Hospice Payment Rates

In a Memorandum to Associate Regional Administrators in the Division of Medicaid dated September 1, 2015, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Financial Management Group has issued notice of the minimum Medicaid Hospice payment rates that will be effective for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.  By law Medicaid hospice payments are calculated using Medicare rates […]

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Survey for Healthy Aging Research

Kelly Renwick, a doctoral student at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada  would like to invite you and the members of your agency to participate in a 10 minute research survey exploring aging alone and the care of older patients. To participate please click the link below: Survey: Aging Alone and the Care of Older […]

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Home Care Op Ed Urges Cooperation

Home Care advocate, and Association CEO, Gina Balkus makes a plea to legislators to end the state’s budget stalemate and come up with a compromise or override in today’s Op Ed to the Laconia Citizen.   Legislators must soon override budget veto By Gina M. Balkus Guest Columnist | Sep 09, 2015 Share on facebook […]

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More Clarifications for ICD-10 Change

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has recently learned that the organizations responsible for the official ICD-10 coding guidance has issued clarification that would require home health agencies to indicate an “A” (initial encounter) in the 7th character for some ICD-10 codes. An “A” in the 7th character should be used for any encounter […]

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AHRQ: One-third of adult hospital stays involve mental/substance use disorders

AHRQ: One-third of adult hospital stays involve mental/substance use disorders About one in three adult hospital stays in 2012 involved a mental or substance-use disorder, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The estimate excludes neonatal and maternal stays. Patients with a primary mental or substance-use disorder diagnosis were […]

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Person Centered Care- Concept Worth Revisiting

Patient or Person-centered care  is one of those concepts everyone supports– but how those concepts are implemented across the spectrum of care and among agencies, will differ.  Roy Gerstenberger, Executive Director of Community Bridges has researched a one page profile for home care staff.  Developing the tool as a team can begin the discussion of […]

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Transition to ICD-10: Home Health Episodes that Span October 1, 2015

Since Home Health (HH) claims are submitted for a 60-day payment episode, there may be cases where an episode spans October 1. In these cases, the Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) for an episode will be submitted using ICD-9 codes and the corresponding claim (which spans the October 1, 2015 implementation date) will be submitted […]

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Contracting How-to’s for CFI Providers

NH Medicaid has invited Choices for Independence (CFI) Home Health Providers to learn about the contract process for Medicaid Care Management. The event will be held on Friday, August 21, from 10AM to Noon at the Brown Building, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord. Representatives from NH Healthy Families and Well Sense will provide information on how providers […]

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Is Your Entire Agency Ready for ICD-10?

With October 1st approaching quickly, now is the time to make your final preparations for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.  Over the past few years, HCANH has offered countless webinars on the subject.  We have one more offering that examines ICD-10 from different perspectives. It Takes a Village: ICD-10 Coding Series includes 5 webinars […]

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NH’s US Senators Support NP/PA Bill

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced that she will co-sponsor S. 578, the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2015.  This bill will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify and oversee Medicare home health plans of care.  The bill has been introduced several times by Senator Susan Collins (R- ME) and providers are hopeful that it will garner enough support for a floor […]

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NGS Releases Financial Impact of F2F Denials for NH

Months after HCANH formally requested data regarding the dollar value of F2F denials for New England states, National Government Services (NGS) released state-specific 2014 data to home care associations in the region.  From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, New Hampshire’s Medicare-certified agencies had the following: 35,524 home health claims submitted for payment $70,686,586 in charges for claims submitted 1,712 […]

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F2F Lawsuit Goes to Court

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) lawsuit regarding the Medicare face-to-face regulation had its day in court on August 6th.  The NAHC lawsuit challenged the validity of the physician narrative as documentation that the F2F requirement had been met.  NAHC’s VP of Law William Dombi argued that Congress intended the F2F requirement as a […]

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U.S. Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Information Blocking

July 29, 2015 08:35 AMOn Thursday, July 23, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee convened a hearing titled, “Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Information Blocking and Potential Solutions.” The hearing focused on the practice of deliberate information blocking by providers and vendors as a barrier to the adoption of health […]

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CMS Proposed Changes to the HHQRP

article re posted from NAHCJuly 27, 2015 09:26 AM In the proposed rule for the calendar year (CY) 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes additional home health quality reporting requirements as part of the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP). The HHQRP requires that […]

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PEPPER Now Available for Home Health Agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made available free provider-specific comparative data reports for home health agencies (HHAs) nationwide. The Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) summarizes HHA claims data statistics for areas that may be at risk for improper Medicare payments: Average Case Mix Average Number of Episodes Episodes […]

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Eliane Bussey, left, receives recognition with the Home Care Service Award from HCANH Board President, Karen Michel, right.

Service Award Recognizes Home Care Dedication, Excellence

Elaine Bussey Recipient of 2015 Home Care Service Award CONCORD, N.H.,— Elaine Bussey, Executive Director of North Country Home Care and Hospice in Littleton, 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 decades of outstanding […]

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Volunteers Needed on CMS’s Technical Expert Panel

Project Title: Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) Technical Expert Panel Dates: August 21st 2015 Project Overview: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Abt Associates to develop and maintain quality measures for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP). The contract name is Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) Quality […]

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Share Your Expertise at Annual Meeting

Call for Abstracts – Who Should Submit The VNAA welcomes individual professionals and/or groups committed to supporting, promoting and advancing nonprofit home healthcare and hospice organizations to submit an abstract. This includes organizational leaders, managers and staff, practicing clinicians including medical directors, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, public health professionals and academics. […]

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Scholarships for Falls and Fire Prevention Training

The National Fire Protection Association is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate in the 2015 Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference. The Conference, which includes a training workshop, will be held November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will receive training to reach older adults with fire and fall prevention education through group presentations and home […]

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HCANH Co-hosts “Future of Home Health Symposium”

The Association is partnering with the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, along with other state home care associations, to offer a regional meeting in New York City this fall. The “Future of Home Health Symposium: Preparing for the Future of Home and Community-Based Care” will take place on September 9th from 9:30am to […]

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