MSSNY COVID-19 Update – September 22, 2020 (Latest Alerts, SBA Loans, Health & Safety)

Physicians are required to report suspect cases to their local department of health. Jump to: Alerts; Health; Finance; Volunteering and Donations; Testing; Telehealth; Patient Information; Statistics; Webinars; Fraud; Research; Additional Information; Alerts and Notifications DOH Issues Health Advisory on Reporting of COVID-19 and Influenza Test Results Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care  Settings to Return to

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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

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MSSNY eNews: August 21, 2020 – The Scope of the Problem

. Dear Colleagues: Healthcare is a team effort that is optimized when the team members, including the patients, work together—communicating, merging observations, expertise, and decision-making responsibilities—with the common goal of providing the safest, best possible care.  Effective teams, whether in healthcare, sports or other arenas, have leaders. In healthcare, those leaders are the physicians who have 7 years or more of postgraduate

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MSSNY eNews: August 19, 2020 – Nearly Half of Physicians Believe COVID-19 Will Not Be Under Control Until After June 2021

. Nearly Half of Physicians Believe COVID-19 Will Not Be Under Control Until After June 2021 The Physicians Foundation just released its biennial Survey of America’s Physicians, revealing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physician practices and their patients. The first part of the three-part series findings include: The majority (86%) of physicians believe COVID-19 won’t be under control until

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eNews: August 14, 2020 – Urge Gov. to Veto Mandatory OPMC Signage

. Colleagues: Philip Schuh, CPA, MS, MSSNY’s long-time CEO and Executive Vice President, has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.  A 30-year MSSNY veteran, Phil also heads MSSNY’s subsidiary, the Empire State Foundation. He also represents MSSNY on two prestigious national medical society boards, the Physician Foundation of Excellence, and the Physician Advocacy Institute. Both

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MSSNY eNews: August 12, 2020 – DFS: You Cannot Charge Patients for PPE

.MS Reminder: Network Health Care Providers May Not Charge Patients for PPE Costs As noted in last Friday’s MSSNY e-news, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued Insurance Circular Letter No. 14 (2020), advising health insurers to immediately notify participating providers that they should not charge insureds fees that are beyond the insureds’ financial responsibility for covered services, such

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eNews: August 7, 2020 – Testing, Testing, Should Be 1..2..3

. Testing, Testing, Should Be 1..2..3 Nearly every day since the beginning of the pandemic, newspapers have reported on testing issues impeding efforts to contain the Covid-19 virus in the United States.  Major journals including a recent Lancet article have concluded that minimizing testing delays has the largest impact on reducing virus transmission and that optimizing testing and tracing is

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MSSNY eNews: July 31, 2020 – MSSNY Fights for You on Every Front

. MSSNY Fights for You on Every Front This week, I report a storm of healthcare politics on a state and national level with one common theme—MSSNY Fights for You! Physicians Need Stimulus Funding MSSNY sent a letter to our NY congressional delegation urging Congress to include needed funding in the next stimulus package to assist community physician practices across

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eNews: July 29, 2020 – NYSDOH COVID UPDATE for PHYSICIANS TOMORROW 1-2PM

. Thursday July 30th at 1-2PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers or audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950 and access code: 7653573. Eastman Kodak to Create New Business Unit, KodakPharmaceuticals The Eastman Kodak Company, a storied

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eNews: July 24, 2020 – How Soon They Forget They Called Us Heroes

. How Soon They Forget They Called Us Heroes Despite MSSNY’s best efforts, including several thousand physician contacts to their legislators during this week the New York State legislature passed legislation (S.6678-A/A.7991-A) requiring “all physicians’ practice settings to conspicuously post signage, visible to their patients, directing patients to the office of professional medical conduct’s website for information about their rights

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eNews: July 15, 2020 – COVID-19 Tests Taking Too Long to Process

. MSSNY Peer to Peer (P2P) Program for Colleagues The Medical Society of the State of New York is excited to offer to physicians, residents, and medical students the opportunity to talk with a peer about some of life stressors.  MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee has launched the MSSNY Peer to Peer (P2P) program for colleagues to avail themselves

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eNews: WHO YOU GONNA CALL?  MSSNY, Your Ghostbusters

. WHO YOU GONNA CALL?  MSSNY, Your Ghostbusters Colleagues: While we all love New York, practicing medicine in New York State has significant challenges that seem to increase year after year and have been compounded this year by the Covid 19 pandemic. So it is no wonder that in my travels (or these days my Zooms) around the state that

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eNews June 26, 2020 – Peer to Peer Support Goes Live July 6

. MSSNY Peer to Peer (P2P) Goes Live: We’re Here for You Starting Monday, July 6, 2020, the Medical Society of the State of New York will offer physicians, residents, and medical students the opportunity to talk with a peer about their life stressors.  MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee has launched the long-awaited MSSNY Peer to Peer (P2P) program.

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eNews: June 24, 2020 – New COVID Updates from NYSDOH

. NYSDOH June 24 Updates NYSDOH Update: Home and Community-Based Services Regarding COVID-19 New York State Department of Health Guidance to Early Intervention Providers Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening New York: Resuming In-Person Early Intervention Program Services NYSDOH Bureau of Early Intervention Technical Assistance June 18, 2020 Frequently Asked Technical Assistance Questions Related to Implementation of Virtual Early Intervention Visits

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COVID-19 Update June 18, 2020

. . Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Daily Briefing: Day 110 of COVID-19 / Day 25 of civil unrest DATA: – The state conducted 68,541 COVID-19 tests yesterday. – 618 tests were positive (0.9%). – Central NY has seen a significant uptick in positive cases: – 0.6% on Saturday to 3% on Wednesday – 1,358 total hospitalizations – 29 lives lost

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COVID-19 Update June 17, 2020

. . Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Daily Briefing: Day 109 of COVID-19 COVID-19 Data: -1,479 total hospitalizations. -17 lives lost yesterday – 15 in hospitals, 2 in nursing homes -Yesterday, the state conducted 59,341 tests for COVID-19. – 567 people tested positive for COVID-19 (0.96%). -White House models are projecting a higher amount of deaths by August. – In April,

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COVID-19 Update June 16, 2020

. . Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing: Day 108 of COVID-19 Day 23 of civil unrest REOPENING: – 1,538 total hospitalizations. – 25 lives lost yesterday: 16 in hospitals, 9 in nursing homes. – NY has performed over 3 million tests. – The state conducted a 12,000 person random statewide sample to test for antibodies. – The state collected data

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COVID-19 Update June 15, 2020

. . New DOH Guidance on Elective Surgery Changes 3 Day COVID-19 Test Rule to 5 Days The New York State Department of Health has released updated guidance for resumption of non-essential elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery practices and diagnostic and treatment centers. Importantly, the new guidelines increase the time frame by which a patient must

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COVID-19 Update June 12, 2020

. Leaders Inspiring Hope “He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.“ Samuel Taylor Coleridge Last weekend our AMA was scheduled to hold its Annual House of Delegates in Chicago. However, due to Covid-19, an in-person meeting was impossible and a remote, special meeting was convened instead.  Your entire New York Delegation participated via virtual

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COVID-19 Update June 11, 2020

. MSSNY Press Statement: COVID-19 Has Devastated Physician Practices “The June 10th Fair Health report—which highlights the fact that community physician practices faced 80% drops in patient visits and revenue—confirms similar MSSNY surveys about the absolutely devastating impact this pandemic has had on community physician offices across New York State. “MSSNY surveys have demonstrated that the federal CARES Act enacted by Congress

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COVID-19 Update June 10, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing – Day 102 of the COVID Crisis – Day 17 of Civil unrest Reopening: – Every region in the state is now reopening – Long Island entered phase two today – The focus during this phase will be on data, mainly daily testing results – “We all have a role to play”… our response

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COVID-19 Update June 9, 2020

. COVID-19 Testing Survey MSSNY is conducting a short survey to ensure community physicians’ ability to test their patients for COVID-19. This information will be used by MSSNY leadership and staff to advocate to ensure community physicians’ offices have the ability to conduct this testing as we move forward in confronting this pandemic. Please take just a few minutes to

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COVID-19 Update June 8, 2020

  MSSNY Members Win Two Leadership Slots at AMA Two MSSNY members were elected Sunday to key leadership positions at the American Medical Association’s first virtual meeting. Former MSSNY president Thomas Madejski MD of Albion, NY was elected to a four-year term on the AMA’s Board of Trustee while Erick Eiting MD from Manhattan was elected to the AMA’s Council

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COVID-19 Update June 5, 2020

Colleagues: This week as our nation attempts to heal from a global pandemic that has disrupted the lives of all and taken the lives of many, recent events around the country and in our own state have forced us to confront other intolerable, insidious evils in our society–the longstanding pandemic of racism and a developing culture of indifference to human

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COVID-19 Update June 4, 2020

. Some PPE Vendors Will Not Sell to Doctors with Smaller Practices; Or, Worse— Sell at Exorbitant Prices Statement attributable to: Bonnie Litvack, M.D. President, Medical Society of the State of New York “As the acute threat of COVID-19 begins to recede, physicians are anxious to return to providing in-person care to their patients. Telehealth has been essential in this

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COVID-19 Update June 3, 2020

. News & Highlights from the Governor’s Daily Briefing GENERAL: – Day 95 of COVID-19 pandemic; Day 10 of civil unrest after the death of George Floyd. PROTESTS: – Reiterated the difference between protesting and looting, urging protesters to follow the curfew and remain peaceful. Q&A: PROTESTS AND POLICE: – Gov claimed necessary reforms must be made to address injustice

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COVID-19 Update June 2, 2020

. Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Press Conference COVID-19: – Day 94 of the pandemic. – Hospitalizations down, number of new cases at an all time low (154). – Deaths 6/1: 58 – 47 in hospitals, 11 in nursing homes. REOPENING: – WNY enters Phase II today, Cap Region enters Phase II tomorrow. – NYC on track to enter Phase I on

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COVID-19 Update June 1, 2020

The unofficial U.S. tally as of 8:00 a.m. ET Monday was 1,790,191 cases and 104,383 deaths, up about 4% and 3%, respectively, since Friday morning. HEALTH SPENDING: There was an unprecedented 38% drop in spending on health services in the U.S. in April compared with the same month in 2019, according to the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker. Acute Kidney Injury

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COVID-19 Update May 29, 2020

Grow Through What You Go Through: Telehealth Coverage MUST Be Permanent Finally, the re-opening phase has begun for most of New York. However, for history not to repeat itself with we must reflect on those things that helped New York to get to this position. Toward the top of the list would be the swift adoption by New York physicians

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COVID-19 Update May 28, 2020

. Gov. Cuomo’s Daily Press Conference Highlights -Total hospitalizations and intubations is down – 163 new COVD cases as of yesterday – 74 lives lost yesterday (52 in hospitals, 22 in nursing homes) Governor’s Opinion: – I understand what states and Governors must do, but what is Washington going to do? – Analysis from May 4 shows that NYS only

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COVID-19 Update May 27, 2020

Please Join NYSDOH Update for Physicians Tomorrow 1-2 PM  For audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950 Please share with your healthcare provider members-  Please join the NYS Department of Health  Thursday May 28th at 1-2PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers. To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH

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COVID-19 Update May 20, 2020

. Please Join NYS DOH’s Webinar Update on COVID-19 Tomorrow! Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday May 21st at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers. To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers: For audio only,

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COVID-19 Update May 19, 2020

. PPE SOURCE FOR MSSNY MEMBERS ONLY! MSSNY is now able to provide members with access to a PPE supply chain, in a collaborative effort with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Items available range from N95 masks and face shields to hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes. New items are consistently being added and restocked.  Shipment times may vary from

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COVID-19 Update May 18, 2020

. From the Governor’s Office Today  Westchester and Suffolk Counties are Now Eligible to Resume Elective Surgeries and Ambulatory Care including in ambulatory care settings such as ASCs and Office based surgery locations. Confirms 2,419 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 348,232; New Cases in 52 Counties Calls on U.S. Senate to Pass Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

. Got PPE? As physicians we like order and consistency but much in our current reality has been chaotic. Particularly frustrating has been the shortage of essential medical supplies that has plagued us from nearly the first day following the WHO pandemic declaration.  As an organization and a profession, we spoke out early and often about the lack of adequate

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COVID-19 Update May 14, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Briefing Data: – Hospitalizations and intubations are down – New COVID Cases 420 as of yesterday – 157 deaths (121 in hospitals, 36 in nursing homes) Reopening: – Not a matter of if we reopen, but when and how – Check the data on a daily basis; Transparency is key – NYS will post

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COVID-19 Update May 13, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Briefing Data: – Hospitalizations and intubations are down – New COVID Cases is 416 as of yesterday, up from 401 May 11 – 166 deaths (122 in hospitals, 44 in nursing homes) – “We’re just about where we are when we started this painful situation.” Testing for Essential Workers: – Antibody Test Results for

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COVID-19 Update May 12, 2020

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Briefing Data: – Hospitalizations and intubations are down – Deaths 195 (142 in hospitals, 53 in nursing home) Emerging Issue Among Youth: – NYS DOH is investigating 100 cases of what may be COVID related illness in children with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome – Illness has taken lives of

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COVID-19 Update May 11, 2020

. Gov. Cuomo’s Press Conference Today, May 11 Data: – Total hospitalizations 7,226 as of yesterday – Net intubations is down – Lives lost 161 (112 in hospitals, 49 in nursing homes) – New hospitalizations 488 as of yesterday Reopening: – Regions can reopen when numbers show decline in accordance with CDC guidelines and there is testing/tracing plan in place –

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COVID-19 Update May 8, 2020

. Colleagues: After literal and figurative March and April showers, we are ready for those May flowers! We have been living in what should be the realm of science fiction. This global pandemic has hit our house of medicine hard physically, emotionally, and financially. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I wish those that are sick a

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COVID-19 Update May 7, 2020

Do You Have a Story To Tell or a Photo To Share With Your MSSNY Colleagues? Send to Csouthard@MSSNY.org or Call 516-488-6100 Ext. 355! COVID-19 Map – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Gov. Cuomo’s Press Conference Thursday, May 7 GENERAL: – Total hospitalizations down to ~8,600. Net change also down. – Intubations are down. – Number of new cases relatively

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COVID-19 Update May 6, 2020

Colleagues: It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And then came Coronavirus. The year began great. My issue as an OB-GYN is Maternal Mortality. Not long after my inauguration, the legislature passed the law enabling Confidential Maternal Mortality Reviews. I should have quit then. The rest of year, I sallied forth on such issues as

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COVID-19 Update May 5, 2020

INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM & BEST PRACTICES FOR REOPENING FROM COVID-19 AT WWW.MSSNY.ORG COVID-19 Map – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center   CMS Announces Pay Parity for Audio-Only Telephone Visits The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will bump up payments for audio-only telephone consultations to match payments made for office and outpatients visits.

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COVID-19 Update May 4, 2020

INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM & BEST PRACTICES FOR REOPENING FROM COVID-19 New York State COVID-19 Stats NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker – NY.gov Highlights: Gov. Cuomo’s Press Conference Today GENERAL: – Total hospitalizations down (9,647). Net change in hospitalizations also down; et change in intubations down; Number of new cases daily down (717). Gov says to “take this

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Contact Tracing Opportunities in NYS

Contact Tracing Opportunities in NYS The aim of this initiative will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact. In addition, the team will support the isolation and quarantine of individuals, as appropriate in cooperation with the Local Health Department. This includes virtual

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Interim Guidance for Reopening the Health Care System & Best Practices for Reopening from COVID-19

We thank MLMIC and the California Medical Association for their valuable contribution to the following guidelines. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world, New York and the United States took steps to limit the transmission and impact of the virus by implementing shelter in place orders. However, due to travelers coming in from Europe, New York became the hotbed

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COVID-19 Update May 1, 2020

MSSNY Legislative Podcast New York State COVID-19 Stats NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker – NY.gov Highlights: Gov. Cuomo’s Press Conference Today New York reported 289 deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The rate of hospitalizations and net change of hospitalizations continue to trend downward, while the number of new COVID-19 patients remains flat. Overall hospitalizations in the state have

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COVID-19 Update April 30, 2019

New York State COVID-19 Stats NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker – NY.gov Notes from Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Briefing: Hospitalizations and new cases are down.-306 new deaths yesterday – 287 in hospitals / 19 in nursing homes. DATA:– Gov stressed two points about reopening:- Closely monitor the rate of transmission, keep it below 1.1.- Maintain 30% or more available hospital capacity.- The state

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COVID-19 Update April 29, 2020

New York State COVID-19 Stats NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker – NY.gov Deaths: Individual NYS Nursing Homes Gov. Cuomo Press Conference: What You Need to Know LAST UPDATED: APRIL 29, 2020 AT 2:45PM Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th. Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking

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