A Prescriber’s Guide to the New Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies for 2019

December 12, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, CMS will have new opioid overutilization policies go to into effect. Below is an excerpt from a guidance document on the new policies.

Background:

New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program Welcomes Inaugural Cohort

November  20, 2018

New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program Welcomes Inaugural Cohort

Program Launches with 21 Aspiring Physician Leaders from across NH

DME, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program: Temporary Gap

December 4, 2018

All Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) contracts expire on December 31, 2018. Starting January 1, 2019, there will be a temporary gap in the DMEPOS CBP that CMS expects will last until December 31, 2020.

During the temporary gap, any Medicare enrolled DMEPOS supplier may furnish DMEPOS items and services to people with Medicare. In most cases, people with Medicare won’t need to switch suppliers on or after January 1, 2019.

Influenza

December 3, 2018 

Get your flu vaccine!It’s time for the flu vaccine. Influenza – for anyone who has had “the flu” you are aware that it is not just a bad cold. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Ten Takeaways from the Surgeon General's Opioid Report

November 7, 2018

In a new report on the opioid epidemic, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, highlights the need for a cultural shift in the nation's perception of substance-abuse disorders (SUDs). He emphasizes that SUDs are chronic-but-treatable diseases.

Coming to a close...

November 6, 2018

My presidency of the Medical Society is coming to a close at this weekend’s NHMS Annual Scientific Conference at the Wentworth Hotel in New Castle, November 9-11. I hope to see many of you there for this year’s informative meeting with lectures on a variety of current and relevant medical topics including physician burnout, exercise as a major positive influence in the treatment of serious mental health disorders and three hours of lectures on opiate use issues that will fulfill our NH opiate competency CME requirements. I will also be presenting a talk on “The Impact of Firearms on Public Health” covering many of the aspects of this subject, which has been my main mission and focus for many years, including during my tenure as president of NHMS.

Increase in Reports of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases Nationally – 2018

On November 1, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding an increase in reports of acute flaccid myelitis cases across the United States.

NH DPHS Health AlertKey Points and Recommendations:

NH Insurance Department Issues Guidance on Health Insurance Fraud

On October 26, 2018, the New Hampshire Insurance Department issued the following press release:

As the open enrollment period approaches, the New Hampshire Insurance Department is advising consumers to be cautious when enrolling in an unfamiliar health plan. The Department strongly encourages all consumers to read the plan details and to ask questions about plan benefits and exclusions before enrolling.  

Influenza Circulating in New Hampshire 2018-2019

On October 25, 2018, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding influenza circulating in New Hampshire for the 2018-2019 season.

NH DPHS Health AlertKey Points and Recommendations:

Prescription: Democracy

October 24, 2018

VoteAs we get close to the mid-term elections I keep thinking about how interconnected public health and politics have become. We simply cannot separate those two areas of concern these days no matter how hard we may try.

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