Health Alert: Synthetic Cannabinoid Associated Coagulopathy

On May 25, 2018,, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding synthetic cannabinoid associated coagulopathy.

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. In 2014, New Hampshire experienced an increase in serious overdoses related to synthetic cannabinoid use:
  2. Health care providers should review the attached CDC HAN and provider recommendations related to a new multistate outbreak of life-threatening coagulopathy

Another horrendous school shooting and no action as usual on gun control

May 23, 2018

Each morning when I drive to work I pass elementary, middle school and high school students walking to their respective schools in Portsmouth. The children are lovely, lively and fortunately safe for another day. They are walking in twos and threes, sometimes with parents for the very young, sometimes carrying basketballs or soccer balls. Not much of a care in their worlds, far from the fear that has enveloped so many schools and communities in our nation.

This latest mass murder, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, has come and gone, with no action expected on gun control, especially in the state of Texas. No action in New Hampshire either. Children (and resource officers and teachers) are the casualties, sacrificial lambs to our gun dominated society.

Health Alert: Tickborne Diseases in NH

On May 18, 2018,, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding tickborne diseases in New Hampshire

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. Blacklegged ticks transmit at least five different infections in New Hampshire (NH): Lyme disease, Anaplasma, Babesia, Powassan virus, and Borrelia miyamotoi.

Health Alert: HIV and HCV in Persons Who Inject Drugs

On May 16, 2018,, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding HIV and HCV in persons who inject drugs.

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

  • New Hampshire is at high risk of uncontrolled HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission due to the opioid epidemic and injection drug use.
  • Providers should screen all patients who present to clinical care (regardless of the primary purpose of the visit) for substance use disorder, especially injection drug use.

ABMS Survey on MOC Concerns (closes Fri., May 11 at midnight)

May 10, 2018

The New Hampshire Medical Society has heard your concerns about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) urging substantial changes in the scope, costs and processes for national specialty board recertification by pressing for changes through the American Medical Association and before the New Hampshire legislature.

New England Medical Societies meet in Groton CT

May 8, 2018

On Saturday morning May 4, I had the pleasure of attending, as your president, the Council of New England State Medical Societies (CNESMS) meeting in Groton, CT, followed by the meeting of the AMA New England Delegation (NED).

The CNESMS functions as an organization to bring the six New England medical societies together to present to each other reports of their activities over the last year. In that context, I had the opportunity to present our New Hampshire State Report (well prepared by EVP Jim Potter). 

Responsibilities and Opportunities of the NHMS President

May 2, 2018

Serving as president of your society offers many opportunities far from the usual experiences I have in my medical office, hospital and life in general. One aspect is the responsibility of attending and meeting with the medical societies of our neighboring New England states. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society in Boston. This coming weekend, I’ll be attending a meeting of all the New England medical societies in Groton, Connecticut. In early June, I’ll be in Chicago attending the Annual Meeting of the AMA.

NH Led Nation in Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions in 2017

NH Led Nation in Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions in 2017

Firearm Safety-Where do we at NHMS go from here?

April 18, 2018

At the last NHMS Council meeting on April 11, we discussed the accomplishment of passing the second group of Firearm Safety Policies that were unanimously approved on March 14, 2018. NHMS now has a comprehensive policy to support firearm safety (see my April 11 blog post for the eight specific policy areas covered). However, as we discussed at our last Council meeting, our next step is to develop an action plan to help facilitate the changes (decreases) in gun violence that we hope to accomplish with these policies. We know we can’t do this by ourselves, but can accomplish these goals by working with other organizations who share our goals.