October 6th, 2014

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MSSNY Readiness Survey on eRx Adoption

September 16th, 2014

Effective March 27, 2015, language enacted into law as part of I-STOP will require physicians and other prescribers including nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists, podiatrists, physician assistants and optometrists in New York State to issue prescriptions electronically directly to a pharmacy, with limited exceptions. The law will not require a prescriber to issue a prescription electronically when:

  • Electronic prescribing is not available due to temporary technological or electronic failure;
  • The prescriber has a waiver granted by the New York State Commissioner of Health;
  • The prescriber reasonably determines that it would be impractical for the patient to obtain substances prescribed by electronic prescription in a timely manner; or,
  • The prescription will be dispensed at a pharmacy located outside New York State.

The law requires electronic prescribing for all types of medications (controlled substances and non-controlled substances) and for syringes and other medical devices dispensed at a pharmacy in New York. E-prescribing for controlled substances is currently permitted by state and federal law but it is optional until March 27, 2015.

A waiver from this mandate can be granted in limited circumstances. To qualify for a waiver, the prescriber must demonstrate that his or her ability to issue an electronic prescription is unduly burdened by: (a) economic hardship; (b) technological limitations that are not reasonably within the control of the prescriber; or (c) other exceptional circumstance demonstrated by the prescriber. The waiver is good for up to one year at which time the prescriber must reapply for a continuation of the waiver and set forth an updated statement of facts detailing the continuing circumstances in support of the renewal.

MSSNY would like to determine physician readiness and capability to comply with the March 27, 2015 deadline. We ask you to please complete the survey by close of businessSeptember 22.

Please click here to take the survey.

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Academy Annual Meeting – Sept 30

September 9th, 2014

SAVE THE DATE

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
NASSAU ACADEMY OF MEDICINE

TUESDAY September 30
Chateau Briand – Carle Place, NY
Registration 6:30P – Dinner Meeting 7:00P

Presentation of Fellows Citation
and
Past-President’s Citation to
Steven E. Rubin, MD

Guest Speaker
ANDREW KLEINMAN, MD
PRESIDENT, MSSNY

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The Breast Cancer Summit

September 9th, 2014

The 4th Annual Breast Cancer Summit

Oct. 7,2014 at the Coral House Baldwin- 8:00A to 1:00P

Keynote speaker: Fran Drescher

register on linewww.breastcancersummit.com.

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NACMED e-NEWS September 2014

September 8th, 2014

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NACMED E-NEWS IS HERE!

August 19th, 2014

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Too Little Sleep – Physicians Should Remain Wary

June 13th, 2014

The recent accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that resulted in a death and injury to several people including comedian Tracy Morgan is a reminder of the dangers of driving while tired.  According to news reports the driver of the Walmart truck that caused the accident had been awake for over 24 hours prior to the accident.  As physicians, whether in training or in practice, we all have experienced being awake for 24 hours or more.  Limitations on the hours of house staff offer little protection (a 24 hour shift is still acceptable) and there are no standards for attending physicians when we are on call. This level of fatigue represents a significant risk to the physician as well as members of the community.  Friends don’t let friends drink and drive and colleagues shouldn’t let colleagues drive under unsafe conditions.  As physicians we need to heal ourselves and prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths.

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OPMC to Take Action Against Physicians Who Have Not Completed/Updated Their Profile

June 11th, 2014

PHYSICIANS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE

MSSNY HAS LEARNED THAT OPMC WILL BEGIN TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST A HANDFUL OF PHYSICIANS WHO HAVE NOT UPDATED THEIR PHYSICIAN PROFILES AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

WE ARE ADVISED THAT DOH MADE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO SPEAK WITH THESE PHYSICIANS THROUGH REGULAR NOTICES AND PERSONAL CALLS. AND SINCE THEIR LAST CALL TO THESE PHYSICIANS, MORE THAN SIXTY DAYS HAVE PASSED WITHOUT THESE PHYSICIANS TAKING THE REQUIRED ACTION.

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET UPDATED YOUR PHYSICIAN PROFILE PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY!

For more information and to update your profile, click here.

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HOFSTRA HOSTING NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK EVENTS

April 8th, 2014

The Greater NY Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE) will sponsor continuing education credits for CHES and MCHES for attendance at Hofstra’s NPHW Event Series. Approximately 1 Continuing Education credit will be provided for every 1 hour of attendance, up to 16 CE credits. There is a $10 processing fee.

CLICK EACH EVENT TO VIEW THE LOCATION AND FULL EVENT DESCRIPTION

Sunday, April 6

  • 9:00AM -3:00PM – WOMEN’S HEALTH FAIR

Monday, April 7

  • 4:00PM-6:00PM – DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH: POLITICS, POLICY AND PRACTICE – PANEL DISCUSSION

  • 6:30PM-8:30PM – MANAGING CARE, COST, AND QUALITY IN AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED HEALTH SYSTEM CHANGE – PANEL DISCUSSION

Tuesday, April 8

  • 2:00PM-3:30PM – RADIATION SAFETY: HOW EXPOSED ARE YOU? – PRESENTATION AND Q&A

  • 6:30PM-8:30PM – MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015: WHERE DO WE STAND AND WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? – GLOBAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Wednesday, April 9

  • 8:30AM-1:30PM – NASSAU COUNTY MINORITY HEALTH CONFERENCE – FILM VIEWING, PANEL DISCUSSION, AND HEALTH SCREENINGS

  • 2:30PM-4:00PM – LOVE SHOULDN’T HURT: KNOW THE SIGNS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT DATING VIOLENCE – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRESENTATION AND Q&A

  • 4:30PM-10:00PM – PUBLIC HEALTH FILM FESTIVAL – FILM VIEWING AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Thursday, April 10

  • 11:00AM-1:30PM – THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: STUDENTS PRESENT STRATEGIES FOR TACKLING CHILDHOOD OBESITY: INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDENT CASE COMPETITION

  • 7:00PM-9:00PM – HEALTH CARE REFORM 2014 AND BEYOND – A SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE BY DR. JOHN MCDONOUGH ON THE IMPACT OF OBAMACARE

Friday, April 11

  • 12:00PM-2:00PM – HOW NURSES CAN HELP SAVE HEALTH REFORM – LUNCHEON AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Saturday, April 12

  • 9:00AM – RUN OR DYE 5K

PLEASE VISIT THE SOHPA TABLE IN THE SONDRA AND DAVID S. MACK STUDENT CENTER
April 7-10, 2014
TO LEARN ABOUT THE CAMPUS-WIDE PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGN

All events are free and open to the public

For more information on the event, contact Nicolle Davis via email or 516-463-6467.

National Public Health Week 2014 is brought to you by Hofstra University’s School of Health Sciences and Human Services, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration, Hofstra’s Student Society of Public Health Advocates (SOPHA), Hofstra’s Future Healthcare Leaders in collaboration with: Henry Schein, Inc; BAYADA Home Health Care; Nassau County Department of Health; Nassau University Medical Center; North Shore-LIJ Department of Pediatrics; The Safe Center of Long Island; Hofstra University School of Medicine; Hofstra University Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy.

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GOV. CUOMO ANNOUNCES PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FY 2014-15

January 27th, 2014


Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed his $142.1 billion spending plan which will increase spending by 1.7 percent over the previous year. The plan includes a projected surplus of $500 million. Under the Governor’s plan, spending on the state’s Medicaid program is expected to be increased by about 4% to $58.2 billion, an all-funds increase from $55.6 billion. Additional Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms will be proposed including consolidation of behavioral health services with health and recovery plans and additional funding being made available for affordable housing.

Increased payments would also be made for community providers. Mentioning Brooklyn, the Governor stated that several hospitals in Brooklyn including Brookdale, Interfaith and LICH have been ‘propped up’ until the federal waiver of significant federal funding can be approved. The Governor noted that we have “a crisis in Brooklyn which has more people in it with more than San Francisco and WashingtonDC combined”. He stated that the State budget doesn’t have the resources needed to keep these hospitals open without the federal waiver monies.

EXCESS AND LIABILITY RATE STABILIZATION:
EXCESS MEDICAL LIABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM CONTINUED THROUGH JUNE 30, 2015
The Excess Medical Liability Insurance Program created in 1985 to ease physician concerns that their liability exposure far exceeded available coverage limitations was continued through June 30, 2015. Unlike last year, no changes to program eligibility or funding cuts have been proposed. Funding for the program is appropriated at the $127.4M level.

Also, the Superintendent’s Authority to Set Medical Liability Rates Continued Through June 30, 2015.

MANAGED CARE:
OUT OF NETWORK IN GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET

The bill contains provisions similar to Senator Hannon’s S.2551 to provide greater transparency of a health insurer’s out of network coverage, broader availability of a patient’s right to go out of network if the insurer’s existing network is insufficient, and provisions to assure that out of network benefits are more comprehensive.  However, it is more limited than the Senate proposal in that it would require insurers issuing a group health insurance policy to “make available” coverage for out of network care at the 70% of usual and customary cost of an out of network health care service.

Moreover, it would make all bills for emergency care and other “surprise bills” for hospital care by non-participating providers subject to an arbitration process. (See article below)

HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT:
HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT RE-AUTHORIZED FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS THROUGH MARCH 31, 2017

First effective on January 1, 1997, HCRA revolutionized the funding and financing of New York’s health care system by allowing hospitals and third-party payors to negotiate inpatient and outpatient hospital rates.  Through several pools of money, HCRA supports many essential “public good” health delivery services and programs throughout the state.  These “public goods” programs are integral to the fabric of our state’s health care delivery system.

$65M APPROPRIATION TO STATE HEALTH INFORMATION NETWORK OF NY (SHIN-NY)
This appropriation from HCRA funds will shore up the operational work and connectivity to and between the regional health information networks. Funding or technology standardization is necessary to assure cost efficient physician connectivity with the SHIN-NY.

AMBULATORY SERVICES:
FOR PROFIT “LIMITED SERVICE” CLINICS LOCATED IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS PROPOSED

he proposed budget would authorize the establishment of limited service clinics within retail establishments owned by publicly traded corporations. These clinics would be staffed by nurse practitioners and would be authorized to provide a limited set of services with no self-referral prohibitions placed on the health professionals from directing patients to make purchases at the retail establishments at which the nurse practitioners or other health professionals are employed. If read in tandem with another proposal on nurse practitioners summarized below, a NP could be allowed to ‘collaborate’ with a hospital and placed by the hospital in a retail clinic owned by a publicly traded corporation to provide services in the clinic with no requirement for physician collaboration.

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