Substance Use Disorder Benefit for Standard Medicaid Recipients

July 5, 2016

As of July 1, 2016, a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) benefit is available to New Hampshire's Medicaid recipients. The new benefit, previously offered only to those who enrolled in Medicaid two years ago, as part of the expansion program, can now be accessed by Medicaid recipients in the state’s fee-for-service plan or enrolled with either New Hampshire Healthy Families or the Well Sense Health Plan.

The full list of included SUD services can be found on the New Hampshire DHHS website.

JUA Update

June 21, 2016

The State of New Hampshire recently released a notice of hearing on the receiver's motion for the approval of the assumption agreement with MedPro (a private insurer) as part of the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) dissolution process.

The Merrimack Superior Court has scheduled a hearing on the Approval Motion at 1:30 pm on August 5, 2016, in Courtroom 1 at the Merrimack Superior Court, 163 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03302.

SB417 Non-compete Clauses in Physician Contracts

June 6, 2016

On June 6, Governor Hassan signed SB 417, prohibiting geographic non-compete clauses in physician contracts.  The prohibition will take effect on August 7, 2016, for new and renewal contracts.

 

New Opioid CME Requirement Effective September 1, 2016

June 3, 2016

Effective September 1, 2016, physicians will need to include 3 hours of Board approved opioid CME or pass a test, as part of the regular every-other year CME reporting cycle that coincides with license renewal.  Opioid-related online CME courses: https://www.nh.gov/medicine/

 

Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Diseases in NH

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on May 23, regarding Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations:

1. NH continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation and ~60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

ACEP Sues Federal Government

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2016                                                        

Media Contact:  Laura Gore - 202-370-9290, lgore@acep.orghttp://www.faircoverage.org/

Five-Minute Universal Precaution Survey

May 18, 2016
Second year physician assistant students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Tanya Fedyshyn and Keyla Gervais, are conducting research on the topic of compliance with universal precautions. They hope to gain a better understanding of the current compliance with universal precautions in a variety of specialties.

 

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