Women's March

January 24, 2017

The energy from the Women's March showed how well a small seed of social media can blossom into a potential movement. Although very abrasive, Michael Moore was correct in his statements regarding continued involvement in the process.

As we start the senate confirmation hearings for Tom Price, MD, for Secretary of Health and Human Services, a repeal of the ACA is anticipated and changing Medicaid to block grants is likely. The replacement plan needs to be discussed and considered. A recent study of the economic impacts of repeal without replacement show it to be disastrous for the medical community and the country.

Gonorrhea Outbreak in NH

On January 19, 2017, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding the current gonorrhea outbreak in NH and treatment thereof.

NH DPHS Health AlertKey Points and Recommendations:

  • New Hampshire is experiencing an outbreak of gonorrhea. There has been a more than 250% increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in 2016 compared with prior baseline.
  • Many clinicians are not treating correctly and we ask you to urgently review the current treatment guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/gonorrhea.htm), which specify the need for dual antibiotic therapy to prevent antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

Physician Reviewers Needed for Therapeutic Cannabis Program

Therapeutic Cannabis programJanuary 18, 2017

During January 2017, the NH DHHS will be accepting applications for new qualifying medical conditions for the state’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program. A panel of physician reviewers will convene to review the completed applications.

Reminder from NH Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee

Stop Domestic ViolenceJanuary 11, 2017

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the most common diagnosis for a victim of Intimate Partner Violence.  Depression is the second most common. 

Please be mindful of this if you encounter anyone with either diagnosis. 

How Does Concealed Carry Affect Healthcare Delivery?

January 10, 2017

Have you ever felt unsafe in your workplace? Have you wondered about possible violence towards you by a patient or family member who was very disappointed with a decision you made to perhaps not refill their medicine? Have you ever requested a staff member escort you to your car at the end of the day? Have you attended "Active Shooter" training at work? Why do I bring this up? Our governor has suggested that he will sign legislation that would allow for concealed carry of personal firearms without a permit. How does this impact health and healthcare delivery you may ask?

We Want to Hear Your News!

January 4, 2017

The Medical Society is looking for YOUR news for inclusion in the NHMS Pulse and Physicians' Bimonthly newsletter.We want your news!

Please consider sharing:  

  • You or your practice in the news - awards, recognition, accomplishments you're proud of
  • Your professional development news - promotions, job changes, retirements, etc.
  • Articles you have written that would be of interest to NHMS members
  • Photos!
  • Personal news 
  • Other items you think would be of interest to the physician community.

Make Your Voice Heard

January 3, 2017

Do you have strong opinions about how healthcare is provided?  Do you want to help guide the society?

Each year, as the legislature convenes we have an opportunity to review the Medical Society's positions on presented bills.  This coming session, topics such as concealed carry without a permit, marijuana decriminalization, therapeutic cannabis indications, and further opioid epidemic legislation will be reviewed. 

The legislative committee will meet on Wednesday, January 11, from 6-8pm at the NHMS office.  We provide a light dinner, and then discuss the proposed list of bills and what position we want to take on them.  We also provide a conference line for call-in members.  Please contact Jim Potter if you would like to help us out!  james.potter@nhms.org

Regards,

Deb Harrigan, MD

NH Communicable Diseases Rule Changes

On December 21 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding New Hampshire Communicable Diseases rule changes, highlighting that the HCV infection is now reportable.

Key Points and Recommendations:NH DHHS Health Alert

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated the list of communicable diseases that are required by law to be reported to NH DHHS by healthcare providers and laboratories. This updated list is available online at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/reportablediseases.pdf

DEA Reverses Announced Change to Registration Renewal Process

December 21, 2016

The AMA recently alerted the Federation of Medicine to a notice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that effective January 1, 2017, the DEA was changing its long-standing policy of allowing a grace period for registrants who failed to file a timely renewal application.  Late yesterday afternoon, the DEA reversed its decision and posted a notice that it is retaining its current policy and procedures, with one minor change, regarding registration renewals.  The revised announcement states the following:

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

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