NH Burn Rate Survey and Stress Relief Assistance

ATTACHMENT 1: Vendor list Please see the most recent list of vendors who have contacted the state offering PPE and materials.  The state works hard to vet these vendors but you should vet them yourselves prior to entering into a contract.  You may still make your requests for PPE though WebEOC to ESF8 but demand […]

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Housing Solutions Available to Healthcare Workers and General Public

We now have possible temporary housing solutions for both healthcare workers/first responders (Tier 1) and general public (Tier 2).  We are working on additional solutions for people experiencing homelessness as well as dependency and mental health issues which could require a higher level of assistance (Tier 3 or Tier 4).    TIER 1 In order […]

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ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19

ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19 The effective date of service on or after April 1, 2020 A new code was developed by the World Health Organization, code U07. 1, for COVID-19. This is a primary code followed by any manifestations/symptoms of the disease. The new code, U07.1, should be reported for confirmed cases and presumptive positive […]

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New Mask Maker for New Hampshire

Good Evening to all, I have two different items to review with you tonight: ATTACHMENT Please see the most recent list of vendors who have contacted the state offering PPE and materials.  The state works hard to vet these vendors but you should vet them yourselves prior to entering into a contract.  You may still […]

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PDGM 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMITS

April 28 & April 29 The current COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating that more than ever quality care in the home is the future of American health care. Home health agencies are busier than ever and facing greater changes than ever. A new payment system is one of those challenges and to help you successfully manage […]

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Vendor List for PPE and other Supplies

Supplies remain a major concern.  Linked is the latest Vendor List from the Granite State Health Care Coalition.  In addition, two vendors have reached out to the Alliance specifically seeking to assist home care and hospice agencies.   See below: BYRAM HEALTHCARE Byram is a long-time affiliate member of the Alliance.  They are doing their […]

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Hospice Chaplains Update

Hospice Chaplain Group, I am reaching out to ask how you are doing and offer an open call next week for just your peer group.  It would be a time to compare notes on your responsibilities during this COVID 19 world that we are living in.  Any topic will be welcomed – how you are […]

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Healthcare worker Self-Isolation and Quarantine TESTING UPDATE!

Please see this update which could provide testing options for first responders and healthcare workers who are exhibiting symptoms of possible COVID.  Locations for testing cover from Concord south both east and west.  There is a location in Littleton as well.  The flyers explain more about the testing and how to access the Respite and […]

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COVID Symptom Guide for Community Health

Symptom guide for COVID patients for community, SNF, and LTC. It parallels the one developed for inpatients, based on CAPC and Dartmouth efforts with additional input from the national leader on cough research. null null Please feel free to share the attached document with any of the members, or executive directors today or any other […]

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PPE and Material Resource List, April 2, 2020

Here is the latest Resource List from WebEOC of vendors that have contacted the state offering goods and service to include PPE.  The EOC staff have reached out to all these companies in an attempt to vet the list.  You should still conduct you own vetting prior to entering into a contract.  Please note that […]

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COVID 19 Response: CMS Regulatory Changes for HHA

CMS that came out on 3/30/2020 that includes home health.   Additional Background: Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge: (Includes Home Health information on further use of telehealth) https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/additional-backgroundsweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19-patient   CMS Accelerated and Advanced Payment Fact Sheet: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/accelerated-and-advanced-payments-fact-sheet.pdf   Families First Coronavirus Response Act-Increased FMAP FAQs https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covid-19-section-6008-faqs.pdf

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BIG NEWS! CMS Issues 1135 Blanket Waiver with Hospice Provisions and an Interim Final Rule with Hospice F2F

Hospice Resources BIG NEWS! CMS Issues 1135 Blanket Waiver with Hospice Provisions and an Interim Final Rule with Hospice F2F Here is the press release and the link: Hospice-specific fact sheet on COVID-19 Flexibilities:  https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-hospices.pdf Blanket waivers: List of waivers:  https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf Press Release: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-makes-sweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19 Additional background information on the waivers and rule changes, go to: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/additional-backgroundsweeping-regulatory-changes-help-us-healthcare-system-address-covid-19-patient For more information […]

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Resource List Report

  Here is a resource list of the vendors that have contacted the State EOC and indicated they have PPE and other resources.  You will need to vet these resources yourselves. If you have PPE needs, you can still make a request through your local EOC or ESF8 but the requests have been far exceeding […]

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Members Announce Intention to Merge

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, based in Laconia, has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Concord Area Visiting Nurse Association, the organizations announced Thursday. This merged organization will serve home and community-based health needs in 82 communities. The non-binding letter of intent is the first step in a process that involves […]

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DHHS Cancels RFP for Titles III and XX in Light of COVID19

DHHS has cancelled the Request for Proposals for Title III and Title XX Home Health Services for 7/1/20 – 6/30/22. RFA-2021-DLTSS-07-LEGAL Legal Services Older Americans Act, Title III Services Description To provide legal services as outlined in Section 307 (11) (A) of the Older American’s Act, for adults age sixty (60) and older, who are […]

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CALL TO ACTION TODAY: Virtual Advocacy Day

This would normally be the week that Alliance members would be in Washington as part of the NHPCO Leadership Advocacy Conference and the NAHC March on Washington.  In fact, we had Capitol Hill visits scheduled for today with health policy aides from our Congressional Delegation.  Those events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, […]

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CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for New Hampshire and 10 Other States in Response to COVID-19

Section 1135 waivers give states and providers regulatory relief on a range of requirements Today, in keeping with its commitment to ensure states have the necessary tools to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an additional 11 state Medicaid waiver requests under Section 1135 […]

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FEDERAL SECTION 1135 WAIVER REQUEST – APPROVED

Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S2-26-12 Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850 March 23, 2020 Mr. Henry D. Lipman Medicaid Director New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services 129 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301-3852 Re: 1135 Flexibilities Requested in March 18, 2020 Communication Dear Mr. Lipman: On March […]

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ICD-10-CM Coding for COVID-19

Effective February 20, 2020, the following effective is to provide coding instructions for coding COVID-19 and related conditions.   Confirmed COVID-10 – For cases where there is an actual exposure to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, assign the code Z20.828, Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other viral communicable diseases.   COVID-10 Ruled […]

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COVID-19 Guidance from Bureau of Health Facility Administration

This message is being sent to all licensed healthcare facilities in NH. Dear Administrators, First, please accept our heartfelt THANK YOU, we fully realize the challenges all healthcare workers are facing during this crisis. We want to best assist the facilities to be able to continue to provide care, to ensure the health and safety […]

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