NYS Governor’s State Budget Inclusion-Needs Your Voice!

 The Governor, as part of the State Budget is including a Workers Compensation reform, that includes several provisions that The Suffolk County Medical Society and MSSNY strongly oppose:

  • Removing the ability of a county medical society to review the application of a physician to participate in Workers Compensation;
  • Limiting injured worker choice of physician by greatly lengthening the time period (from 30 to 120 days) for which an injured worker must be treated by a Workers Compensation PPO-affiliated physician; and
  • Increasing the power of the Workers Compensation Board to drop physicians from the program, and to impose significant fines.
Please reach out to our Senate members and voice our opposition in this matter!!!
Suffolk County Senators:
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“For many years, New York’s physician community has advocated for needed fixes to the ACA to address its many flaws. The flaws include, but are not limited to, that the ACA has accelerated the trend of health insurance plans that greatly limit physician choice; and, has accelerated the trend of health insurance plans that impose enormous cost sharing responsibilities on our patients. This serves as a barrier to receiving needed care. It is imperative that Congress take action to fix these flaws.

The AHCA begins to address some of these problems by significantly expanding the amounts that patients could dedicate to their Health Savings Accounts, and by delaying for several years the tax on comprehensive health insurance coverage (the “Cadillac Tax”).

Moreover, the AHCA retains some positive provisions of the ACA, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, prohibitions on annual and lifetime limits, and the requirement for insurers to offer coverage for dependent children up to age 26.

On the other hand, we have concerns with provisions that may cause New Yorkers who currently have low cost, “first dollar” coverage to instead purchase coverage with high deductibles and other high cost sharing responsibilities.  Worse yet, they may not purchase any coverage at all.  We also have concerns about the long-term impact of the AHCA on New York State's Budget finances.

We look forward to working with the members of New York’s Congressional delegation towards enactment of legislation which will provide affordable and comprehensive coverage options for our patients, which includes enacting the following key reforms set forth in policy adopted at the MSSNY House of Delegates calling for needed improvements to the ACA:

w  repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB);

w  expanding the use of health savings accounts as a means to provide health insurance; -enactment of comprehensive medical liability reform;

w  enactment of long term Medicare physician payment reform including permitting patients to privately contract with physicians not participating in the Medicare program; and 

w  enactment of antitrust reform to permit independently practicing physicians to collectively negotiate with health insurance companies"


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2017 Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet for Eligible Professionals

Overview of the Program

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress established payment adjustments under Medicare for eligible professionals that are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology. Eligible professional (EP) that do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use for an EHR reporting period associated with a payment adjustment year will receive reduced Medicare payments for that year. The Medicare payment adjustments began on January 1, 2015 for EP and sunset in 2018 per the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).


  2017 Legislative Day Program


Starting January 2017, DEA will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail.  Instead, an electronic reminder to renew will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration.

 At this time, DEA will otherwise retain its current policy and procedures with respect to renewal and reinstatement of registration. This policy is as follows: 

·         If a renewal application is submitted in a timely manner prior to expiration, the registrant may continue operations, authorized by the registration, beyond the expiration date until final action is taken on the application.

·         DEA allows the reinstatement of an expired registration for one calendar month after the expiration date. If the registration is not renewed within that calendar month, an application for a new DEA registration will be required.

·         Regardless of whether a registration is reinstated within the calendar month after expiration, federal law prohibits the handling of controlled substances or List 1 chemicals for any period of time under an expired registration. 

So, the good news is that registration numbers will not automatically be retired if renewal applications are filed within the one-month grace period after the expiration date.  However, there are a few issues that need clarification from the DEA, including whether the filing of a renewal application during the one-month grace period automatically reinstates the registration number or whether DEA must adjudicate the renewal application before the number becomes valid.  It also is not clear whether a registration number remains valid if the registrant files a renewal application during the grace period and DEA fails to adjudicate the application before the end of the month.  The AMA will be following up with DEA staff on these issues and will update the Federation accordingly.

If you want to check your registration expiration date, please contact the DEA Registration Service Center at 1-800-882-9539 or email [email protected] and include your DEA Registration number in your email.  For questions about this alert, please contact Debra Cohn, Senior Washington Counsel, at (202) 789-7423 or [email protected].




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