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  • June 05, 2020 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    Restarting elective procedures or surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic will require additional assessments to optimize your patients’ health for the best possible outcome. In today’s crisis, doctors must follow the standard of care when known, and customize and innovate when it is not. Physicians must assess not only the patients’ medical needs for surgery but also their potential for becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus during the peri-operative period.

    Review this program to assemble resources to prepare for elective surgery, formulate a consent discussion including COVID-19 risk mitigation steps, and thoroughly document discussions.

    The recorded presentation can be accessed here 

  • June 04, 2020 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    Strategic planning to reopen your medical/surgical office in the COVID-19 era is needed to provide safe patient care and mitigate the risk of virus spread. Many federal, state, local and professional society guidelines are available and recommended to be reviewed as practices prepare to reopen to provide healthcare to their patients.

    This presentation, provided by The Doctors Company and Garfunkel Wild, P.C., will review four areas of administrative considerations, environment of care, patient management and elective surgical considerations to prepare your practice and staff to meet the changing standard of care for your patients.

    The recorded presentation can be accessed here

  • May 27, 2020 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    While most resources are directed at screening for COVID-19 and treating affected patients, there is another important aspect of the pandemic: the impact on your patients’ mental health. Fear and uncertainty are driving the dramatic increase in stress, anxiety, and depression. While your patient’s immediate physical well-being is the primary concern, you also must consider the potential legal liability that can come from failing to adequately screen patients for suicide risk and taking the proper steps when needed.

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  • May 22, 2020 5:16 PM | Anonymous

    Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.

    The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here.

    PPP borrowers must apply for loan forgiveness with the lender that processed the loan.

  • May 21, 2020 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    As state stay-at-home orders proliferated in mid-March, ASPS leadership was faced with a difficult choice: cancel the June Northeast/Midwest Regional Fly-In and lose a precious opportunity to meet face-to-face with congressional offices, or keep it in place and risk a disruptive, costly last-minute cancellation. In the interest of ASPS member safety and recognizing the epidemiological reality more-and-more with each passing day, the in-person event was officially canceled on April 1. With that, planning immediately began for a "virtual" experience.

    The structure of the event – slated for September 15-16, 2020 – strives to offer an experience as similar as possible to the typical Regional Fly-In. It will have training for inexperienced fly-in participants and a briefing on the issues. It will have a congressional guest speaker, two if you are in the PlastyPAC Member Benefits Program at the Chairman's Club level or higher. And it will have face-to-face interaction, albeit through Zoom, with members of Congress and the healthcare staff that help them make decisions. Experiences to-date operationally at ASPS have shown that this can absolutely produce high-quality interactions.

  • May 19, 2020 5:20 PM | Anonymous

    This Guidance is directed at Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) Office Based Surgery practices (OBS), and Diagnostic and Treatment Centers (DTC) that are located in counties without a significant risk of COVID-19 surge and are deemed eligible to perform Deferred Procedures, (i.e., elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures).

    These centers and practices are required to meet the same provisions  required of hospitals in these eligible counties that are also resuming deferred procedures.

    Any ASC, OBS, or DTC that fails to comply with this Guidance may be subject to civil penalties.

    Guidance for Elective Surgery and Non-Urgent Procedures in Ambulatory Settings.pdf
  • May 06, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The purpose of this weekly publication is to provide healthcare providers in New York State with a consolidated update of guidance released by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

    This will show only current guidance for any given topic and will be updated to reflect new guidance.

    As a reminder, all advisories and informational messages (including webinar invitations) are distributed through the Integrated Health Alerting Network System (IHANS), an application housed on the Health Commerce System (HCS). If you are not receiving IHANS notifications, please work with your site’s HCS coordinator.

    Additional COVID-19 resources may be found on the NYSDOH webpage under Information for Healthcare Providers. Recordings of COVID-19 Weekly Healthcare Provider Updates are also available on the NYSDOH webpage.

    Access the publication here

  • May 06, 2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous
    In late April, Congress approved an additional $310 billion dollars for the Paycheck Protection forgivable loan Program (PPP) to assist small businesses, including physician practices. To date, the program has approved assistance to nearly 250,000 New York businesses in two different rounds of application periods.

    The Congressional package also provided $75 billion more for the CARES Act Health Provider Relief Pool, to assist hospitals and physicians. This is in addition to $30 billion dedicated to physicians and hospitals, in early April, based on 2019 Medicare payments, and $20 billion was just made available to physicians and hospitals based on 2018 total patient revenue.

    As with its first survey, MSSNY wants to gather data to determine how much New York physicians are benefiting from these new resources, to better guide our advocacy for further stimulus bills.

    Please help us evaluate this by taking a few minutes to fill out and submit the following Survey Monkey questionnaire.

    Please take the survey here
  • April 30, 2020 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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

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