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  • December 20, 2019 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    The Fraser Institute in Canada released their annual "Waiting Your Turn" report. Researchers found that wait times for medically necessary treatment increased in 2019. Specialists surveyed reported a median wait time of 20.9 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and when the individual received the treatment. That's up from 19.8 weeks in 2018. 

    The longest wait is for orthopedic surgery, at 39.1 weeks. Plastic surgery and ophthalmology have the second and third longest waits, respectively. 

    The New York Health Act has overwhelming support in the Assembly and is gaining ground in the Senate. Hearings have taken place across the state and NYSSPS was there represented by founding NYSSPS member, Dr. Scot B. Glasberg. While in strict opposition to this bill, we recognize that there is a distinct possibility of it becoming the law of our land. The impact will be a complete overhaul of healthcare in NYS and the eventual elimination of private health insurance. We have been actively involved to try to shape the language in the bill and in particular, to ensure that if this bill does pass, that reimbursement will be in excess of the cost required to provide care. You can see Dr. Glasberg’s testimony HERE

    Sponsors of the New York Health Act often point to Canada's healthcare system as a model that New York State should seek to move toward. However, the Fraser Institute research shows that such a system can lead to problems like longer wait times, which then leads to poorer medical outcomes and higher costs to individuals.

  • December 16, 2019 10:01 AM | Anonymous
    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the The American College of Surgeons are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 14–20, 2020. 

    The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution

    The award is open to surgeons who are active members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 60, on the date that the completed application is filed

    Some of the requirements include sending in a cover letter, a one-page essay discussing why the applicant wishes to receive the scholarship, how the scholarship will fill a gap in the applicant's training/experience and the applicant's curriculum vitae.

    Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of February 3rd. Eligible members are encouraged to apply.  All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by early April 2020.

    Learn more: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/Health-Policy/ASPS-ACS-Health-Policy-Scholarship.pdf

  • December 10, 2019 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    In 2020, plastic surgeons from across the country will be heading to Washington, DC to advocate on behalf of the specialty during the two-day ASPS Regional Fly-In events. The Southeast & West Regional Fly-In will take place on February 4-5, 2020 and the Northeast & Midwest Regional Fly-In on June 10-11, 2020. ASPS members are encouraged to register for the Fly-In for their respective state, however, if they are unable to attend their region's designated Fly-In event they are welcome to register for the alternative Fly-In event.

    The ASPS Regional Fly-Ins will be focused only on congressional meetings on Capitol Hill and will not feature the extra day of educational programming that's part of the ASPS Advocacy Summit. The ASPS Regional Fly-Ins will occur in even years – election years – going forward, while the ASPS Advocacy Summit will be held in odd years and is scheduled to return in 2021.

    During the ASPS Regional Fly-Ins, ASPS members will:

    • Meet with the members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to educate them about critical healthcare policies
    • Participate in an exclusive dinner discussion with a prominent member of Congress
    • Influence and help shape ASPS's 2021 state and federal policy priorities to help determine the Society's advocacy agenda
    • Network with their plastic surgery colleagues and ASPS leadership in the nation's capital

    To register or learn more about the ASPS Regional Fly-Ins, please visit here. Please contact Darcy McLaughlin at dmclaughlin@plasticsurgery.org with any questions.


  • December 04, 2019 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    As Congress moves to merge multiple pieces of out-of-network billing (OON) legislation into a final package, too much of what is gaining favor will reduce your reimbursements – for both out-of-network encounters and your contracted rates – and reduce your leverage in contract negotiations with carriers. Right now, bills that pay all OON emergency care at the median in-network rate ban elective out-of-network care in some situations, or contain no recourse for providers who receive an unfair payment all have a legitimate chance of becoming law.

    ASPS continues to work on several fronts to improve the policies. As part of that effort, the Society is joining with other medical societies impacted by out-of-network billing to elevate the voices of our members who can least afford lost revenue – our solo and small practice owners – through a combined letter from them to congressional leadership.

    By signing up to add your practice’s name to the letter, you will help amplify and emphasize the acute impact current proposals will have on small businesses like yours and the patients that rely on them. If you have not signed on already, please do so by noon on December 5, 2019.

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  • December 04, 2019 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Every member of the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons has the opportunity to provide input regarding the development of policies and positions impacting plastic surgeons and we encourage you to get involved!

    Working with our Executive Council, NYSSPS members have created and advocated for Resolutions that have covered a variety of issues including: 

    • Insurance Coverage for Congenital Anomalies
    • All Payer Database (APD) Not Appropriate as Reimbursement Standard
    • Protection of Clinical Decision Making and Ownership of Medical Practices
    • Percentage-Based Billing Services Arrangements

    What is a Resolution?

    Resolutions set forth background information and propose a course of action or statement of policy.  Resolutions begin with background information ("Whereas" clause/s) and conclude with a specific proposal ("Resolved" clause/s).

    When Crafting a Resolution Keep in Mind the Following:

    • What do I want to change?
    • Is there existing policy, statute or regulation?
    • Who can effect the desired change?
    • Are there potential allies?
    • What are the financial consequences?
    If you would like to work directly with our Executive Council in crafting a resolution to submit at this year’s MSSNY House of Delegates Meeting, please email Babette Grey, Executive Director at nyssps@gmail.com

    Draft Resolutions need to be submitted to NYSSPS for consideration by Friday, February 7, 2020

  • November 26, 2019 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    NYSSPS has worked together with MSSNY and other physician and patient advocacy groups in support of multiple pieces of legislation to reduce physicians’ administrative burden relating to ensuring their patients can receive the care and medications they need.

    However, additional work and laws are still needed to reduce the need for unnecessary and repetitive prior authorizations that take time away from patient care delivery, as well as ensuring that current laws to reduce administrative burdens are being adhered to by health insurers. 

    Please take just a few minutes to complete the below survey and identify the impact prior authorizations have on your practice. 

    Take the survey

  • October 25, 2019 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    Join the growing number of New Yorkers who want to see full insurance coverage for all congenital anomalies such as cleft lip/cleft palate, Down Syndrome and heart defects.

    Sign up as a supporter at www.1in38.org and click on “Join Our Campaign.” You’ll be kept up to date on how the campaign is going and next steps for you to take.

    You can add your name to our petition right now! Click “Sign Our Petition” on 1in38.org’s main menu.

  • August 30, 2019 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    The gluteal fat grafting mortality rate is estimated to be the highest known for any cosmetic procedure.  Multi-society task force alerts have made suggestions to reduce the risk of mortality and the standard of care for this procedure is changing.

    The New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons is pleased to have Lisa M. McCorkle, MSN, MBA, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHRM, LNCC, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager from The Doctors Company, Northeast Region address the membership at this year's dinner meeting on this topic on Monday, October 21, 2019.

    Members will discern insightful knowledge through case review of adverse outcomes, identify best practice for rigorous and transparent informed consent discussion, and identify five strategies to integrate into your daily practice to reduce risks associated with gluteal fat grafting.

    To register for this year's event, please visit: 2019 Annual Membership Dinner Meeting

  • August 30, 2019 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    DFS has released its "2019 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurance."  Included is a listing complaint rankings of various insurers, external appeal rates and use of the IDR for out of network surprise bills. 

    The stated purpose of this Guide is to:

    • Inform consumers of the health insurance products offered in New York State and how they work.
    • Help consumers choose a health insurance company based on quality of care and service.

    Click here to view the complete guide

  • August 08, 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, August 13th at 12 noon on the recent measles outbreak. The commissioner will also provide information pertaining to the new law regarding non-medical exemptions for vaccinations and existing requirements for authorizing medical exemption.  

    During this presentation, New York State Department of Health staff will review the current status of New York’s measles outbreak, discuss current reporting requirements, the importance of case investigations and monitoring of exposed individuals and control strategies in healthcare facilities. 

    This webinar is an opportunity to partner with the provider community to prepare for the upcoming school season and discuss activities underway to implement the new legislation.   

    Webinar Information 

    Topic: NYS Healthcare Professionals on Measles and Repeal of Non-Medical Exemptions
    Date and Time: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
    Event number: 649 366 029
    Event password: MeaslesHCP2019 

    To join the online meeting

    1. Go to
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    3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: MeaslesHCP2019
    4. Click "Join". 
    5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 

    Note:  If you are unable to join the webinar but would like to participate in the audio portion only:

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    Call the number below and enter the access code. 
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