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August 29, 2014

CMS Launches Road to 10 Webcast Series

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new webcast introducing the “Road to 10” tool. Accessible through the “Road to 10” link on the CMS website, the webcast covers the history of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the benefits of ICD-10. This is the first in the new “Road to 10” webcast series. Five more webcasts will follow—all aimed at helping small practices get ready for ICD-10 by the October 1, 2015, compliance date. 

Also available now is a brief video introduction to the “Road to 10” tool. Developed in collaboration with physicians, the “Road to 10” tool offers: 

  • Clinical documentation tips
  • Coding concepts
  • Clinical scenarios
  • Training calendar

Go to the CMS ICD-10 website to get started on the “Road to 10” today.     

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.

Congratulations - Recent Member Appointment

Charles L. Hyman, MD, FACP of Cooperstown has been appointed as an official member of the New York State Rural Health Council for a one-year term.  Dr. Hyman is a member of our NYACP Council representing the Hudson Valley Region and is a member of our Health and Public Policy Committee.  Dr. Hyman's leadership on this important Council will serve our patients and our physician members.

If you know of a member appointment that should be recognized, please contact our office at

Practice Management

Member Benefit Highlight:  ACP Smart Medicine

A free benefit of your ACP membership, Smart Medicine is a new clinical decision support tool that allows you to browse evidence-based recommendations on diagnosis, therapy and more.  Content can be searched alphabetically or by specialty and covers categories including prevention, screening, diagnosis, therapy, patient education and follow-up.  The program is accessible through PC and mobile units, and integrates with the Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP Journal Wise, clinical guidelines and high-value care recommendations.  Why not browse what's here for you and take advantage of this free clinical decision support resource:

Virtual Patients

Did you know…That the Annals of Internal Medicine released a new interactive medical education tool designed to test physicians' decision-making skills? The Annals “Virtual Patients” is a complex clinical simulation which covers the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of a virtual patient. Selecting a response prompts a detailed explanation of the medical consequences based on the answer chosen. At the end of each case, the physician is presented with a complete summary of the clinical problem and solution. Upon completion of each case, physicians may earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits (2 CME credits and 2 MOC credits per case).

The first sample case is free.  Additional cases can be purchased by members at a discount.  To learn more go to:

Education                                            Don't Book Patients - Save the Date!

NYACP Annual Scientific Meeting - Friday, February 6, 2015
Weekend Board Review - Saturday, February 7 - Sunday, February 8, 2015

Renaissance Westchester Hotel
80 West Red Oak Lane
West Harrison, NY  10604

There's something for everyone at the 2015 NYACP Annual Scientific Meeting:

  • Annual Meeting: gain insight into recent medical advances
          Earn a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Prepare for your recertification (Earn up to 30 ABIM MOC Credits)
  • Resident and Medical Student Poster Competition
  • Stay the weekend and attend the Board Certification and Recertification Course -  registration information coming soon!

Friday, February 6, 2015 - Annual Meeting Schedule-at- a-Glance

7:15 am     Registration and Poster Competition
8:00 am     Welcome and Introductions
8:15 am     Keynote Plenary: The Changing Paradigm of Medical Education
8:50 am     Keynote Plenary: New Anticoagulants and Anticoagulation Reversal

9:30 am     Break and Poster Viewing

10:00 am  Concurrent Breakout Session 1
  •      a. Improving Quality of Care for Patients with Diabetes
  •      b. Management of Resistant Hypertension

10:00 am  Concurrent SEP Session  1

  • a. Endocrinology, 2014 Update
  • b. Internal Medicine, 2014 Update

11:00 am  Concurrent Breakout Session 2

  • a. The Approach to Muscular Skeletal Injuries:Things Internists Needs to Know
  • b. Evidence Based Update on the Management of Obesity

12:00 pm  Lunch/Business Session/Awards
                   Keynote Luncheon Presentation:

1:30     Concurrent Breakout Session 3
  • a. Valvular Heart Disease
  • b. Management of Resistant Hypertension (repeat)

1:30 pm   Concurrent SEP Session 2

  • a. Endocrinology, 2014 Update (repeated)
  • b. Infectious Disease, 2014 Update

2:30 pm   Concurrent Breakout Session 4

  • a. Valvular Heart Disease (repeated)
  • b. Evidence Based Update on the Management of Obesity (repeated)

3:30 pm   Concurrent SEP Session 3

  • a. Internal Medicine, 2014 Update (repeated)
  • b. Infectious Disease, 2014 Update (repeated)

5:30 pm   Session adjourns -
              Watch for updates on the Weekend Board Review!

Save the Date!
Online Registration is available at: Register Here
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Tucker at

NYACP Webinar: Understanding the Changes to ABIM's MOC Program

Tuesday, September 16, 2014:    12:00  -  1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 30, 2014:      7:00  -  8:00 pm

In an effort to help NYACP members understand the recent changes to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program impact them, ABIM staff member Kevin Caviston will give a presentation focused on the MOC program and will discuss the reasons behind the changes to the program, how the changes impact board-certified physicians and identify ways in which physicians can meet the MOC requirements.

To Register, please go to:
Online Webinar Registration - Tuesday, Sept. 16
Online Webinar Registration - Tuesday, Sept. 30

Last Updated 8.29.14


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