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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:03 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    DFS has decided to delay implementation of the recently updated WC Medical Fee Schedule until October 1, 2020 for the Auto No-Fault Program.  Therefore, you will need to keep the WC fee schedule that was effective on June 1, 2012 for billing claims for the treatment of persons injured as the result of auto accidents.

    Public comment should sent to Camielle.Barclay@dfs.ny.gov before April 22, 2019.

    0666_001.pdf


  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:12 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently updating the Promoting Interoperability Programs website to include new resources for the 2019 program year. Below are resources that are now available online:

    For More Information

    For more information on the Promoting Interoperability Program reporting requirements for 2019, please visit the Promoting Interoperability Programs website. Additional information for the Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs for 2019 will be posted on the Promoting Interoperability Programs website in the coming weeks.


  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:09 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    In 2016 the American Medical Association (AMA) and a number of other health-related organizations partnered to establish Xcertia, with the goal of developing guidelines for safe and effective digital health apps that will facilitate virtual care, including remote patient monitoring for chronic diseases. This is an emerging set of technologies, which is largely unregulated. Many solutions are not evidence-based and have not demonstrated that they are safe and effective tools for use as part of a patient’s treatment plan.

    Xcertia has now released a complete set of guidelines covering the privacy, security, operability, usability and clinical content of mHealth solutions: https://xcertia.org/news-announcements/. The guidelines are now available for public comment until May 15, 2019 at: https://www.xcertia.org/the-guidelines/. Xcertia will rely on these public comments to create a final version of the guidelines.

    Xcertia welcomes your comments and encourages you to join with us in recommending the guidelines to developers and physicians as a resource when considering mHealth solutions for their practice and to recommend to their patients.

    For questions, comments or if you wish to join this effort, please contact Michael L Hodgkins, MD, VP & CMIO, AMA at michael.hodgkins@ama-assn.org.


  • Friday, February 15, 2019 9:44 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    March 14th, 2019, 8:30am - 1:00pm at the Telesca Center for Justice.

    Don’t miss this valuable half-day training presented by the RMC/DVC’s Education Committee. Topics include:

    • What is DV/IPV?
    • How DV/IPV affects the entire community
    • Victims: Experience/Behavior/Consequences
    • Perpetrators: Motivations/Characteristics/Consequences
    • Supporting Victim Choice
    • Voice of Survivor(s)
    • Diversity & Inclusivity
    • Accountability
    Details Here.


  • Friday, February 15, 2019 9:33 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    This booklet informs health care professionals about each level of appeal in Medicare Fee-ForService (FFS) Parts A and B as well as resources on related topics. It describes how the Medicare appeals process applies to providers, physicians, and suppliers.

    Medicare Parts A & B Appeals Process

    Medicare Parts A & B Appeals Process (Print-Friendly Version)



  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8:27 AM | Christopher Bell, MS, MBA (Administrator)

    The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Rochester Area has published the January 2019 biannual Certified Treatment Provider Directory and Recovery Services in Monroe County. 


    This can be found at https://ncadd-ra.org/

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:58 PM | Christopher Bell, MS, MBA (Administrator)

    Friends of the Monroe County Medical Society are invited to the upcoming medical student-run conference, “Im/migrant Worker Conference: Health Care Barriers And Solutions” on February 23rd from 9AM to 3PM at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Due to generous donations from our sponsors, including the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, several URMC departments and our AMA student chapter, we are happy to offer registration at no cost to students, $5 for the general public and $13 for providers wishing to obtain 4.5 CME credits for attendance. The conference is also sponsored by our AMA Student Chapter and I am one of the key organizers!

    Im/migrant workers are a crucial part of the labor force on produce and dairy farms across the country and particularly in Upstate NY. They contribute enormously to the region’s economy, but they do so in the face of hazardous working conditions, wage theft and constant fear of deportation. Moreover, they are excluded from basic rights and protections, including but not limited to the right to organize, the right to a day of rest and the right to overtime pay. The negative health implications abound. This conference will be a unique opportunity for participants to learn about a population of people whose labor intricately intertwines with the region’s economy but whose existence is largely overlooked. For providers, this conference will deepen understanding of the health challenges that im/migrant farmworkers face and prepare us to better address them.

    The conference will feature voices of im/migrant farmworker members of the Alianza Agricola (Agricultural Alliance) as well as speakers from Finger Lakes Community Health, Rural & Migrant Ministry, SUNY Geneseo, the University of Rochester, and the New York Civil Liberties Union. It is our goal that, by attending this conference, students, providers, professionals, and community members in the Upstate NY area will:

    1.   Gain an awareness about the im/migrant worker communities in upstate NY and their barriers to healthcare.

    2.   Acquire new skills to foster providing competent care to im/migrant workers.

    3.   Engage with individuals who provide activism and advocacy for the im/migrant worker community, building partnerships for sustainable collaboration.

    You can register for the conference using the link to the conference website below. Please feel free to share the website, flyer, or the Facebook page with our fellow Monroe County Society members. It is an excellent opportunity to support our medical students as well.

    https://ursmdmwc.wordpress.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1963899807053593/

    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you at the conference!

     

    Sincerely,

    Conference Organizers


  • Friday, January 25, 2019 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with toxigenic Vibrio cholerae bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as “rice-water stool” because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower mortality to less than 1%. From 2010 through 2014, 91 cases of cholera were confirmed in the United States among people who had traveled internationally in the week before illness onset. Of these, 75% were associated with travel to the Caribbean, and 10% were associated with travel to India or Pakistan. Cholera can be prevented by heeding food and water precautions and receiving cholera vaccine before travel.

    During this COCA Call, CDC travel medicine subject matter expert and infectious diseases physician Dr. Kristina Angelo and food and water expert Dr. Erin Connors will

    • Highlight critical information about cholera biology and prevention;
    • Discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to decrease the likelihood of cholera illness in their patients; and
    • Review CDC resources on the epidemiology of cholera vaccine to use in clinical decision making about offering vaccine to patients.

    Cholera

    Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET

    A few minutes before the webinar begins, please click the link below to join the webinar:

    https://zoom.us/j/883825945

    Or iPhone one-tap:

    US: +16468769923,,883825945# or +16699006833,,883825945#

    Or Telephone:

    US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833

    Webinar ID: 883 825 945

    International numbers available here: https://zoom.us/u/abM1dOdLqM

    The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the webpage a week after the COCA Call.

    Free Continuing Education (CE) is available for most COCA Calls. Please see below for instructions on how to receive CE.

    Activity Specific Objectives

    At the conclusion of this COCA Call, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

    • Describe cholera as an infectious agent. 
    • Identify key transmission routes of cholera. 
    • List recommendations for prevention strategies for cholera.
    • Discuss cholera vaccine recommendations and CDC resources for cholera vaccine.

    COCA Call Objectives

    At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

    1. Cite background information on the topic covered during the presentation.
    2. Discuss CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
    3. Describe the topic’s implications for clinicians.
    4. Discuss concerns and/or issues related to preparedness for and/or response to urgent public health threats.
    5. Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an interprofessional team of health care providers.

    Presenters

    Kristina M. Angelo, DO, MPH&TM

    Medical Epidemiologist

    Travelers’ Health Branch

    Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

     

    Erin Conners, PhD, MPH

    Epidemic Intelligence Officer

    Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch

    Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases

    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

    To receive continuing education (CE) for WC2922-020719 – (Webcast) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – "Clinical Update: Cholera Vaccine for Travelers" – February 7, 2019 please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by March 11, 2019.

    To receive continuing education (CE) for WD2922-020719 – Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – "Clinical Update: Cholera Vaccine for Travelers" – February 7, 2019 (Web on Demand), please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by March 8, 2021.

    Accreditation Statements

    CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

    CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

    CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to total 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

    CPE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive) 0.1 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-19-057-L04-P and enduring 0387-0000-19-057-H04-P course category.

    This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.

    Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline. Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor.

    For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1.0 CPH recertification credit for this program.

    AAVSB/RACE: This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.0 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at race@aavsb.org if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

    DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias. The presentation will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month! Here are a few simple ways you can get involved today and throughout 2019:

    • Earn free continuing education/continuing medical education credits with SOAR Online—and learn at your own pace. Modules include SOAR to Health and Wellness, Trauma-Informed Care, and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. (Also available in español!)  

     Sign up for our email listserv to receive updates on NHTTAC trainings and materials.

    NHTTAC delivers training and technical assistance (T/TA) to inform and enhance the public health response to human trafficking. Contact NHTTAC today to find out how you can request T/TA for your agency or conference.

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on calculations from the third snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The third snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and August 31, 2018. As a reminder, the tool includes 2018 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and MIPS APM status.

    For those in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, a fourth snapshot date, December 31, will apply to you. It’s used for determining which eligible clinicians are participating in a MIPS APM for purposes of the APM scoring standard.

    Note: If you are in participating in a MIPS APM (and do not qualify as a QP or Partial QP), you will most likely need to participate in MIPS, but will be subject to the APM Scoring Standard.

    To learn more about how CMS determines QP and MIPS APM status for each snapshot, please view the QP Methodology Fact Sheet.

    What Does QP Status and MIPS APM Status Mean?

    If you qualify as a QP, this means you are:

    • Eligible for the 5% APM incentive bonus, and
    • Exempt from participating in MIPS.

    How Do I Check My QP or MIPS APM Status?

    To view your QP or MIPS APM status at the individual level:

    To check your group’s 2018 eligibility at the APM entity level:

    • Log into the CMS Quality Payment Program website.  Learn how by downloading the QPP Access User Guide.
    • Browse to the Taxpayer Identification Number affiliated with your group
    • Access the details screen to view the eligibility status of every clinician based on their NPI

    What APMs are Included in the QPP Participation Status Tool?

    The updated Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool includes the following 2018 Advanced APMs and MIPS APMs:

    • Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model (BPCI Advanced)
    • Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model (LDO arrangement)
    • Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model (non-LDO two-sided risk arrangement)
    • Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model (non-LDO one-sided risk arrangement)
    • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model
    • Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Track 1+ Model
    • Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations – Track 1, 2, 3
    • Next Generation ACO Model
    • Oncology Care Model (OCM) (one-sided Risk Arrangement)
    • Oncology Care Model (OCM) (two-sided Risk Arrangement)
    • Vermont Medicare ACO Initiative (as part of the Vermont All-Payer ACO Model)

    For a comprehensive list of APMs, visit the QPP Resource Library.

    Questions?

    Contact the Quality Payment Program Service Center by:

    Website: CMS.GOV
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