hospitals http://nhpr.org en N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On Hospitals Unconstitutional http://nhpr.org/post/nh-judge-medicaid-tax-hospitals-unconstitutional <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A judge has ruled that New Hampshire cannot collect a Medicaid Enhancement Tax from hospitals. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a ruling released Friday, Hillsborough County Superior Court Philip Mangones&nbsp;says the state should have stopped collecting the tax in 2011 when a loophole in the Medicaid reimbursement system closed. He says the tax is unconstitutional. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Catholic Medical Center, St. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:13:07 +0000 Amanda Loder 46654 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On Hospitals Unconstitutional House Bill Calls For New Drug Testing Rules At N.H. Hospitals http://nhpr.org/post/house-bill-calls-new-drug-testing-rules-nh-hospitals <p>The New Hampshire House has passed a drug testing bill inspired by the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill, approved 289 to 48 by the House on Wednesday, would require hospitals to set up policies to prevent misuse of drugs by employees to maintain their licenses. It would also require they test employees for drugs if there was a reasonable suspicion of drug use.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 42381 at http://nhpr.org Greening The O.R. http://nhpr.org/post/greening-or <p></p><p>Reduce, reuse, recycle? Not in the medical profession. While recycling has become the aspiration or even the norm in most areas of our daily lives, an operating room is the one place where recycling feels like a dangerous practice. Recent studies provide staggering statistics of the amount of waste produced by hospitals on a daily basis; one conservative estimate puts annual hospital waste at <a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/average-knee-operation-produces-30-pounds-of-garbage">five point nine million tons</a>, with operating rooms accounting for twenty to thirty percent of that total. In light of these numbers, there is a growing effort to bring sustainability into the health care sector while still maintaining the highest level of hygiene.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:10:58 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28927 at http://nhpr.org Greening The O.R. Hospital Costs Get An X-Ray http://nhpr.org/post/hospital-costs-get-x-ray <p>A recent national study of how much hospitals charge Medicare showed giant disparities among different facilities, even for the same procedures and within the same city!&nbsp; The research comes as policymakers intensify their focus on costs.&nbsp; We’ll explore why these huge variations exist, and efforts to reduce the price tag at hospitals in the Granite State.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p><p><strong>Michael Green – </strong>President and CEO of Concord Hospital</p><p><strong>Ned Helms –</strong>Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 27947 at http://nhpr.org Hospital Costs Get An X-Ray Six More People Infected With Hepatitis C http://nhpr.org/post/six-more-people-infected-hepatitis-c <p>Six more patients at the Exeter Hospital have been infected with hepatitis C, bringing the total to 10. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:16:38 +0000 Associated Press 6343 at http://nhpr.org Hepatitis C Cases Reported In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/hepatitis-c-cases-reported-nh <p>New Hampshire&#39;s Exeter Hospital has temporarily closed its cardiac catheterization lab after four patients contracted hepatitis C, and officials are asking 651 other people who&#39;ve been treated at the lab since August to get tested for the liver-destroying virus. Thu, 31 May 2012 20:06:45 +0000 Associated Press 5924 at http://nhpr.org Hepatitis C Cases Reported In N.H. Specialty Hospitals Pass House http://nhpr.org/post/specialty-hospitals-pass-house-0 <p>In a 198 to 161 vote, house members passed a bill that would allow for-profit specialty hospitals to avoid going through the certificate of need regulatory process. The bill also exempts these hospitals, most of which do not take Medicaid patients, from paying the state&#39;s Medicaid Enhancement Tax.</p><p>Opponents say the bill gives an unfair advantage to these for-profit specialty hospitals. Cancer Treatment Centers of America is eyeing New Hampshire as a location for a facility in the Northeast.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:40:51 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2671 at http://nhpr.org Specialty Hospitals Pass House House Votes To Dismantle Certificate Of Need Board http://nhpr.org/post/house-votes-dismantle-certificate-need-board <p>The Certificate of Need Board approves new hospitals and expansions of existing medical centers in the state. Wednesday the house voted 166-140 to get rid of the board entirely. The House rejected an amendment which would have overhauled the existing board and phase it out over&nbsp;five years.&nbsp;The idea was to reconfigure the board with non-stakeholders, such as not allowing hospital representatives to serve.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:08:19 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2505 at http://nhpr.org House Votes To Dismantle Certificate Of Need Board Deaths From Dangerous Gut Bacteria Hit Historic Highs http://nhpr.org/post/deaths-dangerous-gut-bacteria-hit-historic-highs Federal health officials Tuesday called on hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and doctors' offices to work harder to fight the spread of a dangerous bacterial infection that can cause life-threatening diarrhea and other complications.<p>While other health-care related infections have been decreasing in recent years, cases of <em>Clostridium difficile</em>, or <em>C. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 23:10:00 +0000 2352 at http://nhpr.org Deaths From Dangerous Gut Bacteria Hit Historic Highs Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Insurance Mandate for Midwifery Service http://nhpr.org/post/proposed-bill-would-eliminate-insurance-mandate-midwifery-service <p>Out-of-hospital births in New Hampshire are on the rise, according to statistics from the<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db84.htm" target="_blank"> Centers for Disease Control.</a></p><p>That increase is in large part, because of a 2008 law that requires health insurers to pay for midwives who work in homes or at birthing centers.</p><p>But a new <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/hb0309.html" target="_blank">bill</a> before lawmakers proposes repealing that mandate.</p><p>And midwives are worried what that means for their livelihoods.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 22:29:42 +0000 Sheryl Rich-Kern 2331 at http://nhpr.org Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Insurance Mandate for Midwifery Service Specialty Hospitals Get A Favorable Vote http://nhpr.org/post/specialty-hospitals-get-favorable-vote <p>The House Health and Human Services Committee has sent an amended bill allowing not just Cancer Specialty Hospitals but all specialty hospitals to bypass the Certificate of Need process. All other hospitals in the state must go in front of the CON board to gain approval for new or expanded services.</p><p>Rep. Lynn Blakenbeker, Republican of Concord, voted in favor of the bill.</p><p>&quot;We as a state should be encouraging businesses all kinds to come into the state especially when it comes to specialty healthcare treatment we should be offering all options,&quot; she says.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:15:15 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2096 at http://nhpr.org Specialty Hospitals Get A Favorable Vote Certificate Of Need--Is It Still Needed? http://nhpr.org/post/certificate-need-it-still-needed <p>New Hampshire lawmakers are <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1617.html" target="_blank">proposing a law</a> that would do away with the<a href="http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hspr/documents/conbrochure.pdf" target="_blank"> Certificate of Need process</a>. This is a state requirement for hospitals and other healthcare facilities that want to expand or establish new medical facilities. The aim of CON is to keep redundant healthcare out of the system.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:10:07 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 1884 at http://nhpr.org Certificate Of Need--Is It Still Needed? For Profit Cancer Center Comes To NH to Make Its Case to Lawmakers http://nhpr.org/post/profit-cancer-center-comes-nh-make-its-case-lawmakers <p><a href="http://www.cancercenter.com/" target="_blank">Cancer Treatment Centers of America</a> is eyeing a spot in New Hampshire. The for profit chain wants to build a hospital in the Northeast. CTCA successfully lobbied Georgia to change its regulations so a specialty hospital could be built in that state. The company is hoping lawmakers in New Hampshire will make similar changes. A proposed law would exempt specialty cancer hospitals from certain regulations and also from Medicaid taxes. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:21:58 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 1807 at http://nhpr.org For Profit Cancer Center Comes To NH to Make Its Case to Lawmakers Does New Hampshire Need Specialty Cancer Centers? http://nhpr.org/post/does-new-hampshire-need-specialty-cancer-centers <p>Lawmakers are now considering whether to give exemptions to for-profit cancer centers so they can do business in the state. Under current regulations these cancer centers are likely&nbsp; to be deemed redundant. But<a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1642.html" target="_blank"> a new bill </a>would allow them to avoid what is known as a <a href="http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hspr/" target="_blank">Certificate of Need</a>--to which all other hospitals must comply. These centers would also be exempt from Medicaid taxes.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:12:39 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 1751 at http://nhpr.org Does New Hampshire Need Specialty Cancer Centers? Hospitals and State Spar Over Money http://nhpr.org/post/hospitals-and-state-spar-over-money <p>There&rsquo;s a lot of tension between New Hampshire and hospitals in the state right now.</p><p>The source of the problem....money, of course.</p><p>Thursday morning the two sides clashed in federal court over a cut in how much the state pays to treat low-income patients.</p><p>And then this afternoon, lawmakers drilled down on a tax dispute with some of the hospitals.</p><p>Even before the budget passed in June the state&rsquo;s relationship with hospitals was strained.</p><p>But by the time the dust settled the relationship had been put in the ICU.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:07:20 +0000 820 at http://nhpr.org Hospitals and State Spar Over Money