Las Vegas

October 4, 2017

#VegasStrongYesterday morning I arrived at the gym and the TV was showing the horror from Sunday night. I thought, “Again? The worst ever?” Unbelievable. Unexplainable intent and unexplainable process that someone could get that many weapons to carry out such a despicable crime.

Then I started to feel rather useless and futile. I thought, here we go again, trying to lobby the lawmakers to have sensible restrictions on ownership to limit military grade weapons for personal use, waiting periods for gun ownership, and training/testing/licensure for gun ownership. It seems that each horrific incident brings this issue to the front, but then it fades away over time as other pressing issues like the opioid epidemic retake their position on center stage.  

Developmental Screening Survey Due October 15

September 29, 2017

Special Medical Services is conducting a survey to assist in improving the developmental screening system in New Hampshire. The purpose is to assess the current developmental screening practice, across disciplines, of providers of services to young children.

The objectives are:

Influenza Circulating in NH, 2017-2018

On September 28, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding influenza circulation in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services Health AlertKey Points and Recommendations:

  1. Influenza virus has begun circulating in New Hampshire for the 2017-2018 season. Healthcare providers should encourage influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age or older who does not have a medical contraindication.

Handwritten Paper Claims Reduction Initiative

September 26, 2017

On July 10, 2017, NGS began returning any paper claims that include handwriting in fields other than the allowed signature fields (Items 12, 13, or 31).

They are rolling this out on a State/Locality basis and by November, all handwritten claims will be returned to the provider.

The schedule is as follows:

Date NGS will start to return handwritten paper claims

State/Locality

County listing

Women in Medicine Month: Alice M. M. Chesley, MD

September 27, 2017

As our final post for Women in Medicine Month, we go back in history to recognize Dr. Alice M. M. Chesley.  The following is an excerpt from State Builders: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire At the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, copyright 1903, by George Franklyn Willey.

Save the Date: NHID to Hold Annual Hearing Nov. 3

Event to focus on health insurance premium rates and driving factors

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host its annual hearing on health insurance premium rates from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord.

Public Comment for Wheelabrator Air Permit Renewal

September 12, 2017

Wheelabrator is seeking to renew its air permit to burn processed construction and demolition wood in the Wheelabrator incinerator in Concord. A public comment period is in effect until Sept. 21.  

In October 2016, the NH Pediatric Society advocated against allowing incineration, due to the concern of increased lead emissions and other health concerns.

Women in Medicine Month: Dr. Sandra Maruszak

September 13, 2017

In honor of Women in Medicine Month, NHMS asked members to contribute stories of women physicians in the state. This week we feature Dr. Sandra Maruszak.

Take the Call

September 13, 2017

"Take the Call"How do you respond when calling another physician to discuss a patient and the office staff asks, “Do you want me to interrupt him/her?” 

How do you feel when someone does request to have you interrupted and when you get to the phone the caller’s office staff says, “Oh, let me get him,” while you now wait for the caller to begin the call?

Each of these situations makes me frustrated and contributes to my sense of depersonalization in medicine. Communication is key to professional behavior.

Women in Medicine Month: Dr. Colene Arnold

September 6, 2017

In honor of Women in Medicine Month, NHMS asked members to contribute stories of women physicians in the state. This week we feature Dr. Colene Arnold, with a special thank you to her business partner Leslie Parker, MPT, for sharing Dr. Arnold's story!

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