MSSNY eNews: July 28, 2021 – Do You Know an Outstanding Physician?

. Do You Know an Outstanding Physician? The Medical Society of the State of New York is accepting nominations for the 2020 Albion O. Bernstein, MD Award.  The deadline for applications has been extended to September 7, 2021. This prestigious award is given to: “…the physician, surgeon or scientist who shall have made the most widely beneficial discovery or developed the most

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MSSNY eNews: July 14, 2021 – CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

  CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule. The American Medical Association (AMA) staff is in the process of analyzing and developing a summary of the 1,700+ page proposal but in the meantime, there is a key

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MSSNY eNews: July 9, 2021 – Membership Doesn’t Cost, It PAYS

.Title Membership Doesn’t Cost, It PAYS Colleagues: My membership in MSSNY began when I was a young physician, and my involvement with—and devotion to—the organization has grown exponentially over the years. Since many of my colleagues are aware of my dedication to MSSNY, I am often asked “What has MSSNY done for me lately?” My initial answer is very simple:

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MSSNY eNews: July 7, 2021 – NYS Extends Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage

NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) Once Again Extends Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage The latest emergency regulation from DFS, released on Wednesday, July 7th, continues coverage for Telehealth services delivered via audio-only until at least October 1st. However, it is unclear if DFS will renew come October, making clarifying legislation potentially necessary. Please note that last year a statute was enacted

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MSSNY Enews: June 30, 2021 – Hospitals and Corporations Own Nearly Half of U.S. Physician Practices

. Hospitals and Corporations Own Nearly Half of U.S. Physician Practices COVID-19 Accelerated Ownership Trend, New Analysis Finds Nearly 70% of U.S. physicians are now employed by hospital systems and corporate entities like private equity firms and health insurers according to new data by Avalere for the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) examining the period between January 1, 2019 and January 1,

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MSSNY eNews: June 25, 2021 – MSSNY’s Strong Voice at the AMA Special Meeting

. MSSNY’s Strong Voice at the AMA Special Meeting Colleagues: Last week, MSSNY’s American Medical Association (AMA) delegates—under the formidable leadership of our Delegation Chair, Dr. Charles Rothberg—participated in the AMA’s five-day House of Delegates Special Meeting. As one of the four largest state delegations to the AMA, MSSNY plays an important role in the proceedings of the House. In

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MSSNY eNews: June 23, 2021 – CMS Recouping Medicare Advance Payments from Last Year

CMS Recouping Medicare Advance Payments from Last Year Physicians should be aware that CMS has begun recouping “advanced and accelerated” Medicare payments it provided to physicians, hospitals, and other providers last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information on how this will occur, please review this document. Through May 8, 2020, the Medicare program distributed $92

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MSSNY eNews: June 18, 2021 – Physicians’ Offices Preferred COVID Vaccine Sites for Unvaccinated Americans

. Physicians’ Offices Preferred COVID Vaccine Sites for Unvaccinated Americans Colleagues: We celebrated an important milestone earlier this week when New York State reached 70 percent adult COVID-19 vaccination rate. As the news hit, I was reminded of the important work accomplished by MSSNY and my predecessor, MSSNY’s Immediate Past President Dr. Bonnie L. Litvack—who serves as a member of

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MSSNY eNews: June 16, 2021 – MSSNY Press Statement: New York State Reaches 70 Percent Adult COVID-19 Immunization

. MSSNY Press Statement: New York State Reaches 70 Percent Adult COVID-19 Immunization Governor’s Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force Member and NYS Medical Society Immediate Past President Bonnie L. Litvack, MD, Reflects on Reaching Important Milestone and Calls for Continued Vaccination Efforts Statement from Bonnie Litvack, MD Immediate Past President, Medical Society of the State of New York Member, Governor’s

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MSSNY eNews: June 11, 2021 – MSSNY Victories in Albany Fight for Physicians and Patients

. MSSNY Victories in Albany Fight for Physicians and Patients As the Legislature concluded the 2021 session overnight into early this morning, MSSNY has been actively fighting for physicians to continue to be able to deliver the quality and timely care our patients expect. Among many issues, MSSNY worked to: Pass a Bill to Prevent Mid-Year Prescription Plan Formulary Changes, protecting patients from unexpected and prohibitive

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MSSNY eNews: June 9, 2021 – Health Organizations Ask Assembly: Help Patients Struggling with Medication Costs

. MSSNY Joins Forces with Other Health Organizations to Ask NY Assembly to Help Patients Struggling with Medication Costs The following press release was issued yesterday by MSSNY and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, NAACP, NYS Bleeding Disorders Coalition, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: ALBANY, NY – June 8, 2021 – Health organizations have joined forces to

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MSSNY eNews: June 4, 2021 – Our Collective Voice Can Make a Crucial Difference

. Our Collective Voice Can Make a Crucial Difference Colleagues: As the end of the legislative session in Albany approaches next week, it’s more important than ever for physicians to be ready to take action through MSSNY’s Grassroots Advocacy Center. Our collective voice—the physicians of New York state—can make the crucial difference in influencing legislation that will impact physicians and

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MSSNY eNews: June 2, 2021 – JAMA’s Editor Resigns Over Controversial Podcast on Racism

. JAMA’s Editor Resigns Over Controversial Podcast on Racism The American Medical Association announced Tuesday that Howard Bauchner, MD will voluntarily step down as editor in chief of JAMA and JAMA Network effective June 30. Dr. Bauchner has been on administrative leave since March while the AMA investigated the origins of a podcast and related tweet—which was later deleted—that said

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MSSNY eNews: May 21, 2021 – Our Patients Deserve Timely, Consistent, and Affordable Care

. Our Patients Deserve Timely, Consistent, and Affordable Care   Colleagues: As physicians, we know that good health starts with access to affordable, timely, and consistent healthcare. But when prior authorizations impose overwhelming burdens that cause unnecessary delays in needed care—our patients’ health is put at risk. Patients with chronic conditions have complex medical needs, and their health depends on following strict treatment

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MSSNY eNews: May 19, 2021 – Medical Schools Overestimate Number of Graduates who Specialize in Primary Care, Experts Say

Medical Schools Overestimate Number of Graduates who Specialize in Primary Care, Experts Say Many medical school graduates who complete their residency in primary care switch into different specialties later. That makes medical schools’ estimates of its graduates entering family medicine largely inaccurate, NPR reported May 18. “You don’t know what somebody is going to do until they finish residency,” Mark Deutchman, MD,

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MSSNY eNews: May 14, 2021 – Instrumental in Recouping Health Republic Losses for Physicians

  Colleagues: Last week’s welcome news about the Health Republic settlement is yet another example of MSSNY working tirelessly on behalf of our physicians. The $220.8 million settlement amount will allow the Liquidator to pay all policyholder level claims in full. In 2015, when Health Republic Insurance collapsed, MSSNY worked with the state’s hospital associations and various specialty societies to

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MSSNY eNews: May 12, 2021 – MSSNY Launches Disaster Relief Fund

An Appeal for Donations to MSSNY’s Disaster Relief Fund The Medical Society of the State of New York has established three separate funds for disaster relief donations under our Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF). Proceeds will go directly to organizations providing direct aid in areas of need. Please click on a link below to direct your donation: COVID-19 India

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MSSNY eNews: May 5, 2021- Health Republic Settlement: All Outstanding Physician Claims Will be Paid

Health Republic Settlement: All Outstanding Physician Claims Will be Paid The New York State Superintendent of Financial Services announced yesterday that Health Republic Insurance of New York, Corp. in liquidation (“Health Republic”) has obtained a judgment to recover $220,838,583 from the United States.  The judgment resolves a lawsuit commenced by the Superintendent as Liquidator of Health Republic against the Federal

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MSSNY eNews: April 28, 2021 – Department of Health on Guidance Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

NYS DOH Guidance Regarding Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in

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MSSNY eNews April 23, 2021 – Turning the Corner

. Colleagues: As of this week, more than 50 percent of adults in the US have received at least one COVID vaccine dose and as of last week, all New Yorkers age 16 and up are eligible for vaccination.  COVID testing in New York shows decreasing positivity rates and the number of COVID hospitalizations and deaths are thankfully declining as

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MSSNY eNews: April 21, 2021 – New Executive Order Eliminates Penalty for Not Administering COVID Vaccine within 7 Days

. New Executive Order Eliminates Penalty for Not Administering COVID Vaccine within Seven Days This week, Executive Order 202.102 was signed, continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws related to the COVID-19 disaster emergency.  One provision of this Executive Order eliminates the $100,000 civil penalty for failure of a provider to administer its allocated COVID-19 vaccine within seven days of receipt. The elimination

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MSSNY eNews: April 16, 2021 – Advocacy in Action

. Colleagues: Your MSSNY physician leadership met with our NY Congressional delegation in February 2021 with a focus on preventing the implementation of the ill-timed impending 2% Medicare Cuts scheduled for April 1.  Numerous grassroots letters were sent by NYS physicians and this week our collective efforts paid dividends. The US House of Representatives approved legislation to extend the 2%

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MSSNY eNews: April 14, 2021 – CDC and NYS DOH Info on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

.   Message from NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker re: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine New York State is following the CDC and FDA recommendation by immediately halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide at all vaccine provider locations while federal health and safety agencies evaluate next steps.  If you are scheduled to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should not do so until further notice.  At this time, please retain any

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MSSNY eNews: March 26, 2021 – More Ups than Downs

. More Ups than Downs: Colleagues: This week brings significant progress on the vaccine front with the start of the long-awaited allocation of vaccine supply to physician practices. Over 1,600 physician practices have enrolled in the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program and 190 of these have received 100 doses each of the Moderna vaccine since Monday. We anticipate that as supply increases

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MSSNY eNews: March 24, 2021 – State Budget Negotiations Continue – Keep Up Physician Grassroots!

. State Budget Negotiations Continue – Keep Up Physician Grassroots! After passing their respective one-House Budget proposals, the Assembly and the Senate are now having negotiations with the Governor’s office to complete a State Budget before next week’s April 1 deadline.   Below is an initial summary of the most pressing Budget issues where MSSNY has been advocating, as well as

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MSSNY Enews: March 17, 2021 – Excess, OPMC and CPH Proposals

Assembly, Senate Advance One-House Budget Proposals that Reject Many Problematic Budget Proposals Over the weekend, both the Assembly and the Senate introduced their respective “one-House” Budget proposals to set the stage for 3-way negotiations with the Governor to complete a State Budget before the April 1 deadline.  Below is an initial summary of the most pressing Budget issues where MSSNY

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MSSNY eNews: March 12, 2021 – A Year of Agony: A Week of Progress

. Colleagues: March 11th marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 global pandemic. While we are not entirely out of the woods, we have made considerable progress.  This week we add to those gains with a stimulus package, expansion of vaccine coverage, a new webinar and a new member benefit.  Stimulus Package Passes Congress–Still

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MSSNY eNews: March 10, 2021 – Taking Toll on Physician Practices

NYC Kids Who Attended School Did Not Have Higher Infection Rates—But Teachers Did Students attending New York City public schools last year did not experience a higher prevalence or incidence of Covid-19 infection compared with the general community, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics, although school staff had an elevated risk of infection relative to

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MSSNY eNews: March 3, 2021 – Can I Order Vaccine?

Updated Vaccine Information for Physicians COVID-19 Vaccination Availability Information about Submission of Weekly Planning Requests March 1 Guidance on Vaccine Distribution Requesting COVID-19 Vaccine in NYSIIS Please Submit Names of Doctors and Family Members Who Lost Their Lives During COVID-19 Doctors Day is March 30. This year, to honor our physicians and family members who died of COVID-19 in 2020-2021,

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MSSNY eNews: February 26, 2021 – Advocating for Physicians in DC and NY

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing   Colleagues: Early this week the American Medical Association held its annual National Advocacy Conference.  While we could not meet in person in Washington, the event was none-the-less impactful.  We heard from Doris Kearns Goodwin, a presidential historian about lessons from the past that can shape our future; AMA leadership on AMA priorities and our

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MSSNYeNews: February 24, 2021 – Phishing Scam Targeting You–Licensed Professionals

State Education Department warns of Phishing Scam targeting Licensed Professionals The New York State Education Department today is warning licensed professionals in New York State about a scam involving telephone calls from individuals posing as NYSED Employees or law enforcement officials to defraud and extort victims. The scam is targeting such licensed professionals as physicians and pharmacists, and is seeking

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MSSNYeNews: February 19, 2021 – Distribution of Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians Colleagues: In November, our state asked community-based physicians all over New York to register as vaccinators for Covid-19.  Thousands of physician practices heeded the call and stand ready, willing, and able to immunize this state’s most vulnerable patients. We are pleased that the vaccine supply is beginning

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State Medical Societies Urge Biden Administration and State Governments to Facilitate Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians

  For Immediate Release February 19, 2021    CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY MEDICAL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL SOCIETY OHIO STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION    State Medical Societies Urge Biden Administration and State Governments to Facilitate Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine to Community-Based Physicians   “On behalf of the tens

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MSSNYeNews: February 12, 2021 – Changing of the Guard: Thank you Philip Schuh, CPA, MS, and Welcome Troy Oechsner, JD

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: For the last 30 years, our current EVP, Philip Schuh, has served our MSSNY tirelessly and effectively earning the respect and gratitude of us all.  Mr. Schuh was deservedly awarded the AMA lifetime achievement award for medical executives in the fall of 2020. We wish him well in his retirement and thank him

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MSSNYeNews: February 5, 2021 – Stressing about Increased Physician Stress

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Yesterday, the New York Times published an article titled A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion. Physician demoralization was a problem long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has significantly exacerbated the issue taking it from a problem to an acute crisis that must be addressed.  The nationwide shortage of PPE, public

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MSSNYeNews: February 3, 2021 – Frustrating Ordeal for Community Doc Seeking COVID Shot

. Gov. Cuomo’s  COVID-19 Update for February 3, 2021: 8,082 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide 1,522 Patients in the ICU; 1,003 Intubated Statewide Positivity Rate is 4.68% 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Has Declined for 26 Consecutive Days 160 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday Today’s data is summarized briefly below: Test Results Reported – 126,489 Total Positive – 5,925 Percent Positive – 4.68% 7-Day

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MSSNY eNews: January 29, 2021 – Health Insurance Payment Delays

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Over the past year, MSSNY has been made aware of an alarming trend with regard to some health insurers in our area. Physician practices provide necessary care to patients and file claims with the appropriate insurer.  The claims are then routed to the Health Insurer’s utilization review entity who requests that the physician’s

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MSSNY eNews: January 27, 2021 – COVID: Bronx and Long Island Have Highest Positivity

. Notes from Governor Cuomo’s Briefing: COVID-19 Data: – Day 333 – Statewide positivity rate: 5.44% – 202,661 tests conducted – 170 deaths – 8,771 hospitalizations (-60) – 1,588 ICU patients (+14) – 1,027 intubations (+21) Hospitalizations by Region: Finger Lakes: 662 (0.05%) Western NY: 426 (0.03%) Southern Tier: 240 (0.04%) Mid-Hudson: 1,056 (0.05%) Central New York: 250 (0.03%) Mohawk

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MSSNY eNews: January 20, 2021 – Gov.‘s Budget Proposes New Costs on Doctors, Expand Pharm Scope and Reduce Due Process

. COVID-19 STATs New York: 6.3 New daily cases: 12,721 Tests per 100,000: 1,190.7 It is not only Inauguration Day: Today also marks a full year since the first known coronavirus patient in the United States was admitted to the hospital. The U.S. on Tuesday passed 400,000 COVID-19-related deaths — less than a year since the pandemic took hold here. Governor

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MSSNYeNews: January 15, 2021 – State of State

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Governor Cuomo gave four separate speeches over the course of this past week illuminating initiatives that he believes New York State should pursue in 2021. Several topics discussed are of particular interest to physicians. Covid-19 Vaccine Our MSSNY shares the governor’s goal of defeating Covid-19 in 2021 and the physicians of this state

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MSSNY eNews: January 13, 2021 – Guidance for NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program Effective 1/12/21

Guidance for NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program Effective January 12, 2021 Gov. Cuomo Unveils Plan to Expand Telehealth Services at 2021 State of the State At his initial State of the State address on Monday, Governor Cuomo announced plans to expand Telehealth coverage in 2021. Key proposed reforms include adjusting reimbursement incentives to encourage Telehealth, eliminating outdated regulatory prohibitions on the

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MSSNYeNews: January 8, 2021 – 2021: Ready for a New Chapter

.MSSNY’s Partnership with Premier Group Purchasing Colleagues: Happy New Year to all.  I think we are all relieved that 2020 and all its bad karma is behind us.  The New Year is starting with some positive updates about expansion of vaccine eligibility and a new money-saving MSSNY benefit. COVID-19 Vaccine Updates The New Year started off with the right sentiment

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MSSNY Stands Ready to Support NYS in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Effort  

For Immediate Release   MSSNY Stands Ready to Support NYS in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Effort   January 4, 2021, Westbury, NY—Governor Cuomo’s call today to better ensure the full distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to physicians and other front-line health workers was welcome news to physicians throughout the state, as today marks the first day community-based physicians and their patient-facing staff

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MSSNY eNews: January 6, 2021 – MSSNY Info. for Physicians: How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

. MSSNY Information for Physicians: How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Community-based physicians and their staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Below is information on how physicians and staff, including NY City based physicians, can make an appointment to receive the vaccine. To better ensure expeditious distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, today the Governor announced additional possible enforcement

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