Practice Management

New Updates to Medical Marijuana Course Cover Conditional Use

The New York State Department of Health is pleased to announce updates to the 4-hour Department-approved online course for medical use of marijuana course developed by TheAnswerPage, an established online medical education provider. 

The course has been updated to include additional information regarding the use of medical marijuana in each of the conditions covered in the Compassionate Care Act, based on available scientific evidence.

The cost to take the course is $249.  Practitioners taking the course will earn 4.5 hours of CME credit upon successful completion of the course.  The new material is also accessible through TheAnswerPage’s website at no extra cost for those who have already taken the medical use of marijuana course.  

The course may be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Practitioners who wish to register with the Department and certify their patients for the Medical Marijuana Program must complete this course.  Please visit the Department’s web page for more information about becoming a registered practitioner:

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NYACP Resident and Medical Student Forum

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mount Sinai Medical Center
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY  10029

Program to Include:

  • Resident Poster Competition
  • Medical Student Poster Competition
  • Dr's Dilemma Competition
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Networking with peers and colleagues


To Sign your team up for the Dr's Dilemma Competition -please use the following form:  Dr's Dilemma Team Form

Additional Abstract Submission Information

Submit an Abstract Here

Guide to Help Primary Care Practices Integrate Behavioral Health Services 

A new guide is offering primary care practices practical guidance and a flexible framework to increase their ability to serve patients with depression, anxiety, and other common mental health issues.

Produced by Montefiore Health System and United Hospital Fund, Advancing Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care: A Continuum-Based Framework delineates the specific steps to advancement: identifying preliminary, intermediate, and advanced stages of eight different components of behavioral health practice integration, and provides broader guidelines on getting started, including establishing priorities, articulation of goals, and determination of existing and potential resources.

As the guide explains, behavioral health disorders contribute to decreased quality of life and increased health care costs, yet they frequently go undiagnosed and untreated, with only 22 percent of adults with common mental health disorders receiving care. Even when conditions are identified by primary and specialty care providers, patient follow-up on referrals is low. These factors make increasing capacity for treatment of behavioral health conditions in primary care settings a core strategy for improving access to and quality of care. 

“With so many alternative payment models being developed and the transition to value-based care, many physicians in practice, especially in primary care medicine, are eager for just this kind of guidance,” said Linda Lambert, Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians. “While the framework will undoubtedly have relevance for large provider groups, we are pleased that this paper and its recommendations were designed with the flexibility to work for smaller practices and physicians who operate independently. If integrating behavioral health care into primary care practices is going to work, it has to work for the smaller practices as well, which the authors clearly understood.”

The work to create the guide was supported by a UHF grant with significant contribution from the NYACP. Advancing Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care: A Continuum-Based Framework is available from UHF’s website at

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Additional News:


Risk Management
"Tip of the Month"

Summer 2016 issue of MLMIC's Case Review newsletter is now available.  The overall theme of this issue is "treating friends and family".

Case #1:  Delay in Diagnosis of a Nasal Cavity Chondrosarcoma
Case #2:  Failure to Refer Patient for Cardiology Consultation Resulting in Myocardial Infarction and Death


NYACP Legal Counsel:

Laurie Cohen, Esq., Partner at Nixon Peabody, LLP and the Chapter's Attorney provides members with support and direction through articles and answering questions relevant to general practice. Now named “Law Firm of the Year” in Health Care Law by U.S. News and World Report!

NYACP 2016 John Tooker Evergreen Recipient!


Congratulations to New York Chapter ACP for winning an Evergreen award for their Target Resource Webpages Initiative!

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