MSSNY eNews: August 25, 2021 – MSSNY Press Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Statement attributable to:
Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP
Medical Society of the State of New York
“The Medical Society of the State of New York welcomes and supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s full use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and we continue to be grateful for the science that has made this vaccine a reality. We again encourage patients with questions about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine to speak with their trusted physician.
“The importance of getting every eligible American vaccinated against this deadly virus cannot be overstated. Our hope is that the country takes another important step forward in changing the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with the full approval of the Pfizer vaccine and that those Americans who did not have confidence in the emergency authorization of the vaccine will now roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated unless their physician documents a contraindication.
“We hope that the full approval of the vaccine will make it easier for schools and workplaces to require vaccination against the coronavirus. As American children head back into the classroom, it is more important than ever to immunize those who are eligible. Since young children are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine themselves, we must do everything we can to keep them—and their vulnerable family members—safe and healthy.
“MSSNY and its physicians are committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers are immunized against this deadly virus. Throughout the years, vaccines have saved lives and we are confident that the COVID-19 vaccines will help us end this pandemic.”
Dr. Sellers in Albany Times Union Re Full FDA Approval for Pfizer Vaccine
The Albany (NY) Times Union (8/23, Bump) reports that following the FDA’s full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, “local health officials said they expect to see increased demand at upcoming vaccination clinics as a result of the decision, and some have even ordered additional shipments of the Pfizer vaccine to accommodate an uptick.” The move also “is expected to trigger a slew of new vaccine mandates at schools, hospitals, and businesses nationwide.”
Medical Society of the State of New York President Joseph R. Sellers, MD, “issued a statement Monday saying he hopes the decision makes it easier for schools and workplaces to require vaccination against coronavirus – especially with a new school year approaching.”
Practice Tip from MSSNY’s Director of Physician Payment and Practice: The Importance of the “Daily Huddle”
Do you ever have days when you and your staff are not “choreographed” well and no one is on the same page? A quick huddle can fix that. A huddle at the beginning of the shift allows for you and your team to connect on what the day looks like. It also opens the opportunity to prepare for scenarios that may take longer than expected or may be sensitive.
Good communication is key.
One of the biggest mistakes in communication is to assume that it has happened. When you or your office manager run a quick huddle before you start the day, you can be confident that communication has indeed occurred. What should be included on your huddle sheet? Click this link to view an example and download it to your laptop or desktop.
The huddle should take no longer than 5 minutes. It is strictly to get everyone on the team on the same page and tackle the day in unison. An office that huddles in the morning runs much more smoothly than one that does not. Give it a try! If you have any questions, contact Heather Lopez, MSSNY’s Director of Physician Payment & Practice: 518.465.8085 X332 | firstname.lastname@example.org. Heather will share steps on how to effectively start huddling.
Physician-Focused Webinar on Information Blocking Requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting a series of webinars to discuss the information blocking requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act. This initial webinar is a physician-focused presentation covering key aspects of their regulations focused on information blocking and is an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from ONC’s experts.
Join ONC on September 14, 2021 from 1-2 pm EST for the first in a series of clinician-focused webinars on the information blocking regulation. ONC experts will explain how ONC supports secure, appropriate sharing of electronic health information and how information sharing leads to more affordable and equitable care and improved care quality.
Hear answers to questions such as:
- What is information blocking and why should I care?
- Why is information sharing so important?
- What information needs to be shared and with whom?
- What are the allowable exceptions and when do they apply?
Participate in the 2021 CAQH Index
The CAQH Index Report is an annual publication, which is the industry source for tracking and benchmarking health plan and provider adoption of fully electronic administrative transactions. It also estimates the industry cost savings opportunity, an amount that declines as adoption and efficiency grows. For more information visit the Resources Page.
For more than 20 years, CAQH has delivered technology-enabled solutions, operating rules and research to help health plans, providers, government entities and vendors connect, exchange information and operate more efficiently.
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Registration Now Open: CME at HOD Live Webinars
MLMIC and MSSNY announce seven live continuing medical education (CME) webinars on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. The 2021 MSSNY House of Delegates will be held entirely via Zoom. CME events will take place virtually through Zoom webinars. Register now by clicking on the links below, and please note that your Zoom links will be emailed to you prior to each webinar you register for.
Click Here to Register for MLMIC Continuing Medical Education Programs from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
9:00-10:00 am Beyond the Behavioral Health Unit: Managing Mental Health
Faculty: Mark Ambrose, DNP, MBA, RN, Donnaline Richman, BSN, MN, Esq
- Assess the mental health needs of patients in clinical areas outside of behavioral health units.
- Recognize associated liability risks and the factors that impact claims of medical malpractice.
- Evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on patients and healthcare professionals.
- Develop risk management strategies to promote staff and patient safety.
10:00-11:00 am In My Defense: The Perspective of a Physician in a Malpractice Suit
Faculty: John W. Lombardo, MD, FACS
- Describe how a medical malpractice lawsuit begins, and the feelings that a defendant physician can experience.
- Explain the purpose of the deposition and the best way to handle a plaintiff attorney’s questions.
- Review the trial process and the emotional impact that it can have on the defendant physician.
- Outline strategies that can help support the defendant physician during the litigation process.
11:00 am-12:00 pm 2021 Healthcare Law Review
Faculty: Nancy E. May-Skinner, Esq.
- Discuss legislative and case law developments in 2020-2021.
- Discuss the current laws and regulations associated with COVID-19.
- Recognize the significant liability concerns for physicians practicing during the pandemic.
- Describe the current status of telehealth laws and regulations.
MLMIC Insurance Company (MLMIC) is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
MLMIC designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 𝘼𝙈𝘼 𝙋𝙍𝘼 𝘾𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙜𝙤𝙧𝙮 1 C𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
MLMIC relies upon faculty participants in its CME programs to provide educational information that is objective and free of bias. In this spirit and in accordance with the guidelines of MSSNY and the ACCME, all speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities must disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity, that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest.
The planners and faculty participants do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research, or services may be discussed in these materials.
Click Here to Register for MSSNY Continuing Medical Education programs from 1:00-5:30 pm
1:00-2:00 pm MSSNY Presents: Steps to Physician Wellness & Resiliency
Faculty: Frank Dowling, MD
- Review the warning signs that stress, depression, anxiety or substance use may impact work or personal life
- Identify strategies to increase personal empowerment toward making positive change, including self-assessment tools
- Recognize self-monitoring strategies for stress-related problems and know when to seek professional assistance
2:10-3:10 pm MSSNY Presents: Medical Matters*: Questions & Answers About the COVID-19 Pandemic
Faculty: William Valenti, MD & Bonnie Litvack, MD (moderator)
- Identify frequently asked questions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic
- Discuss what has been learned about SARS CoV2 since the inception of the pandemic in 2019
- Examine the dynamic circumstances that continue to encompass COVID-19 including lingering symptoms after initial recovery
3:20-4:20 pm MSSNY Presents: Overloaded: The Heavy Toll of Racism & Poverty on Mental and Physical Health
Faculty: Wade Norwood, CEO Common Ground Health
- Examine the role of racism and poverty on physical and mental health outcomes
- Recognize prevalent inequities in the social determinants of health
- Review socioeconomic burdens that negatively impact physical and mental health
- Identify organizations and behaviors that are available to remediate systemic biases
4:30-5:30 pm MSSNY Presents: Veterans Matters**: Substance Use Disorders in Veterans
Faculty: Thomas Madejski, MD
- Identify Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in Veterans
- Discuss evidence-based psychosocial strategies to treat Veterans with SUDs
- Discuss Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Veterans with alcohol or opioid use disorders
- Identify barriers to diagnosis and treatment of SUDs in Veterans and methods to overcome them
The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical Society of the State of New York designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 𝘼𝙈𝘼 𝙋𝙍𝘼 𝘾𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙜𝙤𝙧𝙮 1 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙨™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical Society of the State of New York relies upon faculty participants in its CME programs to provide educational information that is objective and free of bias. In this spirit and in accordance with the guidelines of MSSNY and the ACCME, all speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities must disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity, that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest.
The planners and faculty participants do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials.
* This program is supported in whole by a DHHS grant entitled New York State Hospital Preparedness Program
**This program is supported in whole by a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health.
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