SB417 Physician Non-compete Bill Moves Forward

March 30, 2016

SB417, the bill to prohibit geographic non-compete clauses in physician contracts, passed the NH Senate last Thursday with a bi-partisan vote of 19-5. 

The main points in favor of the bill were patient access to care, continuity of care and patient choice of physician.

The House hearing is on Tuesday, April 5, 3:15pm in room 205, Leg. Office Bldg., Concord.

NH Physicians Applaud Efforts to Curb Opioid Abuse

March 16, 2016 (Concord) – The New Hampshire Medical Society commends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release of the new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and offers praise to the New Hampshire medical and nursing licensing boards that have submitted proposed permanent opioid prescribing rules similar to the CDC guidance.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

March 16, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain on March 15. It includes a checklist and a website with additional tools for implementation.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - United States, 2016

Download the pdf version

Scabies Exposure at CMC and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on March 4, regarding scabies exposure in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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

Last Chance for Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

PROGRAM YEAR 2016 IS THE LAST YEAR THAT FIRST-TIME PROVIDERS MAY BEGIN TO ATTEST
TO RECEIVE MEDICAID EHR INCENTIVE PROGRAM PAYMENTS.

REMINDER: Reporting requirement for ACOs

If you are in an ACO,
you do not need to submit PQRS data.

There has been some confusion about reporting deadlines for Accountable Care Organization (ACO) participants, so here is a recap of key points:

Zika Virus Outbreak: Update #2

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on March 1, regarding the Zika virus in New Hampshire.

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

1) Today, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing the first New Hampshire resident confirmed with Zika virus. The adult female patient contracted the virus after sexual contact with a male who had a compatible illness following travel to a country where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. The patient has fully recovered and is not pregnant.

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