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  • April 01, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    This advisory supersedes specimen collection and handling guidance from NYSDOH, released originally on March 25, 2020.

    This update further extends previous recommendations that nasal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collection is an acceptable alternative, with recommendations for the collection of one (1) nasal swab AND one (1) saliva specimen through healthcare personnel (HCP) observed patient self-collection for specimens submitted to Wadsworth Center,if nasopharyngeal (NP) supplies are unavailable.

    If you are using a laboratory other than the Wadsworth Center, follow the laboratory’s guidance for all specimen collection, handling, and transport processes, including whether nasal swab AND saliva specimen, or nasal swab AND OP swab specimen collection methods are acceptable alternatives to an NP swab.

    • For any suspected COVID-19 cases, ensure appropriate infection control precautions are in place and immediately notify the infection control lead at your facility and the local health department (LHD).

    • Review local testing options for those who do not require clinical outpatient/inpatient medical care

    > Read the complete advisory

  • April 01, 2020 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    Plastic surgeons in private practices impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak are advised to begin preparing necessary materials now to apply for assistance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a key portion of the CARES federal economic stimulus package that authorizes up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

    The Treasury Department and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) expect to have this program operational as early as Friday, April 3, with loan applications approved the same day.  Most banks are expected to require a pre-existing banking relationship with the applicant for a PPP loan; therefore, it is strongly recommended to first apply for a loan at a bank where you already have an account.

    Plastic surgeons should immediately begin preparations to finalize their PPP applications and remain in contact with their lenders to identify the earliest opportunity to make their loan available.

    All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities and mortgage interest. Small businesses and individuals who are self-employed or independent contractors – including plastic surgeons – are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

    Applications will be accepted through June 30, but many experts believe the funds will be exhausted in a very short time period.

  • March 31, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    This advisory supersedes guidance from the New York State Department of Health issued on March 28, 2020, to clarify that this guidance applies to essential personnel who have been exposed to a confirmed OR suspected case of COVID-19.

    Public and private sector organizations that provide essential services or functions where personnel are needed to perform critical functions, including infrastructure, public safety, and other essential operations, may allow personnel who were exposed to or are recovering from COVID-19 to work in the workplace setting,if needed to maintain essential operations.

    Essential services or functions include but are not limited to public health personnel, utility and water operators, skilled manufacturers and supporting supply chains, transportation infrastructure, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel.

    Essential personnel who have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 can return if the following conditions are met.

  • March 31, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    This advisory supersedes guidance from the New York State Department of Health to Hospitals, Nursing Homes (NHs) and Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak, released on March 16, 2020, and further clarifies the updated guidance issued on March 28, 2020.

    Entities may allow healthcare personnel (HCP) who are confirmed with COVID-19 or  have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days, whether healthcare providers or other facility staff, to work if all of the following conditions are met.

  • March 30, 2020 6:31 PM | Anonymous

    There is an extremely concerning proposal contained in the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team recommendations that would require the nearly 17,000 physicians currently enrolled in the Excess Medical Malpractice Insurance program to bear 50% of the cost of these policies. 

    This proposal would thrust over $50 million of new costs on the backs of community-based physicians at a time when they are seeing a substantially smaller number of patients in their practices, and facing extraordinarily difficult decisions as to whether how to meet payroll and/or to lay off administrative staff. 

    Moreover, these new costs would be imposed on the thousands of physicians who are currently on the “front lines” of responding to the coronavirus outbreak. 

    Contact your elected representatives and voice your objection

  • March 17, 2020 8:56 PM | Anonymous

    Telehealth is being promoted as an essential strategy to ensure ongoing care during the Coronavirus pandemic. On a daily basis, the rules related to provision of, and payment for telehealth are evolving, and misinformation is abundant. This webinar will discuss the current landscape, and changing rules, for providing telehealth including reimbursement, data security, telemental health and consents.

    Click Here To Register

  • 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

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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