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CMS Initiative: Better Care. Smarter Spending. Healthier People.

CMS issued news releases under the title “Better Care. Smarter Spending. Healthier People.” Links to the news releases are below. The first release outlines an ambitious goal for CMS: to have 85% of Medicare fee-for-service payments in value-based purchasing by the end 2016, and 90% by 2018. The other two releases restate information that we […]

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Association makes recommendations to NH DHHS on Step 2 Managed Medicaid

Recently the Granite State Home Health Association made recommendations to Nicholas A. Toumpas, Commissioner of NH Department of Health and Human Services regarding Medicaid’s managed care program.  Member agencies actively participate in the Choices for Independence program, and believe the waiver program is an important option for many people to remain in their communities, close […]

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Legislation to Establish 40 Hours a Week

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairwoman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with three of her colleagues Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AR), introduced legislation to cancel the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30 hour definition of full-time work and return the U.S. to the more universally accepted standard of […]

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Hospice Claims Returned in Error for Edit U5181

Some hospice claims are being returned in error for edit U5181 when the timely certification date falls within a reported provider liability period for a late notice of election (NOE) filing. Until the system is corrected, hospices receiving this edit in error should change the occurrence code 27 date to the date following the occurrence […]

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NH Surrogate Decision Maker Law Now in Effect

New Hampshire’s new “Surrogate Decision Maker Law” took effect on January 1st. This law amends RSA 137-J — the state’s advance directive statute — and creates a hierarchical list of family members/friends who may make health care decisions for patients in certain situations for a limited time period. It’s important that home care and hospice agencies […]

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Patients Can Now Locate New Hampshire Treatment Options Online

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP)  has developed an on-line substance use disorder treatment locator for those seeking substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire, http://nhtreatment.org. This Treatment Locator will help patients, family and health care providers find substance abuse treatment services available in different areas of the state. The treatment locator includes a feature […]

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Leadership Conference Early Bird Deadline Extended to January 5th!

You have another chance at discounted registration for the Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit in Boston. The early bird deadline has been extended to January 5th. The event takes place January 20 – 22 at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Join colleagues from NE, NY and NJ to learn about the latest trends in home […]

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Federal Court Overturns Overtime Rule

On December 22, The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Labor violated the plain language of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with its regulation that excluded third-party employers from the application of the “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services” exemptions. The lawsuit was filed by three plaintiffs […]

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Congress Issues Report to CMS Asking it to Justify its Face-to-Face Policy

As part of its analysis of the ongoing face-to-face issue, Inside Health Policy recently summed up the continuing frustration the home care and hospice community feel surrounding the face-to-face requirement: “[The Home Care] Industry has viewed the Affordable Care Act’s face-to-face requirements as flawed and unclear. As part of the face-to-face documentation, a physician narrative […]

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Congressional Budget Calls for CMS Report on F2F, Rebasing

The $1.1 trillion spending plan approved by the Congress includes ‘report language’ on the Medicare Home Health face-to-face (F2F) rule and Medicare home health rebasing. While ‘report language’ is non-binding, it nevertheless could have policy implications if implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Below is the language contained in the bill: […]

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VNAA Seeks National Award Nominations

The VNAA Awards Committee is pleased to launch the 2015 VNAA National Awards nominations. Each year, VNAA recognizes individuals from affiliate member agencies who have made significant and meaningful contributions to advancing nonprofit home healthcare and hospice agencies. There are five National Awards recognizing one outstanding individual in each of the following categories: Outstanding Agency […]

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CMS Urged to Delay F2F Enforcement

Last week the Home Care Association of New Hampshire joined state home care associations across the nation to urge CMS to delay enforcement of the new Medicare Face to Face certifying requirements for physicians.  The letter sent to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner urged a phased-in approach to the new […]

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Nominate NH’s Outstanding Business Women by 1/7

New Hampshire has Outstanding Women in Business More people recognize the admirable role women play in business even though women are still underrepresented in top leadership positions. The tide is turning, however. Countless studies have recognized the positive difference women business leaders make in the companies they work for including increased revenues, increased innovation, and […]

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New England Senators Send F2F Concerns to CMS

A bi-partisan Senate letter raising questions and concerns about Medicare medical reviews and F2F denials was sent to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner last week.  The letter was initiated by Senator Kelly Ayotte and co-signed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, along with seven other Senators from Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. “Home health agencies in our states are being overwhelmed […]

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CMS Extends CoP Comment Period to January 7

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to accept public comments for an extra month on the proposed Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for home health agencies after HCA and other industry stakeholders formally requested additional time to compile feedback on the rule. Comments were originally due on December 8, but CMS has now […]

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NH Medicaid Delays Managed Care Step 2

NH Medicaid has delayed roll-out of Step 2 of its care management program. The most recent timeline was January 1, 2015 for mandatory populations (including Katie Beckett kids) and April 1 for Choices for Independence and Nursing Facility clients. At last week’s Governor’s Commission on Medicaid Care Management, Commissioner Toumpas announced that enrollment for the […]

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AARP Focuses on Caregiver Stress This Holiday Season

Article by Rob Stott appeared in Association NOW The holidays are a stressful, albeit joyful, time of year. And for families and individuals caring for a friend or relative there’s added stress, according to a new study commissioned by AARP and the Ad Council. To help relieve some of the stress that an estimated 42 […]

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