PQRS 2016 Informal Review Process

Individual eligible professionals (EPs), Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) practice sites, and group practices participating in GPRO (including ACOs) that did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2014 will receive a negative payment adjustment in 2016. In addition, those individuals and groups will not receive a 2014 PQRS incentive payment. 

CMS NEWS: 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released a fact sheet that covers the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

Click here to read all the details, including a list of links to further resources.


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:


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.