Gonorrhea Outbreak in NH

On January 19, 2017, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding the current gonorrhea outbreak in NH and treatment thereof.

NH DPHS Health AlertKey Points and Recommendations:

  • New Hampshire is experiencing an outbreak of gonorrhea. There has been a more than 250% increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in 2016 compared with prior baseline.
  • Many clinicians are not treating correctly and we ask you to urgently review the current treatment guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/gonorrhea.htm), which specify the need for dual antibiotic therapy to prevent antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

Physician Reviewers Needed for Therapeutic Cannabis Program

Therapeutic Cannabis programJanuary 18, 2017

During January 2017, the NH DHHS will be accepting applications for new qualifying medical conditions for the state’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program. A panel of physician reviewers will convene to review the completed applications.

Reminder from NH Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee

Stop Domestic ViolenceJanuary 11, 2017

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the most common diagnosis for a victim of Intimate Partner Violence.  Depression is the second most common. 

Please be mindful of this if you encounter anyone with either diagnosis. 

We Want to Hear Your News!

January 4, 2017

The Medical Society is looking for YOUR news for inclusion in the NHMS Pulse and Physicians' Bimonthly newsletter.We want your news!

Please consider sharing:  

  • You or your practice in the news - awards, recognition, accomplishments you're proud of
  • Your professional development news - promotions, job changes, retirements, etc.
  • Articles you have written that would be of interest to NHMS members
  • Photos!
  • Personal news 
  • Other items you think would be of interest to the physician community.

NH Communicable Diseases Rule Changes

On December 21 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding New Hampshire Communicable Diseases rule changes, highlighting that the HCV infection is now reportable.

Key Points and Recommendations:NH DHHS Health Alert

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated the list of communicable diseases that are required by law to be reported to NH DHHS by healthcare providers and laboratories. This updated list is available online at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/reportablediseases.pdf

DEA Reverses Announced Change to Registration Renewal Process

December 21, 2016

The AMA recently alerted the Federation of Medicine to a notice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that effective January 1, 2017, the DEA was changing its long-standing policy of allowing a grace period for registrants who failed to file a timely renewal application.  Late yesterday afternoon, the DEA reversed its decision and posted a notice that it is retaining its current policy and procedures, with one minor change, regarding registration renewals.  The revised announcement states the following:

PQRS Adjustment Information

November 28, 2016

In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will apply a downward payment adjustment to those who did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2015 including:

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Reminder

November 16, 2016

Program Year 2016 is the final year in which Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) can begin to participate in the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  There are many benefits to program participation.  

EPs that are eligible to participate can receive up to $63,750 for full participation in the program.  This includes a payment in the first participation year of $21,250 to adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) to a Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) system.

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