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Home Care Management Course to be Offered

SupervisionPlus, Part 1, 8-week, Online Program beginning September 8th. Creating a culture of accountability has never been more important for home care and hospice agencies.  Agency leaders are challenged to do more with less while guiding their staff to optimal productivity, higher patient and family satisfaction scores, and greater outcomes of care. Leaders, from front […]

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New Hampshire Watches Multi-State Health Care Compact

Kansas, Missouri and seven other states have signed on to a movement that would snatch regulatory authority of most of the nation’s health care insurance systems from the federal government. New Hampshire’s House of Representatives voted in 2012 to join the national Health Care Compact, but the introduced legislation has stalled in the Senate. If […]

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GAO Report Calls For Reforms to CMS Post Payment Review System

Re-posted from VNAA The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report calling for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to “take actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of contractors’ post payment review efforts, which include providing additional oversight and guidance regarding data, duplicative reviews and contractor correspondence” with providers. The report had […]

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NH Drug Free Workplace Regulation Change

New Hampshire Law Changes Aug. 25 A new State law takes effect this month requiring all licensed health facilities, including Home Care, to have a drug-free work place policy. Home care agencies should review their current policy to assure it meets the new requirements. Need help revising your policy? The US Department of Labor has […]

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‘Improve or You’re Out’ Medicare Policy Unchanged

Glenda Jimmo has been blind since childhood because of problems related to her diabetes. A few years ago she had her leg amputated below the knee and all but one toe removed from the remaining leg. After the surgery she received rehab services from a local home care agency, paid for by Medicare– but then […]

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Court Decides Against Subsidies for Health Care Exchange

This morning the D.C. Circuit court ruled, 2-1 against the government in the case Halbig v Burwell.  The ruling effectively strikes down federal subsidies available to consumers who buy insurance in the 36 states where the exchanges are operated in whole or in part by the federal government, rather than the states.  New Hampshire has […]

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Washington Discusses Home Care Rebasing

Last Friday, Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) introduced the Medicare Home Health Rebasing Relief and Reassessment Act (H.R.4625). The bill would suspend the rebasing rule for 12 months and require that CMS reassess the rule and submit a report to Congress on alternative rebasing methods, including methods offered by stakeholders. This is a NAHC supported bill […]

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DOJ Focuses on Elder Abuse

Leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Research suggests that one in 10 Americans over the age of 60 […]

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OASIS Validation Audits Cancelled

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has suspended the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) submission audits conducted in the New England states. CMS has instructed Strategic Health Solutions (SHS) to begin issuing record request cancellation letters to the providers from whom they have requested records. The supplemental medical review contractor, SHS, has […]

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CMS Releases Proposed 2015 PPS Changes

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the new proposed PPS changes that include changes for 2015 and introducing 2016 roll-out of Home Health (HH) Value-based Purchasing Model. Comment period is open from July 7 until September 2, 2014. 2015 Medicare Home Health PPS Proposal from CMS CMS has proposed eliminating the brief narrative […]

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US Supreme Court Rules on Home Care Union Case

On the final day of its term, the Supreme Court ruled that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union’s costs of collective bargaining. In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who […]

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NH Ranks 32nd in Long Term Care Services

A new report issued by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The Scan Foundation ranks NH 32 out of 51 states for its state-level performance of long term services and supports that assists older adults, people with physical disabilities and family caregivers. The Raising Expectations report measures states across five dimensions of care: 1) affordability and […]

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NH Delegation Asks CMS to Halt Medicare Part D Implementation

New Hampshire’s entire Congressional delegation has added their voices to sign-on letters being circulated by Senators Rockefeller and Roberts (PDF) and Representatives Reed and Thompson (PDF), asking CMS to temporarily halt implementation of action that has left hospice patients without medications they need at the end of life. The National Association of Home Care, Forum […]

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Charitable Foundation Seeks Nominees

Are you the next Corporate Fund Nonprofit Management Award recipient? The Corporate Fund, an initiative of New Hampshire corporations in partnership with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2014 Nonprofit Management Award. Management in the nonprofit sector is among the most demanding and most important work in our communities. The […]

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CMS: Denial Edits for Physicians Certifying HHA Services

Effective July 1, 2014, Phase 2 ordering and referring denial edits will apply to attending physicians, who sign a patient’s plan of care, as well as certifying physicians, who certify/re – certify a patient’s eligibility to receive services under the  Medicare home health benefit, as reported on Home Health Agency (HHA) claims. Currently, these edits […]

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Stone Recognized for Service to Home Care

The Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award was presented to Kevin Stone from Helms & Company at the Home Care Association of New Hampshire’s Annual meeting on June 13. The LaRoche Policy Award is given to a person who has advocated on legislative or regulatory issues or who has made a significant contribution to home health […]

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Oasis and ICD-9/10

A revised version of the OASIS-C1 data item set was approved by the Office of Management and Budget on February 6, 2014, and this version of OASIS was scheduled for implementation on October 1, 2014. However, five of the data items contained in OASIS-C1 require the use ICD-10 codes. Since ICD-10 has been delayed until […]

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Jessica Wiggins Awarded Home Care Nursing Scholarship

CONCORD, N.H., The Home Care Association of New Hampshire today announced Jessica Wiggins as the recipient of the 2014 Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship. Each year the Home Care Association presents a scholarship to recognize an exemplary nursing student who is employed at a member home care agency, in memory of Maryellen LaRoche. Maryellen was the […]

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Bonnie Phillips of Rochester Named LNA of the Year

Bonnie Phillips of Cornerstone VNA in Rochester was announced Home Care LNA of the Year at the Home Care Association of New Hampshire’s Annual Meeting in Meredith, NH on June 13. For fourteen years Ms. Phillips has brought positive energy, laughter and passion to her job, and to the patients of Cornerstone VNA. “She’s an […]

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