MSSNY eNews: March 16, 2022
New York Physician and Hospital Organizations Call on Legislature to Include Telehealth Payment Parity in Final Enacted Budget for FY 2022-23
On Tuesday, MSSNY released a joint statement from New York physician and hospital organizations to the press calling on the Legislature to include telehealth payment parity in the final enacted budget for FY 2022-23.
In an interview last night with WRGB-TV/CBS Albany, MSSNY president Dr. Joseph Sellers said telemedicine has been the one positive to come out of the pandemic.
“We’ve learned how to meet patients where they’re at with telemedicine,” said Dr. Sellers. “We’ve learned how to help people who are homebound, rural….we’ve also found how we can help when it’s snowing and icy. They don’t have to go to the doctor. The doctor comes to them virtually.”
Dr. Sellers pointed out that telemedicine is an essential tool to keep people connected to their primary care physicians and to improve timely access to specialists and that the current system allows people to take advantage of tele visits without any governing agency telling them where they have to go.
New York’s Department of Financial Services Recovers Nearly $60 Million for Consumers and Healthcare Providers in 2021
On March 10, 2022, Superintendent of Financial Services Adrienne Harris announced that NY DFS recovered nearly $60 million for consumers and healthcare providers in 2021. The Department’s Consumer Assistance Unit, which resolves consumer complaints and investigates abuse and fraud, received 36,692 insurance complaints last year and recovered $59,593,618.
The press release further notes that consumers and providers can seek similar relief at www.dfs.ny.gov/complaint or by calling (800) 342-3736. On the DFS website, New Yorkers can find resources on topics including fraud and cyber protection, student loans, and COVID-19-related health insurance information.
MSSNY’s Tip of the Week: Are You Getting Takeback Letters from Insurances about COVID Tests?
Have you received a letter from an insurance company asking for take backs for COVID tests that your office has performed over the past two years? If the DX code is for exposure or symptomatic, please appeal these claims and if they are still denied please contact Heather Lopez. Use this letter to send with your appeal reminding the insurance company of what they must cover.
If you have questions about this or any other insurance concern, contact MSSNY’s Director of Physician Payment and Practice, Heather Lopez, at 518.465.8085 X332 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden
Physician practices across the country continue to operate in an atmosphere of uncertainty, now compounded by a staffing crisis due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. In the latest AMA STEPS ForwardTM webinar, “Navigating the Current Healthcare Landscape: COVID-19, Staffing Crisis, and Administrative Burden,” attendees will hear about the current health care workforce landscape, how to plan for workplace shortages, and best practices in workplace safety and efficiencies for staff. The webinar will also feature practical, actionable resources to transform and improve your practice. Accompanying the webinar, the AMA has released an updated version of “A Physician Guide to Keeping Your Practice Open During COVID-19” to address concerns about workforce protection and retention during the pandemic.
MSSNY’s Resident/Fellow and Medical Students Poster Symposium: IN-PERSON POSTER JUDGES ARE NEEDED
The Resident and Fellow Section is seeking volunteers to serve as in-person judges for its Poster Symposium. Judging will take place at MSSNY’s House of Delegates in Tarrytown on Friday, May 20 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Tarrytown Ballroom. If you are interested in serving as an in-person judge please contact Kathy Rohrer at email@example.com
2022 Dues Now Past Due
Attention MSSNY Members: If you haven’t paid your 2022 dues, they are now past due. Please be advised that if 2022 dues are not paid by this month, you will lose all your MSSNY benefits effective April 1st.
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