PDGM: Electronic Medical Record Readiness on Thursday, August 15th

Here’s a quick reminder, tomorrow is the 7th webinar in our 9-part series on PDGM. If you haven’t already, please remind your members about PDGM: Electronic Medical Record Readiness on Thursday, August 15th from 2:00-3:00pm EDT, I’ve attached the last email we sent out about it for your reference. Please continue to emphasize access to […]

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Medicaid Open Enrollment is in August

Open Enrollment beings August 1st for Granite Staters who are in Medicaid Care Management. There are now three MCOs to choose from: NH Healthy Families, Well Sense Health Plan and AmeriHealth Caritas NH. Click here for open enrollment materials. Enrollees who want to remain with their current health plan don’t have to do anything. Enrollees […]

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CMS Releases 2020 Medicare Home Health Payment Proposal

Sink your toes in the sand, slime on some sunscreen and start skimming! Just when you were looking for a good beach read, CMS released its 346-page CY2020 proposed payment rule for Medicare home health. As expected, the rule elaborates on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model and recommends changes to existing requirements, including quality measures and […]

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The Aide’s Role in Advance Directives Patient Rights

Jane Garrett, RN, BSN, MHSA September 12, 2019 3-4 p.m. EST Description: Legal and ethical responsibilities of the healthcare staff regarding Advance Directives are described from the patient and caregiver’s perspectives. The types of various Advance Directives are explained along with examples and the practical application of this fundamental patient right. Register for the Full […]

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FY2020 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule – Podcast

Episode 69: The Final Rule came out last week and there are many changes coming providers need to be aware of and prepared for. Part 1 of our 2 part series will focus on the regulatory side of the rule. Judi sits down with Jon R. and delves into the most important components of the […]

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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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Nails and the New Scope of Practice

Foot and nail care is needed for patients who are healthy but cannot perform normal foot care due to vision, orthopedic or neurologic deficiencies as well as for those who may have co-morbid conditions that lead to vascular, neurologic or dermatologic disorders and are therefore at high risk of trauma or infection from inadequate foot […]

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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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