MSSNY eNews: January 22, 2021

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: With a $14.9 billion 2-year deficit and a $39 billion 4-year deficit looming, it is no surprise that Budget cuts and new sources of potential revenue are proposed. However, the share of cuts proposed on the backs of New York State’s physician heroes and proposals that will jeopardize the health and well-being of

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MSSNY eNews: January 20, 2021 – Gov.‘s Budget Proposes New Costs on Doctors, Expand Pharm Scope and Reduce Due Process

. COVID-19 STATs New York: 6.3 New daily cases: 12,721 Tests per 100,000: 1,190.7 It is not only Inauguration Day: Today also marks a full year since the first known coronavirus patient in the United States was admitted to the hospital. The U.S. on Tuesday passed 400,000 COVID-19-related deaths — less than a year since the pandemic took hold here. Governor

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MSSNYeNews: January 15, 2021 – State of State

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Governor Cuomo gave four separate speeches over the course of this past week illuminating initiatives that he believes New York State should pursue in 2021. Several topics discussed are of particular interest to physicians. Covid-19 Vaccine Our MSSNY shares the governor’s goal of defeating Covid-19 in 2021 and the physicians of this state

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MSSNY eNews: January 13, 2021

Guidance for NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program Effective January 12, 2021 Gov. Cuomo Unveils Plan to Expand Telehealth Services at 2021 State of the State At his initial State of the State address on Monday, Governor Cuomo announced plans to expand Telehealth coverage in 2021. Key proposed reforms include adjusting reimbursement incentives to encourage Telehealth, eliminating outdated regulatory prohibitions on the

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MSSNYeNews: January 8, 2021 – 2021: Ready for a New Chapter

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Happy New Year to all.  I think we are all relieved that 2020 and all its bad karma is behind us.  The New Year is starting with some positive updates about expansion of vaccine eligibility and a new money-saving MSSNY benefit. COVID-19 Vaccine Updates The New Year started off with the right sentiment

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MSSNY Stands Ready to Support NYS in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Effort  

For Immediate Release   MSSNY Stands Ready to Support NYS in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Effort   January 4, 2021, Westbury, NY—Governor Cuomo’s call today to better ensure the full distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to physicians and other front-line health workers was welcome news to physicians throughout the state, as today marks the first day community-based physicians and their patient-facing staff

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MSSNY eNews: January 6, 2021 – MSSNY Info. for Physicians: How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

. MSSNY Information for Physicians: How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Community-based physicians and their staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Below is information on how physicians and staff, including NY City based physicians, can make an appointment to receive the vaccine. To better ensure expeditious distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, today the Governor announced additional possible enforcement

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Community-Based Physicians and Staff Expected to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning Jan 4

Dear Colleague: Community-based physicians and staff that have direct in-person patient care contact are expected to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on January 4th.  Details on how and where immunizations will be obtained are still being worked out by the New York State Department of Health.  Please be assured that MSSNY will provide information as soon as we have it.  Several

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New York City / New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment

COVID-19 Vaccine Update There is a New York State Department of Health website that discusses the COVID-19 Vaccine COVID-19 Vaccine | COVID-19 Vaccine (ny.gov) and information can also be obtained on the CDC website: Healthcare Professionals: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination (cdc.gov) This week, the Governor issued a new Executive Order No. 202.82 that permits licensed physicians and certified nurse practitioner to issue non-patient

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Vaccine Update from MSSNY President Bonnie Litvack, MD

Dear Colleague: This pandemic has stretched the capabilities of every single American, indeed every citizen of the world. The financial and economic fall-out, the mental, emotional, and physical toll every one of us has felt for the last eight months has been immense. Recovery may take many years. Everyone is weary and everyone is exhausted. But there is one thing

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MSSNY eNews: December 23, 2020 – Here’s to 2021!

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Here’s to 2021! Never before have I so looked forward to New Year’s Eve.  Closing the chapter on 2020 will be a huge relief.   The drop of the ball in Times Square will signify the end of a year of darkness and the beginning of a New Year where we will cherish the

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Year End COVID Package – Congressional Hits and Misses

For Immediate Release December 22, 2020  Statement Attributable to: Bonnie Litvack, MD President, Medical Society of the State of New York Year End COVID-19 Package: Congressional Hits and Misses “The end-of-year package agreed to by Congress contains some positive measures, including a new round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program that assisted many community-based physician practices on the verge

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MSSNY eNews: December 18, 2020 – MSSNY Partners with Premier Group Purchasing

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: We are excited to announce registration information for our new group purchasing partnership between MSSNY and Premier. We expect this new partnership to result in lower operating costs and improved access to supplies and products for MSSNY members who sign on to purchase through Premier negotiated agreements. Sign up today and begin

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Enroll in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Enroll in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is now enrolling private practices, independent pharmacies and other facilities that will immunize adults in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Click on the links below to review the letter and instructions on how to sign the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement in the online

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MSSNY Statement on FDA Approval of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

For Immediate Release December 10, 2020  MSSNY Statement on FDA Approval of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Statement attributable to: Bonnie Litvack, MD President, Medical Society of the State of New York “Today, the world took an important step forward in changing the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with the approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration.  This

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MSSNY eNews: December 9, 2020 – 2021 Medicare Payment Rule: 10% Conversion Factor Cut

. 2021 Medicare Payment Rule Finalizes Steep 10% Conversion Factor Cut – Contact Your Member of Congress to Prevent CMS from Implementing The American Medical Association has developed a comprehensive summary of the 2021 Medicare physician payment rule.  As has been widely reported, while the payment rule incorporates some long overdue increases in E&M codes, statutory budget neutrality rules are

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MSSNY eNews: December 2, 2020 – MSSNY Survey Finds 80% of NY Physicians Plan to Get Immunized

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Wednesday Briefing Briefings will follow a regular Mon/Wed/Fri schedule starting next week COVID-19 General: – Day 277 – 5.88% rate in micro-clusters – 4.63% statewide rate with micro-clusters – 4.21% statewide rate without micro-clusters – 193,551 tests conducted – 69 fatalities – 3,924 hospitalizations – 742 ICU patients – 373 intubations – Gov showed a

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MSSNY eNews: November 20, 2020 – I Am Thankful

. Colleagues: I Am Thankful While this is a Thanksgiving season like no other, as the holiday approaches I find myself even more thankful than in years past. I am thankful that our scientists worked around the clock to develop effective vaccines to combat this pandemic and that delivery of the first shipment is imminent. Our NYS Vaccine Task Force

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MSSNY eNews: November 18, 2020 – NY COVID-19 Test Positivity Rates: On Nov. 18, It Is 2.9

  COVID-19 Test Positivity Rates: Nov. 18 New York: 2.9 New daily cases: 5,088 Tests per 1,000: 8.3 US Daily Death Toll Highest Since May The U.S. hit 77,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations Nov. 17, a single-day record, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project. Twenty states also reported the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for their state Nov. 17, reports The COVID Tracking Project. Pfizer and

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MSSNY eNews: November 4, 2020 – COVID-19 Stories from the Frontline

. Gov. Provides Flexibility for Physicians to Report COVID/Flu Test Results Governor Cuomo’s latest Executive Order issued Tuesday night importantly contains a provision providing greater flexibility to physicians and other professionals to report positive and negative COVID-19 and influenza tests to the NYS Department of Health.  Physicians and labs will now be required to report these test results within 24

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MSSNY eNews: October 28, 2020 – Be Aware of Email Spoofing from MSSNY.org Addresses

. MSSNY Joins Medical Societies to Urge Delay of Info Blocking Rule on Nov. 2; New Resources from the AMA As noted in previous MSSNY e-news, MSSNY has joined with the medical societies of California, Florida and Texas in a letter to the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology requesting that they delay implementation of the information blocking

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MSSNY and other Physician Organizations Call for NYS DOH and the Governor to Provide Flexibility in Reporting COVID-19 Results 

For Immediate Release   MSSNY and other Physician Organizations Call for NYS DOH and the Governor to Provide Flexibility in Reporting COVID-19 Results   October 22, 2020, Westbury, NY—Today, the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), the NY Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians and the NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapters

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MSSNY eNews: October 23, 2020 – Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Endanger Public Health—Law Must Stand

. Colleagues: Although it seems like decades ago, it was just 2019 when NY State was at the epicenter of another infectious disease crisis, an outbreak of measles in Rockland County.  Due to religious and philosophical exemptions, vaccination rates in the county had fallen significantly with data showing six schools with vaccine religious exemption rates above 20% and another 17

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MSSNY eNews: October 21, 2020 – COVID-19: 1.6% Is the Highest Positivity Rate Since June

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Conference Call COVID-19 General: – Day 235 – Statewide positivity rate: 1.2% – Statewide positivity rate (with hotspots): 1.6% – Red Zone positivity rate: 6.6% – 7 fatalities – 950 hospitalizations – 201 ICU patients – 103 intubations – 124,789 tests yesterday Federal: – COVID cases are increasing across the country – 43 states are

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MSSNY eNews: October 16, 2020 – What You Need to Know: OPMC Signage Requirement and COVID/Flu Testing Mandates

. Colleagues: What You Need to Know: OPMC Signage Requirement and COVID/Flu Testing Mandates Your MSSNY has been aggressively lobbying against what seems like an unending stream of new onerous regulations, unfunded mandates and misguided legislation. We have been meeting regularly with the DOH and the Governor’s office, raising objections and informing them of the many obstructions to compliance and

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October 9, 2020 – Call for Flexibility in Reporting COVID and Flu Test Results

. Colleagues: This week, MSSNY staff and I met with New York State Department of Health and the Governor’s office to raise concerns with the new reporting requirements for COVID-19 and influenza testing.  MSSNY was joined by physicians who represent urgent care practices.  Under the Commissioner’s September 21 notice, positive and negative COVID-19 and flu tests results must be reported

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MSSNY eNews: October 7, 2020 – Gov. Signs Legislation to Require OPMC Signs in Physician Offices

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Conference Call: COVID: – Day 221 – 108,000 tests conducted yesterday – 5.1% infection rate in hotspots – Statewide infection rate at 1.05% – Statewide rate with hotspots 1.25% – 8 fatalities – 748 hospitalizations, up 43 from day before – Gov. stated increase in hospitalizations are in clusters – 176 ICU patients – 72

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MSSNY eNews: October 2, 2020 – Remain Calm and Carry On

. Colleagues: With all that has happened in the last 6-7 months it is no wonder that that in a recent Physicians Foundation survey, half of physicians reported anger and anxiety. COVID-19 has placed a heavy burden on physicians, and it is taking a toll on our well-being.  58% of those surveyed expressed feelings of burnout with 13% seeking mental

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MSSNY eNews: September 30, 2020 – Must Collect School Info When Testing for COVID or Face Fines

. N.Y. Docs Must Collect School Info When Testing for COVID Clinicians to Face Fines or Professional Discipline for Not Reporting Clinicians in New York who perform COVID-19 testing are now required to report information about patients’ school attendance, according to a Sept. 21 letter from state health commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD. A new Executive Order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)

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MSSNY eNews: September 23, 2020 – DOH Commissioner: COVID-19 Medical Grand Rounds on Tuesday, Sept. 30

DOH Commissioner: COVID-19 Medical Grand Rounds on Tuesday, Sept. 30 We are excited to share the marketing materials for a special session of our 2020-2021 Commissioner’s Medical Grand Rounds series, which will take place on Wednesday, September 30th. This session, entitled NYSDOH Update on COVID-19: Current Knowledge and Best Practices for Primary Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will bring

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MSSNY eNews: August 26, 2020 – We Need Your Input! Take Survey on NPPs

We Need Your Input! Please take MSSNY’s Quick Survey on NPPs In order to address the potential deficit of available practitioners to treat patients coming into hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency, various advanced care practitioners—including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse anesthetists—were given the authority by Executive Order to practice without physician supervision. The goal of this survey is to

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MSSNY eNews: August 21, 2020 – The Scope of the Problem

. Dear Colleagues: Healthcare is a team effort that is optimized when the team members, including the patients, work together—communicating, merging observations, expertise, and decision-making responsibilities—with the common goal of providing the safest, best possible care.  Effective teams, whether in healthcare, sports or other arenas, have leaders. In healthcare, those leaders are the physicians who have 7 years or more of postgraduate

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MSSNY eNews: August 19, 2020 – Nearly Half of Physicians Believe COVID-19 Will Not Be Under Control Until After June 2021

. Nearly Half of Physicians Believe COVID-19 Will Not Be Under Control Until After June 2021 The Physicians Foundation just released its biennial Survey of America’s Physicians, revealing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physician practices and their patients. The first part of the three-part series findings include: The majority (86%) of physicians believe COVID-19 won’t be under control until

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MSSNY eNews: August 14, 2020 – Urge Gov. to Veto Mandatory OPMC Signage

. Colleagues: Philip Schuh, CPA, MS, MSSNY’s long-time CEO and Executive Vice President, has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.  A 30-year MSSNY veteran, Phil also heads MSSNY’s subsidiary, the Empire State Foundation. He also represents MSSNY on two prestigious national medical society boards, the Physician Foundation of Excellence, and the Physician Advocacy Institute. Both

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MSSNY eNews: August 12, 2020 – DFS: You Cannot Charge Patients for PPE

.MS Reminder: Network Health Care Providers May Not Charge Patients for PPE Costs As noted in last Friday’s MSSNY e-news, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued Insurance Circular Letter No. 14 (2020), advising health insurers to immediately notify participating providers that they should not charge insureds fees that are beyond the insureds’ financial responsibility for covered services, such

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MSSNY eNews: August 7, 2020 – Testing, Testing, Should Be 1..2..3

. Testing, Testing, Should Be 1..2..3 Nearly every day since the beginning of the pandemic, newspapers have reported on testing issues impeding efforts to contain the Covid-19 virus in the United States.  Major journals including a recent Lancet article have concluded that minimizing testing delays has the largest impact on reducing virus transmission and that optimizing testing and tracing is

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MSSNY eNews: July 31, 2020 – MSSNY Fights for You on Every Front

. MSSNY Fights for You on Every Front This week, I report a storm of healthcare politics on a state and national level with one common theme—MSSNY Fights for You! Physicians Need Stimulus Funding MSSNY sent a letter to our NY congressional delegation urging Congress to include needed funding in the next stimulus package to assist community physician practices across

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MSSNY eNews: July 29, 2020 – NYSDOH COVID UPDATE for PHYSICIANS TOMORROW 1-2PM

. Thursday July 30th at 1-2PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers or audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950 and access code: 7653573. Eastman Kodak to Create New Business Unit, KodakPharmaceuticals The Eastman Kodak Company, a storied

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MSSNY eNews: July 24, 2020 – How Soon They Forget They Called Us Heroes

. How Soon They Forget They Called Us Heroes Despite MSSNY’s best efforts, including several thousand physician contacts to their legislators during this week the New York State legislature passed legislation (S.6678-A/A.7991-A) requiring “all physicians’ practice settings to conspicuously post signage, visible to their patients, directing patients to the office of professional medical conduct’s website for information about their rights

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eNews: July 15, 2020 – COVID-19 Tests Taking Too Long to Process

. MSSNY Peer to Peer (P2P) Program for Colleagues The Medical Society of the State of New York is excited to offer to physicians, residents, and medical students the opportunity to talk with a peer about some of life stressors.  MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee has launched the MSSNY Peer to Peer (P2P) program for colleagues to avail themselves

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