MSSNY Pulse: October 14, 2022
Message from MSSNY President Parag Mehta, MD:
Life Long Learning: A Look in the Rear View Mirror and a Peek Ahead
I am excited to announce a one-hour webinar on October 25 entitled Life Long Learning: A Look in the Rear View Mirror and a Peek Ahead, presented by esteemed Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP. The webinar is part of our David B.L. Meza, III, MD Lecture Series.
Dr Chopra’s outstanding presentation will include stories of some major discoveries in the last few decades and predictions about the major stories emerging that will change medicine in a revolutionary way—leading to enhanced wellness and longevity.
In addition to his role as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology section at UpToDate and the Marshall Wolf Distinguished Clinician Educator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
The David B.L. Meza, III, MD Lecture series is proudly sponsored by the Medical, Educational & Scientific Foundation of New York with a grant from the Empire State Medical, Scientific & Educational Foundation and hosted by MSSNY’s IMG and Ethnic Medical Association Sections.
This is a presentation you don’t want to miss. Join Dr. Chopra on October 25 at 7 pm. Register now.
Parag Mehta, MD
Setting Career Goals When You Feel Overwhelmed
Setting goals in times of uncertainty and burnout can feel pointless, but it isn’t. Deciding on a goal is generally something we want to be a rational and evidence-based exercise, combining a careful consideration of possibilities, resources, and obstacles with just the right amount of stretch. Research shows that to engage our motivational systems and direct our brain’s energy to the right actions, humans need to have a clear sense of where we are, where we’re going, and whether we’re closing the gap between the two at the correct rate. Without goals, we make bad choices and miss opportunities to act. But just as important, we can’t feel effective, which many psychologists believe is humans’ most powerful source of life satisfaction and well-being. Read more on managing yourself and your goals through stressful times.
Setting Career Goals When You Feel Overwhelmed (Grant, HBR, 9/30)
Female Physicians More Likely to Be Called by First Names in EMR Patient Portal Messaging, Researchers Say
Female physicians were more likely to be called by their first names in electronic medical record (EMR) patient portal messaging, researchers found. In adjusted analyses, female physicians were more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to be addressed by their first name in messages from patients. The study findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Network Open. The research letter notes that being addressed informally by other medical professionals or patients can demonstrate a lack of respect. Leadership and individual efforts should address potential unconscious bias and initiate guidelines, practice changes, and direct patient education to prevent this from happening.
Patient Use of Physicians’ First (Given) Name in Direct Patient Electronic Messaging (Harvey, Butterfield, Ochoa, JAMA, 10/5)
New Federal Policy on Medicare Payments for Biosimilars Coverage in Medicare
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued details about recent changes to Medicare Part B payments for qualifying biosimilar medications used to treat conditions such as diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, among others. The changes arise from implementation of one of the new Medicare provisions included in the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed in August 2022. The new policy aims to increase access to biosimilars and ultimately reduce the costs of prescription drugs for patients, while increasing competition among drug manufacturers.
The new Medicare policy is a temporary increase in the add-on payment to physicians for qualifying biosimilars whose average sales price (ASP) is not more than the price of the associated reference biological product. The provision is designed to encourage the creation and utilization of biosimilars to compete with original biologic products and incentivize innovation for less costly access to these important therapies in the United States.
By law, Medicare Part B generally pays 106% of ASP (ASP plus 6%) for separately payable drugs and biologicals distributed in physician offices, hospital outpatient departments, and ambulatory surgical centers, with some exceptions. ASP is calculated based on manufacturers’ sales to all U.S. purchasers minus rebates from manufacturers, discounts, and price concessions, with certain exceptions. Drug manufacturers report ASP data to CMS quarterly.
Biosimilars are manufactured from living cells, are “highly similar” to an original biologic therapy and very effective for many patients. Additionally, Biological products may be produced through biotechnology in a living system, such as a microorganism, plant cell, or animal cell, and represent the fastest growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry.
Like many states, New York passed a state law in 2017 that permits pharmacists to substitute an FDA-approved biosimilar for an original biologic therapy, provided there is notice to the prescribing physician within five days of the substitution. It was renewed by the state legislature during the 2022 legislative session.
New York State of Health Announces 2023 Insurance Coverage Options: Consumers Can View Plans Now, Enrollment Starts November 16, 2022
This week the New York State of Health, the state’s health insurance Exchange, announced health and dental insurance plans being offered for the upcoming 2023 Open Enrollment Period. New Yorkers shopping for Qualified Health Plans can compare plans now so that they’re prepared for the 2023 Open Enrollment Period, which runs from November 16, 2022, to January 31, 2023.
Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, the NY State of Health has been a critical resource, providing over 6.7 million New Yorkers with comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage. Today, one in every three New Yorkers is enrolled in health coverage through the Marketplace. Enrollment has increased across all marketplace programs since April 2021, when the state began implementing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) tax credit and Essential Plan (EP) enhancements.
The press release noted that the program will continue to automatically extend public program coverage for the duration of the federal emergency, but Qualified Health Plan coverage must be renewed for 2023. Moreover, as a result of federal legislation enacted in August, significantly expanded federal tax credits will remain available to New Yorkers who enroll in Qualified Health Plans (QHP) in 2023, with an average of $1,450 to lower the cost of monthly premiums. NY State of Health officials further noted that the majority who receive premium tax credits—more than 60 percent of QHP enrollees—are not expected to see premium cost increases in 2023 and may find better cost and coverage options if they shop for a new plan.
For more information regarding this announcement : NY State of Health Announces 2023 Health and Dental Insurance Options | NY State of Health
To review and compare plans: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/individual?lang=en#formInstantQuotes
To view lists of plans by county: https://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/2023plans
MSSNY will continue to track and update members about future NY State of Health program and policy changes.
MSSNY in the News
- Interview with MSSNY President Dr. Mehta on statewide radio program regarding scope of practice issues and steps needed to address NY’s physician shortage: Evolving medical responsibilities amid doctor shortage – The Capitol Pressroom
- NY Post editorial urging Governor Hochul to veto the Wrongful Death damages expansion bill (including a quote of Dr. Mehta): NY Post: Hochul needs to block NY Legislature’s ‘everybody sue’ lunacy
- Gannett/USA Today op-ed today from leaders of Westchester County Medical Society (Dr. Bruce Molinelli, Dr. Dan Gold and Dr. Tom Lee) urging a veto: Journal News/LoHud: Pending liability legislation will jeopardize New York’s strained health care system
- Syracuse Post-Standard op-ed from Onondaga County Medical Society leaders: Medical society leaders: NY’s new liability law threatens access to care (Your Letters) – syracuse.com
Physician Payment and Practice Conducts 37 New Consults in September
Physician Payment and Practice had 37 new consults with MSSNY members in September. 18 Have been resolved with 19 still outstanding.
Have You Found Yourself Frustrated with Claim Issues with United?
Specifically, when appealing and getting multiple responses from United about updates to a particular claim? When an office appeals or sends in the requested information to United, such as medical records or additional information, DO NOT send another copy of the 1500 claim form. If another copy is sent, it will create a new claim which will cause duplication of the original claim—causing confusion. A 1500 claim form should be re-submitted only if there is an actual change in coding or procedures.
Lifelong Learning: A Look in the Review Mirror and a Peek Ahead One-Hour Webinar on October 25
On October 25 at 7:00 pm, MSSNY’s IMG and Ethnic Medical Association Sections will host Harvard Medical School Professor Sanjiv Chopra, M.D., MACP, FRCP London. Please join us and learn stories of some major discoveries in the last few decades and predictions about the major stories emerging that will change medicine in a revolutionary way—leading to enhanced wellness and longevity. Register now.
The webinar is part of the David B.L. Meza, III, MD Lecture series and is proudly sponsored by the Medical, Educational & Scientific Foundation of New York with a grant from the Empire State Medical, Scientific & Educational Foundation.
Influenza 2022-2023: Focusing on When the Flu is Not the Flu
Annual flu season is upon us, and based on flu season in Australia, concerns about a potential “twindemic” have arisen. Learn more about causes for this concern and best practices on recognizing flu and other viral infections by registering for Influenza 2022-2023: Focusing on When the Flu is not the Flu on October 19th at 7:30 am. William Valenti, MD chair of the MSSNY Infectious Diseases Committee, will serve as faculty for this webinar. Register now. View the flyer for this webinar here.
Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at email@example.com.
Planning For the Future Can be Hard
Altfest Personal Wealth Management is the preferred wealth management provider for members. For over 35 years, Altfest has managed comprehensive financial and investment plans for physicians and their families. Your benefits include a complimentary consultation with an Altfest advisor. Educational content, videos, and guides on timely financial topics. Invitations to educational events and webinars. Contact here or call (212) 406-0850 and ask for Jesse Frehling
Physicians’ search services • allied medical placements • locum tenens • practice valuation • practice brokerage • practice consulting • real estate
Concierge Practice for Sale Boca Raton Florida
FOR SALE: Established Independent Concierge Internal Medicine Practice in Boca Raton, Florida. Stable turnkey operation in a pleasant work environment. Ideal for someone with the desire to transition to a better approach to medical practice. Financing available.
Hollywood Beach, FL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo Direct Ocean View
One of a kind two-bedroom two bath condo directly on Hollywood Beach and boardwalk. Terrace overlooking the ocean is cruise ship-like, with unobstructed views of the ocean and intercostal. Penthouse unit without neighbors above or adjacent. Features white 24-inch tile floors, two bedrooms with queen beds, two marble tiled bathrooms, central air conditioning and building just upgraded. Edgewaters Beach Towers, 400 North Surf Rd., Hollywood Beach. $779,000. Call 917-861-8273 / CenedeseLuis@gmail.com
30 Central Park South Office for Lease or Sale
Prime ground floor office, two AAAHC accredited operatories plus four exam rooms lab, large reception and secretarial areas and two full bathrooms. Four rooms with external windows. Will help with building to suit. Lease $16500/month with option to buy $3.3mil. Contact CenedeseLuis@gmail.com or 917-861-8273
Rheumatology Practice Sublet – Great Neck, NY
Sublet opportunity available at an established medical office in Great Neck, NY. Prime location near LIJ, Northshore University and St. Francis Hospitals. Fully equipped office with onsite parking and proximity to mass transit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Medical Office with Ample Patient Parking + 1 Family For Sale in the Most Desired Area of Hollis Hills. Priced to Sell!
One of a kind medical office investment opportunity and growth in the most desirable areas of Hollis Hills! This property is an S1 zoning that allows a medical practice, located within proximity of LIJ and Manhasset hospital, Lake Success Pro Health Medical offices with ample patient parking and much more, this unique property features a residential space split level style with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths living room, dining room with a wood burning fireplace, kitchen, oversized sunroom/den, 1 car garage and laundry room.
The Lower level has a separate entrance, 4 exam rooms, a doctor’s private office, filling rooms and endless closet storage.
Conveniently located near schools, worship houses, transportation, GCP, LIE, Cross Island & Clearview Expressway, restaurants, shopping centers and much more! To inquire, please call Claudia (917-554-4158) or Bella at (718-344-2153).
Recruiting for Full or Part time (20 hours per week Chief of Medical Services). Salary is Negotiable.
Oversees and directs the planning, implementation, and supervision of health and medical services for residents at the NYS Veterans Home at St Albans. Develops, implements, and evaluates medical treatment standards and procedures; and provides technical and operational guidance and direction to medical and health care staff. Serves as a medical consultant and liaison; and develops recommendations for medical assessments, treatments, and care. Implements and monitors contract agreements and the provision of contracted medical and health related services. Participates in program audits and reviews. Supervises the credentialing and privileging process to ensure that medical staff possess appropriate credentials and maintain appropriate levels of continuing education; and participates in the development of recruitment programs and hiring and selection processes. Provides clinical and administrative supervision and guidance to physicians and other health care professionals. Possession of a license and current registration to practice medicine in New York State and six years of post-licensure medical practice experience, two years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity. Must be fully COVID 19 vaccinated.
Send CV to: RecruitmentStAlbans@nysvets.org
Office Space To Share / Financial District NYC.
111 John St., Ste 1460, NYC 10038 (between Cliff & Pearl St.)
A block away from the South Street Seaport. Easy access to office Central hub for all subway lines (A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, E), a quick walk from NJ path train.
Beautifully renovated, 1,300 sq ft. modern space. Available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekends.
Private rooms with pocket doors. Access to building 24/7, security/door man in the lobby, very safe. Daily rate $450. Contact (917) 514-1299 text/call.
Medical Office for Share in Medical Park with Free Big Parking Lot in Westchester County
Medical office for sublet in Medical Park with free big parking lot, located at West Harrison, border of White Plains in Westchester County. Office includes a big waiting room with a kitchen, doctors office, exam room, and reception area. All rooms are available for whole days of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Thursday (Thursday full day on every 1st and 3rd week and Thursday morning on every 2nd and 4th week each month, or we can discuss more options). Monthly rent $600 for once a week usage, $1100 for twice a week usage, $1500 for three-day a week usage. Newly renovated and fully furnished. Text May if you are interested 646-338-4803
Board Certified Internal or Family Medicine Physician
Join our caring team and our mission to provide the highest standard of healthcare to each of our patients. Medical office in Eastern Nassau County looking a for a hard-working, responsible Physician to join our team.
Responsibilities include care for, diagnosing and managing patients.
Please send Curriculum Vitae to email@example.com.
Rendr – Transforming Healthcare – Leadership Opportunity: Associate Chief Medical Office, SVP of Population Health, Bilingual English and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) preferred
Job Position: Associate Chief Medical Office, SVP of Population Health in this role, you will lead and provide a wide range of support through population health, quality measures, practice transformation, Rendr360 department, House Calls, and other projects. Please send resumes firstname.lastname@example.org. We are offering leadership opportunities to Physicians who are interested in providing high-quality clinical care to our patients in the diverse communities that we serve. As a rapidly growing network, we provide a supportive environment for our physicians to practice medicine under the guidance of dedicated medical leadership. www.rendrcare.com.