MSSNY eNews: September 15, 2021

. 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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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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