New Portal for NH Criminal Background Check

The NH Department of Safety is opening its new Criminal Conviction Check Portal for a stress test. The new online portal has successfully processed 147 applications in initial testing. Assistant DoS Commissioner Eddie Edwards has contacted health care trade associations and asked us to encourage ALL MEMBERS of the health care community to use the […]

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Thank you, and Happy New Year!

This had been really hard. But at every turn you have shown you care. We are deeply grateful to you … and to your family for all the sacrifices that you are making so that people are taken care of. Thank you. Here’s to 2022!      

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COVID-19 Update

For CEOs New Hampshire’s 7-day average of new COVID cases reached its highest point since the pandemic started.  According to NH DHHS COVID-19 Interactive Dashboard, the 7-day average for new infections was 1,192 cases on November 20, compared to its prior peak of 1,149 cases on December 23, 2020. The Buzz on Boosters NH DHHS […]

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Helping Hands Fund

We want to make sure you are aware of a renewed Easterseals grant made possible by the NH Charitable Foundation which may be of assistance to some of the individuals you serve. The Helping Hands Relief Fund supports people 60 and over, statewide who are low income and for whom other financial assistance is not […]

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The University of Rochester School of Nursing Needs Help with a Study on Medication in the Home Setting

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is researching polypharmacy in the home setting and are looking for interested stakeholders to assist them in this study. NAHC believes this research is important and has agreed to help recruit people to take part in the research. What is the study about? Optimizing medication use for home health patients. The purpose […]

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Red Cross Home Fire Safety Program

The Red Cross has a FREE Home Fire Safety Program in NH, ME and VT.  They will visit an individual’s home, provide fire safety education, check smoke alarms, and install new alarms if necessary, including bed shaker alarms.  They may also install CO2 detectors (pending availability of their stock.)  All this is completely free and […]

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Vaccination Requirements Expanded to Home Care

The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant.  Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes […]

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CMS’s Releases Medicare Home Health Final Rule

CMS’s Releases Medicare Home Health Final Rule CMS’s Final Rule on for home health payments was published last week. Here’s a summary: Medicare home health rates will increase 2.6% effective 1/1/22. The 30-day national payment rate increases to $2,031.65. CMS projects that Medicare home health spending will increase by $570 million. All 432 case mix […]

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Alliance Hospice Administrators’ Meeting

We discussed the following issues: CMS recently updated its Hospice Quality Reporting Program Current Measures page, which includes a good graphic on the four components or the HQRP.  You can download a Current Measures pdf here. CMS also released a Q & A on the 2 new Claims-based Measures. Here’s CMS’s new HQRP Users Manual. […]

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Training on NH’s Revised Advance Directive Laws

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is offering two sessions on the Summary of NH’s Advance Directive Statute Changes.  This webinar is for health professionals who regularly work with advance directives, POLST or medical surrogacy.  It will review the new laws and forms that took effect on July 30, 2021, as a result of the enactment […]

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REMINDER: Register for the Fall Conference!

The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH is pleased to invite you to the 26th Annual Fall Conference on Hospice & Palliative Care – NH’s largest event for hospice and palliative care professionals. This virtual conference will be on Tuesday, November 16th from 8:30am to 4:00pm. It will feature national experts and […]

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 NH Charitable Foundation Renews Easter Seals Grant

The Helping Hands Relief Fund supports people 60 and over, statewide who are low income and for whom other financial assistance is not available. The fund covers essential goods and services for basic needs to help protect the health and well-being of people who face compounded risk from COVID-19.  Examples of items include but are […]

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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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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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