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  • April 24, 2020 5:08 PM | Deleted user

    The Northeast region is fairly diverse in how it has been impacted by COVID-19. With that said:

    Non-COVID-19 care should be offered to patients as clinically appropriate and within a state, locality, or facility that has the resources to provide such care and the ability to quickly respond to a subsequent surge in COVID-19 cases, if necessary. The recommendations outlined here are a working document and are subject to change and will be updated as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

    Maximum effective utilization of facilities to meet elective surgery patient needs requires that each practice setting (hospital, ASC or office-based) independently develop prioritization plans within the scope of its individual capabilities and conforming to all state and local regulatory safety standards as outlined in this document.

    To begin this process, certain principles must be considered

    • Connecticut Society of Plastic Surgeons (CTSPS)
    • Massachusetts Society of Plastic Surgeons (MSPS)
    • New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons (NJSPS)
    • New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYRSPS)
    • New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYSSPS)
    • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NESPS)
    • Robert H. Ivy Pennsylvania Plastic Surgery Society (Ivy)
  • April 11, 2020 4:51 PM | Deleted user

  • April 09, 2020 4:49 PM | Deleted user

    Due to a shortage of ventilators and urgent public need, Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring all unused ventilators or equivalent devices to be reported and made available to the state. 

    Any institution, office, or person whose ventilator or equivalent device is used by the state will have their ventilator or equivalent device returned to them in the same condition, be provided with a newer replacement device, or receive financial compensation from the state to purchase a replacement.

    Please fill out the following information and you will be contacted to arrange pick up of your device if it is needed. This survey replaces any issued previously by NYS DOH. 

    Read our legal counsel's interpretation of the Executive Order


  • April 06, 2020 4:51 PM | Deleted user

    In an effort to consolidate COVID-19 related provider guidance the Department of Health has developed the attached provider compendium

    The publication shows only current NYSDOH and CDC guidance for any given topic and will be updated weekly, or as significant guidance emerges, to reflect new guidance.

  • April 05, 2020 4:56 PM | Deleted user

    It's with good news that we share Amanda Fries, a reporter from the Times Union posted an article regarding advocacy efforts for the 1in38 Campaign. Read the story 

    The Society continues to advocate for full insurance coverage. The bill has support in both the Senate and Assembly.  Additionally, the Society has secured the following list of campaign supporters:

    • Albany County Medical Society
    • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II
    • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
    • Medical Society of the State of New York
    • Monroe County Medical Society
    • New York Chapter American College of Surgeons
    • NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapters 1, 2 & 3
    • New York State Academy of Family Physicians
    • New York State Psychiatric Association
    • New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.
    • NYS Ophthalmological Society
    • NYS Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    • New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.
    • New York State United Teachers
    • Ulster County Medical Society

    Continue to follow our efforts and learn how you can get involved! 

  • April 03, 2020 2:56 PM | Deleted user

    Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order giving the state the power to seize and redistribute medical equipment, including ventilators and PPE, from all private sector companies, medical practices, ASCs and hospitals with lower needs, in response to the number of COVID-19 patients flooding New York City hospitals.

    The order calls for all office-based and ASC facilities to immediately inventory and surrender their ventilators and PPE (N95 masks, surgical masks, sterile gloves, surgical gowns and face shields). The order is expected to take effect this weekend.

    Those who do not comply with the executive order will be subject to loss of Article 78 licensure and loss of office based accreditation, as well as face charges of professional misconduct and be subject to possible criminal and civil action.

    The move is in response to Lenox Hill and other New York City hospitals, which have reached a crisis point in the need for ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients. New York now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases and its death toll is nearly 3,000 after its largest one-day increase. The state's death toll has nearly doubled in the last three days.

    In an attempt to help save lives and expedite the process of acquiring ventilators and other needed equipment, the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYRSPS), New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYSSPS) and ASPS are calling on plastic surgeons in the Tri-State area – particularly those who have ventilators with Airway Pressure Release Ventilation – to complete this online form.  This database is housed and managed by the ASPS.

    Please complete the form as soon as possible to assist in this emergency effort.

    Feel free to pass this link to others including non-plastic surgeons.

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  • April 03, 2020 10:40 AM | Deleted user

    Access the advisory

    Healthcare entities should continue to submit requests for PPE through their local Office of Emergency Management. New York State continues to fulfill requests for PPE, as available. However, NYSDOH has become aware of instances in which healthcare providers, facilities, or practices are using or considering alternative means to manage PPE shortages,such as:

    • Use of dubious means to attempt to disinfect N95 respirators or facemasks (e.g. putting them in the dishwasher).
    • Use of a ventilator circuit filter attached to a disposable anesthesia facemask and strapped to the face in place of an N95 respirator.
    • Use of homemade cloth masks.

    If all efforts to obtain PPE through vendors and local Office of Emergency Management are exhausted or unsuccessful, healthcare providers should refer to the CDC guidance entitled “Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE” 

    Conventional, then contingency, then crisis capacity strategies should be used in that order, as feasible.

    Many of the options from the CDC guidance document are summarized in the advisory.

    For general guidance on the use of PPE in healthcare settings, please refer to CDC guidance entitled “Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment

    > Read the complete advisory

  • April 02, 2020 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    The Governor announced that, through June 1, 2020, consumers and businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying premiums under individual and small group health insurance policies. DFS shall consider any liquidity or solvency concerns of the health plans. During this period, health plans will be required to continue to pay claims, not to report late payments to credit rating agencies, and to work with individuals to help them transition to new coverage, if appropriate. In addition, insurers are reminded that they cannot impose late payment fees. Governor Cuomo thanked Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont for his collaboration on this initiative.

    Access the complete release
    (Information found on page 2)

  • April 01, 2020 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    This advisory supersedes specimen collection and handling guidance from NYSDOH, released originally on March 25, 2020.

    This update further extends previous recommendations that nasal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collection is an acceptable alternative, with recommendations for the collection of one (1) nasal swab AND one (1) saliva specimen through healthcare personnel (HCP) observed patient self-collection for specimens submitted to Wadsworth Center,if nasopharyngeal (NP) supplies are unavailable.

    If you are using a laboratory other than the Wadsworth Center, follow the laboratory’s guidance for all specimen collection, handling, and transport processes, including whether nasal swab AND saliva specimen, or nasal swab AND OP swab specimen collection methods are acceptable alternatives to an NP swab.

    • For any suspected COVID-19 cases, ensure appropriate infection control precautions are in place and immediately notify the infection control lead at your facility and the local health department (LHD).

    • Review local testing options for those who do not require clinical outpatient/inpatient medical care

    > Read the complete advisory

  • April 01, 2020 11:50 AM | Deleted user

    Plastic surgeons in private practices impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak are advised to begin preparing necessary materials now to apply for assistance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a key portion of the CARES federal economic stimulus package that authorizes up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

    The Treasury Department and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) expect to have this program operational as early as Friday, April 3, with loan applications approved the same day.  Most banks are expected to require a pre-existing banking relationship with the applicant for a PPP loan; therefore, it is strongly recommended to first apply for a loan at a bank where you already have an account.

    Plastic surgeons should immediately begin preparations to finalize their PPP applications and remain in contact with their lenders to identify the earliest opportunity to make their loan available.

    All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities and mortgage interest. Small businesses and individuals who are self-employed or independent contractors – including plastic surgeons – are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

    Applications will be accepted through June 30, but many experts believe the funds will be exhausted in a very short time period.

The New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc (NYSSPS) was founded in 2008 on the guiding principle that New York’s plastic surgeons need an entity focused directly on representing its member's interests at the state / federal legislative and regulatory levels.


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