Arthur C. Fougner, MD Elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Arthur C. Fougner, MD Elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Author Fougner MSSNY Presiident

Westbury, NY—April 15, 2019— Arthur C. Fougner, MD, was elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) at its 213th annual House of Delegates meeting in Tarrytown, NY on April 13, 2019.  Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Fougner is Chief of Gynecologic Ultrasound at Northwell Health.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Fougner earned his MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral training in OB-GYN at St. Clare’s Hospital, NYU Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital and Booth Memorial Medical Center.

An attending OB-GYN at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Forest Hills Hospital, Dr. Fougner is an assistant professor of OB-GYN at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and formerly an assistant clinical professor at SUNY Stony Brook and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Fougner is a member of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Active in organized medicine since 1979, Dr. Fougner will serve as a New York Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) from January 2019-December 2020. He previously served as MSSNY’s President-Elect, Vice President and Assistant Secretary. Additionally, he was MSSNY’s Commissioner of Communications from 2012-2013, Assistant Commissioner of Public Health from 2009-2010 and Commissioner of Governmental Affairs from 2010-2012. He serves as a trustee for the Medical Society of the County of Queens.

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MSSNY Calls Passage of Bill Raising Legal Age to Purchase Smoking, Vaping Products to 21 a Significant Victory for Public Health


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MSSNY CALLS PASSAGE OF BILL RAISING LEGAL AGE TO PURCHASE SMOKING, VAPING PRODUCTS TO 21 A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

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

“We know that data suggest the earlier a child is when he/she smokes the more severe the addiction is likely to be and 90% of all smokers begin before age 20.  Each day, 6,000 children under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.  Children most often try their first cigarette with a friend or peer who already smokes.  A NY Department of Health survey has also found that e-cigarette use by high school students nearly doubled in the last two years, and a recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report shows the number of high school students using e-cigarettes soared 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, becoming the most commonly used form of nicotine among youths.

This major public health victory will help prevent a generation of New Yorkers from becoming addicted to smoking by delaying children and young adult’s access to tobacco products. We will reduce the likelihood they ever start smoking and therefore create a healthier state.  Today, we thank the Assembly and the Senate for their action and we are confident that Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign this measure into law.

We are also grateful for the actions that the Governor and Legislature took in the context of the budget by requiring any vapor products retailor to be registered with the state tax commissioner and to show proof of the certificate.  The budget also imposed a 20% tax on vapor products—taxes have been one of the most effective interventions in reducing smoking and will clearly have the same impact on our youth when it comes to vaping”.

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Take Recreational Marijuana Use Out of the Budget


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MSSNY: Take Recreational Marijuana Use Out of the Budget

March 28, 2019, Westbury, NY—As the New York State Legislature continues to grapple with its 2019-20 State Budget, MSSNY is hopeful that any discussion regarding legalization for recreational or “adult use” of marijuana be taken out of the budget.

Since Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) legalized marijuana, past-month use of the drug has continued to rise above the national average among youth aged 12–17 in all five jurisdictions (National Survey on Drug Use and Health [NSDUH], 2006-2017).  Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but brain scans of marijuana users show changes in the structure of the brain’s reward center to be consistent with addiction (Gilman et al., 2014).  Colorado Department of Health Services, Office of Behavioral Health reported in 2017 that marijuana is the second most implicated drug—after alcohol—in addiction treatment admissions.  These are just some of the reasons that we have been strong in our opposition to legalizing this substance.

We have been making some headway and part of this effort has been through collaboration with the Medical Societies of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware.   We offered a joint statement opposing the legalization and just this week the New Jersey Legislature was unable to muster the votes for passage.

However, we have heard from many legislative members about the need to “decriminalize” certain aspects that lead to disparities in arrests and convictions of minorities that come from involvement with marijuana.  All of us have different views on what “decriminalization” means in the context of marijuana.   Does it mean lower fines, no jail time?  Or does it mean treatment rather than arrest? Should we expunge a criminal record related to marijuana convictions?  These are all questions that will need to be answered.

We will be asking the other states to join with us in urging that their respective governors and legislatures of each state have a meaningful discussion on “decriminalization.” While we recognize that each state has its own set of laws and regulations, perhaps it’s time for us to combine our effort in resolving this issue of ensuring that all individuals are treated equitably under the law.

Our geographical nearness should permit the creation of an interstate task force to allow us some common sense rules that would be applicable along state lines.

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


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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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