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  • April 13, 2021 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    NYS Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released the following statement regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

    "Today the CDC and FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution. New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide immediately today while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps. All appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines today at New York State mass vaccination sites will be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.

    "As the CDC and FDA have said, any adverse events related to the Johnson &  Johnson vaccine 'appear to be extremely rare' and, 'People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.'

    "I am in constant contact with the federal government and we will update New Yorkers as more information becomes available."

  • April 13, 2021 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Sue Boisvert, BSN, MHSA, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company, and Chad Anguilm, MBA, Vice President, In-Practice Technology Services, Medical Advantage, Part of the TDC Group of Companies

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of remote patient monitoring was expanding. The technologies offer many benefits, but they may also create potential malpractice risks.

    Consider the following case example and strategies that can help mitigate risks.


  • March 02, 2021 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    In February 2020, the NYSDOH’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety launched the electronic AER tool for the reporting of adverse events (AEs) as required by Public Health Law § 230-d. Since launched, 70 percent of AE reports (AERs) have been received via this tool.  In order to promote efficient collection of consistent information, effective April 1, 2021, we are accepting only electronic AER submissions.

    The AER tool is located on a secure web-based application and uses https encryption.  To insure you are on the secure web-based application look for the lock symbol to the right of the web address. The URL to access the AER is https://obsaer.health.ny.gov and works with Internet Explorer 11+, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.  Please use the latest browser version for the best experience.  Since there is no ability to save a partially completed AER and complete it at a later time, you should complete the AER once you have started it.  Otherwise, you will need to complete it again in its entirety at a later time.  You will be able to save and print the completed form once it is submitted. 

    For your convenience you can attain a printable copy of the AER user guide by clicking on the question mark (?) at the top right-hand corner of the web-based application.  Training videos are available to guide mandated reporters through the electronic submission of the web-based AER form. The video for mandated reporters who are members of the OBS practice submitting a web-based AER form, can be viewed on the OBS website https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/office-based_surgery/  and are also located within the AER tool. 

    Should you have any questions regarding the electronic adverse event reporting tool, please contact the Office of Quality & Patient Safety, OBS Program at (518) 408-1219 or at obs@health.ny.gov.

  • March 02, 2021 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    The NYS Society of Plastic Surgeons encourages plastic surgeons to amplify the physician's voice by participating in today's virtual MSSNY advocacy day.

    By using MSSNY's grassroots action center, you can quickly send emails to legislators on the following issues of shared importance with our Society.

    Click click here to view all of the current issues.


  • February 18, 2021 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and fall across all regions of the United States, practices must adapt and adjust their operations according to regional mandates, which can transition overnight with the shifting environment. Since there is no one-size-fits-all approach to operating a medical practice during the pandemic, The Doctors Company has developed a checklist to help you manage your practice.

    The checklist can be adapted to your practice’s needs: https://www.thedoctors.com/articles/managing-healthcare-practice-operations-during-covid-19/

  • February 04, 2021 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    As healthcare leaders around the country make decisions to guide the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, renowned physician experts Robert M. Wachter, MD, and Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, discussed how the pandemic is reshaping the future of medicine and healthcare delivery during a virtual meeting hosted by the TDC Group of companies on February 3.

    In this article, find their answers to key questions regarding the vaccine.
    https://www.thedoctors.com/articles/covid-19-vaccine-questions-answered-by-virtual-panel-of-healthcare-experts/

  • January 15, 2021 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    January 20, 2021 @ 7:30am Medical Matters:
    COVID-19 & Mental Health of Patients
    Click here to register

    February 5, 2021 @ 7:30 am Physician Wellness/Medical Matters COVID-19 & Mental Health of Physicians and Other Healthcare Providers
    Click here to register  

    The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to countless health problems over the past year.  Not the least of which are mental health-related.  Learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of patients on January 20th at 7:30 am and how it has affected physicians and other healthcare workers on February 5th at 7:30 am.  Dr. Craig Katz will serve as faculty for both webinars.

    COVID-19 & Mental Health of Patients – January 20, 2021 @ 7:30 am

    • Identify the usual scope of mental health reactions to disasters
    • Examine what is known so far about the mental health impact of COVID-19 on a range of populations
    • Appraise the scope of COVID-19’s long term mental health impact on our communities

    COVID-19 & Mental Health of Physicians and Other Healthcare Providers – February 5, 2021 @ 7:30 am

    • Examine the mental health risks posed by COVID-19 for physicians
    • Review the possible range of psychological and psychiatric responses to the pandemic
    • Discuss principles and interventions for helping ourselves, our families, and our colleagues

    Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org.

    The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Medical Society of the State of New York designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

  • December 17, 2020 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    Congress has been working behind closed doors and during the midnight hour to hastily advance a out-of-network proposal that will deliver even more cuts to physicians during the pandemic. Enough is enough! Now is not the time for Congress to be increasing insurer’s profits at the expense of physicians and patients.

    ACT NOW: send a letter to your members of Congress today! Congress is wrapping up their work, and we must ensure that lawmakers make immediate changes to fix this flawed balance billing proposal before they head home for the holidays. ASPS needs every member’s help in stopping this big present for the insurance companies before it’s signed into law!

    This will only take a minute because ASPS has written a template letter for you. Click here to submit your letter today.

  • December 10, 2020 4:17 PM | Anonymous
     The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is now enrolling private practices, independent pharmacies and other facilities that will immunize adults in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program.


    Click on the links below to review the letter and instructions on how to sign the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement in the online Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR):

     

    General Provider Letter on COVID-19 Vaccines

    COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement and Profile Form.

    COVID-19 Provider Vaccination Agreement-Access Instructions

     

    Attend a webinar on completing the Provider Agreement in the CIR:
    Enrollment in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    Register Here

    For questions, please call the Provider Access Line at 1-866-692-3641 or email nycimmunize@health.nyc.gov. Periodic updates will be sent to keep you informed and the COVID-19 vaccine webpage will be updated.



  • December 08, 2020 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    As the northeast experiences new surges of COVID-19, the Northeast Region COVID-19 Coalition supports specific strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus, while preserving access to essential surgical procedures. We offer the following 4 recommendations and strategies for your consideration based on the lessons we learned in maintaining surgical care during the past nine months:

    Recommendation 1: We must focus on data that will help preserve key resources such as hospital and ICU beds as well as PPE and appropriate medical staffing.  To do so, we should look at meaningful data such as hospital bed availability, ICU bed availability and medical staff coverage. We advise against focusing solely on case numbers per region and testing positivity rates.  

    Recommendation 2: The last several months have taught us safe and effective ways to treat surgical patients through preoperative testing, perioperative viral precautions and appropriate use of PPE. We must carefully consider the types of surgery patients need so they may still obtain necessary and essential care in this environment and we should avoid a spigot approach to stopping essential surgeries. Recognizing that harm may come to patients whose procedures are delayed, cancer surgeries, trauma care and other acute procedures, should not be stopped during subsequent surges as was done originally in the spring of 2020.

    Recommendation 3: While we respect the government’s efforts to keep our residents safe, those on the ground are best suited to make important triage decisions. Hospitals and physicians are the ultimate decision makers regarding the appropriate care and site of service for patients keeping in mind quality, safety, and risks. With the support of state guidance and coordination, hospitals and physicians are the most appropriate professionals to make decisions regarding essential care and services.

    Recommendation 4: Hospitals remain the primary facilities to treat those critically ill with COVID-19 and for that reason, the maintenance of their resources is crucial. Additionally, ambulatory surgery centers and office based surgical facilities are safe, valuable settings to help offload the stress that hospitals may face during these difficult times. By looking specifically at projected rates of admission for each type of ambulatory surgery, these facilities can safely and effectively administer elective surgical care without further burdening acute care facilities.

    Patients suffering from COVID-19, and patients requiring ongoing medical and surgical care are dependent upon the lessons learned during the past nine months.

    We remain ready and willing to discuss any and all of these issues should you so desire. Thank you for your time and consideration of these issues vital to the health and safety of OUR patients.

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