Feedback Requested: New Proposed Opioid Rules

The Board of Medicine is seeking informal feedback from physicians on a new set of proposed opioid prescribing rules.

Please send your comments to nhmedicalsociety@nhms.org by January 29. 

The Board plans to consider the informal comments at its Feb. 3 meeting.  Once the Board finalizes the proposed rules,  they will go through the normal rulemaking process which will include a public hearing and formal comment period.

Have you received your CME reporting form?

If you plan to renew your New Hampshire Medical license in June 2016, you will need to document your CME credits from 2014-2015 by February 28.

The Continuing Medical Education Biennial reporting forms were mailed in early December. 

If you did not receive a form, or have misplaced it, you may download the generic version here.

Questions? Contact Mary West, CME Coordinator at mary.west@nhms.org or 603.224.1909.

CSMS Hosts Free PQRS Webinars

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) will be hosting two free webinars on updates to PQRS for 2016 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has asked that they gather more information about who is using their services and attending programs, so in registering for each program or material download there is a short informational (demographic) survey to be completed.

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

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