Home Care Association Elects New Board

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) elected a new Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting held June 13 in Meredith, NH. HCANH represents licensed agencies that provide in-home health care and supportive services to individuals living throughout New Hampshire. The Association promotes the delivery of responsible, high quality health care in the […]

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NH Health Care a United Front on F2F

New Hampshire health care providers have joined together in asking the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to reconsider how it interprets the Medicare home health Face to Face encounter requirements in the Affordable Care Act.  In a letter sent to CMS on Friday, four provider associations voiced their frustration with regulations that often […]

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Meridian To Leave NH Medicaid

Today, New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that Meridian Health Plan will withdraw from NH Medicaid Managed Care, effective June 30th.   Meridian will continue to provide services to members and reimburse providers through July 31st.  Medicaid enrollees will be transitioned to the other two MCOs.  Please see the link, or the text […]

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Tips for Members: Focus on Your Strength

All of our member home care agencies provide similar services and have great staff, so why refer to you? Getting referrals and then getting and keeping them as clients is, by far, the most effective way to spend your marketing time and money.  As an agency, the potential referral sources do need to see you.  […]

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A Spoon Brings Dignity to Those with Hand Tremors

Although feeding yourself soup or cereal seems easy enough, for the 1 million Americans who struggle with the tremors of Parkinson’s disease,  and the 10 million Americans who have a disorder called essential tremor, it is nearly impossible to keep their food on the spoon. This is the problem that engineer Anupam Pathak wanted to […]

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CMS Hosts F2F Open Door Forums

CMS has recently conducted a Special Open Door Forum that introduced participants to a suggested Electronic Clinical Template for the home health face to face encounter documentation. The initiative is from of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC,) Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework. The S&I Framework is responsible for developing […]

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High Blood Pressure Education Month

One out of three American adults has hypertension. That’s 67 million people who are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease. More than half of these Americans do not have their high blood pressure under control, and because it often has no warning […]

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NIH Soliciting Applications for Mobile Health Grant

The National Institutes of Health is soliciting grant applications for a new mobile health project, known as mHealth. The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate research utilizing Mobile Health (mHealth) tools aimed at the improvement of effective patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment and self-management of chronic diseases in under-served populations. With the rapid expansion […]

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CMS Proposes a F2F template for Physician EMRs

This week, CMS conducted a Special Open Door Forum that introduced participants to a suggested Electronic Clinical Template for the home health face to face encounter documentation. The initiative is from of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC,) Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework. The S&I Framework is responsible for developing […]

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DHHS Releases Title III & XX RFA

On April 22, the NH Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services released its “Request for Applications” for provision of In-Home Care, In-Home Health Aide and In-Home Nursing Level of Care Services funded thru Title III and Title XX federal block grants. The programs support at-risk individuals who are not otherwise eligible for similar services thru […]

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Nominations Sought for Excellence Awards

The Home Care Association of New England is seeking nominees for the Home Care Service Award, the Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award and the Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship. The awards will be presented at the HCANH/NHHPCO Annual Meeting on June 13, 2014.   The National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and the Home […]

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OIG Says Face-to-face Isn’t Working

A recent study by the Office of Inspector General found that the face-to-face rule for home health fails nearly one third of the time. According to the report, 32 percent of home health claims requiring face-to-face encounters failed to meet Medicare rules, resulting in $2 billion in payments that should not have been made. Furthermore, […]

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ICD 10 Delay Indefinate

After years of telling us they are serious this time and everyone in the health care system had better be ready to implement the new disease coding system, on April 1st, CMS said the whole project is going to be delayed indefinitely.  Despite the date, they weren’t joking.  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced President Obama had signed […]

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Dartmouth Study Finds Medicare’s Methodology Flawed

Press Release from the Dartmouth Institute- Annmarie.Christensen@dartmouth.edu New Dartmouth study in the journal BMJ offers roadmap for better risk adjustment Lebanon, N.H.  – The  methodology Medicare uses to adjust the billions of dollars it pays health plans and hospitals to account for how sick their patients are is flawed and should be replaced, according to […]

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Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 13

For the third year in a row, the Home Care Association and the NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization will co-host our Annual Meetings. This year’s event will be held on June 13th at Church Landing in Meredith. Our keynote speaker will be nationally known home care and hospice expert Robert Simione, president of Simione Consulting. […]

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Hassan Delays Medicaid Step 2

On April 3, Governor Hassan announced that Step 2 of Medicaid Managed Care will be delayed indefinitely so that DHHS can focus on bringing the Medicaid expansion population into managed care. Step 2 would cover Medicaid waiver populations, including those with developmental disabilities and enrollees in the Choices for Independence Program. More planning and public input […]

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Home Care Client’s Bill of Rights

In 2013, the New Hampshire Legislature passed Senate Bill 87, which resulted in significant changes to home care related sections of RSA 151, the Health Facilities Licensing statue. Senate Bill 87 revised the Home Care Clients’ Bill of Rights and created new notification requirements for home care discharges. These new laws took effect on January […]

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