Cannabis changes are coming

Therapeutic cannabisJuly 12, 2017

There were many bills signed by Governor Sununu over the last few weeks. A website that I enjoy using to review is Legiscan. It offers a top 50 trending topics from around the country that details issues other states are grappling with.

Professionalism

June 28, 2017

Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of ChangeI enjoyed attending the professionalism conference coordinated by the  Maine Medical Association and sponsored by VT, ME and NH professional societies on June 17. There were approximately 100 attendees discussing and learning about the challenges to professionalism in our current environment including EHRs, ethics of quality measures, and physician burnout.

Pushing Back on MOC at the AMA Meeting

June 14, 2017

AMA Meeting June 2017I serve my hospital as the Chair of the Credentials Committee. Many of my colleagues have expressed both angst regarding the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process and interest in alternative pathways to demonstrate remaining current in their knowledge. Without guidance from other organizations, board certification status remains the primary method to re-credential our medical staff.

As one of the opportunities during this presidential year, I attended the AMA House of Delegates meeting this week, which provided me with education on both the policy process for the AMA and the leadership elections.

Waste

May 31, 2017

EHRI'm at a user-group conference for the EHR that my hospital recently implemented. I came to speak about the implementation from the physician perspective. The implementation has had its ups and downs, but we were able to return to our pre-implementation volume about three months after go-live. This is similar to what I have heard from others who have changed systems. The most unfortunate part of our change was that a large part of the work landed on the staff at the front lines - the medical assistants and primary care providers who needed to make sure the data from the old system was manually entered into the new system. This continues to be a heavy burden.

Physician Leadership

May 17, 2017The Physicians Foundation

How would you describe physician leadership? Is it a set of personal attributes that make someone a leader? Is it a position with a job description? Is it someone who makes a difference for an organization? There are many different aspects of physician leadership to consider.

Did You Know?

Did you know?May 3, 2017

Did you know?

During our last Council meeting in April, it occurred to me that there may be a lot of information that needs to be passed along.

NHMS Strategic Planning Survey

April 19, 2017

ChangeAs time passes, one must always stop to reflect upon aspects of life that we can change. To spend energy on evaluating oneself is always a good investment and helps us to determine a path forward.   When I took the oath of office as your president, I had strong opinions on how I thought the Medical Society could move forward into the future and how we could work to remain relevant to the changing demographics of our members. I am certain that my opinions are not always shared by the membership. So, we will ask you.

HealthcareGIVES

April 5, 2017

healthcareGives logoAs spring progresses at its own pace here in New Hampshire, we are presented with many new, fresh opportunities. In my email, I receive nearly daily notices about another 5k or fundraiser. I always look forward to seeing people out of their homes again.

In the spring, the Seacoast healthcare community gathers to present a grant to a local nonprofit organization. The giving circle, HealthcareGIVES, is comprised of 190 members of the medical community.

Collaborative Pharmacy Practice

March 22, 2017

Several of my colleagues have expressed concern about receiving faxes from pharmacists about medications their patients could be on. They question whether this is collaborative practice or solicitation of business. 

During the March 8 meeting of the Executive Council of the Medical Society, we heard from Robert Stout, PharmD, chair of the Board of Pharmacy for New Hampshire. He came to speak with us to clarify the differences between collaborative pharmacy practice and the frequently used tactics of sending solicitation regarding specific patients to physicians that suggest specific treatments based on patient diagnoses. This is not collaborative practice.

AMA Advocacy Conference

March 8, 2017

Drs. Harrigan, Kassler, and Tuttle on Capital Hill in DCI had the privilege of attending the AMA advocacy conference last week in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate to have balmy weather and were able to appreciate the electricity of anticipation for President Trump's first speech to the joint houses of Congress Tuesday evening. 

While in Capitol Hill, we had the opportunity to speak with Representatives Kuster and Shea-Porter and Senator Hassan. We spoke with the health policy staff of Senator Shaheen.

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