Public Health Advisory: E-Cigarette Use

April 18, 2017Cigarette Smoking and E-Cigarette Use Among NH Youth

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recognizes the important role health professionals play in a child’s life. The DHHS is asking NH health professionals that have youth as their patients to review the Public Health Advisory for Pediatricians: E-Cigarette Use Among High School Age Youth in New Hampshire and also check out the WMUR March health headlines

InforMed Mailing - Opioid CME Requirement

April 11, 2017

NHMS has received a number of phone calls regarding a mailing from InforMed announcing its opioid-prescribing CME course.

This is a legitimate mailing. The InforMed course was recently added to the NH Board of Medicine's approved course listing. Please note that you are welcome to choose any combination of courses from that list, equaling three credit hours, so if the InforMed course does not spark your interest, there are other options.  

HealthcareGIVES

April 5, 2017

healthcareGives logoAs spring progresses at its own pace here in New Hampshire, we are presented with many new, fresh opportunities. In my email, I receive nearly daily notices about another 5k or fundraiser. I always look forward to seeing people out of their homes again.

In the spring, the Seacoast healthcare community gathers to present a grant to a local nonprofit organization. The giving circle, HealthcareGIVES, is comprised of 190 members of the medical community.

Registration Open for NH Buprenorphine Waiver Trainings

March 27, 2017

NH Medical Society, NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield are pleased to offer a series of FREE buprenorphine waiver trainings in NH this year. 

Fri. April 14: Catholic Medical Center, Manchester NH
Fri., May 12: Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NH
Fri., June 9: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Volunteer Needed for New England Regional Medication Safety Advisory Council

April 26, 2017

The current five-year CMS contract for the England Quality Innovation Network/ Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) includes work throughout New England in the areas of prevention of adverse drug events in all settings and antimicrobial stewardship with a focus on outpatient settings and long term care facilities.  One part of our work, for example, focuses on helping clinical practice sites implement practice specific antimicrobial stewardship efforts based on the CDC recently released Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (2016).  

Help Wanted: NHMS Council on Education

March 22, 2017Help Wanted

The NH Medical Society Council on Education needs your assistance. The Medical Society is recognized by the ACCME to accredit local CME programs. We do this for 18 facilities. Each year a few come up for renewal and that is where we need your help.

Collaborative Pharmacy Practice

March 22, 2017

Several of my colleagues have expressed concern about receiving faxes from pharmacists about medications their patients could be on. They question whether this is collaborative practice or solicitation of business. 

During the March 8 meeting of the Executive Council of the Medical Society, we heard from Robert Stout, PharmD, chair of the Board of Pharmacy for New Hampshire. He came to speak with us to clarify the differences between collaborative pharmacy practice and the frequently used tactics of sending solicitation regarding specific patients to physicians that suggest specific treatments based on patient diagnoses. This is not collaborative practice.

2017 Medical License Renewal Applications Mailed

March 15, 2017

The NH Board of Medicine has mailed out renewal applications to physicians whose medical licenses expire on June 30, 2017.  Questions regarding the application should be directed to Peggy Berube: peggy.berube@nh.gov or (603) 271-6935.

AMA Advocacy Conference

March 8, 2017

Drs. Harrigan, Kassler, and Tuttle on Capital Hill in DCI had the privilege of attending the AMA advocacy conference last week in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate to have balmy weather and were able to appreciate the electricity of anticipation for President Trump's first speech to the joint houses of Congress Tuesday evening. 

While in Capitol Hill, we had the opportunity to speak with Representatives Kuster and Shea-Porter and Senator Hassan. We spoke with the health policy staff of Senator Shaheen.

Needle Exchange Program Legislation

February 21, 2017Syringe

A now deceased patient of mine once worked cleaning public portable toilets. He would find used syringes and needles in the toilet and risked needle-sticks on a daily basis. 

Hospitalists and Infectious disease specialists describe the countless patients with endocarditis, newly diagnosed hepatitis C and, less frequently, HIV, due to reuse of needles and unsanitary injections. These patients have limited contact with healthcare for treatment and education.

Many states have needle exchange programs that decriminalize the possession of trace substances found in the syringe/needle. These programs help to give the person who uses substances the education and access to care for treatment. 

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