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.

Resource Guide for Addiction and Mental Health Care Consumers: Answering Questions About Addiction and Mental Health Care Coverage

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Recognizing there is a growing need to educate consumers with health insurance coverage in New Hampshire about how to navigate addiction and mental health care services, the University of New Hampshire School of Law and UNH’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice, in collaboration with the nonprofit New Futures, have developed a guide to help individuals and families in the state access addiction and mental health care

Zika Virus Outbreak Update #6

On September 21, the NH DHHS issued their sixth health alert update regarding the Zika Virus Outbreak, with updated guidance relative to local transmission in Florida.

Key Points and Recommendations:

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) will be hosting a healthcare provider webinar on Friday September 30th from 12:00–1:00 to review the most updated Zika virus outbreak information and recommendations. Register for the webinar.

Arboviral Illness Update: West Nile in Nashua

The NH DHHS issued a health alert update on September 16, regarding the identification of West Nile Virus in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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

1. The first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hampshire for 2016 has occurred in a mosquito batch from Nashua, NH.

2. Healthcare providers should not rely on the presence or absence of positive mosquito or veterinary testing as a criterion for whether or not to test a patient for WNV or EEE. o Healthcare providers should consider mosquito-borne diseases, including WNV and EEE, in patients with compatible clinical syndromes.

Medicare Revalidation Deadlines Approaching

September 9,2016

If you participate in Medicare Part B, you must complete a revalidation application (CMS) every 5 years. 

Not sure if you have to revalidate now? Use the Medicare Revalidation Look Up Tool to find out if and when your revalidation is needed. It's easy (and fast). Just enter your name and/or NPI, plus your state, then hit "search."

Opioid Misuse Response in NH

The NH DHHS issued a health alert update on September 2, regarding the opioid misuse response in New Hampshire.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the United States, which is largely driven by opioids, including prescription pain relievers and illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.

Board Approved Opioid CME Requirement Effective Sept. 1

September 1, 2016

Effective September 1, 2016, physicians will need to include 3 hours of Board approved opioid CME or pass a test, as part of the regular every-other year CME reporting cycle that coincides with license renewal.* Below is the Board approved list as of September 1, 2016.

**Please note that those physicians whose licenses expire on June 30, 2017, will not need to meet this requirement until their 2017-2018 reporting cycle.

DCYF External Review Deadline Extended

August 30, 2016

As you may know, the State has engaged a national organization, The Center for the Support of Families (CSF), to conduct an external review of New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).  This review has been ongoing for a number of months.  Part of the review includes soliciting insight from professionals outside of DCYF (educators, health care workers, law enforcement, court officials) who interact with both the agency and the children they serve.  CSF has prepared a survey that is short and specifically tailored for health care professionals.  The survey is confidential in nature and will be analyzed by CSF, not the State, and incorporated into CSF’s overall review.