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.

NYACP Recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

One-third of people 65 and older fall each year, and 20% of those falls cause a serious injury such as head trauma or a fracture. With proper precautions, these falls and accidents are preventable. To heighten awareness of these issues, the NYSDOH had organized the 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23, 2015.  This year’s theme was Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.

Below are several resources to further your knowledge and practices to assist patients in falls prevention, including opportunities to earn free CME Credits!  Also be sure to take advantage of the free patient/caregiver resources, distributed with permission by the New York State Department of Health, to help your older patients stay independent as long as possible.       

CDC Online STEADI Training:

You can take the CDC’s new STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Online Training for Providers at: All you need to do is create a free account on CDC TRAIN, Log in, and search “STEADI”.

The content is based on established clinical guidelines. You will learn:

  • Two easy screening methods to determine a patient’s fall risk
  • Three rapid standardized gait, strength and balance assessment tests
  • To apply the STEADI algorithm to determine a patient's fall risk level
  • To select appropriate evidence-based interventions based on risk level
  • To engage your older patients in interventions to reduce their fall risk

CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Initiative to help providers incorporate fall prevention into clinical practice. CDC created this training to give you the tools you need to make fall risk screening, risk factor assessment, and falls interventions part of your clinical practice.

Practice Management

The Advanced Primary Care Model: Better Health, Better Access, Lower Cost

This is the first in a series designed to explain New York's path toward value-based care through Alternative Payment Models

For the past four years, the New York Chapter ACP has been working with the NYS Department of Health and more than 40 other collaborative stakeholders in shaping the State Health Innovation Plan to achieve the vision of healthier New Yorkers, lower costs, engaged patients, and system alignment. Representing the views of our members and physicians across the state has been a vital part of that process, and consumed a significant amount of time and effort by leaders and staff.

The NY Chapter co-hosted a series of “Listening Sessions” in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, NYC, Long Island and Albany throughout July and August. These sessions allowed the NYSDOH to obtain feedback from our members on several key components of the proposed model: Advanced Primary Care (APC) standards; milestones for practice transformation; core performance measures; practice transformation support; and payment models to support APC.

Primary care is a core component of the NYS State Innovation Model (SIM). As part of the SIM Grant, NYSDOH is developing an APC delivery model which is inclusive of behavioral and population health; a payment methodology that is reasonable, workable and sustainable; while ensuring access to high quality care for all New Yorkers.   

The APC model is meant to help PCPs fulfill their potential to improve healthcare delivery in NY, and achieve value-based care payment rewards.

To read more about the model and see helpful diagrams, follow the link below:

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October Meetings

NYACP Suffolk District Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

(1) HCV Can Be Cured
and (2) How to Address Advance Directives in the Office Setting
6:00pm Registration / 6:30pm Dinner and Educational Program
Insignia Restaurant - 610 Nesconset Highway, Smithtown NY  11787
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Webinar: Pre-Diabetes Epidemic...Can We Prevent Diabetes?  Earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
Faculty: Jennifer Lindstrom, MD, FACP

Register Online

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Additional News:

District Meeting Dates!

New Webinars posted on Education Page

Are State Vaccination Laws Effective?

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.

MLMIC Announces No Rate Increase for Physician Policyholders on July 1

MLMIC has released great news
for physician policyholders.  The NYS Insurance Superintendent has accepted MLMIC's recommendation for rates to remain unchanged for the 7/1/15-7/1/16 policy year.
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