Council – September 19, 2019

MSSNY Council Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Courtyard Marriott, Westbury Long Island
1800 Privado Road
Westbury, NY  11590

A.  Call to Order and Roll Call

B.  APPROVAL of the Council Minutes of May 30, 2019

C.  New Business (All Action & Informational Items)

    1. President’s Report
     a. Creation of Scope of Practice AD HOC Committee (For Council Approval)

Rose Berkun, MD, Co-Chair
Lisa Eng, DO, Co-Chair
Inderpal Chhabra, MD, Member
Atul Kumar Gupta, MD, Member
Julie Vieth, MD, Member
Richard Wissler, MD, Member

b. AMA Resolutions submitted by Dr. Michael Brisman
(For Council Approval)

  • Resolution 1&2 – AMA Position on Payment Provisions in Health Insurance Policies
  • Resolution 4 – AMA Should Provide a Summary of Its Advocacy Efforts on Surprise Medical Bills
  • Resolution 21 – AMA Will Specifically Seek to Improve the Current Medicare Fee Schedule for Physicians

2.  Board of Trustees Report – Dr. Sam Unterricht will present the report (handout)

3.  Secretary’s Report – Dr. Frank Dowling will present the report

4.  MLMIC Update  –  Dr. John Lombardo will present a verbal report

5.  AMA Delegation Report – Dr. John Kennedy will present the report

6.  MSSNYPAC Report – Dr. Thomas Lee will present the report (handout)

7.  MESF Update – Dr. Thomas Madejski will present the report

8.  County Federation Report – Dr. Aaron Kumar will present the report

9. Commissioners/Councilors (Action Items – (For Council Approval)

a. Commissioner of Socio Medical Economics, Howard H. Huang, MD
Committee on Health Insurance Resolutions

          Resolution 2019-255 Urgent Care in the Doctor’s Office
          Resolution 2019-266 Medicare Plan Survey for Patients

Committee on Workers’ Compensation & No Fault Resolution
(For Council Approval)

Resolution 2019-271 Shortage of Specialists in Workers’ Compensation System

b. Organized Medical Staff Section Resolution (For Council Approval)
Presented by:  Stephen Coccaro, MD, OMSS Councilor
Resolution SC 1 (AMA I-19) Hospital Website Voluntary Physician Inclusion

10. PresentationDr. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO of NYC Health & Hospitals
Verbal update on the following two topics:

  • Update on Physician Wellness
  • Update on the Health & Hospitals Access Program

D. Reports of Officers (Verbal Reports)

1. Office of the President – Arthur C. Fougner, MD
2. Office of the President-Elect – Bonnie L. Litvack, MD
3. Office of the Vice-President – Joseph R. Sellers, MD
4. Office of the Treasurer – Mark J. Adams, MD – Financial Statement for the period
(For Council Approval)

5. Office of the Speaker – William R. Latreille, Jr., MD
6. Report of the Immediate Past-President – Thomas J. Madejski, MD – MSSNY Committee Goals

E.  Reports of Councilors (Informational)

  1. Kings & Richmond Report – Adolph B. Meyer, MD
  2. Manhattan & Bronx Report – Joshua M. Cohen, MD
  3. Nassau County Report – Paul A. Pipia, MD
  4. Queens County Report – Saulius J. Skeivys, MD
    (no written report submitted)
  5. Suffolk County Report Linda S. Efferen, MD
  6. Third District Branch Report – Brian P. Murray, MD
  7. Fourth District Branch Report – Gregory Pinto, MD
  8. Fifth District Branch Report –Howard H. Huang, MD
  9. Sixth District Branch Report – Robert A. Hesson, MD
        (no written report submitted)
  10. Seventh District Branch Report – Janine L. Fogarty, MD
         (no written report submitted)
  11. Eighth District Branch Report – Edward Kelly Bartels, M
  12. Ninth District Branch Report  – Thomas T. Lee, MD
  13. Medical Student Section Report – Peter Joo
  14. Organized Medical Staff Section – Stephen F. Coccaro, MD
  15. Resident & Fellow Section Report – Catherine E. Steger, DO
         (no written report submitted)
  16. Young Physician Section Report – L. Carlos Zapata, MD

F. Commissioners (Informational Items)
1.   Commissioner of Communications, Maria A. Basile, MD, MBA
Report from the Division of Communications

2.Commissioner of Continuing Medical Education, Mark J. Adams, MD
Presented by Dr. Paul Pipia (on behalf of Dr. Mark Adams)

a. Report from the Office of CME (For Council Information)
b. MSSNY’s Annual Reporting Policy for MSSNY Accredited CME Providers
(For Council Approval)
c. Annual Fee for MSSNY Accredited Providers
(For Council Information – Discussed at the MSSNY BOT Meeting)
d. ACCME’s Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation
(For Council Approval)

3. Commissioner of Governmental Relations, Gregory Pinto, MD
   a. Division of Governmental Affairs 2019 Legislative Summary

 4. Commissioner of Membership, Parag H. Mehta, MD
                 (No written report submitted)

 5. Commissioner of Science & Public Health, Joshua M. Cohen, MD
   a. Committee on Emergency Preparedness & Disaster/Terrorism Minutes 6/27/19
     b. Task Force on End of Life Care Minutes 7/19/19

   6. Commissioner of Socio Medical Economics, Howard H. Huang, MD 
                (No written report submitted)

G.  Report of the Executive Vice President, Philip Schuh, CPA, MS
1. Membership Dues Revenue Schedule
2. Group Institutional Dues Comparison Report

H. Report of the General Counsel, Barry Cepelewicz, MD, Esq. Garfunkel Wild, P.C.
(No written report submitted)

I. Report of the Alliance, Helena Mirza, Co-President
Alliance Report

J. Other Information/Announcements
1. MACRA Sign-on Letter
2. 2019 PDMP Update
3. Surprise Bill Sign-On Letter

4. The Physicians Foundation Board Meeting, August 2019
5. Accreditation Council for CME Letter & Highlights
6. AMA Letter – Nondiscrimination in Health & Health Education Programs or Activities
7. Coalition of State Medical Societies Letter – Request for Comment on Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies
8. Amicus Brief Regarding Public Charge Rule

9. MSSNY Letter re IHA Anesthesia policy to DFS
10. Buffalo News – Another Voice: Protect against surprise medical bills, but preserve access, too, by Dr. Fougner
11.MSSNY Surprise Bill Letter to Senators Alexander & Murry

K. Adjournment