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. 

Arboviral Disease in NH - Preparation for 2015 Season

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 1 regarding preparation for arboviral disease.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) recommends:

Ready. Set. Code! ICD-10 CM by Specialty

The New Hampshire Medical Society, in partnership with New Jersey Hospital Association - Healthcare Business Solutions, is pleased to offer a webinar workshop series designed to help you master ICD-10-CM and the documentation requirements associated with coding for your specialty. 

Each two-hour webinar is approved for two AAPC CEUs.

There are multiple dates for each specialty, so you can choose the time that works best for you. 

DHHS Health Alert - Measles

On April 29, NH DHHS released a health alert to notify healthcare providers that a person with confirmed measles traveled to Portsmouth, NH, on 4/20/15, and stopped at a local restaurant (Flatbread Company pizza) during a time when he/she was infectious. This case was an international traveler and is NOT associated with the recent multistate outbreak.

Click here to read the full alert.

Group Practice Reporting Option for 2015

PQRS GPRO Registration is Open

If your practice wishes to participate in PQRS as a group for the 2015 reporting year, you must register for the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) by June 30, 2015, using the Physician Value-PQRS (PV-PQRS) registration system.

GPRO Reporting Choices
When you register your group, you need to select a GPRO reporting method:

SGR Repeal Passed!

FINALLY!  US Senate passed H.R. 2, “Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act,” 92-8.Both Senators Ayotte and Shaheen voted in favor of passage.  Please send them a quick “Thank You” email. The Senate-passed bill was identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 392-37 margin on March 26.President Obama is expected to sign H.R.

Victim of IRS Tax Scam?

If you are a victim of IRS tax fraud  -- someone else filed your taxes fraudulently -- you need to re-file your taxes on paper and include an Identity Theft tax form 14039.

Below please find a link to the IRS web pages that discuss identity theft.  This page links to brochures about identity theft and the next steps to take if someone is a victim of this type of fraud.