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Measles Outbreak in New York State Continues to Spread

Webinar Available at MSSNY CME Website

The number of measles cases in New York State continues to rise with approximately 665 of the 706 confirmed cases nationwide in New York State (423 in New York City, 206 in Rockland, 23 in Orange, 10 in Westchester, 2 in Sullivan, 1 in Suffolk and 1 in Greene counties) as of May 1st.  MSSNY conducted a just-in-time Medical Matters webinar entitled “The Continued Public Health Threat of Measles 2018” in December, 2018.  This webinar has now been posted to the MSSNY CME website: You can also view MSSNY’s latest Medical Matters webinar entitled “What’s Your Diagnosis? Infectious Diseases” which involves a patient with a fever and a rash.  Please check these out and keep yourself informed about the growing measles outbreak throughout New York State.  You can also listen to MSSNY’s brief podcast on the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine here.


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Suffolk County Officials Report a Confirmed Case of Measles in Adult
The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) has been notified of a laboratory confirmed case of measles in an adult who arrived recently from outside of the United States.  At this time, the case does not appear to be related to any current measles cases in New York State.  SCDHS, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), is investigating the case, and will take appropriate action based on the findings. 
Anyone who visited the BNB bank located at 48 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, New York, on Saturday April 20, 2019, from 12:15 p.m. until the bank closed at 1:00 p.m. may have been exposed to measles. If you were in the bank at that time, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Public Health staff at 631-854-0333 during business hours. After hours and on the weekend, call 631-852-4820.
Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, have had measles disease, or have a lab test confirming immunity. Individuals who are not immune to measles and were exposed are at risk for developing measles. Preventive treatment for measles is recommended for those without evidence of immunity as follows: MMR vaccine can be given to eligible exposed individuals within 72 hours of exposure OR immune globulin can be administered within 6 days of exposure.
To prevent the spread of illness, the health department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of a rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.
The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected. If a person is unsure if they are immune they should contact their healthcare provider. Typically, the first dose of MMR vaccine should be given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose should be given at four to six years of age (age of school entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later in life. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.
For families traveling overseas, a baby between the ages of 6 through 11 months old should receive one dose of MMR vaccine before leaving.  If a child is 12 months of age or older, he or she will need two doses of MMR vaccine – separated by at least 28 days – before departure.
SCDHS also reminds all health providers that it is mandatory to report all cases or suspected cases of measles to the SCDHS Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at 631-854-0333.

2019 HOD: Presidents Dinner Dance

WNYC NEWS : Listen in HERE

"Opponents Try to Extinguish Marijuana Debate"

““The consensus is that using marijuana regularly does alter areas of the brain that are involved in cognition and thought processes in memory and learning,” said Dr. Frank Dowling, a Long Island psychiatrist working with the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “And the long-term usage, especially as a teen or young adult, can lead to long-term cognitive issues, even if someone stops using later on in life.”




Thank you Physicians for speaking with our Senators and Assembly Members in Albany!

Effective April 1, 2018
"A written treatment plan in the patient’s medical record is required if a practitioner prescribes opioids for pain that has lasted for more than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing."
Medical Society of the State NY (MSSNY) Young Physicians, Resident, Medical Student Social

Come network with other young physicians and physician trainees and learn about how you can impact the future of medicine in NY through MSSNY. All physicians, trainees and attendings up to 8 years in practice invited. MSSNY membership not required.

Friday, February 8th, 2019
Sessions 73
73rd St. and 1st Ave. Manhattan, NY
Cash Bar available


Link to RSVP:

Medical Society of the State NY (MSSNY) Young Physicians Section (YPS), Residents and Medical Students Sections Joint Educational Symposium 
We are excited to invite you to join us at the 2019 MSSNY YPS/RFS/MSS Joint Educational Symposium. This event is held in conjunction with the YPS Annual Meeting, the RFS Annual Meeting, and the MSS Spring Meeting. This year we are thrilled to host national leaders in medical toxicology and social media in medicine. 

On behalf of the planning committee, we look forward to seeing you on February 9. 
-L. Carlos Zapata, MD, FACEP, Chair of the Planning Committee 
Saturday, February 9, 2019 
Courtyard by Marriott Long Island Westbury 
1800 Privado Road 
Westbury, NY 11590
11:00 AM: (At Marriott) The Opioid Epidemic-From Prescription to Death and Everything in Between* by Dean G. Olsen, DO 
12:15 PM:  Social Media in Medicine** Panel featuring Erich Anderer, MD; Daniel E. Choi, MD; Frank Cusimano, DO/PhD Candidate; Shari Marchbein, MD; Alok Patel, MD 


The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This event is open to MSSNY members only. Medical students and 1st year resident physicians can become members for free.  For more information on how to become a MSSNY member:
To RSVP for this Joint Educational Symposium'




MSSNY Lobby Day  2019

Flyer and Registration

 Legislative Program

 How to Effectively Communicate with Your Legislator

 For MSSNY's Position on bills which will be discussed


Thank You!

 Governor Cuomo has signed The Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act (A.3694-C)  !



Call to Action:

Dear members and physicians at large,

 We urge you to call Governor Cuomo and Advocate for the enactment of legislation that allows the Annual Evaluation of Insurers’ Compliance with Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity Laws.

 This will provide annual transparency and accountability measures from insurers, health plans and behavioral health benefit managers regarding compliance with federal and state MH/SUD parity laws.

 They will be required to submit data, and issue an annual report, for the purpose of allowing the Department of Financial Services to evaluate compliance with federal and state MH/SUD parity laws

 This legislation is actively supported by twenty-two statewide organizations and five national organizations representing mental health and substance use disorder providers, county medical societies, medical specialty societies and consumer representatives. 

 The Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act (A.3694-C)

Governor Cuomo will decide on this by December 22.

Please Call (518) 474 – 8390  [press 2 to speak with a person]

Hi, my name is _______________. I am a New York State resident and I urge Governor Cuomo to sign A.3694-C into law. We need parity compliance reporting measures to sustain and enhance the care for with those with mental health and substance use disorders.  Passing this bill will help to overcome obstacles to treatment and prevent the deaths of our loved ones.




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Assemblyman Andrew Raia speaks with

Dr. Richard Schoor on this Podcast


Suffolk Academy of Medicine SALUS POPULI: PODCAST

Suffolk Academy of Medicine SALUS POPULI: PODCAST

with Dr. Richard Schoor




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