Coronavirus Review

As the new respiratory virus known initially as the ‘coronavirus’ continues to dominate headlines, it seems like a good time to briefly review what we know (and don’t know) about this novel virus and take a look at the current state (as of this writing on 3/4/20).

A novel coronavirus, which likely originated in bats and subsequently gained the ability to spread from animals to humans, and then from human to human, was first detected in China and has now been identified in more than 70 countries around the world, including the US. It has been officially named ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)’, and the respiratory disease that it causes is now being called COVID-19.

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Advocacy in Action

A big part of the day to day work of the NHMS is advocacy work for the betterment of NH physicians and our patients. Most of this work involves advocacy at the state level, and as many of you know the Medical Society is well regarded and respected across the political spectrum throughout our state government.

However, the Medical Society also does a fair amount of advocacy work at the federal level, both through our relationship with the American Medical Association (AMA), as well as our ongoing relationships with all four of our national congressional representatives from the Granite State. 

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Consider Leadership New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Medical Society is committed to supporting physician leaders at all levels. A couple of years ago, under the guidance of Deb Harrigan, past NHMS president, the Medical Society was instrumental in helping to develop the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program in collaboration with the UNH Paul College of Business and Economics.

There is another leadership opportunity that is open to all current and aspiring leaders in New Hampshire that you may not have heard of, but is definitely worth your consideration.

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The 2020 NH State Legislative Session Has Begun!

One of the primary functions of the Medical Society in fulfilling our mission is working with the NH State Legislature “to advocate for the well-being of our patients, for our profession and for the betterment of the public health”. This work continues through the entire year, but becomes particularly focused just prior to and at the outset of the new calendar year, when the legislature begins a new session.

The 2020 session is now underway and the Medical Society is fully engaged. Out of over one thousand bills that have been filed in the House and Senate, we have already identified the hundreds of bills that relate to some aspect of health and/or health care, and at our recent NHMS Legislative Committee meeting, we reviewed over 60 individual bills that appear to be of particular relevance to our advocacy for patients and physicians in the state.

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