Patients Can Now Locate New Hampshire Treatment Options Online

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP)  has developed an on-line substance use disorder treatment locator for those seeking substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire, http://nhtreatment.org. This Treatment Locator will help patients, family and health care providers find substance abuse treatment services available in different areas of the state. The treatment locator includes a feature […]

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Leadership Conference Early Bird Deadline Extended to January 5th!

You have another chance at discounted registration for the Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit in Boston. The early bird deadline has been extended to January 5th. The event takes place January 20 – 22 at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Join colleagues from NE, NY and NJ to learn about the latest trends in home […]

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Federal Court Overturns Overtime Rule

On December 22, The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Labor violated the plain language of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with its regulation that excluded third-party employers from the application of the “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services” exemptions. The lawsuit was filed by three plaintiffs […]

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Congress Issues Report to CMS Asking it to Justify its Face-to-Face Policy

As part of its analysis of the ongoing face-to-face issue, Inside Health Policy recently summed up the continuing frustration the home care and hospice community feel surrounding the face-to-face requirement: “[The Home Care] Industry has viewed the Affordable Care Act’s face-to-face requirements as flawed and unclear. As part of the face-to-face documentation, a physician narrative […]

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Congressional Budget Calls for CMS Report on F2F, Rebasing

The $1.1 trillion spending plan approved by the Congress includes ‘report language’ on the Medicare Home Health face-to-face (F2F) rule and Medicare home health rebasing. While ‘report language’ is non-binding, it nevertheless could have policy implications if implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Below is the language contained in the bill: […]

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VNAA Seeks National Award Nominations

The VNAA Awards Committee is pleased to launch the 2015 VNAA National Awards nominations. Each year, VNAA recognizes individuals from affiliate member agencies who have made significant and meaningful contributions to advancing nonprofit home healthcare and hospice agencies. There are five National Awards recognizing one outstanding individual in each of the following categories: Outstanding Agency […]

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CMS Urged to Delay F2F Enforcement

Last week the Home Care Association of New Hampshire joined state home care associations across the nation to urge CMS to delay enforcement of the new Medicare Face to Face certifying requirements for physicians.  The letter sent to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner urged a phased-in approach to the new […]

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Nominate NH’s Outstanding Business Women by 1/7

New Hampshire has Outstanding Women in Business More people recognize the admirable role women play in business even though women are still underrepresented in top leadership positions. The tide is turning, however. Countless studies have recognized the positive difference women business leaders make in the companies they work for including increased revenues, increased innovation, and […]

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New England Senators Send F2F Concerns to CMS

A bi-partisan Senate letter raising questions and concerns about Medicare medical reviews and F2F denials was sent to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner last week.  The letter was initiated by Senator Kelly Ayotte and co-signed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, along with seven other Senators from Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. “Home health agencies in our states are being overwhelmed […]

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CMS Extends CoP Comment Period to January 7

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to accept public comments for an extra month on the proposed Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for home health agencies after HCA and other industry stakeholders formally requested additional time to compile feedback on the rule. Comments were originally due on December 8, but CMS has now […]

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NH Medicaid Delays Managed Care Step 2

NH Medicaid has delayed roll-out of Step 2 of its care management program. The most recent timeline was January 1, 2015 for mandatory populations (including Katie Beckett kids) and April 1 for Choices for Independence and Nursing Facility clients. At last week’s Governor’s Commission on Medicaid Care Management, Commissioner Toumpas announced that enrollment for the […]

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AARP Focuses on Caregiver Stress This Holiday Season

Article by Rob Stott appeared in Association NOW The holidays are a stressful, albeit joyful, time of year. And for families and individuals caring for a friend or relative there’s added stress, according to a new study commissioned by AARP and the Ad Council. To help relieve some of the stress that an estimated 42 […]

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Franklin Pierce Tailors Education to Healthcare Leaders

Health care professionals, and the next generation of health care leaders, will benefit from recent program changes at Franklin Pierce University, in Rindge, New Hampshire.  Although traditionally a Liberal Arts school, Franklin Pierce is shifting to more specialized programs including the development of both their BS and Masters in Health Administration programs. The ever changing […]

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MedLearn Matters Special Edition Advises on Hospice-related Services

Change Request 8923 – corrects the current notation (remittance advice remark code N211) indicating that when the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) determines that a hospice is not eligible for an exception to the Notice of Election timely filing requirement, the decision is not appealable. In fact, the decision IS appealable and CR8923 corrects the error.  […]

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CMS Announces Update for Home Care Condition of Participation

Administration focuses on post-acute care for data collection and improvement The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday an initiative aimed at nursing homes and home care settings. According to CMS, the proposed changes would improve the quality of home health services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by strengthening patient rights and improving […]

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November is Home Care and Hospice Month

During November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across New Hampshire and the country. This year’s […]

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New ACA Employer Mandate Survey Continues: Survey Response Reminder

The employer mandate responsibilities In the Affordable Care Act are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Employers of 100 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) will be required to either offer a qualified health plan to all their full-time employees or face a potential financial penalty. For purposes of this law, a “full-time […]

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CMS Issues Final Rule for 2015

Late Thursday CMS released its final rule for 2015 Medicare Home Health PPS rates. CMS also finalized some of the other proposals – including eliminating the physician narrative to the face-to-face requirements. Below are some highlights of the Final Rule: The physician F2F narrative requirement has been eliminated effective January 1, 2015. The F2F encounter […]

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Report Shows Differences in Case-Mix between Rural and Urban

A recently released report by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration shows that rural home health care patients generally are more ill than their urban counterparts, based on higher levels of diagnostic severity, more risk factors for hospitalization and poorer overall status which if nothing supports the need for […]

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