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5:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Study Commission Hears Competing Plan For Possible Expansion

Avik Roy presents before the commission studying a possible Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The star attraction this week at the special 9-member commission studying a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program was Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and popular conservative blogger with Forbes.com.

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4:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

With Managed Care Launching, Let The Marketing Begin

The state's long-coming transition to what's called Medicaid managed care takes a big step Wednesday, when most of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid recipients enter into an open enrollment period.

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Health
6:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Health Insurance Shake Up Continues In N.H.

All smiles as executives introduce the ElevateHealth product at a press conference in Concord.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

For the second time in less than a week, the health care landscape in New Hampshire is absorbing a major announcement.

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Health
5:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Republicans Criticize Anthem's Plan To Drop Some Hospitals From Network

Anthem Blue Cross is defending its move to reduce the number of hospitals in its network for individuals buying coverage through the new health exchange marketplaces. 

The state's largest carrier and only company to participate in the exchange is dropping ten New Hampshire hospitals from its provider network for all individual policy holders. That includes plans bought both inside and outside of the new health exchange marketplace that rolls out October 1st. It doesn’t apply to employer-sponsored plans or plans for some Medicare recipients.

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Health
9:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Surgery Patients Potentially Exposed To Rare Brain Disorder

Eight patients who underwent operations at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakod Disease (CJD), a rare and fatal brain disorder that affects only one in a million people worldwide.

Public health officials say a patient underwent a successful procedure in May of this year to remove a brain cyst at Catholic Medical Center. The patient then began displaying symptoms for CJD, which causes cognitive difficulties and a rapidly failing memory.

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3:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Second Employee Tests Positive For Hepatitis A At Contoocook Restaurant

Dr. Jose Montero briefs reporters on the Hepatitis A investigation.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A second employee at a Contoocook restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A, prompting state health officials to open vaccination clinics.

The bartender worked only two days at the Covered Bridge Restaurant: on August 13th and August 20th.  

Public Health Director Jose Montero says an estimated 100 to 200 people may have been exposed, though the risk of transmission is small.

"This is a really low-risk situation, I want to over-emphasize that," says Montero. "We are doing this just as a preventive measure."

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Health
9:06 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives

Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.

In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman looks at efforts to increase that number, gives an introduction to the form and its latest re-write. and examines the impact of not having a completed advance directive.

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5:06 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: Miraculous Recovery, Little Regret

Sometimes, even thoughtful planning for the end of one's life can't foresee all the possible outcomes.

That was certainly the case for Reverend Canon Randy Dales of Wolfeboro, and his father-in-law. Canon Dales is a vocal advocate for the use of advance directives to maintain dignity in death, with his position formed by four decades of ministry and 30 years of work in a hospice he co-founded.

We continue our series on advance directives in New Hampshire with this audio postcard.

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4:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: When Courts Have To Make Medical Decisions

Dr. Tim Lahey is Chair of Dartmouth Hitchcock's Bioethics Committee.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

This week, we’ve been looking at end-of-life planning in the Granite State, and some efforts to streamline and increase the use of  advance directives--the legal documents that let people name who can make medical decisions for them and what treatments should be avoided to preserve dignity. We continue our series with this look at what can happen when there is no plan in place, forcing the medical system to turn to the legal system for answers.

Dr. Tim Lahey prefers to spend his days in hospitals and clinics, not courtrooms.

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4:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Planning For The End: Talking About Death Often Stands In The Way

Roy Quimby rides a Harley to his chemotherapy treatments. "I've always been active. I plan on staying active."
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A survey from the National Hospice Foundation finds that Americans are more comfortable talking to their kids about sex than they are talking to their elderly parents about death. End-of-life remains simply a taboo subject in many households. But these important conversations are necessary to create the living wills that can help keep dignity in dying. We continue our 3-part series on advance directives with this look at efforts around the state to get more people talking, and planning, for their end-of-life.

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1:18 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

In Plain Language: A Glossary Of Terms For End-Of-Life Planning

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

The terms used in advance directive forms can be tough to understand and have the possibility for misinterpretation, given that their specific legal definitions can sometimes clash with common usage. Understanding the terms on the forms is vital to creating an advance directive that is properly representative of one's wishes.

As part of his series looking at the issues and changes around advance directives in New Hampshire, NHPR's health reporter Todd Bookman explains the following terms as they relate to end-of-life planning:

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5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Planning For The End: New Hampshire's Advance Directive Gets An Update

Governor Hassan signing SB 170, a bill that alters the state's Advance Directive form, into law.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

New Hampshire’s advance directive form got an update Monday. Governor Hassan signed a bill that seeks to streamline and simplify the document.

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Health
4:39 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Group Takes State To Court Over Medicaid Managed Care

A group of developmentally disabled residents is taking the state to court over a proposed plan to transition coordination of their treatment to private companies.

The complaint was filed just a day after the Department of Health and Human Services announced the state will officially launch Medicaid Managed Care on December 1st. Under the managed care model, three companies will effectively take over administration and coordination of medical services for Medicaid recipients.

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Health
5:30 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Former Hospital Worker Agrees To 30-40 Year Prison Term

David Kwiatkowski, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to 16 total charges.
Credit U.S. Attorney's Office

    

David Kwiatkowski entered the federal courtroom in shackles, wearing a Strafford County Department of Corrections jumpsuit. The 34-year defendant looked heavier than last July, when he was arrested on 14 federal charges, including tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

When asked by the judge why he changed his plea, the clean shaven Kwiatkowski said, “Because I’m guilty.”

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3:19 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State Health Officials Announce Launch Date For Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care is a go.

That’s the message from the Department of Health and Human Services, after the three managed care organizations were able to show their provider networks can meet the needs of the state’s Medicaid patients.

Commissioner Nick Toumpas says managed care will go live Dec. 1.

That will be the first day of coverage of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid patients, who will now have to choose between the three managed care vendors.

The state approved a $2.2 billion contract for managed care last summer, the largest contract in state history.

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