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  • April 26, 2020 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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


    NORTHEAST REGION COVID-19 COALITION SOCIETY MEMBERS
    • 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 | Anonymous

  • April 09, 2020 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    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

    Survey


  • April 06, 2020 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

    Contribute Supplies


  • April 03, 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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)

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