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:

NHMS Hires New Advocacy Director

Valerie AcresDecember 2, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Medical Society is pleased to announce the hiring of Valerie Acres as its new director of advocacy. She is currently a partner at the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group with extensive health and long-term care experience in all three branches of state government. Acres previously served as legal counsel to Governor Judd Gregg. 

Valerie holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University and a bachelor of science degree from Tufts University. She also currently serves as a Trustee of Concord Hospital and Capital Region Health Care, while a former board member for Riverbend Community Mental Health and NAMI New Hampshire. 

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:

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Reminder

November 16, 2016

Program Year 2016 is the final year in which Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) can begin to participate in the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  There are many benefits to program participation.  

EPs that are eligible to participate can receive up to $63,750 for full participation in the program.  This includes a payment in the first participation year of $21,250 to adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) to a Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) system.

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.

NHMS Welcomes 185th President

Deborah A. Harrigan, MDNovember 9, 2016

DEBORAH HARRIGAN INAUGURATED AS NEW PRESIDENT OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE MEDICAL SOCIETY

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Deborah Harrigan, MD, was inaugurated as the 185th president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.  Founded in 1791, NHMS is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year.

Dr. Harrigan is a family medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the ambulatory Physician Practices at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.  She is currently the Physician Champion for the hospital’s MEDITECH implementation.

DrugfreeNH.org Redesigned

November 3, 2016Drug Free NH

DrugfreeNH.org has been redesigned to help individuals, families, and communities to get informed, get involved and get help! Find information, tools, and free downloadable materials on prevention efforts, effect of alcohol and other drugs, guidance on recovery and treatment and links to programs in the Granite State . . . and much more!

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