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Zohydro ban unlikely in N.H., as doctors and pharmacists voluntarily postpone using it

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It appears unlikely the state will launch a moratorium against the new pain medication Zohydro, but the drug still promises to be difficult to find in the state as doctors and pharmacists voluntarily reject it. Medical professionals and hospital officials across the state have come out against using the drug, which is five times as powerful as similar prescription pills and doesn’t have the same anti-abuse mechanisms to make it difficult to crush and snort or inject. Their voluntary moves against the drug are “encouraging,” said Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican and chairman of the Commerce Committee, who sponsored the moratorium idea. “We’re close to where I want to be,” Sanborn said Friday. “The … 1

Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group on healthy choices, greenwashing and policy stagnation

Monday, March 31, 2014

Twenty-one years ago, environmental lobbyists and researchers teamed up to form the Environmental Working Group, what co-founder Ken Cook calls “a think tank that could throw a punch.” In the years since, Cook has been named a top grassroots activist by The Hill and the ultimate green game-changer by The Huffington Post. The … 0

Scope of Practice: Concord Regional Visiting Nurses’ Linda Blackey, LNA

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Underneath all the policies and politics, health care is about care – one person tending to the needs of another. Anyone who has interacted with the health care system has seen that dozens of people are involved in that care, each at a different level and performing different tasks. Who are they, and … 0

Maine: Anthem can’t force patients to change doctors

Monday, October 7, 2013

Maine Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa ruled last week that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will have to redesign the narrow network of the health plans it is selling on the federal insurance marketplace, out of concern that too many patients would lose access to their current … 2

Six NH organizations receive grants to help people use new insurance marketplace

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

At a news conference today, the New Hampshire Health Plan announced the six organizations that will receive grants to provide assistance to New Hampshire residents seeking insurance through the new federal marketplace. The groups are: Foundation for Healthy Communities (Concord), Greater Derry Community Health Services (Derry), ServiceLink Resource … 0

Meet a navigator: One of the guides through Obamacare

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

This morning, Mariann White planned to get up early and pick up her big white binder for just one more cram session. She’d have just a few more hours until the start of her new job. It’s kind … 10

New Hampshire businesses weigh benefits, uncertainty of Obamacare options

Monday, September 30, 2013

When Nancy Clark purchased Glen Group, an advertising and marketing agency in North Conway, 15 years ago, one of the first things she did was offer her employees health benefits. Now with eight employees and two open positions, she still offers insurance and pays 50 percent of the … 7

HealthBeat: ‘What about...?’ Answers about N.H.’s new health insurance marketplace

Sunday, September 29, 2013

On Tuesday, one of the most visible and talked-about provisions of the federal health care reform law opens for business: state insurance exchanges, or marketplaces. The marketplace is supposed to be one way people without insurance get covered … 3

Some Anthem customers face higher premiums and must find new doctors

Friday, September 27, 2013

Holly Ares Snyder and Josh Kattef have a message for insurance companies: If you’re selling, they’re buying any plan that would let them keep seeing their doctors at Concord Hospital. Roughly 40,000 New Hampshire residents purchase insurance plans … 6

With three weeks to issue report, commission inches ahead with Medicaid expansion discussion

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

With three weeks to go before its deadline to issue a recommendation, the commission studying whether New Hampshire should expand its Medicaid program seems poised to recommend that it do so – if sufficient safeguards are in place. At issue now are details that could determine whether the … 1

Health Beat: Upcoming events for caregivers looking for support, businesses looking for insurance

Sunday, September 22, 2013

What does it mean for caregivers that people are living longer and facing more health care decisions than ever before? Dennis McCullough, a faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School and a son who was his elderly mother’s caregiver for several years, will be the keynote speaker Thursday at … 0

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO James Weinstein questions whether New Hampshire has long-term health plan

Thursday, September 19, 2013

While legislators and officials spent hours inching toward a debate about whether the state should expand the Medicaid program, the leader of the state’s largest health care system wondered whether anyone in Concord knows what the goal is. … 0

Medicaid expansion commission lays outline for their debate, reveals some positions

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The commission charged with recommending whether New Hampshire should expand the Medicaid program as authorized under the federal Affordable Care Act spent several hours yesterday moving point-by-point through a series of topics, as members of the commission said what they would want to include in the debate on … 2

Renee Plodzik, APRN at Concord Hospital, explains her Scope of Practice

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today, the Monitor is launching a new interactive feature called “Scope of Practice.” Underneath all the policies and politics, health care is about care – one person tending to the needs of another. But anyone who has interacted … 0

Managed care companies begin enrolling New Hampshire Medicaid clients

Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Hampshire’s move to managed care for Medicaid has been years in the making, and today, officials with the program will begin mailing information to tens of thousands of clients, outlining their choices. Medicaid clients have until Nov. 10 to choose one of three companies – Well Sense, … 0