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  • August 30, 2019 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    The gluteal fat grafting mortality rate is estimated to be the highest known for any cosmetic procedure.  Multi-society task force alerts have made suggestions to reduce the risk of mortality and the standard of care for this procedure is changing.

    The New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons is pleased to have Lisa M. McCorkle, MSN, MBA, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHRM, LNCC, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager from The Doctors Company, Northeast Region address the membership at this year's dinner meeting on this topic on Monday, October 21, 2019.

    Members will discern insightful knowledge through case review of adverse outcomes, identify best practice for rigorous and transparent informed consent discussion, and identify five strategies to integrate into your daily practice to reduce risks associated with gluteal fat grafting.

    To register for this year's event, please visit: 2019 Annual Membership Dinner Meeting

  • August 30, 2019 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    DFS has released its "2019 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurance."  Included is a listing complaint rankings of various insurers, external appeal rates and use of the IDR for out of network surprise bills. 

    The stated purpose of this Guide is to:

    • Inform consumers of the health insurance products offered in New York State and how they work.
    • Help consumers choose a health insurance company based on quality of care and service.

    Click here to view the complete guide

  • August 08, 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, August 13th at 12 noon on the recent measles outbreak. The commissioner will also provide information pertaining to the new law regarding non-medical exemptions for vaccinations and existing requirements for authorizing medical exemption.  

    During this presentation, New York State Department of Health staff will review the current status of New York’s measles outbreak, discuss current reporting requirements, the importance of case investigations and monitoring of exposed individuals and control strategies in healthcare facilities. 

    This webinar is an opportunity to partner with the provider community to prepare for the upcoming school season and discuss activities underway to implement the new legislation.   

    Webinar Information 

    Topic: NYS Healthcare Professionals on Measles and Repeal of Non-Medical Exemptions
    Date and Time: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
    Event number: 649 366 029
    Event password: MeaslesHCP2019 

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    To join the online meeting
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    1. Go to
    https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1d755b5a34cf42d59d291f0cba6dbfae
    2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 

    3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: MeaslesHCP2019
    4. Click "Join". 
    5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 

    Note:  If you are unable to join the webinar but would like to participate in the audio portion only:

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    To join the audio conference only 
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    Call the number below and enter the access code. 
    US Toll Free: 1-844-633-8697

    Local: 1-518-549-0500
    Access code: 649 366 029


  • August 06, 2019 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    The New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Doctors Company invite NYSSPS members to attend the Surviving Litigation Seminar, a complimentary workshop that provides constructive ways to deal with the stress of malpractice litigation.

    The program will take place on October 3, 2019 in New York City.

    Click here for full details

  • July 24, 2019 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    Today, Allergan announced that it is recalling its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders.

    The move follows increased scrutiny on textured breast implants and their connection to BIA-ALCL, an uncommon lymphoma that can develop around breast implants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Allergan recall specific models of its textured breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of BIA-ALCL, and Allergan agreed to voluntarily issue the recall as a precautionary measure.

    Biocell saline-filled and silicone-filled textured implants and tissue expanders will no longer be distributed or sold in any market where they are currently available. The company urged healthcare providers to cease implanting its Biocell products and return any unused devices to Allergan.

    Complete information 

  • July 21, 2019 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Attend the NYSSPS Annual Membership Dinner Meeting on October 21, 2019 at Maloney and Porcelli's Restaurant in New York City.

    This year's meeting will feature discussions on Out of Network, How to Protect Your Assets and Gluteal Fat Grafting.

    Members and residents can attend at no cost. 

    Register today!

  • July 05, 2019 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    Thank You For Your Membership
    How Can We Serve You Better? 

    We want to hear from you on how we can improve our current services, benefits and efforts. Please take 3 minutes to provide feedback that will help us to focus our resources on the interests of our members.

    Take the Survey

    Members of the organization have told us that the value of this organization is much greater than its cost and lies in its ability to:

    • Connect members with other plastic surgeon colleagues, policymakers and regulators in New York  
    • Access and receive information specific to issues related to the practice of plastic surgery in New York
    • Provide education on how to negotiate contracts as you enter or change practice, survive lawsuits, navigate out of network regulations 
    • Further define the importance of having an entity at the state level to discuss issues directly with elected officials

    What do YOU think? What do YOU want?

    What We are Doing for You, Your Practice and Your Patients

    The Society has been actively working on (this list is not exhaustive):

    • Preventing medical liability expansions and encourage efforts to reduce meritless claims
    • Opposing efforts to establish a single payer system in NY
    • Reversing regulatory requirements for additional reporting of OBS procedures
    • Protecting patients from misleading advertisements
    • Ensuring children with congenital anomalies have access to reconstructive and rehabilitative services
    • Advocating to reduce the endless hassles with prior authorizations
    • Making medical reasons the only allowable exception to vaccination requirements. 

    Your membership dollar provides direct resources for:

    • Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Services
    • Educational Events
    • Communications / Website / Grassroots Action Center
    • Management / Lobbying contracts
    • Other expenses like travel and operations like supplies and telecommunications

    Your membership in the NYSSPS is vital to our efforts!  Thank you again for your commitment to the Society and the profession. 

  • June 19, 2019 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    Urge Representatives to Support Balanced Comprehensive Medical Liability Reform 

    In the final hours of this year's legislative session, the medical community is advocating against efforts that would greatly increase your medical liability premiums including legislation that would significantly expand wrongful death awards and others.  

    Enactment of any of these bills could significantly drive up your liability costs and effect a physician's ability to defend themselves in a malpractice lawsuit.

    Please contact your Senators and Assemblymembers to urge that they oppose these bills and urge that they support balanced, comprehensive liability reform.  

    A pre-written message is available for you.  You may modify to reflect your own practice situation. Every email counts!

    Send Your Message

  • June 10, 2019 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Opioid prescribing by New York State physicians has decreased 37.5% percent between 2013-2018 and opioid prescriptions also decreased by 11.2% from 2017 to 2018 according to data recently released by the IQVIA, Danbury, CT,  a data collection firm within the healthcare industry. The data is available here.

    Additionally, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released its 2019 Opioid Progress Report—the third year that the AMA has reported on actions that physicians have taken to help end the nation’s opioid epidemic. The report shows significant decreases in opioid prescribing as well as increases in PDMP use and naloxone prescriptions. In addition to the national data, the AMA also released state-level data for opioid prescribing and PDMP use. New York State physicians and other users of the prescription monitoring program logged 23,931,571 inquiries in 2018, a 42% increase since 2014.

    ASPS Efforts

    In light of an ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States, the ASPS Patient Safety Committee has created a webpage dedicated to opioid prescribing resources. This site includes general information on opioids, a free CME course, and an ASPS Advocacy section.

  • May 25, 2019 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    NYSSPS was recently interviewed on the Capitol Pressroom with host, Susan Arbetter, to discuss efforts to promote insurance coverage for babies born with a congenital anomaly.

    The Society has launched a campaign to educate policymakers and the public that 1 in 38 New York babies are born with a congenital anomalies like a cleft palate.

    The plastic surgery that is required for many of these children is typically not covered by insurance which turns families to Medicaid. 

    Access the recording: http://www.wcny.org/may-23-2019-improving-insurance-access/

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