Maine EVP Testifies in Concord

At the request of NHMS President Dr. Travis Harker, Attorney Gordon Smith, EVP from the Maine Medical Association, testified on September 10, before NH’s Medicaid Expansion Commission. Attorney Smith outlined the reasons that a certain level of Medicaid expansion has worked in Maine for over a decade and his own state’s struggle to accept the ACA current expansion. The Maine Medical Association, the health care community, and their state legislature support the ACA expansion, but their legislation was not enacted after a veto override failed by just two votes.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Starting October 1, under the ACA, uninsured citizens will be able to purchase health insurance via the Health Insurance Marketplace. CMS has a website to help citizens with information and whether or not they may qualify for insurance premium subsidies. Please direct your patients with questions to this information.  Read more

Walgreens Pharmacy – Policy on Dispensing Controlled Substances

 

Following several inquiries by New Hampshire Medical Society members, NHMS staff members Scott Colby and Janet Monahan convened a meeting with representatives of New Hampshire’s Board of Pharmacy and representatives from Walgreens.  The meeting was held on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the NHMS Concord offices to discuss the following:

Walgreens Pharmacy – Policy on Dispensing Controlled Substances

 

Following several inquiries by New Hampshire Medical Society members, NHMS staff members Scott Colby and Janet Monahan convened a meeting with representatives of New Hampshire’s Board of Pharmacy and representatives from Walgreens.  The meeting was held on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the NHMS Concord offices to discuss the following:

Enhanced Primary Care Rates Under Medicaid - Attestation Process Underway

 

As reported on March 27, 2013, under the Affordable Care Act, states may receive funding from the federal government for enhanced  primary care Medicaid reimbursement at the current level or the July 2009, whichever is greater.  This is for eligible primary care providers and eligible services only.    This enhancement is 100% funded by the federal government for CY 2013 and CY 2014.

Important Medicare Edits - Effective May 1st

 

Avoid claim denials - Important Medicare Edit Updates, Effective May 1st:

 

 

NHMS' Dr. Savage Calls for N.H. Study of Therapeutic Cannabis

The N.H. Medical Society has worked with members of the N.H. House to revise HB 573 to limit the potential for unintended negative consequences if the state elects to make clinical cannabis available to patients with serious medical conditions and symptoms that have not responded to approved medications. We greatly appreciate that the legislature has addressed a number of our concerns.   

U.S. House Unveils New SGR Framework - Comments Welcome

From the AMA, April 3, 2013:  Today, the chairmen and health subcommittee chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee issued a second, more detailed draft of their framework for repealing and replacing the SGR.  Like the first draft circulated prior to the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference, the committees are inviting physician groups to provide feedback and respond to committee staff questions on the proposal.  The deadline for feedback is April

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