NHMS Hires New Advocacy Director

Valerie AcresDecember 2, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Medical Society is pleased to announce the hiring of Valerie Acres as its new director of advocacy. She is currently a partner at the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group with extensive health and long-term care experience in all three branches of state government. Acres previously served as legal counsel to Governor Judd Gregg. 

Valerie holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University and a bachelor of science degree from Tufts University. She also currently serves as a Trustee of Concord Hospital and Capital Region Health Care, while a former board member for Riverbend Community Mental Health and NAMI New Hampshire. 

PQRS Adjustment Information

November 28, 2016

In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will apply a downward payment adjustment to those who did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2015 including:

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Reminder

November 16, 2016

Program Year 2016 is the final year in which Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) can begin to participate in the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  There are many benefits to program participation.  

EPs that are eligible to participate can receive up to $63,750 for full participation in the program.  This includes a payment in the first participation year of $21,250 to adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) to a Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) system.

Dec. 1 Hearing on Proposed Prior Auth Rules

November 14, 2016

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has scheduled a hearing for input on the proposed rules, form and instructions for the Uniform Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Form & Data Elements (listed under INS 2705) resulting from HB 1608.

NHMS Welcomes 185th President

Deborah A. Harrigan, MDNovember 9, 2016


On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Deborah Harrigan, MD, was inaugurated as the 185th president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.  Founded in 1791, NHMS is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year.

Dr. Harrigan is a family medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the ambulatory Physician Practices at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.  She is currently the Physician Champion for the hospital’s MEDITECH implementation.

DrugfreeNH.org Redesigned

November 3, 2016Drug Free NH

DrugfreeNH.org has been redesigned to help individuals, families, and communities to get informed, get involved and get help! Find information, tools, and free downloadable materials on prevention efforts, effect of alcohol and other drugs, guidance on recovery and treatment and links to programs in the Granite State . . . and much more!

Cluster of Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections

On October 28, 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding a cluster of invasive Group A Streptococcus infections.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has been notified of four cases of invasive Group A Streptococcal bacteremia, all males, and all active injection heroin users from Southern/Central New Hampshire, who presented to healthcare in the last 10 days.

Dec. 5 Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Advisory Committee

October 28, 2016

Meetings of the Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Advisory Committee  are open to the public, and physicians are invited to attend and lend their perspectives during the public comment period at the end of each meeting.

Meetings are held in Room 100 of the Walker Building, 21 South Fruit St., Concord, NH.

The next meeting is Monday, December 5, 2016, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.