MSSNY Pulse: October 28, 2022

Message from MSSNY President Parag Mehta, MD:
The Power of Trust

Trust is the most powerful force underlying the success of every organization.

“When people trust each other, they can make decisions quickly and take risks knowing that it’s okay to fail,” says Nicole Umana, global agile innovation human intelligence office at Mars, Inc.

“You need an environment in which you believe you are trusted to in order to explore new ideas and opportunities, and in which individual contributions will be recognized. This promotes creative thinking and collaboration, as well as open innovation across the value chain,” says Louis Barbosa, chief operations officer for TMI group.

The key components of trust are reliability and dependability, open and honest communications, and having ethical values and consistency in purpose and priorities.

Tips for building—or rebuilding—trust:

  • Understand your members/patients/customers
  • Provide best quality products, programs, and services
  • Lean into purpose to deliver a positive impact
  • Innovate to win trust and win trust to innovate
  • Be transparent
  • Engage with integrity and empathy

When trust is broken, it is critical to figure out the reason—a breach of authenticity, a failure of logic, perhaps a lack of empathy—and then respond accordingly.

Building trust requires planning, resources, measurable metrics, a willingness to correct course when something goes wrong, and a sustained commitment.

Like innovation, trust blossoms when companies prioritize it, develop strategies to build it, track metrics that can show them when and where to change course, and then consistently apply those learnings not just over days and weeks but also over years and decades. Trust, then, is the currency of innovation. Companies that invest in trust are in a very real sense also investing in innovation.

Source: Research Report | Trust: The Currency of Innovation sponsored by Master Card

In closing, I wish my colleagues a Happy Internal Medicine Day! And, finally, a happy and safe Halloween to all on Monday.

Parag Mehta, MD
MSSNY President

Medscape Female Physician Compensation Report 2022: Trying to Narrow the Gender Gap
Female physician compensation rose 8.9 percent in the last year, reaching an average of $282,000 a year, according to data from Medscape. Though compensation rose faster for female physicians than male physicians this year, the wage gap still sits at 32 percent, favoring male physicians. 48 percent of female physicians feel underpaid, while 40 percent of male physicians feel underpaid, according to the report. The Medscape Report details the pay disparity among the genders, their specialties, and some of the possible reasons.

Medscape Female Physician Compensation Report 2022: Trying to Narrow the Gender Gap (McKenna, Medscape, 10/14).

What to Know About the Pay-Yourself-First Budgeting Method and How It Can Help Set Up Your Finances For Life
The pay-yourself-first budget includes a line item at the very top of the list for what may be your most important spending category: you! A pay-yourself-first budget (sometimes referred to as a reverse budget) prioritizes goal-based saving categories like retirement and investments before tackling short-term expenses like your utility bills or groceries first. In this Fortune article the author weighs the pros and cons of this lifestyle and how to determine if it is right for you.

What to know about the pay-yourself-first budgeting method and how it can help set up your finances for life (Pino, Fortune, 10/14).

NYS CEI Newsletter is Committed to Delivering You Information on HIV
The NYS Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) newsletter seeks to provide NYS healthcare providers with accurate, progressive, and trustworthy health information and resources to enhance their capacity to deliver high-quality healthcare services and improve patient outcomes. CEI is committed to providing information on HIV, HCV, STIs, drug user health, and emerging health issues.  CEI makes available a wide range of live, online, and on-demand training, tools, and resources to build provider capacity and actively distributes NYS AI Clinical Guidelines (see The CEI newsletter is sent to NYS state & local health departments, community-based organizations, family health centers, hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals’ private practice and to the CEI member listserv. We encourage you to share with your contacts too!

Subscribe to CEI newsletter CEI Newsletter October 25, 2022 Issue

Urgent Plea from NYSDOH: Polio Letter to Physicians and Polio Publication Request Form
This is an urgent plea from the New York State Department of Health: as the most trusted source of medical guidance for your patients and their families, we need your help to make sure that any child who is not vaccinated or up to date with polio immunizations gets all the recommended doses immediately. This is particularly urgent for providers and patients in Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, where poliovirus has been detected in wastewater repeatedly. Polio Letter to Providers

The New York State Department of Health offers limited quantities of free educational materials to New York State residents and organizations. All orders must include a street address. Bulk orders will not be delivered to post office boxes.

Urge Governor Hochul to Sign Managed Care Reform Bills into Law
Physicians are again urged to contact Governor Hochul to ask her to sign into law several bills supported by MSSNY and numerous patient advocacy organizations (NY Legislature Passes Legislation with Important Patient Protections – Aimed Alliance) to address hassles patients and their physicians are experiencing with health insurers.

Ensuring Qualified Reviewers. A.879/S.8113, would ensure that those who make “medical necessity” determinations on behalf of a health insurance company are appropriately qualified to make those decisions.

In a recent MSSNY survey, 42% of the respondents indicated they frequently have experienced denials from health insurers by reviewers other than a physician practicing in the same specialty, and 77% of the respondents indicated they at least sometimes did

Please contact Governor Hochul to urge her to sign this bill into law.

Co-Pay Accumulators. A.1741-A/S.5299-A, would prohibit a health plan from imposing a policy that forbids a payment from a third party to count towards the patient’s deductible or maximum out-of-pocket cost-sharing limit. This practice can be especially challenging for patients that have health insurance plans with high deductibles or high copayment requirements. Send a letter to Governor Hochul urging her to sign this bill into law.

Step Therapy  A.3276/ S.5909, would ban insurance companies from applying “fail first” or step therapy protocols to treatments prescribed for patients with mental health conditions.  This would help to ensure that patients can receive needed medications without unnecessary and time-consuming pre-authorization burdens, Send a letter to Governor Hochul urging her to sign this important bill into law.

National Government Services: Raising Awareness About Care Management
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), six in ten adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more.

As your Medicare Contractor for Jurisdiction 6 and Jurisdiction K, National Government Services is raising awareness of the benefits of care management services for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

NGS has a series of webinars scheduled that offer our provider community information about available care management services, and guidance for proper billing of these services. We encourage you to join to learn about these important benefits. You may attend as many sessions as you would like. Click on the title and complete the registration form.

*NOTE: All webinars are held in Eastern Time

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 2:00- 2:30 p.m.
    Care Management: Cognitive Assessment Services typically start with a 50-minute face-to-face visit that includes a detailed history and patient exam. Use information you gather from the exam to create a written care plan.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Care Management: Principal Care Management Services Services covered for patients with one (PCM) or multiple (two or more) (CCM) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months or until death of patient.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Care Management: Advanced Care Planning Covered voluntary service enabling Medicare patients to make important decisions dictating control over type of care received.

Less Stress, More Success: Overcoming and Preventing Healthcare Burnout with Dr. Geier
The coronavirus has not only created the biggest health crisis of our generation, but it has destroyed the stability within healthcare. Healthcare professionals are now battling many of the same issues Dr. Geier experienced during an episode of burnout early in his career. Through Dr. Geier’s story and the stories of others who have overcome tremendous obstacles, he inspires audiences to use burnout, COVID-19 and other adversities to emerge stronger and better than ever.

Register Today

Credentialing and Maintenance Options Presented by STI Computers & MSSNY
Provider credentialing is a regulated process of assessing the qualifications of specific types of providers. This procedure requires providers such as doctors, and other allied healthcare professionals to show they have the proper education, training, and licenses to care for patients.  Register Today

Did you know that:

  • Over 54% of denials are related to provider credentialing
  • It is now a State and Federal law to maintain and update your insurance demographics or risk penalties, fines and having your participation status revoked
  • Billing a provider under the wrong NPI during enrollment is a compliance violation punishable through Fraud and Abuse with treble damages
  • Insurance revalidation is no longer just Medicare
  • Exclusions and Sanctions is a monthly process, and includes all employees, not just providers

This program that will advise you of regulatory changes and become more knowledgeable about what you can and cannot do through an enrollment on-boarding.  Learn options to keep you in the clear and focus your time on what you do best: being a doctor and not a secretary. Register Today

Medical Matters: What’s Your Diagnosis? Phychological First Aid Interactive CME webinar
November 16, 2022 @ 7:30am – Registration now open
The COVID pandemic has had a devastating effect on mental health.  Learn more about psychological first aid by registering now for the next Medical Matters webinar: What’s Your Diagnosis? Psychological First Aid.  This program will involve more interaction from participants in the form of case studies that you will answer questions to diagnose.  Find out if you’re fully versed on psychological first aid on November 16th at 7:30am.  Faculty will be Craig Katz, MD, vice chair of MSSNY’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee. View the flyer.

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe the basic tenets of psychological first aid (PFA)
  • Identify resources to assist patients during and after trauma
  • Examine the effects the COVID pandemic has had on mental health
  • Describe a scenario and review questions and answers

Salary Data and Contract Review: What You Need to Know with Resolve CEO Kyle Claussen Tuesday, December 6, @ 12 pm
Resolve has empowered over 10,000 physicians in their employment agreements leading to national recognition with various state and national physician societies. Kyle Claussen is the CEO of Resolve and a partner in the law firm of MorganTheeler, LLP. He received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University, his law degree from the University of La Verne College of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and is one of the leading experts in physician employment agreements. Kyle has been featured on a variety of physician focus media sources including ZdoggMD, White Coat Investor, Physician Side Gigs, Physician Moms Group, Beyond Medicine, The Physician Philosopher, and others. Register Today!

STI Computer Services – Practice Management, Medical Billing, Electronic Medical Records, Revenue Cycle Management Services
STI Computer Services specializes in the development, sales, installation, and support of computer systems for medical practices. STI is the author of the ChartMaker Go Medical Suite, a modular set of software for Billing, Scheduling, Practice Management, and Electronic Medical Records. The system has been installed in over 3,000 medical practices since 1979. ChartMaker is available in client/server, cloud-based, or Revenue Cycle Management options. STI also provides credentialing and enrollment, coding, chart auditing, hardware, installation, training (both on-site and web-based), Dragon Medical One Voice Recognition systems, electronic faxing, VOIP telephone systems, and hardware managed services.

For more information, call Matt Ross: at 1-800-487-9135 extension 1169 or email.


CARRIER, Robert H.; Estero FL.  Died December 27, 2021, age 90.  Monroe County Medical Society
DAMASZEK, Marek; Merrick NY.  Died May 14, 2021, age 93.  Medical Society County of Kings
DEVERA, Oscar Andrew; Baldwin NY.  Died December 25, 2019, age 94.  Nassau County Medical Society
ESMAN, Aaron H.; New York NY.  Died March 01, 2022, age 97.  New York County Medical Society
FINKEL, Martin; Teaneck NJ.  Died October 11, 2022, age 92.  New York County Medical Society
FORMATO, Mary La Rotonda; New York NY.  Died February 09, 2021, age 96.  New York County Medical Society
GAMBINO, S. Raymond; Los Angeles CA.  Died January 01, 2022, age 95.  New York County Medical Society
GUNSBERGER, Maurice; Melville NY.  Died November 17, 2021, age 87.  Nassau County Medical Society
JELINEK, Josef Emil; New York NY.  Died January 23, 2022, age 93.  New York County Medical Society
LEONARD, Bernard P.; Port Washington NY.  Died June 01, 2020, age 95.  Nassau County Medical Society
LYNN, Richard Marvin; Miami FL.  Died January 05, 2020, age 96.  Medical Society County of Chautauqua
MCCABE, John Francis; Rochester NY.  Died October 14, 2022, age 100.  Monroe County Medical Society
MILLER, Ruth Avers; Valley Stream NY.  Died July 20, 2022, age 100.  Nassau County Medical Society
PIMENTEL, Pablo Luis; Port Washington NY.  Died October 05, 2021, age 97.  New York County Medical Society
PLAINE, Leonard I.; New York NY.  Died January 02, 2022, age 89.  New York County Medical Society
PRINSELL, Gustave G.; Houghton NY.  Died July 13, 2022, age 100.  Medical Society County of Allegany
RAMSDELL, John Alan; White Plains NY.  Died February 09, 2021, age 93.  Medical Society County of Westchester

SALMAN, Dallal Marcelle; Died September 27, 2022, age 105.  Medical Society County of Queens

SANDLER, I. Alberto; Troy NY.  Died January 14, 2019, age 84.  Medical Society County of Rensselaer

SCHWARTZ, Ammiel D.; Croton on Hudson NY.  Died December 25, 2021, age 93.  Putnam County Medical Society

SOM, Peter M.; New York NY.  Died September 19, 2022, age 81.  New York County Medical Society

STOBNICKE, Paul Peter; Syracuse NY.  Died June 05, 2022, age 97.  Onondaga County Medical Society

STUBENBORD, William T.; Essex CT.  Died September 18, 2022, age 86.  New York County Medical Society

TAYLOR, Frederic Foote; Greenwood Vlg CO.  Died January 25, 2022, age 94.  Jefferson County Medical Society

TESTA, N. Noel; New York NY.  Died June 29, 2022, age 81.  New York County Medical Society

TOURLITSAS, John C.; New York NY.  Died March 08, 2022, age 95.  Medical Society County of Kings

TSAMPARLIS, George N.; Port Chester NY.  Died December 26, 2020, age 97.  Bronx County Medical Society

WEINSTEIN, Henry C.; Larchmont NY.  Died May 17, 2022, age 87.  New York County Medical Society

WEISS, Jerome; New York NY.  Died January 01, 2021, age 101.  New York County Medical Society

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

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ext. 302

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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.

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 516-972-2986/ for more info.

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

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 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.