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FINAL BUDGET INCLUDES OUT – OF – NETWORK TRANSPARENCY AND COVERAGE REFORM PROVISIONS SOUGHT BY MSSNY, MEDICAL SPECIALTY SOCIETIES AND PHYSICIAN LEADERS

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

DFS regulations to implement the Independent Dispute resolution program DFS summary The final Budget negotiated between the Governor and the Legislature contains provisions to provide greater transparency of a health insurer’s out‐of‐network coverage, broader availability of a patient’s right to go OON if the insurer’s existing network is insufficient, provisions to assure that OON benefits are more comprehensive, and…  read more

 

Cuomo Signs Legislation Postponing E-Prescription Deadline.

Monday, March 16th, 2015

In continuing coverage, the AP (3/14, Virtanen) reported that on March 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) “signed legislation to postpone until” March 27, 2016 “the deadline for” physicians “to issue only electronic drug prescriptions.” Dr. Andrew Kleinman, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, said, “This is a victory for patient…  read more

 

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

 

State Medical Society Announces Candidate Endorsements

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Want to Know Who MSSNY Endorsed for the Upcoming Elections and Why? At the September 11, 2014 meeting of the MSSNY Council, MSSNY endorsed 15 legislators/candidates for the State Legislature and Congress.   To view the list and the reasons for MSSNY’s endorsement, click here. With Elections Upcoming, Now Is Good Time to Meet with Your Congressperson…  read more

 

MSSNY Readiness Survey on eRx Adoption

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Effective March 27, 2015, language enacted into law as part of I-STOP will require physicians and other prescribers including nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists, podiatrists, physician assistants and optometrists in New York State to issue prescriptions electronically directly to a pharmacy, with limited exceptions. The law will not require a prescriber to issue a prescription electronically when:…  read more

 

NYS’ Mandatory E-prescribing – E-Rx’g vendors

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

As you know, on March 27, 2015, electronic prescribing of controlled and substances and other non-controlled substances will be required in New York State under the provisions of the I-STOP law and subsequent regulations.     Title 10 NYCRR Part 80 Rules and Regulations on Controlled Substances authorizes a practitioner in New York State to issue an…  read more

 

OPMC to Take Action Against Physicians Who Have Not Updated Their Profile

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

PHYSICIANS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE MSSNY HAS LEARNED THAT OPMC WILL BEGIN TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST A HANDFUL OF PHYSICIANS WHO HAVE NOT UPDATED THEIR PHYSICIAN PROFILES AS REQUIRED BY LAW. WE ARE ADVISED THAT DOH MADE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO SPEAK WITH THESE PHYSICIANS THROUGH REGULAR NOTICES AND PERSONAL CALLS. AND SINCE THEIR LAST CALL TO…  read more

 

CALL TO ACTION!! 3 HOUR CME MANDATE BILL HAS PASSED SENATE

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

VOTE PENDING IN THE ASSEMBLY New York State physicians must take immediate action to prevent legislation from being enacted into law that would require all physicians to take 3 hours of continuing medical education every two years. S. 7660, sponsored by Senators Kemp Hannon and George Maziarz, passed the Senate on June 9th and its…  read more

 

Nurse Practitioner Law Set To Take Effect.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Utica (NY) Observer Dispatch (5/11, Roth) reported that beginning Jan. 1, the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act will allow “more independence for nurse practitioners and less red tape, expense and uncertainty for those who want to practice on their own.” While some physicians believe this will improve patients’ access to care in Central New York, where…  read more

 

Support Truth in Advertising Campaign

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Patients must know whether the person taking care of them is a physician, nurse, optometrist, oral surgeon, psychologist or other type of health care provider.  Many patients are unaware that the person treating them is not actually a physician. As the State Legislature returns to Albany next week, one of MSSNY’s top priorities for the…  read more