If you’ve just gotten released from Concord hospital, Carriane Wood may be giving you a call.
“Do you have any questions or anything?” she asks a patient.
“It’s at 9:30 on Thursday.”
Wood is a medical assistant, and she’s working her way through a list of recently discharged patients, calling each one to confirm follow-up appointments, and making sure they understand any new prescriptions.
These phone calls are part of a larger movement at hospitals throughout the state and country to reduce hospital readmissions.
Like any major life event, the annihilation of life as we know it deserves a soundtrack. It’s easy to decide what to listen to when the four horsemen of the apocalypse are coming around the bend…So, for everybody hosting an “end of the world party” in the next 48 hours, we compiled a few suggestions to help you kick out the jams one final time.
Most of us read 1984 and Lord of the Flies in high school, but the new dystopian novel has grown in popularity beyond the required reading list to include a new generation of young fans. David Sobel looks at the legion of apocryphal novels set in worlds devastated by wars and environmental collapse now aimed at teens as emblematic of a rising tide of hopelessness. He is a member of the senior faculty at Antioch New England, and his article “Feed the Hunger” was published in the November-December issue of Orion magazine.
What would you want your last meal be? What would you choose for a getaway car? Are white shoes appropriate for a December apocalypse? To figure out the answer to at least the first two questions for the end-times we spoke with J.M. Hirsch, food editor at the Associated Press and author of the High Flavor Low Labor cookbook and Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of US News Auto, which named “The 13 Best Cars for the Mayan Apocalypse.”
Fifty years ago, more than two thousand bishops, under Pope John Paul the 23rd, set a new course for the Catholic Church, addressing its inner workings but also its role with the world, fostering friendly relations with other religions, for example. But to this day, some feel the Church has yet to fulfill the promise of Vatican Two, while others have downplayed its message - or say that the second Vatican council went too far.
In a season filled with traditions, here’s one that Granite Staters may not enjoy so much: another yearly study that ranks New Hampshire as the least charitable state in the country.
The conclusions in the new report “How America Gives” are actually a little more complicated than that, but they still cast the Granite State and its neighbors as a bit grinchier than other parts of the country.
A state computer contract that’s now 5-years behind schedule has received another extension from the executive council.
At an original price of $61 million NH’s agreement with Affiliated Computer Systems, or ACS was the largest computer contract in state history.
Under the deal ACS was to create a system to track Medicaid payment and information.
After numerous problems and several contract amendments, Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he believes ACS, now a subsidiary of Xerox, will have the system up and running on April 1st.