MSSNY President Submits Testimony on the Impact of the COVID19 Crisis on NY Physician Practices


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MSSNY President Submits Testimony on the Impact of the COVID19 Crisis on NY Physician Practices


May 13, 2020, Westbury, NY
— Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MD, a Westchester radiologist and President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), today submitted testimony to the Joint Legislative Committee Hearing on Small Businesses, describing the impact of the COVID19 crisis on physician practices delivering patient care across the state of New York.

“Like many small businesses across the state, New York physicians have faced devastating consequences for their practices as a result of the coronavirus outbreak,” said Dr. Litvack. “Our first priority is, of course, to ensure that our patients, through the crisis and after, can continue to receive the care they need. However, physicians need to be assured that our practices can keep our doors open for patients now and in the future.”

To learn details about the impact, MSSNY conducted two surveys of its membership over the last month. Key takeaways from MSSNY’s most recent survey include:

· 79% have 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.

· More than a quarter had to lay off or furlough more than 50% of their staff, and 40% had to lay off or furlough at least 25% of their staff.

However, the bad news from the second survey was mixed with some modestly positive news that more physicians have received a small business Paycheck Protection Program loan. The CARES Act has provided some funding to help make up for some of the enormous deficits suffered by physician practices. However, it is not nearly enough to ensure the survival of many physician practices across the state.

Dr. Litvack’s testimony provided recommendations for how Congress and the New York State legislature can support physicians going forward including “advance” payments by commercial insurers to physicians and requiring health insurers to make bonus payments to their network physicians to account for the costs associated with additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the mark-up in price, that will be essential as practices begin to open up. MSSNY also continues to work with the New York Congressional delegation to press for needed additional funding in future stimulus packages to help further offset the devastation to these practices. Physicians also need assurance that existing funding streams in previous stimulus packages will continue to be made available to community physicians so they may continue to provide patient care.

MSSNY will continue to urge the necessity of additional funding to New York State to prevent potentially devastating cuts.

“New York’s health care system, including physicians, shouldn’t have to face financial ruin, while working around the clock to save lives,” said Dr. Litvack. “New York has shouldered the brunt of this crisis and we desperately need fiscal attention.”

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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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Mark J. Adams, MD, MBA, FACR Elected Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Mark J. Adams, MD, MBA, FACR Elected Treasurer
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Dr. Mark J. Adams was elected Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7. A fellowship trained board-certified Radiologist, he is Professor of Clinical Imaging Sciences at University of Rochester Medical Center.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Dr. Adams received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed an internship in surgery at Barnes Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, a radiology residency at Rochester General Hospital, and a fellowship at the University of Rochester. He is certified by both the American Board of Radiology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

In addition, Dr. Adams received an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business and Administration at University of Rochester.

An active member of MSSNY since 2000, Dr. Adams served as the 7th District Councilor from 2011-2017. He currently serves as Commissioner of the Medical Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Legislative and Physician Advocacy Executive Committee, and member of the Collective Negotiation and Implementation Committee and the Nominating Committee. He also serves as Treasurer of the MSSNY Board of Trustees.

Dr. Adams is a New York Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association and an active member of the Monroe County Medical Society, which he served as President in 2010.

As an active member in several radiological societies, Dr. Adams served on the Council Steering Committee of the American College of Radiology; President of the New York State Radiological Society; and President of the Rochester Roentgen Ray Society.

In 2012, Dr. Adams received the JACR Award for Recognition of Exceptional Manuscript Review from the American College of Radiology. He has been a Reviewer for the American Journal of Radiology since 1997.

An active member of his community, he currently serves in the ServNY Monroe County Medical Corps and the New York State CMS Carrier Advisory Committee.

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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.

MSSNY Contact:
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Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the
Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Joshua M. Cohen, MD, was elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7. Dr. Cohen is Senior Director, Global Medical Therapeutic Area Lead for Migraine & Headache at Teva Pharmaceuticals.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute. Additionally, he received a Masters of Public Health from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his headache fellowship at The Headache Institute and a mini-fellowship in pediatric headache at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Board certified in both Neurology and Headache Medicine, he was chosen as a Super Doctors® in 2013, a New York Rising Stars™ in 2014 and a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors™ in 2015.

An active member of organized medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Cohen currently serves as MSSNY’s Commissioner for Public Health, and previously served as President of the New York County Medical Society. He has served the American Medical Association in a variety of leadership positions, including Chair of the Medical Student Section and Delegate to the House of Delegates as a member of the New York State Delegation.

Dr. Cohen has worked extensively with non-profits dedicated to improving public health. Since 2013, he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Foundation and served as President of the Foundation 2017-2018. He was a founding Board member of the Nan Lightstone Foundation, whose mission is to support research and public education on infectious diseases. He served a two-year term as Chair for Trevor Project NextGen, supporting that organization’s work to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth. Additionally, he was founder of Adolescents in Medicine at New York University, a program which encourages minority adolescents to pursue careers in healthcare fields, and he is also a former Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

Dr. Cohen has published original research and book chapters on headache disorders, with a research focus on patients with difficult-to-treat migraine. He is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including the American Headache Society (AHS)/Merck US Human Health Scholarship Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Harvard University Derek Bok Center Teaching Award.

Dr. Cohen lives in Manhattan with his husband, Keith, son Leo, and two dogs, Snax and Treatz.

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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.

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
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Maria A. Basile, MD Elected Vice Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Maria A. Basile, MD Elected Vice Speaker
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Maria A. Basile, MD was elected Vice Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7.  Dr. Basile is Chief Medical Officer at US Family Health Plan-St. Vincent’s (a TRICARE Prime Option) in New York City. Dr. Basile oversees and guides the Plan’s Quality Management and Improvement activities and initiatives. Additionally, she provides clinical guidance as US Family Health Plan’s senior clinical staff person.

From 2012-2019, Dr. Basile served as Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs at Mather Hospital – Northwell Health, where her responsibilities included professional credentialing, physician engagement, medical staff quality improvement, and leadership development.

Prior to transitioning to Hospital Administration, Dr. Basile was a Colorectal Surgeon in private practice. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and is Board Certified in Health Care Quality Assurance, with specialty certification as a Physician Advisor. Dr. Basile has lectured nationally on physician wellness and resilience, medical ethics, and practice transformation.

cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Dr. Basile earned her Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a General Surgery residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia and a Colon and Rectal Surgery residency at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Erie, PA.  She is a graduate of the United Hospital Fund/Greater NY Hospital Association’s Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, and received a Master’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

Dr. Basile is on the Core Faculty at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, where she teaches medical school and graduate-level courses in Literature and Medicine.  A physician-poet, she is author of Minimally Invasive: Poems from a Life in Surgery.  Her poems and articles have been published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Touch: the Journal of Healing, and The Pharos.

An active member of MSSNY, Dr. Basile currently serves as the Commissioner of Communications and previously served as Suffolk County Councilor. Through her leadership efforts at the local and statewide levels, she has been appointed Vice Chair of the MSSNY Committee on Physician Wellness and Resilience, Co-chair of the MSSNY Committee on Women, and a Vice Chair of the MSSNY Committee on Quality. She is a Past President of the Suffolk County Medical Society.

Dr. Basile lives in East Setauket, NY, with her two college-aged children, George and Christina, and two puppies, Parker and Miles.

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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
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Parag Mehta, MD Elected Vice-President of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Parag Mehta, MD Elected Vice-President
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Internist Parag Mehta, MD was elected Vice President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) on May 7. Dr. Mehta is the Senior Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Chief Medical Information Officer at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (NYPBMH). In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Mehta has been involved with the implementation of EHR at NYPBMH for the last 16 years and has helped the institution to reach HIMSS Level 7. In this role, he brings IT and clinicians together to improve the user’s experience based on the user’s input.

A graduate of NHL Medical College in Ahmedabad, India, Dr. Mehta completed his residency in OB/GYN at NHL Medical College and his residency in Internal Medicine at NYPBMH in Brooklyn, New York. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care  and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He has completed courses in Health Information Technology from Cornell University and Artificial Intelligence from MIT Sloan School of Management.

An active member of organized medicine, Dr. Mehta is the Governor for the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. In addition to MSSNY and NYACP, he is a member of AMA, Kings County Medical Society, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Indian Medical Association.  In 2011, NYACP awarded him its highest honor, the Laureate Award, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions in the areas of governance, quality, public policy and education. As a Physician Wellbeing Champion, he promotes wellness and engages discussion through grand rounds.

Dr. Mehta’s many contributions to MSSNY include service as Assistant Treasurer, Commissioner of the Membership Division, Chair of the Future Task Force for Infrastructure/Organization, Chair of the International Medical Graduate Committee, and Young Physician Councilor. He presently serves as Councilor for Kings and Richmond County and as a New York Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association.

Dr. Mehta lives in Manhasset Hills with his wife, Isha Mehta, MD, who is Chief of Gynecology at Elmhurst Hospital and is a founder of “A Stitch in Time,” an organization that treats gynecological conditions at no cost to women around the world. They have two daughters, Ruju, an environmental engineer, and Setu, a pre-med student at Harvard College.

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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
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William Latreille, MD Elected Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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William Latreille, MD Elected Speaker
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Internist William Latreille, MD, was elected as Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7.  He will continue to play an active role in the outpatient medical practice at the University of Vermont Health Network, Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York. He will also continue his internal medicine practice in Malone and at the Indian Health Center in Hogansburg, New York.

A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Dr. Latreille earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He received his first and second years of Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri and finished his residency training at the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic in Syre, Pennsylvania.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Latreille is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a specialist in adult and adolescent medicine.  He also has been designated as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform flight physical examinations and issue aviation medical certificates for Class 1, 2 and 3 pilots.

Dr. Latreille served as 4th District Councilor for eight years and 4th District President for four years. He created, and continues to chair,  the Lake Placid Retreat—now in its 21st year—that is held each January for MSSNY Districts 3 and 4. He was appointed to the MSSNY Board of Trustees in 2012 and served as Board Chairman for 2015-16. 

In addition to his activities at MSSNY, Dr. Latreille is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and a member of the NY Delegation to the AMA. He is also a member and past president of the Franklin County Medical Society.

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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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Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, Elected President-Elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, Elected President-Elect
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, was elected President-Elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Sellers serves as Eastern Region Medical Director for the Bassett Healthcare network.

Originally from Buffalo, Dr. Sellers earned his BA degree from the University of Rochester and his MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the Albany Medical Center.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

An attending physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY and the Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Dr. Sellers is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he has served as a primary care clerkship preceptor for over twenty years.

Dr. Sellers has served medical missions in Haiti and Kenya and is a volunteer physician with the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Sellers has been a trustee of the Cobleskill Regional Hospital for the past 20 years and served for 22 years on the Schoharie County Board of Health.

An active member of organized medicine since 1990, Dr. Sellers previously served MSSNY as Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and as Secretary. He served as MSSNY’s Third District Councilor from 2004-2010, and Third District President from 1998-2004.  Additionally, he served as Chair of MSSNY’s Political Action Committee from 2010 to 2019.  He was president of the Schoharie County Medical Society from 1990-1994.  Dr. Sellers lives in Cobleskill, NY with his wife, Kathleen.

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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
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Bonnie Litvack, MD Elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Bonnie Litvack, MD Elected President
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Radiologist Bonnie Litvack, MD was elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York today. Dr. Litvack is Director of Women’s Imaging at Northern Westchester Hospital, which is part of Northwell Health.

A cum laude graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Litvack earned her medical degree at Albany Medical Center. She completed both her Internal Medicine internship and her diagnostic radiology residency at Stony Brook University and a magnetic resonance imaging/body imaging fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Litvack is certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Under Dr. Litvack’s leadership, the Women’s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital has been acclaimed as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. During her career, Dr. Litvack has received numerous awards and honors.

An active member of organized medicine, Dr. Litvack has served as MSSNY’s President-Elect, Vice President, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Commissioner of Public Health, Commissioner of Membership and  MSSNY’s Ninth District Councilor.  She has also served as president of the Westchester County Medical Society, the Westchester Academy of Medicine,  the New York State Radiological Society and as MSSNY’s Ninth District President. She is a delegate from New York to the American Medical Association and has served as a councilor to the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Litvack lives in Chappaqua with her husband, Craig Penn, and daughters Sydney, Haley and Carly.

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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
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MSSNY Thanks Rep. Carolyn Maloney for Leadership on Legislation to Provide Loan Forgiveness to Frontline Medical Professionals


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MSSNY Thanks Rep. Carolyn Maloney for Leadership on Legislation to Provide Loan Forgiveness to Frontline Medical Professionals

May 6, 2020, Westbury, NY—MSSNY applauds Representative Carolyn Maloney (D- Manhattan) for introducing legislation (H.R. 6720) that would forgive private and federal student loans taken out by physicians, medical residents and a range of other healthcare professionals, caring for COVID-19 patients. The bill also includes researchers working to find a cure and vaccine for the disease. Representative Maloney modeled her proposal after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

“New York physicians have been on the frontlines since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, risking their lives to save as many victims of the virus as possible,” said Dr. Art Fougner, President of MSSNY. We’re grateful to Rep. Maloney for her leadership in advancing this important bill, as it’s a critical step in thanking frontline medical professionals for their service during this unprecedented time.  We urge the US Congress to incorporate these ideas into its next stimulus package that is currently under development.

The bill establishes a commission to work with the Education and Treasury Departments to review applications from borrowers and to determine which frontline applicants are eligible for loan forgiveness.

New York State is the hardest hit in the country with 319,000 confirmed cases and 19,415 deaths, to date.

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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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Empire Advancing Payments to Certain Independent Primary Care Physicians


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For Immediate Release
May 5, 2020 

Empire Advancing Payments to Certain Independent Primary Care Physicians

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

To support these essential providers during the COVID-19 crisis, Empire is advancing payments to certain independent primary care physician organizations and multi-specialty groups that include primary care. Empire (and Anthem) will offer these payments to hundreds of physician organizations across the country, beginning in May.

Dr. Art Fougner, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York, applauds Empire and Anthem, its parent company, for this action for physicians during the pandemic.

“With physicians reporting dramatic drops in patient visits and revenue in our collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we thank Empire Blue Cross for implementing a program to help its network physicians with an advance payment program. It will provide a lifeline to these practices until regular patient visits can resume.

“We are also aware that United and CDPHP have, importantly, also adopted advance programs.  We urge other health insurers to similarly work with their network physicians to implement advance payment programs.”

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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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