MSSNY eNews: August 26, 2020 – We Need Your Input! Take Survey on NPPs

We Need Your Input! Please take MSSNY’s Quick Survey on NPPs
In order to address the potential deficit of available practitioners to treat patients coming into hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency, various advanced care practitioners—including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse anesthetists—were given the authority by Executive Order to practice without physician supervision.

The goal of this survey is to assess physician experience of the quality of care delivered by these advanced care practitioners during the emergency.

Please take just a few minutes to complete this quick survey.


Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Conference Call
–  Day 179 of Covid
– 71,000 tests conducted yesterday, 0.79% infection rate
– 3 deaths yesterday
– 492 hospitalizations
– 136 ICU patients
– 54 intubations
– Still concern over Western NY 1.4% infection rate
– SLA and state police still conducting compliance checks
– Local governments still need to step up enforcement efforts
– CDC issued guidance on Monday that if in close contact with someone
infected with COVID, a test is not needed, reversing previous guidance

-On what parameters would allow high school football to resume in Fall
-Mujica stated high-risk high school sports have resulted in clusters of infection spread
-Guidelines will continue to be updated as infection rate continues to decrease,
extended period of time with a low infection rate is needed

-On whether new CDC guidance will influence NY’s guidance
-Gov. stated NY will not be following CDC guidance, calling it “propaganda”
-Experts Gov. spoke with do not recommend following CDC

CDC Changes Coronavirus Testing Guidelines to Exclude Asymptomatic People
The CDC “quietly modified its coronavirus testing guidelines this week to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 – even if they have been recently exposed to the virus.” Some “questioned the revision, pointing to the importance of identifying infections in the small window immediately before the onset of symptoms, when many individuals appear to be most contagious.”  (New York Times, 8/25, Wu)

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Physicians Weigh in On Impact of Pandemic
Physician practices across the nation have struggled to remain viable during the coronavirus pandemic, notwithstanding various flexibilities and financial supports that have been extended by the federal government. A recent Physicians Foundation survey revealed the extent of physicians’ concerns about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the belief of 72 percent of physicians who indicate that Covid-19 will have serious consequences for their patients’ health because of delays in seeking and receiving care.

August 28 Deadline for CHP Providers to Apply for Provider Relief Fund
This Friday, August 28, is the deadline for Medicaid and Child Health Plus (CHP) providers to apply for the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

All eligible medical, dental, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers may begin the application process at: Visit the CMS website for additional information.


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Veterans Matters: The Special Mental Health Needs of Women Veterans Webinar
The Medical Society of the State of New York is hosting a CME live webinar entitled Veterans Matters: The Special Mental Health Needs of Women Veterans on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:30 am.

Click HERE to view the flyer and register for the program!

When:      September 15, 2020 at 7:30 am
Faculty:    Malene Ingram, MD and Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves

Educational Objectives:

  • Review how the increased role of women in the military has impacted their mental health
  • Describe mental health concerns unique to women veterans and how to identify them
  • Identify the barriers that women veterans face in getting the specific care they need

For more information, contact Jangmu Sherpa at or call (518) 465-8085.

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 this 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.

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Elegant, Custom Built Home with Unparalleled Craftsmanship – Rhinebeck, NY
Set on 10.6 acres in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Rhinebeck, this stunning home borders Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill (a conservation land and the highest point in Rhinebeck). Features beautifully landscaped gardens with sweeping hilltop views and a well established vegetable garden and barn. This handsome home is generously proportioned throughout, with an inviting foyer entry with tastefully designed staircase, millwork, high ceilings, cherry wood floors and custom windows.

Rhinebeck Estate for SaleA world class kitchen with a marble counter-topped island, enjoys both a cozy fireside seating area perfect for winter evenings, and glass doors in the hexagonal eat-in-kitchen opening onto the expansive stone terrace for three season enjoyment and entertaining.

A luxurious Master suite, with high vaulted ceiling design, his and hers walk-in closets and a gorgeous master bath with cast iron clawfoot tub. The second floor also includes two spacious bedrooms with generous closets and 2 full bathrooms, An additional large sitting room/office could easily make a lovely fourth bedroom. Lower level features a media room, exercise room, bar, wine cellar and full bathroom. Additionally there is a two story barn equipped with water and electricity.

The house is located 7 minutes to the charming center of Rhinebeck village with its many superb restaurants, boutiques & shops. The highly rated Northern Dutchess Hospital, the excellent Rhinebeck schools and the County Fairgrounds, a most desirable venue destination throughout the year, are all nearby. Rhinecliff train station is a mile beyond with Amtrak service south to NYC(1hour 40 minutes) and north to Hudson, Albany, Niagara Falls and Montreal. View full listing Contact Nader Kayal, MD, 845-518-7780 / or Joshua M. Briggs at Heather Croner RE-Sotheby’s 917 213-9042 /

Upper East Side Office to Share
Includes waiting room, 2 exam rooms and room for medical assistants. Flexible schedule. Call Bianca at 212-327-1851.

For Sale: 715 Park Avenue
Medical office, 1,800 sq. ft. Rectangular, 11 1/2 ft ceilings, street level access. Private entrance on 70th Street, side of the building. Windows on Park Avenue and 70th Street. Excellent office space for plastic surgeon, dermatologist or dental practice. Central air conditioning, high voltage electric service, two bathrooms. *Sale could include active Cardiac / Medical Practice. Please contact Janet @ 212-288-5468.

Office Space and Quad-A Certified O.R. for Rent
Plastic surgery office and/or quad A – certified operating room available for rent. We welcome you to tour our facility, where safety and luxury are combined in the most prime location on the upper east side. We assure you will be delighted by what you discover. We take pride in our facility, where your patients’ safety and satisfaction are our number one priority.
    • Fully equipped operating room perfect for a board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Pre-op and recovery areas
  • A bright and modern waiting area
  • 3 consultation rooms, administrative room, kitchenette, and 2 bathrooms
  • Full day office rental per week / O.R. rental per case

For inquiries please call 212.737.8700, email

Office Space and Quad-A Certified O.R. for Rent