Nominations Sought for Excellence Awards

The Home Care Association of New England is seeking nominees for the Home Care Service Award, the Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award and the Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship. The awards will be presented at the HCANH/NHHPCO Annual Meeting on June 13, 2014.   The National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and the Home […]

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OIG Says Face-to-face Isn’t Working

A recent study by the Office of Inspector General found that the face-to-face rule for home health fails nearly one third of the time. According to the report, 32 percent of home health claims requiring face-to-face encounters failed to meet Medicare rules, resulting in $2 billion in payments that should not have been made. Furthermore, […]

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ICD 10 Delay Indefinate

After years of telling us they are serious this time and everyone in the health care system had better be ready to implement the new disease coding system, on April 1st, CMS said the whole project is going to be delayed indefinitely.  Despite the date, they weren’t joking.  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced President Obama had signed […]

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Dartmouth Study Finds Medicare’s Methodology Flawed

Press Release from the Dartmouth Institute- Annmarie.Christensen@dartmouth.edu New Dartmouth study in the journal BMJ offers roadmap for better risk adjustment Lebanon, N.H.  – The  methodology Medicare uses to adjust the billions of dollars it pays health plans and hospitals to account for how sick their patients are is flawed and should be replaced, according to […]

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Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 13

For the third year in a row, the Home Care Association and the NH Hospice & Palliative Care Organization will co-host our Annual Meetings. This year’s event will be held on June 13th at Church Landing in Meredith. Our keynote speaker will be nationally known home care and hospice expert Robert Simione, president of Simione Consulting. […]

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Hassan Delays Medicaid Step 2

On April 3, Governor Hassan announced that Step 2 of Medicaid Managed Care will be delayed indefinitely so that DHHS can focus on bringing the Medicaid expansion population into managed care. Step 2 would cover Medicaid waiver populations, including those with developmental disabilities and enrollees in the Choices for Independence Program. More planning and public input […]

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Home Care Client’s Bill of Rights

In 2013, the New Hampshire Legislature passed Senate Bill 87, which resulted in significant changes to home care related sections of RSA 151, the Health Facilities Licensing statue. Senate Bill 87 revised the Home Care Clients’ Bill of Rights and created new notification requirements for home care discharges. These new laws took effect on January […]

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Workforce Development Grant Enters Final Stage

Concord, NH -In 2010 The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH) received a $2,380,059 grant to fund the NH Health Profession Opportunity Project (NH HPOP). The grant has provided low-income individuals with opportunities for education and training in a variety of occupations in the health care field […]

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Nominations Needed for Home Care Nurse of the Year

We’re looking for examples of caring and service that make a difference in patients’ lives and show the value of nurses. Our goal is to tell the story of home care and hospice on a day-to-day level and bring our message to the nation.  Click here for nomination information and materials. Now is the time […]

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Nominate New Hampshire’s Star Nurse

The New Hampshire Nurses’ Association Annual Awards Program provides a prestigious opportunity to recognize outstanding performance by Registered and student nurses as well as exceptional support on the part of others in regard to the profession of nursing. Five awards are presented in October in conjunction with the NHNA Annual member meeting – and the […]

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Market Suvery Shows Rising Costs for Long Term Care

Affordability of long-term care services are an important factor in ability to access these services, as well as cost-drivers in public systems that provide them. This report, “Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs: The 2012 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services and Home Care Costs,” prepared by the MetLife Mature […]

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Home Health Industry Faces Major Federal Cuts

Home health care providers in Oregon and their allies say their industry is in a bind. The state’s rural home health providers don’t make as much as they should from serving Medicare patients, and the state’s providers overall are slated for an even bigger hit next year, according to the industry’s advocates and allies in […]

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Medical Loss Requirement Rule Changes Considered

Federal health officials signaled this week that they’re considering relaxing the ACA requirement — known as the medical loss ratio — mandating that insurers spend 80 percent of all premium dollars on medical care rather than administrative costs, according to the online political magazine Politico. The insurance industry and others had complained that the 80 […]

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Agency or Individual?

Hiring a caregiver for hourly, daily, or around–the-clock assistance is often all the support a person needs to stay in their home. Services can include companionship, help with bathing, dressing, household chores, cooking, banking, shopping, and running errands, to name a few.  Some people like to pay a friend or neighbor for light care, house […]

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Guidelines Will Help End-of-Life Oversight

When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do. He feared that the actions of one hospice nurse could discourage Americans from using that model of palliative care for the terminally ill, or inhibit dying people in pain from taking morphine. So Casarett, […]

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NPR Focuses on The Town That Loves Death

People in La Crosse, Wisconsin are used to talking about death. In fact, 96 percent of people who die in this small, Midwestern city have specific directions laid out for when they pass. That number is astounding. Nationwide, it’s more like 50 percent.  NPR’s Planet Money focused on the one place in America that is […]

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NH Law for Home Care Clients Bill of Rights and Discharge Notice In Effect

In 2013, the New Hampshire Legislature made significant changes to home care-related sections of RSA 151, the Health Facilities Licensing statue.  Senate Bill 87 revised the Home Care Clients’ Bill of Rights and created new notification requirements for home care discharges. These new laws took effect on January 1, 2014 and apply to all home […]

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BEAS Working to Resolve CFI Issue

The Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services is hoping to break the logjam on Choices for Independence (CFI) redeterminations and service authorizations. HCANH has expressed concern to BEAS that redeterminations are being delayed and service authorizations are not being entered into the MMIS system in a timely manner, resulting in agencies providing services to long-time […]

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