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 COVID-19 Update – October 28, 2020 (Latest Alerts, SBA Loans, Health & Safety)

Physicians are required to report suspect cases to their local department of health. Jump to: Alerts; Health; Finance; Volunteering and Donations; Testing; Telehealth; Patient Information; Statistics; Webinars; Fraud; Research; Additional Information;   Alerts and Notifications DOH Issues Health Advisory on Reporting of COVID-19 and Influenza Test Results Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care  Settings to Return

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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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MSSNY eNews: June 24, 2020 – New COVID Updates from NYSDOH

. NYSDOH June 24 Updates NYSDOH Update: Home and Community-Based Services Regarding COVID-19 New York State Department of Health Guidance to Early Intervention Providers Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening New York: Resuming In-Person Early Intervention Program Services NYSDOH Bureau of Early Intervention Technical Assistance June 18, 2020 Frequently Asked Technical Assistance Questions Related to Implementation of Virtual Early Intervention Visits

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COVID-19 Update June 18, 2020

. . Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Daily Briefing: Day 110 of COVID-19 / Day 25 of civil unrest DATA: – The state conducted 68,541 COVID-19 tests yesterday. – 618 tests were positive (0.9%). – Central NY has seen a significant uptick in positive cases: – 0.6% on Saturday to 3% on Wednesday – 1,358 total hospitalizations – 29 lives lost

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COVID-19 Update June 17, 2020

. . Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Daily Briefing: Day 109 of COVID-19 COVID-19 Data: -1,479 total hospitalizations. -17 lives lost yesterday – 15 in hospitals, 2 in nursing homes -Yesterday, the state conducted 59,341 tests for COVID-19. – 567 people tested positive for COVID-19 (0.96%). -White House models are projecting a higher amount of deaths by August. – In April,

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COVID-19 Update June 16, 2020

. . Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing: Day 108 of COVID-19 Day 23 of civil unrest REOPENING: – 1,538 total hospitalizations. – 25 lives lost yesterday: 16 in hospitals, 9 in nursing homes. – NY has performed over 3 million tests. – The state conducted a 12,000 person random statewide sample to test for antibodies. – The state collected data

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COVID-19 Update June 15, 2020

. . New DOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Changes 3 Day COVID-19 Test Rule to 5 Days The New York State Department of Health has released updated guidance for resumption of non-essential elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices and diagnostic and treatment centers. Importantly, the new guidelines increase the time frame by which a patient must

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COVID-19 Update June 12, 2020

. Leaders Inspiring Hope “He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.“ Samuel Taylor Coleridge Last weekend our AMA was scheduled to hold its Annual House of Delegates in Chicago. However, due to Covid-19, an in-person meeting was impossible and a remote, special meeting was convened instead.  Your entire New York Delegation participated via virtual

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COVID-19 Update June 11, 2020

. MSSNY Press Statement: COVID-19 Has Devastated Physician Practices “The June 10th Fair Health report—which highlights the fact that community physician practices faced 80% drops in patient visits and revenue—confirms similar MSSNY surveys about the absolutely devastating impact this pandemic has had on community physician offices across New York State. “MSSNY surveys have demonstrated that the federal CARES Act enacted by Congress

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COVID-19 Update June 10, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing – Day 102 of the COVID Crisis – Day 17 of Civil unrest Reopening: – Every region in the state is now reopening – Long Island entered phase two today – The focus during this phase will be on data, mainly daily testing results – “We all have a role to play”… our response

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COVID-19 Update June 9, 2020

. COVID-19 Testing Survey MSSNY is conducting a short survey to ensure community physicians’ ability to test their patients for COVID-19. This information will be used by MSSNY leadership and staff to advocate to ensure community physicians’ offices have the ability to conduct this testing as we move forward in confronting this pandemic. Please take just a few minutes to

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COVID-19 Update June 8, 2020

  MSSNY Members Win Two Leadership Slots at AMA Two MSSNY members were elected Sunday to key leadership positions at the American Medical Association’s first virtual meeting. Former MSSNY president Thomas Madejski MD of Albion, NY was elected to a four-year term on the AMA’s Board of Trustee while Erick Eiting MD from Manhattan was elected to the AMA’s Council

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COVID-19 Update June 5, 2020

Colleagues: This week as our nation attempts to heal from a global pandemic that has disrupted the lives of all and taken the lives of many, recent events around the country and in our own state have forced us to confront other intolerable, insidious evils in our society–the longstanding pandemic of racism and a developing culture of indifference to human

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COVID-19 Update June 4, 2020

. Some PPE Vendors Will Not Sell to Doctors with Smaller Practices; Or, Worse— Sell at Exorbitant Prices Statement attributable to: Bonnie Litvack, M.D. President, Medical Society of the State of New York “As the acute threat of COVID-19 begins to recede, physicians are anxious to return to providing in-person care to their patients. Telehealth has been essential in this

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COVID-19 Update June 3, 2020

. News & Highlights from the Governor’s Daily Briefing GENERAL: – Day 95 of COVID-19 pandemic; Day 10 of civil unrest after the death of George Floyd. PROTESTS: – Reiterated the difference between protesting and looting, urging protesters to follow the curfew and remain peaceful. Q&A: PROTESTS AND POLICE: – Gov claimed necessary reforms must be made to address injustice

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COVID-19 Update June 2, 2020

. Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Press Conference COVID-19: – Day 94 of the pandemic. – Hospitalizations down, number of new cases at an all time low (154). – Deaths 6/1: 58 – 47 in hospitals, 11 in nursing homes. REOPENING: – WNY enters Phase II today, Cap Region enters Phase II tomorrow. – NYC on track to enter Phase I on

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COVID-19 Update June 1, 2020

The unofficial U.S. tally as of 8:00 a.m. ET Monday was 1,790,191 cases and 104,383 deaths, up about 4% and 3%, respectively, since Friday morning. HEALTH SPENDING: There was an unprecedented 38% drop in spending on health services in the U.S. in April compared with the same month in 2019, according to the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker. Acute Kidney Injury

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COVID-19 Update May 29, 2020

Grow Through What You Go Through: Telehealth Coverage MUST Be Permanent Finally, the re-opening phase has begun for most of New York. However, for history not to repeat itself with we must reflect on those things that helped New York to get to this position. Toward the top of the list would be the swift adoption by New York physicians

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COVID-19 Update May 28, 2020

. Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Press Conference Highlights -Total hospitalizations and intubations is down – 163 new COVD cases as of yesterday – 74 lives lost yesterday (52 in hospitals, 22 in nursing homes) Governor’s Opinion: – I understand what states and Governors must do, but what is Washington going to do? – Analysis from May 4 shows that NYS only

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COVID-19 Update May 27, 2020

Please Join NYSDOH Update for Physicians Tomorrow 1-2 PM  For audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950 Please share with your healthcare provider members-  Please join the NYS Department of Health  Thursday May 28th 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

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COVID-19 Update May 20, 2020

. Please Join NYS DOH’s Webinar Update on COVID-19 Tomorrow! Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday May 21st at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 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: For audio only,

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COVID-19 Update May 19, 2020

. PPE SOURCE FOR MSSNY MEMBERS ONLY! MSSNY is now able to provide members with access to a PPE supply chain, in a collaborative effort with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Items available range from N95 masks and face shields to hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes. New items are consistently being added and restocked.  Shipment times may vary from

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COVID-19 Update May 18, 2020

. From the Governor’s Office Today  Westchester and Suffolk Counties are Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory Care including in ambulatory care settings such as ASCs and Office based surgery locations. Confirms 2,419 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 348,232; New Cases in 52 Counties Calls on U.S. Senate to Pass Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

. Got PPE? As physicians we like order and consistency but much in our current reality has been chaotic. Particularly frustrating has been the shortage of essential medical supplies that has plagued us from nearly the first day following the WHO pandemic declaration.  As an organization and a profession, we spoke out early and often about the lack of adequate

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COVID-19 Update May 14, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Briefing Data: – Hospitalizations and intubations are down – New COVID Cases 420 as of yesterday – 157 deaths (121 in hospitals, 36 in nursing homes) Reopening: – Not a matter of if we reopen, but when and how – Check the data on a daily basis; Transparency is key – NYS will post

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COVID-19 Update May 13, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Briefing Data: – Hospitalizations and intubations are down – New COVID Cases is 416 as of yesterday, up from 401 May 11 – 166 deaths (122 in hospitals, 44 in nursing homes) – “We’re just about where we are when we started this painful situation.” Testing for Essential Workers: – Antibody Test Results for

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