Foundation for Healthy Communities Releases 2015 New Hampshire Prevention Guidelines

The Foundation for Healthy Communities has released the 2015-2016 New Hampshire Prevention Guidelines for healthcare providers and patients.  Revised to include preventive services that are covered by the Affordable Care Act, the New Hampshire Prevention Guidelines are intended to help better inform patients of evidence-based, national recommendations of preventive services, as well as serve as a quick resource for clinicians.

First Confirmed Cases of Influenza in New Hampshire

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on September 17 regarding the first cases of influenza in New Hampshire for the 2015-2016 season.

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

Key Points and Recommendations:

1.Three cases of influenza virus infection have been confirmed in New Hampshire for the 2015-2016 influenza season.

2.The composition of the influenza vaccine has changed this year, and healthcare providers should be aware of this change and review the updated influenza immunization recommendations.

Arboviral Illness Update - Manchester, NH

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on September 15 regarding detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a mosquito batch from Manchester, NH.  

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

Key Points and Recommendations:

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.

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