The New Hampshire Hospital Association recently submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicaid Program:  Disproportionate Share Hospital Pyaments - Treatment of Third Party Payers in Calculating Uncompensated Care Costs.

Download the full comments here.

Sites across NH Taking Back Unwanted / Expired Prescription Drugs

Concord, NH – On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local agencies across the state of New Hampshire and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Unused or expired drugs can be dropped off at a number of sites – for a list of locations / agencies participating in National Drug Take Back Day, you can visit DEA Diversion website.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.   (Please note:  the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) 

“Given the current opioid crisis that our communities and families are facing, we’re extremely supportive of efforts like National Drug Take Back Day as a means to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs, as well as educate our residents about the danger of prescription drug abuse,” stated Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. 

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, or the October 22nd National Drug Take Back Day event and a location near you, please visit the DEA Diversion website today.

Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks to continue patient safety improvement efforts started under the Partnership for Patients initiative

Concord, NH - New Hampshire, as a part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network, has been selected as one of 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce patient harm and readmissions. This announcement is part of a broader effort to transform our health care system into one that works better for the American people and for the Medicare program.

“We are extremely excited to continue supporting the ongoing efforts of our member hospitals to increase patient safety and improve the quality of care they deliver through the Partnership for Patients,” stated Steve Ahnen, President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.  “The Partnership for Patients initiative has achieved significant results over the past 4 years, and we’re proud to continue these activities as part of this collaborative, nationwide effort.”

Through 2019, these Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions as a population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people) from the 2014 baseline. Efforts to address health equity for Medicare beneficiaries will be central to the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks efforts. CMS will monitor and evaluate the activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.

“We have made significant progress in keeping patients safe – an estimated 2.1 million fewer patients harmed, 87,000 lives saved, and nearly $20 billion in cost-savings from 2010 to 2014 – and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer. “The work of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks will allow us to continue to improve health care safety across the nation and reduce readmissions at a national scale – keeping people as safe and healthy as possible.”

The 16 organizations (listed in alphabetical order) receiving contracts in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks are:

  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Dignity Health
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • HealthInsight
  • The Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association
  • Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania
  • Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Health Foundation
  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety
  • Ohio Hospital Association
  • Premier, Inc.
  • Vizient, Inc.
  • Washington State Hospital Association

The Partnership for Patients model is one of the first models established in 2011 to be tested under the authority of section 1115A of the Social Security Act (the Act) with the goal of reducing program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care. Since the launch of the Partnership for Patients and the work of Hospital Engagement Networks in collaboration with many other stakeholders, the vast majority of U.S. hospitals have delivered results as demonstrated by the achievement of unprecedented national reductions in harm. CMS believes that the upcoming work of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, working as part of the Quality Improvement Organization’s work to improve patient safety and the quality of care in the Medicare program, will continue the great strides made in improving care provided to beneficiaries.   

For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, please visit:

In its October 2016 issue, Business NH Magazine recently announced its 2016 Top Women-Led Businesses, which included women from four of New Hampshire’s Hospitals, in recognition of their influence on New Hampshire’s economy due to revenue, number of employees, and organizational growth and / or achievement.   Named to the magazine’s Top Women-Led Non-Profits among the distinguished group of leaders were Cynthia McGuire, President & CEO, Monadnock Community Hospital; Michelle McEwen, President & CEO, Speare Memorial Hospital; Susan Mooney, MD, President & CEO, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital; and Maria Ryan, PhD, APRN, Chief Executive Officer, Cottage Hospital.

“We’re thrilled that Business NH Magazine has recognized four of our colleagues in their Top Women-Led Businesses for 2016,” stated New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen.  “It’s a direct testament of their leadership and contributions as hospital executives, and of their commitment to ensuring the delivery of quality, affordable healthcare to their patients and communities."

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Recently, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and the Foundation for Healthy Communities held their Annual Meeting at the OMNI Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.  It is at this meeting that hospitals, healthcare leaders and community partners from across the state come together to celebrate the work being done by all, and to honor those who have made significant contributions to hospitals and the healthcare field.

This year’s meeting, Advancing Total Population Health:  How do we get there from here? focused on the collaborative efforts our hospitals, providers and partners are undertaking to build healthcare delivery systems that will allow them to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time - every time.

It’s a theme that speaks to the transformation that is occurring in health care here in New Hampshire and the goal of delivering evidence-based, high quality, affordable and accessible care to the patients and communities our hospitals and providers serve.

For those in health care, partnering together is what makes our work so meaningful, but it’s also what makes possible our ability to deliver on the goals of changing the way we deliver care to our patients to improve overall health.

At the Annual Meeting, the Foundation for Healthy Communities celebrated the culmination of its 20th year of living its mission of improving health and health care in communities through education and partnerships that engage individuals and organizations. The success of the Foundation is a direct testament to the commitment of many partners, individuals and organizations alike, and we thank all of you for your continued support. 

The Foundation for Healthy Communities also presented a framework for Total Population Health in New Hampshire, which provides a summary of the Foundation’s efforts and milestones over the years working with its partners.

For more information on the 2016 NHHA & FHC Annual Meeting, please click on the link below:

2016 NHHA & FHC Annual Meeting