MSSNY eNews: March 26, 2021 – More Ups than Downs

. More Ups than Downs: Colleagues: This week brings significant progress on the vaccine front with the start of the long-awaited allocation of vaccine supply to physician practices. Over 1,600 physician practices have enrolled in the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program and 190 of these have received 100 doses each of the Moderna vaccine since Monday. We anticipate that as supply increases

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MSSNY eNews: March 24, 2021 – State Budget Negotiations Continue – Keep Up Physician Grassroots!

. State Budget Negotiations Continue – Keep Up Physician Grassroots! After passing their respective one-House Budget proposals, the Assembly and the Senate are now having negotiations with the Governor’s office to complete a State Budget before next week’s April 1 deadline.   Below is an initial summary of the most pressing Budget issues where MSSNY has been advocating, as well as

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MSSNY Enews: March 17, 2021 – Excess, OPMC and CPH Proposals

Assembly, Senate Advance One-House Budget Proposals that Reject Many Problematic Budget Proposals Over the weekend, both the Assembly and the Senate introduced their respective “one-House” Budget proposals to set the stage for 3-way negotiations with the Governor to complete a State Budget before the April 1 deadline.  Below is an initial summary of the most pressing Budget issues where MSSNY

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MSSNY eNews: March 12, 2021 – A Year of Agony: A Week of Progress

. Colleagues: March 11th marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 global pandemic. While we are not entirely out of the woods, we have made considerable progress.  This week we add to those gains with a stimulus package, expansion of vaccine coverage, a new webinar and a new member benefit.  Stimulus Package Passes Congress–Still

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MSSNY eNews: March 10, 2021 – Taking Toll on Physician Practices

NYC Kids Who Attended School Did Not Have Higher Infection Rates—But Teachers Did Students attending New York City public schools last year did not experience a higher prevalence or incidence of Covid-19 infection compared with the general community, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics, although school staff had an elevated risk of infection relative to

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MSSNY eNews: March 3, 2021 – Can I Order Vaccine?

Updated Vaccine Information for Physicians COVID-19 Vaccination Availability Information about Submission of Weekly Planning Requests March 1 Guidance on Vaccine Distribution Requesting COVID-19 Vaccine in NYSIIS Please Submit Names of Doctors and Family Members Who Lost Their Lives During COVID-19 Doctors Day is March 30. This year, to honor our physicians and family members who died of COVID-19 in 2020-2021,

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MSSNY eNews: February 26, 2021 – Advocating for Physicians in DC and NY

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing   Colleagues: Early this week the American Medical Association held its annual National Advocacy Conference.  While we could not meet in person in Washington, the event was none-the-less impactful.  We heard from Doris Kearns Goodwin, a presidential historian about lessons from the past that can shape our future; AMA leadership on AMA priorities and our

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MSSNYeNews: February 24, 2021 – Phishing Scam Targeting You–Licensed Professionals

State Education Department warns of Phishing Scam targeting Licensed Professionals The New York State Education Department today is warning licensed professionals in New York State about a scam involving telephone calls from individuals posing as NYSED Employees or law enforcement officials to defraud and extort victims. The scam is targeting such licensed professionals as physicians and pharmacists, and is seeking

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MSSNYeNews: February 19, 2021 – Distribution of Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians Colleagues: In November, our state asked community-based physicians all over New York to register as vaccinators for Covid-19.  Thousands of physician practices heeded the call and stand ready, willing, and able to immunize this state’s most vulnerable patients. We are pleased that the vaccine supply is beginning

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State Medical Societies Urge Biden Administration and State Governments to Facilitate Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians

  For Immediate Release February 19, 2021    CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY MEDICAL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL SOCIETY OHIO STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION    State Medical Societies Urge Biden Administration and State Governments to Facilitate Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians   “On behalf of the tens

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MSSNYeNews: February 12, 2021 – Changing of the Guard: Thank you Philip Schuh, CPA, MS, and Welcome Troy Oechsner, JD

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: For the last 30 years, our current EVP, Philip Schuh, has served our MSSNY tirelessly and effectively earning the respect and gratitude of us all.  Mr. Schuh was deservedly awarded the AMA lifetime achievement award for medical executives in the fall of 2020. We wish him well in his retirement and thank him

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MSSNYeNews: February 5, 2021 – Stressing about Increased Physician Stress

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Yesterday, the New York Times published an article titled A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion. Physician demoralization was a problem long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has significantly exacerbated the issue taking it from a problem to an acute crisis that must be addressed.  The nationwide shortage of PPE, public

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MSSNYeNews: February 3, 2021 – Frustrating Ordeal for Community Doc Seeking COVID Shot

. Gov. Cuomo’s  COVID-19 Update for February 3, 2021: 8,082 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide 1,522 Patients in the ICU; 1,003 Intubated Statewide Positivity Rate is 4.68% 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Has Declined for 26 Consecutive Days 160 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday Today’s data is summarized briefly below: Test Results Reported – 126,489 Total Positive – 5,925 Percent Positive – 4.68% 7-Day

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MSSNY eNews: January 29, 2021 – Health Insurance Payment Delays

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Over the past year, MSSNY has been made aware of an alarming trend with regard to some health insurers in our area. Physician practices provide necessary care to patients and file claims with the appropriate insurer.  The claims are then routed to the Health Insurer’s utilization review entity who requests that the physician’s

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MSSNY eNews: January 27, 2021 – COVID: Bronx and Long Island Have Highest Positivity

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing: COVID-19 Data: – Day 333 – Statewide positivity rate: 5.44% – 202,661 tests conducted – 170 deaths – 8,771 hospitalizations (-60) – 1,588 ICU patients (+14) – 1,027 intubations (+21) Hospitalizations by Region: Finger Lakes: 662 (0.05%) Western NY: 426 (0.03%) Southern Tier: 240 (0.04%) Mid-Hudson: 1,056 (0.05%) Central New York: 250 (0.03%) Mohawk

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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 1/12/21

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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Council: April 15, 2021

MSSNY COUNCIL AGENDA Thursday, April 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. (Virtual)                                                                         A.  Call to Order and Roll Call B.  APPROVAL of the March 1, 2021