Zika Virus Update #4

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 2, regarding the updated Zika testing algorithm for pregnant women, updated guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika, and local transmission of Zika in Florida. 

Key Points and Recommendations:

Sept. 7: Public Hearing on Proposed Opioid Rules Changes

August 2, 2016

The public hearing on the proposed opioid rules changes, originally scheduled for Aug. 12, has been postponed to September 7, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, 121 S. Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Public comments will be accepted until the end of the public hearing, so if you cannot attend please send comments/concerns to janet.monahan@nhms.org.

Increased Number of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Nationally

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 29, regarding Acute Flaccid Myelitis cases.

Key Points and Recommendations:

Transform the Healthcare System to Increase Joy in Medicine

Harris Berman, MD, (Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine) and Steven Adelman, MD, will be presenting on the topic of “Transform the Healthcare System to Increase Joy in Medicine !at ICPH 2016 in September.

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Associated with Ground Beef

Beef cowThe NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 27, regarding E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of locally sourced New Hampshire ground beef.

Read the full DHHS Health Alert

NH PDMP Trainings: Aug. 3, 4, 5

July 19, 2016

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in collaboration with Health Information Designs (HID) is conducting a series of trainings on RxSentry, the electronic prescription drug monitoring database used by the NH PDMP.

This training will provide you with information for accessing patient information, accessing your prescriber history, and linking delegate accounts among other helpful tips.

The following is the schedule of training sessions:

Possible Contamination of Liquid Docusate

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 13, regarding possible contamination of liquid docusate.

CDC is investigating a multi-state outbreak of infections caused by Burkholderia cepacia complex (also known as "B. cepacia complex"), possibly linked to liquid docusate use. New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is investigating a possible case in NH.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) recommends that healthcare providers and laboratories:

Important Reminder about Billing Requirements for Certain Dual-Eligibles

July 12, 2016

American Medical AssociationAs part of the AMA’s ongoing work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on issues affecting Medicare providers and beneficiaries, the AMA would like to remind physicians that balance billing is prohibited for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program.