NYS Legislature Leaves Medical Aid in Dying Legislation on the Table as Session Ends Without a Vote
State Lawmakers wrapped up their session without voting on the Medical Aid in Dying Act, which would allow terminally ill adults to ask their doctors for life-ending medication.
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We Need Physician Members to Help Lead the Medical Society!
Please contact the Onondaga County Medical Society if you would like to volunteer for any of the following committees:
Bylaws /Long Range Planning/Membership
Legislative / Advocacy
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, call the Medical Society, (315) 424-8118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Approved Template for Paper/Fax Prescriptions
The BNE has approved a template for paper/fax prescriptions, which should be used to inform the Department of Health. Please note that if the prescription issued for this reason is for a controlled substance, the quantity may not exceed a five-day supply. Click here to download the template.
Should Your Status Regarding Your Decision to Treat Injured Workers Change
It is required that any physician who is authorized by the NYSWCB to treat injured workers must maintain or dissolve a physician-patient relationship just as they would under any other form of insurance coverage.
Any provider who is currently listed as an authorized provider under the NYSWCB system, but who no longer wishes to treat injured workers, must formally submit a written statement of resignation of his or her authorization to treat injured workers directly to the NYSWCB.
It is not permissible or sufficient to merely post a sign in your office, or to have your staff tell patients in person or by phone that you will no longer treat them under their WC coverage. This is the same standard to which providers are held under Medicare and commercial insurances.
You must as an authorized provider follow the necessary process required, including:
* Patients must be informed in writing, and provided with 30 days prior notice
* Patients must be provided emergency care and/or prescriptions during that time period
* Providers must contact the WCB, and may need to complete a specific form
Please be aware of the following: Refusal to treat patients already under your care, before the official resignation of authorization has been processed by the NYSWCB, constitutes patient abandonment, and could be subject to administrative action by the NYSWCB, which is potentially reportable to NYSDOH For additional information, please refer to the NYSWCB website at www.wcb.ny.gov or contact the Medical Director's Office at (800) 781-2362.