Practice Management

NYACP Ethics Committee Releases Paper,  "What NYACP Members Need to Know About Withholding and Withdrawing Life Sustaining Therapies for Adult Patients Without Capacity"

Medical decision-making on behalf of adult, incapacitated patients can be challenging for physicians. This paper, from the NYACP Ethics Committee, reviews medical decision-making when patients lack capacity, and the 2010 New York State Family Healthcare Decisions Act (FHCDA), a law that governs surrogate decision-making in hospitals as well as nursing homes in the state of New York. In addition, it provides information about a 2015 amendment to this law that allows physicians to provide hospice-eligible, incapacitated patients with no surrogate hospice care in a way that was not previously permissible under the FHCDA, and provides details on the steps that must be taken. The Committee’s guidance is offered to assist Chapter Members as they face difficult patient challenges.

Wewould like to thank  the following NYACP Ethics Committee members on producing this timely paper: Ellen C. Meltzer, MD, FACP, Jack P. Freer, MD, FACP, Cynthia S. Pan, MD, FACP, Daniel Pomerantz, MD, FACP, Timothy E. Quill, MD, MACP and Elaine Schattner, MD, FACP, with input from the rest of the Ethics Committee. We especially want to thank Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, Division of Medical Ethics Chief at Weill Cornell Medical College and Robert Swidler, Esq., for their guidance and input .

To read the Ethics Paper click here.


Make Your Voice Heard: Take this Survey on Reducing Administrative from ACP

ACP is continuously working on your behalf to reduce administrative burdens and improve the Medicare payment system, as well as press legislators and regulators for changes that can successfully improve your daily work experience and patient care.

As part of that work, ACP is looking for members to complete this survey on Administrative Tasks and Best Practices. This survey will better assist the College in advocating for reform.




Call for Papers: 2019 Poster Competition - Deadline to Submit is November 2!

The next Chapter poster competition takes place at the on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. If you have worked on a research project or have an interesting clinical case, submit your abstract!

Separate poster competitions for residents and medical students will be held for entries in the following categories:
         •     Research
         •     Clinical Vignette

Residents/Fellows and Medical Students will be combined in the following category:
         •     Quality, Advocacy and Public Policy

If your abstract is chosen, you will be invited to present your poster at the Poster Competition on February 23 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, November 2, 2018.

To find out more please click here.

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