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  • April 30, 2020 10:56 AM | Deleted user

    The New York State Department of Health has issued the following interpretative guidance:

    The March 23 and April 4 directives to suspend all non-essential elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures did not preclude general hospitals, ASCs, OBSs and D&TCs from performing certain surgeries and procedures related to the diagnosis of cancer (e.g., lumpectomies, biopsies), the treatment of intractable pain, or other diagnostic or treatment services for highly symptomatic patients.

    The Department considers such surgeries or procedures to be "Tier 3a" as defined by CDC rules for urgent and emergency surgeries and procedures (see Attachment A).

    Therefore, such surgeries or procedures should not be postponed or otherwise delayed, and should be scheduled and performed in accordance with the medical judgment of the treating physician. This interpretative guidance is applicable to all general hospitals, ASCs, OBS practices, and D&TCs in 811 counties of the State.

    Read the full directive here

  • April 29, 2020 9:30 PM | Deleted user

    This Executive Order permits certain hospitals in certain New York State counties to begin performing non-essential, i.e., elective, surgeries. The criteria consists of the following:

    • Eligible counties where non-essential surgeries can be performed must have total available inpatient and ICU capacity of over 30% with a total change in number of hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients during the period of April 17 – April 27 of less than ten.
    • For each hospital within an eligible county, the hospital must meet the numerical criteria set forth above.
    • General hospitals not meeting the criteria may seek a waiver from the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) by submitting a plan.
    • DOH shall issue guidance for non-essential surgeries that will require all pre-operative patients to test negative for COVID-19.

    Here is a list of eligible counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chenango, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Putnam, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

    Read the full order here

  • April 26, 2020 4:11 PM | Deleted user

    The US Health and Human Services (HHS) has indicated that the application portal is open for physicians to avail themselves of a portion of the $20 billion allocation from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.  

    The AMA has advised that  anyone who has a Billing TIN who lost revenue in March and/or can estimate lost revenue in April due to the COVID-19 crisis, should be filling out this portal.   

    The AMA has also put together this guide to help physicians pull together the information they need to submit to the portal. Here is additional information from HHS regarding the distribution.

  • April 25, 2020 4:01 PM | Deleted user

    This week, both chambers of Congress passed and President Trump signed into law The Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act, which allocates an additional $321 billion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. New applications can be submitted starting on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am. Any borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to the issuance of this guidance and repays the loan in full by May 7, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith
    > Read our legal counsel's alert.

    Set aside in the $321 billion of additional funds approved for the PPP is $60 billion for small- to medium-sized banks and other financial institutions. The legislation also includes an additional $75 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund.

    SBA Paycheck Protection Program

  • 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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