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  • January 04, 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    TO: New Hampshire Licensed Healthcare Providers

    FROM: Lindsey B. Courtney, Executive Director, Office of Professional Licensure & Certification

    DATE: December 28, 2020

    RE: New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

    The Department of Health and Human Services has provided the following information surrounding New Hampshire’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation as follows: NH DHHS is pleased to announce that “Most-Risk” ambulatory care and health care professionals working in other settings can now register to be vaccinated against COVID19. This communication outlines that process, which involves individuals and health care organizations working together to ensure the best use of the limited doses of vaccine available. You may receive this message through several different venues (e.g. licensing agencies, professional societies and organizations) and we ask that you share this guidance to help us ensure that all ambulatory health care providers receive this notice. Ambulatory care providers that are affiliated with a hospital organization should follow their organization’s plan for vaccinating ambulatory care providers. Non-affiliated providers can register to be vaccinated at a state-managed fixed site. There is equitable allocation of vaccine being provided to both hospital and non-hospital affiliated vaccination sites. Non-New Hampshire residents working in New Hampshire will be required to verify NH employment status at the state managed fixed sites through a paystub or employee ID.

    How to Register: First review the NH COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Guidelines for Phase 1a. This enables you as a health care provider to categorize yourself into Most-At-Risk, Moderate Risk and Lowest Risk, giving examples and guidance on who qualifies for which category. We have limited doses of vaccine coming into our state and we need your help to ensure that we have enough doses for those at Most-Risk first. Once we have completed vaccinating Most-Risk health workers in these categories (estimated to take 3-4 weeks, starting 12/28), we will start vaccinating those at Moderate-Risk. Those at Lowest-Risk will be vaccinated in a later phase. The next step in this process is for you to have discussions at your clinic level to determine those at greatest risk in the Most-At-Risk category for your work environment. These are the individuals that we want you to register this week for the first vaccine doses being administered, starting the week of 12/28. Starting Wednesday 12/30, we would like you to submit the rest of the names in your Most-Risk category. Through this kind of local control and working together, we can prioritize those that need this vaccine the most. If you work independently, we ask that you look at where you fall in the risk categories and schedule yourself appropriately.

    Once you have completed the steps above, instruct those individuals prioritized to receive the vaccine to register at this link: https://prd.blogs.nh.gov/dos/hsem/?page_id=10681. This form needs to be completed by the individual being vaccinated. It will provide them with information on the vaccine, action items needed to be completed before vaccination if they fall into any risk categories, and the opportunity to have a call back from a non- medical provider if they have questions about the registration process. When an individual registers, they will be asked what category they fall into. The majority of Most-Risk Health Workers will fall into Ambulatory Care Settings or “Other” Settings. Those that do not are listed below:

    Setting- Roles1

    Ambulatory care settings

    Ambulatory and urgent care clinics- Multiple

    Dialysis centers; blood, organ, and tissue donation facilities-Multiple

    Other settings

    K-12 schools- School nurse

    Home health care- Home health aide, personal care aide, occupational therapist

    Funeral services- Embalmer, mortician, funeral director, manager

    Retail stores- Pharmacist, pharmacy technician

    Corrections facilities- Physician, nurse

    State COVID-19 Shelter- Staff, transportation provider

    Group homes for individuals in recovery in which COVID-19 cases are housed- Nurse, other medical staff

    Group homes for individuals with high-risk comorbidities- Nurse, other medical staff

    1 This is not an exhaustive list of roles that qualify for Phase 1a vaccination in these settings. Job function will determine individuals who qualify as Phase 1a at-risk health workers.

    Upon completion of the registration form, the individual will receive several pages of information about the vaccine, “v-safe” (this is an optional CDC text messaging system available for smartphone users that gives them the ability to tell the CDC if they are experiencing side effects), as well as some documentation about privacy practices. We ask that you review this information prior to arrival at the vaccination clinic. Once NH DHHS receives your registration form, there will be a natural delay in sending you an email to sign up to receive the vaccine. This delay is so that NH DHHS can ensure fair allocation across all vaccination groups and locations and then invite only the amount of registrants that the vaccine supply allows. The amount of vaccine received by the State of New Hampshire is the limiting factor in this process. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

    As vaccination appointments become available, additional registrants will be contacted via email to schedule an appointment. If you do not have access to email, NH DHHS will call the phone number provided on the registration form.

    Once you receive an email directing you to schedule an appointment for your vaccination, you will receive an email from this email no-reply@mail.vams.cdc.gov . Please ensure that that this email address is not blocked or sent to your spam filter.

    Please follow the link to the VAMS system and complete the registration form (including a username and password) with your demographic data and medical history.

    • Your insurance information is optional and no information will be reported to your insurance company. You will not be charged any fee for this vaccine at one of the state-run fixed site locations.
    • Your next portion of this registration is to sign up for a location, date and time. Only select one of the clinics labeled State of NH-(with the Public Health Region, ie. Capital Region, North Country, etc.). You may select any of the FIXED SITE locations that have availability, but we would ask that you try the one closest to your home or work first.
    • Once you have selected the clinic, you may choose any available date and time. This completes the initial portion of your registration.
    • Starting 12 hours before your scheduled appointment, you need to go back into the VAMS system utilizing the link https://VAMS.cdc.gov and answer the prevaccination questionnaire (these are health-screening questions). This health screening must be completed before your appointment time. If it is not completed, we will ask you to fall back in at the end of the line once completed.

    Where you will get vaccinated: Once you are approved for scheduling, available dates, times and locations will be provided to you. There are 13 fixed sites. The vaccine clinic dates and times were designed to provide individuals with flexibility in scheduling. You will be able to access the schedule and location details during the scheduling process. Do not show up to a fixed clinic location without an appointment. You will not be able to receive a vaccine and will unfortunately slow down the process.

    Clinic Locations

    • Claremont (Sullivan)
    • Littleton (North Country)
    • Concord (Capital Area)
    • Londonderry (South Central)
    • Exeter (Seacoast)
    • Nashua (Greater Nashua)
    • Hooksett (Greater Manchester)
    • Plymouth (Central NH)
    • Keene (Greater Monadnock)
    • Rochester (Strafford County)
    • Laconia (Winnipesaukee)
    • Lebanon (Upper Valley)
    • Tamworth (Carroll County)

    Preparing for vaccination at a State-Managed Fixed Site:

    • Ensure that you have completed your pre-vaccination questionnaire (see above for directions)
    • Bring the following: Face Mask, Photo ID (e.g. driver’s license), Non-NH residents only: Proof of NH employment
    • Dress appropriately for ease of access to your upper arm (shoulder region).

    Upon arrival at State of NH Clinic Location:

    • Traffic control will greet you and direct you to the drive-thru lane.
    • Please remain in your car and wear your mask.
    • A registrar will greet you and will confirm your appointment time.
    • Next, you will move forward to the vaccination station where your identification will be verified, the pre-vaccination questionnaire will be reviewed, and you will receive a packet of information (After Visit Summary, Vaccine Fact Sheet, CDC v-safe info, and vaccine administration card).
    • You will receive your vaccination in your car. Next, you will be directed to an observation area and asked to wait 15 minutes to ensure your safety (and others if you are driving).
    • Vaccination staff will be monitoring for any adverse reactions and have emergency training as well as equipment to respond. Please stay in your car and honk your horn if you have any reactions.

    We appreciate all that you are doing to keep the citizens of our State safe in these unprecedented times. With your help, we will vaccinate those in greatest need safely, quickly and efficiently. Our goal is to ensure that individuals are informed of vaccine risks and benefits, that they are safely vaccinated, and that we vaccinate as many people as possible within the number of doses allocated to the State of New Hampshire.

    Please see below for a list of contact information:

    Access Pathway -- Types of Questions

    211 -- General Questions on vaccination

    covidvaccine@dhhs.nh.gov -- General questions on when a group is eligible for vaccination, etc.

    Covidvaccinescheduling@dhhs.nh.gov 603-271-5980 -- Questions about pre-registration form, healthcare screening questions (nonmedical support) or currently scheduled appointments. This is staffed by nonmedical personnel that can assist with the registration process.

    Lindsey B. Courtney, J.D. | Executive Director

    NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

    7 Eagle Square, Suite 200, Concord, New Hampshire 03301

  • December 18, 2020 6:45 AM | Anonymous

    brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee

    ATTENTION!  ICD-10-CM Guidelines for 2021

    1pm December 23 On-Demand Webinar

    On Demand Webinar

    2021 Update for ICD-10-CM



    Dec 23 ,2020 | 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT |


    Presented By: Lynn Anderanin

    Each year there are CPT® changes that affect the coding of medical services and procedures. This webinar will highlight the 2021 changes and the explanations to these changes so that attendees will have an understanding of how to appropriately apply these changes.

    Join this webinar by renowned speaker Lynn Anderanin, where she will discuss all the updates in detail.

    Session highlights:

    • Changes to the Official ICD-10-CMGuidelines for 2021
    • New codes for sickle cell conditions
    • The latest changes for COVD-19
    • ICD-10-CM codes changes are effective on October 1, 2020
    • Rheumatoid arthritis diagnoses changes
    • New code for headache
    • Utilization of invalid codes will cause claim denial

    https://skills-academia.com/product/2021-update-for-icd-10-cm-2/

  • December 18, 2020 6:44 AM | Anonymous

    SAMHSA has released the “Behavioral Health Workforce Report [samhsa.us4.list-manage.com],” which documents effective mental and substance use disorder treatment models and pertinent staffing needs – as part of the agency’s goal to increase access to evidence-based mental and substance use disorder care.

  • December 15, 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    What motivates you?

    • Feeling better?

    • Getting out of the house?

    • Fun prizes?

    • Making a difference?

    The Provider Well-Being Challenge includes fun, self-care, and care for others, all while raising money to support scholarships for professional development.

    • Participate in wellness activities on our bingo card

    • Enter to win wellness prizes

    • Have fun, reduce stress, and do good in your community

    • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to support you as you make a positive difference

    Sign up for the Provider Well-Being Challenge and receive a ‘bingo’ card of positive activities, including performing acts of kindness and care, going for a walk, turning off screens, and writing a card or note to a friend. Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you as you make a positive difference for yourself and others. They can pledge a set amount for each bingo square you cover, or give a set donation to support you. You do NOT have to be a provider to enter the challenge; all are welcome.

    Record your progress at RallyUp every time you do a new activity on the card. You’ll be entered to win prizes as you do good! All funds raised through this event will go towards NHADACA's Train It Forward Scholarship Fund. Please help us to make 2021 a year in which no one who needs a scholarship will be turned away.

    Sign up at go.rallyup.com/nhadaca or text 'NHADACA' to 855-202-2100


  • November 19, 2020 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    The NHPHP is contracted by the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) to work with licensees of the NH Board Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals, as well as twelve other NH Health Professional Boards.  I believe we can be a valuable addition to the wellness toolbox for your NHADACA members.  We are a free and confidential resource that assists with identification, intervention, referral and monitoring of health care professionals who may be affected by substance use disorders, disruptive behavior, mental health conditions, burnout, professionalism concerns or other issues impacting  work, health or well-being.  NHPHP offers both a voluntary track and a Board mandated track.  In addition, there are education, stress and burnout resources on our website: www.nhphp.org .

    We are seeing the huge impact COVID-19 is having on the helping profession, and want to reach out to all those working with clients and their families affected by alcohol and other drugs that can carry our message of support and recovery.  I have attached our PDF which I hope you will find suitable to post on your website as well as our hyperlink: www.nhphp.org,  or perhaps include in email blasts to your members.  Please contact me if you have any questions about our services and how we can work together to sustain our shared interests in the health and safety of New Hampshire Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals.  I am also available to provide informational presentations about our organization and wellness resources at  your membership meetings and conferences.

  • October 30, 2020 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Available Now!

    Download Instantly!

    The recently revised edition of Confidentiality & Communication (October 2020) is available now as an eBook. It covers all the essentials for understanding confidentiality, plus the July 2020 changes to 42 CFR Part 2 and upcoming changes in the CARES Act, including answers to questions like: 

    • When do 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA apply?
    • How did the 2020 amendments change the substance use disorder (SUD) privacy regulations, and what will happen in 2021?
    • What are the current requirements for consent forms, patient privacy notices, and the notice of prohibition on re-disclosure?
    • How to make disclosures for medical emergencies, audits, or research?
    • How can a program report a crime on program premises?
    • What should a program do if it receives a subpoena, search warrant, or arrest warrant?
    • What privacy rights do patients have?
    • How are the laws enforced and what are the security requirements?
    • What are best practices for common confidentiality issues? 

    Confidentiality & Communication is an indispensable guide for new members of the SUD treatment field, stakeholders who work with individuals receiving SUD treatment, and seasoned privacy experts with questions about the ongoing changes to the law and regulations.

    Available for instant download for only $109. Click here to buy!

    The revised October 2020 edition also explains the July 2020 amendments to 42 CFR Part 2, and flags areas where the regulations are subject to change in 2021, following the passage of the CARES Act. To see a full list of the topics covered in the revised 2020 edition of Confidentiality & Communication, visit the online Table of Contents.

    The 2020 edition of Confidentiality & Communication is available as an e-book only.


  • October 26, 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    Brought to you by your NHADACA Ethics Committee


    This FREE two-day webinar (3-hours each) hosted by the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative for Clinician Well-Being and Resilience is a national virtual event addressing "emerging lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and a systems approach for the future".  Click here to learn more

    OCTOBER 28-29 COLLABORATIVE VIRTUAL MEETING:

    Our public meeting on “Ensuring Clinician Well-Being in an Age of Uncertainty: Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and a Systems Approach for the Future” will discuss emerging lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and a systems approach for the future. Register to join the webinar, taking place Wednesday, October 28, 12:00-3:30 pm ET and Thursday, October 29, 12:00-4:00 pm ET. Presented by the NAM Action Collaborative.


  • October 23, 2020 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    NH Citizens Health Initiative and the University of Vermont are seeking the input of New Hampshire health care providers and community stakeholders to guide substance use treatment efforts in Northern New England. The needs assessment begins with a brief online screening survey.  If you are eligible to participate, you will receive an e-mail link to a brief online survey (10-15 minutes) about substance use treatment efforts in your community or your clinical practice. You can choose to receive an online gift card in appreciation of your time. The information collected in this survey will help guide the efforts to expand opioid treatment and inform how communities address substance use. Providers and community stakeholders can volunteer to participate in the assessment by following this link: go.uvm.edu/nh

    The New Hampshire Baseline Needs Assessment aims to

    • Identify our communities’ most important and urgent needs and improve systems of care available for those facing substance use issues;
    • Identify ways to support the delivery of evidence-based substance use treatment and trainings for physicians, nurses, and other staff in rural counties;
    • Be responsive to increases in substance use and drug-related fatalities resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    The New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative (NH CHI), part of the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice, is a key partner of the University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction (UVM CORA) which aims to support the front-line providers of substance use treatment by providing surveillance, education and outreach, and technical assistance to rural communities in NH. You can learn more about the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at www.citizenshealthinitiative.org and the University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction at https://uvmcora.org.

  • October 01, 2020 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    NOTICE!

    In response to the clinician well-being initiative training feedback, we have created a monthly peer collaboration group with the topic of clinician well-being.  

    Please join us on October 7, from 8-9 am via Zoom.   Contact Angela at agtj@msn.com for the link.

    Also as a result of feedback from the clinician well-being initiative training, the training format is being revised and will be launched in February 2021.

    The two 2-hour trainings will be:

    I. INTRODUCTION: What's this all about

    II. ACTION: Crafting your Commitment Statement & Exploring Network Organization Benefits 

    For more information contact: 

    NHADACA Ethics Committee Chairperson 

    Angela Thomas Jones

    AGTJ@msn.com 


  • September 18, 2020 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Join us on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:00-6:30 pm for a fun virtual Halloween party!

    We've heard from members that they've missed networking with colleagues, and we've got just the solution! A few fun games, a chance to catch up, and the chance to win a free training from NHADACA!

    Free to attend, donations encouraged. Save the date - registration link coming soon!

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