MSSNY eNews: October 22, 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on Overdose Crisis Colleagues: One of the many tragic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the progress that was reversed in combatting addictions. Death from opioid poisoning continues to be a national problem that we must confront. New York State was making progress in combatting the opioid epidemic—but overdose-related deaths in 2020 increased over the previous year.

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MSSNYeNews: October 15, 2021 – Finding the Joy in Medicine

  Colleagues: Last week, MSSNY member Dr. Caroline Gomez-Di Cesare, MD, PhD accepted the AMA 2021 Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition award—which recognizes health systems that actively demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of health care team members by combating work-related stress and burnout—on behalf of Bassett Healthcare Network, where she serves as Network Director of Well-Being. I am

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MSSNY eNews: October 20, 2021 – Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Introduced in US Senate

. Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Introduced in US Senate Today, U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), and John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation (S.3018 – the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act,) that would improve timely access to quality care for seniors under the Medicare Advantage program. As noted in the sponsor’s press release, the bill

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MSSNY eNews: October 13, 2021

  New Reports of Scam Targeting Physicians Last February, MSSNY published an article about a scam that targets physicians with deceptive phone calls, falsely claiming that the physician is under investigation by the NYS Education Department or the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).  At the time, the New York State Education Department issued a warning to licensed professionals in

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MSSNY eNews: October 8, 2021 – “No Surprises Act” Puts Insurance Co Profits Over Patient Care

“No Surprises Act” Puts Insurance Co Profits Over Patient Care Colleagues: As physicians, our first and foremost concern is the health and well-being of our patients. But when insurance company profits take precedence over patient care, it makes that mission—our life’s work—more difficult.  And that’s exactly what is happening with the recently announced US Department of Health and Human Services

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MSSNY eNews: October 6, 2021

. Calling Exceptional Women Physicians! MSSNY’s Medical, Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF) is holding leadership seminars for women on three Saturday mornings in October that cover various topics, including women physicians and their legislative impact featuring NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy; how CEOs and medical administrators deal with women physicians; and wellness and women

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MSSNY eNews: October 1, 2021 – Calling Women Physicians!

Calling Women Physicians! Colleagues: Are you a female physician? Do you have an outstanding female physician colleague? I am pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for women physicians and medical students. MSSNY’s Medical, Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF) is holding leadership seminars for women on three Saturday mornings in October that cover various topics, including women physicians and their legislative

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MSSNY eNews: September 29, 20210 MSSNY Applauds Appointment of Dr. Mary Bassett as NYS DOH Commissioner

. MSSNY Applauds Gov. Hochul’s Appointment of Mary Bassett, MD, MPH as NYS Department of Health Commissioner The following statement was sent to the press on September 29: Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York “MSSNY is thrilled to welcome Dr. Mary Bassett as New York State’s new Health Commissioner,

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MSSNY eNews: September 22, 2021 – Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate: Federal Judge Extends Delayed Enforcement as it Pertains to Religious Exemptions

. Federal Judge Extends Delayed Enforcement of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate as it Pertains to Religious Exemptions A Central New York federal judge has extended until October 12 a temporary restraining order (TRO) that will, at least temporarily, permit health care workers to evade the State’s vaccination requirement if they claim a religious exemption. In response to the initial TRO

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MSSNY eNews: September 17, 2021 – We Honor Our Physicians Lost to Suicide Epidemic

Pro-Patient/Pro-Physician Health Care Policy Requires Politically Active Physicians Colleagues: As we prepare to set MSSNY policy at our virtual House of Delegates this weekend, it is imperative that we put our support behind the legislators who will help us to move our pro-patient and pro-physician agenda forward in Albany. MSSNYPAC is critically important to advocacy efforts—it amplifies your voice and

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MSSNY eNews: September 15, 2021 – MSSNY Opposes Decision to Permit Religious Exemptions to State’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements

. Federal Judge Temporarily Restrains Enforcement of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate as it Pertains to Religious Exemptions A Central New York federal judge this week issued a ruling that will, at least temporarily, permit health care workers to evade the State’s vaccination requirement if they put forward a religious exemption.  The court’s decision will be revisited on September 28, one

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MSSNY eNews: September 10, 2021 – MSSNY Calls on Administration to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccination Process for Physicians

Join us for MSSNY’s Virtual HOD next Saturday, September 18 Colleagues: I am looking forward to vigorous debate with my physician colleagues from every corner of our state at MSSNY’s 2021 House of Delegates virtual meeting on September 18—just a week away! While only credentialed Delegates can participate in the actual discussions, I hope you’ll join us on YouTube to

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MSSNY Calls on Biden Administration to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccination Process for Physicians

For Immediate Release  September 10, 2021   MSSNY Calls on Biden Administration to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccination Process for Physicians  Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York    “MSSNY fully supports and encourages the significant efforts laid out by President Biden to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. As the spread of

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MSSNY eNews: September 8, 2021 – MSSNY Urges No Surprises Act Methodology that is Not Biased Towards Insurance Companies

. MSSNY Submits Comments Urging Methodology for No Surprises Act that is Not Biased Towards Insurance Companies MSSNY President Dr. Joseph Sellers this week submitted comments on behalf of New York’s physicians to the US Department of Health & Human Services regarding regulations to implement portions of the federal No Surprises Act enacted by Congress last December, and in effect

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MSSNY eNews: September 1, 2021 – Number of Adults Who Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine at New Low, Poll Finds

. Number of Adults Who Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine at New Low, Poll Finds The number of Americans strongly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine is at the lowest level seen since the vaccines were released, according to latest findings from the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Each week since March 2020, Axios/Ipsos has polled a nationally representative group of U.S. adults about the pandemic. The

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MSSNY eNews: August 27, 2021 – Health Care Worker Vaccination Mandate Approved by Key Public Health Committee

Insurance Hassles? We Can Help Colleagues: As physicians, we know all too well how hassles with insurance companies can get in the way of our first and foremost responsibility and primary concern—taking care of our patients. Each of us attended medical school to learn how to be a physician, not to spend hours of wasted time dealing with denied claims,

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MSSNY eNews: August 25, 2021 – MSSNY Press Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

. MSSNY Press Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Statement attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President Medical Society of the State of New York “The Medical Society of the State of New York welcomes and supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s full use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and we continue to

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MSSNY Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

For Immediate Release August 23, 2021  MSSNY Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Statement attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President Medical Society of the State of New York “The Medical Society of the State of New York welcomes and supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s full use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

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HHS Statement on Plan for COVID-19 Booster Shots

. Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. “The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective in

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NYSDOH: Important Message regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination Program — Booster Doses

STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER DR. HOWARD ZUCKER “Today, the Biden administration’s public health and medical experts announced that a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability, recognizing that many vaccines are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and acknowledging that additional vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccination Program–Additional Dose Update

STATEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  “As with every emergency use authorization (EUA) of COVID-19 vaccines and subsequent EUA modifications to date, following the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) deliberations and the CDC’s official recommendation yesterday to allow some people with weakened immune systems to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Health Commissioner immediately convened the State’s Clinical Advisory

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MSSNY eNews: August 13, 2021

.Title Interested in Participating in MSSNY’s Telehealth Initiative? Colleagues: Telemedicine is undoubtedly here to stay. Many physicians who had limited experience with telemedicine prior to the COVID pandemic quickly learned to adapt to it. And we’ve discovered how helpful it is in many different situations, including monitoring our patients with chronic conditions and reaching populations who may have difficulty with

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MSSNY eNews: August 11, 2021 – MSSNY Congratulates Incoming Governor Kathy Hochul

. MSSNY Congratulates Incoming Governor Kathy Hochul In a statement released to the press today, MSSNY President Dr. Joseph Sellers congratulated Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul as she prepares to take office as the first female Governor of New York. Following is the MSSNY press statement: Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President Medical Society of the State

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MSSNY eNews: August 6, 2021

.Title Voice Your Opinion at Reference Committee Hearings This Weekend Colleagues: MSSNY’s Reference Committee hearings to discuss House of Delegates (HOD) resolutions will be held virtually this weekend in advance of the HOD meeting in September. And because these meetings are being held virtually this year, MSSNY members have a unique opportunity to join the debate—without ever leaving home. This

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MSSNYeNews: August 4, 2021

. 10 Great Summer Reads for Physicians From the intricacies of the immune system to the first year of residency, these books cover the compelling, the strange, and the meaningful aspects of medicine — as well as the personal triumphs and tragedies of life as a doctor. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale

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MSSNY eNews: July 30, 2021 – No Surprises Act Update

. No Surprises Act Update Colleagues: MSSNY is fighting for physicians and patients over new federal rules implementing the No Surprises Act (NSA), the new federal law that limits surprise and emergency medical bills from out-of-network doctors, hospitals, and other providers.  Federal regulators recently issued an interim final rule to become effective in September 2021.  The new rule is the

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MSSNY eNews: July 28, 2021 – Do You Know an Outstanding Physician?

. Do You Know an Outstanding Physician? The Medical Society of the State of New York is accepting nominations for the 2020 Albion O. Bernstein, MD Award.  The deadline for applications has been extended to September 7, 2021. This prestigious award is given to: “…the physician, surgeon or scientist who shall have made the most widely beneficial discovery or developed the most

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MSSNY eNews: July 14, 2021 – CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

  CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule. The American Medical Association (AMA) staff is in the process of analyzing and developing a summary of the 1,700+ page proposal but in the meantime, there is a key

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MSSNY eNews: July 9, 2021 – Membership Doesn’t Cost, It PAYS

.Title Membership Doesn’t Cost, It PAYS Colleagues: My membership in MSSNY began when I was a young physician, and my involvement with—and devotion to—the organization has grown exponentially over the years. Since many of my colleagues are aware of my dedication to MSSNY, I am often asked “What has MSSNY done for me lately?” My initial answer is very simple:

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MSSNY eNews: July 7, 2021 – NYS Extends Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage

NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) Once Again Extends Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage The latest emergency regulation from DFS, released on Wednesday, July 7th, continues coverage for Telehealth services delivered via audio-only until at least October 1st. However, it is unclear if DFS will renew come October, making clarifying legislation potentially necessary. Please note that last year a statute was enacted

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MSSNY Enews: June 30, 2021 – Hospitals and Corporations Own Nearly Half of U.S. Physician Practices

. Hospitals and Corporations Own Nearly Half of U.S. Physician Practices COVID-19 Accelerated Ownership Trend, New Analysis Finds Nearly 70% of U.S. physicians are now employed by hospital systems and corporate entities like private equity firms and health insurers according to new data by Avalere for the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) examining the period between January 1, 2019 and January 1,

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MSSNY eNews: June 25, 2021 – MSSNY’s Strong Voice at the AMA Special Meeting

. MSSNY’s Strong Voice at the AMA Special Meeting Colleagues: Last week, MSSNY’s American Medical Association (AMA) delegates—under the formidable leadership of our Delegation Chair, Dr. Charles Rothberg—participated in the AMA’s five-day House of Delegates Special Meeting. As one of the four largest state delegations to the AMA, MSSNY plays an important role in the proceedings of the House. In

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MSSNY eNews: June 23, 2021 – CMS Recouping Medicare Advance Payments from Last Year

CMS Recouping Medicare Advance Payments from Last Year Physicians should be aware that CMS has begun recouping “advanced and accelerated” Medicare payments it provided to physicians, hospitals, and other providers last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information on how this will occur, please review this document. Through May 8, 2020, the Medicare program distributed $92

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MSSNY eNews: June 18, 2021 – Physicians’ Offices Preferred COVID Vaccine Sites for Unvaccinated Americans

. Physicians’ Offices Preferred COVID Vaccine Sites for Unvaccinated Americans Colleagues: We celebrated an important milestone earlier this week when New York State reached 70 percent adult COVID-19 vaccination rate. As the news hit, I was reminded of the important work accomplished by MSSNY and my predecessor, MSSNY’s Immediate Past President Dr. Bonnie L. Litvack—who serves as a member of

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MSSNY eNews: June 16, 2021 – MSSNY Press Statement: New York State Reaches 70 Percent Adult COVID-19 Immunization

. MSSNY Press Statement: New York State Reaches 70 Percent Adult COVID-19 Immunization Governor’s Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force Member and NYS Medical Society Immediate Past President Bonnie L. Litvack, MD, Reflects on Reaching Important Milestone and Calls for Continued Vaccination Efforts Statement from Bonnie Litvack, MD Immediate Past President, Medical Society of the State of New York Member, Governor’s

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MSSNY eNews: June 11, 2021 – MSSNY Victories in Albany Fight for Physicians and Patients

. MSSNY Victories in Albany Fight for Physicians and Patients As the Legislature concluded the 2021 session overnight into early this morning, MSSNY has been actively fighting for physicians to continue to be able to deliver the quality and timely care our patients expect. Among many issues, MSSNY worked to: Pass a Bill to Prevent Mid-Year Prescription Plan Formulary Changes, protecting patients from unexpected and prohibitive

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MSSNY eNews: June 9, 2021 – Health Organizations Ask Assembly: Help Patients Struggling with Medication Costs

. MSSNY Joins Forces with Other Health Organizations to Ask NY Assembly to Help Patients Struggling with Medication Costs The following press release was issued yesterday by MSSNY and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, NAACP, NYS Bleeding Disorders Coalition, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: ALBANY, NY – June 8, 2021 – Health organizations have joined forces to

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MSSNY eNews: June 4, 2021 – Our Collective Voice Can Make a Crucial Difference

. Our Collective Voice Can Make a Crucial Difference Colleagues: As the end of the legislative session in Albany approaches next week, it’s more important than ever for physicians to be ready to take action through MSSNY’s Grassroots Advocacy Center. Our collective voice—the physicians of New York state—can make the crucial difference in influencing legislation that will impact physicians and

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MSSNY eNews: June 2, 2021 – JAMA’s Editor Resigns Over Controversial Podcast on Racism

. JAMA’s Editor Resigns Over Controversial Podcast on Racism The American Medical Association announced Tuesday that Howard Bauchner, MD will voluntarily step down as editor in chief of JAMA and JAMA Network effective June 30. Dr. Bauchner has been on administrative leave since March while the AMA investigated the origins of a podcast and related tweet—which was later deleted—that said

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MSSNY eNews: May 21, 2021 – Our Patients Deserve Timely, Consistent, and Affordable Care

. Our Patients Deserve Timely, Consistent, and Affordable Care   Colleagues: As physicians, we know that good health starts with access to affordable, timely, and consistent healthcare. But when prior authorizations impose overwhelming burdens that cause unnecessary delays in needed care—our patients’ health is put at risk. Patients with chronic conditions have complex medical needs, and their health depends on following strict treatment

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MSSNY eNews: May 19, 2021 – Medical Schools Overestimate Number of Graduates who Specialize in Primary Care, Experts Say

Medical Schools Overestimate Number of Graduates who Specialize in Primary Care, Experts Say Many medical school graduates who complete their residency in primary care switch into different specialties later. That makes medical schools’ estimates of its graduates entering family medicine largely inaccurate, NPR reported May 18. “You don’t know what somebody is going to do until they finish residency,” Mark Deutchman, MD,

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MSSNY eNews: May 14, 2021 – Instrumental in Recouping Health Republic Losses for Physicians

  Colleagues: Last week’s welcome news about the Health Republic settlement is yet another example of MSSNY working tirelessly on behalf of our physicians. The $220.8 million settlement amount will allow the Liquidator to pay all policyholder level claims in full. In 2015, when Health Republic Insurance collapsed, MSSNY worked with the state’s hospital associations and various specialty societies to

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MSSNY eNews: May 12, 2021 – MSSNY Launches Disaster Relief Fund

An Appeal for Donations to MSSNY’s Disaster Relief Fund The Medical Society of the State of New York has established three separate funds for disaster relief donations under our Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF). Proceeds will go directly to organizations providing direct aid in areas of need. Please click on a link below to direct your donation: COVID-19 India

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MSSNY eNews: May 5, 2021- Health Republic Settlement: All Outstanding Physician Claims Will be Paid

Health Republic Settlement: All Outstanding Physician Claims Will be Paid The New York State Superintendent of Financial Services announced yesterday that Health Republic Insurance of New York, Corp. in liquidation (“Health Republic”) has obtained a judgment to recover $220,838,583 from the United States.  The judgment resolves a lawsuit commenced by the Superintendent as Liquidator of Health Republic against the Federal

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MSSNY eNews: April 28, 2021 – Department of Health on Guidance Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

NYS DOH Guidance Regarding Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in

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MSSNY eNews April 23, 2021 – Turning the Corner

. Colleagues: As of this week, more than 50 percent of adults in the US have received at least one COVID vaccine dose and as of last week, all New Yorkers age 16 and up are eligible for vaccination.  COVID testing in New York shows decreasing positivity rates and the number of COVID hospitalizations and deaths are thankfully declining as

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MSSNY eNews: April 21, 2021 – New Executive Order Eliminates Penalty for Not Administering COVID Vaccine within 7 Days

. New Executive Order Eliminates Penalty for Not Administering COVID Vaccine within Seven Days This week, Executive Order 202.102 was signed, continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws related to the COVID-19 disaster emergency.  One provision of this Executive Order eliminates the $100,000 civil penalty for failure of a provider to administer its allocated COVID-19 vaccine within seven days of receipt. The elimination

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MSSNY eNews: April 16, 2021 – Advocacy in Action

. Colleagues: Your MSSNY physician leadership met with our NY Congressional delegation in February 2021 with a focus on preventing the implementation of the ill-timed impending 2% Medicare Cuts scheduled for April 1.  Numerous grassroots letters were sent by NYS physicians and this week our collective efforts paid dividends. The US House of Representatives approved legislation to extend the 2%

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MSSNY eNews: April 14, 2021 – CDC and NYS DOH Info on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

.   Message from NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker re: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine New York State is following the CDC and FDA recommendation by immediately halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide at all vaccine provider locations while federal health and safety agencies evaluate next steps.  If you are scheduled to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should not do so until further notice.  At this time, please retain any

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