• Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:50 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Updated FAQs Regarding Immunization Requirements for School Attendance Released July 19, 2019


    Effective June 13, 2019, Chapter 35 of the Public Health Law of 2019 repealed non-medical exemptions from vaccination for children

    attending school.

    NYSDOH, OCFS, and NYSED have released an updated document in

    follow-up to FAQs issued on June 18, 2019.


    You can view the updated FAQs and additional resources on the

    NYSCSH website here or the NYSED website here.

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:04 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    presented by Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:30am-12:00pm | Woodcliff Hotel, Fairport, NY 14450


    • Current Status of Screening Guidelines 
    • Breast Density and Screening
    • Ultrasound
    • High Risk MRI and MRI Contrast Media
    • Genetics
    • Panel Discussion
    • Question & Answer Session

    REGISTRATION: www.surveymonkey.com/r/EWBC-CME19
    or call 585 758-7081. Seating for the presentation is limited.
    Please respond before September 1. Complimentary hot breakfast.

    Hotel accommodations: Woodcliff Hotel and Spa | Fairport, NY 14450

    Hotel rooms are available at a rate of $139 per night. Please mention Elizabeth Wende Breast Care when making your reservations.
    To guarantee this rate, rooms must be reserved by 09/01/2019.

    Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Rochester Academy of Medicine and Elizabeth Wende Breast Care. The Rochester Academy of Medicine is accredited by the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Statement: The Rochester Academy of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Monday, July 08, 2019 1:16 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    In an effort to share model details and to include Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation leadership, the upcoming webinar on the Primary Care First Seriously Ill Population (SIP) payment option will now be held at the following date and time:

    Wednesday, July 24th at 12:00 PM EDT

    We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued interest in Primary Care First. Webinar slides will be available for download on the Primary Care First webpage shortly after the event.


    Please forward the registration link below to colleagues who may be interested in learning more about the Seriously Ill Population payment model option of Primary Care First.


    Register to attend here:


    If you registered for the event on July 10th, then you do not need to re-register for the event as the link you received is still valid.

    For additional information about Primary Care First, please visit the model webpage at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/primary-care-first-model-options/.  

    Questions or Feedback?

    If you have questions or feedback, please email PrimaryCareApply@telligen.com.


    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent this Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Update. To contact Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go to our contact us page.


  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:27 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Quality Payment Program

    Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Data Validation and Audit to begin June 2019 for Performance Years 2017 and 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Guidehouse to conduct data validation and audits of a select number of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians.  Data validation and audits are processes that will help ensure MIPS is operating with accurate and useful data. MIPS eligible clinicians, groups and virtual groups are required by regulation to comply with data sharing requests, providing all data as requested by CMS.

    If you are selected for data validation and/or audit, you will receive a request for information from Guidehouse. It will be sent via email or by certified mail.  Please be on the lookout for this notification. You will have 45 calendar days from the date of the notice to provide the requested information.

    Please note, if you do not provide the requested information CMS may take further action, to include the possibility that you will be selected for future audits. To help avoid this, we are in the process of developing resources to support clinicians selected to participate.

    We currently have the following data validation and audit resources available on the Quality Payment Program Resource Library:

    Be sure to subscribe to the QPP listserv by entering your email at the bottom of the Quality Payment Program website so that you receive notifications about the most up to date MIPS Data Validation and Audit information available.

    How do I get Help or More Information?

    The Quality Payment Program can be reached at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715- 6222), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Eastern Time.

    QPP Submissions No Longer Support XML Format

    As a reminder, QPP Submissions will no longer support QPP XML format starting January 2, 2020. The QPP Submissions API will only accept requests and return responses in QPP JSON format.

    This means that files must be uploaded to the QPP website in either QPP JSON or QRDA III XML. This change improves the Submissions API performance and eliminates security vulnerabilities related to XML.

    Who is impacted

    The deprecation of QPP XML means that if you’ve ever configured your software to send requests to the QPP Submissions API or provided a file for your client to upload to the QPP website in QPP XML format, you will need to update your software to send those requests in QPP JSON format.

    Please review the timeline below for key dates on QPP XML deprecation.

    Organizations that already submit in QPP JSON are not impacted.

    This does not apply to QRDA III XML. The QRDA III XML converter tool will remain available to convert QRDA III XML to QPP JSON.

    Key dates for QPP XML deprecation

    • Summer 2019— The QPP Submissions API Developer Preview environment for Year 3 launches and accepts QPP JSON only. 

    o   Developer Preview environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will only accept requests in QPP JSON format. 

    o   Production environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will still accept requests in QPP JSON and QPP XML format. 

    o   Interactive documentation (https://preview.qpp.cms.gov/api/submissions/public/docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON/

    o   Static documentation (https://cmsgov.github.io/qpp-submissions-docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    • January 2020— The production QPP Submissions API begins accepting Year 3 performance year data. All requests to the production QPP Submissions API on and after this date accepts QPP JSON format only.

    o   Static documentation (https://cmsgov.github.io/qpp-submissions-docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    o   Developer Preview environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will only accept requests in QPP JSON format. 

    o   Production environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will only accept requests in QPP JSON format. 

    o   Interactive documentation (https://preview.qpp.cms.gov/api/submissions/public/docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    o   Static documentation (https://cmsgov.github.io/qpp-submissions-docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    We’ll be posting reminders when each of these key dates through the Google Group for QPP APIs. 

    We recommend migrating as soon as possible to ensure you don’t experience any disruption.

    Where to go for support in migrating to QPP JSON 

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:11 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Join CMS for a Public Webinar on Quality Measurement

    CMS is pleased to invite the public to attend its upcoming webinar titled Measuring Quality to Improve Quality: Strengths and Challenges of Clinical Quality Measurement. The webinar will provide an engaging and informative overview of key concepts that go into its quality measures. Additionally, the presentation will review current CMS quality measures, explain how they are used, and how they fit into CMS’s quality goals, including the Meaningful Measures initiative. The webinar will be offered twice in June, on Tuesday, June 25th, from 2:00-3:00pm EST (Register here) and Thursday, June 27th, from 2:00-3:00pm EST (Register here). Please register in advance if you can attend as space will be limited. We request that you please only register for events you plan to attend. We hope you can join us and look forward to your questions! For questions, please contact MMSSupport@battelle.org.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:46 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Frequently Asked Questions About Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements here.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:40 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Here is the statement on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption from School Vaccination Requirements.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:31 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Coming to three locations across the State:

    Albany – July 1, 2019

    Rochester – July 31, 2019

    New York City – August 5, 2019

    Each conference will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

    Come learn how the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is now better for workers and better for business. These half-day, afternoon programs are open to anyone with an interest in the New York State workers’ compensation system. Multiple CLEs and CMEs will be available!

    For full details and to register, visit bit.ly/WCBconference19

    Presented by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.

    Questions? Contact Outreach@wcb.ny.gov

    WCB Conference 2019.pdf

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:29 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

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