Considering Firearm Issues

January 29, 2018

My plan for today’s blog post was to discuss the current NHMS policy regarding firearms and to suggest some further actions that NHMS could take regarding the U.S. epidemic of gun violence.  I do plan to explore this issue in more detail soon in our bi-monthly magazine, but recent bills in the NH Legislature and almost daily events in the news prompted this discussion today.

Dr. William Kirmes Receives NHOA Distinguished Service Award

January 29, 2018

NH Osteopathic AssociationDr. William Kirmes was presented the New Hampshire Osteopathic Association Distinguished Service Award this past weekend during the NHOA Annual meeting held at the North Conway Grand in North Conway.

Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced

January 29, 2018

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), which is available to organizations in Region 1. 

The application period for this model is now open and will run from January 11 – March 12, 2018.

Board of Medicine and Medical Review Subcommittee Openings

March 21, 2018 

The Board of Medicine ("Board") is still looking ti fill two openings on the Board and one opening on the Medical Review Subcommittee ("MRSC") to the Board. The term on the Board lasts five years and a term on the MRSC lasts three years. Members of both the Board and the MRSC can serve two terms. Public members are extremely important to both the Board and the MRSC. As listed below, a public member shall be a person who is not, and never was, a member of the medical profession or the spouse of any such person, and who does not have, and never has had, a material financial interest in either the provision of medical services or an activity directly related to medicine, including the representation of the board or profession for a fee at any time during the five years preceding appointment.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018

January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.I am writing this blogpost on the day of commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth. I recall in particular the hopes much of the country had on August 28, 1963, when Dr. King stood on the steps of Lincoln’s monument and delivered his uplifting “I had a dream” speech. My father and I had traveled from NYC to share that stirring occasion of hope. I was twenty then, one year before I began my medical career at University of Chicago Medical School. And less than five years later, before I completed medical school, King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Today, as we celebrate King’s legacy at this very challenging time in our country’s history, I am reminded of his words:

            “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. 

A New Year

January 2, 2018

Leaping into 20182018 has arrived. For me it is hard to imagine that 2017 is actually finished. To use a medical metaphor, the many outrageous developments of 2017 have been hard to digest. Is truth really not important anymore? Is the press, historically the fourth estate, appropriate to malign and dismiss, or necessary for our very survival? Is our environment, indeed our planet, important to preserve and cherish, or appropriate to exploit and poison? Should our federal government continue to increase the disparity between the rich and the poor, and encourage less rather than more of our citizens to have health care? These are some of the big questions to wonder about as we leave 2017 and begin 2018. These and other major issues obviously affect the health and well being of us all.

Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Antiviral Treatment

On December 28, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding seasonal influenza A(H3N2) activity and antiviral treatment.

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkKey Points and Recommendations:

  • Influenza activity in New Hampshire and nationally has increased in recent weeks with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season. Prior influenza seasons, in which A(H3N2) virus predominated, have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths.

Anthem reduces proposed cut for services reported with modifier 25; AMA pursuing further changes

December 28, 2017

Today's AMA Advocacy Update included the following article:

Anthem reduces proposed cut for services reported with modifier 25; AMA pursuing further changes

Gonorrhea Outbreak Update and EPT to Treat Sex Partners

NH DPHS Health Alert NetworkOn December 20, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert with an update on the gonorrhea outbreak and information on expedited partner therapy (EPT) to treat sex partners.

Key Points and Recommendations:

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