Health Commissioner Extends E-Prescribing
Waiver Period by One Year

On March 2, Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker released a letter extending the waiver period for e-prescribing "for certain exceptional circumstances in which electronic prescribing cannot be performed due to limitations in software functionality." This blanket waiver is effective from March 26, 2017, until March 25, 2018. Before March 25, 2018, the Commissioner will determine whether the software available for electronic prescribing has sufficient functionality to accommodate each of these exceptional circumstances.

The Department further acknowledges that, while many nursing home/residential health care facilities have adopted electronic prescribing, there remain some facilities in which electronic prescribing may not be currently possible due to technological or economic issues or other exceptional circumstances, including a heavy reliance upon oral communications with the prescriber and pharmacy

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NYACP /BU Online Pain  
Management Course
Now Available!

The NYACP in conjunction with Boston University has developed a 3 - hour online CME course that
is also eligible for 3 MOC points.

By completing the online course and post test questions,
all prescribers will satisfy the requirements and
obtain the necessary certificates as mandated
by Chapter 71 of the Laws of 2016,

The course must be completed by
July 1, 2017.

Practice Management

Newly Released FAQ by RM&S Helps Navigate the New Patient Protections for Step Therapy

In 2016, New York passed a new law to protect patients when health insurance companies utilize Step Therapy protocols. These protocols, also known as “Fail First” protocols, are policies that establish a specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a medical condition are approved for coverage by a health insurance plan for a patient. The new law adds protections for patients when they are required to use step therapy protocols and includes an improved process for a patient to appeal a required step therapy protocol. To assist with navigating the new law, an FAQ was developed by Reid, McNally & Savage, LLC. To access this FAQ, please click here.


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Additional News:


Saturday, June 3, 2017
2017 NYACP
 Scientific Meeting

and Poster Competition

Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Rochester, NY

Program Agenda
and Registration Information


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!


MLMIC Shares Anticipated Timeline for Berkshire Hathaway Transaction

Winter 2017 Issue of MLMIC's Case Review Newsletter featuring the following cases:
...  Case #1 - Breaches in Standard of Care Lead to Meningitis

...  Case #2 - A Delay in the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer


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