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Take the Steps to Get Involved in Advocacy and Public Policy

Join GSHHA’s Legislative Committee! Become an advocate for home health, hospice and palliative care by joining our Legislative Committee. This group reviews bills to determine their impact on our agencies and patients, recommends positions to the staff and Board of Directors, Members of this Committee , often connect by phone or email with key legislators, […]

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Sununu Signs Tele Health Law

COVID-19 Update July 21, 2020 The tele health flexibilities that were issued by Emergency Order #8 are now permanent. Today, Governor Sununu signed HB 1623 into law. Here are key features of the bill: The NH Medicaid program shall provide coverage and reimbursement for health service delivered through tele medicine at the same reimbursement as […]

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Role of Physician Assistant in Hospice

You all received a document from Gina last week titled The Physicians Assistant’s New Role in Medicare Home Health. I am attaching it again here for you. I am writing today to clarify that the authority now granted to PAs as described in this document – only applies to homecare and not to hospice. CMS […]

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NH is #1 in Home Health Adherence

Strong Showing in the Granite State The Granite State leads the nation in “adherence” to Medicare home health services. Sixty-six percent of NH Medicare beneficiaries who were discharged from a hospital with instructions for home care actually receive the services. This compares to a national average of 60%. Hawaii was ranked lowest at 48.1%. The […]

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Medicaid Care Management Procurement – Public Information Sessions

Please see the notice below regarding NH Medicaid’s procurement process for Medicaid Managed Care.  This is the process to procure MCOs for Medicaid Managed Care in 2019 and beyond.  I would encourage all agencies that provide Medicaid State Plan Services to attend a public information session near you. The sessions begin next week. The draft […]

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NH DHHS Proposes Changes to Home Care and Hospice Licensing Rules

  The NH Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing has released proposed revisions to the He-P 809 rules for licensing of home health care agencies and the He-P 823 rules for home hospice agencies. Public hearings will be held on June 11th — noon for the hospice rules and 1:00 pm for the home care rules. […]

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DHHS Unveils Plan for CFI Managed Care

The NH Department of Health and Human Services released its implementation plan for Step 2 of Medicaid Managed Care. The plan calls for Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) or newly-formed PACE centers to manage all facets of medical care and long term care for Medicaid enrollees eligible for nursing homes or the Choices for Independence […]

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DHHS Unveils Plan for CFI Managed Care

  The NH Department of Health and Human Services released its implementation plan for Step 2 of Medicaid Managed Care. The plan calls for Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) or newly-formed PACE centers to manage all facets of medical care and long term care for Medicaid enrollees eligible for nursing homes or the Choices for […]

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Advocacy Alert!

The 3% Rural Add-On is critically important to preserving access to Medicare home health services for patients in rural areas of New Hampshire.  The US Senate is considering a rural add-on extension that will limit it to sparsely-populated “frontier areas” and eventually phase it out.  What’s more, the Senate proposal will slash more money from […]

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2017 New Hampshire Legislative Wrap-up

  With the State Legislature taking a break for the summer, now is a good time for an overview of the key bills that affect home care and hospice agencies and the people who rely on us for care.     State Budget   The SFY ’18 and ’19 state budget was the major focus […]

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Public Policy: Up Close and Personal

  There are two great opportunities in September to travel to Washington for federal home health and hospice conferences.  Both these meetings will offer legislative and regulatory updates, Capitol Hill and CMS speakers, and advocacy days. If Medicare and Medicaid policy matters to you, then consider these options for learning and engagement! The Council of […]

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Saving the Rural Add-On

    The extension of the 3% rural add-on for Medicare home health episodes remains a top priority for home health agencies.  The differential payment expires on 12/31/17. While Senator Susan Colllins (R-ME) has introduced S.353 to continue the payment, it’s more likely that the add-on will be included in an “extender bill” for many […]

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Shea-Porter Supports Key Bills

    Visits with our Congressional Delegation really do make a difference!  After meeting with home health and hospice representatives at Rockingham VNA & Hospice in Exeter and hearing our concerns, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter signed on to three important bills. Shea-Porter is now a co-sponsor of: H.R.2663, the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act H.R.1828, […]

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CMS Announces Delays in Home Health Regulations

CMS showered the home health industry with good news last Friday.  The agency announced proposed rules to delay implementation of the new Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation (COPs.)  The much-maligned Pre-Claim Review Demonstration Program was also suspended.   CMS’s proposed rule will extend the effective date for the new home health COPs from July […]

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Hospice ICD-10 Transition Notes: Important Reminder on Manifestation, Unspecified Codes

From the NAHC website: http://www.nahc.org/NAHCReport/nr150922_1/ September 22, 2015 02:36 PM With October 1 and the transition to ICD-10-CM coding right around the corner, we remind hospices that there remains a prohibition on use of certain diagnosis codes as the principal diagnosis on hospice claims, and we also remind hospices that failure to transition to ICD-10 […]

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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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