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Meridian To Leave NH Medicaid

Today, New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that Meridian Health Plan will withdraw from NH Medicaid Managed Care, effective June 30th.   Meridian will continue to provide services to members and reimburse providers through July 31st.  Medicaid enrollees will be transitioned to the other two MCOs.  Please see the link, or the text […]

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ICD 10 Delay Indefinate

After years of telling us they are serious this time and everyone in the health care system had better be ready to implement the new disease coding system, on April 1st, CMS said the whole project is going to be delayed indefinitely.  Despite the date, they weren’t joking.  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced President Obama had signed […]

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Home Care Client’s Bill of Rights

In 2013, the New Hampshire Legislature passed Senate Bill 87, which resulted in significant changes to home care related sections of RSA 151, the Health Facilities Licensing statue. Senate Bill 87 revised the Home Care Clients’ Bill of Rights and created new notification requirements for home care discharges. These new laws took effect on January […]

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Nominate New Hampshire’s Star Nurse

The New Hampshire Nurses’ Association Annual Awards Program provides a prestigious opportunity to recognize outstanding performance by Registered and student nurses as well as exceptional support on the part of others in regard to the profession of nursing. Five awards are presented in October in conjunction with the NHNA Annual member meeting – and the […]

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Home Health Industry Faces Major Federal Cuts

Home health care providers in Oregon and their allies say their industry is in a bind. The state’s rural home health providers don’t make as much as they should from serving Medicare patients, and the state’s providers overall are slated for an even bigger hit next year, according to the industry’s advocates and allies in […]

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Medical Loss Requirement Rule Changes Considered

Federal health officials signaled this week that they’re considering relaxing the ACA requirement — known as the medical loss ratio — mandating that insurers spend 80 percent of all premium dollars on medical care rather than administrative costs, according to the online political magazine Politico. The insurance industry and others had complained that the 80 […]

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Guidelines Will Help End-of-Life Oversight

When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do. He feared that the actions of one hospice nurse could discourage Americans from using that model of palliative care for the terminally ill, or inhibit dying people in pain from taking morphine. So Casarett, […]

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NH Law for Home Care Clients Bill of Rights and Discharge Notice In Effect

In 2013, the New Hampshire Legislature made significant changes to home care-related sections of RSA 151, the Health Facilities Licensing statue.  Senate Bill 87 revised the Home Care Clients’ Bill of Rights and created new notification requirements for home care discharges. These new laws took effect on January 1, 2014 and apply to all home […]

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Changing Home Health Regs

The home health care industry will see several changes to regulations in 2014. Some of the compliance deadlines for these new home health regulations are right around the corner, so you want to make sure your agency is ready. Non-compliance can put you at risk for costly fines and other penalties. As home health care […]

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