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. 

Mumps on a NH University Campus

On October 25, 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding mumps on a New Hampshire University campus. NH Division of Public Health Services health alert network 

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Healthcare providers should be aware that in the last couple months there have been three, apparently unlinked cases of mumps on the University of New Hampshire Durham campus.

CMS Finalizes Historic Medicare Reform Law

October 20, 2016

The AMA’s Washington Office, has created two documents outlining major provisions of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians, which was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Zika Virus Update #7

On October 19, the NH DHHS issued their seventh Zika virus health alert regarding updated guidance relative to Zika transmission in Southeast Asia and Florida.

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

  • CDC recommendations to protect pregnant women and their infants from Zika continue to be dynamic. Pregnant women should continue to avoid all non-essential travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission. This currently includes:

Tool to Test Iron Deficiency in Infants and Children?

October 17, 2016

One of our New Hampshire family physician colleagues, Louis Kazal, MD, is involved in a research project with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, to design a non-invasive bone marrow iron assessment handheld instrument that could be used in the exam room to test infants and children for iron deficiency.  

Dr. Kazal hopes that you might answer a truly brief 9 question survey (completion time of 2 minutes or less).  

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.