Your Chapter in Action is a streamlined communication distributed every two weeks to members of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Each communication is focused on the Chapter’s three core missions: Education, Advocacy and Quality Improvement and provides you with resources, tools and ways to connect. For more information or direct discussion of any issue listed – call our office at 518-427-0366.

October 2, 2014


NYACP  District Meetings

NYACP  Webinars

How Does the Physician Payment Sunshine Act Impact You? What Needs to Be Reported and By Whom?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Register Online Here

Update on the New York Electronic Prescribing Mandate by the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement
Tuesday,  October 14, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
Register Online Here

Practice Transformation: From the Bottom to the Top:
Experiences of a Small Practice
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Register Online Here

Did you Miss..

Understanding the Changes to ABIM's MOC Program Webinar
You can view it now online at the
Chapter's Recorded Webinar Page(Password is benefit)

In Search of Joy In Practice: Innovations in Ambulatory Care Webinar
You can view it online at the
Chapter's Recorded Webinar Page  (Password is nyacp)

Syracuse District: Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:00pm Registration / 6:30pm Dinner Meeting & Educational Program
Craftsman Inn & Conference Center
7300 East Genesee Street - Fayetteville NY 13066
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Manhattan District: Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6:00pm Registration / 6:30pm Dinner Meeting & Educational Program
New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South-New York, NY 10019
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Buffalo District: Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00pm Registration / 6:30pm Dinner Meeting & Educational Program
The Protocol Restaurant
6766 Transit Road - Williamsville NY 14221
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Suffolk District: A Combination Approach to Managing Hyperlipidemia
Monday, October 27, 2014
6:00pm Registration / 6:30pm Dinner Meeting & Educational Program
Blackstone Steakhouse
10 Pinelawn Road-Melville, NY  11747
Event Flyer
Online Registration

For more details please go to the Chapter's Education Events Page.


CMS Releases 2013 PQRS and eRx Feedback Reports

CMS has recently released the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and 2013 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program feedback reports. These reports are now available for eligible professionals who submitted quality data on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Part B services between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. 

Individual eligible professionals who submitted 2013 PQRS data, or individual eligible professionals and group practices who submitted 2013 eRx data, can retrieve their 2013 Feedback Reports through two methods:

  • National Provider Identifier (NPI)-level reports: These reports can be requested through CMS’ Communication Support Page by creating a NPI-level feedback report request. The report will be sent electronically to the email address provided in the request within two to four weeks. 
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) - level reports: These reports contain NPI level detail and are available for download on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal. To access a TIN-level report on the Portal, you must have an Individuals Authorized to Access CMS Computer Services (IACS) account.  To request an IACS account in order to access the portal, check out the IACS Quick References Guides

Group practices who participated in the 2013 PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) can access PQRS feedback through the 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs). The 2013 QRURs can be accessed by authorized representatives of groups and solo practitioners at: using a valid Individual's Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) User ID and password. For more information on the QRURs and Value Modifier, please access the Physician Feedback Program/Value-Based Modifier website

For more information on interpreting the data in the report, check out the 2013 PQRS Feedback Report User Guide and/or the 2013 eRx Incentive Program Feedback Report User Guide.

If needed, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk for assistance. They can be reached at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or via from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

Practice Management

NY State Physician Organizations and Public Health Officials Launch “IMMUNIZE NY”

In an effort to address the rise of preventable diseases due to lack of immunization, New York State physician groupsl and public health officials have launched a program to encourage New Yorkers to be vigilant in keeping their immunizations up-to-date.

The New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP), along with The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), the New York State Chapter of Academy of Family Physicians and the New York State Association of County Health Officials have launched “IMMUNIZE NY” to promote immunizations within the adult population. The campaign strongly encourages adults to discuss immunizations with their physicians and to ask specifically about pertussis, influenza, pneumococcal, HPV and shingles vaccinations. 

Preventing diseases through vaccine is one of the five public health priorities for the New York State Department of Health.  The Affordable Care Act’s prevention provisions now cover vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) with no co-payments or other cost-sharing requirements when those services are delivered by an in-network provider.

For information on how to stay vaccinated this season, as well as more comprehensive background information, check out these websites:

New CDC Recommendations for 65+ for Pneumcoccal Vaccination

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on 9/19/14. The report details new recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination in older adults. More details on the recommendations can be read here.


The Countdown to E-Prescribing (eRx)

As many of you are aware, the e-prescription mandate under the I-STOP Act will go into effect on March 27, 2015. Educational webinars are being held to better prepare physicians and their practices for the transition. Your Chapter has diligently participated in activities with the NYS Department of Health, Board of Regents, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and others to represent challenges to physicians as the new rules go into effect.

In the meantime, if you are a physician that is unsure of how to proceed in the coming months leading up to the March 27th go-live date, here are some things you can do to prepare:

  • For physician practices who don’t already have an electronic medical records system that can provide electronic prescriptions, see a list of “stand alone” e-prescribing software here.
  • For practices that have an EMR, immediately contact your IT administrator or your vendor to obtain further info about your system readiness for eRx and for documentation required for your Registration.
  • If you haven’t registered already, you must file the EPCS registration form, which can be e-mailed to
  • New York State also has specific regulations pertaining to issuing electronic prescriptions for controlled substances. (here)

Last Updated 10.2.14

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