Medicaid Care Management Dates Keep Moving

NH DHHS is continuing its efforts to fully implement Medicaid Care Management, but key dates seem to be moving targets. The original contracts with the MCOs were 5-year contracts — a 3-year term with a 2-year option to extend. The two year extender contracts needed to be inked by July 1st, but negotiations are not […]

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CMS Publishes Star Ratings on Medicare Home Health Compare Website

Today, CMS released its first round of Quality of Patient Care “star ratings” for Medicare-certified home care agencies. The ratings are now included in the Medicare Home Health Compare website and will be updated quarterly. The stars summarize each agency’s performance on 9 of 29 quality measures that are already posted on Home Health Compare. […]

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Advocates Sought on Medicaid Administrative Rules

The administrative rules that govern Medicaid State Plan Home Health services are set to expire this Fall.  NH DHHS is beginning the process of revising the rules and has requested the Association’s input.  I’m looking for a few volunteers who are willing to review the rules and make recommendations that HCANH can submit to DHHS. […]

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CMS Releases Proposed 2016 HHPPS Update

CMS released the FY 2016 Medicare Home Health Payment Rule on July 6.  The proposal includes the following: Year 3 of the 4-year phase-in of HHPPS rebasing required by the Affordable Care Act.  This reduces the episode base payment by $80.95. Market Basket Index (MBI) update of 2.9%, offset by 0.6 productivity adjustment, which leaves the […]

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Countdown: 85 Days to ICD-10 Launch

ICD-10.  ICD-10.  ICD-10.  Have you had enough yet?    Between on-site training, webinars, consultants and coding manuals, your agency is hopefully ready for ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015.  As of September 30, CMS will no longer accept ICD-9 codes or joint ICD-9/ICD-10 codes.   With just 85 days to go, here’s a reminder: CMS has an […]

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HCANH offers Wound Care Courses Free to Members

New courses are available, on demand and free of charge, to members of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire, thanks to a partnership with Wound Care Education Institute.  Wild on Wounds Productions and Wound Care Education Institute have developed a selection of online seminars recorded from live sessions.  For a limited time, these courses […]

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Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Announce Affiliation Discussions

The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) health system have announced plans to explore a formal affiliation to provide local residents with enhanced access to home health and hospice care. As ongoing transformations in health care encourage increased collaboration, innovation and communication among healthcare organizations to improve care and create […]

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All Eyes on the State’s Budget

New Hampshire’s seniors and adults with disabilities have their eyes on the governor’s office as the state’s general fund budget moves to her desk this week for an expected veto.  The state budget that was crafted by the Republican led house and senate does not please the governor because it contains cuts to taxes for […]

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Marie Stickles Recognized LNA of the Year

Priscilla Norton knows first-hand what a valuable asset the right caregiver can be when caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease. Luckily for Priscilla, she found that perfect caregiver when Cornerstone VNA in Rochester sent Marie Stickles, who was recently named Home Care Association of New Hampshire LNA of the year. A few years […]

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Helpful Links For Stroke

Driving http://www.aota.org/Practice/Productive-Aging/Driving.aspx http://www.driver-ed.org/ http://seniordriving.aaa.com/ http://www.stroke-rehab.com/support-files/strokerecoverytipsjune2014.pdf Sexuality http://www.stroke-rehab.com/support-files/strokerecoverytipsjune2014.pdf http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/NSAFactSheet_Sexuality.pdf?docID=999 Leisure Resources http://www.stroke-rehab.com/support-files/strokerecoverytipsjune2014.pdf http://stroke.org/sites/default/files/resources/NSAFactSheet_AbilitytoGoPlaces_2014_rev.pdf National Stroke Association Facts About Recurrent Strokes http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/NSAFactSheet_RecurrentStrokerevised.pdf?docID=998 Role of team members in rehabilitation http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/Choose_Rehab.pdf?docID=1101 Spasticity http://www.stroke-rehab.com/spasticity.html Swallowing http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/LifeAfterStroke/RegainingIndependence/PhysicalChallenges/Difficulty-Swallowing-After-Stroke_UCM_310084_Article.jsp Caregiver Support www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=careliving_guide Bowel and bladder issues http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/NSAFactSheet_BowelandBladder.pdf?docID=984 Sleep disturbances http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/NSAFactSheet_SleepDisorders.pdf?docID=1002 http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/SLEEPQ.pdf?docID=862 Definitions of Common Terms http://support.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=afibstroke_glossary Questions to Ask Your Doctor http://support.stroke.org/site/DocServer/National_Stroke_Assn_Post-stroke_Checklist.pdf?docID=10541

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Press Hears Our Plea for Funding

The Union Leader, New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, used it’s platform to highlight the plight of lower income Granite State seniors in Garry Rayno’s column the State House Dome.  In it Rayno draws attention to the CFI funding issue and alerted the public to a Press Conference on the issue spearheaded  by the state’s senior, disabled […]

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Opinion Piece Highlights CFI Funding

This week’s Concord Monitor, and the Laconia Citizen, ran an Op Ed written by Home Care Association of New Hampshire CEO Gina Balkus discussing the underfunding of CFI long term care services for the elderly in New Hampshire. Link to Op Ed in Concord Monitor Link to Op Ed in Laconia Citizen Union Leader: State […]

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Compliance and Enforcement – A Bottom-Line Approach to Culture, Sustainability, and Protection

Compliance and Enforcement – A Bottom-Line Approach to Culture, Sustainability, and Protection 2-Part Webinar Series June 16 and June 24, 2015: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The enforcement and economic pressures on Home Health and Hospice providers continue to grow in today’s increasingly aggressive regulatory enforcement environment. Whether implementing the requirements of the Affordable Care […]

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Governor Recognizes Home Care & Hospice Volunteers

Two of New Hampshire’s Home Care & Hospice volunteers were among those recognized for excellence in volunteering by Governor Hassan on May 4th.  In a packed Executive Council Chamber Peter Cassell of Central New Hampshire VNA and Lorraine Meyer of Cornerstone VNA were both Awarded the Joseph D. Vaughan Award for Outstanding Leadership and Meritorious Achievement as a Volunteer. […]

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Annual Meeting – June 5

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Hospice & Palliative Care Organization will hold its joint Annual Meeting on Friday, June 5th, at Church Landing, Meredith, NH. Celebrate our achievements and success stories, as well as take a look at next year’s opportunities. Friday, June 5 from 9 am – 1:30 […]

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St Joseph Home Health Care to close in June

Nashua, NH- Souhegan Nursing Association (dba St. Joseph Home Health Care) announced this week that it will transition its services to Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack (HHHC). St. Joseph Home Health Care is a home health care subsidiary of St. Joseph Healthcare in Nashua “This decision was not made lightly, “ says Dr. […]

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CMS Chimes in on Face to Face

CMS released two policy issuances that are worthy of note. An update of the policy provisions on face-to-face certifications: This is not a new policy, but a codification of the 2015 regulatory amendments into the CMS manual. One somewhat interesting element is that CMS indicates that as a matter of medical review, the physician’s record […]

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HCANH Workers’ Comp Program Pays Dividends

Fifteen agencies participating in the Association’s Workers’ Compensation group purchasing program will share a sizable dividend for the 7/1/13 – 6/30/14 policy year. This is the fourth year in a row that participants have received dividend payments. USI Financial Services recently mailed checks to the eligible agencies. The Association partners with USI to offer a […]

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Association Members Visit Capitol Hill

Four association representatives and CEO Gina Balkus spent March 24th on Capitol Hill, visiting the offices of the NH Congressional Delegation.   We met with Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster and the health liaisons for Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Congressman Frank Guinta. Our visits were timely, as the House was crafting the SGR “doc […]

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