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  • April 14, 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous
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    Remote 1-hour webinar "Unpacking the No Surprises Act" presented by Zelis payment management systems.

    Recorded link https://www2.zelispayments.com/No-Surprises-Act-Webinar

    Highlights (Information relevant to those responsible for billing)

    • The No Surprises Act applies to ALL commercial Insurance plans
    • The No Surprises Act (NSA) does not apply to government plans (Medicaid  & Medicare)
    • 65% of Americans have commercial plans
    • Two parts of the (NSA) Post -service and Pre-service
    • Pre-service is "transparency" regarding policy benefits and terms must be available for the consumer and provider 
    • Post-service "Balance Billing prohibited" (meaning provider cannot collect balance due from the client after service delivery)

    NSA compliance date begins January 1, 2022

    You can get other details (of which there are many!!) by watching the recording found below.

    Pass along to others you know who are responsible for billing practice compliance.

    https://www2.zelispayments.com/No-Surprises-Act-Webinar
  • February 25, 2021 6:49 AM | Anonymous

    In May 2021 HRSA will be launching a new loan repayment program. The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) will operate differently than the other National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps programs. It includes many provider types not currently eligible under any other loan repayment programs (i.e. LPNs, OTs, MAs, CNAs, CHWs, health navigators, case managers, peer recovery specialists). It also includes many more eligible site types as well (i.e. detoxification facilities, jails and detention centers, inpatient facilities, schools, prevention coalitions/agencies, youth detention centers)

    https://bhw.hrsa.gov/funding/apply-loan-repayment/star-lrp

    You can sign up for updates and get more details from their website.

  • February 01, 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Privacy Update for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    December 2020 Amendments to 42 CFR § 2.63

    (Confidential Communications)

    The federal privacy protections for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, have changed again, effective January 13, 2021. This change follows on the heels of the “transitional” rule finalized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in July 2020 and amidst anticipated changes to Part 2 and possibly HIPAA. This resource explains the recent change and what it means for patients and providers (PDF version with citations).

    Key Summary

    What changed: A court may now authorize disclosure of a patient’s Part 2-protected records containing confidential communications if the disclosure is necessary to investigate or prosecute an extremely serious crime committed by anyone – no longer limited to extremely serious crimes allegedly committed by the patient. 42 CFR § 2.63.

    Effective date: January 13, 2021

    Official source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-14/pdf/2020-25810.pdf

    Discussion

    Background: Federal privacy law protects the confidentiality of certain SUD treatment records (referred to here as “Part 2 records”) and generally prohibits the criminal legal system from using Part 2 records against a patient in a criminal investigation or prosecution. In individual cases, a court may authorize disclosures of Part 2 records if the court follows the procedures set forth in Part 2 and makes the necessary findings that there is “good cause” for the disclosure.

    Confidential communications are subject to even stricter privacy protections in court. A court may only authorize their disclosure in very limited circumstances, including in connection with an extremely serious crime, like murder, rape, or kidnapping.

    2017 amendments and 2020 amendments: In 2017, SAMHSA amended the regulations to further restrict disclosure by limiting these circumstances to extremely serious crimes allegedly committed by the patient. In 2019, SAMHSA said this change was introduced in error and proposed returning to the pre-2017 standard. Legal Action Center argued that SAMSHA should maintain the more protective standard in order to prevent fishing expeditions by law enforcement and unnecessary privacy violations, particularly in over-policed communities of color. Legal Action Center disagrees with SAMHSA’s recent emphasis on using federal law enforcement and the criminal legal system to address public health issues like substance use and overdose fatalities. However, SAMHSA finalized the amendment as proposed.

    What the change means for patients and providers: Courts may now authorize disclosure of confidential communications where the disclosure is necessary to investigate or prosecute an extremely serious crime allegedly committed by someone other than the patient – for example, a fellow patient, a former patient, or an employee. Important: If the confidential communications will be used to criminally investigate or prosecute the patient, the court may only issue the order if it meets additional requirements in Section 2.65.

    Confidentiality & Communication, revised 8th edition: The revised 8th edition of Confidentiality & Communication (Oct. 2020) flags this change in Chapter 3’s discussion of court orders. At the time of publication, the change was not yet finalized. Readers can supplement the discussion in Chapter 3 with this resource.

    About Confidentiality & CommunicationThe revised edition of the book incorporates all the changes to Part 2 in the 2017, 2018, and July 2020 amendments, and also flags the areas subject to change in the anticipated rulemaking required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information about federal health privacy protections for substance use disorder treatment records, visit our resources or subscribe to our updates.

    This document is informational and does not constitute legal advice.

    The Legal Action Center (LAC) uses legal and policy strategies to fight discrimination, build health equity, and restore opportunity for people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and HIV or AIDS.


  • January 27, 2021 5:15 PM | Anonymous

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    FREE January 30th—February 3

    Online Compassion in Therapy Summit: A Free Online Training with Awake Network

    Sessions available online FREE for 48-hours with an option to purchase lifetime accessibility.  International researchers and experts including Kelly McGonigal, PHD teaching The Practical Science of Compassion.

    Learn evidence-based techniques and key strategies to support you in successfully bringing compassion into psychotherapy including:

    ● The neurobiology of compassion

    ● Specific interventions for working with shame, anxiety, and relationships

    ● How to work with common obstacles to compassion like “backdraft”

    ● New insights about how to apply compassion in the treatment of trauma

    The free 2021 Compassion in Therapy Summit co-produced by The Awake Network and The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion begins Saturday, January 30th!

  • January 19, 2021 5:04 PM | Anonymous


    NAADAC's new specialty online training series, Wellness and Recovery in the Addiction Profession, starts tomorrow! 

    The importance of wellness, such as exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and other wellness principles, in recovery should not be underestimated in addiction treatment. This new series will provide you with education on holistic approaches towards sustainable recovery, including wellness or self-management strategies. 

    The first webinar in the series, Part One: Integrating Wellness Into Substance Use Disorder Prevention, takes place tomorrow at 3:00pm ET. Register now for $25 and earn 1.5 CEs!

    Those who successfully attend the full webinar series and pass all six CE quizzes for this six-part series will be eligible to apply for the Wellness and Recovery in the Addiction Profession Certificate. The certificate application is free for NAADAC members, and non-members must pay $50 to apply. Please note that each training/certificate must be purchased separately.


  • January 12, 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous

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    Check out this FREE on-demand webinar series

    Addiction and COVID-19: Coping During COVID-19 CME Webcast Series

    The Intersection of Addiction and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities


    In the sixth module of the eight-part video series, Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC interviews Arwen Podesta, MD, DFASAM, DFAPA, ABIHM about challenges patients with addiction encounter during the COVID-19 Era. Dr. Podesta discusses the overview of the problem, the impact COVID has on her practice, her professional and personal adjustments, and a patient perspective.

    Approved for 0.25 CME/CNE/AAPA/APA/CPE/NAADAC/Social Work Credit

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  • January 06, 2021 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Good Day all and Happy New Year, 

    I wanted to share some sad news about the  passing of Robert “Bob” Dorley on 12/30/20 from pancreatic cancer.

    Bob was a  Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who practiced in our community since the mid -1990s. He worked in a variety of inpatient  and outpatient settings-as well as having a private practice .Bob was loved by his clients, staff, and anyone who had the privilege to work collaboratively with him. He gave freely of his time and resources to others. He embodied  the qualities of true Sobriety. Bob was a long time member of NHADACA . 

    During the course of his illness Bob incurred considerable medical expenses .It would be helpful if we could assist his wife with help to pay those bills. All donations can be sent to a Go Fund Me Bob Dorley page that has been set up for this purpose . Thank you.

    I hope you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe,  https://www.gofundme.com/f/bob-dorley?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.

    Even a small donation could help Haley Bissonnette reach their fundraising goal. And if you can't make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

    Thanks for taking a look!

    Charlie Bussison LADC, LCMHC


  • January 06, 2021 2:34 PM | Anonymous

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    New Report: COVID-19's impact on clinician well-being

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  • January 04, 2021 10:51 AM | Anonymous
    NAADAC's New Code of Ethics Will Take Effect on January 1
    NAADAC is excited to announce its updated NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics, which takes effect on January 1, 2021!

    The NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics was written to govern the conduct of NAADAC's members and it is the accepted standard of conduct for addiction professionals certified by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP). The code of ethics reflects the ideals of NAADAC and its members and is designed as a statement of the values of the profession and as a guide for making clinical decisions.

  • January 04, 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    TO: New Hampshire Licensed Healthcare Providers

    FROM: Lindsey B. Courtney, Executive Director, Office of Professional Licensure & Certification

    DATE: December 28, 2020

    RE: New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

    The Department of Health and Human Services has provided the following information surrounding New Hampshire’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation as follows: NH DHHS is pleased to announce that “Most-Risk” ambulatory care and health care professionals working in other settings can now register to be vaccinated against COVID19. This communication outlines that process, which involves individuals and health care organizations working together to ensure the best use of the limited doses of vaccine available. You may receive this message through several different venues (e.g. licensing agencies, professional societies and organizations) and we ask that you share this guidance to help us ensure that all ambulatory health care providers receive this notice. Ambulatory care providers that are affiliated with a hospital organization should follow their organization’s plan for vaccinating ambulatory care providers. Non-affiliated providers can register to be vaccinated at a state-managed fixed site. There is equitable allocation of vaccine being provided to both hospital and non-hospital affiliated vaccination sites. Non-New Hampshire residents working in New Hampshire will be required to verify NH employment status at the state managed fixed sites through a paystub or employee ID.

    How to Register: First review the NH COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Guidelines for Phase 1a. This enables you as a health care provider to categorize yourself into Most-At-Risk, Moderate Risk and Lowest Risk, giving examples and guidance on who qualifies for which category. We have limited doses of vaccine coming into our state and we need your help to ensure that we have enough doses for those at Most-Risk first. Once we have completed vaccinating Most-Risk health workers in these categories (estimated to take 3-4 weeks, starting 12/28), we will start vaccinating those at Moderate-Risk. Those at Lowest-Risk will be vaccinated in a later phase. The next step in this process is for you to have discussions at your clinic level to determine those at greatest risk in the Most-At-Risk category for your work environment. These are the individuals that we want you to register this week for the first vaccine doses being administered, starting the week of 12/28. Starting Wednesday 12/30, we would like you to submit the rest of the names in your Most-Risk category. Through this kind of local control and working together, we can prioritize those that need this vaccine the most. If you work independently, we ask that you look at where you fall in the risk categories and schedule yourself appropriately.

    Once you have completed the steps above, instruct those individuals prioritized to receive the vaccine to register at this link: https://prd.blogs.nh.gov/dos/hsem/?page_id=10681. This form needs to be completed by the individual being vaccinated. It will provide them with information on the vaccine, action items needed to be completed before vaccination if they fall into any risk categories, and the opportunity to have a call back from a non- medical provider if they have questions about the registration process. When an individual registers, they will be asked what category they fall into. The majority of Most-Risk Health Workers will fall into Ambulatory Care Settings or “Other” Settings. Those that do not are listed below:

    Setting- Roles1

    Ambulatory care settings

    Ambulatory and urgent care clinics- Multiple

    Dialysis centers; blood, organ, and tissue donation facilities-Multiple

    Other settings

    K-12 schools- School nurse

    Home health care- Home health aide, personal care aide, occupational therapist

    Funeral services- Embalmer, mortician, funeral director, manager

    Retail stores- Pharmacist, pharmacy technician

    Corrections facilities- Physician, nurse

    State COVID-19 Shelter- Staff, transportation provider

    Group homes for individuals in recovery in which COVID-19 cases are housed- Nurse, other medical staff

    Group homes for individuals with high-risk comorbidities- Nurse, other medical staff

    1 This is not an exhaustive list of roles that qualify for Phase 1a vaccination in these settings. Job function will determine individuals who qualify as Phase 1a at-risk health workers.

    Upon completion of the registration form, the individual will receive several pages of information about the vaccine, “v-safe” (this is an optional CDC text messaging system available for smartphone users that gives them the ability to tell the CDC if they are experiencing side effects), as well as some documentation about privacy practices. We ask that you review this information prior to arrival at the vaccination clinic. Once NH DHHS receives your registration form, there will be a natural delay in sending you an email to sign up to receive the vaccine. This delay is so that NH DHHS can ensure fair allocation across all vaccination groups and locations and then invite only the amount of registrants that the vaccine supply allows. The amount of vaccine received by the State of New Hampshire is the limiting factor in this process. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

    As vaccination appointments become available, additional registrants will be contacted via email to schedule an appointment. If you do not have access to email, NH DHHS will call the phone number provided on the registration form.

    Once you receive an email directing you to schedule an appointment for your vaccination, you will receive an email from this email no-reply@mail.vams.cdc.gov . Please ensure that that this email address is not blocked or sent to your spam filter.

    Please follow the link to the VAMS system and complete the registration form (including a username and password) with your demographic data and medical history.

    • Your insurance information is optional and no information will be reported to your insurance company. You will not be charged any fee for this vaccine at one of the state-run fixed site locations.
    • Your next portion of this registration is to sign up for a location, date and time. Only select one of the clinics labeled State of NH-(with the Public Health Region, ie. Capital Region, North Country, etc.). You may select any of the FIXED SITE locations that have availability, but we would ask that you try the one closest to your home or work first.
    • Once you have selected the clinic, you may choose any available date and time. This completes the initial portion of your registration.
    • Starting 12 hours before your scheduled appointment, you need to go back into the VAMS system utilizing the link https://VAMS.cdc.gov and answer the prevaccination questionnaire (these are health-screening questions). This health screening must be completed before your appointment time. If it is not completed, we will ask you to fall back in at the end of the line once completed.

    Where you will get vaccinated: Once you are approved for scheduling, available dates, times and locations will be provided to you. There are 13 fixed sites. The vaccine clinic dates and times were designed to provide individuals with flexibility in scheduling. You will be able to access the schedule and location details during the scheduling process. Do not show up to a fixed clinic location without an appointment. You will not be able to receive a vaccine and will unfortunately slow down the process.

    Clinic Locations

    • Claremont (Sullivan)
    • Littleton (North Country)
    • Concord (Capital Area)
    • Londonderry (South Central)
    • Exeter (Seacoast)
    • Nashua (Greater Nashua)
    • Hooksett (Greater Manchester)
    • Plymouth (Central NH)
    • Keene (Greater Monadnock)
    • Rochester (Strafford County)
    • Laconia (Winnipesaukee)
    • Lebanon (Upper Valley)
    • Tamworth (Carroll County)

    Preparing for vaccination at a State-Managed Fixed Site:

    • Ensure that you have completed your pre-vaccination questionnaire (see above for directions)
    • Bring the following: Face Mask, Photo ID (e.g. driver’s license), Non-NH residents only: Proof of NH employment
    • Dress appropriately for ease of access to your upper arm (shoulder region).

    Upon arrival at State of NH Clinic Location:

    • Traffic control will greet you and direct you to the drive-thru lane.
    • Please remain in your car and wear your mask.
    • A registrar will greet you and will confirm your appointment time.
    • Next, you will move forward to the vaccination station where your identification will be verified, the pre-vaccination questionnaire will be reviewed, and you will receive a packet of information (After Visit Summary, Vaccine Fact Sheet, CDC v-safe info, and vaccine administration card).
    • You will receive your vaccination in your car. Next, you will be directed to an observation area and asked to wait 15 minutes to ensure your safety (and others if you are driving).
    • Vaccination staff will be monitoring for any adverse reactions and have emergency training as well as equipment to respond. Please stay in your car and honk your horn if you have any reactions.

    We appreciate all that you are doing to keep the citizens of our State safe in these unprecedented times. With your help, we will vaccinate those in greatest need safely, quickly and efficiently. Our goal is to ensure that individuals are informed of vaccine risks and benefits, that they are safely vaccinated, and that we vaccinate as many people as possible within the number of doses allocated to the State of New Hampshire.

    Please see below for a list of contact information:

    Access Pathway -- Types of Questions

    211 -- General Questions on vaccination

    covidvaccine@dhhs.nh.gov -- General questions on when a group is eligible for vaccination, etc.

    Covidvaccinescheduling@dhhs.nh.gov 603-271-5980 -- Questions about pre-registration form, healthcare screening questions (nonmedical support) or currently scheduled appointments. This is staffed by nonmedical personnel that can assist with the registration process.

    Lindsey B. Courtney, J.D. | Executive Director

    NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

    7 Eagle Square, Suite 200, Concord, New Hampshire 03301

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