The New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the specialty of Internal Medicine in New York State through education, advocacy and quality improvement. With offices in Albany, volunteer physician leaders across the State, a dedicated full-time staff, effective communications and local, regional and state-wide meetings, the New York Chapter is structured to respond to members as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We advocate responsible public policy positions relating to health care for the benefit of the public, patients, our members and the medical profession. Our Advocacy focus includes regulatory agencies, the NYS Legislature, the Executive Office, insurance companies and other healthcare stakeholders.
March 30, 2015:
National Doctor's Day!
The New York Chapter ACP is excited to recognize the commitment, sacrifice and hard work of our member physicians on National Doctor's Day!
"Doctor's Day provides and an opportunity to recognize the dedication of physicians and shine a light on our goals to ensure access to the high quality of care for every person" - Andrew Dunn, MD, FACP, President, NYACP
"While each patient recognizes the value of their own personal physician, this day recognizes the contributions of all physicians, the advancements made in medicine, and the commitment to professionalism by continuous, lifelong education by these noble stewards of health"- Linda Lambert, CAE, Executive Director, NYACP
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NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) issues guidance on surprise bills for health care services
This week, on March 31, the new surprise bill law is going into effect. New York’s Department of Financial Services has issued guidance on what providers need to know about the law and an assignment of benefits form for patients who believe that they have received a surprise bill.
DFS has recently posted guidance on its Health Insurance Resource Center webpage providing additional information for consumers and providers about the new surprise bill law. See http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/hprotection.htm. The law, which goes into effect on March 31, 2015, seeks to protect consumers from surprise bills for emergency services as well as surprise bills for services performed by out of network providers. See related alert linked below (New York's surprise medical bill). DFS has also re-issued the regulation addressing the independent dispute resolution process as an emergency regulation and will finalize the regulation in the near future. See related alert linked below (New York's Surprise Medical Bill Law).
The DFS guidance summarizes what providers need to know about the law and includes a DFS developed assignment of benefits form that is to be provided to and completed by patients who believe that they have received a surprise bill.
The guidance reinforces the regulations and states that a bill will be a surprise bill if a patient receives a bill from a non-participating physician at a participating hospital or surgery center and a participating provider was not available or a non-participating physician provided services without the patient’s knowledge or unforeseen medical circumstances arose at the time health care services were provided. In addition, a bill will be considered a surprise bill if a participating provider refers a patient to a non-participating provider and the patient has not signed a consent form acknowledging that the services would be out of network and would result in costs not being covered by the patient’s health plan. DFS further states that a referral occurs 1) when during a visit with a participating physician, a non-participating physician treats the patient, 2) a participating physician takes a specimen during the visit and sends it to a non-participating laboratory or 3) for any other health care service when referrals are required by the patient’s health plan.
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The Chapter's quality priorities focus on providing members with tools, resources and education to help guide them on delivering the best possible care to their patients.
National Healthcare Decisions Day is
National Healthcare Decisions Day is promoted each year to inspire, educate and empower the public, as well as providers, about the importance of advance care planning. It is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding end of life healthcare decisions and for providers and facilities to encourage early discussion of these issues.
Help your patients learn what forms and information will help them in making end of life decisions. The NYS Department of Health>>Read More
Residents & Medical Students
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NYACP Scientific Meeting Poster Competition:
Check out the winners for the NYACP Scientific Meeting Poster Competition held on Feb. 6th in West Harrison, NY:
Medical Student Winners
Mark Your Calendar!
The online submission forms for abstracts will be available on the Chapter's Resident and Medical Student Pages in April. The next competition is Saturday, November 14th in Syracuse, NY. Details to follow!
E-Prescribing for Controlled Substance In New York State
New York's Out-of-Network Coverage Law
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