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12/07/2018

NYACP Hudson Valley Region Governor Election Results
Chapter News


Daniel Pomerantz, MD, FACP has been elected by the members of the Hudson Valley Region to serve as NYACP Hudson Valley Governor in 2020.




12/07/2018

NYACP Announces the Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP Advocacy Internship
Advocacy


The Chapter will be honoring the memory of Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP, former Governor and leader of NYACP who passed earlier this month by changing the very popular and educational Advocacy Internship to the “Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP, Advocacy Internship.”




11/09/2018

2018 New York State Elections: How the Results May Impact Your Practice
Advocacy


For the first time in a decade and just the second time in more than 50 years, Democrats will control the New York State Senate as of January 1 with 40 of the 63 seats and a clear majority.  While the Republicans have led the New York State Senate for decades, with a brief two year stint by Democrats in 2009-10, the balance of power will now shift to interesting and challenging times as the Governor, the Senate and the Assembly each offer their plans, priorities, and issues.




11/09/2018

ACP's Online Learning Center: Earn MOC Points Before the End of the Year!
Member Resources


If you need to obtain additional MOC points before the end of the year, we encourage you to visit ACP’s Online Learning Center




11/09/2018

CMS Releases Letter on Reducing Administrative Burdens
CMS


On Thursday, November 8, CMS released a letter to physicians outlining how the agency is reducing burden through reform of documentation and coding requirements.




11/09/2018

Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants, Including Physicians
Practice Management


DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.




11/09/2018

New White Papers from NYACP Committees Examine Geriatric Shortage, 2010 FHCDA
Advocacy


Two new white papers have been released by New York Chapter American College of Physicians (NYACP) Committees, one from the Geriatrics Task Force and one from the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Details on the white papers can be read below.




11/09/2018

New: ACP Practice Advisor® Opioid Risk Management Module
Member Resources


This online tool can help your practice enhance patient care and office efficiency. The Opioid Risk Management module (ACP Practice Advisor log-in required) has resources to help mitigate risk and improve outcomes for patients and medical practices. It includes tools to address the major components of the Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended Release and Long-Acting Opioid (ER/LA) Analgesics.




11/09/2018

NGS Releases Influenza Resource Sheet
Public Health


The National Governmental Resources Contractor Advisory Committee (NGS CAC) recently released a helpful information sheet for this year's influenza season. It covers Medicare reimbursement rates and coding guidelines, as well as educational products for all health care providers. It also contains helpful links immunization-related websites, like the Food and Drug Administration, National Vaccine Program, Immunization Action Coalition, and more! 




11/09/2018

NY Department of Health Looking for Input Regarding Advance Care Planning
MOLST


The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) is gathering information from stakeholders who use advance care planning documents and/or have advance care planning and end-of-life care conversations with patients and their families.




11/09/2018

Promoting Interoperability: Attestation and Financial Support with NyeC
HIT


The New York eHealth Collaborative's Medicaid Eligible Professional Program (EP2) provides free assistance and a hands-on approach to help your practice successfully achieve Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) objectives.




10/29/2018

New ACP Resource: Help Your Patients Understand Flu Vaccination
Patient Empowerment Resources


As fall season is in full swing, that marks the beginning of flu season. To assist physicians and their patients this flu season, ACP has made available easy-to-read tips that explain how patients can protect themselves.




10/26/2018

NYACP Council/Board Meeting Convenes to Discuss Priorities, Committee Work, and Other Issues
Advocacy


On October 19, the NYACP Council/Board met in Queens to discuss and vote on resolutions and priorities for the upcoming year. The Council/Board discussed and approved several important topics. The 2019 Legislative Priorities which includes championing Access to Care, advocating for Quality of Care and Patient Safety, and a focus on Public Health were approved. Eight committees, including Education, Geriatrics, Early Career Physicians, and others, reported on their activities since the last meeting.




10/25/2018

Tools to Help You and Your Patient Explore Out-of-Pocket Costs
Patient Empowerment Resources


Out-Pocket-Costs. Everybody is thinking about them, but we are not talking about them. Why? According to NYACP’s June 2018 survey, the main barrier to cost conversations between patients and physicians is not knowing where to find cost information. In response, your Chapter has tools and resources to help you with more effective conversations about the cost of care. 




05/23/2018

A Partner in Connecting Consumers to Information
Alternative Payment Models


The Chapter has recently been asked by the NYS Health Foundation to participate in a Connecting Consumers to Information initiative to help physicians connect their patients to the quality and price information they seek. In the coming months we will be providing you with a listing of free tools, informative webinars and newsletter articles to help you and your patients navigate the quest for high quality, affordable care options. 




05/23/2018

Introducing New York State Patient Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH)


On April 1, 2018 the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), in collaboration with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) launched an innovative model for primary care transformation known as the New York State Patient Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH). This statewide, innovative advanced primary care approach is characterized by a systemic focus on high quality care, population health and integrated behavioral health.




02/13/2018

NY SAFE Act Passes
Advocacy


The SAFE Act quickly passed in the first week of legislative session.Restrictions of firearms and ammunition and duty to warn to be imposed on physicians, on March 16, 2013 are under close scrutiny and may be subject to amendment.




12/11/2014

Improved Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Hospital Acquired Conditions
Public Health


Hospital-acquired conditions decline by 17 percent over a three-year period

A report released by HHS on December 2 shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.

This progress toward a safer health care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals throughout the country to reduce adverse events.

The efforts were duein part to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as Medicare payment incentives to improve the quality of care and the HHS Partnership for Patients initiative. Preliminary estimates show that in total, hospital patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. This translates to a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions over the three-year period.




12/11/2014

National Influenza Week
Public Health


National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 7-13. This national health observance was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.




11/25/2014

Deadline for Hardship Exception Applications 11/30/2014
CMS


CMS reopened the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The deadline is 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.




11/25/2014

Guideline for Dietary and Pharmacologic Management of Recurrent Nephrolithiasis
Practice Management


The American College of Physicians (ACP) developed this guideline to present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations on the comparative effectiveness and safety of preventive dietary and pharmacologic management of recurrent nephrolithiasis in adults




11/25/2014

Virtual Patient Visits Becoming More Prominent
Practice Management


In a recent article published by the ACP Internist, Charlotte Huff investigates the impact of virtual consultations on the medical field.




10/30/2014

New Initiative to Support Care Coordination Nationwide
Quality


On October 15, 2014, CMS announced the availability of a new initiative for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.




10/02/2014

CMS Releases 2013 PQRS and eRx Feedback Reports
CMS


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.




10/02/2014

The CDC Recommends New Treatment for Adults with Pneumonia
Public Health


Recently, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that details new recommendationson treatment for adults against pneumonia.





07/28/2014

Chapter Leaders Meet With Acting NYS Health Commissioner Zucker
Advocacy


On Monday, July 14th, Chapter Leaders met with New York State Acting Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD in his Manhattan offices.




07/24/2014

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015
I-STOP


Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015 Amendments to Title 10 NYCRR Part 80 Rules and Regulations on Controlled Substances have been adopted and became effective as final regulations on March 27, 2013. The amendments authorize a practitioner to issue an electronic prescription for controlled substances in Schedules II through V and allow a pharmacist to accept, annotate, dispense and electronically archive such prescriptions.




07/08/2014

Amendment of Workers' Compensation Treatment Guidelines for Non-Acute Pain Now Available for Comment


The Board proposes amendment to 12 NYCRR 324.2 to add a Non-Acute Pain volume to the Medical Treatment Guidelines (Guidelines) and update the existing Guidelines to reflect current medical practice and to ensure consistency with the Non-Acute Pain Guidelines.




06/19/2014

New York State HIV Testing Law


There are over 10,000 people living with HIV in New York State that are unaware of their HIV status. In 2010, Article 27-F was amended to require that HIV testing be offered to all persons between the ages of 13 and 64 receiving hospital or primary care services with limited exceptions, and included a requirement for written, informed consent except in the case of rapid testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine HIV screening in healthcare settings.




06/05/2014

New York's Law Regarding Surprise Medical Bills
Advocacy


As summarized in a prior client alert (see related link below), New York’s Emergency Services and Surprise Bills law (the “Surprise Medical Bill Law”), set to go into effect on March 31, 2015, is largely intended to provide consumer protections from medical bills received from out-of-network physicians for services rendered in a hospital emergency room.




05/24/2014

What are people saying about the "Value "of the Near Miss Registry?
Quality


The purpose of the Near Miss Registry is to identify, classify and study near miss events. A near miss is a patient safety event that did not reach the patient. The Registry is the official patient safety work product of ACP's Patient Safety Organization (PSO). NYACP manages the day to day operations of the Registry.




05/23/2014

Chapter Representatives Participate in Albany and CDC Roundtables
Advocacy


The Chapter recemtly participated in a roundtable  with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) designed to educate State Assembly representatives on issues relating to controlled substance abuse, as well as the uptick in heroin availability and use.

 




05/23/2014

NYACP at the Nation's Capital for Adovacy Day
Advocacy


Seventeen Chapter members from across New York State came to meet with the Chair of the Senate and Assembly Health Committees and with staff from the Govenor's office and Department of Health, with discussions centering on our Chapter's three main policy objectives: Access to Care, Quality of Care and Patient Safety and Public Health.




05/07/2014

STEP Therapy Event
Practice Management


NYACP was invited to speak at a recent roundtable discussion on Wednesday, April 30, in Albany in an effort by the Coalition to learn more about the physician perspective on step therapy. 




04/03/2014

New OCR Security Risk Assessment Tool
Practice Management


New OCR Security Risk Assessment Tool offers help for small practices to comply with HIPAA Security Rule

Read more about this tool here

Or contact Laurie Cohen, our Chapter’s attorney at Nixon Peabody for details




02/27/2014

Celebrate National Patient Safety Week
Public Health


March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week.  This is an annual campaign sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and patients about health care safety.




02/13/2014

“Doctors Across New York” A Vital Program for our Future
Doctors Across New York


NYACP held a series of meetings at the State Capital last week along with representatives from several state healthcare organizations as part of the Physician Workforce Advisory Group (WAG).  Meetings focused on the need for continued support and expansion of funding of DANY (Doctors Across New York).




02/13/2014

Are You Read for ICD-10?
ICD-10


With just a little more than 7 months before medical practices have to switch to the vastly more complex ICD-10 coding system, only about 9% of medical practices have made "significant progress" toward that end.




01/31/2014

Governor Proposes New York State Budget for 2014-2015
Advocacy


Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his $142.1 billion Executive Budget late last week, and the Chapter has been reviewing the multiple proposals which impact our member practices.




01/30/2014

Expanding Utilization of MOLST in Advanced Healthcare Decision-Making
MOLST


Following several years of participation in a statewide collaboration, the first MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Executive Committee Meeting was hosted by NYACP on January 22, 2014.   A variety of stakeholders participated in the strategic planning session led by Patricia Bomba, MD, FACP.




12/21/2013

2013: The Year in Chapter Activities
Chapter News


With the 2013 year closing and 2014 right around the corner, the Chapter would like to take this opportunity to thankour valuable members for all your support and dedication throughout the year to make our educational endeavors so successful.




11/03/2013

Engaging Policymakers to Assure the Viability of Small Physician Practices
Quality


Following our Chapter Leadership conference earlier this year, many activities have centered on the plight of small practice survival and growth.




09/26/2013

New Interactive Tool Helps Determine Potential Upcoming Payment Adjustments
CMS


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new online tool that will help you determine if you will incur a future eHealth program payment adjustment. The eHealth Payment Adjustment Tool shows what payment adjustments to expect based on your past, current, and expected future participation in eHealth programs.




09/26/2013

Obtaining an HCS Account for Licensed Medical Professionals Is Now a Paperless Process
I-STOP


The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has instituted a new online form in order to expedite the process of receiving a Health Commerce System account.

 

 




08/29/2013

NYSDOH Issues Statement on Delays in Processing Health Commerce System (HCS) Accounts
I-STOP


The new ISTOP Law went into effect this week. In order to comply practitioners prescribing controlled substances (Schedules II-IV)must have an active HCS Account.

For practitioners who are experiencing a slight delay in processing HCS accounts, the NYS Department of Health has issued the following statement:




08/29/2013

Resources that Help Physicians Provide Eye Health Information
Public Health


Patients frequently look to their physicians for guidance in managing aspects of eye health; for example, in a recent focus group by the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) for people with diabetes, most participants reported that their primary care physician was their most trusted source for health information.




08/15/2013

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)
Public Health


Few adults are getting recommended vaccines, and patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and asthma/COPD are at higher risk of complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.




08/15/2013

Have You Received Your Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase?
Medicare/Medicaid


If you are a Board Certified Specialist or Subspecialist of General Internal Medicine; or have a 60 percent paid claims history of both E&M codes and vaccine administration codes, you may be eligible to receive increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care services furnished in calendar years 2013 and 2014.




07/16/2013

How to Receive Your Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase
Medicare/Medicaid


New York has received approval from CMS to implement the Primary Care Rate Increase (PCRI) for Medicaid. In order to receive the PCRI, qualified providers must attest that they meet the requirements of the regulation.




07/16/2013

New York State Official Rural Health Council Seeks Members
Advocacy


The New York State Department of Health Rural Health Council is seeking physicians who will Be an active listener and an informed health representative of his or her community and advise on the rural health agenda for the state, among other attributes




07/03/2013

New Bill Requires Hepatitis C Testing in Primary Care Outpatient Practices
Advocacy


Now awaiting the Governor’s signature, a bill sponsored by Senator Hannon and Assemblyman Zebrowski will require office-based primary care practices, diagnostic and treatment centers and hospitals to offer a Hepatitis C test to patients born between 1945-1965




06/25/2013

Consider Your Workflow When Complying with Controlled Substance Prescribing Regulations - ISTOP Act
I-STOP


In two months, on August 27, 2013, most prescribers will be required to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) registry when writing prescriptions for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances.




06/25/2013

Physician & Practice Timeline: Professional Requirements & Opportunities
Quality


ACP has launched the Physician & Practice Timeline: Professional Requirements & Opportunities, a valuable online tool to help physicians stay on top of important dates and track deadlines for a variety of regulatory, payment, educational, and delivery system changes, requirements, and opportunities.




06/10/2013

First Step In Complying With the I-STOP Act
I-STOP


Effective August 27, 2013 New York State Public Health Law requires most prescribers of controlled substances to consult* New York’s online Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry through the Health Commerce System( HCS). The HCS is also used to order official NYS prescriptions and for important public health updates, pandemic and epidemic notifications and for patient informational resources.




03/14/2013

Chapter Submits Written Testimony on Workforce Budget Proposals
Advocacy


Each year, the NYS legislature hosts joint public hearings to discuss the proposed Executive budget. New this year was a joint hearing on workforce-related issues, to which NYACP took part.




03/01/2013

Annual Scientific Meeting and Internal Medicine Review Course a Success
Education


We are pleased to report that over 330 internists, residents, medical students and allied health professionals attended the Chapter’s Annual Scientific Meeting in conjunction with this year’s first IM Board Review Course cosponsored by the NY Methodist Hospital.




03/01/2013

Call to Action: Budget Issues will Impact Your Practice
Advocacy


As part of our active monitoring and advocacy efforts, your Chapter has identified several issues in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013-2014 proposed Budget, that will impact internal medicine practices across New York State.




02/13/2013

NYACP Promotes Patient Safety Awareness Week
Quality


NYACP is kicking off National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2013 with an “Anatomy of Medical Errors” Webinar, presented by Ethan Fried, MD, MACP on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 10am-11am.




02/13/2013

Cuomo Announces Improvements in Sepsis Care Initiative
Advocacy


On January 29, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will lead the nation by becoming the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification and treatment of sepsis.




01/16/2013

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order on Flu Vaccinations
Public Health


On January 12th, the Governor declared a Public Health Emergency for all of New York State in response to the increasingly severe flu season. The Order allows NYS certified pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age.




01/16/2013

NYS 2013-14 Legislative Session Convenes
Advocacy


With the start of the new 2013-2014 legislative session, we have already begun to monitor and act on legislative, regulatory and public policy developments in the area of health care delivery. We plan to focus efforts on issues that impact the provision of high quality and cost effective care to patients, Internal Medicine practice, public health and medical education.




01/13/2013

Internal Medicine Certification and Recertification Board Preparation Course is in 6 Weeks
Education


The Chapter and New York Methodist Hospital are pleased to present a two-day course on February 23 - 24, 2013.  For the first time, the course is being held in conjunction with this year’s Annual Chapter Scientific Meeting on Friday, Feburary 22, 2013.




01/13/2013

Quality Committee Identifies Over 30 Valuable Resources Available to Members
Quality


In the December 20th issue of Your Chapter in Action, we reported that the Chapter’s Quality Committee completed an extensive literature review and identified over 30 resources that impact members and their practices in the areas of quality, patient safety, process improvement, transitions in care and handoffs.




01/01/2002

Members: Forgot Your Password?


Members: Forgot Your Password?


01/01/2002

Assisted Living Information Worksheet Available


Assisted Living Information Worksheet Available


01/01/2002

CMS Launches NHQI Website


CMS Launches NHQI Website


01/01/2002

NHAP Forms Available Here


NHAP Forms Available Here


01/01/2002

San Francisco HUD Industry Meeting


San Francisco HUD Industry Meeting




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