Single-Payer Policy for NH?

December 14, 2016

You will notice that this month’s newsletter has an insert describing a New Hampshire Medical Society Interest Group that is meeting to discuss and develop an opinion piece on a possible single-payer policy for New Hampshire. While the medical society is not taking a position on this potential health care reform, both Jim Potter and I (along with other members of the leadership council) feel that this is a very important, complex issue and that participation of individuals with all points of view, both pro and con, would be essential to the development of a well-thought-out, informed process that might lead us to a path for consideration of New Hampshire taking a national leadership role in this area of health care reform. Please do read the information provided and plan to participate if interested. I hope that you will find time to enjoy the changing scenery with our recent snowfall!

Cheers,

Deb Harrigan

PQRS Adjustment Information

November 28, 2016

In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will apply a downward payment adjustment to those who did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2015 including:

Physicians During the Holidays

November 29, 2016

During the holiday season the perfectionism of physicians can become even more pronounced. We want to do it all!  As we start to get tired and burned out from all this extra activity, it becomes easy to lose our sense of compassion and patience.

I was lucky to participate in a special educational session at my hospital on stress management for physicians. One of the best quick stress relievers I have found is to take a quick quiet breath outside the exam room between patients. Another is to practice gratitude-- every day at some point, find a time to think of three things you are grateful for and what your role is in making that particular thing happen. Lastly, on your drive to or from work, take a moment to appreciate something that you notice - the beauty of the sunrise / sunset, a roadside flower etc. 

I hope the holiday season brings you joy and peace.

Regards,

Deb Harrigan, MD

Dec. 1 Hearing on Proposed Prior Auth Rules

November 14, 2016

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has scheduled a hearing for input on the proposed rules, form and instructions for the Uniform Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Form & Data Elements (listed under INS 2705) resulting from HB 1608.

Together We Will Succeed

November 14, 2016

In speaking with friends who were devastated by the election results, I was impressed at how quickly they moved through the stages of grief. My friends made several good points in conversation: we have an opportunity to evaluate our priorities, we can't have everything and we need to act. We need to have an agreed upon focus that will help set the path forward. I think about how this applies to the New Hampshire Medical Society.

The NHMS has a clearly defined mission: At the New Hampshire Medical Society we are dedicated to representing the medical profession as a whole—advocating for physicians, the medical profession, and for the betterment of public health in the state of New Hampshire. Uniting together as physicians and healthcare advocates with one voice, we play an important role in helping to shape the future of medicine.

NHMS Welcomes 185th President

Deborah A. Harrigan, MDNovember 9, 2016

DEBORAH HARRIGAN INAUGURATED AS NEW PRESIDENT OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE MEDICAL SOCIETY

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Deborah Harrigan, MD, was inaugurated as the 185th president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.  Founded in 1791, NHMS is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year.

Dr. Harrigan is a family medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the ambulatory Physician Practices at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.  She is currently the Physician Champion for the hospital’s MEDITECH implementation.

DrugfreeNH.org Redesigned

November 3, 2016Drug Free NH

DrugfreeNH.org has been redesigned to help individuals, families, and communities to get informed, get involved and get help! Find information, tools, and free downloadable materials on prevention efforts, effect of alcohol and other drugs, guidance on recovery and treatment and links to programs in the Granite State . . . and much more!

Cluster of Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections

On October 28, 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding a cluster of invasive Group A Streptococcus infections.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has been notified of four cases of invasive Group A Streptococcal bacteremia, all males, and all active injection heroin users from Southern/Central New Hampshire, who presented to healthcare in the last 10 days.

Dec. 5 Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Advisory Committee

October 28, 2016

Meetings of the Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Advisory Committee  are open to the public, and physicians are invited to attend and lend their perspectives during the public comment period at the end of each meeting.

Meetings are held in Room 100 of the Walker Building, 21 South Fruit St., Concord, NH.

The next meeting is Monday, December 5, 2016, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

October 26, 2016

Program Year 2016 is the final year in which Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) can begin to participate in the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  Providers that may not have met the Medicaid patient volume threshold in the past may, in fact, meet it now as a result of Medicaid expansion. 

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