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  • Fri, October 27, 2017 10:37 AM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    Representatives of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and AAOS were successful in changing legislation that would have labeled all podiatrists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as "physicians." It also would have raised salaries for podiatrists to make them equal to medical doctors (MD) and doctors of osteopathy (DO) as well as allow them unrestricted access to clinical leadership positions.

    Due to their direct intervention, the result was legislation that reinforced the necessity of clinical leadership belonging to MDs and DOs as well as the "physician" title.

    That success did not come overnight, however...> Read More

  • Wed, October 25, 2017 10:42 AM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    In the complex and busy world of healthcare delivery, physician practices may overlook basic office procedures that promote patient safety and reduce exposure to liability. 

    This handbook identifies potential risks and provides recommendations to mitigate them. 

    Each tip is designed to address a common issue in the office practice and provide practical guidance on how to employ best practices. 

    These easy-to-implement recommendations are a guide for physicians, other healthcare providers, and staff. The implementation of these recommendations may assist in preventing adverse outcomes, improving patient care, and minimizing liability exposure in the office practice.

    Access the Guide

    • Tip #11: Using Chaperones During Physical Examinations
    • Tip #12: Promoting Communication Between Referring and Consulting Physicians
    • Tip #13: Handling Patients' Complaints Properly
    • Tip #14: Managing Drug Seeking Patients
    • Tip #15: Communicating and Following-Up Critical Test Results
    • Tip #16: Promoting Adherence to a Medication Regimen
    • Tip #17: Communicating with Low Health Literacy Patients
    • Tip #18: Discontinuing the Physician-Patient Relationship Properly
    • Tip #19: Treating Patients with Whom You Have a Close Relationship
    • Tip #20: Reducing the Risk of the Copy and Paste Function in Electronic Health Records
  • Sat, October 21, 2017 8:21 AM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    In this year's 2017 - 2018 Executive Budget,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law several significant pieces of workers’ compensation reform which includes new Permanency Impairment Guidelines (“Guidelines”) to be adopted by January 1, 2018. 

    On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the New York State Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing to examine the proposal and listen to concerns expressed by stakeholders including,  NYS Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, organized labor, groups representing injured workers and trial attorneys. 

    • Watch the re-broadcast of the NYS Assembly Labor Committee hearing. 
    We encourage you to read and comment on the NYS WCB proposed guidelines during the public comment period.

    Comment Period
    The public comment period is 45 days and will be open until October 23, 2017. Comments can be submitted using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImpairGuideComments 

    For additional information
    For more information regarding these proposed regulations, contact Heather M. MacMaster, Deputy General Counsel, Workers' Compensation Board 328 State Street, Schenectady, New York 12305-2318, telephone: (518) 486-9564 e-mail: regulations@wcb.ny.gov.

  • Mon, October 16, 2017 11:07 AM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    MLMIC has released its Fall 2017 issue of MLMIC’s Dateline® newsletter.  Published twice a year (spring and fall), Dateline® focuses on risk management issues and improving patient safety, as well as keeping MLMIC policyholders apprised of changes in underwriting procedures, legal matters, legislative affairs, and many other matters of interest to physicians and healthcare facilities

    In the Fall issue:

    Use of Unlicensed Medical Assistants in the Physician’s Office

    A significant number of physicians inappropriately use medical assistants or other unlicensed staff to assist in treating their patients in clinical settings and private offices and are unaware of the dangers of doing so. 

    Social Media: Responding to Unflattering Online Reviews

    Used for social networking, professional networking, media sharing, blogging, and research and information gathering, the number of patients and healthcare professionals using social media has exploded in recent years. 

    Risk Management Tip #22

    The Proper Use of Patient Portals. 

  • Mon, October 16, 2017 10:52 AM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    President Trump's administration announced last week that it will immediately end subsidies that insurance companies and New York State receive to help pay for health care for lower- and middle-income people buying insurance on their own.

    New York was one of two states (the other was Minnesota) to implement an optional benefit under the ACA known as the Essential Plan within the NY Health Exchange.  

    The Essential Plan offers health insurance with maximum premiums of $20 a month to New Yorkers who earn more than the limit allowed by Medicaid, up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $27,720 for a single person. About 665,000 New Yorkers are enrolled in the Essential Plan.

    For New Yorkers on the Essential Plan, the cost-sharing reductions go directly to the state to cover costs. This year the payments for the Essential Plan totaled about $925 million. Those payments will end if there were no more cost-sharing reductions.

    For a full Q and A on the issue, see recent TimesUnion news article by Claire Hughes highlighting the impact. 

  • Thu, October 12, 2017 2:03 PM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    As proposed in the 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, solo practitioners and groups can choose to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a virtual group for the 2018 performance period. 

     To form a virtual group for 2018, solo practitioners and groups would need to engage in an election process. 

     For the 2018 MIPS performance period, the election period for virtual groups to make an election is from October 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017.

    What is a Virtual Group?

    CMS has proposed a virtual group to be a combination of two or more Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) made up of: 

    • A solo practitioner who’s eligible to participate in MIPS and bills under a TIN with no other National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) billing under the TIN, OR 
    • A group with 10 or fewer eligible clinicians (at least 1 must be eligible for MIPS) that joins with at least 1 other solo practitioner or group for a performance period of a year.

    How Do I Form a Virtual Group?

    To form a virtual group, CMS has proposed a two-stage virtual group election process:

    • Stage 1 (optional): Solo practitioners and groups with 10 or fewer eligible clinicians may contact their designated Technical Assistance representative or the Quality Payment Program Service Center to determine if they are eligible to join or form a virtual group. 
    • Stage 2: For groups that choose not to participate in Stage 1 of the election process, CMS will determine if they are eligible in Stage 2. During Stage 2, the virtual group must name an official representative who will submit their election to CMS via email to MIPS_VirtualGroups@cms.hhs.gov by December 1, 2017. 

    The election would include:

    1. A written formal agreement between each of the virtual group members; and 

    2. Information about the TIN and NPI associated with the virtual group representative’s contact information.

    For more information about joining or forming virtual groups, see theVirtual Groups Toolkit.

    Need Help with the Election Process?

    Contact the Quality Payment Program at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292 (TTY: 1-877-715-6222). You can also contact your local support organization for support. 

  • Thu, October 12, 2017 11:00 AM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently posted the following new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on the CMS website:

  • Tue, September 12, 2017 2:54 PM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) received the 2017 State Orthopaedic Society of the Year Award during the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC) in Washington, D.C. Gregory G. Gallant, MD, chair of the Board of Councilors State Orthopaedic Societies Committee presented the award to John M. Olsewski, MD, NYSSOS president.

    Babette Grey, executive director of the NYSSOS, was honored as the 2017 Executive Director of the Year. Ms. Grey was recognized for her many accomplishments on behalf of the society, including lobbying for the adoption of a state educational program to train, examine, and license orthopaedic technologists and her efforts to curb a significant cut in workers' compensation reimbursement fees for orthopaedic care.

    Dr. Gallant (left) and AAOS President William J. Maloney, MD (right) present Dr. Olsewski with the 2017 State Orthopaedic Society of the Year Award.

    Dr. Gallant (left) and AAOS President Dr. Maloney (right) present Babette Grey with the 2017 Executive Director of the Year Award.

  • Tue, September 12, 2017 2:45 PM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    What's New in Orthopaedics
    Saturday, September 23, 2017
    On-site at HSS or Live Streaming

    Hospital for Special Surgery
    Richard L. Menschel Education Center
    535 East 70th Street, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10021

    Please join us at the 2017 New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Symposium and Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. 

    If you prefer to mail in your registration, you may download the brochure here. 

    This year’s theme is “What’s New in Orthopaedic Surgery.” Through a joint providership with Hospital for Special Surgery, the Symposium will deliver brief, high yield presentations in all disciplines of orthopaedics followed by discussions with the audience.

    Hospital for Special Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    In addition, participants who elect to purchase and pass the OKU 12 test will receive up to 20 SAE credits.

    New for 2017: For those unable to join us in person, we are pleased to offer an affordable live streaming option! > Register

  • Sat, September 09, 2017 2:50 PM | Babette Atkins (Administrator)

    Don't put yourself at risk of a 4% penalty under MIPS. To check if you need to submit data to MIPS, enter your 10-digit National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.

    If you're exempt from MIPS with the first review, you won't need to do anything else for MIPS this year. If you are included in MIPS, you may be exempt with the second review of eligibility determinations at the end of 2017. Learn more about MIPS eligibility.

    To fully participate in MIPS you must report on 90-days of performance in three MIPS categories: Quality (formerly known as PQRS), Advancing Care Information (previously Meaningful Use), and Improvement Activities (new!).

    Want to maximize your incentive eligibility? To earn the highest MIPS score you must take action before October 2 to plan and attest for a full 90-days of performance for MIPS Improvement Activities.

    Check out the MACRA & Delivery Reform Information Center by visiting: www.aaos.org/MACRA-DelieveryReform/

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