MSSNY eNews: January 14, 2022 – Ready to Influence and Inspire? Become a MSSNY Social Media Ambassador

Ready to Influence and Inspire? Become a MSSNY Social Media Ambassador Colleagues: As we all know, the use of social media has become a daily activity for most of our society. To harness this important tool, MSSNY is launching a Social Media Ambassador program. We hope to use our ambassadors to help MSSNY deliver information to the physician community by using their own

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MSSNY eNews: January 19, 2022 – How Will the Governor’s Proposed Budget Impact Physicians?

. How Will the Governor’s Proposed Budget Impact Physicians? MSSNY’s Division of Government Affairs staff is continuing to pore through the thousands of pages of Budget documents contained in Governor Hochul’s proposed $216.3 Billion State Budget submitted to the State Legislature yesterday. Below is a very brief “thumbnail” of items that – at first read – are of importance to

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MSSNY eNews January 7, 2022 – Federal No Surprises Act Is in Effect: Are You Ready?

Good News from Albany Colleagues:  While many New Yorkers were busy celebrating the holidays over the last few weeks, many things were happening in the health care arena that will impact both physicians and our patients. Governor Hochul signed a few important bills in the waning days of 2021, including legislation that will provide greater accountability and transparency of the

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As Opponents of COVID Vaccine Mandate Rally in Albany Today, MSSNY Amplifies its Support of Vaccines

For Immediate Release   As Opponents of COVID Vaccine Mandate Rally in Albany Today,MSSNY Amplifies its Support of Vaccines Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York “MSSNY continues to be grateful for the science that has made the COVID-19 vaccines a reality. The importance of getting every eligible New Yorker vaccinated and boosted

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MSSNY eNews: January 5, 2022

. Governor Identifies Legislative Priorities in State of State Message: Supports Increased Telehealth Payments, Expanded Insurance Coverage, and Loan Support for Physicians, but also Concerning Scope Changes This afternoon, Governor Kathy Hochul presented her legislative priorities for the year in her first State of the State Address.  As outlined in her briefing book 2022StateoftheStateBook.pdf (ny.gov), among the most notable items relating to

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Medical Society Supports Gov’s Plans for State COVID-19 Mandate for School-Aged Children

For Immediate Release December 21, 2021  Medical Society Supports Gov’s Plans for State COVID-19 Mandate for School-Aged Children Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York   “In recent press interviews, Governor Hochul said she plans to seek approval from the NYS Legislature to require COVID-19 vaccines for all school-aged children. The

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MSSNY eNews: December 22, 2021

. THIS IS THE LAST ENEWS PUBLICATION BEFORE THE HOLIDAY. WE WILL RETURN ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5. WISHING ALL OF OUR MEMBERS A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2022! COVID-Related Stress and Work Intentions in a Sample of U.S. Health Care Workers A new Mayo Clinic Proceedings article led by the American Medical Association explores the relationship between COVID-related stress and work

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MSSNY eNews: December 15, 2021 – Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 Payments Going Out This Week

. Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 Payments Going Out This Week Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the distribution of approximately $9 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to health care providers who have experienced revenue losses and expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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MSSNY eNews: December 10, 2021 – Medicare Cuts Halted

Medicare Cuts Halted Colleagues: Events this week underscored the importance of grassroots physician advocacy. Thanks to sustained advocacy on the part of our MSSNY physicians and our colleagues around the country, we received good news. On Tuesday evening, by a 222-212 vote, the US House of Representatives passed the Protecting Medicare & American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act to hold

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MSSNY eNews: December 1, 2021 – MSSNY Meets with Gov’s Team about Recent Emergency Order

. MSSNY Physician Leadership Meets with Governor Hochul’s Team to Discuss Elective Surgery Limitations MSSNY physician leaders and staff met with top officials to Governor Hochul this week to discuss aspects of her recent emergency order that will give the NYS Department of Health the authority to limit elective procedures at hospitals that have less than 10% bed capacity. MSSNY

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MSSNY eNews: November 17, 2021 – 3 Tips to Increase Patient Reliance on Physician Guidance

. 3 Tips to Increase Patient Reliance on Physician Guidance MLMIC recently highlighted two articles that look at online research vs. physician guidance: are patients turning to the internet even more? In addition to researching symptoms and health concerns ahead of seeking care, patients are also turning to Google following medical appointments or in lieu of disclosing information to their doctors altogether. The two articles reflect

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Medical Society Supports Court Decision to Uphold Governor Hochul’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements

For Immediate ReleaseOctober 30, 2021  Medical Society Supports Court Decision to Uphold Governor Hochul’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements. Statement Attributable to:Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York “MSSNY fully supports the decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Governor Hochul’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for New York healthcare workers with no

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MSSNY eNews: October 27, 2021 – 1 in 5 Physicians Has Considered Quitting Their Current Job, Survey Finds

. 1 in 5 Physicians Has Considered Quitting Their Current Job, Survey Finds The Medscape Physician Nonclinical Careers Report 2021 published Oct. 8 found one in five physicians has considered leaving their current job to pursue nonclinical careers. Researchers surveyed more than 2,500 physicians across the U.S. for the annual report. Key takeaways: Fifty-eight percent of those wanting to change career paths

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MSSNY eNews: October 22, 2021 – Impact of COVID-19 on Overdose Crisis

Impact of COVID-19 on Overdose Crisis Colleagues: One of the many tragic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the progress that was reversed in combatting addictions. Death from opioid poisoning continues to be a national problem that we must confront. New York State was making progress in combatting the opioid epidemic—but overdose-related deaths in 2020 increased over the previous year.

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MSSNYeNews: October 15, 2021 – Finding the Joy in Medicine

  Colleagues: Last week, MSSNY member Dr. Caroline Gomez-Di Cesare, MD, PhD accepted the AMA 2021 Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition award—which recognizes health systems that actively demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of health care team members by combating work-related stress and burnout—on behalf of Bassett Healthcare Network, where she serves as Network Director of Well-Being. I am

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MSSNY eNews: October 20, 2021 – Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Introduced in US Senate

. Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Introduced in US Senate Today, U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), and John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation (S.3018 – the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act,) that would improve timely access to quality care for seniors under the Medicare Advantage program. As noted in the sponsor’s press release, the bill

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MSSNY eNews: October 13, 2021 – New Reports of Scam Targeting Physicians

  New Reports of Scam Targeting Physicians Last February, MSSNY published an article about a scam that targets physicians with deceptive phone calls, falsely claiming that the physician is under investigation by the NYS Education Department or the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).  At the time, the New York State Education Department issued a warning to licensed professionals in

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MSSNY eNews: October 8, 2021 – “No Surprises Act” Puts Insurance Co Profits Over Patient Care

“No Surprises Act” Puts Insurance Co Profits Over Patient Care Colleagues: As physicians, our first and foremost concern is the health and well-being of our patients. But when insurance company profits take precedence over patient care, it makes that mission—our life’s work—more difficult.  And that’s exactly what is happening with the recently announced US Department of Health and Human Services

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MSSNY eNews: October 6, 2021

. Calling Exceptional Women Physicians! MSSNY’s Medical, Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF) is holding leadership seminars for women on three Saturday mornings in October that cover various topics, including women physicians and their legislative impact featuring NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy; how CEOs and medical administrators deal with women physicians; and wellness and women

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MSSNY eNews: October 1, 2021 – Calling Women Physicians!

Calling Women Physicians! Colleagues: Are you a female physician? Do you have an outstanding female physician colleague? I am pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for women physicians and medical students. MSSNY’s Medical, Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF) is holding leadership seminars for women on three Saturday mornings in October that cover various topics, including women physicians and their legislative

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MSSNY eNews: September 29, 20210 MSSNY Applauds Appointment of Dr. Mary Bassett as NYS DOH Commissioner

. MSSNY Applauds Gov. Hochul’s Appointment of Mary Bassett, MD, MPH as NYS Department of Health Commissioner The following statement was sent to the press on September 29: Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York “MSSNY is thrilled to welcome Dr. Mary Bassett as New York State’s new Health Commissioner,

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MSSNY eNews: September 22, 2021 – Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate: Federal Judge Extends Delayed Enforcement as it Pertains to Religious Exemptions

. Federal Judge Extends Delayed Enforcement of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate as it Pertains to Religious Exemptions A Central New York federal judge has extended until October 12 a temporary restraining order (TRO) that will, at least temporarily, permit health care workers to evade the State’s vaccination requirement if they claim a religious exemption. In response to the initial TRO

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MSSNY eNews: September 17, 2021 – We Honor Our Physicians Lost to Suicide Epidemic

Pro-Patient/Pro-Physician Health Care Policy Requires Politically Active Physicians Colleagues: As we prepare to set MSSNY policy at our virtual House of Delegates this weekend, it is imperative that we put our support behind the legislators who will help us to move our pro-patient and pro-physician agenda forward in Albany. MSSNYPAC is critically important to advocacy efforts—it amplifies your voice and

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MSSNY eNews: September 15, 2021 – MSSNY Opposes Decision to Permit Religious Exemptions to State’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements

. Federal Judge Temporarily Restrains Enforcement of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate as it Pertains to Religious Exemptions A Central New York federal judge this week issued a ruling that will, at least temporarily, permit health care workers to evade the State’s vaccination requirement if they put forward a religious exemption.  The court’s decision will be revisited on September 28, one

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MSSNY eNews: September 10, 2021 – MSSNY Calls on Administration to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccination Process for Physicians

Join us for MSSNY’s Virtual HOD next Saturday, September 18 Colleagues: I am looking forward to vigorous debate with my physician colleagues from every corner of our state at MSSNY’s 2021 House of Delegates virtual meeting on September 18—just a week away! While only credentialed Delegates can participate in the actual discussions, I hope you’ll join us on YouTube to

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MSSNY Calls on Biden Administration to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccination Process for Physicians

For Immediate Release  September 10, 2021   MSSNY Calls on Biden Administration to Simplify COVID-19 Vaccination Process for Physicians  Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President, Medical Society of the State of New York    “MSSNY fully supports and encourages the significant efforts laid out by President Biden to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. As the spread of

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MSSNY eNews: September 8, 2021 – MSSNY Urges No Surprises Act Methodology that is Not Biased Towards Insurance Companies

. MSSNY Submits Comments Urging Methodology for No Surprises Act that is Not Biased Towards Insurance Companies MSSNY President Dr. Joseph Sellers this week submitted comments on behalf of New York’s physicians to the US Department of Health & Human Services regarding regulations to implement portions of the federal No Surprises Act enacted by Congress last December, and in effect

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MSSNY eNews: September 1, 2021 – Number of Adults Who Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine at New Low, Poll Finds

. Number of Adults Who Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine at New Low, Poll Finds The number of Americans strongly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine is at the lowest level seen since the vaccines were released, according to latest findings from the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index. Each week since March 2020, Axios/Ipsos has polled a nationally representative group of U.S. adults about the pandemic. The

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MSSNY eNews: August 27, 2021 – Health Care Worker Vaccination Mandate Approved by Key Public Health Committee

Insurance Hassles? We Can Help Colleagues: As physicians, we know all too well how hassles with insurance companies can get in the way of our first and foremost responsibility and primary concern—taking care of our patients. Each of us attended medical school to learn how to be a physician, not to spend hours of wasted time dealing with denied claims,

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MSSNY eNews: August 25, 2021 – MSSNY Press Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

. MSSNY Press Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Statement attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President Medical Society of the State of New York “The Medical Society of the State of New York welcomes and supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s full use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and we continue to

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MSSNY Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

For Immediate Release August 23, 2021  MSSNY Statement on FDA Full Use Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Statement attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President Medical Society of the State of New York “The Medical Society of the State of New York welcomes and supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s full use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

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HHS Statement on Plan for COVID-19 Booster Shots

. Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. “The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective in

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NYSDOH: Important Message regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination Program — Booster Doses

STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER DR. HOWARD ZUCKER “Today, the Biden administration’s public health and medical experts announced that a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability, recognizing that many vaccines are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and acknowledging that additional vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccination Program–Additional Dose Update

STATEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  “As with every emergency use authorization (EUA) of COVID-19 vaccines and subsequent EUA modifications to date, following the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) deliberations and the CDC’s official recommendation yesterday to allow some people with weakened immune systems to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Health Commissioner immediately convened the State’s Clinical Advisory

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MSSNY eNews: August 13, 2021

.Title Interested in Participating in MSSNY’s Telehealth Initiative? Colleagues: Telemedicine is undoubtedly here to stay. Many physicians who had limited experience with telemedicine prior to the COVID pandemic quickly learned to adapt to it. And we’ve discovered how helpful it is in many different situations, including monitoring our patients with chronic conditions and reaching populations who may have difficulty with

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MSSNY eNews: August 11, 2021 – MSSNY Congratulates Incoming Governor Kathy Hochul

. MSSNY Congratulates Incoming Governor Kathy Hochul In a statement released to the press today, MSSNY President Dr. Joseph Sellers congratulated Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul as she prepares to take office as the first female Governor of New York. Following is the MSSNY press statement: Statement Attributable to: Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP President Medical Society of the State

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MSSNY eNews: August 6, 2021

.Title Voice Your Opinion at Reference Committee Hearings This Weekend Colleagues: MSSNY’s Reference Committee hearings to discuss House of Delegates (HOD) resolutions will be held virtually this weekend in advance of the HOD meeting in September. And because these meetings are being held virtually this year, MSSNY members have a unique opportunity to join the debate—without ever leaving home. This

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MSSNYeNews: August 4, 2021

. 10 Great Summer Reads for Physicians From the intricacies of the immune system to the first year of residency, these books cover the compelling, the strange, and the meaningful aspects of medicine — as well as the personal triumphs and tragedies of life as a doctor. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale

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MSSNY eNews: July 30, 2021 – No Surprises Act Update

. No Surprises Act Update Colleagues: MSSNY is fighting for physicians and patients over new federal rules implementing the No Surprises Act (NSA), the new federal law that limits surprise and emergency medical bills from out-of-network doctors, hospitals, and other providers.  Federal regulators recently issued an interim final rule to become effective in September 2021.  The new rule is the

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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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Workers’ Compensation

PAYER RELATIONS Workers’ Compensation MSSNY’s Division of Socio-Medical Economics intercedes with the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board, the WC carriers, and self-insured plans on behalf of