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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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Compensation Survey Report Available Now

The 2020 Northern NE Healthcare Compensation Survey Report is now complete.  This comprehensive report includes data from home care agencies, hospice agencies, hospitals and health systems throughout NH, ME and VT.  This is a free member benefit to Alliance members who choose to participate.   Twenty-four members agencies submitted data. The report includes: Policy data for […]

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COVID Testing by Home Care Agencies

Greetings!  I’m writing to update you on information that was announced during Governor Sununu’s news conference yesterday. The state is increasing testing capacity for people with COVID symptoms, including 5 new fixed testing sites run by the National Guard. In the news conference, Commissioner Shibinette said that the State “signed a contract with the VNA […]

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ACTION REQUIRED: VA Claims Survey

Action needed on an important survey regarding VA claims.   You have probably seen the media coverage about outstanding Veterans’ Administration claims.  New Hampshire’s hospitals currently have a backlog of $134 million in VA claims.    While home care has not been as visible in the local news media, I want to assure you that the […]

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New Dementia Training for Home Care

  The Alliance is pleased to announce a new member benefit  — exclusive free access to Dementia Care Education that complies with New Hampshire’s new dementia training requirements. This training is currently in development and will be available in early February as recorded webinars that any member agency can use.  We are partnering with C […]

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Hospice Compliance Certificate Program – 12/12 & 13

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS) are offering the Hospice Compliance Certificate Program in Albany, NY on December 12 and 13th.    The organizations are graciously offering this program to Alliance members at the member rate — a savings of $700.00.  […]

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NH Nursing Scope of Practice Revisions

Did you know that the New Hampshire Board of Nursing revised its Scope of Practice Advisories in 2019? Please review them to be sure your nursing team is functioning at its highest level.   LNA Scope of Practice Advisory (New 6/27/19) LPN Scope of Practice Advisory (Revised 3/19) RN Scope of Practice Advisory, (Revised 5/19) […]

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Stop Sepsis at Home!

Many people think of sepsis as a “hospital problem.” However, 80% of sepsis starts in the community. Septicemia (primary or secondary diagnosis) is the #2 cause of hospital admissions or readmissions from home care settings. The Alliance has a Sepsis Work Group that is rolling out a home-based sepsis screening tool developed by the Home […]

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NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management Needs YOU

Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan Survey Released The Training & Exercise Unit at New Hampshire Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) has begun updating the Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan (MYTEP).  This year, we chose to adopt a new process which starts with a survey of all emergency management, emergency response and preparedness partners across […]

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CMS Releases 2020 Medicare Home Health Payment Proposal

Sink your toes in the sand, slime on some sunscreen and start skimming! Just when you were looking for a good beach read, CMS released its 346-page CY2020 proposed payment rule for Medicare home health. As expected, the rule elaborates on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model and recommends changes to existing requirements, including quality measures and […]

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IMPORTANT: State Budget Advocacy Alert

Our top legislative priority is to get a meaningful increase in payment rates for the Choices for Independence program and other Medicaid services.   As an association, we have been actively meeting with key legislators, working with other stakeholders and speaking out at public hearings.  Earlier this week,  Jim Culhane from Lake Sunapee Regional VNA, Dottie […]

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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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It’s Official! Our Association Has a New Name

    New Hampshire’s Secretary of State approved our new name on July 12th. Our association is now officially the Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. We continue to own the Home Care Association trade name, so you may still see it on materials as HCANH and NHHPCO combine operations.   […]

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Are Quality Meeting notes protected?

New Hampshire has many QA statutes in RSA 151 and they are essentially the same. In the late 1990s, a law was enacted to protect hospital QA proceedings.  After that, many specific providers followed suit – nursing homes, surgery centers, home care, physician practices and even HMOs. These laws require review committee records to be […]

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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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HHGM Rescue Bill

NAHC, Elevating Home, and the Partnership for Home Health offered what they are calling a “unified compromise proposal” to the House Ways and Means Committee in an effort to gain a withdrawal of the HHGM proposal from the CY2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule.    The CMS Final rule is expected to be released within […]

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Medicaid Adopts New Home Health Rules; F2F Requirement Delayed Until September 1

NH Medicaid adopted new Home Health Services Rules on July 1.  The He-W 553 rules include eligibility requirements, provider requirements, covered and non-covered services and documentation requirements.  The rules had been in the process of being revised since last fall and HCANH provided detailed written comments on multiple drafts.  There are two major changes which […]

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Is Your Entire Agency Ready for ICD-10?

With October 1st approaching quickly, now is the time to make your final preparations for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.  Over the past few years, HCANH has offered countless webinars on the subject.  We have one more offering that examines ICD-10 from different perspectives. It Takes a Village: ICD-10 Coding Series includes 5 webinars […]

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NGS Releases Financial Impact of F2F Denials for NH

Months after HCANH formally requested data regarding the dollar value of F2F denials for New England states, National Government Services (NGS) released state-specific 2014 data to home care associations in the region.  From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, New Hampshire’s Medicare-certified agencies had the following: 35,524 home health claims submitted for payment $70,686,586 in charges for claims submitted 1,712 […]

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