New York State Health Foundation Report


MSSNY Seal
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

 

June 12, 2018

For Immediate Release

Statement from Thomas Madejski, MD, President, Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) re: New York State Health Foundation report, “Follow the Money: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Payments and Opioid Prescribing”

“Any physician that chooses to prescribe any medication for reasons other than patient need faces threat of significant sanction from the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) as well as potentially criminal and civil penalties.

To make an assertion that New York physicians are prescribing opioids because of payments from drug companies is completely at odds with recent statistics showing a significant decrease in opioid prescribing in New York.

New York is leading the fight against the national problem of opioid abuse. As a result of our efforts:

  • New York has had one of the lowest opioid prescribing rates in the country. New York State tied for second lowest in the country (behind Hawaii).
  • The total number of opioid prescriptions went down 20% since 2013.
  • New York has one of the lowest Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates in the country.

Certainly more needs to be done to address New York’s heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, including increased insurance coverage to respond to those facing addiction, and addressing barriers that limit the ability of physicians and others to prescribe suboxone to address addiction.  However, these recent statistics showing a significant drop in opioid prescribing are the result of a multi-pronged and multi-year effort by many to assure greater caution in the prescribing of opioids.”

# # #

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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia

Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY Will Convene Task Force on Death and Dying


MSSNY Seal
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

MSSNY Will Convene Task Force on Death and Dying

May 10, 2018, Westbury, NY—The Council of The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) today voted to convene a Task Force on Death and Dying to develop a white paper regarding the physicians’ role in end of life and palliative care. The paper will also discuss the impact of death and dying on the disparate and the disabled populations.

“These are complex issues and it is very important that we address this controversial issue in the most appropriate way,” said MSSNY President Dr. Thomas Madejski. “The Task Force will be ethnically and philosophically diverse and will include members from across MSSNY’s membership—including physicians from the Long-Term Care and Disparities committees.”

MSSNY has a long-standing policy that opposes physicians’ participation in accelerating a patient’s natural death. 

# # #

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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia

Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY President Testifies Before Assembly Committee on Health on “Medical Aid in Dying”

MSSNY Seal
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

President of Medical Society Testifies Before Assembly Committee on Health on “Medical Aid in Dying”

 “Physicians Should Preserve Life, Not End Life”

April 23, 2018, Westbury, NY—Dr.  Thomas J. Madejski, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), testified today before the Assembly Committee on Health regarding Medical Aid in Dying.

Assembly Bill 2383A would permit a terminally ill patient to request medication from a physician to be self-administered for the purpose of hastening the patient’s death.  Until such time as the law changes, aid in dying or assisted suicide by a physician is still illegal in New York State. The New York Court of Appeals September 7, 2017 Myers v Schneiderman decision reaffirms this.

The Medical Society recently polled physicians to get their perspectives on this very complicated and controversial issue. A large majority indicated that such a measure could have a negative impact on healthcare among racial/ethnic minorities and the physically disabled patient. Equally troubling, were physicians concerns that such a measure would have a negative impact on trust between the physician and patients.

Based on the preliminary analysis of the survey results, it is not likely that MSSNY will change its position on this matter any time soon. 

Excerpts from Dr. Madejski’s Testimony 

First and foremost, I believe that we need to create an environment that eliminates the desire for a patient to contemplate ending their life, due to fear of inadequate care at the end of life.  Equally troubling, were physicians concerns that such a measure would have a negative impact on trust between the physician and patients.

This is a very complicated and controversial issue within our membership.  There are passionate physicians on both sides making well-reasoned arguments. MSSNY’s long-standing position against “aid in dying” is based upon the sacred principle that physicians are dedicated to healing and preserving life, not ending it.

Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has not.  Moreover, the social and societal implications of such a fundamental change cannot be fully contemplated.

Most physicians are deeply troubled by the potential abandonment of a patient by their physician at their time of greatest need of their physician’s skill and caring.  Although the proposed legislation requires two physicians to certify a patient, prognostication, particularly with regards to time left before death is one of our most difficult assessments.

MSSNY is committed to work with physicians and groups on both sides of this difficult question to continue to improve the access to and the quality of palliative care for all of our patients, particularly in our last days.

# # #

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.

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

Physicians Concerned with Encroachment of Corporate Interests into Medical Care Delivery

MSSNY Seal
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

Physicians Concerned with Encroachment of Corporate Interests into Medical Care Delivery

April 11, 2018, Westbury, NY—Saturday’s New York Times article regarding proposed health care mega-mergers such as CVS-Aetna and Walmart-Humana highlights concerns many physicians have with the significant encroachment of corporate interests into medical care delivery.

These concerns include:

  • Adverse impact to patient care that could result from the loss of physician-led medical homes.
  • Further reduction of patient choice of pharmacy, as it may become harder for pharmacies not affiliated with CVS or Walmart to be incorporated into these merged entities’ pharmaceutical networks.
  • Enabling PBMs to impose even more burdensome prior authorization hassles for physicians and their staff as a pre-condition for patients receiving needed prescription medications.
  • These transactions could lead to a proliferation of so-called “retail clinics,” owned by an insurance company/retailer that could have great incentive to steer patients to these sites instead of a community based primary care practice that typically serves as a patient’s medical home.   This will result in the fragmentation of patient care instead of helping to better coordinate it.
  • Loss of physician advocacy for the best treatment for their patient, not the corporate bottom line.

“It is imperative that our state and federal investigatory agencies carefully review the impact of this cross-sector consolidation on patient care delivery and access before any such consolidation is permitted to move forward,” said Thomas Madejski, MD, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.  “We also urge the enactment of measures that would enable independently practicing physicians to counter such consolidation by being permitted to come together to negotiate on behalf of their patients against these corporate behemoths.

“Our patients’ ability to continue to receive needed care from the physician of their choice depends upon it.”

# # #

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.

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY Passes Gun Safety Resolutions

MSSNY Seal
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

 

The Medical Society of the State of New York Passes Gun Safety Resolutions
Resolutions Passed at Today’s Medical Society Annual House of Delegates Meeting

For Immediate Release

Westbury, NY, March 24, 2018—The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) today passed the following gun safety resolutions at its annual House of Delegates meeting:

  • MSSNY will support legislation that blocks the sale of any device or modification—including but not limited to bump stocks—that functionally convert a firearm into a weapon that mimics fully-automatic operation. In addition, MSSNY voted to support legislation that would ban the sale and/or ownership of high capacity magazines or clips and high speed high destruction rounds.
  • MSSNY will support legislation that requires a waiting period and background checks prior to the purchase of all firearms, including the person-to-person transfer, internet sales, and interstate transactions of all firearms.
  • MSSNY believes that gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis and will support legislation that would reverse the ban that prohibits the Center for Disease Control from researching gun related injuries, deaths and suicides related to this violence.
  • MSSNY will create a task force to study and make recommendations regarding how healthcare providers can play a role in safely sequestering a patient’s firearms to reduce the risk of suicide during a vulnerable time.

# # #

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.

Press Contact:
Julie Vecchione
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / 631.697.3470 (cell)
jvecchione@mssny.org
 

New York Is 2018’s 3rd Worst State for Doctors

MSSNY Seal
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
March 28, 2018

New York Is 2018’s 3rd Worst State for Doctors
New York Moves Up from 51st to 49th Worst State

Statement attributable to:
Thomas Madejski, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

The latest report identifying New York as the 3rd worst state in the country to be a physician shows that we have a long way to go to improve New York’s practice climate.  Once again, New York’s exorbitant malpractice insurance costs  combined with low insurer payments creates an untenable squeeze that makes it exceedingly difficult to continue to be available to deliver patient care.  Make no mistake – physicians, residents and medical students make decisions about where to locate to deliver patient care based upon perception of the practice environment.  It is imperative that the Legislature and the Governor work together to advance initiatives to make  New York physician- friendly, by reducing hassles with insurance companies, controlling medical liability costs, and providing opportunities for meaningful loan repayments.  Patients who depend on physician availability deserve nothing less.”

# # #

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.

Press Contact:
Julie Vecchione
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / 631.697.3470 (cell)  jvecchione@mssny.org

Statement of MSSNY President Dr. Charles Rothberg in response to NYS Senate Budget Proposal


MSSNY Seal
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
March 14, 2018

Statement of MSSNY President Dr. Charles Rothberg in response to
NYS Senate Budget Proposal

“We thank Senators Flanagan and Klein and the Senate Republican and Independent Democratic conferences for their support of a number of important measures in their one-House Budget proposal.  These include continued support for the Excess Medical Malpractice Insurance Program, additional support for Veterans’ Health care needs, and support for the continuation of the critically important services being provided through the Committee for Physician’s Health program.  We also thank them for opposing several problematic proposals in the Executive Budget that would reduce the ability of patients to continue to receive needed care from their physicians, including provisions that would expand burdensome  pre-authorization requirements for medications needed by patients covered by Medicaid, impose steep cuts for physicians participating in the Patient Centered Medical Home program, and inappropriately expand independent practice authority for nurse anesthetists.

We agree about the continuing need for aggressive efforts to address our heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  New York physician leaders have been extensively involved in efforts to respond to this public health crisis.  At the same time, it is essential that as measures are developed there is a proper balance struck between efforts to address and prevent opioid abuse and assuring that prescribers do not face undue barriers so that their patients can receive the medications they need.  We look forward to continued discussions on all these issues as the Senate, Assembly and Governor seek to finalize a State Budget over the next 2 weeks.”

# # #

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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100
rraia@mssny.org

 

Statement of MSSNY President Dr. Charles Rothberg in response to Assembly Budget Proposal


MSSNY Seal
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
March 13, 2018

Statement of MSSNY President Dr. Charles Rothberg in response to Assembly Budget Proposal

“We thank Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the Assembly Democratic Conference for their continued support of the Excess Medical Malpractice Insurance Program in their one-House Budget proposal, as well as for opposing several problematic proposals in the Executive Budget that would reduce the ability of patients to continue to receive needed care from their physicians.  These problematic provisions would have expanded burdensome  pre-authorization requirements for medications needed by patients covered by Medicaid, imposed steep cuts for physicians participating in the Patient Centered Medical Home program, authorized corporate/insurance company owned ‘retail clinics’ that will harm patient access to physician-led medical homes, and inappropriately expanded independent practice authority for nurse anesthetists.  We look forward to working with the Legislature to assure these provisions are not included in the final State Budget being negotiated between the Assembly, Senate and the Governor”

# # #

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.

 

Media Contact:
Julie Vecchione
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516.488.6100 x 340 (o)
631.697.3470 (cell)
jvecchione@mssny.org

 

 

Charles Rothberg M.D. Re: Executive Budget Proposal


MSSNY Seal


Medical Society of the State of New York

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

For Immediate Release

 

Statement by Charles Rothberg, MD, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), Regarding the Executive Budget Proposal

“While MSSNY is continuing to review all of the legislative proposals contained in the Executive Budget, New York’s physicians appreciate the continued efforts of Governor Cuomo to assure the availability of affordable health insurance options for New Yorkers despite efforts by some at the federal level to drastically reduce funding for these programs.   The enormous Budget deficit this State faces presents a significant challenge.  While we have concerns with some provisions of the proposed Budget that could make it more difficult for patients to receive needed physician care, we will continue to work proactively with the Governor and Legislature to meet these challenges so as to protect and preserve our world class health care system.”

# # #

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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

 

 

 

New York Physicians Boost the State’s Economy


MSSNY Seal


Medical Society of the State of New York

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

For Immediate Release

 

New York Physicians Boost the State’s Economy
New study demonstrates that physicians support 688,760 jobs,
generate $141.2 billion in economic activity

 

January 8, 2018 – Physicians add opportunity, growth and prosperity to the New York economy by creating 688,760 jobs and generating $141.2 billion in economic activity, according to a new report, The Economic Impact of Physicians in New York, released today by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

“Every day, New York physicians dedicate themselves to protecting the health of their patients,” said MSSNY President Charles Rothberg, MD. “However, physicians also have a positive impact on New York State that goes beyond the wellbeing of their patients. The AMA’s new Economic Impact Study demonstrates that physicians help their local communities in many ways—including creating jobs and generating tax revenue.”

The study quantifies the economic boost that 60,444 New York physicians provide to the state’s economy, producing a ripple effect that is felt statewide.  The study measures physicians’ impact using four key economic indicators:

  • Jobs: Physicians support 688,760 jobs in New York–4 for each physician on average.
  • Economic activity: Physicians generate $141.2 billion in economic output, comprising 9.8 percent of the New York economy. Each physician generates $2.3 million for the state economy on average.
  • Wages & benefits: Physicians contribute $78.2 billion in total wages and benefits paid to workers across New York, empowering a high-quality, sustainable workforce. Each physician contributes $1.3 million to workers’ wages and benefits on average.
  • State and local tax revenue: Physicians’ contribution to the New York economy generates $7.3 billion in state and local tax revenue for their communities–translating to $121,536 for each physician on average–enabling community investments to be made.

The report found that every dollar applied to physician services in New York supports an additional $1.93 in other business activity.  An additional 5.46 jobs, above and beyond the clinical and administrative personnel that work inside the physician practices, are supported for each one million dollars of revenue generated by a physician’s practice.  In addition, New York physicians generate more economic output, produce more jobs and pay more in wages and benefits than Higher Education, Nursing, Home Health and Legal Services.

Across the country, physicians add $2.3 trillion to the U.S. economy, support more than 12.6 million jobs nationwide, contribute $1 trillion in total wages and benefits paid to U.S. workers, and generate $92.9 billion in state and local tax revenue.

To view the full report and an interactive map, please visit www.PhysiciansEconomicImpact.org.

# # #

Media Contacts:

Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

Robert J. Mills
American Medical Association
(312) 464-5970
robert.mills@ama-assn.org


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. For more information, visit www.mssny.org.

About the American Medical Association
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization providing timely, essential resources to empower physicians, residents and medical students to succeed at every phase of their medical lives. Physicians have entrusted the AMA to advance the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health on behalf of patients for more than 170 years. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

 

 

1 2