You Don't Have to Be a Player to Be a Coach - You Have to Be Present

The disenchanted practice of medicine is often found to encompass those who have been at it for many years.  Then there are the newbies, not yet out of medical school, encountering the dynamics of clinical rotations, but eyes and ears wide open to get a clearer understanding of how to select a residency training program to best suit their lifelong careers in medicine.  Now, more than ever, the voices of mentors and far less senior clinicians are having greater impact on the future career decisions of medical school grads and early retirement of others.  There is mounting intolerance to corporate directives, second to the short-sighted corporate decisions made on their behalf by administrators.  It is far more challenging and uncertain as to how to plan for the future.  One cannot just go with what one’s heart and inherent talents lead one to, but rather how to hopefully align with the future state of health care.  

18 Wheels Are Safer Than 4?

For physicians who see patients for commercial driver certifications, May 21, 2014, is going to be an important day for you.  Beginning that day, patients who need to have a commercial driver examination and license will need to be seen by a Certified Medical Examiner (CME) who is registered and certified through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  See the FMCSA regulations.

"Physician, Heal Thyself"

On a cold and crisp December day, hundreds of friends, family and colleagues, myself included, crowded into the small church to pay their last respects to one of the great physicians of our generation.  As I waited in line, looking at the multitude of floral arrangements, awards, photos and letters from an outstanding medical career, I wondered how many doctors take care of their patients better than they take care of their own health.

Your Vote Counts in N.H.!

If you are not going to be able to get to the polls for the Sept. 9, 2014 State Primary election, please apply for an absentee ballot: State Election.

 

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Victim of IRS Tax Scam?

If you are a victim of IRS tax fraud  -- someone else filed your taxes fraudulently -- you need to re-file your taxes on paper and include an Identity Theft tax form 14039.

Below please find a link to the IRS web pages that discuss identity theft.  This page links to brochures about identity theft and the next steps to take if someone is a victim of this type of fraud. 

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection

Victim of IRS Tax Scam?

If you are a victim of IRS tax fraud  -- someone else filed your taxes fraudulently -- you need to re-file your taxes on paper and include an Identity Theft tax form 14039.

Below please find a link to the IRS web pages that discuss identity theft.  This page links to brochures about identity theft and the next steps to take if someone is a victim of this type of fraud. 

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection

UPDATE: IRS/SS # Scam

The IRS/SS # scam, which hit last spring has impacted over 210 N.H. providers.

NHMS is maintaining ongoing communication with the Secret Service, which is actively working this case.

Over the past several weeks the Secret Service has reached out to NHMS and asked us to randomly sample the victims of this scam.

They have asked for confirmation of certain activities (unrelated to the practice of medicine) such as relationships with financial advisors, employment management firms, auto financing, home financing, etc.

SGR Repeal Passed!

FINALLY!  US Senate passed H.R. 2, “Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act,” 92-8.Both Senators Ayotte and Shaheen voted in favor of passage.  Please send them a quick “Thank You” email. The Senate-passed bill was identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 392-37 margin on March 26.President Obama is expected to sign H.R.

Secret Service Making Progress in its Social Security Number/IRS Fraud Investigation

On May 21, 2014, N.H. Medical Society Executive Vice President Scott Colby met with the local U.S. Secret Service special agent working the case of IRS fraud that appears to involve a disproportionate number of healthcare providers.  Providers affected thus far include physicians, physician assistants, APRNs, dentists, podiatrists and pharmacists.   

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