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Medicaid Adopts New Home Health Rules; F2F Requirement Delayed Until September 1

NH Medicaid adopted new Home Health Services Rules on July 1.  The He-W 553 rules include eligibility requirements, provider requirements, covered and non-covered services and documentation requirements.  The rules had been in the process of being revised since last fall and HCANH provided detailed written comments on multiple drafts.  There are two major changes which […]

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Hospice CAHPS® Exemption for Size Deadline: August 10

The application deadline for a size exemption from the Hospice CAHPS Survey is August 10, 2016. For the CY 2016 data collection period, Medicare-certified hospices that served fewer than 50 survey-eligible clients in CY 2015 can apply for exemption from the CAHPS Hospice Survey. Exemptions on the basis of size are active for one year […]

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For CEO’s: A Succession Plan Isn’t the End of Succession Planning

There are many reasons why organizations need to be thinking about succession planning. The most important reason, of course, is that our patients rely on our directors and staff to carry out our missions, provide services and meet our community’s need. It is important, albeit uncomfortable, to think about what would happen to those services […]

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HCANH Elects Officers and Board Members

HCANH members elected the following slate at the Annual Meeting: President, Sandy Ruka, Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County & Western Maine Vice President, Jim Culhane, Lake Sunapee Region VNA Treasurer, David Emberley, Central NH VNA Secretary, Cathy Sorenson, Home Health, Hospice & Community Services Executive Committee, At-Large, Margo Sullivan, Androscoggin Valley […]

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Cleveland Honored With LNA of the Year Award

CONCORD, N.H., June 28, 2016– “Mom’s life had become quite restricted,” recalls Dale Sjorgen of Center Conway.  Sjorgen has been on hand for the care needs of her mother since her health began to decline a few years ago.  Eventually, it became too much to do alone. “Luckily, we made a call to the Visiting Nurse […]

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Poleatewich Earns Home Care Service Award

Sandra Poleatewich, RN, Chief Operating Officer at Interim Healthcare in Manchester, was recently awarded the Home Care Service Award by the Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) at its annual meeting in Meredith, NH.  The award recognized her outstanding work promoting quality health care services both at the state and federal level. “Sandra has […]

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Leaders Recognized at Annual Meeting

Sandra Poleatewich, RN, (above) Chief Operating Officer at Interim Healthcare, received the Association’s 2016 Home Care Service Award for her commitment to HCANH and the home care industry. A 6-year Board Member, Sandra has served as the home care representative on the Medicaid Medical Care Advisory Committee, provided guidance on state rule changes, testified at […]

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Jury sides with facility in SNF wrongful death case

by Emily Mongan, Staff Writer A jury ruled in favor of a New Hampshire nursing home on Thursday, finding the facility did not act improperly in the 2011 death of a resident. Byam Whitney Jr. was admitted to Kindred Healthcare and Greenbriar Terrace in Nashua, NH after developing pneumonia and pressure ulcers, ultimately leading to […]

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CMS Releases Hospice Data Directory

This week, CMS announced the availability of a new Hospice Data Directory. This directory includes the Hospice Agency dataset, which provides a list of all hospices certified by Medicare and high-level demographic data. It does not include any quality data. The information in the Hospice Data Directory comes from the CMS Automated Survey Processing Environment […]

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VNH Joins DHMC

The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) will become an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock on July 1st.  VNH’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the affiliation on May 24th.  VNH will remain a non-profit organization responsible for its own performance, relying on support from the towns it services and the generosity of […]

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Tips for Getting Through the Second Round of Probe and Educate

The National Association of Home Care and Hospice had a helpful F2F article in one of last week’s NAHC Reports that I believe is worth sharing. The article reports on trends related to the first round of CMS Probe & Educate audits.  It offers guidance on the use of F2F forms and clarifies the documentation […]

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Scholarship and Excellence Awards Seek Nominations

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire has four exciting opportunities to recognize the best and the brightest among our members. By recognizing excellence among our agencies, staff, students and advocates the Home Care Association of New Hampshire strives to publicly acknowledge and thank those who make a difference throughout Home Care, as well as to […]

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CMS Corrects Home Health Pricer Error

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Change Request 9608 that revises the Home Health (HH) Pricer to correct errors identified in the program that caused incorrect payments to home health agencies (HHAs). The system changes will correct an error that caused incorrect payments on claims where 20 or more therapy visits […]

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NAHC Submits Comments on Prior Authorization Proposal to CMS

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Prior Authorization of Home Health Services Demonstration. In its comments, NAHC urged CMS to withdraw the proposal, which would institute a system of “prior authorization” on all home health services in […]

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Older Americans Act Reauthorized

Late last week Congress passed the long-awaited bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Older Americans Act (OAA) after the Senate passed the House-amended bill on April 7. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of S. 192, legislation that passed unanimously in the Senate in July 2015. The Older Americans Act (OAA) is […]

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Membership Meeting Date Set

New Hampshire’s new DHHS Commissioner Jeff Myers will be the guest speaker at HCANH’s Spring Membership Meeting.  Join us on April 27th at the NH Hospital Assn, 125 Airport Road.  Networking starts at 8:30am, and the meeting will start promptly at 9AM. As always, a networking luncheon will follow. RSVP to Beth.

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New Hampshire’s Medicaid Private Duty Rates Increase April 1

NH DHHS has confirmed that Medicaid Private Duty Nursing rates will increase between 25% to 46% on April 1st.  DHHS submitted a Medicaid State Plan Amendment to CMS which allows DHHS to introduce rate differentials for nights, weekends and intensive levels of care. The Association submitted comments supporting the State Plan Amendment.   PDN reimbursement […]

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Plan Now for Ostomy Training in September

September may seem far away, but now is the time to start planning for key staff to attend the WCEI Ostomy Management Specialist Certification Course. It will be offered September 26- 30th at the NH Health Care Association in Pembroke, NH. The course includes 8 in-home instructional modules, 4 days of on-site training followed by […]

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Layoffs Come to the Lakes Region

today LRGHealthcare set a letter announcing it plans to layoff 58 employees, or 4% of it’s workforce.  The company sites it’s desire to scale back operations, even as demand grows, because of financial challenges of the health care industry in New Hampshire and nationally. Letter to Community Stakeholders March 29th    From New Hampshire Business […]

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CMS White Paper Examines The ACA Risk Adjustment Methodology

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a white paper detailing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s risk adjustment model Thursday, which suggests the risk adjustment program is working as intended, based on benefit year 2014. On March 31, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a day-long public meeting in Baltimore to discuss […]

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