August 20, 2015

Your Chapter in Action!

NYACP Candidate Nominations Final Call - Due Immediately!

Call for Nominations

There will be 5 vacant Council seats for the New York Chapter, American College of Physicians in April 2016.  The deadline to submit nominations to the Nominating Committee is Monday, August 24, 2015.

You can submit your nominations to the Nominating Committee Chair, Andrew Dunn, MD, FACP by: 

  • Mail: NYACP, 744 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
  • Fax: (518) 427-1991
  • Email:

The 5 Open Council Seats are for the following areas:

  • Bronx Manhattan Region Councilor-At-Large to replace Michael LoCurcio, MD, FACP
  • Manhattan District Councilor to replace Brad Flansbaum, DO, FACP,
  • Queens District Councilor to replace Inderpal Chhabra, MD, FACP
  • Long Island Region Councilor-At-Large to replace Linda Efferen, MD, FACP
  • Rochester District Councilor to replace Leslie Algase, MD, FACP

Note:  New Councilors will serve a three year term on the Council/Board from April 2016-April 2019.

• For information on eligibility and to submit a nomination – click here



Value Based Payment Reform Proposal Aims to Align Medicare and Medicaid in New York State

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and New York State (NYS) are working together to improve outcomes for patients and populations, rewarding the delivery of high value care by providers and increasing long-term financial sustainability.  NYS has proposed an approach which was approved by CMS on July 22, 2015 to maximally align CMS’ payment reform efforts for Medicare with NYS’ Medicaid Payment Reform Roadmap.

The State’s five-year Roadmap proposes to allow providers and Managed Care Organizations to include Medicaid beneficiaries in CMS innovative payment models (such as ACO’s, Integrated Primary Care models, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement [BPCI]) and  NYS to include Medicare Fee-For-Service patients in its Value Based Payments (VBP) arrangements.

The suggested reforms propose advantages for patients, providers, the State and CMS, however public comment is solicited by the end of August since these proposals will result in significant change.

  • Patient barriers and discontinuities across systems (dual eligible) will be eliminated.
  • Providers should be able to focus on a consistent set of Alternative Payment Models (APM) for both Medicare and Medicaid.
  • There will be provider incentives for transitioning to VBP arrangements.
  • Providers with experience in APMs in one program should be able to seamlessly use their knowledge and infrastructure in the other program.
  • Reduction in administrative costs resulting from alignment between payment mechanisms.
  • Financially weak safety-net providers in NYS will be supported and rewarded for delivering value.
  • The State’s proposal requests CMS to align its reforms with NYS (and vice versa), thereby offering a significant step for CMS to achieve its goal of realizing 50% of Medicare payments tied to quality or value through APMs by the end of 2018.

The proposed alignment document can be viewed here. Please submit comments to NYACP Executive Director Linda Lambert no later than Wednesday, August 26.

Practice Management

New Internal Medicine Clinical Concepts Guide for ICD-10 Available Now!

To help physicians and other providers get quickly up to speed for ICD-10, CMS is launching the Clinical Concepts Series for specialties.

Posted on the CMS ICD-10 website, each guide in the series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online tool in a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed.

Each guide includes:

  • Common ICD-10 codes and corresponding ICD-9 codes
  • Clinical documentation tips
  • Clinical scenarios
  • Links to interactive cases studies, in-depth webinars, and other Road to 10 features

CMS has released Clinical Concepts for Internal Medicine, which highlights ICD-10 concepts for conditions like chest pain, headache, heart disease, and more.

Upcoming guides will focus on cardiology, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and orthopedics. Stay tuned!

Keep Up to Date on ICD-10

Follow these sites to keep up-to-date on ICD-10!


NYACP Resident and Medical Student Forum -
Saturday, November 14, 2015

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Institute for Human Performance (IHP)
505 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY  13202

We hope you will join us on for the Resident and Medical Student Forum, not only to view the posters that were accepted into the competition, but also to check out the breakout sessions that will be scheduled in the morning, ending with the ever popular Dr's Dilemma competition. You do not have to be a poster presenter or part of a Dr's Dilemma team to attend, all members are welcome! You can register below, either online or by fax.

Brochure  Register Online


7:30 am   Registration and Poster Presenter Sign up
8:00 am -10:00 am   Poster Judging & Viewing
10:00 am -10:15 am   Break
10:15 am -11:45 am    Plenary Sessions
Welcome - Joseph Wayne, MD, FACP,  Poster Committee Chair
“Top Ten Things to Look for in a Contract"- Stephanie Caffera, Esq, Nixon Peabody LLP
High Value Care - Jonah Feldman, MD, FACP
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm   Doctor’s  Dilemma  Competition and Awards







District Meetings - Save the Dates!

September 2015

  • NYACP Nassau District Meeting
    Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind Educational Program

    (1)  Transitions of Care:  Promoting Patient Safety and Reducing Readmissions
    (2)  Not Your Father's Rat Poison:  Anticoagulation in the Age of Target Specific Oral Anticoagulants
    6:00pm Registration / 6:30pm Dinner and Educational Program
    Event Flyer Online Registration
  • NYACP Hudson Valley South District Meeting
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind Educational Program

    (1)  Palliative Care:  Talking To Patients and Families About What Matters
    (2)  Pheochromocytoma:  New Insights Into Molecular Genetics and Clinical Behavior

    6:00pm Registration • 6:30pm Dinner and Educational Program
    1.5 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™
    Event FlyerOnline Registration
  • Current Topics in Primary Care and Neurology: Update for the Primary Care Practitioner
    Friday, September 18 - Sunday, September 20, 2015
    The Conference Center at Lake Placid
    2634 Main Street, Lake Placid NY 
    12946  - 11.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits™

    Sponsored by Albany Medical College's Dept. of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology and the Office of CME
    In collaboration with the New York Chapter American College of Physicians - Hudson Valley Capital District

    Brochure and Registration
  • NYACP Bronx District Meeting
    In collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    A Primary Care Approach to CKD Management
    Jacobi Medical Center - Corporate Training Center, Building 4, Floor 2
    1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx NY  10461
    1-Hour CME Category I Credits™
    6:00pm Registration • 6:30pm Meeting and Educational Program
    Online Registration
  • NYACP Brooklyn District Meeting
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    6:00pm Registration • 6:30pm Dinner and Educational Program  >>Additional details forthcoming

E-Prescribing and DrFirst Demonstration Webinars

These webinars will be conducted by the New York Chapter ACP and DrFirst and will focus on:

  • Complying with New York State's mandatory e-prescribing deadline of March 27, 2016
  • The positive aspects of e-prescribing
  • DrFirst standalone e-prescribing software solutions and brief product demo

The same information will be presented at each of the five (5) webinars.  If you would like more information about DrFirst's standalone e-prescribing products (with discounted pricing available for NYACP members), please click here.

Webinar Dates

New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians
744 Broadway, Albany NY 12207
Tel: 518-427-0366
Fax: 518-427-1991