MSSNY eNews: August 2, 2019 – Yes! We Are Role Models!

Arthur Fougner MSSNY Presiident

Arthur Fougner, MD
MSSNY PresidentMSSNY eNews
August 2, 2019

Vol. 22  Number 29



The Impossible Dream
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.

Yesterday, I had the good fortune, thanks to Queens County’s own Dr. Allen Small, to attend a presentation on Cultural Competence – “When East Meets West” – presented under the auspices of the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care. Familiarity with other backgrounds and perspectives is often the difference between success or failure of a doctor-patient relationship. That is one reason why one of our Past Presidents, Dr. Charles Rothberg, made diversity one of MSSNY’s pillars.

The thought occurred to me during a break that cultural perspectives often define future career choices. Such was the story of Carl Allamby of Cleveland. Carl’s family was of modest means and Carl got a job while in high school selling auto parts. He soon was working on cars after school and found he was really skilled at auto repair. Carl related that no one had ever spoken to him about college. The conversations were always about factory work or the military.

Carl kept at it and soon had his own garage, then another, while also selling used cars. His customers raved about him. Still something was missing, and Carl finally began taking college courses to get a business degree. He kept putting off one class – Biology. However, he finally relented when told it was mandatory for his degree. The class was pretty basic, taught by Dr. Micah Watts, resident in interventional radiology at Cleveland Clinic. The first class was a Eureka moment. Carl knew from that moment on that his true calling was medicine. He’d never really thought about it that much as a child – he had no role models. But now he did, as he befriended two African-American physicians at the gym. They told him to aim high, that he could do it.

Jaime Escalante, who taught advanced placement calculus in East Los Angeles, advised his students not to let anyone tell them what they would be. They alone determined their future. We should remember this when we interact with patients and their families. We should strive to be that role model.

Today, meet Carl Allamby, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident. As Paul Harvey would have put it, now you know the rest of the story.

“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Jim Valvano

Arthur Fougner, MD
MSSNY President 

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MSSNY’s Statement re Creation of Maternal Mortality Review Board
“The Medical Society of the State of New York thanks Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature for passing and signing into law the creation of a Maternal Mortality Review Board. The creation of a maternal mortality review board will assist the state in developing and creating new strategies to improve maternal health and lessen the impact of maternal mortality and morbidity. Under this law, the review board would allow multidisciplinary experts to conduct a review process of causes of maternal death, factors leading to death, preventability and opportunities for intervention.

It requires the board to report aggregate findings and recommendations in order to share best practices on the prevention of maternal deaths.  The law embraces national best practices on maternal health and ensures accountability and sustainability of a maternal review board.  It ensures that the board is diverse, multi-disciplinary and includes experts who serve and are representative of the diversity of women in medically underserved areas of the state. It also ensures confidentiality protections regarding the board’s proceeding and requires the board to report on its aggregate findings and recommendations,” stated Dr. Arthur Fougner, MSSNY President.

NY Physicians Still Have a Chance to Impact Surprise Billing Legislation
With federal legislators now on recess until the second week of September, it is prime time to contact them and set up meetings to discuss the surprise billing legislation that is making its way through Congress. If you are familiar with a member of Congress in your area, it is incumbent upon you to discuss this issue with them. And even if you’re not, as a constituent and a fellow New Yorker you have the right and duty to let them know how disastrous the policy in its current incarnation would be for doctors and their patients. To find your representative, click here. Please speak with their staffs and if possible, request a meeting to discuss the issue in more detail.

As stated in a highly informative article published recently, “Congress is About to Give Health Insurance Companies the Nuclear Weapon” as elected officials at the federal level continue to move legislation that would control surprise billing mediation for any patient in an ERISA-regulated health plan.

This bill is clearly slanted toward favoring insurance companies as it would utilize a benchmark of the “Median In-Network Price” to determine reimbursement for “surprise bills”. The reasons for which this would be disastrous to the physician community are outlined quite clearly in the above referenced article and it is estimated that this could cut physician compensation by greater than 60%.

There is hope however, that physician advocacy could move the needle as negotiations continue to occur. In addition to calling and meeting with them, please also take a moment to send a letter to your members of Congress by going to The letter is pre-populated and allows you to get the message to the right individuals in just a few short minutes.

Be Sure to Listen to MSSNY’s Latest Podcast: Mental Health & Women in Military
MSSNY proudly announces our latest podcast entitled The Mental Health Needs of Women in the Military. Dr. Frank Dowling, MSSNY Secretary, discusses the history and challenges faced by women in the military with Dr. Malene Ingram, Colonel, US Army Reserves and Marcelle Leis, CMS (Ret.) USAF/ANG and Lance Allen Want, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USA.  Listen here.

Webinar for Measles and Repeal of Non-Medical Exemptions
New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, invites physicians to attend a webinar on the recent measles outbreak and information pertaining to the new law regarding non-medical exemptions for vaccinations and existing requirements for authorizing medical exemption.

During this presentation, New York State Department of Health staff will review the current status of New York’s measles outbreak, discuss current reporting requirements, the importance of case investigations and monitoring of exposed individuals and control strategies in healthcare facilities. This webinar is an opportunity to partner with the provider community to prepare for the upcoming school season and discuss activities underway to implement the new legislation.

Date: Tuesday, August 13th 3-4PM 

When we have more information, we will let you know.


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RFK Files Second Suit Challenging “Medical Exemptions Only” Vaccine Law
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and other opponents of a law ending New York’s religious vaccination exemption have filed their second lawsuit challenging the repeal. The challenge, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of several unnamed children, contends that the legislation should be overturned because it violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Politico July 29)

MSSNY Past President Dr. Robt. Goldberg Appointed to AMA Guides Editorial Panel
MSSNY is proud to report that Dr. Robert Goldberg has been selected by the American Medical Association (AMA) to serve on the AMA Guides Editorial Panel. Dr. Goldberg was nominated by MSSNY for the position, and was selected by the AMA from a large pool of candidates who submitted their resumes for the position.

Dr. Goldberg will work to modernize the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.  The panel ‘s goal is to deliver the most current evidence-based medicine to the community in ways that address the most common challenges experienced by physicians, workers’ compensation organizations and the broad stakeholder community.

The Editorial Panel—which is comprised of physician experts in the field of impairment and disability and impairment experts from the legal and workers’ compensation community—will work based on published guidelines and acceptance criteria, and will utilize a stakeholder comment process similar to that used in CPT.

Dr. Goldberg has a strong background in the area of physician impairment and workers compensation policy. He currently serves as a consultant to the Workers’ Compensation Board of the State of New York. In addition to his private practice work in the area of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dr. Goldberg provides Rehabilitation Services at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.

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United: “Average Price for Treating Primary Care Conditions in ED? $2,032”
Each time a patient enters the emergency department with a condition that can be treated in a primary care setting, it comes at an average cost of $2,032 to the healthcare system, according to an analysis published by UnitedHealth Group.

UnitedHealth said the average cost is 12 times higher than visiting a physician office, which costs an average of $167. It also said the $2,032 price tag is 10 times higher than an urgent care visit, which costs an average of $193. “In other words, visiting either a physician’s office or an urgent care facility instead of a hospital would save an average of more than $1,800 per visit — creating a $32 billion annual savings opportunity system wide,” according to UnitedHealth.

UnitedHealth said the 10 most common conditions treated in the ED that could be treated in a primary care setting are bronchitis, cough, dizziness, f­lu, headache, low back pain, nausea, sore throat, strep throat and upper respiratory infection. UnitedHealth projects 18 million of the 27 million ED visits made by privately insured Americans each year are avoidable.

Garfunkel Wild: PRE-SYMPOSIUM WEBINAR on Resolving Payer Obstacles

Date:         Thursday, August 8, 2019
Time:         12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Overview: Providers are finding it increasingly difficult to administer and maximize the reimbursement available through their payer contracts. This webinar will discuss practical tools and strategies that providers can adopt to best overcome these obstacles.

Speakers: Garfunkel Wild Partner-Directors

Debra A. Silverman and Roy W. Breitenbach,  Grassi Healthcare Advisors, and LLC Senior Manager Alicia Shickle

Registration: Click Here To Register

Limited space available additional information please visit our website at on November 1,2019 in Manhattan or call 516-393-2294

AAP Issues Policy Statement on Racism in Child and Adolescent Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on the role of racism in developmental and health outcomes among children and adolescents.

Here are some of the many recommendations for clinicians, published in Pediatrics:

  • Establish a “culturally safe medical home” for patients in which “providers acknowledge and are sensitive to the racism that children and families experience.” This should include screening patients for perceived and experienced racism.
  • Evaluate patients reporting racism for mental health sequelae, including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and grief. Make referrals for mental health care as appropriate.
  • Educate clinicians and office staff about providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care (see second link below for Health and Human Services guidance).

The AAP’s policy statement, linked below, offers numerous resources for clinicians.

Separately in Pediatrics, researchers report evidence that infants of color generally receive worse neonatal intensive care — in particular, neonatal mortality rates are higher at minority-serving hospitals.

AAP policy statement in Pediatrics; HHS guidance on providing culturally appropriate healthcarePediatrics article on racial/ethnic disparities in the NICU

HHS Unveils Drug-Importation Plan
The Trump Administration announced yesterday that it will “create a way for Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of refusals by health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications.”

In addition, HHS “also said it would allow drugmakers to bring drugs that they sell more cheaply in foreign countries into the United States for sale here.” The New York Times (7/31) reports, “The proposed rule would not apply to high-priced drugs like insulin or other biologic drugs…because of exceptions included in earlier legislation.” Moreover, “the separate F.D.A. guidance would permit importation of drugs, including insulin, only if the drug makers agreed to take part in the plan.”

CMS’ 2020 Proposed Rule Released that Will Reduce Paperwork
On July 29, CMS proposed major policy changes to ensure clinicians spend more time providing high-value care for patients instead of filing cumbersome paperwork. As part of CMS’s annual changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, the agency’s proposals are aimed at reducing burden, recognizing clinicians for the time they spend with patients, removing unnecessary measures and making it easier for them to be on the path towards value-based care. This proposed rule builds on the Trump Administration’s efforts to establish a patient-driven healthcare system that focuses on better health outcomes, and is projected to save 2.3 million hours per year in burden reduction.

For the full press release describing this announcement, please visit here.

For a fact sheet on the CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, please visit here.

To view the CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule, please visit here.

MSSNYPAC’s Day at the Saratoga Races
Photo of doctors who attended A Day at the Races in Saratoga Dr. Tom Madejski and Sandra Madejski; Paul and Patricia Hartigan; Don Young and Grace Young; Dr. Greg Pinto; Natalie Adler; Dominique Oliveria Adamec Michael Adamec; and MSSNY’s Alliance Co-Chair Barbara Ellman



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Rental includes: two consultation rooms, private office, private bathroom.  Common waiting room, back office filing space and reception desks included.  Affordable rent.  Location East 60s between Park and Lexington.  Easy distance to Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Cornell.  Subway access within 1 block. Immediate 
occupancy available.  Call James: 917-710-7643

Upper East Side Medical Office Space for Rent Part–Time
Beautiful, newly renovated medical office on the Upper East Side between Lexington and Park Ave. Full service building with 2 entrances, conveniently located near all public transportation. Office includes 2 consult rooms, 3 exam rooms, treatment area, 2 bathrooms, kitchenette and reception area with waiting room. The office is available on a part-time basis. Please call 212-288-2278 or e-mail for further information.
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Park Avenue Office Share-3 Days Per Week
Tasteful, bright, well-maintained medical office in prestigious building on Park Avenue at 94th Street.  Large waiting room and reception area, consultation room and 2 exam rooms available 3 days per week. Room for an
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Please email or call 987-5000

Medical Office Space for Rent!
Beautiful Newly Renovated Medical Office on the Upper East Side between Madison and Park Avenue! Conveniently located near all public transportation and Mount Sinai Hospital. Consult and Exam room available for rent part time or full time (see pictures). Please call 212-860-0300 or email <for further information.
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Fully Renovated Office Space for Part-Time Lease in Hauppauge
Available Tuesdays/Fridays, $450 half session, $750 full session. Elegant office space, beautiful waiting room with new stone and granite reception desk, custom molding, large windows, abundant natural light, TV, and refreshment counter.  Four new exam rooms and dictation room.  New stainless and granite kitchenette.  State-of-the-art network infrastructure meets HIPPA & PCI DSS compliance standards.  Digital X-ray room with PACS in each exam room available as an option.  Located in close proximity to LIE, Northern State Pkwy, and Vets Memorial Hwy. Contact us at (631) 486-8855;  Please see our listing

Office Rental 30 Central Park South
Two fully equipped exam, two certified operating, bathrooms and consultation room.  Shared secretarial and waiting rooms. Elegantly decorated, central a/c, hardwood floors. Next to Park Lane and Plaza hotels. $1250 for four days a month. Available full or part-time.

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Great Career Opportunities for Clinical Physicians
The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has great career opportunities for Clinical Physicians. You must have possession of a license and current registration to practice medicine in New York State, and have two years of post-licensure medical experience.

Starting salary is $143,381 – $171,631 *(Additional $10,000 or $20,000). Benefits include comprehensive health insurance, NYS retirement system, deferred compensation plan, flexible spending plan, and paid time off.

We have openings in the following counties offering a choice of urban, suburban or rural living:

Clinton*                  Clinton Correctional Facility (sporting and recreational outlets)
Dutchess                 Fishkill and Green Haven Correctional Facilities (Hudson River Valley Beauty)
Franklin*                 Franklin and Upstate Correctional Facility (North Country, 1 hour to Montreal)
Greene*                  Greene Correctional Facility (rural charm yet only 2 hours to New York City)
Oneida                    Mohawk Correctional Facility (Cooperstown, breweries)
Sullivan                   Woodbourne Correctional Facility (mountains, outlets, casinos and entertainment)
Seneca*                  Five Points Correctional Facility (heart of wine country)
St. Lawrence           Riverview Correctional Facility (hiking, boating and museums)
Washington             Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Between Vermont & the Green Mountains)
Westchester            Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (Less than 1 Hour to NYC)

Contact: or DOCCS Personnel Office at (518) 457-8132 for more information and to apply.

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Nurse, RN Utilization Review Full-Time-Westbury, NY (In-office position only)
Excellent opportunity for a RN who is seeking a position performing utilization review.  We require 1-2 years recent experience in hospital and/or insurer utilization review and experience using Interqual criteria and/or MCG Guidelines. Data entry/PC skills a plus. Benefits include 401(k), paid vacation and holidays. Send resume and salary requirements to: Empire State Medical Scientific and Educational Foundation, Inc. Human Resource Department e-mail:  Fax: (1-516) 833-4760 Equal Oppty Employer M/F