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  • October 04, 2018 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    Together, NYSSPS and ASPS closely monitored legislation regarding physician fee schedules, maintenance of certification, physician advertising, naturopathic scope of practice, single payer and more.


    Physician Advertising

    One of the Society’s top legislative priorities is to advance laws that impose stricter regulations on the information that can be displayed within physician advertisements.  Specifically, ASPS calls for state legislatures to pass measures that require advertisements to include the full name of the certifying body and only permits ABMS or AOA boards to include the phrase “board certified.”  ASPS and the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYSSPS) first started working on this issue in the spring of 2017 when NYSSPS advanced model language through the Medical Society of the State of New York’s House of Delegates.  Following passage in the state’s House of Delegates, NYSSPS began speaking with other specialties to gain full support for the measure.

    Unfortunately, NYSSPS hit a road block in 2018 when a medical specialty asked for amendments to the bill that would seriously weaken the protections in place.  ASPS and NYSSPS coordinated stakeholder conference calls to discuss the value of the bill, as drafted, and the ramifications of the requested amendments to patient safety in New York.  Meanwhile, NYSSPS physicians conducted a lobby day in Albany at the state capitol where they educated members of the legislature about the bill proposal.  The Society met with several key legislators in an effort to secure sponsors in both the Assembly and the Senate.  NY state Sen. Joseph Griffo expressed interest in championing the bill and modified his legislation.  Unfortunately, due to the extensive revisions, a technical oversight occurred and needs to be revised before the Society can garner and show complete support.  ASPS looks forward to working with NYSSPS to advance this measure in 2019.

    Single Payer

    In what has become a yearly legislative maneuver, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that would implement a single payer healthcare system. NYSSPS and ASPS engaged the legislature on four different occasions – submitting three letters in the Assembly and one to the Senate – in opposition to the bill.  ASPS and NYSSPS oppose the creation of a single payer system and voiced concern over the impact of the proposed system to patient access to care and overall healthcare delivery.  The societies also identified many shortcomings of the proposal within their comments to the legislature. 

    Passage of the bill in the lower house has become a symbolic move, as this is now the fourth year in a row that the Democratic-led chamber has approved the measure. The Republican-led Senate has quashed any further movement of the bill each time the Assembly has messaged it over to the upper house.  However, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested possible support for a single payer system.  We anticipate this legislation will be introduced and quickly advance again in 2019. 

    Physician Fee Schedules

    Rep. Gottfried introduced legislation that prohibits health plans from setting reimbursement rates at the lowest price/rate that the provider has charged another patient for the same procedure.  In a letter to the New York State Assembly, ASPS and NYSSPS supported this measure as it protects providers who practice in multiple geographic areas and who therefore experience disparities in fees for those respective regions.  The bill will also protect providers who move their practice to regions with fee disparities and will appropriately promote the use of the most applicable fee for that patient population.  While this bill passed the Assembly Health Committee, it failed upon adjournment of the legislature.

    Maintenance of Certification

    Asm. Schimminger and Sen. DeFrancisco introduced legislation that would allow the government, instead of medical experts, to make determinations about the use of maintenance of certification for credentialing by hospitals and insurance carriers. ASPS and NYSSPS believe the certification provided by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the best validation of physician knowledge for the specialty, which is why the Society submitted a letter to the bill sponsors in opposition to these measures.  We are pleased to report that these bills failed upon adjournment of the legislature.

    Naturopathic Scope of Practice

    Asm. Ortiz introduced legislation that would allow naturopaths to administer drugs and perform select surgical procedures.  Surgeons train as much as four-times as long as naturopaths, which demonstrates the lack of educational and clinical experience of these holistic providers.  In a letter to legislative leadership, NYSSPS and ASPS opposed this measure as it poses a threat to patient safety and lowers the standard of surgical care.  We are pleased to report that this measure failed upon adjournment of the legislature.


    ASPS extends special thanks to those members who attended the Advocacy Summit on June 26-28 in Washington, DC including: NYSSPS Board members Stephen Coccaro, MD, FACS, Ash Patel, MBChB, FACS, Andrew Kleinman, MD, and Keith Blechman, MD; NY LAC representatives George Kamel, MD, Malcolm Roth, MD, JT Stranix, MD and Paul Weiss, MD; as well as NY plastic surgeons Robert Goldstein, MD, Alan Matarasso, MD, Hina Patel, MD, MPH, Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS and Mark Smith, MD, FACS. 

    While in D.C., these New York plastic surgeons met with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-01).  We hope the Summit offered ASPS members with greater insight into the state and federal legislative issues facing the specialty. 

    Save the Date! 

    May 21, 2019
    NYSSPS Annual Advocacy Day
    Albany, New York

  • October 01, 2018 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – Alan Matarasso, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Northwell Health System/Hofstra University, Zuckerman School of Medicine, and a private-practice plastic surgeon based in New York City, was named president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Matarasso took office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society's annual scientific meeting, in Chicago and will serve for one year.

    "I am honored to lead the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons," noted Dr. Matarasso. "As President, I will ensure that ASPS continues to advocate for patient safety and provide members with practice support, educational opportunities and resources to ensure we advance and improve the quality of care for plastic surgery patients."

    A graduate of the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Matarasso trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Hospital. He completed a fellowship in cosmetic surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital/Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery-New York University Medical Center, and he achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    Dr. Matarasso has devoted his entire career to the subspecialty of aesthetic plastic surgery, and he is dedicated to improving plastic surgery for all patients and physicians. He joined ASPS more than 30 years ago and has served on several committees in a leadership role, including Board Vice President of Private Practice & Aesthetic Surgery, and associate editor for the journal Plastic Reconstructive Surgery (PRS).

    Dr. Matarasso has authored nearly 200 articles and 60 book chapters and monographs. He has presented almost 600 papers, posters and lectures nationally and internationally. He is on the editorial boards of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, PRS Global open and Clinics in Plastic Surgery, and he formerly served as a founding editorial board member and senior scientific editor and cosmetic medicine section editor of Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

    A past president of The Rhinoplasty Society and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Matarasso has served on the boards of numerous organizations and as a traveling professor for two plastic surgery societies. His dedication to medical training, education and scientific research are also manifested in his membership and active participation in more than 20 regional and national medical organizations.

    About ASPS

    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

    Contact ASPS

    Kendra Y. Mims
    (847) 981-5432

  • September 25, 2018 2:26 PM | Anonymous
    Governor Cuomo has called for a series of “listening sessions” across New York State to receive public comment regarding a proposal to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana in New York State.
    There are public health concerns with this proposal including but not limited to the following.  We encourage all physicians to participate in these listening sessions and provide your expertise and feedback.
    • Intoxication
    • Carcinogenic effects
    • Respiratory illnesses
    • Altered mental status
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Addiction

    In the era of narcotic dependence and associated catastrophic outcome, the State of New York is seeking to legalize this substance. It is important to have a consistent and scientifically sound public health policy concerning this issue. 

    • Newburgh – Monday, October 1, 2018 – Register
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    • Watertown – Thursday, October 11, 2018 –Register
    • Ronkonkoma – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Register
    • New Rochelle – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – Register
  • August 09, 2018 4:49 PM | Anonymous
    Only July 30, 2018 - ASPS and ASAPS released an advisory update on recent disease developments, government regulatory communications, and consensus recommendation regarding BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma). 
    • The FAQs can be found here.
    • The Complete BIA-ALCL Physician Resources can be found here
  • July 30, 2018 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Physician's Role in Paid Family Leave 

    As a physician,  you play a critical role in certifying medical documentation in a timely manner and raising awareness of Paid Family Leave among your patients and their families.

    Physicians can determine if a patient with a serious health condition is in need of family care and help them receive the support they need.  Additionally you can provide the required certification or documentation to patients and family members who request Paid Family Leave for either bonding with a new child or caring for a family member with a serious health condition.

    This presentation will: 

    • Provide an overview of New York's Paid Family Leave
    • Provide an overview of the health care providers' role in the process
    • Point you to helpful resources.

    There are two opportunities to attend.  There will be time at the end for questions and answers as well.

    When you click 'Register here', you will be taken to a general information page. You must click 'Register' on the bottom of that page to sign up. 

    More Information

    Complete details regarding Paid Family Leave are available at ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave, including Employee and Employer request forms 

    Additionally, downloadable guides:

    You can also call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for more information or assistance

  • June 18, 2018 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Legal Technology Alert: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits are on the Rise

    It is important for all health care providers to ensure that their websites are fully accessible to persons with visual impairments or other similar disabilities.

    The best practice for health care providers to follow is to have IT professionals conduct a comprehensive website audit, guided by counsel to preserve confidentiality.   

    In order to avoid litigation, practices should review their websites for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). 

    Click here to learn more about reviewing your exposure

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  • June 13, 2018 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    The NYSSPS Executive Council is pleased to announce that it has chosen The Doctors Company as the NYSSPS exclusively endorsed professional liability carrier. 

    We chose to endorse The Doctors Company because as an organization founded and led by physicians and owned by members, they share our commitment to address challenges faced by our members and our focus on legislative advocacy. As the largest insurer of plastic surgeons in the nation, they also have an unparalleled understanding of liability claims against our specialty.

    NYSSPS members are now eligible for a multitude of offerings from The Doctors Company, including aggressive defense; expert patient safety tools and programs; risk management courses to maintain Section 18 excess eligibility; premium credits; and a range of coverage options.

    For more information on the membership privileges you will receive from The Doctors Company, call them at (631) 248-2710 or visit thedoctors.com.

  • May 10, 2018 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Amend Bill & Provide Safeguards from Misleading Advertisements: S5870 /A560 

    Among patients and the general public, the term “board certified” has come to signify the highest achievement in clinical training and expertise. When individuals seek medical care, the knowledge that their physician is board certified assures them that they are engaging a provider with significant direct training and demonstrated, validated skill in the specialty certification advertised. As a result, it is crucial that the quality associated with the term “board certified” is protected. 

    As currently written S5870/A560 language would allow physicians who are certified by substandard boards to advertise their certification in a misleading way. It would allow physicians practicing outside the specialty or subspecialty they trained in to present themselves to the public in a manner suggesting otherwise. 

    To avoid this unintended consequence, the bill should be amended to include language that ensures boards require adequate training of their diplomates.

    Call to Action

    Send a message to your legislator today! A sample has been provided for you. It should take you less than 3 minutes to complete. 

  • May 07, 2018 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    NYSSPS is committed to ensuring patients have the best care possible, and we believe that, across the practice of medicine, such a commitment requires physicians to: (1) stay abreast of the latest clinical research and standards of care; (2) demonstrate their mastery of the latest knowledge through objective and reliable assessment methods; and (3) integrate this knowledge into their practice.

    We believe that American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) boards, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) specifically, are critical to our members meeting these commitments.

    When patients seek medical care, the knowledge their physician is board certified, and maintains this certification, assures them they are engaging a physician with significant direct training and validated skill in the specialty certification advertised. Board Certification, and the maintenance of this certification, is a valuable tool in the ongoing effort to maximize patient safety.

    As a result, it is crucial the quality associated with the term “board certified” is protected and the rights of hospitals and insurance carriers to include these standards for credentialing and privileging practices be retained.

    Call to Action

    Oppose S7357A (DeFrancisco) / A4914B (Schimminger) - If enacted, this bill takes decisions that should be in the hands of doctors and experts on credentialing and privileging committees and places them in the hands of policymakers. Board certification is unquestionably an appropriate criterion to consider in licensure and for credentialing a physician to a hospital staff or an insurance network, and legislative efforts to undermine its relevance are unwise.

    Contact your representatives today and urge them to vote NO!

  • May 05, 2018 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    New York is seeing many efforts from non-physician health care providers to provide increasingly popular elective surgical services, but these shortcuts expose patients to unnecessary risk and potentially hazardous outcomes. 

    This is not an issue of necessity or convenience and patient care for the citizens of New York should not be compromised. 

    Policy should explore and implement measures that help ensure an adequate distribution of physicians in all communities and focus on attracting and retaining new physicians throughout the state. 

    Call to Action

    Contact your legislators and urge them to oppose S3551 A4543 which permits all dental practitioners to perform a wide range of medical and surgical procedures within the oral maxillofacial area including:

    • rhinoplasty (nose jobs)
    • blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
    • rhytidectomy (face lift)
    • submental liposuction
    • otoplasty (ear surgery)
    • dermabrasion,
    • Other procedures of the head and neck performed by plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists and neurosurgeons

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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