MSSNY Urges NY State Legislature to Reject Problematic Proposals Advanced by the Medicaid Redesign Team


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2020

MSSNY Urges NY State Legislature to Reject Problematic Proposals Advanced by the Medicaid Redesign Team

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

“As the Legislature and Governor work to finalize a State Budget in the next 2 days amid the extraordinary crisis we are facing in our health care system right now due to the coronavirus outbreak, we strongly urge the State Legislature to reject problematic proposals that had been advanced by the Medicaid Redesign Team.

“These problematic proposals include imposing enormous new costs on the nearly 17,000 physicians participating in the Excess Medical Malpractice Insurance Program, and changes to scope of practice for numerous health care practitioners including nurse anesthetists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners.  The Excess program provides a critical additional layer of malpractice insurance for New York physicians who already incur the highest liability costs in the country.

“While we realize that the COVID-19 pandemic requires an ‘all hands on deck approach’, we would also urge that the temporary changes to the scopes of practices of numerous health care practitioners revert to the previous status as soon as possible. It is imperative to maintain stability as well as patient safety in our health care system as we manage this current crisis and its aftermath.”

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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 Asks, “Who Will Fight for the Doctors?”


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
March 19, 2020

MSSNY Asks, “Who Will Fight for the Doctors?”

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

“It is outrageous that while physicians across the State are putting their own health on the line responding to the coronavirus outbreak, the MRT2 is seeking to impose a new $52 million cost on the backs of the nearly 17,000 physicians enrolled in the Excess Medical Malpractice Insurance Program. This essential program has been in existence for over 30 years to ameliorate the outrageous liability costs we face in New York. We thank the Assembly and Senate for their commitment to the program and urge them to continue to fight to ensure full funding for this program as they work to finalize a State Budget. As New York’s doctors are on the front lines of this outbreak fighting for their patients, our public officials should fight for our doctors.”

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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 Praises Governor for Helping to Ensure that Patients Have Coverage for Physician Visits from Home

MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
http://www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 


March 17, 2020

For Immediate Release

 

MSSNY Praises Governor for Helping to Ensure that Patients Have Coverage for Physician Visits from Home


Medicare Expands Telehealth Coverage


MSSNY Continues to Urge Self-Insured ERISA Plans Covering New York Employees Follow Same Rules

 

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

“We thank Governor Cuomo and the various state agencies for the many steps they have taken to ensure patients have coverage for virtual visits with their physicians from their own homes.  It is also important that Medicare has also gone forward to expand telehealth coverage. This is tremendously important in our joint efforts to help to ‘flatten the curve’, preventing patients from being unnecessarily exposed to the coronavirus and ensuring the continuity of treatment for these patients during this very difficult time. We will also continue to urge that self-insured ERISA plans covering New York employees, not subject to state regulation, follow these same rules.”

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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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

 

 

MSSNY Statement on Excess Medical Liability Insurance Program


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
February 21, 2020

MSSNY STATEMENT ON EXCESS MEDICAL LIABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM 

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

“Getting rid of New York’s Excess Medical Liability Insurance program without taking steps to bring down our exorbitant costs will very likely result in not being able to find a physician who will want to practice in New York in future years.

It is well documented how aberrant New York’s liability costs are compared to the rest of the country. The Excess program helps provide a modicum of protection for NY’s Doctors.

Unless the State Legislature decides to enact liability reform, extending this Excess program is essential for preserving patient access to specialized care.”

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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 Raises Strong Concerns with New Surprise Billing Proposals Coming Out of Washington


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2020

MSSNY Raises Strong Concerns with New Surprise Billing Proposals Coming Out of Washington

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

“New York’s dedicated physicians remain anxious to work with all parties to ensure a fair federal legislative solution to protect patients from surprise out of network bills.  However, far more balance is needed in what has been put forward so far.  The proposal released Friday by the US House Ways & Means provides a few marginal steps forward, but would still hand an enormous gift to already market dominant health insurance companies by tilting the factors in its dispute resolution mechanism towards the insurance industry.  Even worse, it fails to provide meaningful steps to make sure health insurance physician networks are adequate, to help protect patients from finding themselves in the position in a hospital where they are treated by an out of network physician. 

These new proposals remain far different than the comprehensive and balanced measure that was enacted in New York, which not only put in place a balanced dispute resolution system to protect patients, but also put in place new measures to better ensure that health plan networks and out of network coverage was comprehensive.  We urge Congress to revise their proposals to more closely resemble New York’s acclaimed approach, which has had zero adverse premium impact and has saved consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.”

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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 for Physician Representation on the MRT 2

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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
February 5, 2020

MSSNY CALLS FOR PHYSICIAN REPRESENTATION ON THE MRT 2

Statement attributable to:
Art Fougner, MD

President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“It is perplexing that despite the hundreds of thousands of patients insured by Medicaid who are treated by a physician, and the tens of thousands of physicians who deliver care to these patients every year, not a single community-based physician has been appointed to the MRT 2.

We are further perplexed that some parts of the health care system actually have multiple representatives on this group. A $2.5 billion Medicaid savings target is almost certainly going to examine programs that impact patient access to community-based physician care, so it is very important that these physicians’ perspectives are represented on this Group.

To ignore or marginalize physicians’ perspective on our health care system is wholly unfair, not only to New York’s dedicated physicians but to all New Yorkers—the patients we serve.  We will of course continue to work with the Legislature and Administration on identifying responsible ways to address our State Budget deficit.”

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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.

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY Calls on NYS Legislature to Ensure Due Process For Innocent Physicians  

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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2020

MSSNY CALLS ON NYS LEGISLATURE TO ENSURE DUE PROCESS FOR INNOCENT PHYSICIANS
 

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

“The proposed Budget importantly advances several positive steps to promote public health, including restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, regulating PBMs, and facilitating the ability of physicians to be more quickly approved into plan networks.

However, we are extremely concerned about the scope of the Budget proposals that would essentially strip physicians of important due process rights when a complaint has been filed with the Office of Professional Medical Conduct. We agree with the importance of acting quickly when it is imperative, but these proposals would completely undermine important and longstanding due process protections. Given that most complaints are dismissed without any sanction or action, this series of proposed changes to bypass these rights would create a substantial possibility of unfairly destroying an innocent physician’s career.

Due to our enormous liability costs and excessive regulations, New York already has the dubious reputation of being the worst state in the country to be a physician. Proposals like this will make it even more unattractive for physicians to choose New York to deliver patient care.

We welcome discussions to improve our disciplinary system to address gaps to help protect the public. However, these proposed changes are startling. We urge the Senate and Assembly to take a critical eye towards these overreaching proposals to assure patients can continue to receive the care they need.”

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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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY Responds to Governor’s Statement on Physician Discipline Proposal


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2020 

MSSNY RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR’S STATEMENT ON PHYSICIAN DISCIPLINE PROPOSAL 

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

“New York’s Physicians have a great interest in working with the State Health Department to ensure that New York’s disciplinary process moves swiftly when necessary to remove those from practice that present a threat to the public.  To that end, we have worked proactively with the Administration and Legislature on laws to enhance the ability of OPMC to “summarily suspend” physicians in certain instances where it would be imprudent to wait for a final action.  And it is imperative that we work for improvements to this system as issues arise that interfere with its mission to protect the public.

At the same time, an appropriate balance is needed.  Recognizing that there are enormous professional implications when disciplinary action is taken against a physician, or even when there has been an accusation, we must also ensure that fair due process is provided when a physician is accused of professional misconduct.  Indeed, most complaints of alleged misconduct do not become actual findings of misconduct. Yet with Google and Yahoo search functions, an unproven allegation could linger forever in cyberspace, and permanently and unfairly scar a reputation.  We look forward to reviewing the text of this proposal as it becomes available and working with the Legislature and Governor to ensure we maintain the critical balance of protecting the Public while also protecting against the consequences of unfounded allegations.”

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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 Responds to Announcement of New York’s Medicaid Cuts


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
January 2, 2020

MSSNY RESPONDS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW YORK’S MEDICAID CUTS 

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

“While we understand the need to address significant Budget deficits, physicians across New York are confounded by the announced cuts to their payments for care delivered to their patients insured by Medicaid.  This is particularly difficult to accept given that they were not the beneficiaries of increases to Medicaid payments recently granted to other parts of the health care system.  In fact, Medicaid physician payment remains a very small part of New York’s overall Medicaid Budget.  No wonder, given that New York has one of the lowest Medicaid to Medicare physician payment ratios in the country.

As we try to address system health costs, and assure patients get the right care at the right time in the right setting, we should be taking steps to expand the availability of community primary and specialty care physicians in Medicaid Managed Care and traditional Medicaid. Further reductions in inadequate compensation will not accomplish that objective.”

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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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Doctors Are Against Unjustified High Cost of Prescriptions


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

 

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2019 

DOCTORS ARE AGAINST UNJUSTIFIED HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTIONS

Statement attributable to:
Art Fougner, MD

President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“We welcome Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a proposal to help to reduce the cost of some prescription medications for our patients, and look forward to reviewing further details regarding this proposal.  Patients in need of life-saving and health-maintaining medications, including insulin, must be able to receive them in a timely manner.  Furthermore, the Medical Society of the State of New York has long-standing policy supporting the investigation of sudden unjustified increases in the cost of prescription medications. We must continue to examine ways to ensure our patients are truly able to obtain the medications they need to lead a healthy life, including preventing inappropriate PBM or health insurer interference with patients receiving these needed medications.”

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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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