MSSNY eNews: September 11, 2020 – Join MSSNY HOD Live on Sunday at 1 pm

MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (GAC): Getting the Work of Medicine Accomplished

* The link for Virtual HOD will be provided at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, Sept. 13 at *

We hope you will join us this Sunday for our first ever Virtual MSSNY House of Delegates (HOD). Many new and important MSSNY policies will be adopted by our HOD and will be added to our MSSNY agenda. However, in order for these to be enacted by New York State, the overwhelming majority will require state legislation, regulation, budgetary inclusion and/or grant availability.

Overcoming these hurdles is not an easy task particularly given so many factions in New York State that are seeking to control health care and to diminish the clinical autonomy of physicians. Success depends upon an integrated approach, consisting of lobbying and grassroots efforts and political action. Numbers and dollars are critical!

So here is your TO DO LIST:

•  Sign up for the GAC (GRASSROOTS ACTION CENTER) by texting MSSNY to 52886

•  This is an easy way to be alerted to legislative issues and a quick way to send a letter or a tweet to your elected officials on a matter of importance

•  Your can also easily forward the information to any colleagues (member or not)

•  Volunteer for the Physician Advocacy Liaison (PAL) network:  

• The PAL network makes grassroots contacts with legislators defined and personal, exceedingly important with the enormous number of new legislators that have arrived and will be arriving next year in Albany.

• At least two or three MSSNY members are assigned as a liaison to each state legislator and meet personally with their assigned legislator at least twice a year.

• Visit or text MSSNY PAC to 52866 to donate to MSSNYPAC 

•  MSSNYPAC is a separate fund administered by the State Medical Society that collects voluntary contributions from physicians and distributes donations to pro-medicine candidates for state office.

• MSSNYPAC is the physician’s voice in the political process. (Attending events, fundraising for candidates, endorsements, campaign work)

•  A strong physician PAC helps to counter the political influence of trial lawyers, insurers and others seeking to diminish the physician’s primary role in the health care delivery system.

We all want to see healthcare change in New York — more funding for physicians, a stop to scope creep, an end to administrative hassles, progressive malpractice reform, collective negotiation, important public health initiatives and fair treatment of physicians. MSSNY has tremendous clout in and access to the corridors of power and that combined with our collective willingness to invest time and finances in the future of medicine is our path to success.

Poll: Most Americans Worry Political Pressure Will Lead to Premature Approval of a COVID-19 Vaccine; Half Say They Would Not Get a Free Vaccine Approved Before Election Day

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Most Americans (62%) worry that the political pressure from the Trump administration will lead the Food and Drug Administration to rush to approve a coronavirus vaccine without making sure that it is safe and effective, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. This includes majorities of Democrats (85%) and independents (61%), as well as a third of Republicans (35%).

In addition, about four in ten say that the FDA (39%) and the CDC (42%) are paying “too much attention” to politics when it comes to reviewing and approving treatments for coronavirus or issuing guidelines and recommendations.

The poll comes as President Trump and others working in his administration and for his reelection campaign have suggested a vaccine could be ready in the coming months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently asked states to be ready to distribute a vaccine by November 1, just two days before the 2020 elections.

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Two CME Webinars September 15TH @ 7:30AM and September 23rd @ 7:30am Registration Now Open


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.


“Medical Matters” will begin its 2021 webinar series with “The Importance of Herd Immunity – 2020 Update with a COVID-19 Twist” on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. 

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

William Valenti, MD, chair of MSSNY Infectious Disease Committee and a member of the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. The educational objectives are 1) Review the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable infectious disease and role of herd immunity.  2) Describe how herd immunity protects vulnerable populations such as newborns, the elderly and those who are too sick to be vaccinated.  3) Discuss the percentage(s) of a population who need to be vaccinated to allow herd immunity to be effective. 4) Examine the role of herd immunity in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 these live activities 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. 

Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Milissa Hoffman at

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Manager of New York Clinics Gets 13 Years in Prison for Kickback Scheme
The manager of medical clinics in New York City was sentenced Aug. 31 to 13 years in prison for his role in a healthcare kickback and money laundering scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

Aleksandr Pikus was sentenced about nine months after he was convicted by a federal jury of two counts of money laundering and one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to pay and receive healthcare kickbacks and conspiracy to defraud the US by obstructing the IRS.

According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Pikus managed medical clinics that employed physicians, physical and occupational therapists and other medical professionals. Mr. Pikus referred patients to these providers in exchange for illegal kickbacks. He and his co-conspirators then laundered a portion of the proceeds through companies he controlled, according to the Justice Department.

Mr. Pikus is one of more than 25 individuals that have pleaded guilty or been convicted for participating in the scheme. In addition to the prison term, Mr. Pikus was ordered to pay $39.4 million in restitution to the federal government and forfeit an additional $2.6 million.

FDA Establishes Vaccine Approval Guidelines to Counter Political Influence
The FDA is using vaccine approval guidelines it created in June to protect reviewers from political pressures, Bloomberg reported.

The guidelines stipulate that a COVID-19 vaccine must be at least 50 percent effective to be eligible for both traditional and emergency use FDA approval.

The framework also leaves it up to drugmakers to submit vaccines for approval, making it difficult for a third party to pursue an emergency use approval using trial data. This strengthens the sentiment behind nine major drugmakers’ Sept. 8 pledge to uphold their commitment to the scientific process during the vaccine race.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, emailed all 17,000 employees earlier in September to affirm the agency’s adherence to the scientific process during vaccine review, according to Bloomberg. He also said the agency has “not lost sight of [its] responsibility to ensure [its] decisions related to all medical products, including COVID-19 vaccines, are based on science and data,” in a Sept. 8 tweet.

The FDA and pharmaceutical industry’s recent attempts to assure the public about their adherence to the scientific process address the public’s growing concern that the vaccine approval process is too politics-driven.

During a Sept. 7 news conference, President Donald Trump repeated his declaration that a vaccine will be ready by Election Day, saying, “The faster the better.” However, Moderna, considered by most to be one of the drugmaker’s furthest along with its vaccine development, told Bloomberg that gaining approval by Thanksgiving is its best-case scenario. Becker’s Hospital Review, Sept. 9)


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