CMS Finalizes Historic Medicare Reform Law

October 20, 2016

The AMA’s Washington Office, has created two documents outlining major provisions of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians, which was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Zika Virus Update #7

On October 19, the NH DHHS issued their seventh Zika virus health alert regarding updated guidance relative to Zika transmission in Southeast Asia and Florida.

NH Division of Public Health Services health alert networkKey Points and Recommendations:

  • CDC recommendations to protect pregnant women and their infants from Zika continue to be dynamic. Pregnant women should continue to avoid all non-essential travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission. This currently includes:

Tool to Test Iron Deficiency in Infants and Children?

October 17, 2016

One of our New Hampshire family physician colleagues, Louis Kazal, MD, is involved in a research project with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, to design a non-invasive bone marrow iron assessment handheld instrument that could be used in the exam room to test infants and children for iron deficiency.  

Dr. Kazal hopes that you might answer a truly brief 9 question survey (completion time of 2 minutes or less).  

Volunteers Needed for Legislative Study Committees

October 5, 2016

NH state sealThe Board of Medicine has asked NHMS to help them find physicians, and a physician assistant, interested in serving on legislative  committees/commissions.

If you are interested in serving, please contact

Will You Be Away From the Polls on Nov. 8?

Vote November 8!October 4, 2016

If you will be away or otherwise unable to get to the polls for the Nov. 8th General Election, download the absentee ballot application.

2017 PQRS Negative Payment Adjustment Notification

October 3, 2016

PQRS participants are now being notified by letter regarding the 2017 CMS PQRS negative payment adjustment.

The CMS letter indicates that the recipient did not satisfactorily report 2015 PQRS quality measures or satisfactorily participate in a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR). Therefore, all of their 2017 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) payments will be subject to a 2.0% reduction.

Access 2015 PQRS Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports Now

September 29, 2016

On September 26, 2016, Medicare released the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs).

The 2015 PQRS feedback report contains detailed information about your 2015 PQRS reporting results, and indicates if you will be subject to a negative payment adjustment in 2017.   

The 2015 Annual QRURs show how physician groups and solo practitioners performed on quality and cost measures, relative to national benchmarks.

Influenza Circulating in NH 2016-2017

On September 28, the NH DHHS issued a health alert update regarding influenza circulation for the 2016-2017 season.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. Influenza virus has begun circulating in New Hampshire for the 2016-2017 season.
  2. The updated 2016-2017 influenza immunization recommendations can be reviewed here.
  3. Healthcare providers should encourage influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age or older who does not have a medical contraindication.