MSSNY Supports Dr. Jerome M. Adams’ Nomination as US Surgeon General

 
Above: MSSNY President Charles Rothberg, MD with Jerome Adams, MD

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2017

MSSNY Supports Dr. Jerome M. Adams’ Nomination as US Surgeon General

Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, has been nominated as Surgeon General of the US by President Donald Trump.

Trained as an anesthesiologist, Adams has been outspoken about the risks of prescription opioid painkillers and the need to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. Adams took the helm at the Indiana Health Department in October 2014. Just a month later, the first cases of what would later be recognized as a full-blown HIV outbreak were detected in the community of Austin in southeastern Indiana. The virus was being spread primarily by intravenous drug users sharing needles to inject the prescription opioid oxymorphone. In 2015, Dr. Adams worked to persuade then Governor Michael Pence to authorize an emergency needle exchange for 30 days, although Governor Pence was morally against needle sharing.

MSSNY President Charles N. Rothberg, MD, stated, “Dr. Adams has a proven track record to make public health a priority despite political hurdles. He is reminiscent of  Dr. C. Everett Koop (US Surgeon General, 1982-1989), who was a champion of public health.  Dr. Adams is in touch with the public needs.”

Dr. Adams wrote in May 2015, “We are building a model for prevention and response should this type of outbreak happen in other communities in the US. I would like nothing better than to tell you this unprecedented HIV epidemic will never happen anywhere else. But I can’t do that.”

In July of 2016, Indiana joined the list of states with standing orders for naloxone, the antidote to revive people who overdose on opioids. Subsequently, Indiana, residents can go to registered pharmacies, nonprofit organizations, and health centers and get naloxone without needing a prescription.

In 2016, Dr. Adams gave a presentation on fighting the spread of hepatitis C and HIV at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.  He said in his presentation, “Speak to your audience in their language. To change behavior, public health program workers need to confront ignorance and denial, conduct small pilot programs, and use successes to gain support.”

 

Dr. Adams earned bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and biopsychology from the University of Maryland in 1997. He then earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkley, and a medical degree from the Indiana University Medical School. He has been a researcher at medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe and has worked under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech.

Dr. Adams is married and has three children.

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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.

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
Phone:  516-488-6100 ext. 302
email: rraia@mssny.org

US House of Representatives Seeking to Reduce Medical Liability Costs

For Immediate Release



June 28, 2017

MSSNY Applauds US House of Representatives for Seeking to Reduce Medical Liability Costs 

Statement from Charles Rothberg, MD, President, Medical Society of the State of New York:

“We have long maintained that medical liability reform is an essential component of health reform.  We commend the House of Representatives for passing legislation (HR 1215) that if enacted could help to reduce some of the extraordinary costs faced by our physicians and hospitals and restore some balance to our medical liability system.

New York State was recently designated as the worst state in the country to practice medicine, in large part due to our excessive liability exposure as compared to all other states.  Indeed, physicians in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley pay some of the highest liability premiums in the country.  New York not only far exceeds all other states in terms of total medical liability payouts, we also spend more on a per capita than any other state in the country.

The actions of the US House of Representatives to address this huge problem stands in stark contrast to the New York State Legislature, which despite New York’s exorbitant costs, just passed legislation that would actually expand lawsuits against doctors and hospitals and impose huge new costs.  MSSNY and many other health care provider associations are urging Governor Cuomo to veto this legislation.

As efforts continue to be undertaken to fix the flaws of the Affordable Care Act, we urge that comprehensive medical liability reform today be included in these efforts.”

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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.

Press Contact:
Julie Vecchione
Manager, Communications Division
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516.488.6100 x 340
jvecchione@mssny.org

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPANSION BILL

For Immediate Release

June 21, 2017

STATEMENT FROM MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK PRESIDENT, CHARLES ROTHBERG, MD
RE: STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPANSION BILL

“New York’s physicians are extremely concerned about the ultimate impact to New Yorkers’ access to care if the statute of limitations expansion bill (S.6800/S.8516) considered by the Legislature today were ultimately signed into law.  Many New York hospitals and physicians are already struggling to keep their doors open.

New York State has already earned the dubious distinction as the absolute worst state in the country in which to practice medicine, in large part due to its overwhelming liability costs.  The bill will add significantly to these costs that have already driven physician after physician out of private practice, and in many cases driving them out of New York altogether.  It will also discourage countless others from coming here to practice.  We urge Governor Cuomo to veto this legislation and bring parties together to pass comprehensive, not one-sided, medical liability reform. 

New Yorkers’ access to health care is at stake.”

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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.

Press Contact:

Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

September 11, 2015 – AMA’S ANALYSES OF PROPOSED INSURANCE MERGERS

STATEMENT FROM MSSNY PRESIDENT JOSEPH MALDONADO, MD IN RESPONSE TO AMA’S ANALYSES OF PROPOSED INSURANCE MERGERS

“Today’s announcement by the American Medical Association analyzing the consequences of the proposed consolidation of the health insurance industry is a clarion call to our federal and state regulators to closely review the patient care implications of these proposed mergers.

Undoubtedly, the merger of Anthem (the parent of Empire BC/BS) with Cigna, and Aetna with Humana, will give these companies far greater market power to reduce physician and hospital choice for our patients by further restricting networks and moving towards more burdensome administrative requirements as a precondition of our patients receiving needed care.

In addition to preventing these mergers from going forward, policymakers need to enable physicians to better advocate on their patients’ behalf by enacting legislation (A.336, Gottfried S.1157, Hannon) to permit independently practicing physicians to come together to negotiate patient care terms with health insurers in regions where just a few plans dominate the delivery of care.”

Joseph R. Maldonado, Jr., MD, MSc, MBA, DipEBHC
President, Medical Society of the State of New York