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Skin & Wound Management Course & Exam to be Offered in Concord

June 5-9, 2017 9:00 am to 4:30 NHTI in Concord, NH This spring the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) will be offering its national certification program and exam in Concord, NH.  Thanks to a partnership with WCEI, members of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire can participate at a discounted rate. This nationally recognized […]

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CMS Publishes Final Rule for 2017 Medicare Home Health Rates

Yesterday, October 31st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final rule regarding changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) for Calendar Year (CY) 2017. The final rule also includes payment policy provisions, updates to the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP) and proposed changes to the Home Health […]

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Person Centered Care- Concept Worth Revisiting

Patient or Person-centered care  is one of those concepts everyone supports– but how those concepts are implemented across the spectrum of care and among agencies, will differ.  Roy Gerstenberger, Executive Director of Community Bridges has researched a one page profile for home care staff.  Developing the tool as a team can begin the discussion of […]

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Excellence in Nursing Award Seeks NH Nominations

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Clint Jones NH Nursing Award!  This award recognizes a registered nurse, new to the profession of nursing, who exemplifies the practice of high quality nursing care and demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the nursing profession. Selection criteria include […]

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Franklin Pierce Tailors Education to Healthcare Leaders

Health care professionals, and the next generation of health care leaders, will benefit from recent program changes at Franklin Pierce University, in Rindge, New Hampshire.  Although traditionally a Liberal Arts school, Franklin Pierce is shifting to more specialized programs including the development of both their BS and Masters in Health Administration programs. The ever changing […]

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Home Care Prepares for Ebola

As the Ebola outbreak continues to make headlines around the world, much of the focus, guidance and protocol development have been on acute care facilities. But we in home care and hospice need to be prepared also. At this moment in time, chances are slim we will see an acutely ill patient with Ebola, but […]

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What Are States Doing to Prepare for an Ebola Outbreak?

Reprinted from The Pew Charitable Trust Article by Christine Vestal © AP As fears of an Ebola outbreak rise, federal agencies are taking steps to protect and inform the public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is taking the lead on most aspects of the effort – issuing containment guidelines to hospitals […]

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Health Alert: Enterovirus Affects Children in Multiple States

The CDC has issued a Heath Alert Advisory regarding Enterovirus D68 following several cluster outbreaks of severe respiratory illness.  Although there has not been a confirmed cases in New Hampshire yet, there have been more than 100 cases of Enterovirus D68 confirmed in 12 states.  The CDC believes the real number of severe respiratory illnesses […]

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Joint Commission Warns of Tube Misconnection Risk

Recently the Joint Commission issued an alert containing updated recommendations and strategies to prevent tubing misconnections as the health care field transitions to new manufacturing standards for medical tubing connectors. Developed by the International Organization for Standards, the new standards are expected to make tubing misconnections nearly impossible, but old connectors will remain in the […]

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GAO Report Calls For Reforms to CMS Post Payment Review System

Re-posted from VNAA The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report calling for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to “take actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of contractors’ post payment review efforts, which include providing additional oversight and guidance regarding data, duplicative reviews and contractor correspondence” with providers. The report had […]

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