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  • March 17, 2020 8:46 PM | Anonymous

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    Headspace, a recommended resource by the ASPS for physician wellness is offering all US healthcare professionals, who work in public health settings, free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.

    "What’s going on right now is a challenge for everyone. But you, our healthcare professionals, are particularly overburdened. Headspace wants to be here for you and support you as best we can. Helping you be kind to yourself, and your own health, during this difficult time."

    If you are a healthcare professional, you can redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. To get started, please select the state where your NPI is registered: https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19

    > Access more ASPS recommended physician wellness resources 

  • March 17, 2020 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    Mayor DeBlasio has issued an Emergency Executive Order requiring New York City Hospitals and ASCs to cease performing elective procedures.  

    Garfunkel Wild, P.C. has recorded and shared the following information.

  • March 16, 2020 11:40 PM | Anonymous

    With support from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons (NYSSPS) is following the progression of COVID-19 in New York and the United States. Your leadership has been serving on decision-making committees shaping policies, passionately discussing the effects of the virus on plastic surgery practice in NY, and staff is working to be the voice of plastic surgery at the state government during this difficult time.

    Our goal is to protect you, discern and prioritize information, advise the government on your current status and needs, and respond to member’s inquiries. It is with this in mind that NYSSPS has decided to postpone the in-person annual advocacy day in Albany on April 29th.  When the time is right, we will provide you with more information on how to meet with legislators to discuss issues impacting your practice in light of the current events and in the months to come.    

    NYSSPS is here to help you protect your profession and your patients’ safety that’s why you can use as a resource to cull through the inundation of information and stay apprised of the rapidly changing world.

    Additionally, our strategic partnerships with Garfunkel Wild, PC and The Doctors Company will help shed guidance on how to position your practice during this challenging time.   

    Should you encounter barriers or questions, please email them to NYSSPS as we diligently work to provide you with resources and answers. We are ready and mobilized to let the state government know what it’s like in the field, and what you are facing in order to help inform their decision making and policies. Send your questions here: nyssps@gmail.com

    Thank you for your service to your patients and for always putting patient safety first. 

    COVID-19 Resources for New York Members

  • March 16, 2020 4:51 PM | Anonymous


    “Coronaviruses 2020” CME Webinar on March 18th Register Now

    Microscopic view of coronavirusThe Medical Society of the State of New York will conduct Medical Matters: Coronaviruses 2020 on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:30am.

    William Valenti, MD, chair of MSSNY Infectious Disease Committee and a member of MSSNY Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response Committee will serve as faculty for this program. Registration is now open for this webinar here.  

    Educational objectives are:

    • Become familiar with the epidemiology and clinical features of coronaviruses
    • Understand the physician’s role in the public health response to an infectious disease outbreak
    • Identify the circumstances that have contributed to the rapid spread of COVID-19

    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 this 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

  • March 12, 2020 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    Physicians should utilize the New York State Department of Health website that has up-to-date information on COVID-19 and includes information on known cases of COVID-19, cleaning and disinfection guidance, help for childcare providers and schools, and guidelines for individuals who have recently traveled internationally.

    COVID-19 is a reportable disease.  If novel Coronavirus is suspected, immediately notify the local health department (LHD) where the patient resides.

    Health care providers should review: CDC's Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals Evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUI)

    Free Communication Resources  CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/index.html

    Additional Resources
    CDC Website for Healthcare Professionals 

  • February 17, 2020 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Governor Cuomo's proposed Health Budget bill contains measures to bypass important due process protections for physicians during disciplinary proceedings. The proposal would, among many other provisions, allow the Commissioner of Health to disclose to the public that a physician is under disciplinary investigation or summarily suspend a physician with only a minimal finding of risk to the public, as opposed to the much stronger “imminent danger” standard now required for bypassing existing due process protections.

    This measure impacts both private practice and employed physicians

    The Solution
    Ask your elected representatives to remove these provisions from the Governor’s Budget.

  • February 14, 2020 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    We're closer to getting full insurance coverage for congenital anomalies than we've ever been. Our bill has been introduced in both houses and now we need to get as many assembly members and senators to sign on as co-sponsors. That's where you come in. We need you to reach out to your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor the bill in their respective houses.

    It's quick and easy--you can either email or send a message over social media. Just enter your information on the form and you'll be on your way to letting your legislator know how important this bill is to children across New York State.

  • January 28, 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    1in38 Advocacy Day - Join us on 2/25/2020

    Bull Moose Club
    150 State Street, Floor 4 (Franklin Room)
    Albany, NY 12207

    8:00am    Opening Remarks and Briefing
    10:00am  Legislative Appointments Begin
    4:00pm    Conclude


    Support A.8890 (Simon), Give Kids A Chance–Carter’s Law so that New York health insurance companies can no longer routinely deny coverage for medical procedures and therapies they consider not medically necessary.

    Take a stand and help kids get a chance at a full and productive life!
    Sign the Petition

    In New York, 1 in 38 babies are born with a congenital anomaly. On average, children with congenital anomalies can expect anywhere from three to five surgical procedures throughout their childhood to restore a more normal appearance and function.

    Although insurance carriers may provide coverage for the initial procedures, they may resist coverage of the later stage procedures, claiming they are cosmetic and not medically necessary. Denial or delay of these procedures – which by definition are reconstructive – could lead to long-term physical, functional, and psychological injuries.

    To a layperson, repair of a congenital anomaly may seem cosmetic in nature. However, reconstructive surgery is performed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital or developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally done to improve function and ability, and may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure.

    Coverage should also be provided for healthcare services that help an individual keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living. Habilitative services may include physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and other services for people with disabilities in a variety of inpatient and/or outpatient settings.

  • December 27, 2019 10:59 AM | Anonymous

     The NYSDOH’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety has developed a new electronic adverse event reporting (AER) tool that will be easily accessible and assist OBS practices in reporting adverse events as required by Public Health Law § 230-d.

    The new electronic AER is designed to assist OBS practices in reporting adverse events and submitting medical records more efficiently.  It will also allow the OBS program to identify trends in adverse events and opportunities for quality improvement in OBS practices. 

    The OBS program anticipates launching the electronic AER tool February 3, 2020.  Additional information will be provided to the practices as we move closer to the launch date of the electronic AER tool including written & video instructions for using the tool. 

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

  • December 20, 2019 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    CMS final rules recently went on display updating payment polices for services furnished in a physician office or in a hospital outpatient setting. These final rules address some of the concerns ASPS and other medical societies raised, while others are yet to be fully addressed.

    Plastic surgeons should be aware of new Medicare Prior Authorization policy, set to become effective on July 1, 2020, that will require hospitals to show the medical necessity of blepharoplasty, botulinum toxin injections, panniculectomy and rhinoplasty procedures before Medicare will provide reimbursement. For private practices to obtain prior authorization, medical information will need to be forwarded to the hospital before the procedure can be scheduled. 

    > Learn more about the new payment policies

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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