.  This effective, up-to-the-minute education is targeted for field data collectors, their supervisors, OASIS educators and reviewers, quality improvement staff, […]

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Recognize National Health Care Decisions Day

Participate the NH Health Care Decisions Coalition Annual Advanced Directives Survey In honor of “National Health Care Decisions Day” (April 16th), we are participating in the NH Health Care Decisions Coalition Annual Advanced Directives Survey.  The goal is to determine the average percentage of patients in our state who have evidence of completed Advanced Directives […]

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Reminder: Salary Survey due

Attention Alliance member CEOs and HR managers: If your agency has not yet completed the 2019 Northern New England Home Care and Hospice Wage & Salary Survey, please submit it before March 22nd. This is a free member benefit that includes compensation benchmarks for hospitals in NH, ME and VT and home care & hospice […]

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Federal funding cuts threaten home health program for seniors

RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) Federal funding cuts threaten some of the agencies that serve seniors in their homes across the region. These home health care agencies drive six million miles a year to provide services to about 40,000 Vermont seniors. Last year Congress decided to phase out the rural add-on Medicare payment that offsets those expenses. […]

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onsite facilitator trainings

Foundation for Healthy Communities Facilitator Training The Foundation for Healthy Communities is offering two programs in April to train health care professionals whose work includes discussions with patients about Advance Directives, including Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments (POLST.) Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training, April 5th, 8:30am – 4:00pmPOLST Facilitator Education Program Certification Workshop, April 12, […]

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We Have a New Name!

You may have noticed that our Association is now the Granite State Home Health & Hospice Association. We added the word “hospice” to reflect the new broader scope of our organization.   The Association is a 501(c)6 affiliate of the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. As a lobbying organization, the […]

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Granite State Update

The 2019 Legislative Session is in full swing and the Granite State Home Health & Hospice Association is actively involved in numerous bills. Our Legislative Committee, which has been meeting every other week, is monitoring about 70 bills.The State Budget will be our major focus. Governor Chris Sununu delivered his budget address last week and […]

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Federal Update

Last week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined five other Senators as an original sponsor of S.433, the Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2019.The Association worked with the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and members of our Legislative Committee to urge Senator Shaheen to back this important bill. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) […]

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Hospice Certified? You could be!

Plan Now for Hospice & Palliative Care Programs in March Member agencies can enhance the competency of their palliative care and hospice clinicians through two great programs the Alliance is co-sponsoring next month. On March 7th, we’re a partner in the 6th Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Conference at St. Anselm’s College in Goffstown, NH. […]

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Clinical Dir Meeting Thursday

Networking with peers and sharing best practices is one of the benefits of the Alliance’s affinity groups. We invite Clinical Directors to join us on Thursday, February 14 to discuss what it takes to hire new RN grads. We’ll also share the good and bad of the new Medicare CoPs and delve into how vacancy […]

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Survey Shows Hundreds of Vacancies and Higher Turnover

Twenty-three member agencies reported 431 full-time equivalent staff vacancies as of December 31, 2018. The data was collected as part of the Alliance’s 2019 HR Metrics Survey, conducted by Patrick Miller, MPH, of Affiliate Member Helms & Company.The annual Turnover Rate for calendar year 2018 was 30% — more than double the 13% annual vacancy […]

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2019 Vaughan Awards -The Nomination Deadline Approaches

Only one month remains before the deadline for you to nominate the noteworthy volunteer(s) that you will want to nominate for the Joseph D. Vaughan Award for service provided tis past year.  Recipients will be recognized in a ceremony in the State House on May 6, 2019. The State Committee on Aging and EngAGING NH […]

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HCA survey

WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Medicare-certified? Answer the call. NAHC wants your input on the COP requirements that home health aide competency evals must be done using actual patients, not pseudo patients.   Please complete the 3-question survey below or forward it to the person in your agency responsible for home health aide competency.  See the message […]

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NH DHHS Invites Agencies to Do Home Safety and Technology Assessments

NH DHHS will host a conference call this week for agencies interested in performing Medicaid home safety assessments and assistive technology evaluations. These services were previously performed by ATECH at Crotched Mountain Foundation. The call will cover the scope of services, timelines, assessment tools and reimbursement. DHHS Conference Call: Tuesday, January 29th at 1:00 pm […]

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CMS Issues New FAQs on Medicare Conditions of Participation

CMS Issues New FAQs on Medicare Conditions of Participation The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent State Survey agencies a new “Frequently Asked Question” memo regarding the home health Interpretive Guidelines for the CoPs that went into effect in January 2018. The 10-page document covers questions regarding physician orders, home health aide competency and […]

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PDGM Summit – Offered Twice

March 12 PDGM Summit Sells Out; Second Day Added on March 13 Due to overwhelming demand, a second PDGM National Summit has been added for the Boston area on March 13. The full-day events on March will be held on March 12th and 13th in Northampton, MA. Click here to register and use the promo […]

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Medicare POC requirements

Special alert from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice regarding Advance Directive Information in the Home Health Plan of Care as a condition for payment A very serious issue involving Medicare home health has surfaced that requires the immediate attention of your organization. Effective January 13, 2018, the “Plan of Care” (POC) Condition […]

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