2017 PQRS Negative Payment Adjustment Notification

October 3, 2016

PQRS participants are now being notified by letter regarding the 2017 CMS PQRS negative payment adjustment.

The CMS letter indicates that the recipient did not satisfactorily report 2015 PQRS quality measures or satisfactorily participate in a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR). Therefore, all of their 2017 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) payments will be subject to a 2.0% reduction.

Access 2015 PQRS Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports Now

September 29, 2016

On September 26, 2016, Medicare released the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs).

The 2015 PQRS feedback report contains detailed information about your 2015 PQRS reporting results, and indicates if you will be subject to a negative payment adjustment in 2017.   

The 2015 Annual QRURs show how physician groups and solo practitioners performed on quality and cost measures, relative to national benchmarks.

Will You Be Away From the Polls on Nov. 8?

Vote November 8!October 4, 2016

If you will be away or otherwise unable to get to the polls for the Nov. 8th General Election, download the absentee ballot application.

Being Mortal: Free Film Screening and Discussion

Norris Cotton Cancer Center invites you to a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal.

Based on the bestselling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, the film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness
and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them.

 Auditorium F - Barbara E. Rubin Building, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

event date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -
17:30 to 20:30

Influenza Circulating in NH 2016-2017

On September 28, the NH DHHS issued a health alert update regarding influenza circulation for the 2016-2017 season.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. Influenza virus has begun circulating in New Hampshire for the 2016-2017 season.
  2. The updated 2016-2017 influenza immunization recommendations can be reviewed here.
  3. Healthcare providers should encourage influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age or older who does not have a medical contraindication.

Resource Guide for Addiction and Mental Health Care Consumers: Answering Questions About Addiction and Mental Health Care Coverage

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Recognizing there is a growing need to educate consumers with health insurance coverage in New Hampshire about how to navigate addiction and mental health care services, the University of New Hampshire School of Law and UNH’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice, in collaboration with the nonprofit New Futures, have developed a guide to help individuals and families in the state access addiction and mental health care

All Opinions Welcome

September 26, 2016

We have gotten a fair amount of feedback in regards to the work the society has been doing on the opioid crisis (kudos to Seddon Savage) as well as the legislative work that Janet Monahan and Jim Potter have actively engaged in. Some people have suggested we have too much about legislative issues in our newsletter and and on our website, some think it is not enough. We very much want to hear your opinions good and bad – hopefully not indifferent. 

Zika Virus Outbreak Update #6

On September 21, the NH DHHS issued their sixth health alert update regarding the Zika Virus Outbreak, with updated guidance relative to local transmission in Florida.

Key Points and Recommendations:

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) will be hosting a healthcare provider webinar on Friday September 30th from 12:00–1:00 to review the most updated Zika virus outbreak information and recommendations. Register for the webinar.

Arboviral Illness Update: West Nile in Nashua

The NH DHHS issued a health alert update on September 16, regarding the identification of West Nile Virus in Nashua, New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services health alert networkKey Points and Recommendations:

1. The first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hampshire for 2016 has occurred in a mosquito batch from Nashua, NH.

2. Healthcare providers should not rely on the presence or absence of positive mosquito or veterinary testing as a criterion for whether or not to test a patient for WNV or EEE. o Healthcare providers should consider mosquito-borne diseases, including WNV and EEE, in patients with compatible clinical syndromes.

Medicare Revalidation Deadlines Approaching

September 9,2016

If you participate in Medicare Part B, you must complete a revalidation application (CMS) every 5 years. 

Not sure if you have to revalidate now? Use the Medicare Revalidation Look Up Tool to find out if and when your revalidation is needed. It's easy (and fast). Just enter your name and/or NPI, plus your state, then hit "search."