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AARP Focuses on Caregiver Stress This Holiday Season

Article by Rob Stott appeared in Association NOW The holidays are a stressful, albeit joyful, time of year. And for families and individuals caring for a friend or relative there’s added stress, according to a new study commissioned by AARP and the Ad Council. To help relieve some of the stress that an estimated 42 […]

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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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MedLearn Matters Special Edition Advises on Hospice-related Services

Change Request 8923 – corrects the current notation (remittance advice remark code N211) indicating that when the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) determines that a hospice is not eligible for an exception to the Notice of Election timely filing requirement, the decision is not appealable. In fact, the decision IS appealable and CR8923 corrects the error.  […]

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CMS Announces Update for Home Care Condition of Participation

Administration focuses on post-acute care for data collection and improvement The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday an initiative aimed at nursing homes and home care settings. According to CMS, the proposed changes would improve the quality of home health services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by strengthening patient rights and improving […]

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November is Home Care and Hospice Month

During November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across New Hampshire and the country. This year’s […]

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New ACA Employer Mandate Survey Continues: Survey Response Reminder

The employer mandate responsibilities In the Affordable Care Act are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Employers of 100 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) will be required to either offer a qualified health plan to all their full-time employees or face a potential financial penalty. For purposes of this law, a “full-time […]

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CMS Issues Final Rule for 2015

Late Thursday CMS released its final rule for 2015 Medicare Home Health PPS rates. CMS also finalized some of the other proposals – including eliminating the physician narrative to the face-to-face requirements. Below are some highlights of the Final Rule: The physician F2F narrative requirement has been eliminated effective January 1, 2015. The F2F encounter […]

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DOL Limits Caregiving Options for the Poor and Elderly

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s new rule goes into effect which restricts companionship and live-in service exceptions to minimum wage and overtime requirements. These changes could dramatically change live-in services that some home care agencies in New Hampshire provide. This final rule redefines “companionship services”  and requires overtime pay and minimum wage […]

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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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Clarification on DOL Minimum Wage Rule

Last year the Department of Labor announced a final rule that extended minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers – the same protections provided to most U.S. workers, including those who perform the same work in nursing homes. At that time, Secretary Perez said, “Today we are taking an important step toward guaranteeing […]

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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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Senator Ayotte Visits Home Care

On October 7  New Hampshire’s Senator Kelly Ayotte went on a home health visit with a nurse from the VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire.  After the visit she met with HCANH CEO Gina Balkus and board members Karen Michel and Jim Culhane to discuss concerns about Medicare payment denials due to Face to […]

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President Signs IMPACT Act of 2014

Long Term Care Providers to Standardize Assessment Data The Improving Medicare Post- Acute Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) or HR 4994,was signed into law  on Monday, October 6, 2014. The enacted law mandates that hospices be surveyed at least once every three years through FY 2025 and implements a medical review process for hospices who have […]

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Study Results Point to Caregiving Difficulties

On a recent survey of family caregivers Caring.com found caregivers are experiencing high blood pressure/hypertension (37%), arthritis (34%), high cholesterol (26%), obesity (18%), and diabetes (13%) at a pretty alarming rate. That coupled with the newest findings of financial insecurity among family caregivers really shines a light on the difficult and complex world of the […]

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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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So You Want to Open a Home Care Agency in New Hampshire?

Despite what many online “resources” may tell you, opening and maintaining a home care agency isn’t easy.  But what our members will tell you is, it is rewarding.  Following are some helpful links that you may need as you begin the process. These are just suggestions.  Always consult your business development lawyer to be sure […]

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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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