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NYS Hospitals EBOLA Preparedness plans

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Order For Summary Action: STATE OF NEW YORK : DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN THE MATTER OF THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE Eight New York hospitals designated to treat Ebola cases On September 16th, Dr. William Valenti, Infectious Disease Specialist, MSSNY Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Bioterrorism Response Committee, presented a webinar entitled Ebola and What Physicians Need…  read more


New York Medical Staff Required To Get Flu Vaccines Or Wear Masks.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The New York Health Department is now “requiring thousands of medical staff and other personnel statewide to get vaccinated” against influenza “or else wear masks when in close contact with patients.” The new “rules apply to more than 4,000 hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, nursing homes, hospices and home care agencies statewide.” The rules were adopted…  read more


New Requirements for All Billing Providers to Begin on August 22, 2013

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

As previously announced the NYS Department of Health will soon require all billing providers to sign up for electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments and either Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) or a PDF version of the paper remittance delivered via eMedNY eXchange. This requirement will apply to existing providers as their current ETIN Certification is renewed…  read more



Friday, May 3rd, 2013

From: New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization HEALTH ADVISORY: IMPORTED MEASLES IN AN UNVACCINATED CHILD WITH HISTORY OF RECENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL Please distribute to the Chief Medical Officer, Infection Control Department, Infectious Disease Department, Director of Nursing, Emergency Department Director, Primary Care Clinic Directors, Director of Risk Management/Quality Improvement, Director of Pharmacy,…  read more


NYSDOH Bureau of Tuberculosis Control Health Advisory: PPD Shortage

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

New York State Department of Health is temporarily relaxing tuberculosis testing requirements for employee testing programs because of the current shortage of Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) solutions. It is hoped that the product will be available by June to allow programs to resume full testing. Intradermal Mantoux tests: Tubersol® (Sanofi Pasteur) PPD solution is currently…  read more


NYSDOH Flu Vaccine Health Advisory

Friday, January 11th, 2013

January 10, 2013 TO: Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities, Local Health Departments and Pharmacies FROM: NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization HEALTH ADVISORY: INCREASED INFLUENZA ACTIVITY ACROSS THE STATE; RESOURCES FOR OBTAINING INFLUENZA VACCINE Please distribute to the Pharmacy Director, Infection Control Department, Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Emergency Department, Employee Health, and all NYS healthcare…  read more


Long Island Officials Worried About Flu Season In Sandy’s Wake.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Newsday (12/18) reports that “Flu viruses got a jump on the season this year, circulating sooner than expected and causing outbreaks around the country in waves of infection that continue to intensify, state and federal flu scientists say.” The article says that “on Long Island, the specter of an intensifying flu season is worrying public…  read more


OPMC and MSSNY’s Committee for Physician Health (CPH)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Colleagues: I hope that everyone was able to enjoy at least a little bit of the Independence Day weekend as we celebrate the anniversary of our glorious country! This week, I write to you about two difficult but absolutely necessary subjects—the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) and MSSNY’s Committee for Physician Health (CPH). The…  read more



Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The New York Medicaid e-prescribing incentive program applies only to non-facsimile electronic transmissions when compliant with Medicare Part D data standards. E-Prescribing Incentive checks are being returned by prescribers who claim they do not e-prescribe. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Electronic Prescription Definition New York State Pharmacy Regulations (http://www.op.nysed.gov/part63.htm) recognize two distinct types of electronically-transmitted prescriptions:…  read more