Revised Advance Care Planning Guide

June 19, 2017

Foundation for Healthy CommunitiesThe Foundation for Healthy Communities is pleased to announce it has recently revised the Advance Care Planning Guide in accordance with the State of New Hampshire statutes. The Advance Care Planning Guide is designed to assist in providing your patients and their families with information about creating an advance directive, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will. 

Mosquito-borne Disease in NH 2017

On June 16, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding mosquito-borne disease in NH for the current year. NH DPHS Health Alert

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. Be vigilant during the summer months to consider mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), among patients with compatible clinical features.
  2. Remind patients to avoid mosquito bites by use of insect repellents and wearing protective clothing, and environmental reduction of mosquito populations.

Potential for Falsely Low Venous Blood Lead Test Results from Magellan LeadCare Analyzers

On June 2, 2017, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding falsely low venous blood lead test results from Magellan LeadCare® Analyzers. 

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Providers should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HAN (page 3 of the full health alert) about the potential for falsely low blood lead test results when Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers are used to test venous blood samples (obtained by direct vein puncture).

Emerging Tickborne Diseases in NH

On June 1, 2017, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding emerging tickborne diseases in NH.NH DPHS Health Alert

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Blacklegged ticks transmit four different infections in NH: Lyme, Anaplasma, Babesia, and Powassan. They may transmit other emerging infections.
  • NH has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and 50-60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH have been found to be infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

NH Insurance Department Announces Companies That Have Filed to Offer 2018 Marketplace Plans

May 17, 2017

Seal of the State of New HampshireOn May 16, the NH Insurance Department sent out the following press release:

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department has received initial form filings from insurance companies that intend to offer medical and dental plans on the 2018 New Hampshire Marketplace (HealthCare.gov).    

Four companies have applied to offer individual plans: Ambetter from NH Healthy Families, Anthem, Harvard Pilgrim, and Minuteman Health. Three companies have applied to offer small-group plans to groups of 50 employees or fewer through the Marketplace’s Small Business Health Options (SHOP) program: Anthem, Harvard Pilgrim, and Minuteman Health. Two companies have applied to offer dental insurance, both as individual plans and through SHOP: Anthem and Delta Dental.    

NH Insurance Department to Host Public Information Sessions on Health Care Networks

Seal of the State of New HampshireMay 9, 2017

This morning, the NH Insurance Department sent out the following press release:

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host two information sessions in June on the health care provider networks likely to be available through New Hampshire’s health insurance exchange in 2018.    

The first session will take place Monday, June 26, from 10-11 a.m. in Concord, at the Brown Auditorium, 129 Pleasant St. The second will be held online on Wednesday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to noon. Both sessions will be free and open to the public.  

Carfentanil Hits NH (BDAS Brief)

May 4, 2017

Today's NH DHHS's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services's Monthly Brief included this review on the dangers of carfentanil and list of resources:

As you are probably aware, the deadly synthetic opioid carfentanil has arrived in the granite state.

That means all of our jobs just became infinitely more difficult whether you're a treatment provider working against time and the law of odds, a first responder concerned for your own safety, or a active user struggling to find a pathway to recovery before it's too late. 

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