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Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction Online Program Now Available!

The Medical Society of the State of New York Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction modules are now available by clicking HERE to access the CME site. These modules are being offered free of charge to all MSSNY members. Physicians who are new users to the MSSNY CME site will be required to register as a new user. As a new user, physicians and non-physicians will be required to enter fields that include: position; name (the name should be what you want to appear on the CME certificate); email address; and then create a password. Physicians who have previously had an account at the MSSNY CME site will need to log into the site using their email and password. Directions for creating a new account/or logging in can be found HERE. The MSSNY CME site provides the ability for physicians and other prescribers to view the archived webinar at their leisure, take the required test, and download their certificate. Non-MSSNY physicians will be charged $50 per module. The online program covers all eight topics required in the New York State statute. MSSNY developed the program with the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). MSSNY is listed as an accrediting organization by the NYS DOH Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. Online modules include: Module One: Understanding the Current Legal Landscape in New York State for Prescribing Controlled Substances Faculty: Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BS, FAAN & Trishia Allen, Esq. Educational Objectives: Understand New York State and Federal Requirements for Prescribing Controlled Substances Discuss Guidelines for Chronic Pain Module Two: Rational Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain Conditions Faculty: Charles Argoff, MD & Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BS, FAAN Educational Objectives: Discuss evidence based best practice recommendations for opioid therapy for chronic pain, patient risk assessments and documentation Describe palliative medical care and end-of-life care Module Three: Patients with Opioid Use Disorders: Identification, Treatment, and Management of Co-occurring Pain Faculty: Jeffrey Selzer, MD, Charles Morgan, MD & Frank Dowling, MD Educational Objectives: Describe the Potential for Addiction, Patient Screening, Diagnosis and Subsequent Treatment or Referral. Recommend Tools to Assist in the Identification of High-Risk Patients for Whom Opioids are Indicated and Prescribed. Describe Strategies for Treating Pain in Patients with Substance Use Disorders. New discount codes have been provided to the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, and the American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 1. Please contact the respective organization for this discount code. 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 enduring material 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 may be obtained by contacting cme@mssny.org.

The 2017 House of Delegates & Resolutions

As a member of the Onondaga County Medical Society and the Medical Society of the State of New York, you have ways to be heard on matters of concern to you. No doubt many are familiar with the advocacy efforts undertaken through MSSNY in Albany. You may not be as familiar with the annual statewide House of Delegates (HOD). In fact, the Onondaga County Medical Society sends a delegation to represent our county society at this convention. They and several hundred other physicians gather to represent county medical societies from across the state at this convention. This is best thought of as democracy in action for physician members. This year's HOD will be held on April 20-23, 2017, in Tarrytown, NY, (Westchester County). If a member has a concern or issue they would like to bring before the HOD, they can write that concern up in resolution form and submit it as an individual at the HOD or share it with a member of the Onondaga CMS Delegation. Please be advised that if a member chooses to submit a resolution to the OCMS Delegation, the deadline for submission is close of business on February 10, 2017, well ahead of the technical deadline. This will enable delegation members to become familiar with issues they are charged with. These resolutions may be sent by e-mail to oncms@oncms.org, by fax to (315) 424-0614, or mailed to OCMS, 329 N. Salina St., Ste. 303, Syracuse, NY 13203. Resolution format requirements, deadlines and other helpful suggestions are located here.

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.



CMS Updates Open Payments CME Guidance

CMS updated the Law and Policy page on the Open Payments website with information about the new reporting requirements for continuing medical education (CME) in the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. In October 2014, CMS eliminated the exemption for payments or other transfers of value made to physician speakers at certain accredited continuing education events. The result of this change is that, starting in 2016, when an applicable manufacturer provides an indirect payment or other transfer of value to a continuing education organization for a continuing education event to physicians, and knows or finds out the identity of the physician attendees/speakers within the reporting year or by the end of the second quarter of the following reporting year, that payment must be reported to CMS in 2017. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions.


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