February 19, 2019

Drs. Tessa Lafortune-Greenberg, Georgia Tuttle and Travis Harker in DCLast week, I had the opportunity to attend two very interesting events. The first was the AMA National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., with Drs. Georgia Tuttle and Travis Harker, and Jim Potter. The four of us met with New Hampshire’s federal delegation including Senator Maggie Hassan and Representative Chris Pappas, as well as staffers from the offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Annie Kuster.

Our agenda from the AMA included discussions about ongoing efforts on substance use disorders including removing prior authorizations, step or what I prefer to call it, “fail” therapy and other administrative burdens to accessing care, concerns regarding Medicare for All proposals, discussion regarding unanticipated medical bills, and background checks to help prevent gun violence.

We are fortunate to live in a small state that allows us, the representatives for New Hampshire physicians, to be able to meet with our lawmakers to try to influence bills to help patients and physicians across the country. It was also great to see the Governor of our neighbor Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, receive the Outstanding Governor award at the Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service dinner.

After returning from DC, and running the NHMS council meeting, I secondly attended the NH Business Review Outstanding Women in Business 2019 awards dinner. This was a terrific event that awards six women who have made extraordinary accomplishments in business. It was great to see two winners in the health care field – Dr. Joanne Conroy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Patricia Carty of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. 

All six women awardees had amazing stories and even more amazing accomplishments. The Advocate for Women’s Empowerment Award went to the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, and the Girl Scouts used their entrepreneurial spirit to sell cookies at the event – just brilliant!  As prior President Len Korn warned me – there will be a lot of travel this year. So far it have been very rewarding and I look forward to more exciting events.

Tessa Lafortune-Greenberg, MD
NHMS President