Pain Management, Palliative Care & Addiction

A Series of Three Webinars

Sponsored by the Medical Society of the State of New York and The New York State Office for Alcholism and Substance Abuse Services.

New York State requires that EVERY prescriber that holds a DEA license complete three hours of education every three years on addiction, pain management and palliative care.

**Note the Coursework is REQUIRED by July 1, 2017**

The Upcoming Webinars are:

                      Thursday, March 9, 2017     7:30 am - 8:30 am          

           Tuesday, March 14, 2017     7:30 am - 8:30 am

            Tuesday, March 21, 2017     7:30 am - 8:30 am

But you must register for them. Register in 5 minutes.

This Webinar is FREE for MSSNY/SCMS Members


 Saying Good Bye is Never Easy

After 25 years as the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Medical Society,

Stuart Friedman has announced his plans to retire at the end of February 2017.

CLICK HERE for a Letter from Stu Friedman  

The Joint Commission Reverses Its Position on Texting Medical Orders

 MSSNY Five - Step Macra Checklist

 Steps you can take NOW to prepare your practice

CLICK HERE for the Article

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

 Losses Mount at Medical Malpractice Insurer, Creating Potential Awkwardness for Cuomo

By DAN GOLDBERG | 12/19/16 / POLITICO New York 

The state's second-largest medical malpractice insurer, Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, continues to struggle financially, reporting significant losses through the end of the third quarter and setting up a potential showdown with the Cuomo administration in 2017.

PRI, which was implicated in a 2015 federal corruption case, has a negative surplus of $182 million through Sept. 30, according to its most recently reported financial documents.

 CLICK HERE for Remainder of Article



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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