hospitals en Two Healthcare Centers Receive Federal Grants For Renovations <p></p><p>Two New Hampshire healthcare centers will split nearly half a million dollars in federal grants announced on Tuesday. The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used for renovations.</p><p>Lamprey Health Care will use its $250,000 grant to make its Raymond facility more accessible for patients and doctors. The work will include redesigning the floor plan and making the entrance more accessible to wheelchairs. Michelle Gaduet, Lamprey's Communications Coordinator, says the building hasn’t been updated in 18 years.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:10:27 +0000 Jack Rodolico 54445 at Two Healthcare Centers Receive Federal Grants For Renovations Last Year Saw Fewer Hospital Infections <p>The state saw fewer healthcare-associated infections last year.</p><p>According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire’s 33 hospitals reported a total of 183 in 2013. That’s down from 198 in 2012.</p><p>Beth Daly, the chief of infectious disease surveillance at DHHS, says the numbers are largely positive.</p><p><em>“Forgunately, in this year’s report, we see that most hospitals have a similar number of infections as predicted based on national data or fewer infections than expected.”</em></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:45:57 +0000 Ryan Lessard 53118 at Last Year Saw Fewer Hospital Infections 7.16.14: Kinder Surgeons, Infection Detecting Dogs, And The Coming Out Simulation <p>Surgery requires <em>years</em> of education, steady hands, extreme confidence, and…kindness? Today we ask: when it comes to being a good surgeon, does bedside manner matter? Then, we head into the OR to find out what some surgeons listen to while their patients are under the knife. Plus, how some European hospitals are harnessing beagles’ sense of smell to detect superbugs. And, one game designer has come up with a simulator which allows players to experience what it’s like coming out to your parents.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:22 +0000 Word of Mouth 52041 at 7.16.14: Kinder Surgeons, Infection Detecting Dogs, And The Coming Out Simulation Report: Frisbie Hospital Ranks 5th In Psychiatric Unit Restraints Nationally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In its latest release of statistics aimed at shedding more light on the quality of the nation’s health care system, the Obama Administration targets the use of physical restraints on psychiatric patients.</span></p><p>It collected <a href="" target="_blank">data </a>from more than 1,500 facilities nationally. The results show Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester with the fifth highest rate of restraint use in the country.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:18:48 +0000 Todd Bookman 49919 at After Losing Hospital Tax Fight, Senate Looks For Budget Fix <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate's tax committee is meeting to discuss a recent court ruling that found New Hampshire's tax on hospitals unconstitutional. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate President Chuck Morse told the Ways and Means Committee last week he hopes negotiations among legislative leaders, the governor and the hospitals produce a short-term fix to avoid a major impact on the budget. The committee is hoping to have a proposal to attach to a House bill when the panel meets Tuesday. Mon, 05 May 2014 13:57:46 +0000 Associated Press 47909 at This Year's Allergy Season / N.H. Hospital Tax Ruled Unconstitutional <p></p><p><strong>Predictions for a Rough Allergy Season Following a Cold Winter</strong></p><p>Biologists say this year’s cold Winter and late Spring could mean a wallop of an allergy season, a so-called “pollen vortex” adding to a longer trend toward higher pollen counts, due to climate change.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 47674 at This Year's Allergy Season / N.H. Hospital Tax Ruled Unconstitutional N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On 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 N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On Hospitals Unconstitutional House Bill Calls For New Drug Testing Rules At N.H. 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 Greening The O.R. <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="">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 Greening The O.R. Hospital Costs Get An 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 Hospital Costs Get An X-Ray Six More People Infected With 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 Hepatitis C Cases Reported In N.H. <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 Hepatitis C Cases Reported In N.H. Specialty Hospitals Pass House <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 Specialty Hospitals Pass House House Votes To Dismantle Certificate Of 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 House Votes To Dismantle Certificate Of Need Board Deaths From 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 Deaths From Dangerous Gut Bacteria Hit Historic Highs