eNews: June 24, 2020


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NYSDOH June 24 Updates


Tri-State Govs Impose 14-Day Quarantine for Visitors from High Infection Rate States
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced on Wednesday that they would impose a 14-day quarantine on visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates.

“We worked very hard to get the viral transmission down. We don’t want to see it go up,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo during a joint press conference with his fellow tri-state governors.

The order in New York, which will take the form of a travel advisory, will take effect at midnight. The standard for measuring states considered a risk will be those with more than 10 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people or whose infection rate is above 10 percent based on a seven-day rolling average.

As of today, Cuomo said there are nine states that fit that criteria: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas. But more than two dozen states are seeing surges in cases.

The advisory not only applies to out-of-state residents. Any New Yorker that leaves to visit those states would be subject to quarantine upon their return, Cuomo said. The infection rate in New York state is now 1.1 percent, while the number of total hospitalizations is now at 1,071, the lowest since March 19th.

Although it was not clear how the three states would enforce the quarantine, Cuomo denied that the measure was simply symbolic. “You violate the quarantine, you will have to do mandatory quarantine and you will be fined,” he said.

Violators may be asked to pay a minimum fine of $2,000 and up to $10,000 if they cause harm, according to the governor.


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Younger Adults Testing Positive for Coronavirus in More States
In several U.S. states, including Florida, Texas, Washington, California and Colorado, there are reports of a demographic shift in coronavirus case trends, with younger adults increasingly making up a greater share of cases, according to NPR.

There are many possible reasons for this shift, including the fact that more people are getting tested for the new virus, public health experts told NPR. But some experts attribute the rise in cases among adults in their 20s and 30s to their possible belief that they are at lower risk of contracting the virus and return to social gathering settings sooner than older adults.

In Washington, an analysis of state data showed that nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in Seattle were among people in their 20s and 30s. State data in California shows that adults younger than 35 years make up about 44 percent of new coronavirus cases, NPR reports.

“If you see these types of trends occurring in a state as large as California, it’s probably a very strong harbinger that this is actually happening nationally, too,” George Lemp, DrPH, an infectious disease epidemiologist and former director of the University of California’s HIV/AIDS Research Program, told NPR.

Many governors have blamed the uptick in cases on young adults, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who tied the rise in new virus cases to reports of packed bars and young adults failing to socially distance.

Some local governments are trying to create public awareness campaigns aimed at young adults. Ken Welch, a county commissioner in Pinellas County, said the county thought about getting local athletes to talk about the importance of wearing a mask.

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at New York City-based Columbia University, told NPR that identifying “trusted spokespeople” to create awareness among younger adults is key.

“I think young people can potentially have a very, very valuable role if we can harness their energy and attention,” she said. (Becker’s Hospital Review June 22)


Resistant Meningococcal Strain Circulating US, CDC Warns
The CDC is warning healthcare providers about a new resistant strain of Neisseria meningitidis, which causes meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening infection of the brain and spinal cord or bloodstream. The infection is usually treated with penicillin or ciprofloxacin. The antibiotics are also used for prophylaxis in people who have had close contact with the infected patient.

However, the CDC has detected 11 meningococcal cases that occurred in nine states between 2019 and 2020 in which isolates contained a gene and mutations associated with resistance to these antibiotics. Another 22 cases reported from 2013 -20 contained the gene associated with penicillin resistance, but did not have mutations associated with ciprofloxacin resistance, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published June 19.

The agency is urging clinicians to conduct antibiotic susceptibility testing before switching from empirical treatment to penicillin or ampicillin for patients with meningococcal disease.

To learn more, click here.


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AHA Urging HHS To Extend Health Emergency Declaration: Set to Expire July 25
The declaration grants healthcare providers certain resources and flexibilities to care for COVID-19 patients, which will be needed past July, AHA President and CEO Richard Pollack said in a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Mr. Pollack asked HHS to extend the declaration until various criteria are met related to supply chain, testing volume, intensive care unit capacity and death figures.


WEBINARS

June 29, 2020 @ 7:30am Medical Matters CME Webinar Registration Now Open Questions & Answers Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Register now for MSSNY’s next webinar related to the COVID-19 pandemic on June 29th at 7:30am, Medical Matters: Questions & Answers Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated myriad questions for health professionals.

This webinar will explore some of the most frequently asked of these questions and provide answers where they are available Faculty for this program is William Valenti, MD, Arthur Cooper, MD, Marcus Friedrich, MD and Elizabeth Dufort, MD.

Educational objectives:

  • Identify frequently asked questions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examine the dynamic circumstances encompassing COVID-19

Registration is now open for this webinar

To view the companion pieces to this webinar, be sure to go to cme.mssny.org or go to the MSSNY podcast site and listen to the COVID-19 related podcasts available here.

Additional information can be found here and assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org.

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™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IPRO QIN-QIO Community of Care Coalitions: Working Together to Improve Care and Reduce Burden Wednesday July 8, 2020 | 12PM – 1PM EDT

Register Here!

Join us for a presentation of the Community of Care Coalition program and the ways our work at the IPRO QIN-QIO aligns with multiple initiatives including the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Shared Savings Program (SSP).
Our presentation will include a short overview of the program, a panel discussion of experts describing how the IPRO QIN-QIO programs can help your practice, and an open Q and A.

Participating organizations in our Community of Care Coalition program will have access to:

Educational resources and tools: guide and support quality improvement processes.

·       Health information technology support: access clinical decision support tools; innovations in HIT to reduce opioid-related harm, improve opioid prescribing and pain management; and track and report adverse events.

·       Data analysis and reporting: enhance identification, tracking, and reporting opportunities for improvement; receive timely data on quality measure performance.

·       Peer to peer collaboration: learn about best practices from peers.

·       Person and family engagement: gain insight on how best to involve patients, residents and their family members and care partners in their care.

·       Online learning: join virtual collaborative and take advantage of online, self-paced educational programs.

Find out more about the IPRO QIN QIO program here.


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CMS Opens Office to Cut Red Tape for Providers
To determine where to trim red tape, CMS relied on input from 10 Requests for Information, along with listening sessions, site visits, feedback from more than 2,500 stakeholders.

CMS says it has already removed unnecessary and burdensome regulations that have saved providers 4.4 million paperwork hours and $800 million. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced the creation of a new office designed to cut red tape for providers.

The regulatory reductions are expected to save providers $6.6 billion and 42 million unnecessary burden hours through 2021, CMS said. “The work of this new office will be targeted to help reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, continue administrative simplification, increase the use of health informatics, and improve the beneficiary experience,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said.

To determine where to trim red tape, CMS relied on input from 10 Requests for Information, along with listening sessions, site visits, feedback from more than 2,500 providers, clinicians, administrative staff, and beneficiaries, and 15,000 comments from various stakeholders.

So far, CMS said, the red tape reductions have:

·       Removed unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome conditions of participation for providers saving 4.4 million paperwork hours and total projected savings to providers of $800 million annually.

·       Removed 235 data elements from 33 items on the Outcomes and Assessment Information Set assessment instrument for home health.

·       Established within the Quality Payment Program consolidated data submission for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, removing a requirement that clinicians submit data in multiple systems.

·       Eliminated 79 measures under the Meaningful Measures Initiative, resulting in projected savings of $128 million and an anticipated reduction of 3.3 million burden hours through 2020.

·       Accelerated processing state requests to make program or benefit changes to their Medicaid programs through the state plan amendment and section 1915 waiver. (Health Leaders, June 23)


Physician Compare Preview Period is Now Open
The Physician Compare 60-day Preview Period is officially open as of June 22, 2020 at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT). You can now preview your 2018 Quality Payment Program performance information before it will appear on Physician Compare profile pages and in the Downloadable Database. You can access the secured Preview through the Quality Payment Program website.

Access the resource below on how to preview your data:

·        Physician Compare Preview Period User Guide

For additional assistance with accessing the Quality Payment Program website, or obtaining your EIDM user role, contact the Quality Payment Program service center at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

To learn more about the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance information that is available for preview as well as the 2017 clinician utilization data that will be added to the Downloadable Database, download these documents from the Physician Compare Initiative page:

·        Clinician Performance Information on Physician Compare: Performance Year 2018 Preview Period

·        Group Performance Information on Physician Compare: Performance Year 2018 Preview Period

The 60-day Preview Period will close on August 20, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).


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MSSNY in Action:  The Cliff Note Version
This week brings some good news in New York as our infection rates, hospitalization rates and death rates and from COVID-19 continue to decline amidst reopening the state. As we, as a profession, settle into new practice paradigms, I know that our email inboxes have often suffered from neglect. With that in mind, this week’s column aims to provide a quick update on society activities.  Throughout the crisis MSSNY has been in daily contact with the Governor’s office, the DOH and our state legislature providing input, seeking help, and getting the changes necessary for physician practices to see patients. We were successful in getting rapid changes to payment for telehealth, immunity for COVID treatment, pushing to get elective surgery and care reinstituted throughout the state, practical changes to everything from COVID testing requirements to changes in the date for completion of the mandated pain management course and innumerable other needed small and large flexibilities.

Your MSSNY has written articles, emails, done press releases, given testimony, written letters to our Governor, our congressional delegation, and other national leaders.  We have also given print and TV interviews on the plight of our physicians that have aired locally and nationally. We have done 2 polls on the economic impact of COVID-19 on physician practices in NY that have garnered significant press and our data was corroborated by a Fair Health report released this week. MSSNY has also given testimony to our NY State Senate and Assembly, most recently on Wednesday, on the economic impact on physician practices and the need for additional funds to be made available to sustain them.

Throughout the crisis and now during re-opening, we have reiterated to our State Government the very important roles that our physicians and our medical society have played.  MSSNY has repeatedly stressed that all state task forces dealing with healthcare must include practicing community physicians and that not doing so is to the detriment of the health and wellbeing of NYS residents.

Our May member email on physician PPE needs resulted in over 700 responses. MSSNY has taken this issue extremely seriously and continues to pursue every angle to get NY physicians the needed, affordable, reliable supplies necessary to take care of their patients and keep their offices open. National shortages persist, there are significant delivery delays and the major manufacturers will not sell directly to the society. We have been in contact with the Governor’s office, our NYS legislature, the major manufacturers, distributors, Vice President Pence, Congress, and the AMA.  We have made our members aware of the many counterfeit products on the market and have been sending out information on availability of legitimate sources as we hear of them; all while directly trying to procure PPE. Within the past week alone we have spoken with the NYS legislature about mandating insurers to cover the increased cost of PPE, done an interview that will air nationally, spoke with numerous distributors and sent letters to the AMA Chief Executive, Dr. Madara, our NYS health commissioner, Howard Zucker, and to our congressional delegation.

Through everything, the health and wellbeing of our physicians is of paramount importance. We have all been through a lot personally and professionally and many of us need an ear to listen and a colleague to lean on. MSSNY is here for you. Our helpline is up and running at 518-292-0140 and our first class of Peer to Peer supporters has been trained.

While these are the Cliff Notes, MSSNY has outsized, ongoing efforts on a multitude of fronts to help sustain you and your practice and to move our society forward.

Bonnie Litvack, MD
MSSNY President


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Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Final Daily Address

DATA:

– 1,284 total hospitalizations.

– The state conducted 79,000 tests yesterday.

– We continue to have the lowest infection rate since the beginning of the outbreak.

– 25 lives lost yesterday. 

GOV PERSPECTIVE:

– Gov thanked all those involved in COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

– Gov shared a story about his daughter missing her graduation ceremony, and how he similarly regrets not celebrating the unveiling of the new state seal.

– “Why did it take a crisis to bring us together?”


MSSNY Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling
Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“Yesterday’s US Supreme Court decision will allow medical students and medical residents with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status to continue their education and training in the United States.

“The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) believes that this action by the Supreme Court will help medical schools and teaching hospitals to produce a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce to meet the needs of underserved populations, improve cultural awareness, and promote health equity.

“As this nation’s population grows and becomes much more diverse, it is crucial that the physician workforce reflect the changing demographics of the country to mitigate racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities.

“The Medical Society of the State of New York urges that Congress work towards a permanent resolution for the individuals here in this country under DACA.”


MSSNY Chairman of the Board and Past President Dr. Kleinman in JAMA on Crushing Effects of COVID-19 on Medical Practices
In a JAMA article about the crushing effects of COVID-19 on medical practices across the country, Andrew Kleinman, MD, a past president of MSSNY, said “Unfortunately, I think this [pandemic] is going to accelerate the closure of the smaller practices. With a lot of practices, 40% or more of their revenue goes just to overhead.”

In a survey of 558 US primary care physicians fielded May 29 through June 1—nearly 3 months into the pandemic—6% of respondents said their practices were closed, perhaps temporarily, and 35% said they’ve furloughed staff, according to the nonprofit Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) and the Larry A. Green Center.

Dr. Kleinman, a past president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, said he reduced his malpractice coverage to half-time, but he still had to pay two-thirds of his prepandemic premium. “For a plastic surgeon, it’s still expensive when there’s no income.” And he still had to pay other overhead costs—phones and electronic medical records, to name 2—for his temporarily closed practice.

“If this happened to me 20 years ago, I would be bankrupt,” said Dr. Kleinman, who, at age 66 years, was able to draw on savings to help his practice survive. “When this whole thing started, I strongly considered just retiring now.” While he’s heard of physicians retiring early rather than waiting out the pandemic, Kleinman said, he decided he’s not yet ready to follow suit.


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HHS Portal Now Open for Eligible Physician to Apply for CARES Act Grant funds
As noted in the MSSNY e-news a few days ago, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians and organizations that a)  participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and b) have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation established in the CARES Act.  Last evening, HHS opened the portal that will allow these eligible physicians to report their annual patient revenue data and other necessary information to receive a payment equal to at least 2% of reported gross revenues from patient care.

To apply, click here.

For an HHS FAQ regarding who may be eligible for this distribution, click here.


PAI Releases Independent Physician Survey on High-Deductible Health Plans
A survey of independent physicians from the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, shows the challenges in patient care caused by high-deductible health plans.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, patients’ large and growing share of out-of-pocket healthcare costs posed challenges for individuals, families, and independent physicians. When the epidemic became a pandemic, the federal government and certain insurance companies acted quickly to make coronavirus-related care widely accessible by ensuring it was affordable to everyone who needed it.

Key findings include:

  • 79 percent of physicians believe that high health insurance deductibles are a key driver of patients’ cost concerns.
  • 80 percent of physicians believe their patients often or sometimes refuse or delay care due to cost concerns.
  • More than half of physicians report that patient delay of care caused capacity or schedule issues for their practice.
  • 77 percent of providers say it takes more than a month to receive any payment.
  • Three out of four physicians say they do not have most of the information they need in order to have cost of care discussions with patients
  • Most physicians say their office staff spends more than 300 hours per year educating patients on their coverage.

More information on the study is available on PAI’s website.


Veterans Matters Podcasts
Check out MSSNY’s Veterans Matters podcast series on Veterans’ healthcare topics including PTSD in Returning Veterans, TBI in Returning Veterans, Substance Use in Veterans, Suicide in Veterans, The Special Mental Health Needs of Women Veterans and Military Culture: Everything Physicians Need to Know about Veterans as Patients.

Click here to listen to Part 1 of PTSD in Returning Veterans with Dr. Frank Dowling.

Click here to listen to Part 2 of PTSD in Returning Veterans with Dr. Frank Dowling.

Click here to listen to TBI in Returning Veterans with Dr. David Podwall.

Click here to listen to Substance Use Disorders with Dr. Thomas Madejski.

Click here to listen to Suicide in Veterans podcast with Dr. Jack McIntyre.

Click here to listen to The Special Mental Health Needs of Women Veterans with Dr. Malene Ingram, Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves and Retired Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Marcelle Leis.

Click here to listen to Military Culture: Everything Physicians Need to Know about Veterans as Patients with Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Lance Allen Wang and Retired Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Marcelle Leis.


Third COVID-19 Study Released by FAIR Health
In April 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professional services declined 68 percent in utilization and 48 percent in revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts compared to April 2019 nationally.

In the Northeast, the region hit hardest at that time by the pandemic, professionals experienced particularly sharp drops in utilization (80 percent) and revenue (79 percent) in April 2020. These are among the findings of FAIR Health’s third COVID-19 study, Healthcare Professionals and the Impact of COVID-19: A Comparative Study of Revenue and Utilization



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June 29, 2020 @ 7:30am Medical Matters CME Webinar Registration Now Open Questions & Answers Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic
Registration is now open for MSSNY’s next webinar related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Medical Matters: Questions & Answers Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic on Monday June 29th at 7:30am.  Faculty for this program is William Valenti, MD, Arthur Cooper, MD, Marcus Friedrich, MD and Elizabeth Dufort, MD.

Educational objectives:

  • Identify frequently asked questions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examine the dynamic circumstances encompassing COVID-19

Click here to register

To view the companion pieces to this webinar, be sure to go to https://cme.mssny.org or go to the MSSNY podcast site and listen to the COVID-19 related podcasts available at https://www.buzzsprout.com/51522.

Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org.

The Medical Society of the State of New York 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.


SBA Revised Paycheck Protection
This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new “EZ” version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%

“This is great news for small businesses,” said SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees agency operations in the Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions. “The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation, which makes the process much less intimidating. I’m sure this will go a long way toward improving access and helping us distribute the remaining PPP appropriations to support small business owners and their employees.”

Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.  Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.

Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application.

Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.


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MSSNY Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling

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For Immediate Release
June 19, 2020 

MSSNY Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling

Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“Yesterday’s US Supreme Court decision will allow medical students and medical residents with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status to continue their education and training in the United States.

“The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) believes that this action by the Supreme Court will help medical schools and teaching hospitals to produce a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce to meet the needs of under served populations, improve cultural awareness, and promote health equity.

“As this nation’s population grows and becomes much more diverse, it is crucial that the physician workforce reflect the changing demographics of the country to mitigate racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities.

“The Medical Society of the State of New York urges that Congress work towards a permanent resolution for the individuals here in this country under DACA.”

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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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COVID-19 Update June 18, 2020

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Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Daily Briefing:

Day 110 of COVID-19 / Day 25 of civil unrest
DATA:
– The state conducted 68,541 COVID-19 tests yesterday.
– 618 tests were positive (0.9%).
– Central NY has seen a significant uptick in positive cases:
– 0.6% on Saturday to 3% on Wednesday
– 1,358 total hospitalizations
– 29 lives lost yesterday: 22 in hospitals, 7 in nursing homes.

REOPENING:
– Gov reiterated that NYC will enter Phase II on Monday.
– Gov restated the guidelines for Phase II, available at
https://www.forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries.
– Gov announced he will increase the penalty for violating reopening
rules.
– Gov will sign an executive order dictating that businesses
that violate the rules can be shutdown, liquor licenses may be revoked.
– Gov will also sign an executive order allowing SLA to expand
enforcement areas for businesses.

EDUCATION
– NYS will issue guidance to colleges to allow some in-person
programming for the Fall Semester.
– Gov stressed that without proper mitigation in other states, more
people will die.

Q&A:
MISCELLANEOUS:
– On the Supreme Court: Gov is surprised by the results of recent
LGBT rulings.
REOPENING:
– Gov said he is considering imposing quarantines on travelers from
other states where COVID-19 is growing.
– Zucker, on herd immunity, claimed that we do not have enough people
with antibodies to satisfy the conditions necessary (70-80% of
individuals with antibodies).
– Gov said that statistically, we will likely see an increase in the
infection rate.


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MSSNY President, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MD, Testifies Before Assembly Committee on Small Business About Devastating Impact of COVID19 on Community Physician Practices
MSSNY President, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MD, testified before the state Assembly Committee on Small Business, on Wednesday, June 17, about the devastating impact that COVID19 has had on community physician practices, across New York State, and federal efforts to help small businesses. The Committee is chaired by Assemblyman Albert Stirpe and the hearing was a joint event with the Assembly Committees on Ways & Means, Agriculture, Banks, Office of State-Federal Relations, Task Force on Food, and Farm & Nutrition Policy.

Among the range of important issues that Dr. Litvack raised, was that the COVID19 crisis has tested the medical profession like never before, and how the physician community has rallied to confront the once in a century enemy. She also focused on the devastating financial impact of the crisis for community physicians and how the COVID19 outbreak exacerbated several, already startling trends affecting physicians’ like excessive liability insurance costs and ratcheting down on payments, to physicians, by health insurance companies.

Dr. Litvack also shared some key takeaways from two statewide surveys that MSSNY conducted of its members, over the last two months, among them that 79% have seen a reduction of more than 50% in their volume of patient visits and more than a quarter have had to lay off, or furlough, more than 50% of their staff. She also noted the significant challenges physicians have faced with obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE), and how that is adversely impacting physicians’ ability to re-open their practices to their patients.

She also urged a number of different policy changes, including requiring health insurers to help cover the significantly increased costs of PPE, maintaining expanded Telehealth coverage rules, and additional funding from the federal government to prevent Medicaid cuts and provide relief to hard-hit community physician practices.

MSSNY’s Governmental Affairs Team will continue to work on these issues and keep members updated. CARY, AUSTER)


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Governor Signs Measure to Continue Medicaid Coverage for Audio-Only Telehealth; Also Continues Coverage Without Patient Cost Sharing
Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation (a.10404-a, Rosenthal/s.8416) supported by MSSNY that permanently expands coverage for telemedicine in Medicaid and the child health plus insurance program to include “audio-only” services. Given the importance of making sure patients with limited access to video technological services could maintain continuity of care with their physician, Medicaid has been covering audio-only telehealth services since mid-March.  When the bill was passed by the state legislature 3 weeks ago, MSSNY President Dr. Bonnie Litvack issued a statement praising the legislation and urging that it be continued as well for all forms of insurance coverage.

MSSNY has also urged that the New York Department of Financial Services continue to require commercial health insurance plans to follow expanded telehealth coverage rules that have been required since mid-March. This week, the DFS advanced a regulation that continues until at least September 9 emergency rules that require commercial health insurance coverage for telehealth services without imposing any cost-sharing on patients.


Steroid Could Reduce COVID-19 Deaths: 5 Things to Know
A new U.K.-led study posits the steroid dexamethasone could be a life-saving treatment for patients with severe COVID-19, according to STAT.

Here are five key details:

  • Dexamethasone is an inexpensive, on-the-shelf steroid used to treat conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain cancers.
  • The study, called RECOVERY, randomly prescribed 2,104 COVID-19 patients 6 milligrams of dexamethasone daily, which they took intravenously or by mouth. They were compared to 4,321 patients who received only standard care.
  • Dexamethasone reduced the death rate by 35 percent in patients who needed to be on a ventilator and 20 percent in patients who needed oxygen but not a ventilator.
  • The study did not find dexamethasone to be statistically beneficial in patients who did not require oxygen.
  • The full study has yet to be published or face scientific scrutiny.
    (Becker’s Hospital Report, June 16)

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100 Days in ‘Hell’: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on His Pandemic Performance 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the federal government’s early coronavirus tracking a “terrible blunder” in an interview with “Good Morning America,” said he would not accept a cabinet position in a Joe Biden administration and insisted that his gradual but disciplined approach to shutting down New York state was the best course — then and now. “We went from the worst infection rate [in the nation] to the best infection rate,” Cuomo told ABC News’ Amy Robach in an illuminating interview on Tuesday in Albany, New York, about the first 100 days of New York’s response to COVID-19 – which began with New York’s first confirmed case on March 1 and ended on a small note of triumph June 8, with the partial re-opening of New York City. (ABC News (6/17)


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COVID-19 Update June 17, 2020

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Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Daily Briefing:

Day 109 of COVID-19
COVID-19 Data:
-1,479 total hospitalizations.
-17 lives lost yesterday – 15 in hospitals, 2 in nursing homes
-Yesterday, the state conducted 59,341 tests for COVID-19.
– 567 people tested positive for COVID-19 (0.96%).
-White House models are projecting a higher amount of deaths by August.
– In April, the estimated amount of deaths by August was 60,308.
– As of June 15th, the estimate amount of deaths is now 149,690.
Reopening:
-Gov reiterated that other states without phased reopenings are seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases.
-Gov said other states could spread the virus to NY.
-Gov stressed that increased testing is not the cause of increases in COVID-19 cases.
-Westchester and Rockland County will enter Phase III on Tuesday (6/23).
-Long Island will enter Phase III on Wednesday (6/24).
-NYC will enter Phase II on Monday (6/22).
-Gov announced today he will sign legislation protecting the rights of health care workers who speak out against improper patient care or workplace safety.
Gov announced this Friday will be the last daily briefing.
Q&A:
Nursing Homes:
-Gov said concerns over nursing home deaths are primarily a Republican talking point.
-Gov reiterated that during the outbreak, the state followed the guidance of the federal government.


MSSNY President, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MD, Testifies Before Assembly Committee on Small Business About Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Community Physician Practices 

MSSNY President, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MD, testified before the state Assembly Committee on Small Business, on Wednesday, June 17th, about the devastating impact that COVID19 has had on community physician practices, across New York State, and federal efforts to help small businesses. The Committee is chaired by Assemblyman Albert Stirpe and the hearing was a joint event with the Assembly Committees on Ways & Means, Agriculture, Banks, Office Of State-Federal Relations, Task Force on Food, and Farm & Nutrition Policy.

Among the range of important issues that Dr. Litvack raised, was that the COVID19 crisis has tested the medical profession like never before, and how the physician community has rallied to confront the once in a century enemy. She also focused on the devastating financial impact of the crisis for community physicians and how the COVID19 outbreak exacerbated several, already startling trends affecting physicians’ like excessive liability insurance costs and ratcheting down on payments, to physicians, by health insurance companies.

Dr. Litvack also shared some key takeaways from two statewide surveys that MSSNY conducted of its members, over the last two months, among them that 79% have seen a reduction of more than 50% in their volume of patient visits and more than a quarter have had to lay off, or furlough, more than 50% of their staff. She also noted the significant challenges physicians have faced with obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE), and how that is adversely impacting physicians’ ability to re-open their practices to their patients.

She also urged a number of different policy changes, including requiring health insurers to help cover the significantly increased costs of PPE, maintaining expanded Telehealth coverage rules, and additional funding from the federal government to prevent Medicaid cuts and provide relief to hard-hit community physician practices.

MSSNY’s Governmental Affairs Team will continue to work on these issues and keep members updated.

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Governor to Sign Legislation Expanding “Whistleblower” Protections
Governor Cuomo announced during his press conference today that he was going to sign into law legislation passed by the State Legislature (S.8397-A, Savino/A.10326-A. Reyes) to provide New York healthcare employees with greater “whistleblower” protections to reduce the risk of employers penalizing employees for filing complaints against them.

New York’s Labor Law provides healthcare employees with some whistleblower protections, but does not specifically address disclosures to the public made via new platforms like social media. The legislation provides medical professionals with greater legal protections against employer retaliation regarding public reports raising concerns with workplace safety conditions.


Crain’s Health Pulse Reports on State Medical Society Joint Letter Urging Congress to Help Physician Practices
A group that includes the Medical Society of the State of New York is urging Congress to continue to press for federal funding to help community physician practices keep their doors open.

Additional funds in the next stimulus package are critical to stemming some of the staggering financial losses incurred during the Covid-19 crisis, the group said. The medical societies of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio are also part of the group.

The medical societies said Tuesday that they are seeking federal relief, including a restart of the Medicare Advance Payment Program and dedicated grant funding for community physician practices without size restrictions or employee thresholds. The group pointed to a recent survey from MSSNY that found that nearly three-quarters of physicians had seen a greater than 50% drop in revenue.

“So far community physicians have only received a microscopic portion of the billions in grant funding allocated by Congress in the Cares Act, which has mostly benefited large health systems,” the group said in a statement. “While our hospitals must be protected and strengthened, so too must our community physicians, [on] whom our patients depend.”

In addition to dedicated funding, the group called for the next stimulus bill to include provisions to ensure expanded telehealth coverage rules are maintained. Hazard pay and student loan relief for those who have served on the front lines during the crisis are also a priority.

The medical societies further turned their attention to how insurers could help.

“We also urge that the market-dominant health insurers who faced a significant drop in claim submissions ensure that their windfall profits are shared with their contracted physicians, including through support for the huge increase in personal protective equipment costs,” the group said. —(Crain’s Health Pulse, 6/17)


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Politico New York Reports MSSNY’s Support of NYSDOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Time Frame for Coronavirus Testing
POLITICO New York (6/16, Young, Eisenberg) reports MSSNY President Dr. Bonnie Litvack praised the state health department’s “guidance on elective surgeries, which changed the time frame in which a patient must have received a negative [SARS-CoV-2] test prior to a non-emergency procedure from three to five days.” Dr. Litvack said, “This change is essential because of the difficulty many physicians and patients were having with obtaining and receiving the results of a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of a planned elective surgery.”


MSSNY Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Title VII Cases
“The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that federal workplace discrimination protections apply to LGBTQ+ individuals.

“As physicians, we believe that workplace discrimination can lead to negative health outcomes, and therefore, LGBTQ+ individuals must be protected from any and all discrimination.

“MSSNY members played key roles in the passage of AMA policies over the last two years that led to the amicus brief the AMA wrote to the Supreme Court, urging it to confirm that discrimination protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cover sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
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SBA and Treasury Announce New PPP EZ Forgiveness Application
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new “EZ” version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees
    by more than 25%

Interim Guidance for Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
NYSDOH issued interim guidance for the public and private owners and operators of pools and recreational aquatic spray grounds, including but not limited to cities, villages, towns, campgrounds, children’s camps, day cares, hotels, assisted living facilities, schools, colleges, universities, mobile home parks, homeowners’ associations, and apartment complexes. This guidance does not apply to private homeowner’s pools. For owners and operators that also provide other activities on premise (e.g. food service, retail, etc.), they must consult and adhere to guidance set forth on the New York Forward website as it applies to their operations.



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Governor Cuomo Announces Visitors Will Be Allowed to Return to Hospitals and Group Homes this Week
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced visitors will be allowed to return to hospitals and group homes across New York starting this week. Cuomo said visitors would be allowed at hospitals on Tuesday, and group homes certified by the state’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities can begin accepting visitors on Friday. “This was always a balance of public health versus the personal relationships and people who are in hospitals who desperately want to see loved ones and loved ones who want to see people in hospitals,” said Cuomo at this daily press briefing.


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State Medical Societies Urge Congress to Fight for Funding for Community Physician Practices in Next Stimulus Package

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For Immediate Release
June 16, 2020 

CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF DELAWARE
MED CHI, THE MARYLAND STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
OHIO STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 

State Medical Societies Urge Congress to Fight for Funding for Community Physician Practices in Next Stimulus Package

On behalf of the tens of thousands of physicians collectively represented by our associations, and the millions of patients we treat, we are urging that Congress continue to fight for needed funding in the next “stimulus” package to assist community physician practices to be able to keep their doors open for their patients.  Like many businesses, our physicians have faced a devastating impact on their practices as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

At stake is access to care for the patients we serve and the staff we employ. With patients having appropriately limited their trips out of the house including to their doctor’s offices along with all elective procedures being suspended for months, the impact has devastated practices and the hundreds of thousands of those physicians employed by community physician practice.

For example, a survey by the Medical Society of the State of NY found that: 79% of physicians had seen a reduction of more than 50% in the volume of patients visiting their practices; Nearly 3/4 had a greater than 50% drop in practice revenue; and 40% had to lay off or furlough at least 25% of their staff.  While the survey also demonstrated that the CARES Act enacted by Congress in March and supplemented in April helped to marginally offset some of these enormous deficits, it has been nowhere near enough to ensure the survival of many physician practices across the state.

We urge that you fight to ensure that the final package includes important protections, including a re-start of the Medicare Advance Payment Program and ensuring that grant funding is dedicated to community physician practices without size restrictions or employee thresholds. So far, community physicians have only received a microscopic portion of the billions in grant funding allocated by Congress in the CARES Act, which has mostly benefitted large health systems.  While our hospitals must be protected and strengthened, so too must our community physicians for whom our patients depend.

We also urge that the next stimulus bill include provisions to ensure that critically important expanded telehealth coverage rules are maintained – including required coverage by ERISA plans not subject to state regulation but also rejecting industry efforts to fulfill network adequacy requirements only through telehealth at the expense of in-person care.

We also urge that the market dominant health insurers who faced a significant drop in claim submissions ensure that their windfall profits are shared with their contracted physicians including through support for the huge increase in Personal Protective equipment (PPE) costs.  For example, Aetna recently announced that its claims submission had dropped by 30% during April at the height of the pandemic.

Moreover, it is critically important that any proposal to address surprise out of network medical bills are consistent with demonstrated successful laws such as New York’s groundbreaking solution, rather than one-sided solutions advanced by the market-dominant health insurance industry that could potentially adversely impact patient access to essential on-call specialty care in emergency departments across the State.  Now is not the time to disrupt our health care safety net.

Critically important as well is providing support for those physicians, residents and students who provided on the front lines who provided needed care to patients while putting their life and health at risk, including hazard pay and/or student loan relief.  Representative Maloney has advanced important legislation (HR 6720) that would achieve this goal.

To repeat  – we are extremely concerned about the stability of our health care system given these enormous losses. The next package coming out of Congress must help to preserve our States’ health care infrastructure, including community physician practices.  This is not only essential for the hundreds of thousands of jobs we provide but most importantly to ensure we can continue to be able to treat our patients who continue to depend upon as begin to recover from this crisis.

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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.

 

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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MSSNY Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Title VII Cases


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2020

MSSNY Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Title VII Cases

Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that federal workplace discrimination protections apply to LGBTQ+ individuals.

“As physicians, we believe that workplace discrimination can lead to negative health outcomes. LGBTQ+ individuals must be protected from any and all discrimination.

“MSSNY members played key roles in the passage of AMA policies over the last two years that led to the amicus brief the AMA wrote to the Supreme Court, urging it to confirm that discrimination protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cover sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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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.

 

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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COVID-19 Update June 16, 2020

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Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing:

Day 108 of COVID-19
Day 23 of civil unrest

REOPENING:
– 1,538 total hospitalizations.
– 25 lives lost yesterday: 16 in hospitals, 9 in nursing homes.
– NY has performed over 3 million tests.
– The state conducted a 12,000 person random statewide sample to test
for antibodies.
– The state collected data from May 1st to June 13th.
– Overall, the amount of positive results increased from
12.3% (5/1) to 13.4% (6/13).
– Hospitals may now accept visitors at their discretion.
– Capital region will enter Phase III tomorrow.
– Gov stressed that a phased reopening is crucial to avoiding deaths
later on in 2020.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE:
– Gov reiterated his plan to reform and reinvent NYS police.
– Communities must decide for themselves how to reform local
public safety.
– Gov wants legislation by April 1, 2021.

Q&A:

REOPENING:
– On privacy concerns w/ contact tracing: Gov said that there are
disclaimers when people are tested.
– Gov reiterated that it is possible to be reinfected with COVID-19,
and there are still a lot of unknowns.
– Zucker: next year, the state will have a better idea of the
effects of COVID-19.
– Gov said local governments must decide if it is safe to reopen
playgrounds.

NURSING HOMES:
– On visitations: Gov said nursing homes are still not allowed to
accept visitors.


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SBA Loans for Economic Disruption Due to COVID-19 Impact
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. “The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact.  With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.

“Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible.  To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.” Learn more.


Six State Medical Societies Urge Congress to Fight for Funding for Community Physician Practices in Next Stimulus Package
On behalf of the tens of thousands of physicians collectively represented by our associations, and the millions of patients we treat, we are urging that Congress continue to fight for needed funding in the next “stimulus” package to assist community physician practices to be able to keep their doors open for their patients.  Like many businesses, our physicians have faced a devastating impact on their practices as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

At stake is access to care for the patients we serve and the staff we employ. With patients having appropriately limited their trips out of the house including to their doctor’s offices along with all elective procedures being suspended for months, the impact has devastated practices and the hundreds of thousands of those physicians employed by community physician practice.

For example, a survey by the Medical Society of the State of NY found that: 79% of physicians had seen a reduction of more than 50% in the volume of patients visiting their practices; Nearly 3/4 had a greater than 50% drop in practice revenue; and 40% had to lay off or furlough at least 25% of their staff.  While the survey also demonstrated that the CARES Act enacted by Congress in March and supplemented in April helped to marginally offset some of these enormous deficits, it has been nowhere near enough to ensure the survival of many physician practices across the state.

We urge that you fight to ensure that the final package includes important protections, including a re-start of the Medicare Advance Payment Program and ensuring that grant funding is dedicated to community physician practices without size restrictions or employee thresholds. So far, community physicians have only received a microscopic portion of the billions in grant funding allocated by Congress in the CARES Act, which has mostly benefitted large health systems.  While our hospitals must be protected and strengthened, so too must our community physicians for whom our patients depend.

We also urge that the next stimulus bill include provisions to ensure that critically important expanded telehealth coverage rules are maintained – including required coverage by ERISA plans not subject to state regulation but also rejecting industry efforts to fulfill network adequacy requirements only through telehealth at the expense of in-person care.

We also urge that the market dominant health insurers who faced a significant drop in claim submissions ensure that their windfall profits are shared with their contracted physicians including through support for the huge increase in Personal Protective equipment (PPE) costs.  For example, Aetna recently announced that its claims submission had dropped by 30% during April at the height of the pandemic.

Moreover, it is critically important that any proposal to address surprise out of network medical bills are consistent with demonstrated successful laws such as New York’s groundbreaking solution, rather than one-sided solutions advanced by the market-dominant health insurance industry that could potentially adversely impact patient access to essential on-call specialty care in emergency departments across the State.  Now is not the time to disrupt our health care safety net.

Critically important as well is providing support for those physicians, residents and students who provided on the front lines who provided needed care to patients while putting their life and health at risk, including hazard pay and/or student loan relief.  Representative Maloney has advanced important legislation (HR 6720) that would achieve this goal.

To repeat, we are extremely concerned about the stability of our health care system given these enormous losses. The next package coming out of Congress must help to preserve our States’ health care infrastructure, including community physician practices.   This is not only essential for the hundreds of thousands of jobs we provide but most importantly to ensure we can continue to be able to treat our patients who continue to depend upon as begin to recover from this crisis.

MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF DELAWARE
MED CHI, THE MARYLAND STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY
OHIO STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION


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MSSNY Opposes Effort to Allow Discrimination Against Patients
“MSSNY opposes the Trump Administration’s final rule from the US Department of Health and Human Services that reverses a policy banning health care providers from discriminating against certain patients, including LGBTQ, women and others.

“As physicians, we believe that respect for all of our patients is our highest priority.  Our professional and moral obligation is to ensure healthcare for all Americans, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

“The Federal Government should never stand in the way of an individual’s ability to access health care.”

Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York


CDC: Patients with Health Issues More Likely to Die
Patients with underlying health issues are 12 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released June 15. The CDC examined data on more than 1.7 million COVID-19 cases and 103,700 related deaths reported by state and local health departments between Jan. 22 and May 30. Hospitalizations were six times higher for people with underlying health conditions, the most common being heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease.


Warning About Faulty Face Masks
The FDA and CDC have issued warnings about faulty face masks. Some masks tested by the FDA proved to filter out only 20-25% of particles instead of the 95% they are supposed to catch.

Please see the FDA’s warning letter to health care providers here. You can use this link to look up specific products by manufacturer on the CDC website here.

MSSNY has heard concerns from members about the high price and limited availability of N95 masks and that many suppliers are quoting 2-4-week delays on delivery of PPE.

Our leadership has spent an enormous amount of time looking for PPE that is certified to meet NIOSH and FDA standards and that can be purchased in reasonable quantities. KN-95s are not NIOSH approved. Many N-95 masks being sold are counterfeit so MSSNY is only recommending vetted sources.

MSSNY has also reached out to the highest levels of government to make them aware of the severity of the problem physicians are facing with regard to finding PPE and to ask for government involvement in sourcing safe, reasonably priced PPE to our NYS community physicians.

Please be safe!  Thank you for all you are doing.

Bonnie Litvack, MD
MSSNY President


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NY State of Health Informs Patients of Health Insurance Options in “Grim Times”
Trying to provide answers for your patients regarding health insurance options?  This is particularly important as many patients have found themselves out of work and have lost their job-based health insurance coverage.  The United Hospital Fund has put together a Q&A regarding coverage options in New York, including COBRA, Exchange plans, CHIP and Medicaid options.  Please click here to read and share their guide.”

Over 2.6 million people across the state have filed unemployment claims, and one study estimated that 1.4 million New Yorkers would lose their employer-sponsored coverage when this is all over. But if there is a bright spot in the current crisis, it is that it has never been easier to enroll in coverage, and there are more affordable options than ever before. United Hospital Fund is working to assist the NY State of Health Marketplace in reaching uninsured New Yorkers and helping them enroll in plans.

Attached and linked below for your attention is our recent publication, Grim Times and Health Insurance: Maintaining Coverage During the Pandemic. This consumer guide poses and answers common questions consumers are likely asking about their options for maintaining employer-based coverage or finding new coverage on the NY State of Health Marketplace. Available at our website in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Bengali, and Creole versions, the guide provides details about relevant state and federal consumer protection laws, the enrollment process, and important resources.
http://www.mssnyenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Grim-Times-061620.pdf


Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, June 18th at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers.

To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers:

For audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950 and access code: 5161819


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MSSNY Opposes Effort to Allow Discrimination Against Patients


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2020

MSSNY Opposes Effort to Allow Discrimination Against Patients

Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“MSSNY opposes the Trump Administration’s final rule from the US Department of Health and Human Services that reverses a policy banning health care providers from discriminating against certain patients, including LGBTQ, women and others.

“As physicians, we believe that respect for all of our patients is our highest priority.  Our professional and moral obligation is to ensure healthcare for all Americans, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

“The Federal Government should never stand in the way of an individual’s ability to access health care.”

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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.

 

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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New DOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Changes 3 Day COVID-19 Test Rule to 5 Days


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865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2020

New DOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Changes 3 Day Covid-19
Test Rule to 5 Days

 

Statement Attributable to:
Bonnie Litvack, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“The updated ‘elective surgery’ guidance announced by the New York State Department of Health importantly changes from 3 days to 5 days the time frame prior to an elective surgery that a patient must have received a negative Covid-19 test.  This change is essential because of the difficulty many physicians and patients were having with obtaining and receiving the results of a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of a planned elective surgery.  This change should help many more patients to be able to obtain the surgical care and cancer testing (such as colonoscopies) they need. 

“MSSNY thanks the NYSDOH and the Cuomo Administration for their efforts to provide this needed flexibility to assist patients in receiving necessary care that had been delayed due to the need to prioritize health care resources during the height of the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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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.

 

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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