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  • 5 Feb 2019 12:35 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Let the House of Medicine hear your voice! Every member of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons has the opportunity to provide input regarding the development of policies and positions impacting orthopaedic surgeons and we encourage you to get involved!

    Working with NYSSOS Board of Directors, NYSSOS members have advocated for Resolutions that have covered a variety of issues including: 

    • Fair Health Transparency
    • Use of High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid to treat Knee Osteoarthritis
    • Pathology Specimens
    • WC Preferred Provider Organizations
    • Repeal of the New York State Medicare/Medicaid 20% Payment Charge
    • Truth in Advertisements or Marketing Materials to the Public 

    What is a Resolution?

    Resolutions set forth background information and propose a course of action to change policy, laws and regulations at the state and federal levels.  

    Resolutions are constructed with background information ("Whereas" clause/s) and conclude with a specific proposal oh how to change the issue at hand ("Resolved" clause/s).

    When Crafting a Resolution Keep in Mind the Following:

    • What do I want to change?
    • Is there existing policy, statute or regulation?
    • Who can effect the desired change?
    • Are there potential allies?
    • What are the financial consequences?
    We will help you craft and refine your idea and then submit it for consideration at this year’s MSSNY House of Delegates Meeting.  Please email Babette Grey, Executive Director at bgrey@nyssos.org 
  • 11 Dec 2018 9:45 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    OrthoInfo, the AAOS patient education website, is a free member resource that provides orthopaedic surgeons and patients with authoritative, in-depth information about musculoskeletal health.

    The website features more than 400 articles, videos, and animations on common orthopaedic problems, surgical procedures, nonsurgical treatments, injury prevention, and healthy living.

    All content is developed and peer reviewed by AAOS members.

    OrthoInfo articles can help patients be better informed and participate more fully in their care and recovery. 

    Visit the site today

  • 10 Dec 2018 5:30 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    At the Federal Level

    The AAOS Office of Government Relations, along with 15 other medical specialties, has given its support to legislation that would help relieve interns and residents of student loan debt. The bill (H.R. 5734), introduced by Rep. Brian Babin, DDS (R-Texas), would allow medical or dental interns or residents to defer their loans, interest-free.  > Read More 

    At the State Level

    In 2008, New York enacted an initiative called the Doctors Across New York Program  to help train and place physicians in underserved communities in a variety of settings and specialties to care for New York´s diverse population. The program offers two tracks:  the Doctors Across New York Physician Practice Support and Physician Loan Repayment programs. Due to statutory For a 3-year service obligation, there is a maximum amount of $120,000 provided for loan forgiveness. Learn more bout the program

  • 4 Dec 2018 9:18 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online tool that allows patients to compare costs for certain procedures that are performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

    The Procedure Price Lookup tool displays national averages for the amount Medicare pays and the national average copayment amount a beneficiary with no Medicare supplemental insurance would pay the provider.

    For example, the average total cost of a total disk arthroplasty with diskectomy is $11,213 at an ASC versus $15,371 at a HOPD; the average total cost of an anterior cervical diskectomy is $7,337 at an ASC versus $10,123 at a HOPD. 

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:36 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons would like to recognize Paul Rubery, MD, Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and his commitment to supporting the Society's efforts. The department also supported each of its residents with membership to the Society!

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) is the premier organization representing the orthopaedic community in New York in all practice settings.  Your support will enable us to advance our mission and continue to grow! 

    Thank you!

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:30 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons would like to recognize Leslie Bisson, MD, Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Buffalo, and his commitment to supporting the Society's efforts.

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) is the premier organization representing the orthopaedic community in New York in all practice settings.  Your support will enable us to advance our mission and continue to grow! 

    Thank you!

  • 15 Nov 2018 10:51 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Thursday November 15, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

    Register Here: https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=3536&seid=1288  

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET to provide information about the final rule for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program.

    During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will:

    • Provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)
    • Discuss Year 3 MIPS and Advanced APM policy changes
    • Highlight key differences between Year 2 and Year 3 requirements
    • Review ways to connect to the no-cost technical assistance and identify additional resources where attendees can learn more.

    The audio portion of this webinar will be broadcast through the web. You can listen to the presentation through your computer speakers.

    CMS will open the phone line for the Q&A portion.

    If you cannot hear audio through your computer speakers, please contact CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com

  • 13 Nov 2018 1:12 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) President David A. Halsey, MD  issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identifying potentially misvalued current procedural terminology (CPT) codes in the newly released 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule:

    “The AAOS strongly disagrees with the assumption that the seven high-volume CPT codes, including 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty), are potentially misvalued. Since they were last revalued by the RVS Update Committee (RUC) and CMS in 2013, there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest a change in physician work or practice expense.

    “The nature of the reevaluation request is also problematic, which was made by a large for-profit managed care health insurance company. CMS did not identify the source, nor did it make the full communication publicly available in the proposed rule. We are troubled by this lack of transparency and failure to disclose a potential conflict of interest.

    “Given these concerns, we do not believe that any further action is warranted and would advise against a review by the RUC and CMS. These procedures save the United States economy a combined $28 billion in lifetime societal savings, and any change to their relative value units (RVUs) could impair patient access to high quality orthopaedic care.” 

    For more information please visit:


  • 1 Nov 2018 10:14 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel.  The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant's DEA registration.  

    If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through "Extortion Scam Online Reporting" posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division's website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

    Extortion Scam Online Reporting 

    For more information contact:
    Locate DEA Field Office for your area - https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/contactDea/spring/fullSearch
    Registration Service Center - 1-800-882-9539
    Email - DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov    

  • 31 Oct 2018 10:01 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    With November upon us, we are in an election season which will determine the ease or hardship we have fighting and advocating to take care of our patients, manage a practice, and maintain the physician-patient relationship.  

    Reduced regulations, easier or no pre-authorizations for indicated testing, appropriate reimbursements, malpractice/tort reform, antitrust relief, and more common sense Worker’s Compensation rules and regulations are some of the many things your NYSSOS Board is advocating for.  We are involved with regulations and advocacy to help orthopaedic surgeons improve musculoskeletal care at the state and national level.  

    We had a successful and informative annual meeting at the University of Rochester in September.  A special thanks to Sam Flemister MD for doing such a great job as program coordinator.  Next year’s meeting will be in September in Albany and I would like to extend an invitation to all to attend for great educational talks along with advocacy and practice management updates.  

    We would like to thank and recognize outgoing NYSSOS President John Olsewski MD for his tireless work and advocacy on all of our behalves the past two years.  He improved our fiscal stability, improved the Worker’s Compensation board relationship, started our MLMIC reduced nerve injury in total joint initiative which we will be rolling out next year, and has been fighting for eliminating silent PPO reductions below the New York State Worker’s Compensation rate which is currently increasing.  

    I encourage all Orthopaedic surgeons to make sure to join your New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) and ask those who are already members to renew your membership

     We are stronger together and we represent all orthopaedic surgeons in the state whether private practice, academic  or employed physicians, or physicians in training.  

    Please make a special point to encourage your partners or colleagues to join and also contribute to the OrthoPAC which is our advocacy arm.  Society membership dues do not go to OrthoPAC and we have been growing the size, importance, and relevancy of our state PAC which goes to state issues and is separate from the AAOS PAC.  

    Please reach out to your District Representatives, your Board of Councilors, the NYSSOS Board, Babette Grey (our excellent Executive Director),  or me with issues or concerns that come up so that we can be a resource and of assistance.

    James Slough, MD
    NYSSOS President

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NYSSOS serves the interests of New York orthopaedists and their patients by helping to create an optimal practice environment in which to provide quality and efficacious orthopaedic care. 

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