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ICD-10 glitch leads CMS to relax physician quality penalties.  The CMS issued a 2-year pass to physicians and group practices due to a glitch with quality reporting measures based on a recent update to the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. Only certain specialties and procedures will be impacted by this waiver of negative payment adjustments. The majority of ICD-10-CM coding changes that impacted 2016 PQRS measures were related to diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular, oncology, mental health and eye disease diagnosis. In addition, it will be up to CMS to decide if the payment adjustment should or should not be applied. CMS will perform an analysis after the close of the 2016 PQRS reporting period and CMS will review the submissions to determine which group practices and EPs were negatively impacted by the ICD-10-CM coding changes. More info.

    NYS Workers' Compensation Board Form Submission Guidelines

    Final Section 1557 Rule - Nondiscrimination in Health Care Programs and Activities, by Donald Moy, Esq., Kern Augustine PC.

    Antibiotic Resistance Resources: The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance and antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. To assist you in your efforts to educate your patients about proper prescribing, the Monroe County Department of Public Health and the Monroe County Medical Society developed a poster for use in exam and waiting rooms. The poster succinctly communicates needed information on bacteria and viruses and can be printed in either 8 1/2 x 11 or 11/17. There are numerous other promotional products at CDC's web site.  If you are interested in further exploring this topic see information at cdc.gov/getsmart/index.html

    MACRA Resources



    Medicare Part D

    Medical Marijuana

    • NYSDOH is offering a 4-hour medical use of marijuana course. Practitioners who wish to register with the Department and certify their patients for the Medical Marijuana Program must complete this course. The course covers: the pharmacology of marijuana; contraindications; side effects; adverse reactions; overdose prevention; drug interactions; dosing; routes of administration; risks and benefits; warnings and precautions; and abuse and dependence. Cost: $249. Practitioners will earn 4.5 hours of CME credit upon successful completion of the course. Access the course here.

    • NYS Medical Marijuana FAQs


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    Monroe County Medical Society

    7th District Branch of the Medical Society of the State of New York
    Serving Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne & Yates Counties 

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    Rochester, New York 14618
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