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 opportunities to build trust in the doctor-patient relationship and to emphasize the value of guidance from a physician that knows the patient personally and is invested in their health.

To help you be proactive with your efforts (like patient engagement and patient education, including addressing limited health literacy), MLMIC published these three Risk Management Tips:

Female Physician Family Life Impacted by Pandemic More Than Male Counterparts, Jama Open Network Study Finds
Stresses to work-life balance and family life by COVID-19 have differed among men and women physicians, with female physicians bearing the brunt of family-related burdens, a study published Nov. 12 in JAMA Open Network found.

Researchers surveyed 276 physicians enrolled in the Intern Health Study during August 2020 on family-to-work conflict and depressive and anxiety symptoms. Depressive symptoms between 2018 and 2020 were compared by gender.

Key findings:

  • Among physician parents, women were more likely to be responsible for childcare or schooling and household tasks during the pandemic compared with men.
  • Women were more likely than men to reduce work hours and work primarily from home.
  • Women experienced greater work-to-family conflict, family-to-work conflict, and depressive and anxiety symptoms compared with men.

–Gleeson, Becker’s Hospital Review


What Physicians Need to Know Re Upcoming Workers’ Comp Changes
The Workers’ Compensation Board has released a PowerPoint detailing the upcoming changes to the program. Following are the covered topics:

  1. Implementing the Expanded Provider Law
  2. New York States Workers Compensation Fee Schedule
  3. On Board/ On Board: Limited Release
  4. New York Workers Compensation Drug Formulary
  5. New/Updated New York Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs)
  6. Reducing Paperwork for Providers: Transitioning to the CMS-1500 Form
  7. Resources
  8. Questions

Workers’ Comp Board PowerPoint is available here.
Workers’ Comp Board recorded webinar is available here.

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 |

Attention MSSNY Resident and Fellow Members
You were recently sent a survey asking for your input as to how MSSNY CAN HELP YOU…WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!

Please check your e-mail and submit your responses.  You are a significant part of MSSNY, and your input is important to us! You can also click here to access the survey.

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Statement from Governor Kathy Hochul on COVID-19 Boosters
 “As Governor, I am committed to protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and with the holidays coming up, we must continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We know the vaccine not only slows the spread, but also improves outcomes and reduces the stress placed on our hospitals and health care system. Dr. Fauci recently noted that making the booster shot available to all is ‘absolutely essential’ to fighting this deadly virus – especially as people start to congregate indoors for holiday gatherings.

“I am strongly encouraging all New Yorkers who live or work in a high-risk setting to get the booster. I received the booster and believe no one who feels they are at risk should be turned away from getting a COVID-19 booster shot. If you feel at risk, please get the booster.”

AMA Adds New Guides to a Growing Compendium of Behavioral Health Resources
The American Medical Association (AMA) has added four new practice guides to the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Compendium of best-in-class resources designed to help physicians and health systems create practices that incorporate health services for both the mental and physical needs of patients.

The new how-to guides expand and enhance the ongoing work of the BHI Collaborative, established and supported by the AMA and seven other leading medical associations, to make mental health care more accessible by helping physicians and their care teams through the barriers to successful behavioral health integration.

Four key barriers to accessible and equitable treatment for patients’ behavioral, mental, and physical health needs are addressed in the new guides, along with practical strategies to overcome each barrier. These barriers include:

Practice workflow design – The workflow guide identifies key questions and criteria to help establish an efficient and effective integrated workflow for addressing the behavioral health needs of patients. Pharmacological treatment – The psychopharmacology guide offers strategies for reducing stigma associated with psychopharmacology and includes best practices to treat patients with psychotropic medications, when needed.

Substance use disorder screening and treatment – The substance use disorder guide provides actionable, evidence-based steps to identify and address unhealthy substance use and misuse among patients.

Suicide prevention for at-risk patients – The suicide prevention guide helps identify at-risk patients and connect them with the most appropriate treatment plan.

The BHI Collaborative also offers a webinar series with free access to remote learning opportunities to accelerate behavioral health integration. The growing series covers BHI topics that include collaborative cultures, billing and coding, privacy and security, telehealth, and health equity.

Through the ongoing work of the BHI Collaborative, and in partnership with other leading medical organizations, the AMA is committed to helping physicians navigate and succeed in a continually evolving health care environment, while ensuring a professionally satisfying, sustainable physician practice experience that meets the comprehensive health needs of patients.

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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 

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Rheumatology Practice Opportunity – Great Neck, NY
Opportunity available at an established rheumatology practice in Great Neck, NY. Looking for a dedicated physician to join, share or merge practices. Fully equipped office with onsite parking and proximity to mass transit. Contact 516-972-2986 for more info.

AIDS Institute’s Office of the Medical Director for a Public Health Physician II
Health Research, Inc. (HRI) has a job opening within the AIDS Institute’s Office of the Medical Director for a Public Health Physician II. Please distribute this announcement widely through your networks. Interested individuals can apply for this position through the HRI website.