MSSNY eNews: May 7, 2020

 

Dr. Joseph R. Sellers was elected the 214th president of the Medical Society of the State of New York on Saturday, May 1st at a special MSSNY virtual Council meeting. Following is the speech he gave following his election:.

Colleagues:

Thank you all for giving me the honor of service as the 214th President of the Medical Society of the State of New York. With your help and God’s will, I will do all I can to deserve your trust. My good friend, Dr. Parag Mehta once told me that the two most important days in your life are the day that you are born and the day you find your purpose.

I was born upstate in Buffalo, the youngest of seven siblings. My father, Charlie Sellers, worked with his father, also Charlie Sellers, selling disability and life insurance—including member benefit endorsed plans to physicians of the Erie County Medical Society. Along with my siblings, I attended elementary school under the care of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary. With my brothers, I attended high school with the Jesuit Fathers. While my siblings went on to study business, accounting, and law before joining the family business, I wanted to be a scientist.

After the University of Rochester, I returned to the Jesuits at Georgetown University School of Medicine, enrolling in an MD/PhD program. However, as soon as I was given the privilege of taking a patient’s history and performing a physical exam, I discovered my calling—my purpose in life—was to be a practicing physician in clinical medicine. Fast forward through pediatric and internal medicine residencies, teaching medical students and residents, taking on practice administrative duties and community leadership roles—it is still the experience of having patients share with me their burdens and their dreams, of working with them to get to their goals, of making a difference one encounter at a time that gets me up in the morning and keeps me going through evenings of pajama time in Epic.

And so, my sister and brother physicians, we may differ in the details of our daily routines, where and how we practice—but we all share that calling, that purpose of caring for patients.

Which brings us to tonight and the annual leadership transition within MSSNY. For 214 years, our medical society has stood strong to protect, to strengthen, and to nurture the ability of physicians to care for patients in New York State. And just as our patients need strong, supportive, and nurturing physicians to help them through life, we physicians need the support and advocacy of a strong MSSNY.

Our recent presidents have introduced the concept of foundational pillars upon which to build our Medical Society. Tonight, I would like to share my modification of our pillars. 

Engagement

Thanks to our MSSNY leadership and staff, we have made great strides in bringing our profession under one tent. We are working together, whether early, mid, or late career, in independent practice or employed by hospitals and groups, whether urban or rural, Upstate or Downstate, whatever our ethnic or religious affiliations, whether cis, trans, straight or gay, and whatever specialty we have chosen to practice—we are increasingly working together, finding common ground, and advancing a professional and patient-supportive agenda.

I call on us to continue this work by finding areas that are ripe for medical support and by engaging with other healthcare professions, all of whom we stood with through the pandemic—including nurses, hospitals, podiatrists, and pharmacists. When we can agree on actions to help our patients and their caregivers, let’s stand together. One area of engagement needs to be given our priority: working with the communities who suffer from disparities in health outcomes.

Wellness

Our profession has been subjected to stresses from every corner. Regulations by non-physicians who somehow consider themselves experts in medicine; cost controls by insurers that do not seem to lower premiums but do increase CEO bonuses and corporate profits; EMRs designed by folks who squandered an opportunity to improve quality and safety. If only they included some people who actually practice medicine!

Our MSSNY presidents who served in 2017, 2018, and 2019 worked to develop resources to support our over-burdened physicians. And so, as a once in a century pandemic threatened to overwhelm us, our most recent president, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, was ready with a peer-to-peer support program and a practice transformation initiative to steady our profession. We have a great deal more to accomplish in this area. Just as we hold all of our actions and resolutions to a fiscal note that ensures we are good stewards of MSSNY finances, I will ask our leadership to hold our policies and initiatives to a “wellness note,” assessing whether we are enhancing the wellbeing of those with whom we share our calling.

Stewardship

We have a great legacy in MSSNY with over two centuries of serving our profession and our patients. The pandemic has tested our ability to be resilient and has forced us to keep our focus on a somewhat short-term field of view. I am challenging our leadership and staff to step back and take a slightly larger view of our path forward.

I will work with our Executive Vice President, Troy Oechsner, with help from our immediate past president, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, to develop goals for our MSSNY divisions, our committees, and our Council for the next 11 months. We will develop some key performance indicators to measure our progress towards our annual goals and will ask for a report card to be shared at our Council meetings.

Taking a longer look into our future, as requested by our MSSNY BOT at its most recent meeting, I will ask our leadership to help us to develop a three- to five-year roadmap to a future state where we are as dynamic and effective as possible in supporting the practice of medicine. I will be counting on President-Elect Dr. Parag Mehta and Vice President Dr. Paul Pipia to help lead these efforts and to ensure that our efforts are sustained by our future leadership.

Thank you all, my MSSNY friends and family. Let’s go forward and continue our work in MSSNY’s 214th year to make the profession strong and our patients’ lives better. I ask for your help and prayers.

Joseph Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP
MSSNY President


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MSSNY Joins NYSRS in Lobby Visits to Address Prior Authorization Burdens and Protect Patient Access to Physician-Led Team Care
MSSNY physician leaders and staff joined physician leaders of the New York State Radiological Society this week in legislative visits to highlight a number of priority bills supported and opposed by both associations.

The groups emphasized its strong support for legislation to ensure patients receive the care they need and to reduce the extraordinary administrative burdens physicians must endure in receiving needed approvals and submitting claims to health insurers, including legislation (A.951/S.1575) that would permit independently practicing physicians to collectively negotiate with health insurers, and legislation (A.7129/S.6435-A) that would reduce prior authorization hassles.

The groups also articulated opposition to legislation that would cause serious disruption to our health care delivery system as it continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic, including legislation (A.6770/S.74-A) that would expand damages awardable in wrongful death actions and increase New York’s already exorbitant medical liability premiums by nearly 50%, and legislation (A.3470-A/S.2521-A) that contains a component that would create administrative chaos by requiring hospitals and non-employed hospital-based physicians to jointly bill patients for cost-sharing amounts, despite an insurance system that has created separate lanes for paying for these services.

The groups also emphasized the importance of protecting physician-led team care, including opposing legislation that would permit physician assistants to independently perform fluoroscopy (A.1847/S.1591); legislation (A.2294/S.2019) to permit podiatrists to provide wound care on a patient’s leg that are not contiguous with the foot, and eliminate the requirement of nurse practitioners to maintain documented collaborative relationships with physicians in the same specialty (A.1535-A/S.3056-A).          (DIVISION OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS)


MSSNY Continues to Advocate for Needed Health Insurer Reform Legislation to Ensure Patients Receive Needed Treatment and Medications
With only 5 weeks left in the Legislative Session, MSSNY continues to work with several patient and physician advocacy groups in support of legislation to address aberrant health insurer practices that adversely impact the ability of patients to receive the care and medications they need.  These bills include:

  • 951/S.1575 – would enable independently practicing physicians the ability to jointly negotiate network participation terms with market dominant health insurance companies. In Assembly Health and Senate Health Committees.
  • A.1741/S.5299 – would enable third party financial assistance to count towards patients meeting their deductible costs. On Assembly floor and Senate floor.
  • 4111/S4668 – would significantly limit the ability of health insurers to make adjustments to their prescription drug formularies during a policy year. Passed Senate and in Assembly Ways & Means Committee.
  • 4177/S.2528 – would provide needed due process protections for physicians whose network participation contract is unilaterally non-renewed by an insurance company. On Assembly and Senate floor.
  • 7129/S.6435-A – would enact a number of reforms to address prior authorization hassles including limiting the ability of a health insurer to require a physician and patient to repeat a previously obtained prior authorization. According to a recent survey from the American Medical Association, almost 70% of responding physicians reported that health insurers had either reverted to past prior authorizations policies or never relaxed these policies during the height of the pandemic.  94% reported care delays while waiting for health insurers to authorize necessary care, and 30% reported that prior authorization requirements have led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care.  In Assembly Insurance -and Senate Health Committees. (AUSTER, CARY)

Please Urge Your Senator to Oppose Legislation that Rejects Physician-Led Team Care
Legislation (S.3056-A) is before the Senate Higher Education Committee next week strongly opposed by MSSNY that could jeopardize patient safety and lead to uncoordinated, siloed care by eliminating any statutory requirements for nurse practitioners to maintain collaborative arrangements with a physician practicing in the same specialty. The legislation would also eliminate the requirement for a newly practicing nurse practitioner to maintain a written collaborative agreement with a physician.

Physicians can send a letter urging legislators to oppose this legislation from here. Please let your legislators know that NPs are absolutely essential components of our healthcare system to ensure patients receive the care they need, but maintaining ongoing team-based care in collaboration with a physician is essential for ensuring patients receive the highest quality care. Instead of removing these requirements, the standards for physician-NP collaboration should be strengthened to help better recognize and treat potentially complex cases.

With only a few years of education, no residency requirement and only 500-720 hours of clinical training, nurse practitioners, their education is far less rigorous than physician training.  By sharp contrast, physicians complete 4 years of medical school plus 3-7 years of residency, including 10,000-16,000 hours of clinical training. But it is more than just the vast difference in hours of education and training – it is also the difference in rigor and standardization between medical school/residency and nurse practitioner programs.  It is therefore not surprising that a recent national survey concluded that 68% of respondents believe it is very important for physicians to be involved in diagnoses and treatment decisions, with an additional 27% of voters believing it is at least somewhat important (95% total).

Same-as legislation (A.1535-A) is in the Higher Education Committee.  During the recently concluded State Budget, there was a provision enacted that extended for another year – until June 30, 2022 – the existing law that permits nurse practitioners with more than 3,600 hours of experience to practice without a written collaborative agreement provided they maintain evidence of “collaborative relationships” with a physician in the same specialty practiced by the NP. (AUSTER)                                                                        


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MSSNY Continues to Press for Payment Parity for Telehealth Services
Physicians are urged to continue to contact their legislators to support legislation (A.6256/S.5505) Urge Legislators to Support Payment Parity in Telehealth that would ensure that payments to physicians for delivering Telehealth services including video, and audio-only visits, are on par with those received for in-office appointments. MSSNY recently teamed up with several other organizations including the New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Division II, to meet with the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D- Kingston), to discuss this legislation  The Senate version of the bill, S.5505 (Rivera- D, Bronx), is on the agenda for the next meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, which is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 11th (CARY)


New York State Department of Health Commissioner Zucker to Conduct COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar for Physicians on How to Convince Patients to Get Immunized
The NYS Department of Health will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination program webinar for physicians and advanced practice providers with Dr. Zucker on Monday, May 10 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Below is the link to:

“A Q&A with NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker:

How doctors can convince our patients to get vaccinated and to vaccinate their children.

Registration is not required.

Physicians may click this link to log in on Monday(CLANCY)


Monoclonal Antibody Therapies Continues to Remain Treatment Option for COVID-19
On Friday, April 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab, when administered alone, to be used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients who are at high risk of disease progression or hospitalization.

Please see the full FDA statement here.  REGEN-COV as well as bamlanivimab and etesevimab (administered together) continue to be available under EUA. There is no shortage of monoclonal antibody product. Sites that are administering monoclonal antibodies can order bamlanivimab and etesevimab, etesevimab to pair with the current supply of bamlanivimab that the site has available, or REGEN-COV from the authorized distributer using the direct ordering process.

Please contact COVID19Therapeutics@hhs.gov with any questions.  Please remain alert for further updates from HHS  on monoclonal antibody therapies authorized for emergency use. For additional information please go here: Combat COVID      (CLANCY)


NYS Department of Health Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines
The New York State Department of Health on May 6th has updated its guidance for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Specifically, the guidance addresses the issue of offer second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to people who received their first shot from a different provider.

The updated guidance for the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Program covers the procedures for circumstances where the patient is unable to return to the same location where they received the first dose of vaccine.  A copy of the guidance is here.  A DOH resource on all updated guidance can be found here: Update  (CLANCY)


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New York State Cancer Consortium and the NYS HPV Coalition Is Sponsoring Webinar On Screening During the Pandemic
The NYS Cancer Consortium’s Colorectal Cancer Action Team and the NYS HPV Coalition is sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Noon to 1 pm on cancer screening and HPV vaccination.  Speakers will cover national data, offer specific strategies, and share new resources to promote a return to screening and earlier than usual HPV vaccination. New York State providers will provide local context and discuss their experience during a moderated discussion and brief Q and A period.  A copy of the flyer and registration can be found here.     (CLANCY)


MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee: Peer to Peer Program      If you or someone you know is struggling with everyday life stressors, reach out to the P2P program to be connected with a peer supporter to help!
Email: P2P@mssny.org and request that you be connected with a peer supporter

Phone: 1-844-P2P-PEER (1-844-727-7337) and request that you be connected with a peer supporter

The Medical Society of the State of New York now offers to physicians, residents and medical students a completely confidential and anonymous opportunity to talk with a peer about some of life stressors. MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committee launched a Peer 2 Peer (P2P) program to assist their colleagues who are need of help in dealing with work and family stressors. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the emotional issues related to this event, may also be troubling for our colleagues.

MSSNY has established a confidential helpline phone number (1-844-P2P-PEER) and an email address (p2p@mssny.org) so that physicians may be connected with a peer 24 hours a day/7 days a week. In addition to offering a trained, empathetic ear, peer supporters may provide information on specific resources that can offer further support, provide positive coping skills, or connect physicians to professionals for more focused assistance when needed. MSSNY has nearly 50 trained peer supporters across NYS who are just a phone call away!                                                                        (LAUDER)


MSSNY Medical Matters Program on Triage in a Disaster Event

Registration now open
Medical Matters: Triage in a Disaster Event
Date: May 26, 2021 @ 7:30 am

There have been innumerable disaster events taking place all around us on a regular basis.  Learn more about how to perform triage when you find yourself in proximity to different types of disaster by registering for Medical Matters: Triage in a Disaster Event.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday May 26th at 7:30am.  Arthur Cooper, MD and Zackary Hickman, MD will serve as faculty for this program.  Click here to register for this webinar.

 Educational objectives

  • Describe the importance of immediate bleeding suppression during a disaster event
  • Describe the SALT methodology for triage and where to access SALT training
  • Recognize the importance of both mass casualty and bio-event triage

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. (HOFFMAN)


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Registration Now Open – Veterans Matters: Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in Veterans Webinar   

Wednesday, May 12th @ 7:30 am 

The Medical Society of the State of New York is hosting a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program entitled Veterans Matters: Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in Veterans live webinar on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:30 am.                                                                           

Click HERE to register for the program! View the program flyer HERE

When:   May 12, 2021 at 7:30 am
Faculty: Thomas Madejski, MD

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in veterans
  • Discuss evidence-based psychosocial strategies to treat veterans with SUDs.
  • Discuss Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for veterans with alcohol or opioid use disorders.
  • Identify barriers to diagnosis and treatment of SUDs in veterans and methods to overcome them.

For more information, contact Jangmu Sherpa at jsherpa@mssny.org 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™.                                                      


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Congratulations to MSSNY’s Newly Elected 2021-22 Leadership
On Saturday, May 1st MSSNY held a special virtual Council meeting to elect our 2021-2022 officers. Following is a list of the new officers, with links to the press releases that were sent following the election:

Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, Elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York

Parag Mehta, MD Elected President-Elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York

Paul Pipia, MD Elected Vice President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) 

Frank Dowling, MD Elected Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

Mark J. Adams, MD, MBA, FACR Elected Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York

Howard H. Huang, MD Elected Assistant Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York

William Latreille, MD Elected Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York

Maria A. Basile, MD Elected Vice Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York

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Crain’s Health Pulse Coverage of New MSSNY Leadership
WHO’S NEWS: Dr. Joseph R. Sellers has been elected president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the nonprofit professional organization announced Monday. Sellers, who leads the Bassett Medical Group in Cooperstown, previously served as president-elect. The organization also selected Dr. Parag Mehta as president-elect, Dr. Paul A. Pipia as vice president and Dr. Mark J. Adams as treasurer. Dr. William Latreille was reelected as speaker.

Crain’s Health Pulse, 5/4/2021


An Appeal for Donations to Support Disaster Relief
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 Relief Fund
Donations will be sent to organizations assisting India with urgent needs, including oxygen equipment, medications, PPE, testing supplies, and ventilators.

COVID-19 General Relief Fund
Donations will be sent to US or international organizations where the need is greatest.

General Disaster Relief Fund
Donations will be held and distributed when needs arise.


New COVID 19 Volunteer Physician App for Recruitment in India and US
Face2Face Health is a digital telehealth and education platform run by longtime MSSNY member and New York County Medical Society Board member Dr. Ami Shah.  The organization has created a COVID-19 volunteer app to sign up physicians to provide free advice to thousands of Indians in need and urgently needs physician volunteers. The app will be live on Monday May 10.

Visit http://f2fhealth.com/helpindia for more information and to download the app. Volunteer Physicians control their volunteer time and will be automatically matched by the system algorithm. All disclaimers that this is ADVICE ONLY will be in place.


Press Coverage of MSSNY Statement Re Health Republic Settlement
Buffalo (NY) Business First (5/5, Drury) reports The New York Department of Financial Services “announced a $220.8 million judgment resolving a lawsuit filed in late 2017 against the federal government tied to the collapse of Health Republic Insurance of New York.” As a result, healthcare providers in the Buffalo area “will finally see millions of dollars in reimbursements tied to a defunct health insurer – but some may be out more than half of the dollars they were owed.”

When Health Republic collapsed in late 2015, “MSSNY said providers across the state were owed more than $200 million.” MSSNY also said “the Health Republic collapse devastated some physician practices who provided care to patients, including 12,000 from Western New York who were covered by Health Republic.”


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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 Government in the United States Court of Federal Claims in 2017.

Health Republic was a not-for-profit health insurer providing affordable health insurance to New Yorkers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The company participated in a number of ACA federal programs designed to help insurers address the uncertainty of underwriting in the initial years of the new health insurance marketplace.

In the first three years of the ACA, however, the Federal Government failed to honor its obligation to pay full balances due under a significant program known as Risk Corridors. The Superintendent in her capacity as Liquidator commenced this lawsuit in 2017 demanding that the Federal Government pay the amounts it was mandated to pay under this program.

The $220.8 million settlement amount will allow the Liquidator to pay all policyholder level claims in full, including many New York hospital systems and other health care providers. In addition, the Liquidator anticipates that there will be sufficient assets to pay New York State and local government claims of approximately $19.1 million and a substantial portion of general creditor claims according to the priority scheme established under New York Insurance Law Article 74.

Check on the claims submitted to the liquidator at the Health Republic Insurance of New York Liquidation Website.


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Physicians’ search services • allied medical placements • locum tenens • practice valuation • practice brokerage • practice consulting • real estate

For help, information or to place your ad, call Roseann Raia at 516-488-6100 ext. 302 • fax 516-488-2188

For the MSSNY 2021 Ad Rate Sheet, please click here.


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Great Neck office to sublet

Beautifully Renovated Modern Medical Office Sublet in Great Neck
-Separate reception area -Consultation room -1-3 exam rooms -Free Valet Parking -Designated physician parking spot. Contact Dr. Nir Somekh (516) 662-1232.

 

Albany Medical OfficeProfessional Office Space For Sale – Albany, NY
319 S. Manning Blvd, Suite 308A. Albany NY. Located on the St. Peter’s Hospital Campus. 2000 SF. Bright, 3rd floor location. Office is in move in condition. Waiting room, front reception area for 3 staff, 2 consult rooms, 4 exam rooms, 1 large procedure room, eat in break room, storage room, walk in storage closet. 369K. Contents negotiable. Please contact 518-222-4956 / email perrotmi@yahoo.com


 

 

 


Office Rental 30 Central Park South
Two fully equipped exam, two certified operating, bathrooms and consultation room.  Shared secretarial and waiting rooms.  Elegantly decorated, central a/c, hardwood floors. Next to Park Lane and Plaza hotels. $1250 for four days a month. Available full or part-time. 212.371.0468 / drdese@gmail.com.


Ophthalmic Office to Sublet – NYC
340 E. 49TH St. (Ground Floor -Handicap Accessible) 1-3 Lanes Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun Full use of: VF / OCT /Pachymeter/ Autorefractor /Autolensometer / Argon / YAG Lasers

Please contact Scott Weissman MD. privacyssw@gmail.com. 914-772-5581 


.Soho Rental OfficeTwo Offices Available for Rent in Established SoHo Primary Care Practice
Newly constructed loft space. Dedicated private waiting area available.  This space is ideal for individual psychiatry, psychology, social work, physical therapy, or acupuncture services. Potential to work with existing Primary Care Practice as a referral source. Centrally located in the heart of SoHo, close to all subways. Available 7 days/week.
Contact:
SpringPrimaryCare@gmail.com.


Medical Office and Medical Practice (Upper East Side)
79th St near Lexington / Park. 750 sq Ft beautiful, street entrance, medical office for sale with a 25 + yr internal medical practice for sale. Office is in move in condition. Physician retiring. Waiting room. Secretarial area for 3. 1 Consult room. 2 exam Rooms 2 Toilets. Please contact: 917-770-8700 / email drklein@att.net


 

NYS Jobs LogoReview Vacancy

Date Posted: 03/23/21 Applications Due: 04/06/21 Vacancy ID: 85272

Position Information 

Agency Health, Department of
Title Health Program Director 2 -TBD
Occupational Category Other Professional Careers
Salary Grade 665
Bargaining Unit M/C – Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)
Salary Range From $122092 to $154253 Annually
Employment Type Full-Time
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class
Travel Percentage 10%

Schedule 

Workweek

Hours Per Week

Mon-Fri

37.5

Workday

From 8:30 AM
To 4:30 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? No

Location 

County Albany
Street Address CCH; Division of Family Health

Corning Tower, ESP

City Albany
State NY
Zip Code 12237

Job Specifics 

Minimum Qualifications Twelve years of professional level work experience, three of which must have included managerial, decision-making and/or oversight responsibilities for a major health-related program or in the direction of a major administrative function of a large health-related organization. A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for four years of the general professional experience.

Twelve or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience in programs that improve perinatal health, child and/or adolescent health, early care, and learning, and/or sexual violence prevention, including four years of managerial, decision-making, and/or program direction. Seven years of this experience would also include fiscal management, policy making and oversight responsibilities, and statewide supervision of professional level staff. The preferred candidate would be familiar with representing departmental interests and serving as a spokesperson and liaison to Executive staff, and have experience working with other state and federal governmental programs. Experience with second-level professional supervision as well as strong oral and written communication skills is also desired. A master’s degree in an appropriate field may substitute an additional one year of the general professional experience, not to exceed a maximum of five years total allowable educational Please refer to full listing


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NYS Jobs Ad LogoReview Vacancy

Date Posted: 04/09/21 Applications Due: 05/10/21 Vacancy ID: 85840

Position Information

Agency Health, Department of
Title Director Public Health – 601
Occupational Category Administrative or General Management
Salary Grade NS
Bargaining Unit M/C – Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)
Salary Range From $149004 to $149004 Annually
Employment Type Full-Time
Appointment Type Temporary
Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class
Travel Percentage 20%

Schedule

Workweek

Hours Per Week

Mon-Fri

40

Workday

From 9 AM
To 5 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? No

Location

County Albany
Street Address Office of Public Health

ESP, Corning Tower OR Metropolitan Area Regional Office (MARO) Church Street

City Albany OR New York

 

State NY
Zip Code 12237

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications A Bachelor’s degree and eleven years* of professional level government or non-profit experience, five of which must have included managerial, decision-making and/or oversight responsibilities for a major public health-related program or in the direction of a major administative function of a large health-related organizaton. Substitution – JD or Master’s degree may substitute for one year of the general experience, a PhD may substitute for two years of the general experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Track record of strong analytical and organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication; ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced and confidential environment under tight deadlines is essential; experience in a managerial role, interacting with state and federal government officials is preferred;
View full listing 


 

 

 

 

 

MSSNY eNews: May 5, 2021


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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 Government in the United States Court of Federal Claims in 2017.

Health Republic was a not-for-profit health insurer providing affordable health insurance to New Yorkers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The company participated in a number of ACA federal programs designed to help insurers address the uncertainty of underwriting in the initial years of the new health insurance marketplace.  In the first three years of the ACA, however, the Federal Government failed to honor its obligation to pay full balances due under a significant program known as Risk Corridors.  The Superintendent in her capacity as Liquidator commenced this lawsuit in 2017 demanding that the Federal Government pay the amounts it was mandated to pay under this program.

The $220.8 million settlement amount will allow the Liquidator to pay all policyholder level claims in full, including many New York hospital systems and other health care providers.  In addition, the Liquidator anticipates that there will be sufficient assets to pay New York State and local government claims of approximately $19.1 million and a substantial portion of general creditor claims according to the priority scheme established under New York Insurance Law Article 74.

Check on the claims submitted to the liquidator at the Health Republic Insurance of New York Liquidation Website.

As noted below, MSSNY President Dr. Joseph Sellers issued a statement praising the DFS for their efforts given the significant impact this liquidation had on many physician practices, and the efforts taken by MSSNY and other organizations urging that physicians be reimbursed for these claims.


MSSNY Press Statement on Health Republic Settlement
The following statement was sent to the press on 5/4/21:

Statement Attributable to:
Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
“We thank the New York State Department of Financial Services for their tireless efforts over the last years to ensure that physicians, hospitals and other care providers with outstanding claims to Health Republic Insurance Company are reimbursed for the care they delivered to patients covered by Health Republic.  We have confidence that DFS’s settlement announcement to provide funding for outstanding claims is the beginning of the final chapter of this story that had left countless physicians with tens of thousands, or in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars, in unpaid claims and devastated practices.

“We will continue to work with DFS to provide necessary information to impacted physicians regarding the time and manner by which such outstanding payments will be distributed to satisfy Health Republic’s financial obligations.  We also continue to urge that, to prevent against similar occurrences in the future, that the New York State Legislature and Governor work to establish a ‘Health Guarantee Fund’ that protect patients and their health care providers against similar health insurer liquidations that could occur in the future.”


The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections From 2018 To 2033 
This study examines physician workforce supply and demand to evaluate the need to increase enrollment at the medical school level and push for changes federally for both funding and other support for medical schools. Demand for physicians continues to exceed workforce supply.

  • The total projected physician shortfall range by 2033 is between 54,100 and  139,000 physicians, broken out as follows:
    • shortage ranges are between 21,400 and 55,200 for primary care physicians;
    • between 17,100 and 28,700 for surgical specialties;
    • between 9,300 and 17,800 for non-surgical medical specialties (e.g., gastroenterology, neurology, etc.); and
    •  between 17,100 and 41,900 for other specialties (e.g., anesthesiology, radiology, psychiatry, etc.)
  • These projections suggest a shortage across the non-primary care specialties of between 33,700 and 86,700.
  • If the supply of hospitalists remains similar to its current trend, supply will reach between 3,800 and 8,000 higher than current demand scenarios expect.
  • Click here to view the full report.

Association of American Medical Colleges | June 2020


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TONIGHT: MSSNY’s Social Media in Medicine Webinar is at 6 pm-Join Us!
MSSNY President-Elect Parag H. Mehta, MD and MSSNY YPS Immediate Past Chair Daniel E. Choi, MD present Social Media in Medicine: A Beginners Guide for Physicians.
Register now for Virtual Webinar

When: May 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to popular social media physician communities: #MedTwitter,
    Instagram, YouTube, TikTok
  • How to establish a social media presence and grow your audience.
  • Common terminology e.g., Twitter handle, hashtag
  • Scheduling posts
  • How social media can be harnessed for effective patient education, practice growth, and advocacy.
  • Best ways to connect with patients and colleagues on social media.
  • Pitfalls of social media as a physician
  • What not to do on social media
  • What not to do on social media

NYSDOH COVID-19 Policy for Predrawn Vaccine
Although standards for vaccine administration typically do not include predrawing (also known as “prefilling”) of syringes due to concerns over compromising or wasting vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has permitted predrawing for COVID-19 vaccines, subject to certain qualifications. Specifically, the CDC recommends transporting COVID-19 vaccines in vials but notes that if there are instances when the only option is to transport vaccine in a predrawn syringe, providers should follow U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) guidance for vaccine preparation and transport. Healthcare entities that have determined that it is appropriate to use predrawn syringes should develop policies and protocols to avoid compromising and wasting vaccine and to maintain the cold chain, consistent with the recommendations detailed herein. Read the DOH guidance in its entirety.


DOH Recommendations on Resuming Use of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Following discussions with New York State’s Clinical Advisory Task Force, NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker recommended on April 24, 2021 that New York State accept the federal recommendations and resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations effective immediately. Read the DOH Health Advisory regarding recommendations to resume use of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.


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Mindfulness for Physicians
Join the Nassau County Medical Society and Northwell Health’s Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine, an educational, wellness and retreat center dedicated to the evolution of mind, body and spirit, for a virtual meditation series. Mindfulness in the Medical Profession will be held virtually on May 13th, 19th & 27th at 6 pm.

As physicians have put their lives on the line to care for patients during COVID-19, these sessions aim to create a space where they can care for themselves and implement meditation as a mindfulness in their everyday lives. For further details or registration assistance, please email information@nassaucountymedicalsociety.org or call (516) 832-2300.


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Physicians’ search services • allied medical placements • locum tenens • practice valuation • practice brokerage • practice consulting • real estate

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Great Neck office to sublet

Beautifully Renovated Modern Medical Office Sublet in Great Neck
-Separate reception area -Consultation room -1-3 exam rooms -Free Valet Parking -Designated physician parking spot. Contact Dr. Nir Somekh (516) 662-1232.

 

Albany Medical OfficeProfessional Office Space For Sale – Albany, NY
319 S. Manning Blvd, Suite 308A. Albany NY. Located on the St. Peter’s Hospital Campus. 2000 SF. Bright, 3rd floor location. Office is in move in condition. Waiting room, front reception area for 3 staff, 2 consult rooms, 4 exam rooms, 1 large procedure room, eat in break room, storage room, walk in storage closet. 369K. Contents negotiable. Please contact 518-222-4956 / email perrotmi@yahoo.com


 

 

 


Office Rental 30 Central Park South
Two fully equipped exam, two certified operating, bathrooms and consultation room.  Shared secretarial and waiting rooms.  Elegantly decorated, central a/c, hardwood floors. Next to Park Lane and Plaza hotels. $1250 for four days a month. Available full or part-time. 212.371.0468 / drdese@gmail.com.


Ophthalmic Office to Sublet – NYC
340 E. 49TH St. (Ground Floor -Handicap Accessible) 1-3 Lanes Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun Full use of: VF / OCT /Pachymeter/ Autorefractor /Autolensometer / Argon / YAG Lasers

Please contact Scott Weissman MD. privacyssw@gmail.com. 914-772-5581 


.Soho Rental OfficeTwo Offices Available for Rent in Established SoHo Primary Care Practice
Newly constructed loft space. Dedicated private waiting area available.  This space is ideal for individual psychiatry, psychology, social work, physical therapy, or acupuncture services. Potential to work with existing Primary Care Practice as a referral source. Centrally located in the heart of SoHo, close to all subways. Available 7 days/week.
Contact:
SpringPrimaryCare@gmail.com.


Medical Office and Medical Practice (Upper East Side)
79th St near Lexington / Park. 750 sq Ft beautiful, street entrance, medical office for sale with a 25 + yr internal medical practice for sale. Office is in move in condition. Physician retiring. Waiting room. Secretarial area for 3. 1 Consult room. 2 exam Rooms 2 Toilets. Please contact: 917-770-8700 / email drklein@att.net


 

NYS Jobs LogoReview Vacancy

Date Posted: 03/23/21 Applications Due: 04/06/21 Vacancy ID: 85272

Position Information 

Agency Health, Department of
Title Health Program Director 2 -TBD
Occupational Category Other Professional Careers
Salary Grade 665
Bargaining Unit M/C – Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)
Salary Range From $122092 to $154253 Annually
Employment Type Full-Time
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class
Travel Percentage 10%

Schedule 

Workweek

Hours Per Week

Mon-Fri

37.5

Workday

From 8:30 AM
To 4:30 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? No

Location 

County Albany
Street Address CCH; Division of Family Health

Corning Tower, ESP

City Albany
State NY
Zip Code 12237

Job Specifics 

Minimum Qualifications Twelve years of professional level work experience, three of which must have included managerial, decision-making and/or oversight responsibilities for a major health-related program or in the direction of a major administrative function of a large health-related organization. A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for four years of the general professional experience.

Twelve or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience in programs that improve perinatal health, child and/or adolescent health, early care, and learning, and/or sexual violence prevention, including four years of managerial, decision-making, and/or program direction. Seven years of this experience would also include fiscal management, policy making and oversight responsibilities, and statewide supervision of professional level staff. The preferred candidate would be familiar with representing departmental interests and serving as a spokesperson and liaison to Executive staff, and have experience working with other state and federal governmental programs. Experience with second-level professional supervision as well as strong oral and written communication skills is also desired. A master’s degree in an appropriate field may substitute an additional one year of the general professional experience, not to exceed a maximum of five years total allowable educational Please refer to full listing


Dir 3 position ad



NYS Jobs Ad LogoReview Vacancy

Date Posted: 04/09/21 Applications Due: 05/10/21 Vacancy ID: 85840

Position Information

Agency Health, Department of
Title Director Public Health – 601
Occupational Category Administrative or General Management
Salary Grade NS
Bargaining Unit M/C – Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)
Salary Range From $149004 to $149004 Annually
Employment Type Full-Time
Appointment Type Temporary
Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class
Travel Percentage 20%

Schedule

Workweek

Hours Per Week

Mon-Fri

40

Workday

From 9 AM
To 5 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? No

Location

County Albany
Street Address Office of Public Health

ESP, Corning Tower OR Metropolitan Area Regional Office (MARO) Church Street

City Albany OR New York

 

State NY
Zip Code 12237

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications A Bachelor’s degree and eleven years* of professional level government or non-profit experience, five of which must have included managerial, decision-making and/or oversight responsibilities for a major public health-related program or in the direction of a major administative function of a large health-related organizaton. Substitution – JD or Master’s degree may substitute for one year of the general experience, a PhD may substitute for two years of the general experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Track record of strong analytical and organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication; ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced and confidential environment under tight deadlines is essential; experience in a managerial role, interacting with state and federal government officials is preferred;
View full listing 



 

 

 

 

 

Medical Society Applauds DFS for Efforts in Ensuring Reimbursement for Health Republic Claims 

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2021

Medical Society Applauds DFS for Efforts in Ensuring Reimbursement for Health Republic Claims 

Statement Attributable to:
Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP
President
Medical Society of the State of New York

“We thank the New York State Department of Financial Services for their tireless efforts over the last years to ensure that physicians, hospitals and other care providers with outstanding claims to Health Republic Insurance Company are reimbursed for the care they delivered to patients covered by Health Republic.  We have confidence that DFS’s settlement announcement to provide funding for outstanding claims is the beginning of the final chapter of this story that had left countless physicians with tens of thousands, or in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars, in unpaid claims and devastated practices.

“We will continue to work with DFS to provide necessary information to impacted physicians regarding the time and manner by which such outstanding payments will be distributed to satisfy Health Republic’s financial obligations.  We also continue to urge that, to prevent against similar occurrences in the future, that the New York State Legislature and Governor work to establish a ‘Health Guarantee Fund’ that protect patients and their health care providers against similar health insurer liquidations that could occur in the future.”

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.


Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York

For Immediate Release 

Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, FAHS, Elected Assistant Secretary of the
Medical Society of the State of New York 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 

Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021— Joshua M. Cohen, MD, was elected Assistant Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 1. Dr. Cohen is Senior Director, Global Medical Therapeutic Area Lead for Migraine & Headache at Teva Pharmaceuticals.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute. Additionally, he received a Master of Public Health from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his headache fellowship at The Headache Institute and a mini fellowship in pediatric headache at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Board certified in both Neurology and Headache Medicine, he was chosen as a Super Doctors® in 2013, a New York Rising Stars™ in 2014 and a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors™ in 2015. 

An active member of organized medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Cohen currently serves as MSSNY’s Commissioner for Science and Public Health, and previously served as President of the New York County Medical Society. He has served the American Medical Association in a variety of leadership positions, including Chair of the Medical Student Section and Delegate to the House of Delegates as a member of the New York State Delegation.

Dr. Cohen has worked extensively with non-profits dedicated to improving public health. Since 2013, he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Foundation and served as President of the Foundation 2017-2018. He was a founding Board member of the Nan Lightstone Foundation, whose mission is to support research and public education on infectious diseases. He served a two-year term as Chair for Trevor Project NextGen, supporting that organization’s work to provide suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth. Additionally, he was founder of Adolescents in Medicine at New York University, a program which encourages minority adolescents to pursue careers in healthcare fields, and he is also a former Albert Schweitzer Fellow.

Dr. Cohen has published original research and book chapters on headache disorders, with a research focus on patients with difficult-to-treat migraines.
He is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including the American Headache Society (AHS)/Merck US Human Health Scholarship Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Harvard University Derek Bok Center Teaching Award.

Dr. Cohen lives in Manhattan with his husband, Keith, son Leo, and two dogs, Snax and Treatz.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all. 

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / rraia@mssny.org

Frank Dowling, MD Elected Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

For Immediate Release
 

Frank Dowling, MD Elected Secretary
of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 


Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021
— Frank Dowling, MD (They/Them/Their) was elected Secretary of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) on May 1.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Dowling received both their medical degree and their residency training from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine.  Since 2004, they have served as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. Prior to that appointment, they were Clinical Assistant Professor from 1993-2004.

Board certified in both Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Dowling has an outpatient private practice in Garden City and Islandia that focuses on treating victims of trauma and disaster, emergency responders and healthcare professionals and their families. They also treat patients with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. In addition to their private practice, Dr. Dowling serves as Medical Advisor to the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA), an independent, confidential, non-departmental voluntary assistance program for the NYPD.

An active member of MSSNY, Dr. Dowling has served as Commissioner for Science and Public Health, co-chair of the Addiction and Psychiatric Medicine Committee, chair of the Task Force on Alcohol and Health and vice chair of the Committee on Bioterror and Emergency Preparedness. In addition, they serve on the Advisory Committee and as faculty for the Veteran’s Mental Health Training Initiative, a collaborative effort by MSSNY, NYSPA and NASW-NY to train NY practitioners to assist warriors and veterans with post-traumatic stress and TBI.   

When the ISTOP law was under consideration in Albany, Dr. Dowling—working with MSSNY staff—was instrumental in helping a MSSNY led coalition obtain the right for a designee to assist a physician with mandated PMP lookups.  They currently serve on the AMA’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee and Opioid Task Force and on MSSNY’s Committee on Physician Wellness and Resilience. They previously worked with the MSSNY/OASAS Planning Committee that developed a 3-hour CME program on pain management and opioid abuse, which is available free to MSSNY members to meet the New York State mandated CME requirement.

As a member of the New York Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA), Dr. Dowling has collaborated with others to update AMA policies in several public health areas, including psychiatric and substance use disorders, access to care issues, preservation of medically necessary care for patients with chronic pain, LGBTQ health issues and societal and healthcare inequities.

Dr. Dowling received the American Psychiatric Association’s Bruno Limo Award in 2003 for “outstanding contributions to the care and understanding of victims of disaster” for their work with emergency services personnel after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. In addition, Dr. Dowling received a Long Island Healthcare Heroes Award from Long Island Business News for their work in support of veterans and others with chronic psychiatric illnesses. In 2015, they were awarded MSSNY’s Charles D. Sherman Award for their support of medical students.  They are a co-author of Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment, a textbook intended to prepare psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to respond to disasters and mass casualty events.

Dr. Dowling lives in Oakdale, NY with their spouse Theresa, children Frank, Finn and Charlie Robin.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all. 

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / rraia@mssny.org

Howard H. Huang, MD Elected Assistant Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

For Immediate Release 


Howard H. Huang, MD Elected Assistant Treasurer
of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 


Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021
— Dr. Howard H. Huang was elected Assistant Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) on May 1st. Dr. Huang is fellowship trained and board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) with added qualification in Pain Medicine and is in private practice at North Country Orthopaedic Group, P.C. in Watertown, NY.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Huang received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School. He completed both his internship in medicine and residency in PM&R at Harvard Medical School.

A long-standing active member of MSSNY, Dr. Huang previously has served as the Commissioner of Socio-Medical Economics, 5th District Councilor, and 5th District President.

Dr. Huang is a New York Delegate to the American Medical Association and an active member of the Medical Society of Jefferson County Society, for which he has previously served as President.

Dr. Huang previously served as President of the Medical Staff and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all. 


Press Contact:

Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / rraia@mssny.org

Maria A. Basile, MD Elected Vice Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

For Immediate Release 


Maria A. Basile, MD Elected Vice Speaker
of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 


Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021
— Maria A. Basile, MD was elected Vice Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 1.  Dr. Basile was most recently Chief Medical Officer at US Family Health Plan-St. Vincent’s (a TRICARE Prime Option) in New York City.  She served as the senior clinical leader of this 13,000 member health plan from July 2019-April 2021, overseeing and guiding the Plan’s Quality Management Department, providing medical guidance to the restructuring of the Population Health Division through the development of evidence-based Care Management models, and supervising the transformation of two downstate New York primary care practices to adopt telemedicine platforms and convert to electronic medical records at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 2012-2019, Dr. Basile served as Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs at Mather Hospital – Northwell Health, where her responsibilities included professional credentialing, physician engagement, medical staff quality improvement, and leadership development.

Prior to transitioning to Hospital Administration, Dr. Basile was a Colorectal Surgeon in private practice. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and is Board Certified in Health Care Quality Assurance, with specialty certification as a Physician Advisor. Dr. Basile has lectured nationally on physician wellness and resilience, medical ethics, and practice transformation.

A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Dr. Basile earned her Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a General Surgery residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia and a Colon and Rectal Surgery residency at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Erie, PA.  She is a graduate of the United Hospital Fund/Greater NY Hospital Association’s Clinical Quality Fellowship Program and received a Master’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

Dr. Basile is on the Core Faculty at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, where she teaches medical school and graduate-level courses in Literature and Medicine.  A physician-poet, she is author of Minimally Invasive: poems from a life in surgery.  Her poems and articles have been published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Touch: The Journal of Healing, and The Pharos.

An active member of MSSNY, Dr. Basile currently serves as the Commissioner of Communications and previously served as Suffolk County Councilor. Through her leadership efforts at the local and statewide levels, she has been appointed Vice Chair of the MSSNY Committee on Physician Wellness and Resilience, Co-chair of the MSSNY Committee on Women, and a Vice Chair of the MSSNY Committee on Quality. She is a Past President of the Suffolk County Medical Society.

Dr. Basile lives in East Setauket, NY, with her two college-aged children, George and Christina, and two puppies, Parker and Miles.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all. 

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / rraia@mssny.org

Mark J. Adams, MD, MBA, FACR Elected Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

For Immediate Release 


Mark J. Adams, MD, MBA, FACR Elected Treasurer
of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians  

Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021— Dr. Mark J. Adams was elected Treasurer of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 1. A fellowship trained board-certified Radiologist, he is Professor of Clinical Imaging Sciences at University of Rochester Medical Center.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Dr. Adams received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed an internship in surgery at Barnes Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, a radiology residency at Rochester General Hospital, and a fellowship at the University of Rochester. He is certified by both the American Board of Radiology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

In addition, Dr. Adams received an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business and Administration at the University of Rochester.

An active member of MSSNY since 2000, Dr. Adams served as the 7th District Councilor from 2011-2017. He currently serves as Commissioner of the Medical Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Legislative and Physician Advocacy Executive Committee, and member of the Collective Negotiation and Implementation Committee and the Nominating Committee. He also serves as Treasurer of the MSSNY Board of Trustees.

Dr. Adams is a New York Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association and an active member of the Monroe County Medical Society, which he served as President in 2010.

As an active member in several radiological societies, Dr. Adams served on the Council Steering Committee of the American College of Radiology; President of the New York State Radiological Society; and President of the Rochester Roentgen Ray Society.

In 2012, Dr. Adams received the JACR Award for Recognition of Exceptional Manuscript Review from the American College of Radiology. He has been a Reviewer for the American Journal of Radiology since 1997.

An active member of his community, he currently serves in the ServNY Monroe County Medical Corps and the New York State CMS Carrier Advisory Committee. ###

Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all. 

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / rraia@mssny.org

William Latreille, MD Elected Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York

For Immediate Release 


William Latreille, MD
Elected Speaker
of the Medical Society of the State of New York 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021— Internist William Latreille, MD, was re-elected as Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 1.  He will continue to play an active role in the outpatient medical practice at the University of Vermont Health Network, Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York and will continue his internal medicine practice in Malone and at the Indian Health Center in Hogansburg, New York.

A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Dr. Latreille earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He received his first and second years of Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri and finished his residency training at the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic in Syre, Pennsylvania.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Latreille is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a specialist in adult and adolescent medicine.  He has been designated as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform flight physical examinations and issue aviation medical certificates for class 1, 2 and 3 pilots.

Dr. Latreille served as 4th District Councilor for eight years and 4th District President for four years. He created, and continues to chair,  the Lake Placid Retreat—now in its 22nd year—that is held each January for MSSNY districts 3 and 4. He was appointed to the MSSNY Board of Trustees in 2012 and served as Board Chairman for 2015-16.

In addition to his activities at MSSNY, Dr. Latreille is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and a member of the NY Delegation to the AMA. He is also a member and past president of the Franklin County Medical Society.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all. 

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Media and Marketing Relations
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 302 / rraia@mssny.org

Paul Pipia, MD Elected Vice President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) 

For Immediate Release  

Paul Pipia, MD Elected Vice President
of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) 

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians 


Westbury, NY—May 3, 2021— Paul A. Pipia, MD was elected Vice-President of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 1. A board-certified physician, he is Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the Department of Neurology of the Nassau County Medical Center.

Dr. Pipia received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science as well as a Master of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University and received his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his internship in the Department of Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital and his residency at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Howard Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. He was Chief Resident at Bellevue Hospital, the Manhattan Veterans Administration and Rusk Institute First Floor. He also holds an additional certification in the area of Sports Medicine.

Active since 1984, Dr. Pipia has been a delegate representing New York at the American Medical Association (AMA)’s annual meeting since 1986 through the Medical Student Section, the Resident Physician Section, the Young Physician Section and the Physician Section. Dr. Pipia is a Fellow of the Downstate Medical Center Sports Medicine Program, Past President, and member of The Nassau County Medical Society and current President of The Nassau Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Pipia has served as the MSSNY PAC Vice-Chair from 2012-2014, the Chair of the Federal Legislation Committee from 2008-2010, the Chair of State Legislation Committee from 2010-present and Counselor for Nassau County from 4/2015-present.

Dr. Pipia is a member of the Board of Health and Department of Health of Nassau County since September of 2011 and has served as a board member, also, at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, the NYS Board of Massage Therapy, and in various positions within the Nassau Health Care Corporation.

In conjunction, with his extraordinary contributions to the medical profession, Dr. Pipia has also volunteered his time as a board member of the “Sea Legs” program and has been an advocate for The Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1980.

Dr. Pipia resides with his family in Syosset, Long Island.

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