MSSNY eNews – May 10, 2019 – NY State of Fear

Arthur Fougner MSSNY Presiident

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Arthur Fougner, MD
MSSNY President

MSSNY eNews
MAy 10, 2019

Vol. 22  Number 18


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Colleagues:

Fear is the Mind Killer.”
-Bene Gesserit (from Dune by Frank Herbert)

The 21st Century is not turning out the way I expected. How it could happen that a disease once declared eradicated by the CDC in 2000, now plagues our state? With over 600 cases in NY State, there seems no end to this outbreak. Schools have been closed, families are now under quarantine. Any day, I expect to pick up the paper and learn that someone, like the Israeli flight attendant, is now in an intensive care unit somewhere on life support.

Where once NY enjoyed almost universal vaccination, today there are over 200 schools where less than two thirds of the children are immunized. This is truly disturbing.  You see, there are those who cannot be vaccinated – those infants 6 months of age or younger, those with cancer or transplants on immunosuppression therapy, patients with HIV or autoimmune disease, pregnant women, or those allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. To minimize the likelihood of exposure, the rest of the community needs to be immunized. This is the concept of herd immunity. Today, our herd has been culled.

So what’s going on here? Some might point to religion. Yet there is no major religion that proscribes vaccination. Moreover, religion has been with us since the day that homo sapiens took their first steps. Religion was certainly around while measles was being eradicated through a vigorous vaccination campaign.

So what is different now?

What’s different now is the pervasive state of fear created by a relatively small group who spread the notion that the vaccines are more terrifying than the diseases they are designed to control. We all know who they are. They are powerful, they are media savvy and their influence has spread throughout all sectors of our society, promulgating the false gospel that vaccination causes such afflictions as autism. That notion, which first emerged 20 years ago, has been thoroughly discredited but facts do not deter this cult. Take the two recent Danish studies of over half a million children. These found no significant difference in autism rates between those vaccinated and those not. In fact, the vaccinated group actually had a slightly LOWER incidence of autism.

So we must take this challenge head on and protect those who cannot protect themselves. Re-establish Community Immunity. Remember the words of a former NY governor, President and victim of a now vaccine-preventable disease: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Arthur Fougner, MD
MSSNY President 

Comments? comments@mssny.org; @mssnytweet; @sonodoc99

Dr. Fougner and Dr. Sellers at Measles Conference

Vaccinations: Only Medical Exemptions.
MSSNY Vice President Dr. Joseph Sellers and MSSNY President Dr. Art Fougner at a press conference on Tuesday, May 8. Speaking to NYS legislators, Dr. Fougner said, “An important first step is ensuring that medical exemptions are the ONLY exemptions allowable.”


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MSSNY Participates in Congressional Discussion on Addressing Surprise Medical Bills
MSSNY Past-President Dr. Andrew Kleinman was one of the key participants in a meeting this week in Washington DC with the US House of Representatives’ Doctors Caucus to highlight New York’s acclaimed “surprise medical bill” law as a model for Congress to follow as it develops similar legislation for the country.  Dr. Kleinman highlighted that New York’s comprehensive law protected patients and struck a balance among the concerns of physicians, hospitals and health insurers to help preserve needed on-call specialty care availability in hospital emergency departments.

He noted New York’s law not only addressed surprise out of network bills directly, but also addressed other “root causes” of  surprise medical bills, such as inadequate and inaccurate physician networks and inadequate out of network coverage. He also highlighted the expeditious and relatively inexpensive cost of New York’s independent dispute resolution system for resolving surprise out of network bills.  Dr. Kleinman was extensively involved in efforts to help develop and advance New York’s law.

Other participants in the meeting included the American Medical Association, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Federation of American Hospitals.  Dr. Kleinman also met with key health policy staff for several other key US Senators developing legislation on this issue, including Senate Minority Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Dr. William Cassidy (R-LA).    

This week, President Trump held a press conference urging action to address surprise medical bills. The AMA released a statement following the press conference agreeing with the goal to protect patients from surprise bills but raising concerns with aspects of the President’s statement.  Read the AMA statement here.

Physicians are urged to send a letter to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, as well as their respective member of Congress here  to urge that any proposal addressing surprise medical bills be consistent with New York’s law.                      (AUSTER)


Medical Organizations, Public Health and Patient Advocacy Groups Hold Press Conference; Urge Legislators to Enact Medical Exemption
The Medical Society of the State of New York and 27 other medical organizations, public health and patient advocacy groups are urging the New York State Legislature to pass A.2371/S.2984 which ensures that medical reasons are the only exception to vaccination requirements.  MSSNY President Dr. Art Fougner, Vice-President Dr. Joseph Sellers and Assistant Treasurer Dr. Parag Mehta joined many other physicians and patient advocates this week in a press conference urging support for the legislation.  The press conference generated significant media attention. The legislation is sponsored by Assemblymember Dinowitz and Senator Hoylman and is in the Assembly and Senate Health Committees.

Following the press conference, the groups met with various members of the legislature urging their support of the measure; those meetings will continue this week.  It is important to note that many anti-vaccine advocates are expected at the Capitol next week to discuss their views with legislators.  Therefore, it is critically important that all physicians reach out o their legislators and urge passage of A.2371/S.2984.

The measure must go through the Assembly Health Committee and MSSNY’s focus has been on the following individuals:  Assemblymembers Gottfired, Abinanti, Ashby, Barron, Bichotte, Braunstein, K. Byrne, M. Byrnes, Cahall, Cymbrowitz, Dinowitz, Galed, Garbarino, Gunther, Hevesi, Jaffee, Kim, D. McDonought, Paulin, Ra, Raia, Rosenthal, Sayegh, Schimminger, Solages, P. Steck.  You can call the Asssembly at 518-455-4100 and ask to be transferred to their offices.  You may also send a letter to these legislators urging support of A.2371 and S.2984 by going to MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (GAC) here.

With the number of confirmed measles cases exceeding 700, groups are urging passage to ensure that measles – a vaccine preventable disease – does not gain a sustained foothold in New York and across the nation.

The following groups have joined onto a memo in support and many attended this week’s press conference:  American Academy of Pediatrics, NYS District II, Chapters 1, 2 & 3, American Nurses Association – New York (ANA-NY), Associated Medical Schools of New York, Autism Science Foundation, Citizen Committee for Children of New York, Inc., Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Erie County Department of Health,  Ithaca Is Immunized, Kimberly Coffey Foundation, Nurses Who Vaccinate, March of Dimes, Meningitis B Action Project, Medical Society of the State of New York, Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, New York American College of Emergency Physicians, NY Chapter American College of Physicians, NYS Academy of Family Physicians, NYS Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), NY Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (NYOEMA) , NY State Neurological Society, NY State Neurosurgical Society, NYS Ophthalmological Society, NYS Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, NYS Public Health Association, New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc., The New York State Radiological Society, Schuyler Center For Analysis and Advocacy, The Children’s Agenda and the Tompkins County Department of Health.                                  (CLANCY)



Collective Negotiations Bill Advances in the Assembly
Please urge your legislators to support Assemblymember Gottfried’s bill A.2393, which would help to even the playing field between physicians and insurance companies.  A letter can be sent here.

This bill was reported out of the Health committee on 4/30 and has now been reported out of the Codes committee. It currently awaits a vote in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. If enacted into law it would allow independently practicing physicians to communicate and negotiate collectively with health care plans in limited instances (when health plans have an undue advantage negotiating the terms of contracts with health care providers). Physicians are currently unable to do so due to federal antitrust law. However, a longstanding US Supreme Court precedent enables States to permit these negotiations via the State Action Doctrine.

Passage of this legislation would help to enable physicians to negotiate in order to limit burdensome prior authorization procedures and unfair network participation rules. It also contains protections to help ensure that negotiations do not impair access to patient care by prohibiting collective slowdowns/strikes and would ensure strict oversight of these negotiations by the Department of Health.

The bill, which is also sponsored by Senator Rivera (S.3462) is currently in the Senate Health Committee.             (AVELLA)     


Bill Requiring Physicians to Maintain Excessive Documentation of Discussion of Risks of Prescribing Opioids Moves to Senate Floor; Action Needed!
Physicians are urged to contact their legislators in opposition to legislation (S.4277-A/A.7285-A) which would require physicians and health practitioners who prescribe an opioid or other Schedule II Controlled Substance to discuss with patients’ the risks prior to prescribing the medications. The Medical Society is opposed to this measure and encourages

physicians to send a letter to their legislator at the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (GAC) here. The bill has moved to the Senate floor and can be voted on at any time.      Specifically the legislation would require physicians to discuss (and by extension document that such discussions took place) the following: a) the risks of addiction and overdose associated with opioid medications, b) the reason why the prescription is necessary, c) alternative treatments that may be available and d) the risks associated with the use of these medications. Moreover it would require the physician each year to counsel the patient on the risks of overdose and the availability of an opioid antagonist.

While the legislation is well intended, it ignores existing Public Health Law that essentially requires the patient’s informed consent. This means that when a patient needs treatment, the physician must give the patient information regarding risks so that they can make an informed decision.

Additionally, this is duplicative of requirements that currently exist under other laws that mandate that after a physician prescribes the medication, the pharmacist is required to again inform the patient about the risks of taking a controlled substance. Moreover, for their patients who are on opioid medications longer than 90 days, physicians are required to have a written treatment plan that includes discussing with patients the risks of these medications and possible alternatives to these medications.  MSSNY is also concerned that such requirements will further discourage physicians from prescribing pain medications for patients who need them – already a growing concern – and could potentially scare patients who truly need pain medication away from taking this medication. (CLANCY,AUSTER)



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Action Needed on Prior Authorization Reform Bill
Prior authorizations continue to be a major roadblock to care and cause endless hassles for physicians and their staff. The burdens caused by excessive and often unjustified prior authorization requirements take away from the time that physicians can spend with their patients and lead to far too many hours being spent on paperwork. Further, surveys continue to demonstrate that a significant number of patients have experienced adverse outcomes due to prior authorizations, either due to the time that insurance companies take to process them or because of improper or unfair denials.

Senator Breslin and Assemblymember Gottfried have introduced an “omnibus bill” (S.2847/A.3038) that would help in reducing prior authorization burdens, updating UR standards and patient protections for prescription drugs.  MSSNY has been working with several specialty societies and patient advocacy groups, including the New York Bleeding Disorders Coalition, on advocacy in support of the legislation.

The bill has picked up additional co-sponsors in both houses this year. It is currently awaiting action in the Senate Health Committee and the Assembly Insurance Committee. Please urge your Assemblymember and Senator to join on as a co-sponsor here(AVELLA)


Single Payer Hearing Scheduled for May 28 in Albany
Health Committee Chairs Senator Rivera and Assemblymember Gottfried will host a hearing on the Proposed New York Health Act on May 28, 2019 in Albany. It will be the first of a series of hearings throughout NY regarding the proposed legislation, which would create a single payor system in New York. MSSNY President Arthur Fougner, MD will be providing testimony on behalf of MSSNY.

The hearing will take place at 10am in Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building. Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes per participant. More information, including the form that must be submitted by those who wish to testify, can be found here.          (AVELLA)


Uniform Credentialing Bill on Senate Health Committee Agenda
Senate Bill S.4335, sponsored by Senator Salazar, is on the Senate Health Committee’s agenda for Tuesday, May 14. The bill would require the creation and use of uniform credentialing and re-credentialing forms for physicians and other providers to use for the purposes of applying for and being maintained on a health care plan’s network. While many insurance companies now use CAQH’s standard form, not all use it exclusively. As a result, physicians and their staff – who are already overburdened with paperwork and bureaucratic tasks – must sometimes file multiple different forms that serve the same purpose.

It would also require the creation of a standard referral form that a primary care physician may use to facilitate care for a patient from a specialist physician. Similar to the credentialing forms, health care plans may have their own referral forms that are substantially similar, but different enough so that the physician must use each plan’s form instead of a single form. A uniform referral form would alleviate further unnecessary administrative hassles that physicians face in attempting to facilitate appropriate care for their patients.

Assemblymember Gottfried’s companion bill A.3077 passed the Assembly on 3/26.        (AVELLA)


Patient Formulary Protection Bill Ready for Senate Vote
Senator Breslin’s S.2849, which would prohibit a health care plan from making prescription drug formulary changes during the contract year, is currently on the floor of the Senate. While patients are locked into an insurance plan for the contract year – and often choose their plan based on their prescription co-pays and prescription formularies – insurance companies are able to modify their formulary and often move drugs into a higher cost-sharing tier mid-contract. This legislation would ensure that patients are able to access the drugs they need without unexpected cost increases mid-year.  MSSNY has been working with several patient advocacy groups in support of this legislation.

This is the first year that the bill has advanced out of committee in the Senate. Its companion bill, which is sponsored by Assemblymember People-Stokes (A.2969), has passed the Assembly every year since 2015 and is currently in the Assembly Insurance Committee awaiting movement. Please urge your legislator to support this bill by clicking here. (AVELLA)


CMS to Require Pharma Companies to Include List Price during TV Commercials
CMS will now require TV commercials for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price (Wholesale Acquisition Cost) if the price is greater than or equal to $35 per month or the usual course of therapy. Currently, drug companies are only required to disclose a drug’s potential major side effects. The final rule is effective 60 days after its May 10, 2019 publication in the Federal Register (July 9, 2019).

Per HHS, the 10 most commonly advertised drugs have list prices ranging from $488 to $16,938 per month (or usual course of therapy).  HHS estimates that prescription drug spending in the United States was about $457 billion in 2015, or 16.7 percent of overall personal health care services. Further, over $4.2 billion was spent on prescription drug television advertising.

The stated intent of this rule change is to incentivize lower list prices and ensuring that beneficiaries are provided all of the information that they need to make informed decisions, minimizing their out-of-pocket costs. 47% of Americans are insured through high-deductible health plans and all seniors on Medicare Part D must pay coinsurance and often a deductible as well. The list price is also what a patient would pay if a drug is not on their insurance formulary.    (AVELLA)  


Measles Outbreak in New York State Continues to Spread
Webinar Available at MSSNY CME Website

The number of measles cases in New York State continues to rise with approximately 665 of the 706 confirmed cases nationwide occurring in New York State (423 in New York City, 206 in Rockland, 23 in Orange, 10 in Westchester, 2 in Sullivan, 1 in Suffolk and 1 in Greene counties) as of May 1st.  MSSNY conducted a just-in-time Medical Matters webinar entitled “The Continued Public Health Threat of Measles 2018” in December, 2018.  This webinar has now been posted to the MSSNY CME website. You can also view MSSNY’s latest Medical Matters webinar entitled “What’s Your Diagnosis? Infectious Diseases” which involves a patient with a fever and a rash.  Please check these out and keep yourself informed about the growing measles outbreak throughout New York State.  You can also listen to MSSNY’s brief podcast on the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine here         (HOFFMAN, CLANCY)


Be Sure to Listen to MSSNY’s Latest Podcast
MSSNY proudly announces our latest podcast entitled Military Culture: Forging an Alliance with Veteran Patients.  Dr. Frank Dowling, MSSNY Secretary, discusses the unique aspects of military culture with Marcelle Leis, CMS (Ret.) USAF/ANG and Lance Allen Want, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USA.  Listen here.                                                                   (HOFFMAN)


Registration Now Open for Medical Matters Webinar on May 15, 2019 @ 7:30am
The Medical Society of the State of New York will host its final Medical Matters webinar of 2019, The Importance of Resilience After a Disaster on May 15th @ 7:30am.  Encouraging post traumatic growth is an essential part of recovery from any type of disaster.  Learn more about how best to encourage resilience behaviors in patients.

The Importance of Resilience After a DisasterRegister here.:

When:  Wednesday, May 15 2019 at 7:30am

Faculty: Craig Katz, MD

Educational Objectives:

  • Define resilience and post traumatic growth
  • Describe how best to measure resilience and post traumatic growth
  • Explore resilience behaviors and how to encourage them in your patients

The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits. Physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. (HOFFMAN)


Registration Now Open for Veterans Matters CME Webinar on June 5th
Register now for MSSNY’s next Veterans Matters webinar June 5th at 7:30am. This webinar is entitled Substance Use Disorders in Veterans.  Register for this program here

Veterans Matters: Substance Use Disorders in Veterans

When:  Wednesday June 5 2019 at 7:30am

Faculty: Frank Dowling, MD

Educational Objectives

  • Define Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), symptoms, warning signs, comorbidities
  • Explore evidence-based intervention and treatment options for SUDs among veterans
  • Identify barriers to diagnosis and treatment and methods to overcome them

The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 creditsä. Physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   (HOFFMAN)


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Empire, Westchester Medical Center Locked in Contract Dispute
Empire BlueCross BlueShield has notified its members that Westchester Medical Center Health Network will become out-of-network on June 1 unless the two sides reach an agreement. The health network’s contract with Empire expired April 1, but discussions have continued during a two-month “cooling off” period.

“We have a strong desire for Westchester Medical Center to be in-network, but we have to provide affordable products,” Alan Murray, Empire’s CEO, told Crain’s. “That’s a constant balance we’re challenged with.”

The hospitals affected are Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, Orange County; Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, Rockland County; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, Orange County; and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County.

The insurer told members that Empire would cover WMCHealth facilities as in-network during emergencies, when services have been previously authorized or where another provider is not within 30 miles of a patient’s home. Crains May 7.


Mayor Unveils NYC Care Card for Uninsured; Will Hire Seven Doctors in Bronx
The city’s public hospital system is hiring seven doctors for Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to prepare for what officials hope will be an influx of patients this summer who will take advantage of NYC Care, the de Blasio administration’s latest health program.

The city’s effort to connect people without insurance to primary care at NYC Health + Hospitals will officially start Aug. 1 in the Bronx. The mayor’s office expects 10,000 people to sign up for NYC Care within the first six months of the program. The patients will have 24/7 access to a customer-service line and hospital-based pharmacies.

The $100 million NYC Care program does not provide participants with access to medical care at any private doctor, hospital or pharmacy. It will charge sliding-scale payments based on an individual’s income and encourage people to enroll in MetroPlus if they earn too much to qualify. The card includes a member ID number, the name of an individual’s primary-care physician and a customer-service phone number.

People are eligible if they have lived in the city for at least six months and do not have an affordable insurance option or are ineligible for insurance. Of course, NYC Health + Hospitals always has welcomed any patient whether or not they have insurance. The difference is the priority of connecting uninsured patients to primary care before they go to a city emergency room with a crisis. The city will spend $25 million bringing the program to the Bronx, which also includes ramp-up costs, said City Hall spokesperson Marcy Miranda.


NY Improves Its Readiness for Health Emergencies
New York has continued to improve its readiness for health emergencies, according to the 2019 National Health Security Preparedness Index, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state improved its readiness in all areas between 2013 and 2018, the index found. It also bested the national average of 6.7—on a 10-point scale—scoring 6.9. Specifically, New York scored particularly well in community planning and engagement, increasing nearly 21%, to 5.8. The national average was 5.2 last year.

New York also posted its highest score in health security surveillance, 9.2, compared with a national average of 8.3. Health security surveillance is defined by the index as the ability to detect and monitor health threats and identify where they start and spread to contain them rapidly.

The state also exceeded the national average in readiness in environmental and occupational health last year at 6.7, compared with 5.9. New York’s lowest score was in health care delivery—the ability to provide care during and after emergencies—at 4.7. The national average was 4.9. The state also scored significantly below the national average in incident and information management, at 8.2, compared with 8.7. This metric is the ability to deploy people, supplies and funds to locations where they are most effective in protecting health, according to the index.

The index was originally developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is now funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and involves the collaboration of more than 30 organizations.


Yelp to List NYC and Long Island Maternity Care Metrics on Hospital Pages
As of May 8, Yelp started displaying information about the quality of maternity care at about 50 hospitals in New York City and Long Island through a partnership with the Northeast Business Group on Health. The Yelp pages for hospitals will indicate whether the facilities are above average, average or below average in their rates of Cesarean-section deliveries in low-risk pregnancies, newborns being fed only breast milk before discharge, the administering of an episiotomy and vaginal births among women who’ve had a previous C-section.

The data come from expectny.com, a project of the Northeast Business Group on Health, which provides maternity-care statistics from New York State and patient-safety organization Leapfrog Group. Its work was supported by a grant from the New York State Health Foundation. The ratings include a link to expectny.com where users can get more information about why it has rated hospitals on these measures. A 2017 report from researchers at the Manhattan Institute found Yelp ratings were correlated with better-quality hospitals in New York State. In the analysis, hospitals with lower rates of avoidable readmission were considered higher quality. Crains NY May 8 

“Do I Really Need An Employee Handbook? Absolutely!”
Creating an employee handbook can seem like a daunting task for an employer. Some employers have few, if any, written policies in place when they begin the process. Others may have adopted individual written policies in the past with little, if any, consideration given to how the policies can or should fit together in a handbook. Questions abound over what policies must or should be included, or over how often the handbook should be updated.

Despite such issues, there is no question that every employer should have a handbook in place.  A properly drafted employee handbook can be a critical risk management tool, communication tool and cost containment tool.  Specifically, a handbook informs employees and supervisors of the rules and policies of the workplace in a uniform way, and provides for clarity concerning expectations and standards that must be followed and adhered to by employees.  A handbook is a primary tool for placing employees on notice of an employer’s policies, expectations and benefits.

Moreover, employers can refer to provisions of an employee manual for purposes of establishing legitimate and lawful reasons for taking an adverse employment action against an employee.  Furthermore, a handbook informs the employees of their rights and benefits in a clear consistent manner and of grievance procedures to ensure that complaints are handled appropriately and effectively.  The prospect of supervisors enforcing rules consistently is enhanced by the existence of a handbook.

Finally, a properly drafted handbook can reduce the risks of litigation or provide a defense in should a lawsuit arise.  This is because its existence can show an employer’s intended consistent treatment of employees, the plaintiff-employee’s violation of the workplace rules, and that a plaintiff-employee’s claim for benefits is baseless given the express language of the handbook.

[1]Madelin T. Zwerling is an attorney at Garfunkel Wild, P.C., which she joined in 2011, and a member of the Employment Law Practice Group, which provides legal advice on a full range of employment matters.  She may be reached at mzwerling@garfunkelwild.com or (516) 393-2510.


New Rule Requires Drug Price Disclosure in TV Ads
The HHS finalized a rule on Wednesday that will require drugmakers to post the list prices of their products in TV ads. The policy applies to all drugs covered by Medicare that cost $35 or more per month or over the course of treatment. The rule takes effect 60 days after it is published in the federal register. The drug industry might challenge the rule.

“We’re moving from a system where patients are left in the dark to where patients are put in the driver’s seat,” Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services, said in a speech.

The rule makes drug companies more accountable to New York consumers, said Eric Linzer, president and CEO of the state Health Plan Association.

“While breakthrough medications provide tremendous clinical benefits to patients there’s really little understanding of how drug manufacturers establish their prices,” he said.


Severe Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Rising, Possibly Due to Binge Drinking
Severe alcohol-related liver disease is on the rise,” (which) may be due to heavy binge drinking, especially in young adults,” experts posit. For the study, investigators “turned to data from 2001 to 2016 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).” The researchers then discovered that “while there has been little change in the rate of people developing alcoholic fatty liver disease, there appears to be an increase in those who are at greater risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.” The findings of the 34,423-person study were published May 7 in a research letter in JAMA.


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Excellent opportunity for a RN who is seeking a position performing utilization review.  We require 1-2 years recent experience in hospital and/or insurer utilization review and experience using Interqual criteria and/or MCG Guidelines. Data entry/PC skills a plus. Benefits include 401(k), paid vacation and holidays. Send resume and salary requirements to: Empire State Medical Scientific and Educational Foundation, Inc. Human Resource Department e-mail: chunt@mssny.org  Fax: (1-516) 833-4760 Equal Oppty Employer M/F


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MSSNY Calls on NYS Legislators to Authorize ONLY Medical Exemptions from Vaccination


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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2019

MSSNY Calls on NYS Legislators to Authorize ONLY Medical Exemptions from Vaccination

Statement attributable to:
Art Fougner, MD,
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“Today, the Medical Society of the State of New York joins with 25 medical and public health organizations, and patient advocacy groups asking our NYS legislators to authorize ONLY medical exemptions from vaccination.  Once declared eliminated in the United States by the CDC, measles are now making a comeback. We must do everything that we can to prevent measles from gaining a permanent foothold in New York and prevent the further spread of disease nationally.  An important first step is ensuring that medical exemptions are the only exemption allowable.   We must preserve community immunity in order to protect society—especially our most vulnerable, the newborn, pregnant women, the immune-compromised, and those with cancer.”

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
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MSSNY eNews – May 3, 2019 – Dazzled by Ex-Bronco in Buffalo

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Arthur Fougner, MD
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MAy 3, 2019

Vol. 22  Number 17


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Colleagues:

“Blinded by the light
Revved up like a deuce, another Runner in the Night
Blinded by the light.”
Bruce Springsteen

It was great to be back in Buffalo for the Erie County Annual Meeting as Dr. John Gillespie turned over the reins to Dr. Kenneth Eckert III, a third generation physician. In his inaugural, Dr. Eckhert shared several quotes from his grandfather – quotes that still ring true today.

The highlight of the evening was former Denver Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson (I know – a Bronco in Bills country?) who shared with us his life outside the lines. His was a real Wide World of Sports story – from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, as he sank steadily into the quagmire of substance abuse and addiction. A few words can hardly recap the emotion of the evening as the man poured out his heart to all in attendance. Suddenly, agonizing about Managed Care or Reimbursement seemed such small matters indeed.

Mr. Johnson credited the care and tough love shown by a physician Mark Twardowski, DO, for the inspiration and the guts to turn his life around. “He cared about me,” Vance shared. Today, Vance Johnson is a substance abuse counselor and motivational speaker who is truly making an impact one life at a time.

After the meeting, I shared with Vance that I had had a hip replacement and had been prescribed powerful opioids. For some reason, I was somehow not susceptible to their allure.  There but for good fortune, indeed. And we spoke about kids in sports and the influence their coaches and trainers have on them and how easily bad advice and unrealistic expectations can lead athletes to a path to self-destruction. As Mr. Vance was speaking, the realization hit like a ton of bricks that we must always strive to see the person behind the mask. For more about Vance Johnson, check out his video here.

Dr. Fougner Speaks in Buffalo

“Let’s get the collective negotiation football across the goal line,” said MSSNY President Art Fougner at the Erie County Medical Society Annual Meeting this week.

Arthur Fougner, MD
MSSNY President

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Medical Organizations, Public Health and Patient Advocacy Groups Join Together to Urge Further Limits on Exemptions For Immunizations
This Monday, May 6, the Medical Society of the State of New York will join 25 other medical organizations, public health and patient advocacy groups urging the New York State Legislature to pass A.2371/S.2984 which ensures that medical reasons are the only exception to vaccination requirements.  The legislation is sponsored by Assemblymember Dinowitz and Senator Hoylman and is in the Assembly and Senate Health Committees. Following the press conference, the groups will meet with various members of the legislature urging their support of the measure.  With the number of measles cases exceeding 700 confirmed cases, all the groups are urging passage to ensure that measles, a vaccine preventable disease, does not gain a sustained foothold in New York and the nation.  The following groups have joined onto a memo in support and many representatives will be attending the press conference:

American Academy of Pediatrics, NYS District II, Chapters 1, 2 & 3, American Nurses Association – New York (ANA-NY), Associated Medical Schools of New York, Autism Science Foundation, Citizen Committee for Children of New York, Inc., Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Ithaca Is Immunized, Kimberly Coffey Foundation, Nurses Who Vaccinate, March of Dimes, Meningitis B Action Project, Medical Society of the State of New York, Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, New York American College of Emergency Physicians, NY Chapter American College of Physicians, NYS Academy of Family Physicians, NYS Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), NY Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (NYOEMA) , NY State Neurological Society, NY State Neurosurgical Society, NYS Ophthalmological Society, NYS Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, NYS Public Health Association, New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc., The New York State Radiological Society

Schuyler Center For Analysis and Advocacy and The Children’s Agenda.

Physicians are encouraged to send a letter to their legislators urging support of A.2371 and S.2984 by going to MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (GAC). Please click here.                               (CLANCY)


Bill Requiring Physicians to Maintain Excessive Documentation of Discussion of Risks of Prescribing Opioids Moves to Senate Floor; Action Needed!
Legislation which would require physicians and health practitioners, who prescribe an opioid or other Schedule II Controlled Substance, to discuss with patients’ the risks prior to being prescribed a CSII drug, has moved to the Senate floor and can be voted on at any time.  The measure, S.4277-A, is sponsored by Senator Harckham.  There is now a companion measure, A.7285-A, sponsored by Assemblywoman Rosenthal.   Specifically the legislation would require physicians to discuss and, by extension, document that such discussions took place: a) the risks of addiction and overdose associated with opioid medications, b) the reason why the prescription is necessary, c) alternative treatments that may be available and d) the risks associated with the use of these medications. Moreover it would require the physician each year to counsel the patient on the risks of overdose and the availability of an opioid antagonist.

While the legislation is well intended, it ignores existing law essentially requiring the patient’s informed consent under the Public Health Law—which means that when a patient needs treatment, the physician must give the patient the information regarding risks to make an informed decision. Additionally, this is duplicative of requirements that currently exist under the ISTOP law, whereby, after the physician prescribes the medication, the pharmacist is required to again inform the patient about the risks of taking a controlled substance. Moreover MSSNY is concerned that such requirements will further discourage physicians from prescribing pain medications for patients who need them – already a growing concern, as well as potentially scaring patients away from taking pain medications who may truly need them.

The Medical Society is opposed to this measure and encourages physicians to send a letter to their legislator at the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (CAC) here.
(CLANCY, AUSTER)



Collective Negotiations Bill Advances in the Assembly
Assemblymember Gottfried’s bill A.2393, which would help to even the playing field between physicians and insurance companies, has been reported out of the health committee and is now on the Assembly Codes Committee agenda for next week. This bill would allow independently practicing physicians to communicate and negotiate collectively with health care plans in limited instances (when health plans have an undue advantage negotiating the terms of contracts with health care providers). Currently physicians are unable to do so due to federal antitrust law. However, a longstanding US Supreme Court precedent enables States to permit these negotiations via the State Action Doctrine.

Passage of this legislation would help to enable physicians to negotiate to limit burdensome prior authorization procedures and unfair network participation rules. It also contains protections to help ensure that negotiations do not impair access to patient care by prohibiting collective slowdowns/strikes and would ensure strict oversight of these negotiations by the Department of Health.

The same as bill, which is sponsored by Senator Rivera (S.3462) is currently in the Senate Health Committee.

Please urge your legislator to support this bill by clicking here.
(AVELLA, AUSTER)


Senate Health Committee to Consider Legislation to Reduce MOC Hassles
Legislation is on the agenda of the Senate Health Committee for next week (S.5280, Rivera) that would prohibit health insurance companies and hospitals from requiring that their participating network and staff physicians continue to complete often unnecessarily burdensome Maintenance of Certification requirements as a condition of participation in their panels and medical staffs. The Medical Society of the State of New York supports this legislation.

The cost of updating board certification status is increasingly becoming prohibitively expensive and excessively time-consuming for many physicians. With demands on physician time greater than ever before (which is leading to a significant increase in “burnout”), many physicians find that they do not have sufficient time to prepare for ever more cumbersome specialty recertification exams. While efforts are being made by some of the national specialty boards to simplify this re-credentialing process in response to an outcry from the physician community about these excessive requirements, the needed relief is not happening quickly enough. This bill would help to ensure that continuing board certification remains aspirational for physicians, but not mandatory, by ensuring that hospitals and health insurance companies cannot impose such ongoing requirements as a condition of participation, thereby reducing one barrier to delivering medical care in New York State.

Similar legislation (A.5140, Schimminger) is in the Assembly Health Committee. (AUSTER)



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Bill to Restrict Physicians’ Defense in Medical Liability Cases Reported Out of Committee
The Assembly Codes Committee has reported Assemblymember Dinowitz’s bill A.2370 to the floor. The bill, which is opposed by MSSNY, would prohibit a physician’s defense counsel in a medical liability action from conducting an interview with the plaintiff’s treating physician.

This legislation would overturn a New York State Court of Appeals decision that affirmed a long-standing principle in our legal system that no party has a proprietary interest in a particular witness in a civil liability action.  Were this Court of Appeals decision to be overturned through legislation, it would present significant problems for a physician defendant in seeking to defend him or herself in a medical liability action by unfairly limiting the opportunity to fully examine the plaintiff’s health condition to evaluate the merit of the plaintiff’s claim.

New York already has the most burdensome liability environment for physicians in the entire nation, leading to escalating costs and driving physicians out of the state. Analyses have repeatedly stated that New York is the worst state in the country in which to be a doctor, in large part due to its overwhelming liability exposure as compared to other states. Indeed a recent report by LeverageRx showed that New York once again overwhelmingly had the highest liability costs in the country and up 11% between 2017 and 2018.  This legislation would exacerbate these already onerous costs, further drive increases in defensive medicine costs and would make worse the imbalance in our medical liability adjudication system.                                                                                    (AVELLA, AUSTER)


Patient Formulary Protection Bill Advances in Senate
Senator Breslin’s bill S.2849, which would prohibit a health care plan from making prescription drug formulary changes during the contract year, has been reported out of the Senate Insurance Committee for the first time. While patients are locked into an insurance plan for the contract year – and often choose their plan based on their prescription co-pays – insurance companies are able to modify their formulary and often move drugs into a higher cost-sharing tier mid-contract. This legislation would ensure that patients are able to access the drugs they need without unexpected cost increases mid-year.

The bill, which is sponsored by Assemblymember People-Stokes (A.2969), has passed the Assembly every year since 2015 and is currently in the Assembly Insurance Committee awaiting movement.

Please urge your legislator to support this bill by clicking here.  (AVELLA)


Measles Outbreak in New York State Continues to Spread
Webinar Available at MSSNY CME Website

The number of measles cases in New York State continues to rise with approximately 665 of the 706 confirmed cases nationwide in New York State (423 in New York City, 206 in Rockland, 23 in Orange, 10 in Westchester, 2 in Sullivan, 1 in Suffolk and 1 in Greene counties) as of May 1st.  MSSNY conducted a just-in-time Medical Matters webinar entitled “The Continued Public Health Threat of Measles 2018” in December, 2018.  This webinar has now been posted to the MSSNY CME website. You can also view MSSNY’s latest Medical Matters webinar entitled “What’s Your Diagnosis? Infectious Diseases” which involves a patient with a fever and a rash.  Please check these out and keep yourself informed about the growing measles outbreak throughout New York State.  You can also listen to MSSNY’s brief; podcast on the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine here. (HOFFMAN, CLANCY)

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Registration Now Open for Medical Matters Webinar on May 15, 2019 @ 7:30am
The Medical Society of the State of New York will host its final Medical Matters webinar of 2019, The Importance of Resilience After a Disaster on May 15th @ 7:30am.  Encouraging post traumatic growth is an essential part of recovery from any type of disaster.  Learn more about how best to encourage resilience behaviors in patients.

The Importance of Resilience After a DisasterRegister here.

When:  Wednesday, May 15 2019 at 7:30am

Faculty: Craig Katz, MD

Educational Objectives:

  • Define resilience and post traumatic growth
  • Describe how best to measure resilience and post traumatic growth
  • Explore resilience behaviors and how to encourage them in your patients

The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits. Physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent HOFFMAN)


Registration Now Open for Veterans Matters CME Webinar on June 5th
Register now for MSSNY’s next Veterans Matters webinar June 5th at 7:30am. This webinar is entitled Substance Use Disorders in Veterans.  Register for this program here.  

Veterans Matters: Substance Use Disorders in Veterans

When:  Wednesday June 5 2019 at 7:30am

Faculty: Frank Dowling, MD

Educational Objectives

  • Define Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), symptoms, warning signs, comorbidities
  • Explore evidence-based intervention and treatment options for SUDs among veterans
  • Identify barriers to diagnosis and treatment and methods to overcome them

The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits. Physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.           (HOFFMAN)


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Zocdoc – The Concern About Their Directory
MSSNY continues to raise concerns on behalf of our member physicians.  Most recently, MSSNY had a conversation with the NYS AG’s office regarding the propriety of the Zocdoc new pricing arrangement.  The AG’s staff agreed with the decision of the NYS DOH indicating that the new pricing protocol does not equate to fee splitting.

We also raised concerns about Zocdoc’s directory. We know that Zocdoc lists the names of physicians who have never had an agreement or who have chosen to non-renew their agreement. These physician names appear in the Zocdoc directory. This present Zocdoc system of listing physicians without an agreement appears to steer patients to physicians with Zocdoc agreements.  This process is unacceptable. We have enlisted our General Counsel, Garfunkel Wild, to ask that Zocdoc amend their directory to include only those physicians who have a Zocdoc agreement.  As soon as we receive a response from Zocdoc, we will inform the membership.


Check Vaccination History if Born Between 1957 through 1989
The total number of U.S. measles cases reported so far in 2019 has reached the highest level in a single year since 1994, according to a CDC report released this week. CDC now is recommending that all U.S. residents check to ensure they have been adequately vaccinated against measles—particularly, individuals who were born in the years 1957 through 1989, since it is likely they were given a weaker version of the vaccine and, during those years, it was common for children to receive just one dose of the immunization. (Source: Vox,4/29)


New York Trails in Toddler Vaccination Rate
New York state ranked 43rd in the rate of children 19 months old to 35 months old who have received the full course of recommended immunizations, at 67.5% in 2017, according to data from the CDC. The U.S. average was 70.4%, and Massachusetts had the highest rate, 82.1%. The data come from the 2017 National Immunization Survey, which tracks whether children have received vaccines against 14 illnesses, such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, meningitis and pneumonia.


FDA Approves First Vaccine to Prevent Dengue Disease
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first vaccine to prevent dengue disease caused by all dengue virus serotypes (1, 2, 3, and 4) for people aged 9 through 16 years who have previously had laboratory-confirmed dengue infection and who live in endemic areas. The vaccine, Dengvaxia (Sanofi Pasteur), is a live, attenuated vaccine given in three injections. The initial dose is followed by two additional injections 6 and 12 months later.

“Dengue disease is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the world and global incidence has increased in recent decades. While there is no cure for dengue disease, [this] approval is an important step toward helping to reduce the impact of this virus in endemic regions of the United States,” Anna Abram, FDA deputy commissioner for policy, legislation, and international affairs, said in a news release. Dengue is endemic in the US territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.


Enrollment Declines in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program
The latest CMS data show that nationally 2.2 million fewer people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program from January 2018 to January 2019. CMS says the decline could stem from the improving economy, but other health experts say the drop could stem from stricter eligibility redetermination processes. The New York stats are:

Total Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment 6,527,141 1
·        Medicaid Enrollment 5,883,397
·        CHIP Enrollment 643,744
Total Medicaid Child and CHIP Enrollment 2,499,955 1

Doctors Without Borders Informational Session in NYC
On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 physicians are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a recruitment information session in New York, NY. This is your opportunity to meet our recruitment team and learn about how you can join our pool of dedicated aid workers. We’re currently recruiting a variety of positions. Recruitment Information Session Doctors Without Borders 40 Rector St 16th Floor New York, NY 10006 Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

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Investors Sue UnitedHealth Directors: Four Things to Know
Central Laborers Pension Fund and a set of investment funds managed by Amalgamated Bank LongView sued UnitedHealth Group’s directors and former CEO in Delaware Chancery Court, according to Law360.

Four things to know:

  1. The derivative action, filed April 24, alleges 15 current or past UnitedHealth directors permitted the company to submit inflated risk adjustment claims to CMS for Medicare Advantage patients.
  2. The lawsuit accuses the directors of breaching their corporate duty, according to Law360.
  3. The lawsuit includes specific allegations against Stephen J. Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group executive chairman and former CEO. He “bore ultimate responsibility for overseeing and executing UHG’s efforts to improperly increase revenues by defrauding Medicare,” the lawsuit states, according to Law360.
  4. The pension fund and bank-managed investment funds are seeking damages on behalf of UnitedHealth for the alleged billing violations. The damages include liabilities for practices dating back roughly 13 years to 2006.becker’s hospital review Ap 30

Millennials’ Health: One-Third Have Lower Life Expectancy
One-third of millennials have a health condition that will lower their life expectancy and quality of life, according to a recent study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index published last week. The Health Index found that “millennials as a group were living at about 95% of their optimal health.”


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Conscience Rule Finalized to Protect Healthcare Workers’ Religious Beliefs
The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a “conscience rule” to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform certain services—such as abortion—due to religious beliefs.

The HHS’ Office for Civil Rights issued the 440-page final rule, which offers protections for providers, health insurers and employers that decline to provide, participate in, pay for, provide coverage of or offer referrals for services that violate their religious or moral beliefs. The rule also covers healthcare staff that “assist in the performance” of such services, including schedulers and those who prepare rooms.

The rule is meant to protect individuals and healthcare organizations in HHS-funded programs from discriminating on the basis of religion, according to Roger Severino, director of the OCR. “Finally, laws prohibiting government-funded discrimination against conscience and religious freedom will be enforced like every other civil rights law,” he said.

The OCR said that the rule largely reinforces current laws and regulations that protect a medical provider’s rights to refuse to perform certain procedures, while adding new standards that Medicare and Medicaid providers will need to follow to comply with. Under the rule, applicants for HHS funding must provide assurances and certifications that they are complying with its regulations.

“No new law is being made here,” Severino said on a call with reporters Thursday. “What is being done is the provision of enforcement tools for existing conscience and religious freedom protections in healthcare.”

If providers don’t comply with the conscience regulations, they could lose federal funding. The OCR’s Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which the office established in 2018, will oversee complaints from providers that feel their rights have not been respected.


Open Payments Data Available for Review
Pre-publication Review and dispute for the Program Year 2018 Open Payments data publication began on April 1, 2019 and will end on May 15, 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2018 data and updates to the previous program years’ data in June 2019.

Physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Please keep in mind the following:

  • Records eligible for review and dispute: all records submitted during the submission period of the current calendar year, including newly edited, submitted, and re-attested records from previous calendar years. For detailed information refer to the Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Tutorial
  • Disputes must be initiated by May 15, 2019 in order to be reflected in the June 2019 data publication. For more information on review and dispute timing and publication refer to the Review and Dispute Timing and Data Publication Quick Reference Guide.
  • CMS does not meditate or facilitate disputes. Physicians and teaching hospitals should work directly with reporting entities to resolve disputes.
  • Registration in the Open Payments system is required in order to participate in review and dispute activities.

Registration Details

If you have never registered with Open Payments before:

Make sure you have your National Provider Identifier (NPI) number and State License Number (SLN). Initial registration is a two-step process:

  1. Register in the CMS Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM);
  2. Register in the Open Payments system

For users who have previously registered:  Users that have registered during previous program years do not need to re-register.


New Study on Physician Compensation

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Medical, Public Health, and Patient Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference Calling for Medical Exemptions for Vaccines


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865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
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Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release

MEDIA ADVISORY

MEDICAL, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND PATIENT ADVOCACY GROUPS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE CALLING FOR MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS FOR VACCINES 

When:  Monday, May 6, 2019 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

Speakers at the press conference will be:

  • Joseph Sellers, MD, Secretary, Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Senator Brad Hoylman
  • Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz
  • Linda Efferen, MD, MACP, Chair, NYACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee
  • Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP, NYS AAP, District II, Vice President of Chapter 2, Chair of the Chapter 2 Legislative Committee 
  • Sarah Ravenhall, MHA, CHES, Executive Director, New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO)
  • Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Executive Director, The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Erin E. Jones, Regional Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes
  • Patricia A. Wukovits, RN, Executive Director, Kimberly Coffey Foundation 

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MSSNY Contact:
Pat Clancy
Senior Vice President, Public Health and Education/Managing Director
Medical Society of the State of New York
pclancy@mssny.org
518-465-8085

About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

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