Perfluorochemical (PFC) Blood Testing Program: Update #3

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on October 6, regarding the second round of the PFC blood testing program.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations:

AMA Efforts on MU Hardship Exemption Successful

Prior to adjourning for the holidays, Congress adopted legislation, S. 2425, the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act,” which included a provision granting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to expedite applications for exemptions from Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for the 2015 calendar year. 

In order to avoid a penalty under the meaningful use program, eligible professionals must attest that they met the requirements for meaningful use Stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015.  

CMS Expands Quality Data on Physician Compare and Hospital Compare

CMS expands quality data on Physician Compare and Hospital Compare to help consumers choose health care providers

Updates provide more quality metrics for health care professionals and group practices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to providing current quality performance data that is useful to the consumer. On December 10, data was refreshed on both the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare websites to improve these consumer online tools.

CMS Extends Informal Review Deadline to Dec. 16

CMS has announced an extension to request informal review of 2014 AQRUR - December 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Your 2014 AQRUR (Annual Quality and Resource Use Report) shows whether you successfully participated in PQRS in 2014, so review AQRUR to make sure your PQRS and VM status are listed correctly. If you feel that there is an error, you can request an informal CMS review.

PQRS Changes in 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

CMS has issued the final rule updating the payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on or after January 1, 2016. The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with MPFS payments, including PQRS. Highlights include:

  • Individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices that meet the criteria for 2016 PQRS satisfactory reporting/participation will avoid the PQRS negative payment adjustment in 2018

New Hampshire Medical Society Names New President

John R. Butterly, MDAt its Annual Scientific Conference in Portsmouth, John R. Butterly, MD, was inaugurated as the 184th president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

AMA EHR Survey

In their ongoing efforts to improve EHRs and interoperability of EHRs the AMA is assisting the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) with gathering information to improve the summary of care document that is produced to meet the Transfer of Care objective in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. 

Emergency Opioid Prescribing Rules

Yesterday afternoon the Board of Medicine voted to adopt specific emergency rules for opioid prescribing.  These rules will become effective on Nov. 6.

Board of Medicine press release

New Opioid Prescribing Rules