December 16, 2016 – You Need MSSNY for 2017!

Dr. Reid
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dr. Malcolm Reid
December 16, 2016
Volume 16
Number 44

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Dear Colleagues:

We know that the number of organizations you are asked to belong to keeps expanding, and that the cost of these memberships isn’t insignificant.

But you recognize, as I do, that it’s crucial to identify as a physician in the one organization that unites all our specialties in pursuing the goals we share— advancing the art and science of medicine and the health and well-being of our patients.

I’ve always felt this to be a professional obligation. I have always felt that paying my medical society dues to be an absolutely necessary investment, like insurance.

Fortunately, unlike other investments, your MSSNY investment brings returns each and every year.

Since the founding of our State Medical Society 217 years ago, achieving our goals has required our active involvement in politics. Today, more than ever, our care for our patients is being dictated, regulated, measured, controlled and valued by government and others, often with an insufficient evidence base.

MSSNY brings the physician’s experience to the consideration of literally hundreds of issues that come up each year that will affect how you practice.  You’ll never hear about many of them, because they are nipped in the bud, but without our active involvement, things would be much worse. 

Your specialties do fine work, but no one specialty can go it alone when it comes to achieving legislative outcomes. Last year, for example, because of MSSNY’s profession-wide approach, our call to action resulted in legislators’ receiving over three thousand letters from physicians who were NOT anesthesiologists who opposed the expansion of nurse anesthetists’ scope of practice.

The return on members’ investment in dues comes in a variety of forms.

  • Improved legislative and regulatory outcomes
  • Modified insurer tactics
  • Direct assistance in disputes with insurers
  • Free medical-legal information and reduced hourly rates for legal services
  • Social and professional networking; leadership development
  • Free CME on legal, public health, legislative and other topical matters – watch for coming programs on opioids and on burnout.
  • Daily summaries of health related items in the news media
  • Benefits for personal and professional use

Without a strong medical society, today’s victories will be tomorrow’s losses, and everyone – physicians, their employers and their patients – will suffer.

We face formidable challenges from highly funded trial lawyers and insurance companies, and constant pressure from government, employers and others to do more with less.  Your membership does – or can — really make a difference, and it’s absolutely critical at this time.

I, along with the Board of Trustees and Councilors, wish you and your families a joyous and healthy New Year.

Malcolm Reid, MD, MPP
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

Save the Date:
MSSNY Physician Advocacy Day in Albany March 8!

Please send your comments to comments@mssny.org


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NO GRACE PERIOD FOR DEA REGISTRATION RENEWAL
Through a notice on its website, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced significant changes to its registration renewal process.  Effective January 1, 2017, the DEA is eliminating the informal grace period that the agency has previously allowed for registrants to renew their registrations.  Only one renewal notice will be sent to each registrant’s “mail to” address approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date; no other reminders to renew the DEA registration will be provided.

The notice also advises that online capability to renew a DEA registration after the expiration date will no longer be available, and that failure to file a renewal application by midnight EST of the expiration date will result in the “retirement” of the registrant’s DEA number.  The original DEA registration will not be reinstated.  In addition, paper renewal applications will not be accepted the day after the expiration date.  If DEA has not received the paper renewal application by the day of the expiration date, mailed in renewal applications will be returned and the registrant will have to apply for a new DEA registration.

NY Health Insurance Marketplace Extends Deadline until This SATURDAY
New York’s health insurance marketplace has extended its deadline to enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Insurance seekers now have until Saturday to enroll or renew coverage through NY State of Health, the state’s marketplace for insurance plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The deadline had previously been set for Thursday. More than 55,000 people enrolled in coverage or renewed their plans in the past three days, according to NY State of Health. Under the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — customers have until mid-December each year to enroll in coverage that begins at the start of the next year.

The last day to enroll in coverage starting later in 2017 is Jan. 31.

To enroll or to seek assistance, visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777.The marketplace’s customer service representatives will be available on Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Medical Matters CME Webinar Series Continues In 2017; Registration Now Open
MSSNY will continue its Medical Matters webinars on January 18, 2017 at 7:30am with Triage in a Disaster Event.   Arthur Cooper, MD, vice-chair of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee and Zachary Hickman, MD, member of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here. Educational objectives are: 1) Describe the importance of immediate bleeding suppression during a disaster event; 2) Describe the SALT methodology for triage and where to access SALT training; 3) Recognize the importance of not just general triage training, but triage training for bio-events as well.

February’s webinar will be: The Mental Health Impact of Active Shooter/Bombing on the Healthcare Team.  This program will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30am. Craig Katz, MD, member of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here

The educational Objectives are: 1) Describe the psychological problems and stress symptoms that can result from caring for victims of an active shooter/bombing event.  2) Identify means by which members of the healthcare team can address stress before, during and after an active shooter/bombing event.  3) Review resources and methodologies available to address the mental health impact of an active shooter/bombing on the healthcare team.

A copy of the flyer can be accessed here. Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org. 

Medical Matters is a series of CME webinars sponsored by MSSNY’s Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response. The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MSSNY designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.   Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MSSNY MEMBERS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ClearDoc is a Video patient health website where patients can view pre-recorded video of Local Doctors answering questions.They find the one they’re most comfortable with and book an appointment.

ClearDoc goes live on January 5th and already has over 1000+ Videos of doctors answering questions. (View a sample video Here)

For a limited time, 4 videos are FREE FOR MSSNY MEMBERS. No strings attached. The video is shot right from your office in about an hour.

Go To mssny.getcleardoc.com to see a sample and reserve your spot.

ClearDoc already has:
– Multiple State Level Endorsements
– Over 1000+ Videos of Doctors
– 21 Specialties Doing Video
– 15 years healthcare marketing experience

The ClearDoc Team, 401 Park Avenue South,New York, NY 10016

NY AG Joins Other States to Sue Several Generic Drug Manufacturers
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined with 19 other state attorneys general in filing a federal lawsuit against several generic drug manufacturers alleging that they “entered into numerous illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two drugs: doxycycline hyclate delayed release, an antibiotic used to treat a range of conditions including respiratory tract infections, and glyburide, an oral diabetes medication.” The actions were filed against Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Citron Pharma, Mayne Pharma, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

To read the AG’s press release, click here.

21st Century Cures Act Law Contains Provisions to Promote EHR Interoperability
The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law this week by President Obama after passing the US House and Senate overwhelmingly. The legislation includes a package of measures designed to promote the adoption and interoperable use of electronic health records (EHR).

One provision requires EHR developers to attest, as a condition of product certification, that they have not and will not engage in practices that restrict authorized access, exchange, or use of information for treatment and other permitted purposes (“information blocking”). In addition to the threat of decertification, “developers, networks and exchanges” found guilty of these practices will be fined up to $1 million per violation. This provision was in response to a 2015 ONC report noting that some HIT vendors had erected barriers to the free flow of information between entities that used different EHRs.

Another provision designed to promote EHR interoperability will require vendors to certify to the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow the exchange of data between different kinds of systems. The bill also instructs the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other federal agencies to ensure “full network to network exchange of health information.”


Your membership yields results and will continue to do so. When your 2017 invoice arrives, please renew. KEEP MSSNY STRONG!


CMS Withdraws Rule That Would Have Cut Payment for Medicare Part B Meds
CMS announced this week that it was NOT going to go forward with a proposal released earlier this year that would have substantially cut reimbursement for medications covered under Medicare Part B, such as chemotherapy and ophthalmological medications. In the spring, MSSNY joined numerous patient advocacy groups, specialty societies and state medical societies in a letter to HHS and CMS expressing strong concerns with these proposed changes.

Many members of Congress, including many from New York’s Congressional delegation, had written to CMS to urge they withdraw the rule, or substantially revise it, because of the seriously adverse impact it could have on the ability of many seriously ill Medicare recipients to receive needed care from their physicians. Most recently, incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had written to the Obama Administration urging that CMS withdraw the rule.

The Ten Drugs That Companies Paid Physicians Most to Promote in 2015
The 10 drugs for which companies spent the most in payments to physicians in 2015 (teaching hospital payments not included) were blood thinner Xarelto ($28.4 million), rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira ($24.9 million), diabetes drug Invokana ($20.9 million), hepatitis C drug Viekira ($19.2 million), blood thinner Eliquis ($18.8 million), diabetes drug Bydureon ($18.5 million), testosterone drug Androgel ($15.3 million), thyroid drug Synthroid ($14.7 million), synthetic hormone Lupron ($14.3 million) and diabetes drug Victoza ($11.9 million).” https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/

Your Patients Can Save Up to 75% on Prescriptions
With the rising cost of both generic and name brand medications, your patients could all use some help these days!  The New York RX Card, MSSNY’s newest Member Benefit, is a 100% Free and 100% confidential point of sale prescription discount card that can save your patients up to 75% on your prescription medications!  It is free to everyone with no minimum nor maximum uses, no age or income requirements, no enrollment or approval process and it is accepted at over 68,000 pharmacies, nationwide!

This card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 75% at more than 68,000 pharmacies across the country including CVS/pharmacy, Duane Reade, A&P, Hannaford, Kinney, Kmart, Pathmark, Stop and Shop, Target, Tops, Waldbaums, Walgreens, Walmart, Wegmans, and many more. You can create as many cards as you need. We encourage you to give cards to friends and family members. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately!

The NYRX Card works on lowest price logic, to guarantee the best prices on medications.  It won’t lower co-pays or replace existing insurance, but in some cases the New York Rx price is even lower than your patients’ co-pay!  It can be used during the deductible periods in Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Plans, lowering out-of-pocket expense on prescriptions. Medicare Part D recipients can use the card to discount their prescriptions not covered on their plan as well as receive discounts on medications not discounted when in the “donut hole.”

The NYRX Card is pre-activated and ready to go with no personal information taken or given. NYRX will mail as many cards you desire, directly to your office, with display stands. The cards typically are placed at the patient check out area…additionally, some doctors place them at the check in area too. Contact rraia@mssny.org for your cards!

YPs, Residents and Students: Come to Westbury on February 11
Save the Date for the Annual Joint Meeting of the YPs, Resident and Fellows, and Students Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Marriott Courtyard, 1800 Privado Road, Westbury NY 11590.

Presentations will include “Telemedicine/Telehealth: Tools for clinical practice and patient engagement.” Gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the use of telemedicine as part of a patient management strategy that will improve and increase access to treatment, lower costs, and more effectively engage patients.

We will also present important financial planning strategies and tips specifically for younger physicians, including Student Loan Management, Main Financial Issues to Address in Residency and as you Transition to Practice, Asset Protection Strategies and Risk Management, and more.

Policy will be created, elections will be held.

YPS and RFS register at sbennett@mssny.org; MSS register at mreyes@mssny.org.

CMS: Learn Important Updates re MACRA and Patient Relationship Categories
Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a webinar series to learn important information about the development of patient relationship categories for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requirements (section 1848(r)(3)(B). The webinars will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the patient relationship categories.

The one-hour webinars will include an overview from CMS representatives about the specific types of categories that have been published. A question-and-answer session for participants will follow.

Participation Information:

The webinars will be held at noon ET on the following days for these audiences

Please click on the links above to register for the session(s) that you plan to attend. After you register, you will receive a dial-in number and webinar link. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please check your spam folder. To share this event, use the link below. After you register, you will not be able to share your participant information because it is unique to you.

For the question-and-answer segment of each presentation, you may either submit question using the chat feature, or raise your hand and CMS will un-mute your line. For those dialed in via phone, you must have your audio pin entered. If you are listening through your computer speakers and want to ask a question, you must have a working microphone.

If you have questions, please contact the CMS Quality team at CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com. We hope you can join us!

CMS Testing Two New Payment Models re Medicare Beneficiaries
CMS last week announced that it will test two new payment models designed to improve patient engagement and decision making among Medicare beneficiaries. CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will launch the Direct Decision Support Model, which aims to engage patients in the decision-making process outside of the clinical setting, as well as the Shared Decision Making Model, under which participating physicians will integrate into their “routine clinical practice workflows” a four-step decision-making process intended to help them identify the best treatment plans for Medicare beneficiaries. (Modern Healthcare, 12/8) 

MSSNYPAC – The Political Voice for New York’s Physicians
Through MSSNYPAC, physicians work together to be a force for change in New York State healthcare policy. Are you a member? Join or increase your participation today at www.mssnypac.org
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Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form Now Available
The finalized, OMB-approved Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) / CMS-10611, and form instructions, are now available. They can be found here. Hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must begin using the MOON no later than March 8, 2017.

Please visit the above webpage for more information.

DOH Needs Volunteer Reviewers for Abstracts
The DOH needs well-rounded team of approximately 25+ in order for our review process to reduce the burden on others. This team is crucial in order for DOH to make awards timely in 2017.  Please respond ASAP with information on individuals who can assist DOH with ECRIP reviews beginning in late December so that we can wrap-up the review process by mid-January. All ECRIP project abstracts will be reviewed by New York State Department of Health (DOH) staff and a panel of experts in clinical research. DOH is currently organizing these panels and is seeking individuals with experience in clinical research to participate as ECRIP reviewers.

Please provide to DOH by December 22, 2016 the name, address, phone numbers (office & cell), email address, specialty, clinical department and institutional affiliation(s) for any individual who is willing to review ECRIP projects to gme@health.ny.gov. Include “ECRIP Reviewer” in the subject heading. Only submit names of reviewers that have been contacted and have agreed to participate as a reviewer. No reviewers will review abstracts from their own or affiliated institution(s). Reviewers must: (1) be available to review up to five project abstracts in November 2016 and return the review tool to DOH within 2 weeks after receiving the abstracts from DOH; (2) agree to sign a conflict of interest/confidentiality attestation; (3) be able to review any clinical research project regardless of the topic or field of study; and (4) provide all contact information noted above.

Conference calls or meetings may be necessary and could be scheduled to resolve differences among reviewers. 

Please note that DOH cannot provide any reimbursement, honorarium or other compensation for ECRIP project reviewers.

Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program is administered by the New York State Department of Health, which provides over $8.5 million annually to teaching hospitals that train physicians as clinical researchers in order to advance life sciences research in New York to attract and retain the best life sciences researchers.


CLASSIFIEDS


Bronx Office Space for Rent
Morris Park-Van Nest, Bronx. Brand New Construction at Highly Desirable Intersection. 2,350 sq. ft. + Ground Level + 1,300 sq. ft. Lower Level; Open Floor Plan. Please Call Anthony Mameli 347-387-9768 or Email to: anthony@md-cre.com. Charles Rutenberg Realty – Exclusive.

State of the Art Midtown Medical Office for Rent
Elegant, modern, beautifully designed medical office available, furnished or non-furnished. Full or part time share with thriving Dermatology practice which occupies its own floor. Class A Architects and Designers Building in the best possible Midtown East location near Bloomingdales. Your own private corner, consultation room, two or three large equipped treatment rooms with beautiful cabinetry, sinks, and exam tables. All rooms wired and windowed. Shared oversized waiting room, kitchenette. Your own reception, administrative, front desk and storage space (preview images of space can be seen on www.instagram.com/dermroom). $8,000-$11,500/month. For details contact (212)–583–2966 or email Hefderm@outlook.com, no brokers.


Elegant Plastic Surgery Office (Upper East Side Manhattan)
Very large and classy office to share. Located in the ground floor of a 25′ x 100′ carriage house opposite the 66th Street Armory with large consult room, 2+ treatment/exam rooms, large waiting room, business office, storage. See video of office — you won’t believe it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uli8Cck_eRA   $5000/month incl utilities. no brokers. Call Doctor Fischman at (212) 472–3300.Jeffrey R. Fischman, M.D.  110 E 66th Street.

Want to Sell Your Medical Practice? Do You Have Medical Office Space to Sell or Share?
Clineeds is a new online platform designed to help medical providers sell their practice or buy, sell and share medical office space. Listing is FREE! No contracts. No commitments. No fees. Sign up today at http://www.clineeds.com/sign-up


Physician Opportunities


Executive Director – Bronx County Medical Society
Bronx County Medical Society, a leader in promoting excellence in Clinical Care, Education & Public Policy, is seeking an executive director. Candidates should have either a bachelor degree and/or three years of work experience with non-profit medical groups. The Executive Director should be knowledgeable on healthcare policy and nonprofit compliance. Candidate must demonstrate strength in event planning and fundraising, member recruitment and retention, community outreach, and possess strong communication skills. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume and cover letter to Diane Miller, Executive Director at bxcms@msn.com


A Private Multidisciplinary Medical Group is seeking an Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician in Manhattan
A well-established Manhattan based private multidisciplinary medical group is seeking to hire an Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician. This is a great opportunity to start your own practice in a modern office in midtown Manhattan. Attractive base salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered (Malpractice, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week CME, CME allowance, paid health insurance, etc).If you are a solo practitioner in private practice looking to join a private group practice, we will work with you to make the transition seamless. Please email your CV to tsrgexpress@gmail.com. No recruiters please.

A Private Multidisciplinary Medical Group is seeking a Podiatrist in Manhattan
A well-established Manhattan based private multidisciplinary medical group is seeking to hire a Podiatrist. This is a great opportunity to start your own practice in a modern office in midtown Manhattan. Attractive base salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered (Malpractice, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week CME, CME allowance, paid health insurance, etc).If you are a solo practitioner in private practice looking to join a private group practice, we will work with you to make the transition seamless. Please email your CV to tsrgexpress@gmail.com. No recruiters please.

CALL FOR RATES & INFO. CHRISTINA SOUTHARD: 516-488-6100 ext. 355

 

 

 

December 9, 2016 – Last Chance to Write the Gov on Step Therapy!

Dr. Reid
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dr. Malcolm Reid
December 9, 2016
Volume 16
Number 43

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Dear Colleagues:

There are only a few days left for physicians to send a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that he sign into law a bill (A.2834-D/S.3419-C) that would establish specific criteria for physicians to request an override of an insurer’s step therapy medication protocol when it is in the best interest of their patients’ health. The bill has already passed in the State Legislature. We know the insurers are strongly fighting this bill, so the Governor’s office needs to hear your support.

The bill is one of few remaining bills that has not yet been delivered to the Governor, but should be sent within a few days.

MSSNY strongly supported this bill, and worked with a wide array of patient advocacy organizations and specialty societies to achieve passage of this legislation.

A few weeks back, MSSNY President-elect Dr. Charles Rothberg appeared in a FIOS Long Island news story discussing the importance of this legislation. In October, my letter to the editor in support of the legislation appeared in the Albany Times-Union. I was responding to an inflammatory op-ed attacking this common sense legislation written by a representative of health insurance industry.

The bill would require a health insurer to grant a physician’s override request of an insurer step therapy protocol if the drug required by the insurer is contraindicated, likely to be ineffective, or if the patient is stable on the medication requested by the physician.  If the physician’s request for an override of the step therapy protocol is denied, it would enable a physician to formally appeal the decision both within the plan’s existing appeal mechanism as well as taking an external appeal.

This has been a heck of a fight. Let’s not give up now.

Malcolm Reid, MD, MPP
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
Save the Date:
MSSNY Physician Advocacy Day in Albany March 8!

Please send your comments to comments@mssny.org


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NYS DOH Announces Expansion of Medical Marijuana to Include Chronic Pain
The New York State Department of Health announced this week that it will proposed regulations to include “chronic pain” as a qualifying condition for patients who have been certified to use medical marijuana. DOH also announced that regulations will also allow wholesaling of medical marijuana products, removing the cap on the number of products available to patients, making it easier for hospitals to allow certified patients to self-administer medical marijuana.

In a press release issued by the Department of Health, Commissioner Howard  Zucker, MD, said, “These are major steps forward for New York’s Medical Marijuana Program and the thousands of patients who are benefiting from it every day. These enhancements will continue to strengthen the program and improve patient access by making medical marijuana available to patients suffering from chronic pain and making more products available at dispensing facilities across the state.”

The department has filed a proposed regulatory amendments to add chronic pain as a qualifying condition and defines chronic pain as “any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications, has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options; and where there is documented medical evidence of such pain having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset.” The amendment will be published in the New York State Register on December 21, 2016. It will then be subject to a 45-day comment period before it can be adopted.

Last week, the Department authorized nurse practitioners to certify patients for medical marijuana. The department also filed a proposed rulemaking that was published to enable physician assistants to register with the Department to certify patients for medical marijuana, as long as their supervising physicians are also registered to certify patients.  This amendment will not take effect until it is filed for adoption after the public comment period.

In a letter to the DOH Commissioner, MSSNY President Malcolm Reid, MD, expressed concerns over the chronic pain expansion at a time when there is likely an enhanced risk of federal prosecution with the upcoming change in the federal administration.   A copy of the letter can be found HERE.

Medicaid to Cover Gender-Transition Care for Minor Children in NY as of Dec. 7
The Wall Street Journal (12/6) reports the New York Health Department announced December 6 that New York State Medicaid will start covering gender-transition care for youths under a new regulation that went into effect December 7 .The department noted that all medically necessary hormone treatments and surgeries for transgender youths will now be covered by Medicaid.

CDC Wants to Interview Primary Care Physicians Re Fall Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be  conducting a series of individual interviews with primary care physicians (and other health care professionals) to better understand fall prevention among older adults. CDC’s STEADI Initiative. Flyer available here.

Interviews are:

  • Only 30 minutes
  • Conducted over the phone
  • Flexible scheduled

Participants receive a $25 Amazon gift card

Physicians who are NOT eligible include:

  • Providers who work exclusively in a hospital setting with inpatients
  • Geriatricians who have completed a geriatrics fellowship
  • Residents

Attn: YPs, Residents, Fellows and Medical Students: Meeting in Westbury Feb. 11
Save the Date for the Annual Joint Meeting of the Young Physicians, Resident and Fellow, and Medical Student Sections: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Marriott Courtyard, 1800 Privado Road, Westbury NY 11590.

Presentations will include “Telemedicine/Telehealth: Tools for clinical practice and patient engagement.” Gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the use of telemedicine as part of a patient management strategy that will improve and increase access to treatment, lower costs, and more effectively engage patients.

We will also present important financial planning strategies and tips specifically for younger physicians, including Student Loan Management, Main Financial Issues to Address in Residency and as you Transition to Practice, Asset Protection Strategies and Risk Management, and more.

Policy will be created, elections will be held.

YPS and RFS register at sbennett@mssny.org; MSS register at mreyes@mssny.org.

Free Publicity For MSSNY Members
ClearDoc Video is FREE to MSSNY Members who reserve their spot by Monday, Dec. 12th

ClearDoc shoots the videos in under an hour right from your office. Click Here to see some MSSNY Member Videos. ClearDoc is a video educational platform for patients and a great way to generate new patients. ClearDoc is going live in January and already has:

  • 100’s of NY doctors recording answers
  • 1000+ Videos
  • 21 Specialties
  • Dozens of MSSNY Members
  • Multiple State Level Association Endorsements

We are only providing the free videos and placement offer on ClearDoc until Monday, Dec. 12th. Please reserve your spot today.

If you have interest or just want to check out some current MSSNY members doing video, go to  MSSNY.GetClearDoc.com

Urban Institute: Over 1M New Yorkers Could Be Uninsured if ACA Is Repealed
More than 1.1 million New Yorkers could become uninsured by 2019 under a partial repeal of the ACA, according to a report issued this week by the Urban Institute which examines the implications of a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report also concluded:

  • New York would lose more than $10 billion by 2028 in premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, which help make health insurance more affordable for individuals and families; and
  • New York would lose approximately $47 billion by 2028 in funding for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

IMG Symposium on December 14 at Jacobi Hospital, Bronx
The IMG symposium:
When:   December 14, Wednesday
Where:  Jacobi Medical Center, 1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx NY 10461
Building #4, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Time:    5.30 pm

A light dinner will be provided.  IMG Symposium Presented By Essen Health Care, Medical Society of the State New York (MSSNY), and Bronx County Medical Society. 

John P. Belmont Named Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
John P. Belmont has been named Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for MSSNY. He replaces Moe Auster, who was recently promoted to the position of Senior Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for MSSNY.

“John brings to MSSNY a tremendous amount of knowledge of the New York State legislative process,” said MSSNY President Dr. Malcolm Reid.  “We believe he will be a great advocate for needed improvements to New York’s healthcare system to address the many challenges faced by New York’s dedicated physicians who are working to assure their patients can receive the quality and timely care they need.”

Before joining MSSNY, Mr. Belmont was a Legislative Representative for the Civil Service Employees Association’s influential Legislative and Political Operations arm since December 2006.  The Civil Service Employees Association is one of the largest unions in the United States representing 300,000 active and retired, public and private employees

As a Legislative Representative, Mr. Belmont developed and analyzed proposed legislation and lobbied members of the Assembly, Senate and the Governor’s office on issues of interest to CSEA.  He also participated in planning and conducting member education and training for CSEA membership.

Prior to CSEA, Mr. Belmont worked for the New York State Assembly as a researcher for the Communication and Informational Services Department, where he researched legislation and legislative programs for assigned regions and provided support for member outreach programs including all media outreach and demographic research.

A political science graduate of the College of Saint Rose, Mr. Belmont holds a Trade Union Program Certificate in trade union management and executive leadership from Harvard University. He lives in Colonie, New York.

MSSNY Veterans’ Matters Upcoming Programs on Substance Use Disorders; Physicians Strongly Urged To Attend
The Medical Society of the State of New York has expanded its Veterans’ Matters mental health training initiative by including additional programming on substance use among returning veterans alongside programs on PTSD and TBI as well as Suicide. Veterans’ Matters is conducted through webinars and live grand rounds presentations all over the state.

Presenting faculty for Veterans’ Matters will be Frank Dowling, MD who will present a substance use disorders webinar on Thursday, December 15th at 8 a.m.  On January 13th, a live grand rounds presentation of the same program will be conducted at 8 a.m.  by Dr. Dowling at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, 101 Hospital Rd, Patchogue, NY.  Each program is accredited for one credit hour of continuing medical education.  Registration is required.

To register for a webinar, click on a date below

Substance Use Disorders – Thursday, 12/15/16 at 8 am
Substance Use Disorders: Live at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital – 1/13/16 at 8 am

Information and the educational objectives for each webinar can be found here:

Substance Use Disorders –12/15/16
Substance Use Disorders: Live at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital – 1/13/16 

If your hospital is interested in having one of these programs presented, or if you need assistance with registering, please contact Greg Elperin at gelperin@mssny.org or call (518)465-8085.

Alert from HHS: Phishing Email Disguised as Official OCR Audit Communication
It has come to our attention that a phishing email is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR’s Director, Jocelyn Samuels. This email appears to be an official government communication, and targets employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates.  The email prompts recipients to click a link regarding possible inclusion in the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Rules Audit Program.  The link directs individuals to a non-governmental website marketing a firm’s cybersecurity services. In no way is this firm associated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Office for Civil Rights.  We take the unauthorized use of this material by this firm very seriously.

OCR would like to further share that this phishing email originates from the email address OSOCRAudit@hhs-gov.us and directs individuals to a URL at http://www.hhs-gov.us.

This is a subtle difference from the official email address for our HIPAA audit program, OSOCRAudit@hhs.gov but such subtlety is typical in phishing scams.

Covered entities and business associates should alert their employees of this issue and take note that official communications regarding the HIPAA audit program are sent to selected auditees from the email address OSOCRAudit@hhs.gov. In the event that you or your organization has a question as to whether it has received an official communication from our agency regarding a HIPAA audit, please contact us via email at OSOCRAudit@hhs.gov.


Your membership yields results and will continue to do so. When your 2017 invoice arrives, please renew. KEEP MSSNY STRONG!


Seminars: Triage in a Disaster and Impact of Shooter/Bombing on Healthcare
MSSNY will continue its Medical Matters webinars on January 18, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. with Triage in a Disaster Event.   Arthur Cooper, MD, vice-chair of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee and Zachary Hickman, MD, member of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here. 

Educational objectives are: 1) Describe the importance of immediate bleeding suppression during a disaster event; 2) Describe the SALT methodology for triage and where to access SALT training; 3) Recognize the importance of not just general triage training, but triage training for bio-events as well.

February’s webinar will be: The Mental Health Impact of Active Shooter/Bombing on the Healthcare Team. This program will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. Craig Katz, MD, member of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here.

The educational Objectives are: 1) Describe the psychological problems and stress symptoms that can result from caring for victims of an active shooter/bombing event.  2) Identify means by which members of the healthcare team can address stress before,  during and after an active shooter/bombing event.  3) Review resources and methodologies available to address the mental health impact of an active shooter/bombing on the healthcare team.

A copy of the flyer can be accessed here. Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org. 

Medical Matters is a series of CME webinars sponsored by MSSNY’s Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response. The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MSSNY designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Know Your Provider Enrollment Revalidation Due Date to Protect Your Bottom Line!
Revalidate before your due date to avoid a hold on your Medicare payments and a possible deactivation or lapse in your Medicare billing privileges.

There are several ways to find your revalidation due date.

Generally, the due date will remain with the provider/supplier throughout subsequent revalidation cycles. So you will not have to wonder about the due date the next time you need to revalidate.

NOTE:  Unsolicited applications received 6 months prior to the revalidation due date will be returned to the provider.

Need assistance? Providers/Suppliers can register for our provider enrollment revalidation webinars by either using the following links, Part A / Part B or by visiting the NGSMedicare.com website. The webinars below can be found under the Education Tab by selecting Webinars, Teleconference and Events.

  • Provider Enrollment Revalidation
  • Getting Connected to PECOS
  • Submitting Revalidation via PECOS Application
  • Submitting Revalidation via Paper Application for a Part A providers
  • Submitting Revalidation via Paper Application for a Part B providers

Let’s Chat about Provider Enrollment Revalidation

RSVP now at internship@essenmd.com or by calling (929) 239-4160.

Send this invite to colleagues and friends. FLYER 

AMPAC Announces Dates for 2017 Candidate Workshop
Ever wonder how Doctors get elected to Congress or your state legislature?  Considering a run for office for yourself?  Join us February 17-19 at the AMPAC Candidate Workshop in Washington, DC and we’ll teach you how to run a winning political campaign, just like we taught many of your colleagues over the years!

The Candidate Workshop is designed to help you make the leap from the exam room to the campaign trail and give you the skills and strategic approach you will need to make a run for public office.

For more information visit us at AMPAC online. To apply simply fill out the online registration form or email us at: politicaleducation@ama-assn.org.

Your run for office starts today! 

US Health Spending Averaged Nearly $10,000 Per Person In 2015
The New York Times (12/2) reports the Department of Health and Human Services announced on Nov. 30 that healthcare spending in the US “increased last year at the fastest rate since the 2008 recession, reaching $3.2 trillion, or an average of nearly $10,000 a person.” The HHS report, which was published online in the journal Health Affairs, attributed “the increase in federal spending…mainly [to] the expansion of Medicaid eligibility and enrollment.” The Wall Street Journal (12/2) reports spending also grew faster than expected, with national health expenditures increasing 5.8 percent compared with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ projected growth of 5.5 percent.


CLASSIFIEDS


Bronx Office Space for Rent
Morris Park-Van Nest, Bronx. Brand New Construction at Highly Desirable Intersection. 2,350 sq. ft. + Ground Level + 1,300 sq. ft. Lower Level; Open Floor Plan. Please Call Anthony Mameli 347-387-9768 or Email to: anthony@md-cre.com. Charles Rutenberg Realty – Exclusive.

State of the Art Midtown Medical Office for Rent
Elegant, modern, beautifully designed medical office available, furnished or non-furnished. Full or part time share with thriving Dermatology practice which occupies its own floor. Class A Architects and Designers Building in the best possible Midtown East location near Bloomingdales. Your own private corner, consultation room, two or three large equipped treatment rooms with beautiful cabinetry, sinks, and exam tables. All rooms wired and windowed. Shared oversized waiting room, kitchenette. Your own reception, administrative, front desk and storage space (preview images of space can be seen on www.instagram.com/dermroom). $8,000-$11,500/month. For details contact (212)–583–2966 or email Hefderm@outlook.com, no brokers.


Elegant Plastic Surgery Office (Upper East Side Manhattan)
Very large and classy office to share. Located in the ground floor of a 25′ x 100′ carriage house opposite the 66th Street Armory with large consult room, 2+ treatment/exam rooms, large waiting room, business office, storage. See video of office — you won’t believe it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uli8Cck_eRA   $5000/month incl utilities. no brokers. Call Doctor Fischman at (212) 472–3300.Jeffrey R. Fischman, M.D.  110 E 66th Street.

Want to Sell Your Medical Practice? Do You Have Medical Office Space to Sell or Share?
Clineeds is a new online platform designed to help medical providers sell their practice or buy, sell and share medical office space. Listing is FREE! No contracts. No commitments. No fees. Sign up today at http://www.clineeds.com/sign-up


Physician Opportunities


Executive Director – Bronx County Medical Society
Bronx County Medical Society, a leader in promoting excellence in Clinical Care, Education & Public Policy, is seeking an executive director. Candidates should have either a bachelor degree and/or three years of work experience with non-profit medical groups. The Executive Director should be knowledgeable on healthcare policy and nonprofit compliance. Candidate must demonstrate strength in event planning and fundraising, member recruitment and retention, community outreach, and possess strong communication skills. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume and cover letter to Diane Miller, Executive Director at bxcms@msn.com


A Private Multidisciplinary Medical Group is seeking an Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician in Manhattan
A well-established Manhattan based private multidisciplinary medical group is seeking to hire an Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician. This is a great opportunity to start your own practice in a modern office in midtown Manhattan. Attractive base salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered (Malpractice, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week CME, CME allowance, paid health insurance, etc).If you are a solo practitioner in private practice looking to join a private group practice, we will work with you to make the transition seamless. Please email your CV to tsrgexpress@gmail.com. No recruiters please.

A Private Multidisciplinary Medical Group is seeking a Podiatrist in Manhattan
A well-established Manhattan based private multidisciplinary medical group is seeking to hire a Podiatrist. This is a great opportunity to start your own practice in a modern office in midtown Manhattan. Attractive base salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered (Malpractice, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week CME, CME allowance, paid health insurance, etc).If you are a solo practitioner in private practice looking to join a private group practice, we will work with you to make the transition seamless. Please email your CV to tsrgexpress@gmail.com. No recruiters please.

CALL FOR RATES & INFO. CHRISTINA SOUTHARD: 516-488-6100 ext. 355

 

 

 

December 2, 2016 – What You Need to Know Re: PTSD

Dr. Reid
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dr. Malcolm Reid
December 2, 2016
Volume 16, Number 42

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Dear Colleagues:

I can state with confidence that all physicians agree that our veterans deserve the best and  timely medical care available to them.

The Veteran’s Choice Program now allows veterans to receive medical care in the community if the VA cannot schedule an appointment within 30 days of the veteran’s preferred date, or the date determined medically necessary by their physician, or if the veteran resides more than 40 miles from their closest VA medical facility. It was authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and provides $10B for non-VA medical care to eligible Veterans.

MSSNY has expanded its Veterans’ Matters mental health training initiative by including additional programming on substance use disorders and suicide in returning veterans.  Veterans’ Matters is conducted through webinars and live grand rounds presentations all over the state.

Frank Dowling, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, will be presenting a PTSD and TBI webinar on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 am. An active member of MSSNY, Dr. Dowling currently serves as Commissioner for Science and Public Health. Previously, he served as co-chair of the Addiction and Psychiatric Medicine Committee, chair of the Task Force on Alcohol and Health and vice chair of the Committee on Bioterror and Emergency Preparedness. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Committee and as faculty for the Veteran’s Mental Health Training Initiative, a collaborative effort by MSSNY, NYSPA and NASW-NY to train NY practitioners to assist warriors and veterans with post-traumatic stress and TBI.  

On December 15th, a Substance Use Disorders webinar will also be conducted at 8 am by Dr. Dowling.  Each program is accredited for one-credit hour of continuing medical education.  Registration is required. 

To register for a webinar, click on a date below

PTSD and TBI – Wednesday, 12/7/16 at 7:30 am
Substance Use Disorders – Thursday, 12/15/16 at 8 am

Information and the educational objectives for each webinar can be found here

PTSD and TBI – 12/7/16
Substance Use Disorders –12/15/16

If your hospital is interested in having one of these programs presented, or if you need assistance with registering, please contact Greg Elperin at gelperin@mssny.org or call (518)465-8085.

If you wish to become a physician who treats veterans, for more details about the Veterans Choice Program, visit http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/for_providers.asp

You must accept Medicare rates and have a full, current and unrestricted license in New York.

Malcolm Reid, MD, MPP
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

Please send your comments to comments@mssny.org


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Gov. Signs MSSNY-Supported Legislation to Permit Pharmacy to Pharmacy Transfer of eRx
Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation advocated for by MSSNY that would permit an e-prescription to be forwarded from one pharmacy to another pharmacy.  The law takes effect March 1, 2017. The purpose of the legislation is to address situations where a patient must request a physician to issue a new e-prescription if the pharmacy to whom an e-prescription was originally submitted does not have the medication in stock. Instead, the pharmacy can forward the e-prescription to another pharmacy requested by the patient. It is another “administrative simplification” measure signed into law this fall that was strongly advocated for by MSSNY and other specialty societies. Other measures signed into law include:

  • Eliminating the requirement for physicians to report to DOH when a written prescription must be issued in lieu of an e-prescription;
  • Requiring the DOH and DFS to create uniform standards for how health insurers impose prescription prior authorization protocols
  • Reducing from 90 to 60 days the time within which a health plan must review a physician’s application to be included in the plan’s network

We thank the hundreds of physicians who contacted their legislators and the Governor to urge that this measure be signed into law. 

Gov. Vetoes Legislation to Enable Pharmacists to Change Length of Prescription Fills
Governor Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have permitted pharmacists to increase the supply of a non-controlled drug prescription up to a 90-day supply, provided it did not exceed the total amount prescribed by the physician. Basically, it would have permitted a pharmacy to issue a 90-day supply of a medication with 3 refills, instead of following the physician’s prescription for a 30-day supply of a medication with 11 refills. In vetoing the bill the Governor noted that it a) would promote the unnecessary filling of larger quantities of prescription medication, “which could increase the amount of unused drugs in circulation and heighten concerns about safe disposal” and b) “unnecessarily infringes on the doctor-patient prescribing relationship…by allowing pharmacists to unilaterally determine that an additional supply of a drug refill is warranted without first obtaining the practitioner’s approval”.

Nurse Practitioners Can Now Certify Patients for Medical Marijuana
Nurse practitioners will now have the ability to certify patients for the use of medical marijuana under recent regulatory rules changes. Statutorily, the Commissioner of Health, Howard Zucker, MD, had the authority to seek an expansion under the law to allow nurse practitioners to certify patients for use of medical marijuana. In order for nurse practitioners to register with DOH to issue certifications for patients, the practitioner must take the required four-hour course.

Recent press reports have also indicated that the New York State Department of Health will seek to allow physicians assistants to certify patients for the use of medical marijuana if their supervising physicians have been authorized to certify patients. Additionally, the department officials have announced that it is considering allowing the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of chronic pain and also indicated that regulations will be developed to allow for this. MSSNY leadership and its committees are currently reviewing these proposals. Approximately 750 physicians have taken the required course on medical marijuana and have registered with the Department of Health to be able to certify that patients are eligible to receive medical marijuana. 

Medical Matters CME Webinar Series Continues in 2017; Registration Now Open
The Medical Society of the State of New York will continue its Medical Matters webinars on
January 18, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.
with Triage in a Disaster Event.  Arthur Cooper, MD, vice-chair of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee and Zachary Hickman, MD, member of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here. 

Educational objectives are: 1) Describe the importance of immediate bleeding suppression during a disaster event; 2) Describe the SALT methodology for triage and where to access SALT training; 3) Recognize the importance of not just general triage training, but triage training for bio-events as well.  

February’s Webinar

The Mental Health Impact of Active Shooter/Bombing on the Healthcare Team.  This program will be held on
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 am.
Craig Katz, MD, member of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here.

A copy of the flyer can be accessed here. Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org. 

The educational objectives are: 1) Describe the psychological problems and stress symptoms that can result from caring for victims of an active shooter/bombing event.  2) Identify means by which members of the healthcare team can address stress before, during and after an active shooter/bombing event.  3) Review resources and methodologies available to address the mental health impact of an active shooter/bombing on the healthcare team.

Medical Matters is a series of CME webinars sponsored by MSSNY’s Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response. The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

MSSNY designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Your membership yields results and will continue to do so. When your 2017 invoice arrives, please renew. KEEP MSSNY STRONG!


Deadline for Informal Review of Potential Penalties Extended
Physicians who want to contest potential payment penalties associated with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and/or the Value Modifier (VM) now have until December 7 to file a request for an informal review of their data.  Previously, the deadline to request a review was November 30 but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that the deadline will be extended by one week.

The penalties in question stem from policies in effect prior to the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.  Failure to successfully complete required PQRS reporting will result in a 2% penalty.  Value Modifier penalties can range from 1% to 4% depending on the size of the practice and its performance on cost and quality measures.  PQRS penalties were communicated to physicians by mail as well as in the PQRS feedback reports posted on the CMS web site.  Value Modifier penalties and bonuses can be found in Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) posted on the web site only.

Those who have questions, even if they are uncertain about penalty status, are urged to submit a request for informal review.  Although in most cases a successful PQRS review will trigger an automatic review of related VM penalties, program officials say the safest course is to file requests for review of both PQRS and VM data.

  • To File A Request for PQRS Informal Review:

Go to the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page (CSP), select “related links” in communication support page in the upper left-hand corner, then select “informal review request” followed by “”PQRSs informal review” and fill out requested information when new page opens.

If you have not already done so, 2015 PQRS feedback reports can be accessed on the CMS Enterprise Portal using an Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account. See PQRS Analysis and Payment webpage for more information.

For additional questions regarding the informal review process, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or Qnetsupport@hcqis.org Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time. To avoid security violations, do not include personal identifying information, such as Social Security Number or TIN, in e-mail inquiries to the QualityNet Help Desk.

  • To File A Request for VM Informal Review:

For information on how to file, see the 2017 Value Modifier Informal Review Request Quick Reference Guide.

For More Information, see: How webpage and/or  2015 QRUR and 2017 Value Modifier webpage.

Help Desk Information: For EIDM, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport@hcqis.org or 866-288-8912 (TTY 877-715- 6222);  For QRURs or the Value Modifier, contact the Physician Value Help Desk at pvhelpdesk@cms.hhs.gov or 888-734-6433 (select option 3)


Residents and Fellows
: Register for Poster Symposium; Jan. 31 Deadline
MSSNY is very pleased to announce the 12th Resident/Fellow/Medical Student Poster Symposium:

When:   Friday, April 21, 2017
Where: Westchester Marriott
Tarrytown, New York
Time:   2 pm – 4:30 pm

Click here for detailed guidelines.

Deadline for abstract submission is 4 pm, Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Check out last year’s Abstract Book here.

We welcome your participation. Participants must be MSSNY members, and membership is free for first-time resident members. Join online. 

Student News: USMLE Step 2: Determine the Cause of Morbidity and Death
If you’re preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 exam, you might want to know which questions are most often missed by those taking the practice test. Check out this example from Kaplan Medical, and view an expert video explanation of the answer. This USMLE® Step 2 practice test question deals with a 68-year-old man whose complaints include headache, dizziness and fatigue. Read more at AMA Wire.


For Your Patients
: FREE Rx Cards for Discounted Drugs
MSSNY has teamed up with the New York Rx Card program to provide FREE discount prescription drug cards to your employees and patients.  The New York Rx Card can be used for savings of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs at over 68,000 pharmacies nationwide.  The New York Rx Card discounts brand names and generics as well as non-covered medications for those patients who may have prescription coverage.  The program has no membership restrictions, no income requirements, no age limitations and there are no applications to complete.

Please encourage your patients to print a free New York Rx Card at  www.newyorkrx.com.

Patients also can secure the discount by simply walking into any CVS pharmacy in the state and asking for the New York Rx Card discount even if they do not have a card.

The drug cards also can be mailed to your clinic at NO COST by contacting the drug card’s program director, Chez Ciccone, via email at cc@nyrxcard.com or by phone at 800.931.2297.

We believe this is an easy and innovative way to help your patients get the prescription drugs they need to be treated effectively.

WSJ: Hospital Construction in New York City Booming Since 2013
The Wall Street Journal reports: “Hospitals in the city spent more than $6 billion on construction from 2013 through 2015 and are expected to spend $8.2 billion from 2016 through 2018, according to a survey and analysis from the New York Building Congress, an industry group.” (WSJ 12/1/)


CLASSIFIEDS


Bronx Office Space for Rent
Morris Park-Van Nest, Bronx. Brand New Construction at Highly Desirable Intersection. 2,350 sq. ft. + Ground Level + 1,300 sq. ft. Lower Level; Open Floor Plan. Please Call Anthony Mameli 347-387-9768 or Email to: anthony@md-cre.com. Charles Rutenberg Realty – Exclusive.

State of the Art Midtown Medical Office for Rent
Elegant, modern, beautifully designed medical office available, furnished or non-furnished. Full or part time share with thriving Dermatology practice which occupies its own floor. Class A Architects and Designers Building in the best possible Midtown East location near Bloomingdales. Your own private corner, consultation room, two or three large equipped treatment rooms with beautiful cabinetry, sinks, and exam tables. All rooms wired and windowed. Shared oversized waiting room, kitchenette. Your own reception, administrative, front desk and storage space (preview images of space can be seen on www.instagram.com/dermroom). $8,000-$11,500/month. For details contact (212)–583–2966 or email Hefderm@outlook.com, no brokers.


Elegant Plastic Surgery Office (Upper East Side Manhattan)
Very large and classy office to share. Located in the ground floor of a 25′ x 100′ carriage house opposite the 66th Street Armory with large consult room, 2+ treatment/exam rooms, large waiting room, business office, storage. See video of office — you won’t believe it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uli8Cck_eRA   $5000/month incl utilities. no brokers. Call Doctor Fischman at (212) 472–3300.Jeffrey R. Fischman, M.D.  110 E 66th Street.

Want to Sell Your Medical Practice? Do You Have Medical Office Space to Sell or Share?
Clineeds is a new online platform designed to help medical providers sell their practice or buy, sell and share medical office space. Listing is FREE! No contracts. No commitments. No fees. Sign up today at http://www.clineeds.com/sign-up


Physician Opportunities


Executive Director – Bronx County Medical Society
Bronx County Medical Society, a leader in promoting excellence in Clinical Care, Education & Public Policy, is seeking an executive director. Candidates should have either a bachelor degree and/or three years of work experience with non-profit medical groups. The Executive Director should be knowledgeable on healthcare policy and nonprofit compliance. Candidate must demonstrate strength in event planning and fundraising, member recruitment and retention, community outreach, and possess strong communication skills. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume and cover letter to Diane Miller, Executive Director at bxcms@msn.com


A Private Multidisciplinary Medical Group is seeking an Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician in Manhattan
A well-established Manhattan based private multidisciplinary medical group is seeking to hire an Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician. This is a great opportunity to start your own practice in a modern office in midtown Manhattan. Attractive base salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered (Malpractice, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week CME, CME allowance, paid health insurance, etc).If you are a solo practitioner in private practice looking to join a private group practice, we will work with you to make the transition seamless. Please email your CV to tsrgexpress@gmail.com. No recruiters please.

A Private Multidisciplinary Medical Group is seeking a Podiatrist in Manhattan
A well-established Manhattan based private multidisciplinary medical group is seeking to hire a Podiatrist. This is a great opportunity to start your own practice in a modern office in midtown Manhattan. Attractive base salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered (Malpractice, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week CME, CME allowance, paid health insurance, etc).If you are a solo practitioner in private practice looking to join a private group practice, we will work with you to make the transition seamless. Please email your CV to tsrgexpress@gmail.com. No recruiters please.

CALL FOR RATES & INFO. CHRISTINA SOUTHARD: 516-488-6100 ext. 355