MM News

Current Issue: May 2018

From the Front
June 20, 2018:  You Are Invited 
Dateline:  NYCMS
The Business Side of Medicine Series:  How to Protect and Grow My Practice 
We Welcome Flushing Bank and Exclusive Mortgage Offer for Members
Nominated
Physician Learning Must Evolve to Keep Healthcare Workforce Prepared 
Doctors Company Exclusively Endorsed by the New York County Medical Society
McNally’s Corner
Next McNally Session for Members
Look at Your Billing Costs 
Meet the Executive Committee Candidates
No Fooling!  New Members
In the News
All RESOLVED, MSSNY  House of Delegates
What's Your Plan(s)?
Adult Immunization Action Kit from NYC DOH
AMA Education Module Resource Available
Check Out the Alliance VOICE
Effective Security Training Requires Change in Employee Behavior
Be Safe!  Use DocbookMD Free
Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants
Custom HR Solutions
Your Search for Employees:  Job Boards and Job Ads
Building Your Practice
Fifty Years On
Bylaws Committee Proposes Changes
Stow It
Save Money With Every Toss Away
Remembering NYCMS Past President Isadore Rosenfeld, MD
In Memoriam


From the Front  
 
This feature of MM “NEWS” introduces you to Society leaders as they explain their vision of organized medicine’s activities. This month, read Society President Scot B. Glasberg’s message.
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the New York County Medical Society during this year. Your Board and leadership continue to work tirelessly on your behalf trying to enhance the value of your membership.  Your Society is in a good financial position as we strive to find savings and other ways to enhance our non–dues revenue all with your interests in mind.  The Society recently moved to new offices and I would encourage you all to get involved on committees and come and visit your NY County staff.
 
Membership numbers across all societies continue to decline as everyone looks for ways to both enhance association rolls as well as to continue to boost value.  Your Board took a difficult stance against a recent membership deal made by MSSNY leadership because of our concerns of the effects that it might have upon our county membership.  The deal involves bringing on as members the full medical staffs of seven  Northwell Health Hospitals. Our concern with the deal involves how little MSSNY and the counties are receiving as dues in return. While 5,400 new members is obviously a significant achievement, we could not in good faith ignore what our county members continue to pay in dues dollars.  Your New York County leadership appreciates the consistent loyalty from our members most of which have continued to pay full active dues  per member per year over many years. Your New York  County leadership will continue to urge  MSSNY leadership to find ways to ensure dues parity and equity amongst all State members.
 
As I noted in my previous message to you, your leadership has closely monitored the proposed and pending buyout of MLMIC by Berkshire Hathaway.  This deal when consummated will take MLIMC from a physician–owned mutual company and, through a de–mutualization process, make it a shareholder entity. 
 
With that in mind, your Board carefully evaluated a proposal from The Doctors Company, which entered the liability market in New York  this past October.  The financials of  The Doctors Company are very strong, and they bring long–term experience in the national liability market to the table.  In addition, once the MLMIC–Berkshire deal is completed, The Doctors Company will be the only physician–owned mutual company in New York State.  This status will continue to allow them to give dividends back to policy holders on a yearly basis.  The Doctors Company has also already committed to asking the New York State Department of Financial Services for future rates which will be a significant discount to current MLMIC rates.  Finally, the Doctors Company also has a mechanism to allow current policy holders to place a percentage of their premiums into a Legacy Fund, usually about 10 percent per year.  Once retired, these funds are paid as a lump sum to the retiring physician. 
 
Given all of these significant benefits, your New York County Board voted unanimously to enter into an exclusive endorsement agreement with The Doctors Company.  While this was a difficult decision given the many years of affiliation with MLMIC, we felt that this was clearly in the best interests of our members and the New York  County Medical Society. Over the upcoming months, you will continue to receive information regarding this relationship and we hope that you will consider looking at The Doctors Company for your medical liability needs.
 
We have also recently entered into new endorsement agreements with PS2, a medical billing company, which will offer discounts to our members and possibly some services not provided by other billing entities.  In addition, we have just finished an agreement with Flushing Bank for all your banking needs. Finally, we continue our strong partnerships with Vital Planning Group and Practice Builders, just to name a few of our other endorsed brands.  Many current members are already taking advantage of these partnerships, and I would encourage each of you to look at these entities and what they might add to your individual or group practices.  There are also many benefits for our employed colleagues as well.
 
Recently, you should have received a survey regarding your personal and business health insurance needs. Understanding the significant implications of finding and maintaining health insurance for our members, we have entered a pilot project with a Guild in an attempt to obtain potentially cheaper as well as more enhanced health insurance coverage for our members. Stay tuned for more information in the near future as this project continues to develop.
 
On the advocacy front, the State budget was recently completed with very few negative impacting actions affecting our members. As the session continues over the next several months, I will personally be visiting Albany on several occasions to continue to advocate on your behalf. We will keep you acutely informed of any and all pertinent issues as they make their way through the legislature.
 
Finally, I want to make you aware of our Annual Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, June 20th at Midpoint Bistro and Bar. This yearly event is a great networking opportunity as well as a chance to hear about  Society business.  I would encourage all of you to consider attending.
 
As always, I am available at any time for any questions, issues, or concerns that might arise. I can be reached via email at scotbg@gmail.com or on my cell phone at (917) 363–3275.
 
Thank you again for your time, consideration, support and for allowing me to serve as your president.
 
SCOT BRADLEY GLASBERG, MD
President
 
 
June 20, 2018:  You Are Invited 

Save the date for the Society’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. reception followed by the meeting.

Enjoy networking as you meet old and new friends at the Midpoint Bistro and Bar, 40 West 45 Street, New York, NY 10036, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

See you on June 20 as we celebrate Doctor Scot B. Glasberg’s presidency and welcome new president Doctor Naheed Van De Walle.

Reservations needed, although there is no charge.   Contact ljoseph@nycms.org or (212) 684–4698 to reserve your spot.



Dateline:  NYCMS

As a member, you are entitled to attend Society meetings and functions. Keep track of what
is going on by checking this listing in every issue of MM “NEWS.” Members are invited to
attend any of these sessions; however, we suggest that you call (212) 684–4670 to confirm
meeting date and time.
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m., The Business Side of Medicine: How to Protect and Grow My Practice, 277 Park Avenue, 44th Floor, A117, New York, NY.  Light supper.  No charge but pre–registration required.   
 
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at Corwin Hall, MEETH , 210 East 64 Street,  2018 Third–Party Insurance Mid–Year Update and Audit and Refund Demands, with James McNally.
 
June 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m., NYCMS Annual Meeting.  

 

The Business Side of Medicine Series:  How to Protect and Grow My Practice 

You’re invited to this special  program, “How to Protect and Grow My Practice?” from the New York County Medical Society on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:30 p.m. registration: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 277 Park Avenue, 44th Floor, A117, New York, NY 10166 Between 47th  and 48th.

Legal, real estate, marketing and financial planning experts will share insights on how to make your practice work for you. 

Our experts are Scott Einiger, Esq., Einiger and Associates, Special Counsel to NYCMS; 
Marisa Manley, President, Commercial Tenants Real Estate Representation, LTD;  
Edward Alferoff,  CFP and Burak N. Alpaslan, CFP®, AIF®, Vital Planning Group; Josh Wolf, Practice Builders, and Denis Healy, Vice President, Business Banking, Flushing Bank. 

Decisions about the future of your practice, the equity you hold in it, and what’s best for
you are tough. How should you control your real estate?  What do you need to know about contracts?  Loans or lines of credit?   What kind of financial planning is crucial no matter how you practice?   Can you use telemedicine to be more profitable?   

The experts at this conference will show you what types of questions you must ask to make sure that the practice decisions you make are best for you. Attend this program and:

• understand contractual issues involved in buying, selling, or taking on partners; 
• realize the significance of restrictive covenants and termination clauses;
• distinguish between selling your practice and your real estate to a hospital/group;
• learn how your co–op or rental agreement affects what you do;
• learn how to protect the assets you hold;
• safeguard the practice from threats to individual partners; 
• learn what you need to know to borrow money and what to borrow for; 
• learn what questions to consider if you open up your practice to telemedicine.

No charge, but RSVP required AS SPACE IS LIMITED. Light supper.

Register with Lisa Joseph: (212) 684–4698, or ljoseph@nycms.org or fax (212) 684–4741 with name, address, telephone, and e–mail address.

 

We Welcome Flushing Bank and Exclusive Mortgage Offer for Members

The Society welcomes Flushing Bank as its newest sponsor.  See the information below regarding an exclusive opportunity for Society members from our friends at Flushing.
 
Flushing Bank is proud to be a sponsor of The New York County Medical Society. At Flushing Bank, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with customized solutions to meet the unique needs of each business segment. Over the years, we have established relationships with many small to mid–level medical and dental practices through our suite of products and services designed specifically to meet the needs of the medical and dental community. 
 
We are pleased to provide NYCMS members with an exclusive offer for 10–year term owner–occupied commercial and industrial mortgages.
  • 5.00%1 fixed rate for 10 years with no fee
  • Free checking for one year
Application requirements must be fully satisfied by June 30, 2018; closing must take place by August 30, 2018.
 
Applying for a Flushing Bank owner–occupied commercial and industrial mortgage is easy. Simply call George Bader at (646) 923–9524.  Hurry, this is a limited time offer.
 
1 All business loans, lines of credit and mortgages are subject to credit approval and Bank review. Additionally, Flushing Bank reserves the right to refuse loan applications based on business type or activity. Applicant must meet all credit criteria with no credit exceptions. A full banking relationship with Flushing Bank is required with minimum compensating Business DDA balances of 10% of mortgage amount. Standard pre–payment penalties apply. Speak with a Flushing Bank representative for more information.    
 
Flushing Bank is a registered trademark.
Member FDICand Equal Housing Lender
 
About Flushing Financial Corporation
Flushing Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: FFIC) is the holding company for Flushing Bank® , a New York State—chartered commercial bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank serves consumers, businesses, professionals, corporate clients, and public entities by offering a full complement of deposit, loan, equipment finance, and cash management services through its banking offices located in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Nassau County. The Bank has two Manhattan locations, 225 Park Avenue South and 99 Park Avenue.   220 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY 11556 | www.FlushingBank.com | 646.923.9524.


Nominated
 
These nominees were selected by the Society’s Nominating Committee at its meeting on February 22, 2018.   

Officers
Mimi Buchness, MD, President–Elect
Arthur Cooper,  MD, Vice President 
Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH, Secretary 
Thomas Sterry, MD, Assistant Secretary 
Jill Baron, MD, Treasurer 
Keith La Scalea, MD,  Assistant Treasurer
Michael Borecky, MD, Board of Medical Ethics
Henry Magliato, MD, Board of Medical Ethics 
Patricia McLaughlin, MD, Board of Medical Ethics
Scot B. Glasberg, MD, Trustee

Board Members At Large 
Stuart Gitlow, MD 
Loren Wissner Greene, MD
Keyvan Jahanbakhsh, MD 
Lana Kang, MD 
Mark Milstein, MD
Linda Nicoll, MD 
Bijan Safai, MD
Ami Shah, MD
Gabrielle Shapiro, MD

Delegates to the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)
Erick Eiting, MD
Scot B. Glasberg, MD
Michael  Goldstein, MD    
Peter Lombardo, MD    
Edward Powers, III, MD  
Gabrielle  Shapiro, MD   
Zebulon Taintor, MD   

Alternate Delegates to MSSNY
Jill Baron, MD
Michael Borecky, MD
Clarita Herrera, MD
Keyvan Jahanbakhsh, MD
Lana Kang, MD 
Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH
Henry Magliato, MD
Mark Milstein, MD
Linda Nicoll, MD 
Eugene E. Weise, MD
 
In June, 2018, President–Elect Naheed Van de Walle, MD, will become the Society’s 180th  President.

 

Physician Learning Must Evolve to Keep Healthcare Workforce Prepared 

The following article is provided by Eric Barna, MD, Associate Residency Program Director for Inpatient Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine/Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine/Icahn School of Medicine/Mount Sinai, concerning a recent training session funded by a grant from  The Doctors Company. 

In medical school, students are trained on skills that will make them better future physicians, team members and care givers. It’s a curious thing – once we make headway into our medical careers and our days are filled with patient visits and paperwork, we rarely have the opportunity to assess our skill sets in the same way, despite the fact that new technologies and approaches to treatment have emerged since many of us attended medical school.

As a hospitalist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York, I’m part of a team that cares for moderately to severely ill patients at a major academic institution. I’m also a physician advisor, and I have the pleasure of teaching some of the youngest and brightest medical students, interns and residents at various stages of their careers.  I consider this the best part of my work, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m a firm believer in the importance of continuous learning. 

That’s why I was so excited when I had the chance to participate in three standardized patient (SP) encounters training designed for me and my 22 hospitalist colleagues to improve our communication skills, funded by a grant from The Doctors Company Foundation. A standardized patient encounter is essentially a live simulation in a clinical setting with trained actors. To start the simulation, a physician is given a short prompt about the patient scenario. They may also be provided with some basic information such as a diagnosis or a relevant imaging study prior to entering the room. Once the testing center provides a signal, physicians are allowed to enter the room.  An introduction of our role on the medical team is provided and a discussion ensues.  The actors provide relevant history, incorporate true emotional response to questioning and display any behavioral or physical prompts that a real patient would.  This allows physicians to react in real time to the needs of the patient.  The use of standardized patients can also be adapted to desired testing scenarios, whether in the realm of communication, clinical reasoning or establishing a differential diagnosis.
 
Like many hospitals, we have a program in place aimed at assessing how we educate students and younger physicians. But Mt. Sinai is the first hospital in New York that has established a program designed specifically to assess and address some of the unique communication challenges we face as hospitalists to improve patient care. 

As hospitalists, we’ve never met patients or families before we must begin conversations at critical points of care. It takes sensitivity and particular thoughtfulness to create rapport and share substantial information with a patient, without having a prior relationship.

Through the training, my colleagues and I each encountered three different SPs in key scenarios: one at daily rounds, one upset over a missed diagnosis, and one at discharge, when the potential for errors and miscommunication is greatest. We were videotaped during the encounters for our personal review, and received direct feedback afterward from the patient.

We discovered that we as physicians have become great at taking care of patients, but we don’t have enough opportunities to investigate which elements of our day–to–day communication need adjustment — or what good behaviors need reinforcing.

It was extremely helpful for us to be able to watch the videos and ask ourselves, “Do I use medical jargon that’s hard for the patient to understand? Do I say things that aren’t warm and welcoming to the patient?” Then, by adding in patient feedback, we learned how we performed across these core domains, such as treating patients with courtesy and respect, listening skills, and explaining complex topics in an understandable way.

Strengthening these individual communication skills is paramount to improving patient comprehension, which in turn can improve patient follow–though on discharge instructions and reduce risk of readmission. And as educators, our takeaways from the training can empower others in the healthcare system at large to better communicate with their patients. 

Mt. Sinai is proud to spearhead this innovative training effort in New York. In fact, since the initial date of the training, the three modules have expanded into a program run by The Morchand Center for Clinical Competence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. So far, the Morchand Center has adapted the SP methodology for hospitalists to train 1,845 additional residents in various specialties across New York City.

Nationwide, the entire medical community stands to benefit from continuous physician learning and partnerships that facilitate it, like The Doctors Company, which make trainings like this possible. At a time of tremendous change for healthcare, having a well–trained physician workforce is more important than ever before. Our patients deserve to be cared for by physicians whose knowledge evolves alongside the transformation of care delivery. 

Physician learning must keep pace with our industry’s transformation. By setting the bar higher for what patients should expect on a patient communication level, we increase patient safety, raise levels of patient satisfaction and drive quality care — no matter what the future of healthcare delivery looks like. 


Doctors Company Exclusively Endorsed by the New York County Medical Society

The New York County Medical Society  recently selected The Doctors Company as the exclusively endorsed medical malpractice insurer for its members.

“In giving an exclusive endorsement, we decide who provides the best benefits to our members. The Doctors Company is the ideal choice for our endorsement, as they are founded and led by physicians and owned by members,” said Scot B. Glasberg, MD, Society President. “In selecting The Doctors Company, our members gain a partner uniquely aligned with physicians for over 40 years. Physicians in New York are used to dealing with a company that is owned by physicians. New York allows reciprocals to offer more than shareholder–owned companies can offer.”

Society members are now eligible for a multitude of benefits from The Doctors Company, including aggressive defense; expert patient safety tools, information, and programs; risk
management courses for physicians to maintain Section 18 excess eligibility; primary and excess coverage through a single carrier; and a range of coverage options for both physicians and ancillary healthcare providers.

“We share an abiding commitment with the New York County Medical Society to advance the practice of good medicine,” said Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP. “We are dedicated to supporting the medical profession in New York and to being a strong, proactive partner for members of this prestigious society.”

Eligible Society members of The Doctors Company will also participate in the Tribute®
Plan, which rewards doctors for their loyalty and commitment to superior patient care. The Doctors Company recently expanded its presence in New York and is now offering coverage on an admitted basis. Additionally, New York medical groups can be issued coverage through The Doctors Company Risk Retention Group, which recently was rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best.

For information, contact  Brian Dalton at (800) 421-2368 or visit thedoctors.com Let him know you are a member of the Society. 


McNally’s Corner

The following is courtesy of James McNally, the Society’s  Third–Party Insurance Help  Program. If you have questions, call the Society at (212) 684–4681.
 
 •    LATEST NEWS As NYSDOH–OMM Rescinds Edit 02190 on Modifier 58, 78 and 79 Use:  The New York State Department of Health–Office of Medicaid Management (NYSDOH–OMM) has rescinded a particularly troublesome claim processing edit –– Edit 02190. Edit 02190 forced all claims using modifiers 58, 78 and 79 to suspend for medical record requests and non–payment of the impacted claims.  Contact was made by the Society with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Central Office (CMS CO) in Baltimore to request that they urge the NYSDOH–OMM to rescind this edit as it violated certain conditions under law and regulation. As a result, a reply was received from CMS CO indicating that, based on the arguments made in our communication, this edit was “updated” on March 30, 2018. With the change, the claims with these modifiers will not suspend going forward and the claims that were suspended were released for payment.
 
•    NYWCB Announces Proposals to Improve Medical Care for Injured Workers: To increase provider participation in the Workers’  Compensation system and improve injured workers’ access to timely, quality medical care, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (NYWCB) is proposing an increase to provider fees and adoption of the universal CMS–1500 form to reduce administrative burden, among other measures.  To read more, click on the link here. http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/SubjectNos/sn046_1058.jsp 
 
•   The ABMS Wants to Hear from You:  In response to the medical community’s long–standing frustration and criticism of the MOC process, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced its Vision Initiative designed to assess the current state of continuing board certification and envision its framework for the future.  It is to include open, collaborative and candid dialogue across stakeholder groups. Physicians are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to offer input and comments via an online survey at the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S5YLCN7 
 
•    NYSDOH–OMM Rescinds Edit 02190 on Modifier 58, 78 and 79 Use:  The New York State Department of Health–Office of Medicaid Management (NYSDOH–OMM) has rescinded a particularly troublesome claim processing edit –– Edit 02190. Edit 02190 forced all claims using modifiers 58, 78 and 79 to suspend for medical record requests and non–payment of the impacted claims.  Contact was made by the Society with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Central Office (CMS CO) in Baltimore to request that they urge the NYSDOH–OMM to rescind this edit as it violated certain conditions under law and regulation. As a result, a reply was received from CMS CO indicating that, based on the arguments made in our communication, this edit was “updated” on March 30, 2018. With the change, the claims with these modifiers will not suspend going forward and the claims that were suspended were released for payment. 
 
•    CMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool:  You can now use the updated CMS MIPS Participation Lookup Tool to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit–based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) at the link here.  https://qpp.cms.gov/participation-lookup/ 
Just enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) to find out whether you need to participate during the 2018 performance year.
 
•    Changes to Low–Volume Threshold:  To reduce the burden on small practices, CMS changed the eligibility threshold for 2018. Clinicians and groups are now excluded from MIPS if they:
  • Billed $90,000 or less in Medicare Part B allowed charges for covered professional services under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) 
OR
  • Furnished covered professional services under the PFS to 200 or fewer Medicare Part B–enrolled beneficiaries
This means that to be included in MIPS for the 2018 performance period you need to have billed more than $90,000 in Medicare Part B allowed charges for covered professional services under the PFS AND furnished covered professional services under the PFS to more than 200 Medicare Part B enrolled beneficiaries. 
 
Note: The 2018 Participation Lookup Tool Update for Alternative Payment Model (APM) participants will be updated at a later time.  
 
•    MIPS Data Submission Period Has Closed; Preliminary Performance Feedback Data for MIPS Now Available:  The data submission period for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed on April 3, 2018. CMS is currently in the process of reviewing all the data submitted.  If you submitted data through the Quality Payment Program website, you are now able to review your preliminary performance feedback data.  However, please keep in mind, this is not your final score or feedback.  Your final score and feedback will be available on July 1, 2018.  Between now and June 30, 2018, your score could change based on the following:
  • Special Status Scoring Considerations (ex. Hospital–based Clinicians)
  • All-Cause Readmission Measure for the Quality Category
  • Claims Measures to include the 60–day run out period
  • CAHPS for MIPS Survey Results
  • Advancing Care Information Hardship Application status
  • Improvement Study Participation and Results
  • Creation of performance period benchmarks for Quality measures that didn’t have a historical benchmark 
Your final score and feedback will be available on July 1, 2018 through the Quality Payment Program website. You will be able to access preliminary and final feedback with the same EIDM credentials that allowed you to submit and view your data during the submission period. Don’t have an EIDM account? Start the process now! Refer to the Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) User Guide for instructions.
 
If you have questions about your MIPS performance feedback preliminary data, please contact the Quality Payment Program by  Phone: (866) 288–8292/TTY: (877) 715–6222 or Email: QPP@cms.hhs.gov
 
•    New Medicare Card: Web Updates:  To help you prepare for the transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on Medicare cards beginning April 1, 2018, review the new information about remittance advices.   Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), CMS will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice. Here are examples of different remittance advices:
  • Medicare Remit Easy Print (Medicare Part B providers and suppliers)            PC Print for InstitutionsStandard Paper Remits: FISS (Medicare Part A/Institutions) MCS (Medicare Part B/Professionals)  VMS (Durable Medicare Equipment) 
•    New Medicare Card: When Will My Medicare Patients Receive Their Cards?  Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis, based on geographic location and other factors. Learn more about the Mailing Strategy. Also starting April 2018, your patients will be able to check the status of card mailings in their area on Medicare.gov.
  • Mailing Strategy
  • Questions from Patients? Guidelines
  • New Medicare Card   overview  and provider webpages 
If you have questions on any of these issues, contact the Society’s Third–Party Insurance Help Program at (212) 684–4681.  

 

Next McNally Session  for Members

Mark your calendar for this next educational session with James McNally as part of the Society’s Third–Party Insurance Program.  

Register now for May 31, 2018,  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: 2018 Third–Party Insurance Mid–Year Update and The Audit and Refund Demand Process, Corwin Hall, Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital, with James A. McNally, CPC–NYCMS Coding Consultant.

Sign up with Lisa Joseph at ljoseph@nycms.org, or (212) 684–4690.
 


Look at Your Billing Costs 

Is it time to look at how billing works in your office?  PS2 Practice Management offers the expertise and knowledge of certified billing professionals.  Whether you are in solo or group practice, PS2 works so that you and your practice can focus on patient care.  PS2 handles all these elements for your office:
 
Pre–authorization of procedures
  • Eligibility and verification of benefits
  • Billing and collections
  • Managing denials
  • Managing appeals
  • Coding review and verification
  • Credentialing
  • Contract compliance
  • Monthly reporting
  • Quarterly billing review
These billing services are now being offered to New York County Medical Society members for five percent of net revenue reimbursed from third–party payors (including Medicare and commercial payors). There is a $25.00  flat fee per Medicaid claim.  This represents a great savings for our members.  
 
To learn more about PS2 Practice Management, please visit https://www.plasticsurgery.org/plastic-surgery-practice-solutions   You can also contact Jennifer Cross, COO, PS2, directly  at jcross@PS2PM.com or call her at (847) 228–3320. Make sure you tell her that you are a New York County Medical Society member.   
 

 
Meet the Executive Committee Candidates

Incoming president is Naheed Assad Van de Walle, MD.  Doctor Van de Walle is a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Pakistan.  She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and is a past president of the New York State Society of PM&R.  Doctor Van de Walle is with New York University Medical Center and is a member of the Society’s Board of Directors.

The candidate for president–elect is Mimi Buchness, MD, currently vice president.  Doctor Buchness is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is board certified in dermatology.  She is past president of the New York State Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. 

The candidate for vice president is Arthur Cooper, MD, currently Assistant Secretary.  Doctor Cooper is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He is affiliated with Harlem Hospital Center, and is board certified in  Pediatric Surgery and Critical Care Medicine.

The candidate for secretary is Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH.   Doctor Krant is a board–certified dermatologist, and a graduate of   the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She currently serves in this position.

The candidate for treasurer is Jill Baron, MD, currently Assistant Treasurer.  Doctor Baron is  a graduate of  Icahn School of Medicine at Mt . Sinai.   She is board certified in Family Medicine.


No Fooling!  New Members  

The following 29 candidates for membership have been  presented to the Board of Directors of the Society.

Megan C. Alcauskas, MD
Christina M. Bortz, MD
Alexandru Burducea, DO
David G. Currie, MD
Ravi Desai, MD
Victoria Finn, MD
Rebecca Giusti, MD
Margaret Glausser, MD
Arie Gunarso, MD
Paul Ryan Haffey, DO
Daniel Han, III, MD
Matthew Ryan Kohler, MD
Mikail Koroma, MD
Christie Lech, MD
Susan C. Lee, MD
Shelly Menolascino, MD
Brian D. Mikolasko, MD
Yonina Robbie Murciano–Goroff, MD
Steven Nguyen, MD
Kunal Oak, DO
Krutika P. Raulkar, MD
Douglas Ryan Porter, MD
Mohammed O. Sheikh, MD
Romina Shirko, DO
Karen Michelle Sutton, MD
Cynthia Shearn Tainsh, MD
Samir K. Trehan, MD
Eugenia Volkin, MD
Kenneth Yue, MD


In the News

Society and MSSNY Past President Robert B. Goldberg, DO had a letter to the editor published on March 13 as he commented on two recent NY Times articles -- “The Price They Pay” (Science Times, March 6)   and “Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8” (NY Times, Feb. 25)  -- noting the dangers of the Aena/CVS deal. 

“Your recent article, “Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20.00 Prescription Could Cost Only $8,”  (2/24,Robert Pear) should be an red  flag to everyone watching the attempt of CVS to purchase Aetna. Imagine the scenario of having a person examined by a nurse held captive in a CVS Minute Clinic kiosk, who prescribes a drug that may have a cheaper alternative, but unbeknownst to the patient.   Pear discovered that pharmacists work under a gag order not to advise the consumer about a lower cost drug. The schematic is stacked against them and their pocketbook.  There is a reason why the State of New York prohibits the corporate practice of medicine and blocks physicians from owning a pharmacy— to prevent having their patients exit through it like a museum gift shop.

It is incomprehensible that a merger of this magnitude with such an obvious downside to the patient/consumer could possibly be allowed to move forward!”

Retail clinics are one of the legislative pieces the Society and MSSNY are fighting during this legislative session.



All RESOLVED, MSSNY  House of Delegates

The Society brought a number of resolutions to fruition successfully at the 2018  meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York’s (MSSNY’s) House of Delegates.  Among the highlights:
 
•  Protecting Patients from High Drug Prices: That MSSNY work for  legislation that prohibits pharmacies from charging higher prices (from pharmacy benefit managers or insurance plans) than the actual pharmacy price of the medication;  
 
•  Pharmaceutical Shortages of IV Bags:  That MSSNY urge legislation and/or regulatory flexibility to allow for the safe expansion of purchasing medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals from various countries abroad at a time of shortage.
 
•  Covered Drugs During Insurance Enrollment Year:   That MSSNY urge the American Medical Association to ask for federal legislation or regulation, whereby Medicare plans and HMO plans would not be permitted to change the covered drugs during the enrollment year; or ask prescribers to change prescriptions during the year unless there were medical evidence  that the change would benefit the patient; or during the enrollment year, impose required changes on prescribers (such as a change from brand to generic, or a change from brand to another brand).
 
•   Bicycle Safety:  That MSSNY encourage law enforcement to enforce the rules of the road.
 
•   Contract Non–Renewals by Third–Party Insurers: Problems with the  Insurers’ Notification Process: That MSSNY urge both the Department of Financial Services (DFS) and the DOH to require insurers verify and maintain the accuracy of the physicians’ directory and  require insurers to send the contract non–renewal notices via Certified Mail/Return Receipt Requested.
 
•   Insurers' Procedures Regarding Termination and Resignations:  That MSSNY urge the New York State Department of Financial Services to require insurers to provide clear instructions for physicians who wish to terminate or resign from participation agreements; specifically, the insurers should  be required (1) to state mailing addresses for termination/resignation requests, and any wording that is required for these requests, and (2) to post these instructions in written publications and on websites (for example, a Termination/Resignation Request form might be included in the  insurer’s Interactive Forms library). 
 
•   The Ordering of Lab and Radiology Tests:  That MSSNY point out to the New York State Legislature and the New York State Department of Financial Services that when out–of–network (OON) physicians order lab tests, diagnostic testing or radiology studies from in–network labs or radiology practices, those orders are often not approved by the plans or honored by the labs or radiology practices; and that in legislative proposals concerning out–of–network (OON) physicians’ payment problems with managed care plans (such as, proposals that enrollees should be allowed to assign payment to their OON physicians), the Medical Society of the State of New York support the inclusion of language requiring that OON physicians’ orders for lab tests, radiological services and diagnostic tests to be approved by plans and honored by in–network labs and radiology practices.
 
•  Office–Based Surgical Facility Fees Reimbursement:  That MSSNY ask the New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Financial Services to officially inform the private insurance carriers in New York State that office–based surgical facilities, which operate under the license of the physician owner, are in fact regulated by New York State, and are not permitted to function without the oversight of the New York State Department of Health  and seek legislation and/or regulation supporting the reimbursement of Office–Based Surgical Facility fees by private insurance carriers.  
 
•  House Calls Instead of Certain Paratransit Visits: That MSSNY seek legislation or regulations whereby a physician making a house call on a patient who would otherwise travel to a medical practice, would be separately compensated by the fund that provides for patient transport and  that the physician transit fee be paid regardless of the patient’s health insurance (with the physician not permitted to bill the health insurance for the transit service).
 
•  Life Member Administration Fee:   That a pilot project be instituted such that Life Members of the Medical Society of the State of New York be charged a recommended voluntary administrative fee of $100 a year to be divided equally between MSSNY and the county medical society.
 
 The New York County Medical Society congratulates   Malcolm D. Reid, MD, MPP,  and Robert B. Goldberg, DO, on their election as Delegate to the American Medical Association.   
 
Thanks to the Society’s Delegation for its hard work during the meeting:
 
William B. Rosenblatt, MD, Chair
Anthony A. Clemendor, MD, Vice Chair 
Scot B. Glasberg, MD, Presidential Chair
Stuart Orsher, MD, JD, Chair Emeritus
Robert B. Goldberg, DO, MSSNY Past President
Malcolm D, Reid, MD, MPP, MSSNY Past President 
Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPH, MSSNY Council, Manhattan and The Bronx
Mimi Buchness, MD
Erick Eiting, MD
Michael Goldstein, MD, JD
Milton Haynes, MD
Peter Lombardo, MD 
Marlin Mattson, MD
Paul N. Orloff, MD  
Edward W. Powers, III, MD
Gabrielle Shapiro, MD
Zebulon Taintor, MD
Naheed Van de Walle, MD, 
Arthur Cooper, MD, New York State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
Emerald Lin, MD, New York State Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Maria LoTempio, MD, New York  Regional Society of Plastic Surgery
Keith LaScalea, MD, Weill–Cornell Medical College 
 

What’s Your Plan(s)?

If you want to see what plans you are listed in, check out the  New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Provider and Health Plan Look Up Tool — which can be accessed directly at this link:  https://pndslookup.health.ny.gov   By entering a physician’s name and county, the website will display the plan(s) and physician practice location(s).  If needed, corrections to the practice location can be made and returned to the NYS DOH and the DOH will notify the plan(s) for correction.    Check out your listing for completeness and accuracy at    https://pndslookup.health.ny.gov 
 

Adult Immunization Action Kit from NYC DOH

The New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) has new resources for physicians on adult immunization. Vaccine–preventable diseases kill thousands of adults each year in New York City. 
 
Influenza and pneumonia together remain the third–leading cause of death. While immunizations are one of the most effective ways to reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine–preventable diseases, vaccine coverage among adults in the City and across the United States remains low. Health care providers play a critical role in ensuring their patients are vaccinated. This toolkit offers evidence–based strategies and tools to improve adult vaccine coverage at the facility, practice and pharmacy level.
 
Provider Resources include  Citywide Immunization Registry Card; How to Make a Strong Recommendation for Needed Vaccines Card; Standards for Adult Immunization Practice Guide; Recommended Immunization Schedules and more.
 
See all the material (some for patients too) and access it at  
 


AMA Education Module Resource Available

In response to a directive from its House of Delegates, the American Medical Association (AMA)  has created a new resource to help medical staffs address disruptive physician behavior.  Now available in the AMA Education Center, this free 30–minute learning module (0.5 Credits AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ ) at https://cme.ama-assn.org/Activity/5976608/Detail.aspx  shows physicians how to define appropriate, inappropriate, and disruptive behavior, presents guidelines for dealing with these behaviors in a fair manner, and provides users with their own downloadable copy of the AMA Model Medical Staff Code of Conduct that they can integrate into their medical staff bylaws.    Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at (800) 621–8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Kathleen O'Shea at kathleen.oshea@ama-assn.org.
 


Check Out the Alliance VOICE

The Winter 2018 issue of the Alliance VOICE is available and can be accessed by clicking on this link:  http://www.mssny.org/Documents/2018/Alliance/Network%20New%20York%20Winter%202018a.pdf

 
Effective Security Training Requires Change in Employee Behavior
 
The following article by Art Gross is from HIPAA Secure NOW.  If you want to take care of your HIPAA protections with one stop, go to HIPAA Secure Now! for complete, affordable and easy–to–use HIPAA compliance service. NYCMS members get at 10 percent discount. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Jonathan Krasner at jonathank@hipaasecurenow.com
 
Many organizations spend countless hours and resources on training their employees, only to find that their business has suffered a data breach caused by human error. Despite the quality and frequency of a security awareness training program, if employees are not engaged in training or feeling a sense of motivation to protect their organization, the training is useless. An article on ZDNet takes a look at why security training is ineffective unless it changes employees’ behaviors.

According to Laura Bell, founder and chief executive officer of SafeStack, there is often a lack of motivation for employees to care about their company’s security awareness program, which results in failure of that program. Bell also explains that until organizations can get their employees to really care about the why, they will never see a change in their employees’ behaviors.

James Turner, security advisor for IBRS consulting firm and founder of CISO Lens also believes that low staff engagement will never lead to positive security awareness training. Turner argues that when an organization attempts to train their employees knowing they have poor engagement, they are essentially asking their staff to “behave completely altruistically for a company that they feel no connection with.”

Turner goes on to explain how some top security executives have successfully improved employee engagement by first training staff on matters that are relevant to their personal lives. For example, by first training employees on personal e–safety, which includes topics such as privacy issues with Facebook, safe internet banking and how to talk to children about internet issues including cyberbullying, employees start to become more engaged. When an organization shows they care about their employees not just at work, but also at home, it motivates employees to return the favor and protect their organization as well.

Not only is it crucial to get employees engaged, but it is also necessary to ensure that their awareness of risks doesn’t lead to fear mongering.

Using Company Culture to Build Resilience

Cultural factors play a vital role in improving an organization’s cybersecurity resilience.

According to research from Australia’s Defense Science and Technology Group (DST) and University of Adelaide, allowing employees to exhibit more individualism in the workplace may help them better spot a phishing email.

The Australian government’s Stay Smart Online program encourages employees to “Ask out loud” when they are unsure of something. Giving employees the cultural permission to discuss a potential threat to the organization with a co–worker should be looked at not as a weakness, but rather a way to protect the organization, according to the program.

Talking through your concerns out loud with someone else can reassure you and help to identify messages that may be fake before you click a malicious link or give away any personal information.”

Another noteworthy discovery made from a separate DST–Adelaide research team is that employees suffering less workplace stress and who were more personally resilient had better information security awareness skills.

Another organizational problem that needs fixed in order to improve cybersecurity issues is management expectations.

Research conducted by the University of Otago in 2015 found that employees who fell for a phishing attack were typically away from their desk, using their mobile device, not opening an email in full and working outside of business hours.

While there is certainly convenience in checking emails at all hours on a mobile device, expecting employees to do so may result in poor security decisions by the employee.

Employee Awareness

Turner says that you want your employees to be at a “relaxed alert state”, where they are aware of both their actions and the environment. At this state an employee can spot something in an email that seems wrong and leads them to a “specific alert” state where their attention is grabbed, and the employee can address their concerns out loud with a co–worker.

Although it may seem ideal to be at a “specific alert” state at all times, this can be mentally exhausting for an employee. For this reason, the “relaxed alert state” is ideal.

Security Awareness Training

Nigel Phair, director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra believes that it is important for employees to understand what impact technology has on their organization, whether that be positive or negative.

Phair wants employees to know that they are an organization’s greatest strength when it comes to online security; acting as the eyes and ears of the organization.

Staff members need to understand the reasons behind security decisions, and the relative risks involved in different transactions. They need to understand, for example, that while the data on a device might be encrypted, losing that device still means losing an expensive corporate asset.”

Bell also believes that employees need to be aware of accidental and malicious risks, which is also a cultural issue. The assumption that bad things won’t happen to an organization because nobody in the world is cruel enough to do something malicious is a major problem.

It is important that a security awareness training program teaches employees the necessary skills and how to sustain those skills in order to protect their organization.

 
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Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants

DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller IDApril 20, 2018 by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant's DEA registration.

If  you are contacting by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through "Extortion Scam Online Reporting" posting on the DEA Diversion Control Division's website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

For more information contact: Locate DEA Field Office for your area -
https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/contactDea/spring/fullSearch
Registration Service Center (800) 882–9539
Email: DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov


Custom HR Solutions

The Society offers members access to IdilusHR, an organization that provides custom HR and benefit solutions, to provide a variety of services to benefit both our members and their practices. Among these benefits is a variety of affordable and comprehensive medical insurance solutions In addition, IdilusHR is offering all New York County Medical Society members a 20 percent discount on their administrative fee. 

It is important to understand that IdilusHR is not an insurance broker but instead a PEO. That means that they are providing a comprehensive HR package that  includes the ability to purchase health insurance and other benefits as large employer  and a lower rate. They charge a fee for their services on a monthly basis. Hopefully the savings resulting from large volume purchasing and reduced accounting and payroll costs will offset a significant percentage of their monthly fee.   (Please note that some people may not qualify for all plan offerings.)

 Click on the link below to see how IdiliusHR can solve your HR headaches.  For information, go to   https://www.idilus.com/      Click on the program tab for Sole Prop Program, and then click on the NYCMS Logo.  Enter the code NYCMS for the password.  


Your Search for Employees:  Job Boards and Job Ads
 
The following is from Winston Medical Staffing
 
Many recruiters these days view job boards with some disdain. They believe that these types of job advertisements are a thing of the past. As technology progresses, they argue that there are now much better ways to target the job seekers they want.
 
While it’s true that there are now more options open to recruiters, job boards are still popular. More than a third of all jobs are filled using job boards, according to research. They are still useful and necessary to give your company the best chance of finding the talent you need. Here are a few tips on how to make them as effective as possible.
 
Keep Them Short
 
Some people believe they have to put every duty and responsibility of the job into the description. But job candidates don’t want to spend the time to plow through dense blocks of print. They typically skim job ads quickly.
 
Try to keep the ad between one–half and one page, with a few bullets for the main responsibilities of the job.
 
Use Conventional Job Titles
 
Put yourself in the place of the job seeker. If they are looking for a certain type of job, they are going to use the conventional title for that job. If you try to use a title that is a little more offbeat or eye catching, your ad may be completely overlooked. The job title needs to be searchable.
 
Keep Them Straightforward
 
In other words, avoid the temptation to be humorous or sarcastic or attempt to be quirky or creative. This may create a misunderstanding with people who read the ad, or simply confuse them. The best way to write the ad is with language that is clear, simple, and direct.
 
Only Use Relevant Keywords
 
Some people stuff their ads with as many keywords as they can in an attempt to attract more people. But this amounts to a bait and switch tactic that will only annoy job seekers when they see that the job isn’t really what they thought it was.
 
Use only keywords that are actually pertinent to the duties of the job itself. This way, people who look at the ad are the ones genuinely interested in the job.
 
Think About the Candidates
 
Some recruiters feel that all they need to do is list what is expected of the person for a particular job, and it is up to the candidates to show how they meet those expectations. But to be effective, job ads need to also show what the job and company can offer the candidate as well, especially in this tight job market — for example, talking about company culture, opportunities for career growth, and benefits.
 
If your company is looking for qualified, reliable people who can make an impact, contact Winston Resources. We can supply them for you. Give us a call today.
 
Call Ivy Kramer, MSW, CSW, at (212) 687–4667 or e–mail: ikramer@winstonstaffing.com for special rates on qualified health care staff with special Society discount. 


Building Your Practice
 
Thanks to the Society’s agreement with Practice Builders, experts in online practice reputation management — members have access to  the unique positive solution for the unfair or disgruntled patient who criticizes online and a number of other practice marketing options.  Look at Practice Builders for:
 
  • Social media programs; 
  • Branding and collateral development;
  • Strategic growth marketing plan development;
  • Public relations and advertising;
  • Onsite staff training;
  • Field–based referral outreach training;
  • Custom website development, search engine optimization,  and hosting; and
  • Reputation assessment, search engine assessment, social media assessment and mystery shopper call.  
Practice Builders has  services that are designed specifically to help busy Society physicians like you attract the patients, cases, and payers you prefer, while increasing referrals and protecting your professional reputation online.
 
No matter what size or type of practice you have, you can get the help you need to make it better.
 
For more information on your membership privileges with Practice Builders, call them at (800) 679–1200, select option 2, and tell them you are a New York County Medical Society member.
 
P.S: Wondering about their website building skills?   The new www.nycms.org  website is under construction right now.  Look for announcements on the new site soon!
 

 Fifty Years On

Congratulations to these members who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation from medical school in 2018.

Edward P. Ambinder, MD
Daniel C. Baker, MD
Robert L. Bard, MD
Clement M. Barone, MD
Adam Norman Bender, MD
Renata Frenkel, MD
Charles N. Friedlander, MD
Judith E. Gurland, MD
Bruce M. Hyman, MD
Karl Eric Johanson, MD
Annetta June Kimball, MD
Inocencio C. Kho, MD
Carol Anne Livoti, MD
Elisabeth L. Macrae, MD
James P. McCarron, Jr., MD
Stephen B. Meisel, MD
Albert Vincent Messina, MD
Lakshimi Murali, MD
Elizabeth C. Muss, MD
Peter Michael Odell, MD
Ferdinand Ofodile, MD
Patrick F. O’Leary, MD
Cynthia R. Pfeffer, MD
Harvey M. Plasse, MD
John E. Postley, MD
Edward W. Powers, III, MD
Kenneth Michael Prager, MD
Kenneth J. Rosenbaum, MD
Mitsugu Shimmyo, MD
Edwina Sia–Kho, MD
David Nathan Silvers, MD
Niel J. Squillante, MD
William T. Speck, MD
Narayan Sundaresan, MD
Joyce Irene Wallace, MD
Gail Shute Williams, MD
George D. Yatrakis, MD


Bylaws Committee Proposes Changes
 
The Society’s Bylaws Committee, chaired by Milton Haynes, MD, reported on a series of proposed Bylaws changes.   The recommendations were accepted by the Board of Directors at its meeting on September 11, 2017, and the changes will be voted on at the Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting.  
 
The Committee made the following recommendation, which the Board of Directors  agreed to submit to the membership.
 
Amendments 1 – 3:  Given changes  in medical discipline and use of the Board of Medical Ethics, the Bylaws Committee discussed whether there was a need for this entity as a standing body that is a component element of the Board of Directors.  It was suggested that current members of the body could be members at large, with the president appointing an ad hoc body as needed.  
 
Amendment 1 
Article  V
Officers and Terms of Office
Section 4. Board of Medical Ethics
 
Two members of the Board of Medical Ethics shall be elected each year for a term of two years, the term commencing with the close of the Annual Meeting, except that every second year, three  members shall be elected.   The Board of Medical Ethics will be an Ad Hoc Committee of no less  than five members of the Society, that will be appointed by the President as needed to  investigate any issue of medical ethics or membership termination.
 
Amendment 2 
Article XII
Board of Medical Ethics
Section 1. Functions of the Board of Medical Ethics
 
The Board of Medical Ethics shall discuss principles of medical ethics and prepare and submit to the Board of Directors position statements on medical ethics when called on by the Board.    The Board will make referrals to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, as mandated by public health law, when allegations of professional medical misconduct occur.
 
Amendment 3
Article XII
Board of Medical Ethics 
Section 2. Meetings of the Board of Medical Ethics
 
The Board of Medical Ethics shall hold regular meetings as called by the Board of Directors as necessary.  Special meetings may be  called by the chairperson  president or by any three members of the Board. The presence of four members shall make a quorum at any meeting, except for the purpose of electing a chairperson and secretary, when five members are required. The Board of Medical Ethics at its  first regular meeting  following the Annual Meeting each year,  shall elect a chairperson and secretary and fix within the limits aforesaid, the time and place of their regular meetings for the ensuing year.  The Ad Hoc Board of Medical Ethics shall  keep minutes  of their proceedings and report to the Board of Directors monthly or when directed. 
 
Amendment 4:  Because the Society’s parliamentary authority, Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, has gone out of print, it was suggested that the Society accept Robert’s Rules of Order as a substitute.
 
Amendment 4
Article XVI 
Parliamentary Authority
 
The rules contained in the current edition of Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with these Bylaws and other special rules of order the Society may adopt.


Stow It
 
In its continuing effort to introduce members to services that will help their practice thrive, the New York County Medical Society is pleased to announce the addition of a key Business Partner to help your practice with services you use every day. Storage Quarters is a comprehensive, full service company specializing in document storage, records management, scanning records and imaging, secure document destruction, self storage and on–demand storage.
 
The company specializes in the protection and management of your information. Your business or personal possessions are your most important assets. Storage Quarters customizes information management solutions to suit your needs and always offer a cost–effective quote. Now, Storage Quarters is offering special savings to New York County Medical Society members.
 
With this new arrangement, Society members will receive discounts on:
  • Initial pickup and transport of files (NO Charge as opposed to the $39.95 fee non-members pay);
  • Discount on the minimum storage fee (20%) ; 
  • Discount on 1.2 cubic foot box storage (10%); 
  • Discount on destruction charges, (20% off) and more. 
Storage Quarters has scanning, storage, shredding services, with a number of easy and professional options for physicians trying to determine how to work with paper files and material in their office.
 
Contact Storage Quarters and say you are a NY County Medical Society member to insure special pricing. Call (516) 794–7300 or info@storagequarters.com 


Save Money With Every Toss Away

Citiwaste is now an exclusive provider of medical waste management services offering deep discounts to New York County Medical Society members.  Whether sharps, red–bag, chemo, pathology, hazardous, or pharmaceutical waste, Citiwaste will work with you to classify and segregate waste streams for best pricing. 

In addition, Citiwaste will determine the appropriate service frequency and deliver the supplies you need to package wastes. Guaranteed savings with no fuel, stop, energy, or environmental fees. Medical waste manifests available online 24/7 at no charge. One provider for all your medical, hazardous, and pharmaceutical waste.

Protection for your business with complete regulatory compliance. Call David at (718) 372-3887 to learn more about how Citiwaste can save you money. 


Remembering NYCMS Past President Isadore Rosenfeld, MD

Society Past President Isadore Rosenfeld, MD,  passed away on January 30.   Doctor Rosenfeld was President of the Society in 1985 – 1986. He was a graduate of the McGill  University School of Medicine, and  a cardiologist in private practice for over 50 years.  Doctor Rosenfeld, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians  and American College of Cardiology taught at Weill Cornell University Medical College.  He  was well known for representing the medical profession in books, magazines and on television.  He was the author of  several best sellers and served as health editor of Parade Magazine.   Many were so familiar with his writing that he was considered “America’s Doctor.”   


In Memoriam

Anthony Imparato, MD, died February 12, 2018.  Doctor Imparato received his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1946.

Ira Jerome Laufer, MD.  Doctor Laufer received his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1953.

John B. Price, MD. Doctor Price received his MD degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1950.

Ravindra C. Rajmane, MD, died November 2017.  Doctor Rajmane received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1994.

Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, died January 30, 2018.  Doctor Rosenfeld received his MD degree from McGill University School of Medicine in 1951. He was a past president of the New York County Medical Society.