Medicare Home Health Proposed Rule 2020 webinar this Thursday

Medicare Home Health Proposed Payment Rule 2020 Thursday, July 18, 2019 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Last week, CMS issued the proposed rule for the 2020 payment model, PDGM, including rates of payment that would start January 1, 2020. Unfortunately, the proposed rule still includes a significant “behavioral adjustment,” which amounts to an 8.01% reduction […]

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Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship

Kathryn Smith, RN, from the VNA of Manchester and Southern NH received the $1,000 Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship. Kathryn began her career as a LPN, earned in Associate’s Degree in Nursing and is currently a straight A BSN student at Southern NH University. Congrats Kathryn! The Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship supports individuals currently employed in […]

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Changing of the Guard: Alliance Elects New Board Members

The Annual Meeting is always a time of transition, and this year was no exception. The members elected four new members for Board positions:Michael Counter, President, North Country Home Health & Hospice; Andrea Huertas, RN, BSN, CHPN, Consultant; Suzana Makowski, MD, Medical Director, Rockingham VNA and Chief of Palliative Care, Exeter Hospital; and Amy Moore,Director, […]

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Merger Architects Receive Home Care & Hospice Service Award

The Annual meeting marked one complete year of the new Alliance organization. The Home Care & Hospice Service Award was bestoyed on two volunteers responsible for steering NHHPCO and HCANH through the merger process. Thank you to Andrea Patrick-Baudet, Vice-President of Hospice Services at Concord Regional VNA and Sandy Ruka, CEO of Visiting Nurse, Home […]

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Moore & Gove Presented with Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award

This year’s Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award recipients were recognized as passionate advocates for our most vulnerable citizens. Their dedication to advocacy through continuous volunteerism, sharing of personal stories and even bringing legislators on home visits has made a real impact. Thank you to Amy Moore of Ascentria In-Home Care and Dottie Gove of Waypoint.

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Motivation deeper than money

Budgets are tight and fears of new payment systems have you spinning. Not to worry, you don’t need cash. Turns out GRATITUDE goes a long way in employment retention…and face it, every employee you keep is a vacancy you don’t have to fill. There is a myriad of studies showing money alone is not the […]

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Award Recipients Credit Team

Charlie Mills, MD, Medical Director for Palliative and Hospice Medicine and Mary Kazanowski, APRN, of the Elliot Health System in Manchester were both honored with the Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award for their innovative work and collaboration in delivering the best care possible in palliative care. The pair both credited the VNA & Hospice […]

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Joan Blood Earns LNA of the Year

Joan Blood, LNA of Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack, was recognized with the 2019 Nursing Assistant of the Year Award. Joan’s nomination stood out for her “conscientious, meticulous, gentle, confident, collaborative and accommodating” ways and her dedication to education and providing care in challenging situations.

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Keynotes Focus on Money & Mission at Alliance Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance drew current and past members and staff to regale the success of the previous year. Keynote speaker Bill Dombi, President of NAHC, reminded the group that without money, there is no mission, as he highlighted past advocacy victories and the challenges that lay […]

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Golf Event Takes Final Bow

Glenn and Mary Kazanowski of Bedford were recognized for their many years of dedication to hospice & palliative care in New Hampshire. The couple organized and ran NHHPCO’s benefit golf event for 16 years. They raised $140,000 over the years and awareness of hospice and palliative care in New Hampshire.The Inn at Mill Falls provided […]

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Governor Vetoes State Budget Medicaid Rate Increases Stalled

The House and Senate passed a $12.9 billion biennial State Budget last week, but Governor Sununu delivered on his veto threat. The Legislature will “cool off” over the summer and return to work in the fall to try to reach an agreement with the Governor. Meanwhile, a continuing resolution funds state operations at current levels. […]

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Alphabet soup

Home Care & Hospice Jargon Years ago I was a wide eyed college kid sitting in on my first grassroots advocacy meeting in Washington D.C., it was somewhere near 13th and Metro Center. I was an intern for the American Academy of Pediatrics and, along with other interns and paid staff from a bunch of […]

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New Interpretive Guidelines 2019

Emergency Preparedness Requirements This June, Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, NHDP-BC (National Healthcare Disaster Professional), will be presenting a 4-part webinar series to assist agencies with the development of a compliant AND realistic disaster preparedness plan. This series will cover changes made to regulations at the end of 2018 and appeared in the […]

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Big Changes: NH QIO Appeals

June 8, 2019 Levanta will no longer be accepting Medicare appeals for home health and hospice clients in New Hampshire. Under the new 5-year  contract between CMS and the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) KEPRO will now be the BFCC-QIO for appeals in NH and the rest of New England. Each […]

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Prepare Now for PDGM’s Impact on Your Operations

PDGM Operations Impact: 30 Day Periods, LUPAs, Supplies Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET Before you buy! Get Your Member Discount Codes Series Description: NAHC Education offers you intensive online training to help your organization prepare for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Get the tools you need to successfully transition to the biggest […]

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PDGM : Webinar series

PDGM Practical Overview Before you buy! Get Your Member Discount Codes May 2, 2019 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET Faculty: Sue Payne Description: Join us for the first HHFMA PDGM Overview webinar to ensure your agency is up to date on the basics of the PDGM model elements and their impact on providers! Whether you were […]

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IMPORTANT: State Budget Advocacy Alert

Our top legislative priority is to get a meaningful increase in payment rates for the Choices for Independence program and other Medicaid services.   As an association, we have been actively meeting with key legislators, working with other stakeholders and speaking out at public hearings.  Earlier this week,  Jim Culhane from Lake Sunapee Regional VNA, Dottie […]

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NAHC on PDGM

Sign up for the webinar series or video with the Alliance discount codes. PDGM: What’s Coming in 2020 Payment groups to more than double. In the PDGM era, the number of payment groups will increase from 153 currently to 432. Effect? “Helpful…it more laser targets the level of payment,” Dombi said. With 153, there were […]

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PDGM Discount Codes

You have questions on PDGM. Good news, NAHC has created top notch recorded webinars and videos to help you out. Better news. Alliance members get a discount. Use the following links and codes to get the best traing, at the best price! When purchasing, select “state sponsored” on the NAHC site. As a state association […]

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Hospice Speaker Coming to New Hampshire this June

The Alliance Board of Directors is supporting a speaking tour offered by Kimberly Paul,  the author of “Bridging the Gap:  Life Lessons Learned from the Dying”.  This follows a board discussion about initiating a community education campaign focused on palliative care.  Kimberly worked in television before spending 17 years as V P of Communications and […]

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