Talk About It

            November 1, 2017

Thank you for an incredible year as your president.  As I look back on the successes and challenges of the year, I think the Medical Society is headed in the right direction with our advocacy, CME accreditation program, our relationships with other state stakeholders and with our progress toward development of a New Hampshire Physician Leadership program.

I think our biggest challenge is finding an effective way to communicate our strengths with members and non-members.  We need to rely on word of mouth and direct invitation.  Do you know if the other doctors in your group are members?  If they aren't, why not?  Could you ask them to join?  Our strength is our members.

I met a doctor from our state recently at an out of state conference.  I asked him if he was a member and he wasn't.  He had been a member, but felt that because he is employed that he could cancel his membership as the hospital would advocate for him.

Information for NH Residents on 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace and Open Enrollment

October 18, 2017

CONCORD, NH -- Open enrollment in the individual Health Insurance Marketplace will run from November 1 to December 15. In advance of open enrollment on and off the federally facilitated Marketplace, the New Hampshire Insurance Department offers information and resources for the 54,000 state residents who plan to purchase health insurance in the individual market for 2018 coverage. 

Volunteerism

October 18, 2017

Woodman Museum Voices from the Past Living History TourI enjoyed being a tour guide at the Voices from the Past living history cemetery tours sponsored by the Woodman Institute this past weekend. There were 40 volunteers who made the event possible. It was a good time and approximately 500 community members toured the cemetery. In comparison to my professional volunteering, my civic volunteering has been limited. I have many reasons - work, family, work, family. Although this effort was not humanitarian or grand, it was a fun, good time.

Notice on Proposed Bylaws Change at NHMS Annual Conference

Dear NHMS Members, 

This notice is to inform you of proposed changes to the NHMS Bylaws that would formally recognize the reconstitution of the Benevolence Fund under the John P. Bowler, MD Memorial Library into the Bowler-Bartlett Foundation as the charitable, educational and scientific 501(c)3 organization of the New Hampshire Medical Society. The proposed changes to the NHMS Bylaws can be found at http://www.nhms.org/about.bylaws

Introducing the Bowler-Bartlett Foundation: The 501(c)3 Organization of the New Hampshire Medical Society

October 5, 2017

The NHMS Council recently approved the reconstitution of what will now be called the Bowler-Bartlett Foundation, as the charitable, educational and scientific 501(c)3 organization of the New Hampshire Medical Society. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the practice of medicine, enhance the quality of medical care, and better the health of New Hampshire citizens, as well as preserve and promote the history of medicine in the Granite State.  It will also continue to serve to provide financial assistance to members and their families in need.  Named after two prominent Granite State physicians – John Bowler and Josiah Bartlett – the formal ratification vote of the Medical Society’s new Foundation will take place at the annual business meeting during the 2017 NHMS Annual Scientific Conference on Saturday, November 4, at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, New Hampshire.

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.

Pages