Newly inaugurated NHMS President Travis Harker to focus on 3 key Issues for 2014.

An excerpt from Dr. Travis Harker’s speech:

“In 1791, Josiah Bartlett and 23 other doctors came together to enjoy each other’s company and to be the vanguard for our sacred profession.  They spent much of the first century of our existence setting standards for professional conduct, scientific rigor and building membership. 

Perhaps most important to them was fellowship with other doctors, as evidenced by always meeting in taverns.  Seriously though, they were men of science and heavily invested in their library because as you might imagine, information was not so readily at their fingertips as it is for us today. 

They valued public health, as demonstrated by their work for clean water, disease and treatment registries. 

They believed in public advocacy and created the first legislative committee in the early 1800s. 

They believed in putting patients first, as shown in our seal depicting the Temple of Faith, Hope and Charity from which continuously flow comfort and compassion to all who seek the aid of the true physician.

These values were reaffirmed again and again over the past two centuries, as when in 1910 NHMS President Granville Conn stated in his presidential address, “The old-school doctor has gone because the conditions that have made him possible are gone as well. But their record of unselfish devotion, self-denying work and purity of life will never be effaced and will stimulate us all for years to come.”

And when earlier this year our president, Cindy Cooper, wrote in the Concord Monitor, “Expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults in New Hampshire is the proper and moral thing to do. Our health is our most important personal asset. I feel it is more important than the condition of the roads or even education … that “the poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health.”

One in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition.

Thirty‐five percent of U.S. adults say that at one time or another they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have.

These findings come from a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This report highlights findings for what Pew calls “online diagnosers.”

When asked if the information found online led them to think they needed the attention of a medical professional, 46% of online diagnosers say that was the case. Thirty‐eight percent of online diagnosers say it was something they could take care of at home and 11% say it was both or in‐between.

New Hampshire Opioid Prescribing Resource for Chronic Non-Terminal Pain Latest Information and Resources.

NHMS has recently updated information on Opioid Prescribing Resources for Chronic Non-terminal Pain. A complete listing of the latest information and resources can be found here. 

Texting May Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Some good news about texting: A review of studies published by the Cochrane Collaboration finds that smokers trying to quit the habit are helped in a big way by supportive messages sent via text.We all know it's really hard to quit smoking. That’s why the results of this new analysis are encouraging. With help from text messages, hopeful quitters actually doubled their chance of success. Just don’t text and drive!

Primary Care Physicians May Be Hard To Find By Newly Insured Patients.

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - now assured by the re-election of President Obama - is expected to result in up to 50 million currently uninsured Americans acquiring some type of health insurance coverage.

JUA Settlement Information for those who haven’t heard.

NHMS has received numerous inquiries from physicians who were past NH Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriters Association (JUA) policyholders but who have not received any communications from the class action suit Claims Administrator.  Some of the omissions may be due to address changes (even just a change in suite number), a change in the practice name or dissolution of a practice. Contact Carrie at the JUA, 800 221-2503, to confirm your past status as a policyholder and to find what information was provided to the Claims Administrator.  Next, contact the Claims Administrator to verify you