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Letter to opioid prescribers from Deputy Commissioner of Monroe County Department of Public Health re: strategies for reducing deaths opiod overdoes deaths.

The Medical Scholarship Fund of MCMS supports future physicians for our community. We're holding a Silent Auction fundraiser at the Irondequoit Country Club on October 25, 2017, starting at 6 pm. It will feature a great buffet, including a carving station, and dessert table, entertainment by the Acapella group "On Call", a silent auction, and a $500 prize drawing! Come support our future physicians! http://bit.ly/2wJ4obd

Risk Management Tips for Today's Medical Practice, by MLMIC

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Alexander Strasser, MD on Sunday, September 10, 2017. An Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Strasser was 83 years old. An MCMS member since 1963, Dr. Strasser was a member of the MCMS nominating committee and a long-time co-editor for The Bulletin. In addition, he was the Highland Hospital representative for the MCMS Board of Directors. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Strasser’s wife and family. Donations may be made to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in his memory.

PQRS: Feedback Reports and Informal Review Process for PY 2016 Results Call — September 26

New CME Opportunity for PAs Participating in QI through Monroe County Medical Society

NYSDOH Health Advisory re: Hepatitis C Infection Investigation in Westchester County

Intimate Partner Violence Workshop on Oct. 26 for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals, presented by RESOLVE of Greater Rochester, Tree of Hope Counseling, and Delphi Drug & Alcohol Council.

The URMC Department of Psychiatry Division of Collaborative Care & Wellness is hosting its second annual Behavioral Health Integration Annual Symposium on Oct. 13. The event is focused on the value that integrated medical and behavioral health care can bring to patients, providers and health care systems.

MCMS is pleased to announce that we have joined the American Board of Medical Specialities' (ABMS) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program, offering physicians an opportunity to maintain Board Certification and improve patient health and safety throughout upstate New York. Read more.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ):  Medical Provider Services for the Children's Center  The RFQ is currently available for download. Responses are due by September 15, 2017. You will need to register online in order to view the RFQ: http://www.monroecounty.gov/bid/rfpOnly those respondents who have registered and received a copy of this RFQ via the County website will receive addenda, if issued. If you have questions regarding this RFQ, please contact Walt Webert at wwebert@monroecounty.gov.

Contribute is Rochester RHIO's call to participating providers to share patient data (C-CDAs) with the RHIO through your EHRs. With this additional data, the RHIO will be able to provide more complete patient health records, enabling the highest quality patient care -- effectively transforming the healthcare system. Example use cases & FAQs.  Become a Data Contributor.

Medicaid Fee-for-service Pharmacy Program Updates & Reminders for August 2017:

Monroe County Opioid Task Force BrochureMCMS is honored to support this Task Force and the work in the community..

Common Ground Health is presenting a Team-Based Care event on Sept. 8. Hear from an experienced professional how high-functioning practice teams can deliver high quality care to vulnerable populations. This event is geared toward providers, office managers and care managers. Anny member of the practice team can benefit from the information as Team Based Care is a fundamental element of practice transformation. This presentation is more about maximizing the team and their roles which can improve efficiencies, clinical outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction which leads to joy in practice. Register: http://bit.ly/MeisingerROC.

NYS has now implemented a naloxone co-payment assistance program so the co-payment (up to $40) is covered when accessing naloxone at participating pharmacies. See letter from DOH outlining the program.The list of participating pharmacies that dispense naloxone on standing orders – they do not need a prescription – is available here. Click on Monroe. All Wegmans, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies participate in addition to a few others.

FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C



A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment Program is now available through CMS' MLN Learning Management System. Learners will receive information on 1) the Improvement Activities performance category requirements, and how this category fits into the larger Quality Payment Program; 2) the steps you need to take to report Improvement Activities data to CMS; 3) the basics about scoring of the Improvement Activities performance category.For information on how to login or find training, read the MLN Learning Management System FAQ sheet.

Explanation of Special Status Calculation. CMS introduced new information that indicates whether clinicians have “special status” and can therefore be considered exempt from the Quality Payment Program. For more information, visit the Quality Payment Program website.

Free summer meals: This summer, those age 18 and under can receive a free breakfast, lunch or snack and stay active at Rochester neighborhood rec centers, summer school locations and other community sites.A full list of meal times and locations can be found by calling 2-1-1 or clicking here.

Oppose Legislation That Would Cause Big Increases in Liability Premiums! A bill was passed by the State Legislature that would substantially lengthen the statute of limitations for medical malpractice actions. As this measure is likely to lead to enormous increases in the cost of liability insurance for physicians and hospitals at a time when no increases can be tolerated due to the profound changes occurring in our health care delivery and payment system, MCMS and the Medical Society of the State of New York strongly oppose this measure and urge its defeat.  PHYSICIANS - TAKE ACTION: CLICK HERE TO URGE GOV CUOMO TO VETO THIS LEGISLATION Read MSSNY Memo of Opposition.

NYSDOH Health Advisory: Legionellosis

NGSConnex Eligibility Search Enhancement. View 2-minute video to learn about these enhancements or click here for details.

MSSNY Applauds US House of Representatives for Seeking to Reduce Medical Liability Costs

6/27/17 - NYSDOH Health Advisory: mosquito-borne illness - yellow fever

MSSNY Capital Update - June 23, 2017


SSNY training for DEA licensed prescribers

Lifespan of Greater Rochester offers the following diabetes resources: Diabetes Care Coordinationfor people 55 and older with any insurance; and Living Healthy With Diabetes, a 6-session, peer-led health education program. Please call Lifespan at (585) 244-8400 if you have questions.

Medical Office Space Available at1050 Pittsford-Victor Rd, Bldg B Pittsford, NY 14534. 3,132 SF in Class A office building; second floor suite; build out option available. Rent is negotiable with negotiable lease terms.The space can be subdivided to create a smaller suite if desired. Available July 1, 2017. See flyer for more info. 

NY State Budget Enacted – MSSNY Advocacy Results in the Removal of Many Problematic Provisions. Thanks to strong advocacy by MSSNY physician leaders, MSSNY member physicians, county medical societies, and the many specialty societies with whom MSSNY works closely, the final Budget enacted DID NOT contain several objectionable provisions that had been opposed by MSSNY. http://bit.ly/2ovtERu

NYSDOH's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement Provides FAQs for Mandatory Prescriber Education.

Effective 3/1/2017, NYS Medicaid has eliminated age restrictions when dispensing non-prescription emergency contraceptive drugs to Medicaid-enrolled females without a written order, per FDA guidelines.

NYS requires that every prescriber who holds a DEA license complete three hours of education every three years on addiction, pain management and palliative care. MSSNY is offering 3 CME webinars on Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction. Course work is required by July 1, 2017. Registration is free for MSSNY Members. 

    MACRA Resources


    Workers' Compensation

    • NYS Workers' Compensation Board Form Submission Guidelines
    • The NYS Workers’ Compensation Board is creating a web-based Medical Portal, enabling users to submit medical information electronically  The first phase of the Medical Portal will be for the electronic submission of C-4-AUTH, MG-1, and MG-2 medical authorization treatment requests. They will be holding 1-hour webinars to demonstrate the Portal.

    Section 1557 Rule

    Antibiotics & Posters

    • 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 DOH and MCMS 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
    • Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Pleasea CDC brochure for parents explains the difference between bacteria and viruses, what antibiotics are, and how bacteria become resistant. It also answers FAQs about when a child does or does not need an antibiotic.
    • Hand Hygiene Guidelines for healthcare settings.
    • Cover Your Cough poster.


    Opioids and Chronic Pain


    Medical Marijuana

    NYSDOH is offering a 4-hour medical use of marijuana course. Physicians who wish to register with the Department and certify their patients for the Medical Marijuana Program must complete this course, which covers 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. 4.5 hours of CME credit upon successful completion of the course. Access the course here.

    NYS Medical Marijuana FAQs


    • 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. More info.
    • ICD-10 - Next Steps for Providers Assessment & Maintenance Toolkit, from CMS
    • CMS Will Reimburse ICD-10 Mistakes During First Year After Transition - StateLaw Q&A from Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C

    Immunization News

    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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