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Friday
Jul242015

NH DHHS to Hold Information Session in Rochester for Medicaid Recipients Transitioning into Medicaid Care Management 

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will

hold a public meeting on August 6 in Rochester, New Hampshire, to

help inform Medicaid recipients and providers about the transition into

Medicaid Care Management from a fee-for-service program. The information

session in Rochester will be the 5th meeting this summer hosted by DHHS, in

conjunction with New Hampshire Healthy Families and the Well Sense Health

Plan, to address the move of additional Medicaid-eligible populations into

the Care Management system for their medical services. Medicaid recipients

who could initially opt out of Medicaid Care Management will now be

required to choose one of the two health plans for their medical coverage.



The session is open to the public and is designed to answer client and

provider questions on the transition to Care Management. Topics to be

covered include Continuity of Care, the prior authorization process,

medical and pharmacy benefits, and the transportation program.



The new session will be held:



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Community Partners – Rochester Community

Office

25 Old Dover Road

Rochester, NH

6:00-8:00 PM



Registration is available at the following site:

https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18080. For more

information about

Medicaid Step 2, visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/caremgt/index.htm.


Tuesday
Jul072015

NH DHHS Announces Three New Information Sessions for Medicaid Recipients Transitioning into Medicaid Care Management

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has

announced the dates and locations of three additional public meetings to

help inform Medicaid recipients and providers about the transition into

Medicaid Care Management from a fee-for-service program. DHHS, in

conjunction with New Hampshire Healthy Families and the Well Sense Health

Plan, is holding the information sessions in July to address the move of

additional Medicaid-eligible populations into the Care Management system

for their medical services. Medicaid recipients who could initially opt

out of Medicaid Care Management will now be required to choose one of the

two health plans for their medical coverage.



The sessions are scheduled around the State and are open to the public.

The sessions are designed to answer client and provider questions on the

transition to Care Management. Topics to be covered include Continuity of

Care, the prior authorization process, medical and pharmacy benefits, and

the transportation program.



Registration is available at the following site for the three July

sessions: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18028



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Place: Nashua Community

College (Rm. 150)

505 Amherst St., Nashua

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Place: Littleton

Regional Healthcare

(Conference rooms 1,2,3)

600 St. Johnsbury Road

Time: 2:30-4:30 PM



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Place: Cheshire Medical

Center/Dartmouth Keene

580 Court St., Keene

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM







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Thursday
Jul022015

NH DHHS - Food Safety Tips for the Summer Season 

Concord, NH – During this busy summer season of trips to the beach,

vacations, and cookouts, the Department of Health and Human

Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section wants to remind everyone to follow

some important food safety practices to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as

Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and Campylobacter.



There are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease each year, but

there is no way to know for sure since many foodborne illnesses are never

reported and not everyone even goes to see their healthcare provider.

However, in 2013, there were 19,056 confirmed cases of foodborne illness

resulting in 4,200 hospitalizations and 80 deaths according to U.S. Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention data.



“Food is an important part of vacation and holiday gatherings but it needs

to be handled safely, especially during the warmer weather,” said Marcella

Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS. “The basic rule is to

keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Just like hand washing, the more we

practice it the more routine it becomes and the safer we all will be.”



A DHHS video on summer grilling food safety is available on YouTube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWDyMOUTrfM. There are some simple

precautions everyone should always take to reduce the possibility of

becoming sick when preparing food, which include:

· Separate: Avoid cross contamination. Use a separate cutting board for

cooked foods and raw foods (especially meat) and always wash them

after use. Wash any utensil after preparing one food item before

going on to the next item.

· Clean: Always wash hands before touching any food. Wash hands and

surfaces often during food preparation and afterward.

· Cook: Pork, lamb, veal, and whole cuts of beef should be cooked to

145 °F as measured by a food thermometer placed in the thickest part

of the meat, followed by a three-minute rest time before carving or

consuming. Hamburgers and other ground beef should reach 160 °F. All

poultry should reach a minimum temperature of 165 °F. Fish should be

cooked to 145 °F. Fully cooked meats like hot dogs should be grilled

to 165 °F or until steaming hot.

· Chill: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. One hour if

it is a hot day over

90ºF. The refrigerator should be maintained at 40ºF or lower and the

freezer should be at 0ºF or lower. Keep hot foods hot, 140ºF or

hotter, and cold foods cold, 40ºF or below. Never defrost food at

room temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water

bath, or in the microwave. When using a microwave, meat must be

cooked immediately after. Marinate foods in the refrigerator.

· Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to the NH Department of

Health and Human Services by calling 603-271-4496. Often calls from

concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public

health official calls you to talk about an outbreak, your cooperation

is important, even if you are not ill.



For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture at

www.usda.gov  or

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/teach-others/fsis-educational-campaigns/grill-it-safe/grill-it-safe

, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov , the

DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov , or www.befoodsafe.org .

Thursday
Jul022015

NHDP - ICYMI: Senate Finance Hearing Confirms Legislators Ignored Governor Hassan on HHS Budget

 

 

Overestimated Carry-Forward

Concord, N.H. – The Union Leader reported that at yesterday’s Senate Finance hearing, Republican Senators confirmed they had ignored what Governor Hassan has been saying about DHHS for months, leading them to use inflated carry-forward numbers that rendered their budget unbalanced.
 
The Union Leader points out, “Department officials and Hassan had warned budget writers about a year ago the agency was facing a significant shortfall due to an increase in Medicaid caseloads not associated with the Medicaid expansion program.” But apparently Republican Senators weren’t paying attention.
 
Chuck Morse said, “Without knowing (the adjusted figures)… I don’t know how we can go back and rebalance this budget,” admitting that the Republican budget is unbalanced while ignoring the fact that it was Republicans who made the choice to use funds that weren’t actually available in their fiscally irresponsible proposal.
 
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Thursday
Jul022015

NH DHHS - Programs Address Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate for National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month  

Concord, NH – July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and

Prevention Month and a number of NH Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) programs are helping to prevent cleft lip and cleft palate in New

Hampshire babies. Among the services these programs provide are:

customized, free help quitting tobacco (1-800-QUIT-NOW); free texts on how

to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby through Text4Baby; prenatal

services through NH Medicaid ( NHEasy.NH.gov ); and nutrition education and

nutritious foods to help keep pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and

preschool children healthy and strong through NH WIC services.



On average, there are 12,000 babies born in New Hampshire each year, 8.34%

of whom are born with a cleft lip and 7.82% with a cleft palate. Orofacial

clefts happen early during pregnancy. A baby can have a cleft lip, a cleft

palate, or both. Babies born with these birth defects have problems with

feeding, hearing, and speech development; dental problems, including

missing teeth; and frequent middle ear infections. Correction of cleft

defects requires surgery. Some factors that increase the chance of having a

baby with an orofacial cleft are maternal smoking, having diabetes, and use

of certain medications to treat epilepsy, such as topirimate and valproic

acid.



“DHHS has a number of programs working toward reducing these birth defects

by addressing these risk factors,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director

of Public Health at DHHS. “Because birth defects can develop before a woman

even knows she is pregnant, it is important that she takes care of her

health from the start. Addressing health risk behaviors even before

pregnancy is important, such as taking 400 micrograms of folic acid every

day and quitting smoking to reduce the risk of poor birth outcomes.”



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that:

· Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with

an orofacial cleft than women who do not smoke,

· Women with diabetes diagnosed before pregnancy have an increased risk

of having a child with a cleft lip with or without cleft palate,

compared with women who did not have diabetes, and

· Women who used certain medicines to treat epilepsy, during the first

trimester (the first 3 months) of pregnancy have an increased risk of

having a baby with cleft lip with or without cleft palate, compared

with women who didn’t take these medicines.



For information on the NH Birth Conditions Program visit www.nhbcp.org.

Resources for women, infants, and children and the many programs of DHHS,

such as the Diabetes Education Program, the Maternal and Child Health

Program, NH WIC, Text4Baby, and the Oral Health Program, can be found at

www.dhhs.nh.gov . DHHS currently offers free help quitting tobacco use

through 1-800-QUIT-NOW (www.TryToStopNH.org ).