• Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:37 PM | Deleted user

    Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
    Monroe County Medical Society
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    MCMS Philip P. Bonanni Conference Room
    132 Allens Creek Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
    This is a free program. Registration is required: https://www.mcms.org/event-2697061 

    Presented by: Jack McIntyre, MD

    Educational Objectives:

    • Address the causes and warning signs of suicide and suicidal behavior among veterans
    • Explore evidence-based diagnostic, intervention and treatment options
    • Identify barriers to identification and treatment in military culture and methods to overcome them

    Funding provided by the New York State Department of Mental Health

    The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:30 PM | Deleted user

    This is a notice regarding a current call for nominations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Improvement Activities (IA) Technical Expert Panel (TEP). 

    As part of its improvement activity development process, CMS is seeking feedback from a group of stakeholders, consumers, patients and experts who can contribute direction and thoughtful input on the improvement activities during development and maintenance. HealthInsight is a subcontractor on this project, and is working to convene a TEP around the effectiveness and accuracy of the improvement activities (IAs) included in year 1 of the Quality Payment Program under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System’s (MIPS) Improvement Activities performance category.

    We are seeking a TEP of approximately 10-12 clinicians and individuals with the following perspectives and areas of expertise:

    • Subject matter/clinical expertise with IAs
    • Consumer/patient/family (non-medical caregiver)
    • Healthcare disparities
    • Performance measurement
    • Quality improvement

    The nomination period closes at 5:00 pm PST on January 12, 2018.

    For more information, or to download the TEP Nomination Form, review the full posting on the Technical Expert Panels page at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#456

    For questions or assistance, please email ImprovementActivitiesTEP@healthinsight.org.

  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:29 PM | Deleted user

    This is a notice that the deadline for the Call for Technical Expert Panel for the MACRA Measure Development Plan has been extended to 11:59 p.m. ET on January 8, 2018.

    Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG), Measure & Instrument Development and Support contractor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is seeking nominations for representatives of the following areas of expertise to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP):  

    • Consumer/patient/family (caregiver) perspective
    • Frontline clinicians with experience in emergency medicine, neurology, allergy/immunology, rheumatology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation
    • Individual clinical practices, medical groups, or accountable care organizations
    • Consumer or patient advocacy
    • Personal experience receiving care for a neurological condition, a rheumatic disease, asthma or other allergic or immunological disorder, a musculoskeletal disorder, or emergency medical care
    • Experience as a family member or caregiver of a person receiving such care
    • Clinical quality measurement, including domains such as care coordination, patient safety, appropriate use, and population health and prevention
    • Qualified clinical data registries
    • Health information technology

    This TEP will provide expertise related to measure development for the Quality Payment Program. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 8, 2018.

    For more information about the project and to download the TEP Nomination Form, go to the Technical Expert Panels page at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/Technical-Expert-Panels.html and click: “Currently Accepting Nominations (this includes the Panel Call, the Nomination form and the TEP Charter).”

    1. For information, click: “CMS Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).”

    2. To download the TEP Nomination Form, scroll to the “Downloads” section at the bottom of the page and click: “CMS Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) [ZIP].”

    For questions or technical assistance, please email to MACRA-MDP@hsag.com.

  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:28 PM | Deleted user

    Ready to sign in to the Quality Payment Program for Performance Year 2017?

    Good news! You can now:

    1. Use your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials to sign in to the Quality Payment Program.
    2. Verify your account information. If needed, update your account information in the CMS Enterprise Portal.

    Sign in to the Quality Payment Program to report data when the submission window opens on January 2, 2018.

    The CMS Web Interface submission window opens on January 22, 2018.

    For questions or problems signing in to the Quality Payment Program:

    • Email the Quality Payment Program Service Center at QPP@cms.hhs.gov
    • Call 1-866-288-8292; TTY: 1-877-715-6222

    Interested in Quality Payment Program usability evaluations?

    CMS is looking for Medicare clinicians, practice managers, administrative staff, or EHR and Registry vendors, to participate in user research activities to validate current and future Quality Payment Program website functionality. We value your suggestions and recommendations. If you’re interested in any upcoming user studies, please email Partnership@cms.hhs.gov.  

  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:26 PM | Deleted user

    Workers' Compensation law §15(3)(x), enacted as part of the 2017 executive budget, called upon the Board to implement new Permanency Impairment Guidelines for Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU) evaluations, with an effective date of January 1, 2018. The Board is pleased to announce that SLU Guidelines have been adopted, and are available on the Board's website. The enabling regulation is set forth at 12 NYCRR 325-1.6, and is also available at the Board's website. The Board is appreciative of the many thoughtful comments received during the initial public comment period and the subsequent public comment period.

    The 2018 SLU Guidelines will replace chapters in the existing 2012 Medical Impairment Guidelines with respect to SLU, and will take effect January 1, 2018. The 2012 Guidelines remain unchanged for determining non-schedule permanent impairments. For SLU claims that have at least one examination conducted before January 1, 2018, the Board will consider the issue of SLU to have been joined under the auspices of the Guidelines in effect at the time, and as such the Board will determine the claimant's degree of permanent disability using the 2012 Guidelines. Where the first medical evaluation of SLU occurs on or after January 1, 2018, the question of SLU will be evaluated under the 2018 SLU Guidelines.

  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:20 PM | Deleted user



    Addiction is a highly stigmatized, complex brain disease which has never been well understood by societies since humans first discovered mood altering substances.Temple Sinai congregant Dr. Mark Winsberg has graciously offered to present a talk about this highly important and timely topic.

    The purpose of his talk is to:

    1. provide a conceptual framework to better understand addiction
    2. share current data about the status of the opioid epidemic in our
    3. talk about the many efforts to deal with the epidemic in Rochester
    4. answer any questions listeners may have

    Mark Winsberg, MD, BCFM, DABAM, is the Medical Director of Chemical Dependency Services at Rochester Regional Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, worked for 17 years as an Emergency Room Physician and ER Medical Director at Clifton Springs Hospital. He has been working in Addiction Medicine for the last nine years in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


    Teens, college students, and other young adults are encouraged to attend. Not for women only.


    PLEASE RSVP TO CAROL YUNKER AT VPKelly@aol.com OR 385-3910

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:25 AM | Deleted user

    Register for Medicare Learning Network events.

    As part of the broader HHS commitment to improving the Medicare appeals process, CMS will make available a settlement option for providers and suppliers (appellants) with fewer than 500 appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and the Medicare Appeals Council (the Council) at the Departmental Appeals Board.

    During this call, learn about the low volume appeals settlement option and how the settlement process will work. CMS speakers discuss how to identify whether you are eligible and which of your pending appeals may be settled. Visit the Low Volume Appeals Initiative webpage for more information.

    This call will not include a question and answer session. Submit questions in advance toMedicareSettlementFAQs@cms.hhs.gov. Questions may be addressed during the call or used for materials following the call. 

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:17 AM | Deleted user

    Interactive, animated video brings Be Antibiotics Aware to life. Use it on waiting room TVs, or via social media, also in links in your newsletters Add the video to your organization’s website or share via social media to highlight the importance of smart use & giving patients the best care all year long. To view the Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer animated video on YouTube, visit: http://bit.ly/2zeBV1m.

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:12 AM | Deleted user

    The 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes includes all of ADA's current clinical practice recommendations and is intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and others with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. The recommendations are based on an extensive review of the clinical diabetes literature, supplemented with input from ADA staff and the medical community at large. The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is updated annually, or more frequently online if new evidence or regulatory changes merit immediate incorporation.

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