How Does Concealed Carry Affect Healthcare Delivery?

January 10, 2017

Have you ever felt unsafe in your workplace? Have you wondered about possible violence towards you by a patient or family member who was very disappointed with a decision you made to perhaps not refill their medicine? Have you ever requested a staff member escort you to your car at the end of the day? Have you attended "Active Shooter" training at work? Why do I bring this up? Our governor has suggested that he will sign legislation that would allow for concealed carry of personal firearms without a permit. How does this impact health and healthcare delivery you may ask?

We Want to Hear Your News!

January 4, 2017

The Medical Society is looking for YOUR news for inclusion in the NHMS Pulse and Physicians' Bimonthly newsletter.We want your news!

Please consider sharing:  

  • You or your practice in the news - awards, recognition, accomplishments you're proud of
  • Your professional development news - promotions, job changes, retirements, etc.
  • Articles you have written that would be of interest to NHMS members
  • Photos!
  • Personal news 
  • Other items you think would be of interest to the physician community.

Make Your Voice Heard

January 3, 2017

Do you have strong opinions about how healthcare is provided?  Do you want to help guide the society?

Each year, as the legislature convenes we have an opportunity to review the Medical Society's positions on presented bills.  This coming session, topics such as concealed carry without a permit, marijuana decriminalization, therapeutic cannabis indications, and further opioid epidemic legislation will be reviewed. 

The legislative committee will meet on Wednesday, January 11, from 6-8pm at the NHMS office.  We provide a light dinner, and then discuss the proposed list of bills and what position we want to take on them.  We also provide a conference line for call-in members.  Please contact Jim Potter if you would like to help us out!  james.potter@nhms.org

Regards,

Deb Harrigan, MD

NH Communicable Diseases Rule Changes

On December 21 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding New Hampshire Communicable Diseases rule changes, highlighting that the HCV infection is now reportable.

Key Points and Recommendations:NH DHHS Health Alert

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated the list of communicable diseases that are required by law to be reported to NH DHHS by healthcare providers and laboratories. This updated list is available online at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/reportablediseases.pdf

DEA Reverses Announced Change to Registration Renewal Process

December 21, 2016

The AMA recently alerted the Federation of Medicine to a notice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that effective January 1, 2017, the DEA was changing its long-standing policy of allowing a grace period for registrants who failed to file a timely renewal application.  Late yesterday afternoon, the DEA reversed its decision and posted a notice that it is retaining its current policy and procedures, with one minor change, regarding registration renewals.  The revised announcement states the following:

Single-Payer Policy for NH?

December 14, 2016

You will notice that this month’s newsletter has an insert describing a New Hampshire Medical Society Interest Group that is meeting to discuss and develop an opinion piece on a possible single-payer policy for New Hampshire. While the medical society is not taking a position on this potential health care reform, both Jim Potter and I (along with other members of the leadership council) feel that this is a very important, complex issue and that participation of individuals with all points of view, both pro and con, would be essential to the development of a well-thought-out, informed process that might lead us to a path for consideration of New Hampshire taking a national leadership role in this area of health care reform. Please do read the information provided and plan to participate if interested. I hope that you will find time to enjoy the changing scenery with our recent snowfall!

Cheers,

Deb Harrigan

PQRS Adjustment Information

November 28, 2016

In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will apply a downward payment adjustment to those who did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2015 including:

Physicians During the Holidays

November 29, 2016

During the holiday season the perfectionism of physicians can become even more pronounced. We want to do it all!  As we start to get tired and burned out from all this extra activity, it becomes easy to lose our sense of compassion and patience.

I was lucky to participate in a special educational session at my hospital on stress management for physicians. One of the best quick stress relievers I have found is to take a quick quiet breath outside the exam room between patients. Another is to practice gratitude-- every day at some point, find a time to think of three things you are grateful for and what your role is in making that particular thing happen. Lastly, on your drive to or from work, take a moment to appreciate something that you notice - the beauty of the sunrise / sunset, a roadside flower etc. 

I hope the holiday season brings you joy and peace.

Regards,

Deb Harrigan, MD

Dec. 1 Hearing on Proposed Prior Auth Rules

November 14, 2016

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has scheduled a hearing for input on the proposed rules, form and instructions for the Uniform Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Form & Data Elements (listed under INS 2705) resulting from HB 1608.

Together We Will Succeed

November 14, 2016

In speaking with friends who were devastated by the election results, I was impressed at how quickly they moved through the stages of grief. My friends made several good points in conversation: we have an opportunity to evaluate our priorities, we can't have everything and we need to act. We need to have an agreed upon focus that will help set the path forward. I think about how this applies to the New Hampshire Medical Society.

The NHMS has a clearly defined mission: At the New Hampshire Medical Society we are dedicated to representing the medical profession as a whole—advocating for physicians, the medical profession, and for the betterment of public health in the state of New Hampshire. Uniting together as physicians and healthcare advocates with one voice, we play an important role in helping to shape the future of medicine.

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