Medical Society Supports Creation of Maternal Mortality Review Board 


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

 

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2019

Medical Society Supports Creation of Maternal Mortality Review Board 

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

“The Medical Society of the State of New York thanks Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature for passing and signing into law the creation of a Maternal Mortality Review Board. The creation of a maternal mortality review board will assist the state in developing and creating new strategies to improve maternal health and lessen the impact of maternal mortality and morbidity.  The law embraces national best practices on maternal health and ensures accountability and sustainability of a maternal review board.  Maternal mortality is an important public health issue that must be addressed and the creation of this board is the first step.” Arthur Fougner, MD, MSSNY President.

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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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Statement of MSSNY President Dr. Art Fougner Urging US House Committee to Fix Unfair Surprise Bill Proposal


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For Immediate Release
July 10, 2019 

Statement of MSSNY President Dr. Art Fougner Urging US House Committee to Fix Unfair Surprise Bill Proposal

“New York’s physicians are extremely concerned about the impact to patient care of a bill before the US House Energy& Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee, tomorrow July 11, that would further enable abusive health insurer practices by establishing an insurer determined “default rate” for surprise medical bills (HR 3630).  New York’s physicians very much agree with the goal of the legislation to protect patients from facing these bills, but disagree strongly with the solution being offered by Rep. Frank Pallone and Rep. Greg Walden, Chair and Ranking Member of the E&C Committee.  Their proposal would greatly limit the ability of physicians to negotiate patient care terms fairly with already market dominant insurance companies.  It would also make it much harder for hospitals to ensure needed on-call specialty care in their emergency departments. Moreover, it could have a particularly significant adverse impact on rural and smaller hospitals.  We strongly urge Representative Eliot Engel (a member of the Health Subcommittee) to urge that this harmful legislation be replaced with HR 3502 (Ruiz/Roe/Morelle) that would protect patients from surprise medical bills based on the nationally acclaimed model adopted in New York which has proven to be an effective and balanced approach”

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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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Doctors May Soon Be Able to Prescribe Part of a Prescription and “Refilled” if Patients Need More Relief


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For Immediate Release
June 19, 2019 

Doctors May Soon Be Able to Prescribe Part of a Prescription and “Refilled” if Patients Need More Relief

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

A bill has passed the New York State Legislature today that allow physicians to prescribe a controlled substance on a partially filled basis. This measure would allow physicians/prescribers to prescribe up to a 30-day supply of controlled substance with a notation to the pharmacist that he/she should only dispense the agreed to amount. The measure will go now to the Governor for his consideration. The total quantity dispensed in all partial fillings would not exceed the total quantity prescribed.  The Medical Society of the State of New York also believes that this measure will now allow prescribers to help patients balance the need to relieve pain with an adequate supply of medication by only filling part of the prescription. Should they need additional pain relief, patients will be able to return to the pharmacy to fill the remaining portion of their prescription.

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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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Medical Society Supports SAM, NYSACHO and NYS PTA in Opposition to Legalized Recreational Marijuana


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For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019 

Medical Society Supports SAM, NYSACHO and NYS PTA in Opposition to Legalized Recreational Marijuana

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

“The Medical Society of the State of New York remains firm in its opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana and applauds Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), and the NYS PTA for their joint efforts in stopping the bill from moving forward.

“One of our chief concerns is that sufficient research and clinical study necessary for both legislators and voters to make an informed decision are sorely lacking. A major contributing factor is that marijuana continues to have a schedule I classification by the federal government, which significantly limits the comprehensive research that can be performed so that physicians and consumers can make informed decisions. We would therefore support reclassification of cannabis as Schedule II first to facilitate urgently needed further study.”

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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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Medical Society Supports March of Dimes Vaccination Efforts


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

 

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019 

Medical Society Supports March of Dimes Vaccination Efforts 

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

“More than 60 years ago, the March of Dimes pioneered the vaccine research leading to the eradication of polio. The organization has been a leader in the fight for the health and well-being of mothers and children and has stood firm in their efforts to encourage every individual to be vaccinated.

“The Medical Society of the State of New York is pleased to support the March of Dimes’ efforts to ensure that medical exemptions are the only exemptions that exist in New York State. The health of our patients depends on proper vaccinations. Vaccines are, in fact, the very cornerstone of public health. We must preserve community immunity in order to protect society—especially our most vulnerable: newborn babies, pregnant women, the immune-compromised and those with cancer.

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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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State Medical Societies Demand Legislators “Say No” to Recreational Marijuana Legalization


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For Immediate Release

State Medical Societies Demand Legislators “Say No” to Recreational
Marijuana Legalization

Group comprises seven State Medical Associations with more than 180,000 physician and student members

May 31, 2019, Westbury, NY— With pressure mounting on state legislatures across the country to legalize recreational marijuana, a group of seven state Medical Societies is calling for cooler heads to prevail.“

This is a public health issue, not a tax issue,” said Thomas Madejski, MD, immediate past president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. “It’s ludicrous to prioritize increased state revenue against increased hospital visits. The health of our citizens is at stake here.

”Indeed, data from states that have legalized recreational marijuana shows an increase in car accidents and an increase in teen use.

The American Medical Association (AMA) stands with the states in expressing concern about legalization of cannabis for recreational use. James Madara, MD, executive vice president and CEO of the AMA recently sent a letter to New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins urging them to “delay initiating the legalization of cannabis for recreational (non-medicinal) use until further research is completed on the public health, medical, economic and social consequences of its use.”

The group is urging Congress to re-classify marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II so that necessary research can be performed to better inform states considering these proposals. As a Schedule II drug, government funding can be sought for necessary research that clearly defines the positive and negative elements of marijuana use.

“One of our chief concerns is the lack of sufficient research and clinical study upon which legislators and voters are approaching this issue,” said Dr. Madejski. “A major contributing factor is that marijuana continues to have a schedule I classification by the federal government, which significantly limits the comprehensive research that can be performed to inform physician and consumer decision-making.”

A final concern involves the worsening of the current mental health and substance abuse crisis enveloping the country.

“We have seen a relentless push by wealthy Wall Street Venture Capitalists to create a new addiction industry to extract profits from all our communities but especially those already experiencing socioeconomic challenges,” said Dr. Madejski. “They are particularly devious in hiding their true intentions with legitimate arguments to redress inequities in social justice and health care disparities. Redressing these inequities does not require expanding use of a substance with well documented harms to our vulnerable populations, particularly with regards to accidental deaths, substance abuse disorders and severe mental health issues.”

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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.

The state medical societies in the group are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

 

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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MEDIA ADVISORY – Demand Action to Remove Non-Medical Exemptions for School Attendance 


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865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY

With Nearly 800 Cases of Measles in New York,
Lawmakers, Physicians, Nurses and Public Health Groups to Demand Action on
Bill to Remove Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions for School Attendance 

When: Tuesday, May 21st 2:00 pm
Where: Assembly Staircase, 3rd Floor Capitol Bldg. outside Assembly chamber

Speakers at the press conference will be:

  • Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, sponsor of A.2371 and other members of the Assembly Health Committee
  • Senator Brad Hoylman, sponsor of S.2994 and other senators
  • Arthur Fougner, MD, MSSNY President
  • Monica Sweeney, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, Member, MSSNY Infectious Disease Committee
  • Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP, NYS AAP, District II, Vice President of Chapter 2, Chair of the Chapter 2
  • Sarah Ravenhall, MHA, CHES, Executive Director, New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO)
  • Erin E. Jones, Regional Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes
  • Other supportive organizations representing physicians, nurses and patient/ public health interests 

Why:  According to the State and City Health Departments there were 772 measles cases in New York alone, as of May 14th.  NY State is seeing sharp increases in diagnoses with each week of inaction, and cases have been diagnosed in Brooklyn and six counties outside NYC.

The time for action is now.  Medical experts, together with state legislators and public health organizations, will call for immediate action to address a major barrier to “herd immunity” in order to begin to stem the tide of this highly contagious disease in the state.

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

 

 

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MSSNY Statement re: Surprise Bill Proposal


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865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
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For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019

MSSNY Statement re: Surprise Bill Proposal

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

“We appreciate the effort of the various Senators and Representatives who have advanced proposals to protect patients from surprise medical bills.  New York has been an innovator in this effort, and our 2014 law has become a model for the nation.  Indeed, the Georgetown University Health Policy Center released a report earlier this week that highlighted how our law has greatly reduced surprise billing complaints in New York while also being perceived as a fair approach by various health care stakeholders.

“While we are proud that aspects of our law have become a model for the proposal advanced by Senators Cassidy and Hassan, and its protection of state laws, we have serious concerns regarding the legislation’s suggested use of health insurer–dictated in network payments as a federal benchmark for resolving out of network payment disputes. This has serious potential to undermine New York’s law, which sought to achieve a critical balance among physicians, hospitals and health insurers, including assuring the availability of needed on-call specialty care in hospital emergency departments across the State.  When seconds count, this proposal could reduce specialized care availability for patients. Instead of insurer controlled data, New York uses a database for its benchmark for its baseball arbitration program that is independent of health insurer or provider control.

“Moreover, this proposal would even further empower market dominant insurance companies, who already have the power in many markets across the country, to foist ‘take it or leave it’ contracts on physicians that not only impact payments for care, but also many other patient care issues, such excessive prior authorization requirements, minimal prescription medication formularies, and narrow networks—all which limit patients’ timely access to care.

“Patients benefit most when physicians have the ability to fairly negotiate participation terms.   We urge our US Senators and Representatives to revise their surprise bill proposals to make them consistent with New York’s acclaimed approach.”

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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 re: Rear Seatbelt Legislation


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865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2019

MSSNY Statement re: Rear Seatbelt Legislation

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

“The Medical Society of the State of New York is proud to support the legislation calling for rear seat passengers to buckle up and to be safe.

“According to the insurance Institute for Highway Safety, adult rear-row occupants were less likely to use seat belts.  Only 70 percent of those ages 20 to 54 use restraints, and 86 percent of people 55 and older use them.  The adult rear seat unbuckled passengers are at greater risk for chest injuries and traumatic brain injuries than front seat passengers.”

 

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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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Vaccines are the Very Cornerstone of Public Health


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

 

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2019

Vaccines are the Very Cornerstone of Public Health

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

“The health of our patients depends on proper vaccinations. Vaccines are, in fact, the very cornerstone of public health. We must preserve community immunity in order to protect society—especially our most vulnerable, newborn babies, pregnant women, the immune-compromised, and those with cancer.

“Along with 28 other medical and public health organizations and patient advocacy groups,  the Medical Society of the State of New York has called on NYS Legislators to authorize ONLY Medical Exemptions from Vaccination.

“Once declared eliminated in the United States by the CDC, measles are now making a comeback. We must do everything that we can to prevent measles from gaining a permanent foothold in New York and prevent the further spread of disease nationally.

“An important first step is ensuring that medical exemptions are the only exemption allowable.”

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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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