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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.  We know that agencies are doing their best to deliver necessary services, but staffing issues, low reimbursement and COVID-19 have resulted in gaps of CFI care. It’s important that legislators learn how important CFI is, […]

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CovidVaccineNow

Become a Vaccination Provider

New Hampshire’s health care providers stand at the ready to deliver the life saving vaccine injections to a demanding pubic. Unfortunately, there’s a supply crunch. According to officials at the state, New Hampshire has more than enough capacity to deliver the of COVID-19 vaccinations, but is currently only receiving about 17,000 doses a week. At […]

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Patient Safety Executive Development Program from IHI

  Today: Informational Call Patient Safety Executive Development Program   Hear from this program’s faculty on diagnostic tools needed to measure a culture of safety, designing a strategic patient safety plan tailored to your area of responsibility, and implementing proven, systemic changes to your organization. Learn more about how the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is […]

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COVID-19 Update

Vaccinating Medically Vulnerable Patients NH DHHS has posted NH Vaccination Guidelines for Phase 1b, a technical assistance document to help providers identify patients under age 65 with certain comorbidities. Phase 1b registration opened at 8AM this morning for people over age 65. By 9AM, approximately 80,000 people had registered. Vaccinating Homebound Patients – NH DHHS […]

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Vaccinate! NH’s Phase1B registration opens tomorrow

Registration opens for Phase 1b tomorrow, Friday, January 22 at 8 a.m. Those eligible can sign up here (on Friday). Additionally, the state has released the 1b technical document to help assist you and your network with determining who is eligible for vaccination and how vaccine will be distributed. They have also provided documents on […]

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Vendor List – Updated

https://homecarenh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/EOC-Logistics-Resources-01142021.xlsx ATTACHMENT 1: Vendor list Please see the most recent list of vendors who have contacted the state offering PPE and materials.  The state works hard to vet these vendors but you should vet them yourselves prior to entering into a contract.  You may still make your requests for PPE though WebEOC to ESF8 but […]

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Vaccine Available Now for Home Care & Hospice Staff

How to Register: First review the NH COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Guidelines for Phase 1a. This enables you as a health care provider to categorize yourself into Most-At-Risk, Moderate Risk and Lowest Risk, giving examples and guidance on who qualifies for which category. We have limited doses of vaccine coming into our state and we need […]

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Vaccine Now Available for Home Care & Hospice Staff

Time to Register for Vaccinations! On December 24th, NH DHHS released information for ambulatory care workers to register online for vaccination appointments at fixed sited locations. This group includes home care, hospice, and personal care workers with direct patient contact. How to Register: First review the NH COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Guidelines for Phase 1a. This […]

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RAP Changes Now Underway

There’s no upfront payment for home health agencies in 2021 Welcome to the new year here! You have five days to have your RAP submitted and accepted, or your home health agency will face a hefty penalty. Adjusting to this time frame will require workflow and policy changes, even as agencies are still dealing with […]

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Vaccination Registration Open for Some Home Care Employees

NH DHHS is pleased to announce that “Most-Risk” ambulatory care and health care professionals working in other settings can now register to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This communication outlines that process, which involves individuals and health care organizations working together to ensure the best use of the limited doses of vaccine available. You may receive […]

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Be Ready for BIMS!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to incorporate the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS test) to assess for patients’ cognitive impairments as part of OASIS E. Due to the pandemic, a Medicare and Medicaid interim final rule issued last May delayed the new OASIS-E items for at least a year following […]

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COVID-19 Science and NH Vaccine Update

    COVID-19 Science and New Hampshire Vaccine Update Elizabeth Talbot, MD, Deputy State Epidemiologist, NH DHHS; Infectious Disease Specialist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine  

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2021 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

NELS 2021: Your Conference We know you have what it takes … even as a pandemic has taken our world by storm. Rising to take on the challenges of these extraordinary times demands creative Leadership NOW, More Than Ever. The Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit remains your harbor. Join us January 20-22 to cultivate and […]

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Attend Weekly COVID-19 Information for NH Long-Term Care Providers

Weekly Scheduled Calls Weekly Call Schedules Question Submission Link (Long-term care providers only, please) Wednesdays @ 11:45a:  ALL Long-Term Care Providers with Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Elizabeth Daly, & Taylor Selembo from DPHS Thursdays @ 12:00n:  Across multiple levels of care and industries with DPHS.  (Coordinated by DPHS) In partnership with the New […]

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Stress & Burnout in COVID

Stress & Burnout:  Recognizing the Signs and Strategies to Help Yourself and Others Denise White shares her experience and offers advice on how to combat the “I’m fine” culture with your staff. stress and burnout in covid from Leslie Hammond on Vimeo. View her handouts and additional resources below. Stress and Burnout resources Slides_Stress and […]

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Updated Therapeutic Management of Patients with COVID-19

https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov   Therapeutic Management of Patients with COVID-19 From NIH:  Last Updated December 3, 2020 Executive Summary Two main processes are thought to drive the pathogenesis of COVID-19. Early in the course of the infection, the disease is primarily driven by replication of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Later in the course of […]

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Free End of Life Program Today!

Covid-19 changed the conversation about serious illness and the end of life. And, makes talking about living and ending well even harder and more urgent. We need YOUR HELP to reach more people with these critical topics. If you’ve already registered, thank you! Please invite your friends, colleagues and others you care about to join you […]

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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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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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