New York is the Worst State in the Country to be a Physician According to Wallet Hub’s 2019 Report


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For Immediate Release

New York is the Worst State in the Country to be a Physician According to Wallet Hub’s 2019 Report

March 27, 2019, Westbury, NY— As National Doctor’s Day approaches on March 30, the fact that New York has once again received the dubious distinction as the worst state in country to be a physician should be an embarrassment for our great state that has a reputation for having a world class health care system.

“Whether it’s our exorbitant and crushing medical liability insurance costs, having among the lowest Medicaid fee schedules in the country, or the excessive amount of mandates placed on physicians delivering care to their patients, it is becoming increasingly difficult for physicians to remain in practice here to provide needed patient care,” said Dr. Thomas Madejski, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

New York continues to lose a majority of the resident physicians that are trained in the state, in part due to this challenging practice environment.

“It is critical that our policymakers take steps to improve this environment, which include efforts to reduce our administrative burdens in delivering patient care and to bring down the cost of liability insurance,” said Dr. Madejski. “One such critically important measure would grant independent practice physicians the ability to collectively negotiate with insurers to reduce excessive administrative burdens. Policymakers should take actions to eliminate the hostile environment in which New York physicians practice.”

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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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Four State Medical Society Presidents: No, No, No, No to Recreational Marijuana


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March 22, 2019
For Immediate Release

Four State Medical Society Presidents: No, No, No, No to Recreational Marijuana

March 22, 2019—We, the undersigned, as presidents of our state medical societies, have joined together to express our mutual opposition regarding our states’ approval of any policies that legalize recreational marijuana.

We have serious concerns about the lack of scientific evidence that supports recreational marijuana use by adults and young adults.

Most importantly, not enough research has been done to prove marijuana is safe.  We must look at the potential effect legalization will have on overall use and significant harms, including impaired driving and accidents, creation and worsening of severe mental health issues, and negative impacts on developing minds.  We also must look at the data from other states where there has been an increase in teen usage and an increase in car accidents.  The huge increase in teen vaping causes great concern and it is very possible that we will have a similar situation with legalized marijuana.  We need to learn the lessons from history to ensure that any legalized marijuana product does not become the Big Tobacco of the 21st Century.

States that are rushing towards legalization of recreational marijuana are ignoring how profit-driven corporations hooked generations of Americans on cigarettes and opioids, killing millions and straining public resources.

We are in full agreement that calls for a rescheduling of marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II classification. As a Schedule II drug, government funding can be sought for necessary research that clearly defines the positive and negative elements of marijuana use. When we have the science, we can make a qualified and quantified decisions about legalization.

To date, ten states have legalized recreational marijuana. Let’s stop the tide now.

While we are cognizant of the legal inequity that is all too often attached to marijuana use, we agree with the AMA that public-health-based strategies are a better solution than either the old commitment to incarceration or this new attempt to dodge the problem through legalization.  We must keep patients first and ahead of profits and taxable revenue.

As physician leaders, we agree, as one voice, that the legalization of recreational marijuana does not serve the best interests of our patients nor will it serve the best interest of our states.

Thomas J. Madejski, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York 

John W. Poole, MD
President, Medical Society of New Jersey 

Claudia B. Gruss, MD
President, Connecticut State Medical Society 

Andrew W. Dahlke, MD
President, Medical Society of Delaware

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MSSNY Statement on NYS Legislation to Establish Maternal Mortality Review Board


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March 21, 2019
For Immediate Release

MSSNY Statement on NYS Legislation to Establish Maternal Mortality Review Board

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

“MSSNY thanks the Assembly and Senate for unanimously passing legislation (A.3276, Joyner/S.1819, Rivera) to establish a Maternal Mortality Review Board for the purposes of reviewing data and information related to maternal mortality and morbidity.  We also thank Governor Cuomo for advancing this issue through inclusion in his Executive Budget both this year and last year.

“The report released last week by the Governor’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes highlighted the pressing need for aggressive action to confront this problem affecting maternal health, particularly for women of color.  The rate of maternal deaths in New York State is unacceptable and must be confronted with bold action.  We are optimistic that the Review Board created through this legislation, to consist of experts in the field of maternal health, will set forth important findings, recommendations and treatment interventions that can be used by hospitals, physicians and other health care providers to reverse this troubling trend.

“MSSNY also continues to work with ACOG and other specialty societies to educate physicians on how best to prevent these deaths in the future.  To that end, MSSNY has been working with the NYS Department of Health to develop continuing medical education programs for all physicians, including a program at its upcoming Annual House of Delegates meeting.”

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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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MSSNY APPLAUDS NYS LEADERSHIP FOR SUPPORTING PATIENT ACCESS TO CARE


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March 14, 2019
For Immediate Release

MSSNY APPLAUDS NYS LEADERSHIP FOR SUPPORTING PATIENT ACCESS TO CARE

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

“The physician community thanks the New York State Senate and Assembly leadership for rejecting, in their respective “one-House” Budgets, a number of proposals contained in the Executive Budget that could adversely impact patient access to needed care and treatment.  The Senate and Assembly Budgets would prevent a huge proposed cut to physicians who treat patients covered by both Medicare and Medicaid—the elderly and the poor.
“Also, both houses importantly rejected a proposal that would have imposed new prior authorization requirements on physicians and other care providers who want to assure their Medicaid patients can obtain the medications they need. If enacted, these measures would undoubtedly lead to increased care delays for our state’s most vulnerable patients.
“We look forward to continued, productive discussions with legislators, the executive and staff in order to enact a State Budget that helps patients to obtain the care they need from the physician of their choice.”

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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.

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Manager, Communications and Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
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MSSNY Statement on Legalization of Cannabis Public Hearing


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February 15, 2019
For Immediate Release

MSSNY Statement on Legalization of Cannabis Public Hearing

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

“Wednesday’s legislative public hearing on legalization of cannabis provided valuable insight into the comprehensive Executive Budget proposal to enable the legalization of “adult use” or “recreational” marijuana.  Importantly, Governor Cuomo’s staff emphasized the need for significant funding to be allocated for education and public health awareness campaigns to prevent inappropriate use.  We note that the Budget proposal contains strict advertising restrictions.

However, the discussion has not eased the significant concerns with this proposal within New York’s physician community.  The recently announced report from the CDC that 2018 saw the largest single-year increase in youth tobacco ever recorded—driven by adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes—is alarming. How will we ensure that legally purchased cannabis doesn’t get into the hands of children, similar to e-cigarettes?  What measures will be taken to prevent a person from stockpiling marijuana from multiple dispensaries, and then reselling it illegally? We are urging caution, and anticipation by which these proposed laws could be evaded.

Furthermore, we continue to be very concerned about the possibility of significantly increased drugged driving, threatening pedestrians and other drivers.  Of particular concern is that the ability for law enforcement to detect marijuana use while driving is tenuous at best, with no reliable breathalyzer or on-the-scene testing tool yet available.

We must continue to carefully review data from states that have legalized marijuana regarding the public health implications for its residents.  Moreover, we need more research into the efficacy of marijuana for treating a multitude of health conditions faced by our patients, which is why we are supportive of efforts to require the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to re-classify marijuana out of Schedule 1 (which means no medicinal benefit).

We look forward to continued constructive discussion with the Legislature and the Governor’s office on this issue.”

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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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Westbury, New York
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MSSNY Statement on Revised New York Health Act Legislation


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February 11, 2019
For Immediate Release

MSSNY Statement on Revised New York Health Act Legislation

Statement attributable to:

Thomas Madejski, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“The revised New York Health Act legislation announced today contains some improvements including changes to address some of the concerns raised by physicians with the potential enactment of such a far-reaching proposal.  This includes parameters to limit burdensome prior authorization requirements and some additional steps to facilitate fairer negotiations between a government bureaucracy and the physicians delivering care.

Nevertheless, while we are aware that physician perspectives vary, MSSNY continues to have a long-standing policy in support of a multi-payor insurance system to achieve universal coverage and in opposition to a single payor system.  MSSNY also has policy that calls on it to study the feasibility of varying systems for achieving universal coverage which includes single payor.

In this regard, MSSNY will continue to assess the strengths and weaknesses of this and other proposals to achieve universal health insurance coverage.  There are many dynamics to this issue that must considered.  There are huge ramifications not only for patients considering their options for receiving needed care, but also for physicians and other health care providers deciding in which states they would like to deliver patient care.  MSSNY is committed to working with Assemblyman Gottfried, Senator Rivera, the Legislature and the Governor to enhance New Yorkers’ ability to obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage that enable patients to receive needed care from the physician of their choice.”

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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:
Roseann Raia

Medical Society of the State of New York
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516.488.6100 x 302
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MSSNY STATEMENT ON TOBACCO PURCHASE AGE


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January 15, 2019
For Immediate Release

MSSNY STATEMENT ON TOBACCO PURCHASE AGE

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

“New York’s physician community thanks Governor Cuomo for advancing legislation in his forthcoming executive budget proposal to raise the cigarette and e-cigarette purchase age to 21.  The Medical Society of the State of New York has long advocated for increasing the purchase age for tobacco products.  This proposal is a response to the disconcerting rapid rise we have seen in teen use of e-cigarettes.  Moreover,  a  2015 Institute of Medicine report indicated that raising the cigarette purchase age to 21 will have substantially positive impact on public health by reducing the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking.  MSSNY has joined with other patient advocacy groups supporting efforts to raise the purchase age to 21.  We look forward to working with the legislature to help enact this important proposal into law.”

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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.

 

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Medical Society of the State of New York
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Westbury, New York
516.488.6100 x 302
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MSSNY STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO JUDGE O’CONNOR’S ACA RULING


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December 17, 2018
For Immediate Release

MSSNY STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO JUDGE O’CONNOR’S ACA RULING

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

“Friday night’s Federal District Court ruling that the ACA is unconstitutional has the potential to wreak havoc with New York’s health care system, and our patients’ ability to obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage for the care they need.

While the ACA has many flaws that we urge Congress to continue to work to fix, among its strongest attributes are its mechanisms to enable the purchase of health insurance coverage for millions through a variety of subsidy programs.  These include expanded Medicaid coverage, tax credits and Basic Health plan coverage for those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Indeed, countless New Yorkers rely upon these mechanisms to obtain health insurance coverage that could be jeopardized if the court decision were to be upheld. Let’s work to make sure these important protections are maintained and enhanced.”

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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.

 

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Roseann Raia

Medical Society of the State of New York
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Westbury, New York
516.488.6100 x 302
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MSSNY STATEMENT ON DFS’ APPROVAL OF CVS-AETNA


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November 26, 2018
For Immediate Release

MSSNY STATEMENT ON DFS’ APPROVAL OF CVS-AETNA

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

“We are still reading through the final approval documents.  And we thank the DFS for their efforts to push for legislation to control the ability of PBMs to limit patient access to needed medications. We applaud the extensive review that the DFS provided to this transaction and the conditions they imposed to help minimize the enormous impact that this merger will have on our health care system.  We do remain concerned, however, that there may not be sufficient steps imposed to control the enormous power that this merged entity could use to marginalize physician-led medical homes as it expands its corporate driven healthcare model. Physicians fully expect that the merger will further reduce competition in New York’s health insurance market.  This is one more reason why physicians deserve the right to collectively bargain against corporate behemoths that seek to limit our ability to deliver needed care to patients.”

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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.

 

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New York State Health Foundation Report


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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.”

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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:
Roseann Raia

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