November 23, 2016 

Your Chapter in Action!


Govenor Cuomo Signs Prior Authorization Bill

On November 14, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.4721A/A.6983A , which directs the Commissioner of Health and Superintendent of Financial Services to establish a standard prior authorization request for utilization review of prescription drug coverage. The law does not impose additional burdens on the Department of Health to create new standards but instead utilizes existing standards created by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). This expands the use of standardized prior authorization processes across all payers, having clear implications for improved efficiency and enhanced patient outcomes. The law takes effect immediately.

This was a legislative priority for NYACP. The Chapter, working with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), drafted this legislation with the Senate and Assembly Legislative sponsors, and continued advocacy until it was signed into law.

Practice Management

Late Breaking News Regarding Employee Overtime Rules

On November 22, 2016, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction preventing the US Department of Labor from implementing regulations revising employee overtime payment rules. Until resolved, this delays the federal regulatory changes from going into effect on December 1, 2016.

For New York however, the State Department of Labor has proposed a gradual charge in minimum salary levels defining exempt employees, expected to go into effect on December 31, 2016.

We will keep members informed as details change.

Do You Have an Interest In Asthma Control?

NYACP is looking for a physician volunteer to serve on the Asthma Partnership of New York (APNY). This Advisory Group to the NYS Department of Health meets three times per year (once in person and 2 webex) and will focus on the three priority issues for 2017:

  • Define the role of community health workers in supporting asthma control services
  • Increase coverage of and access to medications and devices
  • Develop recommendations for engaging Managed Care Organizations in supporting clinical-community linkages for asthma control services

If you are interested in an appointment representing the New York Chapter of ACP, contact Linda Lambert at

In Need of Assistance Preparing for the New Value Based Payment Models?

Are you frazzled with your practice transformation efforts?  Could you use some help? Value based payments are just around the corner and the NY Chapter ACP is committed to helping you prepare:

The CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) is designed to support clinician practice transformation over the next 4 years with support from Practice Transformation Networks (PTNS) and Support and Alignment Networks (SANS).

The NY Chapter is working with the ACPSAN to provide the tools and resources that eligible practices need. We can connect you to a Practice Transformation Network that will coach, mentor, and assist you in developing core competencies necessary to transform your practice and thrive in an emerging healthcare environment that emphasizes value of care. The PTN embraces and supports the "quadruple aim" of better care, better health, lower costs, and greater provider satisfaction.

If you are in need of assistance and currently use a 2014 Certified Electronic Health Record and are not currently participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program, Pioneer ACO program, Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Program, or Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative please contact Lisa Noel, Mgr. Practice Support Services at or 518-427-0366.

NYS Department of Health Releases Influenza Stat Sheet

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) collects, compiles, and analyzes information on influenza activity year round in New York State (NYS) and produces a weekly report during the influenza season (October 1 through the following May 1)

Influenza Report During the Week Ending November 12, 2016;

  • Influenza activity level was categorized as geographically sporadic (Small numbers of lab-confirmed cases of influenza reported). Sporadic activity has been reported for six consecutive weeks.
  • There were 77 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 15% decrease over the prior week.
  • Of the 1,199 specimens submitted to NYS WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 9 (0.75%) were positive for influenza.
  • Of the specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, none were positive for influenza.
  • Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI3) from ILINet providers was 0.55%, which is below the
  • regional baseline of 3.00%.
  • The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 38, a 31% increase over the prior week.
  • There have been no influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this season.

To read the full report, please click here.


Upcoming Educational Events

Webinars: Smoking Cessation and Treatment, A Three-Part Series

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
(7:30 am - 8:30 am)

Beyond Cigarettes: It's Not Just Tobacco Anymore

Speaker: Linda Efferen, MD, MBA,  FACP

Read More and Register Here

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
(12:00 pm- 1:00 pm)

Closing the Gaps: Treatment of Tobacco Dependence

Speaker: Donna Seminara, MD, FACP

Read More and Register Here

Thursday, January 12, 2017
(12:00 pm- 1:00 pm)

Motivational Interviewing and Brief Action Planning for Smoking Cessation in Primary Care
Speakers: Susan Lane, MD, FACP and Steven Cole, MD, FAPA

Read More and Register Here

Advancement to ACP Fellowship – FREE Webinar for Members

Are you interested in advancing to ACP Fellowship?  If so, ACP is offering a free webinar:

Date:  Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time:  6:00pm

Webinar participants will learn about the meaning of ACP Fellowship, receive an overview of the Fellowship application process, and have the opportunity to ask questions.


NYACP is Hosting Eight MOC Learning Sessions in February 2017

Earn up to 20 ABIM MOC points and 20 CME Credits™ per day or
a total of 40 ABIM MOC points and 40 CME Credits™ credits during the month of February!

Long Island- February 4, 2017
The Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville NY  11747
2016 Update in Endocrinology: Michael Radin, MD (8:00am-10:00am)
2016 Update in Nephrology: Naveed Masani, MD, FACP (10:30am-12:30pm)

Albany - February 4, 2017
The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY  12205
2016 Update in Hospice and Palliative Medicine: Daniel Pomerantz, MD, FACP (8:00am-10:00am)
2016 Update in Infectious Disease: Charles Hyman, MD, FACP (10:30am-12:30pm)

Manhattan - February 11, 2017
Weill Cornell Medical College (Uris Auditorium), 1300 York Ave, NY NY  10065
2016 Update in Rheumatology:  David Goddard, MD, FACP (8:00am-10:00am)
2016 Update in Geriatric MedicineTS Dharmarajan, MD, MACP (10:30am-12:30pm)

Syracuse - February 22, 2017
The Double Tree Hotel, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse NY  13057
2016 Update in Geriatric Medicine:  Sharon Brangman, MD, FACP (8:00am-10:00am)
2016 Update in Sleep MedicineRobert Westlake, MD, FACP (10:30am - 12:30pm)

Flyer  •  Online Registration

Commissioner's Medical Grand Rounds - Online and Live Event

Tuesday, November 29, 2016:  7:30 - 9:00 am
Dietary Supplements: Buyer Beware, Provider Be Wary

The Wadsworth Center-David Axelrod Institute-120 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Event Flyer  •  Online Registration

District Meetings

Albany:  Saturday, December 3, 2016
A Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind:
(1)  Treating Type 2 Diabetes in 2017:  How Not to Get Lost in the Forest
(2)  Closing the Gap:  Treatment of Tobacco Dependence

The Desmond Hotel • 660 Albany Shaker Road • Albany, NY 12211
8:30am Registration and Breakfast  / 9:00am-11:00am Educational Program
Event Flyer  •  Online Registration

Queens: Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind:
(1) Changes to MOC
(2) Update on MACRA

Il Toscano Ristorante • 42-05 235th Street • Douglaston, NY 11363
Brochure and Registration information coming soon

NYACP Annual Scientific Meeting & Poster Competition: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel
125 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604
Registration Information and Brochure coming soon!


Member Accomplishments

Ramon E.A. Jacobs-Shaw, MD, FACP - Named one of ACP 2016 Top Hospitalists: Serving on the NYU Langone Medical Center LGBTQ Advisory Council since its start in 2011, he helped create an online learning module to introduce staff members to important facts about LGBTQ care, such as unequal rates of certain cancers. To date, more than 2,000 people have taken the module, “which is a tremendous amount of people, especially since it's not a mandatory part of the training here,” said Dr. Jacobs-Shaw. “Since then, people are definitely more aware of the care of LGBTQ patients in particular.”

Good News from MLMIC: Additional 20% Dividend

Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) is the Chapter's endorsed medical liability insurance company. As a result of continued fiscal strength, MLMIC’s board has declared a new 20% general dividend for policyholders. The dividend will apply to policyholders who are insured on May 1, 2017 and maintain continuous coverage through July 1, 2017. This decision by the MLMIC board is based on assets, surplus, and net income. This dividend clearly demonstrate that MLMIC’s overall financial condition remains sound. If interested in viewing a copy of MLMIC’s September 30, 2016 statutory financial statement, click here.

The new dividend is separate and apart from MLMIC’s agreement to become part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.  The acquisition process remains on track with completion not expected until the end of next year.

NYACP continues to work with MLMIC on issues of importance to our members and remains one of the Chapter's most valuable membership benefits.

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