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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Community Paramedicine in Your Area

New Hampshire EMS has a protocol for “community paramedicine,” also known as “mobile integrated healthcare” and the concept of EMTs doing more than emergency care and transport is sweeping the country. EMTs could soon be doing med reconciliation and wound dressing changes for homebound patients in New Hampshire. A program in Eagle County Colorado uses EMTs, with […]

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Monique Malanga Honored at Annual Meeting

CONCORD N.H., The Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) presented its 2014 Home Care Service Award to outgoing Treasurer Monique Malanga, Chief Financial Officer at Lake Sunapee VNA in New London. The Home Care Service Award is presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to home care through education, research, advocacy or […]

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Home Care Association Elects New Board

The Home Care Association of New Hampshire (HCANH) elected a new Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting held June 13 in Meredith, NH. HCANH represents licensed agencies that provide in-home health care and supportive services to individuals living throughout New Hampshire. The Association promotes the delivery of responsible, high quality health care in the […]

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NH Health Care a United Front on F2F

New Hampshire health care providers have joined together in asking the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to reconsider how it interprets the Medicare home health Face to Face encounter requirements in the Affordable Care Act.  In a letter sent to CMS on Friday, four provider associations voiced their frustration with regulations that often […]

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