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Notifying DHHS of gaps in CFI services

We thank you for your dedication to helping older persons and persons with disabilities remain in their homes whenever possible.   New Hampshire’s Choices for Independence (“CFI”) program is meant to do just that.   Four New Hampshire residents recently filed suit to improve the CFI program.   New Hampshire Legal Assistance joined with the AARP Foundation, the […]

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Dementia Training for NH Health Care Direct Care Staff

New Hampshire’s Dementia Care Training Law RSA 151 RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY LICENSING Dementia Training for Direct Care Staff in Residential Facilities   Section 151:47 Section: 151:47 Definitions.   In this subdivision: I. “Ancillary staff member” means a staff member who neither has incidental contact on a recurring basis with residents or program participants […]

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Comments for GOFERR meeting

Gina Balkus, of the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance, will be presenting to the GOFERR Legislative Advisory Board meeting, that starts at 1:00 on 4/27.    

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PDGM 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMITS

April 28 & April 29 The current COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating that more than ever quality care in the home is the future of American health care. Home health agencies are busier than ever and facing greater changes than ever. A new payment system is one of those challenges and to help you successfully manage […]

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HIPAA & Telehealth Technology – from Joan Usher

As we are considering telehealth visits to reduce person to person contact we must also follow HIPAA guidelines for our communications with patients. A covered entity (health care provider) that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing […]

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PDGM Summit Comes to New England March 30

    PDGM 2020 NATIONAL SUMMITS Monday, March 30, 2020  |  Worcester, MA Key Insights  |  Best Practices  |  Lessons Learned PDGM is here! Gain the tools and knowledge needed to understand and adapt your business to these important changes at our regional summit, at the AC Hotel Worcester, 125 Front St. Worcester, Massachusetts from 9:00 […]

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Here we go! iQIES and PDGM

The Alliance has heard of numerous issues with iQIES registrations and OASIS submissions since the iQIES transition.  NAHC is in contact with CMS regarding these.  CMS has assured us that they are aware of and are working on the resolution of the issues.  We understand CMS is also working to provide a list of all […]

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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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2018 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2018 Legislative Session finished in late May, with completed bills sent to Governor Sununu for his approval or veto in June and July. This was second year of 2-year biennium. Since the state budget was finalized last year, policy matters dominated this session. The Granite State Home Health Association — the 501(c)6 advocacy affiliate […]

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Association Offers Input on CFI Waiver Renewal

The Granite State Home Health Assocation (GSHHA)  — HCANH’s advocacy affiliate — submitted a comment letter this week on NH DHHS’s draft Choices for Independence Waiver Renewal Document.  The State must renew the waiver with CMS every five years.  DHHS must obtain public comments and offer responses prior to submitting the waiver renewal document to […]

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My Turn: Block grants for Medicaid would injure the vulnerable

Opinion Column By BRENDAN WILLIAMS For the Concord Monitor Wednesday, January 25, 2017 A serious threat to seniors and those with disabilities is being ignored in the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act. We must not forget that the Medicaid program dates back to 1965, not the ACA expansion for the working poor. This […]

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NAHC Submits Comments on Prior Authorization Proposal to CMS

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Prior Authorization of Home Health Services Demonstration. In its comments, NAHC urged CMS to withdraw the proposal, which would institute a system of “prior authorization” on all home health services in […]

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Older Americans Act Reauthorized

Late last week Congress passed the long-awaited bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Older Americans Act (OAA) after the Senate passed the House-amended bill on April 7. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of S. 192, legislation that passed unanimously in the Senate in July 2015. The Older Americans Act (OAA) is […]

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ACA Small Group Rule Repealed by Congress

On Oct. 7, President Barack Obama signed into law The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, a measure to rescind the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) expanded definition of a small employer to include business with 51 to 100 employees.  This would subject more employers to the rules of the small group insured market in all […]

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Supreme Court Denies Stay in Companionship Exemption Rule

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) reported last Tuesday that Chief Justice Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court denied NAHC’s Application for a Stay of the Court of Appeals ruling in the lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule affecting minimum wage and overtime compensation for home care aides and live-in […]

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New IRS Resource helps Employers Understand the Health Care Law

New IRS Resource helps Employers Understand the Health Care Law The new ACA Information Center for Applicable Large Employers page on IRS.gov features information and resources for employers of all sizes on how the health care law may affect them if they fit the definition of an applicable large employer. The web page includes the […]

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Roll call votes

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, and that of your colleagues and patients, New Hampshire’s legislature and Governor ended their months long stalemate and passed a state budget everyone can agree on. The approved budget package includes over $5 million for a 5% rate increase targeted for Choices for Independence home nursing, home health aide, personal […]

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Update on Face to Face

On November 6, 2014, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rule CMS-1611-F, Calendar Year (CY) 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Final Rule.  The HH PPS final rule (79 FR 66032) finalized a change that, beginning, January 1, 2015, requires home health agencies (HHA) to obtain documentation from the […]

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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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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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