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CMS Issues Final FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Reporting Program Update

–Payment Update drops to 2.0%, “Labor Shares” Undergo Slight Adjustment Late July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule governing hospice payment and policy changes for fiscal year 2022 (FY2022).  The rule, Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice […]

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Alliance & Rivier Team Up to Support Home Care Nursing Student Programs

The Alliance and Rivier University are activily recruiting home care and hospice agencies interested in providing clinical opportunities for junior year BSN students.  Emily Sheff, MS, RN, FNP-BC, Partnership Liaison for Project REEP, will discuss how agencies can provide clinical placements for students in the Spring Semester, January 19 – April 30, 2022.  Rivier is […]

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Managing a wound at home

submitted by Judy Bearden RN MSN/ED   With the cuts in Medicare more families will be completing non-complex and complicated wound care at home. Educating the family on wound care can help to reduce the stress levels of the patient and family. Using best practice guidelines nurses sending people home from the hospital with wounds, […]

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Dementia Training Waivers Expire with The End of NH’s State of Emergency

The New Hampshire State of Emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-04 ended at midnight on June 11, 2021. With the ending of the State of Emergency, the Dementia Training waivers granted by the department will expire. Please refer to your specific waiver letter for the date. Many waivers granted under the authority of the Executive Order 2020-04 will […]

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Update on COVID testing and State Guidance

From: Health Facilities Licensing: In attempt to respond to questions and concerns received on Friday regarding the end of the State of Emergency (SoE), we provided flexibility to ensure no changes would impact you and your residents over the weekend. The SoE gave flexibility; however, without the SoE, we cannot waive statute.  The NH RSA […]

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LRVNA + NANA Have Officially Merged

Two local home health providers have reflected the national trend to expand service area and patient offerings through mergers and acquisitions. Upon the completion of a successful Public Hearing regarding the merger of the LRVNA and NANA, these entities are officially merged and are providing quality in-home care and hospice services to a larger area […]

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Alliance Awards 2021

The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire has five exciting opportunities to recognize the best and the brightest among our members. By recognizing excellence among our agencies, staff, students and advocates the Alliance is able to publicly acknowledge and thank those who make a difference throughout New Hampshire as well as […]

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Conversation and a Toolkit for Hosting Death Cafes

Thank you to Marsha Filion, Executive Director of the Hospice Help Foundation – Supporting hospice patients & families with dire financial need ( and Keliane Totten, V.P. of Community Engagement at Granite State VNA for sharing their insight and wisdom on Death Cafes yesterday. Conversation and a toolkit for hosting Death Cafes from Home Care […]

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Emergency Preparedness: Time to Update Your Emergency Disaster Plan

4-Part Webinar Series (live and/or recording available) Presented by Barbara Citarella, RN, MS The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has just released “Update Guidance for the Emergency Preparedness Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual.” In addition, it has been 15 months operating under a Public Health Emergency, a myriad of changes have occurred […]

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Seeking Nominations: Byock Corbeil award

Deadline Extended! Nominations Due Friday, June 4th! The Alliance is pleased to announce a Call for Nominations for the Ninth Annual Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award for Innovation and Collaboration in Delivering the Best Care Possible. Registration Form: Byock Corbeil nomination form 2021 final Please send us your nominations for an individual, team or […]

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Workers’ Comp Program Pays Out $90k This Week!

Workers’ Compensation group purchasing program paid over $90,000! The Alliance’s Workers Compensation Group Insurance Program is providing over $90,000 in dividend rebates to eligible agencies. Find out how we can reduce your agency’s premium, manage risk and return dividends. This is the 10th consecutive year that the group has maintained an aggregate medical loss ratio […]

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Screenshot_2021-04-07 NH CFI Video #1 Cheryl And Alice

THE CFI Story Project

The Choices for Independence provides a package of long-term services to support vulnerable adults who need nursing home level of care stay in their homes. People who need nursing home level of care typically require extensive or total assistance on a daily basis with personal care. Recently a few of the 3,700 participants shared their […]

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Coffee and Caregiving Conversation on Friday

The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NHAHA) Caregiving Workgroup invites you to join us for our next “Coffee and Caregiving Conversation” on Friday, March 19th from 8:30 – 10:00am. Launched in November of 2020, this forum is intended to create an open dialogue between organizations supporting caregivers in NH in order to share knowledge, leverage […]

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The CFI Story Project

  Funding for New Hampshire’s Choices for Independence program is a top legislative priority for the Alliance in the Legislative Session. It’s important that legislators learn how important CFI is and what needs to be done to keep the program sustainable. Help us Paint the Picture and give voice to our clients and their caregivers […]

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Invitation to Participate: NHPR’s COVID-19 Remembrance Project

  NHPR is currently working on a community project, and they need YOUR voice! The project will memorialize those lost to COVID-19 over the last year, by collecting stories and photos from those who knew them. The goal is to highlight what was special about each individual, and to give people who knew them space […]

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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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Vaccinating the Homebound in NH

It’s a daunting challenge to vaccinate patients in all areas of the state with vaccines that must be used within a matter of hours. Pinning down the details has been difficult for many reasons. The Regional Public Health Networks and home care agencies across the state all have varying capabilities, not to mention there’s a […]

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Home Funerals & Green Burials in New Hampshire

The practice of burying bodies without embalming with toxic chemicals, encasing in metal or rainforest wood caskets, or cement or plastic outer vaults—truly body to earth—is timeless, interrupted only over the past century. Efforts to return to these ancient, eco-friendly ways are gaining momentum across the country and the few places elsewhere in the world […]

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Announcing National Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study: Agencies Encouraged to Complete Input Survey

  The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH is excited to be partnering on National Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practice and Future Insights Study.  The purpose of this study is to continue the involvement and commitment to research in the healthcare at home industry. Why? Because we believe home-based care is the […]

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