• Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Medical Society of the State of New York is pleased to announce its January free Continuing Medical Education (CME) webinars.  Participation in the webinars will earn physicians one CME credit free of charge. The January schedule is as follows:

    January 17th at 7:30am - Medical Matters:  Mental Health and Disasters Overview
    Register for this webinar here. 
    Faculty: Craig Katz, MD
    Educational Objectives:

    • Explore the psychological impact of mass trauma.
    • Provide physicians with a strong background on both the psychological symptoms and syndromes specific to mass trauma.
    • Prepare physicians to conduct acute assessments and interventions. 

    January 22nd at 7:30am - Current Concepts in Concussion for Pediatric and Adult Patients
    Register for this webinar here.
    Faculty: Deborah Light, MD
    Educational Objectives:

    • Identify signs and symptoms indicative of concussion as well as red flags that indicate alternate or more severe pathology;
    • Outline an appropriate management plan for a patient presenting with concussion including a return to “normal life" protocol;
    • Describe methods for the primary and secondary prevention of concussion;
    • Identify patients who would benefit from referral to a concussion specialist 

    January 30th at 7:30am - Veterans Matters:  PTSD & TBI in Veterans
    Register for this webinar here.
    Faculty: Emerald Lin, MD

    Educational Objectives:

    • Identify signs and symptoms of PTSD & TBI
    • Examine evidence-based treatment modalities for PTSD & TBI
    • Explore military culture and methods to overcome unique barriers to treatment intrinsic to military culture

    To view all of MSSNY’s scheduled programs, click here and select “Upcoming”. 

    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 each of these live activities 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. 

    Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org.

  • Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    A FREE workshop for healthcare providers. Click here for flyer.

    JANUARY 26, 2018
    8:30 AM - NOON

    1000 ELMWOOD AVE. (DOOR 1)
    ROCHESTER, NY 14620
    Call (585) 563-6221 to reserve your spot!

    Participants will view the award-winning documentary, Until 20, followed by a distinguished panel discussion in order to: 

    • Better understand the unique and multidimensional challenges facing AYAs
    • Facilitate effective communication with AYAs about goals of care at end of life
  • Wednesday, January 03, 2018 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    The Workers’ Compensation Board has initiated a registration process to update the list of health providers who are authorized to treat injured workers. 

    As of December 19, 2017 over 6,000 authorized health providers have registered.

    Authorized health providers are required to register by January 15, 2018. Health providers who have not registered by January 15, 2018 will:

    • be removed from the public directory of authorized providers, and
    • become ineligible for the Board’s disputed bill process.

    The up-to-date list will ensure that an injured worker can easily identify Board authorized providers. 

    How to Register

    The Board will use the existing New York State Health Commerce System (HCS) for the registration process and future updates to your registration information. 

    How to Access the Registration Form
    1. Log in at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us
    2. Select My Content > All Applications from the Main Menu.
    3. Select P from Browse by list, and then add Person-based Electronic Response Data System (PERDS) to your application list by selecting + under the column add/remove.
    4. On the top of the page, select Home.
    5. On the home page, select Refresh My Applications List. 
    If PERDS does not appear in My Applications List call (800)-781-2362, option 6.
    6. Select PERDS on the My Applications list to open it. DO NOT click the information icon (i). 
    7. Select the Data Entry tab located on the top left of page.
    8. In the Activity field, select WCB Registration from the drop-down list.
    9. The following default values will be shown:

    Activity: WCB Registration
    Form: WCB Registration for Health Care Provider
    Data Entity Type: WCB Provider
    Data Entity Name: Please Select Name

    10. Select the Search WCB Provider button.

    Search Entity (Validation of Information)
    When you select the Search WCB Provider button, you are brought to the Search Entity page. On this page, please do the following:

    1. The field Entity Id must be left blank for your initial registration.
    2. Select the Profession from the drop-down list.
    3. Complete the License Number, Birth Month and Birth Day fields. 
    4. Select the Search button. 
    5. If your information is correct, an Entity Id is displayed below the blue Search Entity line. Keep this number for your records. It is not stored in the registration form.
    6. If the name that appears on the page is the same as it is on your license, click the Select button to proceed. If it is incorrect, select the Name Field Help icon for further assistance.
    Complete the Registration Form
    Complete your registration, be sure to click the Save All, Review & Submit and Submit to DOH buttons. This will ensure you are found on the public directory of authorized providers and remain eligible for the Board’s disputed medical bill process.

    If you are registering multiple providers on their behalf, do not close the PERDS application after you register the first provider. For each subsequent provider: 
    1. Select the Home tab located at the top left of the page (next to the Data Entry tab). 
    2. Follow steps 7-10 in the How to Access the Registration Form section. 
    3. Follow steps 1-5 described above in the Search Entity (Validation of Information) section.
    For instructions that include screen shots of the registration process, please email wcbcustomersupport@wcb.ny.gov with the subject “Provider Registration Instructions”. 

    If you have general questions regarding health care provider registration, please contact the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Medical Director's Office at (800)-781-2362, option 6.
  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous



    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 | Anonymous

    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. 

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