MSSNY APPLAUDS NYS LEADERSHIP FOR SUPPORTING PATIENT ACCESS TO CARE


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MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
www.mssny.org
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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.

Media Contact:
Julie Vecchione
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 340
jvecchione@mssny.org

 

 

MSSNY Statement on Legalization of Cannabis Public Hearing


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www.mssny.org
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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:
Roseann Raia

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

 

MSSNY Statement on Revised New York Health Act Legislation


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www.mssny.org
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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
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY STATEMENT ON TOBACCO PURCHASE AGE


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

 

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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia

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

 

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


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www.mssny.org
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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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia

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

 

MSSNY STATEMENT ON DFS’ APPROVAL OF CVS-AETNA


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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

 

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.

 

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia

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

 

New York State Health Foundation Report


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www.mssny.org
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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
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY Will Convene Task Force on Death and Dying


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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

MSSNY Will Convene Task Force on Death and Dying

May 10, 2018, Westbury, NY—The Council of The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) today voted to convene a Task Force on Death and Dying to develop a white paper regarding the physicians’ role in end of life and palliative care. The paper will also discuss the impact of death and dying on the disparate and the disabled populations.

“These are complex issues and it is very important that we address this controversial issue in the most appropriate way,” said MSSNY President Dr. Thomas Madejski. “The Task Force will be ethnically and philosophically diverse and will include members from across MSSNY’s membership—including physicians from the Long-Term Care and Disparities committees.”

MSSNY has a long-standing policy that opposes physicians’ participation in accelerating a patient’s natural death. 

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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
rraia@mssny.org

 

MSSNY President Testifies Before Assembly Committee on Health on “Medical Aid in Dying”

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For Immediate Release

President of Medical Society Testifies Before Assembly Committee on Health on “Medical Aid in Dying”

 “Physicians Should Preserve Life, Not End Life”

April 23, 2018, Westbury, NY—Dr.  Thomas J. Madejski, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), testified today before the Assembly Committee on Health regarding Medical Aid in Dying.

Assembly Bill 2383A would permit a terminally ill patient to request medication from a physician to be self-administered for the purpose of hastening the patient’s death.  Until such time as the law changes, aid in dying or assisted suicide by a physician is still illegal in New York State. The New York Court of Appeals September 7, 2017 Myers v Schneiderman decision reaffirms this.

The Medical Society recently polled physicians to get their perspectives on this very complicated and controversial issue. A large majority indicated that such a measure could have a negative impact on healthcare among racial/ethnic minorities and the physically disabled patient. Equally troubling, were physicians concerns that such a measure would have a negative impact on trust between the physician and patients.

Based on the preliminary analysis of the survey results, it is not likely that MSSNY will change its position on this matter any time soon. 

Excerpts from Dr. Madejski’s Testimony 

First and foremost, I believe that we need to create an environment that eliminates the desire for a patient to contemplate ending their life, due to fear of inadequate care at the end of life.  Equally troubling, were physicians concerns that such a measure would have a negative impact on trust between the physician and patients.

This is a very complicated and controversial issue within our membership.  There are passionate physicians on both sides making well-reasoned arguments. MSSNY’s long-standing position against “aid in dying” is based upon the sacred principle that physicians are dedicated to healing and preserving life, not ending it.

Although relief of suffering has always been a fundamental duty in medical practice, relief of suffering through shortening of life has not.  Moreover, the social and societal implications of such a fundamental change cannot be fully contemplated.

Most physicians are deeply troubled by the potential abandonment of a patient by their physician at their time of greatest need of their physician’s skill and caring.  Although the proposed legislation requires two physicians to certify a patient, prognostication, particularly with regards to time left before death is one of our most difficult assessments.

MSSNY is committed to work with physicians and groups on both sides of this difficult question to continue to improve the access to and the quality of palliative care for all of our patients, particularly in our 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.

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

 

Physicians Concerned with Encroachment of Corporate Interests into Medical Care Delivery

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For Immediate Release

Physicians Concerned with Encroachment of Corporate Interests into Medical Care Delivery

April 11, 2018, Westbury, NY—Saturday’s New York Times article regarding proposed health care mega-mergers such as CVS-Aetna and Walmart-Humana highlights concerns many physicians have with the significant encroachment of corporate interests into medical care delivery.

These concerns include:

  • Adverse impact to patient care that could result from the loss of physician-led medical homes.
  • Further reduction of patient choice of pharmacy, as it may become harder for pharmacies not affiliated with CVS or Walmart to be incorporated into these merged entities’ pharmaceutical networks.
  • Enabling PBMs to impose even more burdensome prior authorization hassles for physicians and their staff as a pre-condition for patients receiving needed prescription medications.
  • These transactions could lead to a proliferation of so-called “retail clinics,” owned by an insurance company/retailer that could have great incentive to steer patients to these sites instead of a community based primary care practice that typically serves as a patient’s medical home.   This will result in the fragmentation of patient care instead of helping to better coordinate it.
  • Loss of physician advocacy for the best treatment for their patient, not the corporate bottom line.

“It is imperative that our state and federal investigatory agencies carefully review the impact of this cross-sector consolidation on patient care delivery and access before any such consolidation is permitted to move forward,” said Thomas Madejski, MD, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.  “We also urge the enactment of measures that would enable independently practicing physicians to counter such consolidation by being permitted to come together to negotiate on behalf of their patients against these corporate behemoths.

“Our patients’ ability to continue to receive needed care from the physician of their choice depends upon it.”

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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

 

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