Medical Society Supports March of Dimes Vaccination Efforts


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


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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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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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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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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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MSSNY Statement re: Medical Aid in Dying


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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2019

MSSNY Statement re: Medical Aid in Dying

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

“As physicians, we value the importance of each person’s life. There are great disparities in access and quality of care at the end of life and we are particularly concerned about the impact of Medical Aid in Dying on vulnerable populations.

“Medical Aid in Dying is a complex issue with great variations in the wishes of patients as to the application of care as they approach the end of their natural lifespan or are faced with a terminal illness. The Medical Society of the State of New York is opposed to physician assisted suicide, but we continue to examine the issue through MSSNY’s  Task Force on End of Life Care, which is looking at all aspects of the issue.  MSSNY is committed to work with physicians and groups on both sides of this difficult question to improve access and quality of palliative care for all of our patients, particularly in their last days.“

 

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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 Calls on NYS Legislators to Authorize ONLY Medical Exemptions from Vaccination


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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2019

MSSNY Calls on NYS Legislators to Authorize ONLY Medical Exemptions from Vaccination

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

“Today, the Medical Society of the State of New York joins with 25 medical and public health organizations, and patient advocacy groups asking our 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.   We must preserve community immunity in order to protect society—especially our most vulnerable, the newborn, pregnant women, the immune-compromised, and those with cancer.”

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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

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.

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Medical, Public Health, and Patient Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference Calling for Medical Exemptions for Vaccines


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For Immediate Release

MEDIA ADVISORY

MEDICAL, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND PATIENT ADVOCACY GROUPS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE CALLING FOR MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS FOR VACCINES 

When:  Monday, May 6, 2019 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

Speakers at the press conference will be:

  • Joseph Sellers, MD, Secretary, Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Senator Brad Hoylman
  • Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz
  • Linda Efferen, MD, MACP, Chair, NYACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee
  • Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP, NYS AAP, District II, Vice President of Chapter 2, Chair of the Chapter 2 Legislative Committee 
  • Sarah Ravenhall, MHA, CHES, Executive Director, New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO)
  • Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Executive Director, The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Erin E. Jones, Regional Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes
  • Patricia A. Wukovits, RN, Executive Director, Kimberly Coffey Foundation 

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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

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.

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Parag Mehta, MD Elected Assistant Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Parag Mehta, MD Elected Assistant Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Parag Mehta, MDWestbury, NY—April 15, 2019— Internist Parag Mehta, MD was elected Assistant Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) at its 213th annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Tarrytown on April 13, 2019.  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 a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College at Cornell University.

Dr. Mehta has been involved with the implementation of EHR at NYPBMH for the last 15 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 taken 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 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.

Media Contact:
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Medical Society of the State of New York
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