NH Board of Medicine Statement on Naloxone Prescribing

The New Hampshire Board of Medicine is developing interim rules to address the passage of HB 271, which allows physicians to prescribe, dispense or distribute naloxone to non-patients.  In the meantime, it has released a statement addressing potential concerns.

New CMS Virtual Office Hours

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Virtual Office Hours session on September 1, 2015, from 2-3 pm.

This session will feature a CMS representative who will take your questions about how to satisfactorily report 2015 PQRS in order to avoid the PQRS negative payment adjustment in 2017. 

Virtual Office Hours are meant to serve as intimate sessions where stakeholders can participate in smaller groups.  These sessions will only cover PQRS reporting.

Release of PFC Blood Test Results

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 17 regarding the release of individual perfluorochemical (PFC) blood test results.

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

Key Points and Recommendations:

1). DHHS is releasing pediatric and the next round of adult PFC blood test results from the Pease Tradeport Testing Program.

Updated CDC 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 13 regarding STD treatment guidelines.

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

ICD-10 FAQs

CMS has revised their FAQs on ICD-10 coding  after extensive dialogue with AMA Advocacy staff (see attached).   The revisions were posted on the CMS website on 7/31 and are consistent with the original announcement regarding flexibility when the right “ family of codes” are submitted.

Population Health for the Clinician: A Podcast Series

The New Hampshire Medical Society (NHMS) and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) at UNH launched a new clinician learning tool, Population Health for the Clinician: A Podcast Series, in late March. Please consider joining the dozens of healthcare providers that have taken advantage of this free CME opportunity so far.  

New Information on Naloxone Prescribing in NH

New Hampshire HB 271, an act relative to possession and administration of an opioid antagonist for opioid-related overdoses went into effect on June 2, 2015.

This means that New Hampshire physicians can now prescribe, dispense or distribute naloxone not only to patients at risk for opioid overdose, but also to family members or friends concerned about risk of overdoese in a loved one who is not a patient of the physician.

CMS and AMA Help for ICD-10

Today, the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced that agreement has been reached on important elements of a “grace period” for the October 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set.  They will work jointly to provide educational opportunities in the upcoming months.  CMS has released guidelines regarding flexibility in the claims audit and quality reporting process during the transition.  In addition, at AMA's request, CMS will name a CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman to triage and answer questions about claim submission. 

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