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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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Golf Event 2018

2018 Golf Tournament sportsmanship, camaraderie and raising funds for hospice Beautiful morning, and a fantastic course contributed to the overwhelming success of the 15th Annual Golf Event to support New Hampshire’s Hospice and Palliative Care. Many thanks to Bayada Hospice and the Robinson family for being our lead sponsors – and to Mary Kazanowski, planning […]

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Quell Your QAPI Fears

Do Medicare’s new home health QAPI requirements seem insurmountable? We have a solution. Just breathe deeply and register for the Alliance’s webinar QAPI: Ready or Not! Kathy Roby, BSN, MA, MS, CHCE, Senior Project Manager at Qualidm, will help you understand the differences between your old QM process and what is now required in the […]

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QI Scholars Initiative Reboots for ’18-’19

After many requests, the Alliance is re-offering its highly-acclaimed QI Scholars Initiative, which includes participation in the internationally-known IHI Open School. This program combines IHI’s online courses with home care and hospice-specific onsite workshops. It’s intended to enhance managers’ knowledge of process improvement so they can lead care transformation efforts.  See our website for more […]

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Clinical Directors’ Meeting to Discuss Sepsis Education

The Alliance’s Home Care Clinical Directors’ Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 10:15- 12:15 at Concord Regional VNA, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord. The meeting will focus on regional efforts to reduce sepsis mortality through early identification of the signs and symptoms of sepsis. The meeting will include a presentation by Al Cardillo, […]

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Honor Hospice Volunteers at Hospice Education Day

  Your hospice volunteers are an exceptional group of caring and compassionate people who selflessly offer support to individuals, families and caregivers. Support and recognize them with our annual Hospice Volunteer Education Day at the beautiful, historic Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH, on September 20. Register your volunteers for Hospice Volunteer Day by SEPTEMBER 7.

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Psych Series Set for September with C & V Senior Care

Cognitive impairments, depression and behavioral issues have a major impact on a patient’s ability to recover from illness. This 4-part webinar series will help home care staff better understand how to assess patients with behavioral health conditions, establish appropriate care plans, document properly and fulfill the requirements of the IMPACT Act as it applies to neuro-emotional […]

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Local Agency Receives National Award!

The Visiting Nurse, Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County & Western Maine was recently notified by Strategic Health Partners (SHP) that it received SHP’s Best of the Best award for achieving the top overall score among 950 hospices in SHP’s national CAHPS Hospice benchmark and scoring above the SHP national average for each CAHPS […]

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CMS Unveils Proposed Rule for Medicare Home Health Payments

On July 2nd. CMS published itsMedicare Home Health Rate Rule and plans for 2020 payment reform. Here’s a synopsis of rate changes: The HHPPS episodic payment rate, after case mix and wage index adjustments, will increase by 2.1%. Per visits payments will also increase by 2.1% The rural add-on for 2019 will be 3% for […]

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It’s Official! Our Association Has a New Name

    New Hampshire’s Secretary of State approved our new name on July 12th. Our association is now officially the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. We continue to own the Home Care Association trade name, so you may still see it on materials as HCANH and NHHPCO combine operations.   […]

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CMS Releases Proposed 2019 HHPSS Update

CMS released its 600-page 2019 Proposed Medicare HHPPS Update at 4:15pm yesterday.  You can download the document at this link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-14443.pdf While it will take a while to digest the entire proposal, below is a list of the basic elements, as sent to State Associations by Bill Dombi, president of NAHC. 2019 Payment rates The […]

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Medicaid Care Management Procurement – Public Information Sessions

Please see the notice below regarding NH Medicaid’s procurement process for Medicaid Managed Care.  This is the process to procure MCOs for Medicaid Managed Care in 2019 and beyond.  I would encourage all agencies that provide Medicaid State Plan Services to attend a public information session near you. The sessions begin next week. The draft […]

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NH DHHS Proposes Changes to Home Care and Hospice Licensing Rules

  The NH Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing has released proposed revisions to the He-P 809 rules for licensing of home health care agencies and the He-P 823 rules for home hospice agencies. Public hearings will be held on June 11th — noon for the hospice rules and 1:00 pm for the home care rules. […]

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Annual Meeting: Register Today!

The Association’s Annual Meeting on June 22nd will be an important event, so plan now to attend! Members will be voting on bylaws amendments and a slate of directors to lead the Association forward as a merged entity with the NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organizations. We will also celebrate accomplishments of the past year, […]

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