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  • September 10, 2021 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company, and for the TDC Group of Companies

    Medical malpractice data can focus the search for ways to succeed at: (1) preventing adverse events, (2) preventing lawsuits if adverse events do occur, and (3) prevailing in lawsuits when all else fails.

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  • August 20, 2021 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    By an Order dated August 18, 2021, the New York State Commissioner of Health is requiring that healthcare workers in general hospitals (e., hospitals that provide inpatient care 24 hours a day) and nursing homes be vaccinated against COVID-19, except for those with bona fide religious or medical exemptions.

    These healthcare workers, including employees, students, volunteers and medical staff, are required to have at least one dose of an approved vaccine by September 27, 2021. 

    It does not appear that applicable health care workers will be permitted to undergo regular testing in lieu of vaccination.  

    On September 2, 2021, there is an opportunity for health care facilities impacted by the announcement to present evidence that failure to comply will not constitute a danger to the health of the people of the State of New York.

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  • August 05, 2021 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    As surgeons, having difficult conversations with our patients is part of the job. Now we need your help in starting a new conversation: speaking with your patients about being vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The American College of Surgeons has considered some frequently asked questions you may be getting from your patients. We realize that due to local issues, giving a uniform answer to these questions is not entirely possible. However, we hope you use this document as a guide and verify the information on a state and local level as well as with your hospital as you prepare to Talk It Up! with your patients.

    #TalkItUp | It's very important.

    The American College of Surgeons has developed the following resources to help prepare you to Talk It Up! with your patients.

  • August 02, 2021 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Last week, the CDC released new guidance on mask wearing. The state is  reviewing the CDC's new recommendations closely in consultation with federal and state health experts.

    As NY observes a rise in COVID cases and across the country, driven by the Delta variant, the State is taking new action to curb the spread.

    To that end, by Labor Day, all state employees will be required to either get vaccinated or get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. This includes patient-facing healthcare workers at state-run hospitals - they will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day.

  • July 27, 2021 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    The Governor's office reported yesterday that 75 percent of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and the state has  administered over 22 million vaccine doses across the state.

    A quarter of New York adults are still unvaccinated, which equals roughly 3.5 million unvaccinated individuals. With the highly transmissible Delta variant in New York, COVID will spread.

    The number of new cases is about five times more than it was just a month ago. Of the new cases in New York, about 72 percent are the Delta variant. 

    The State is allocating $15 million to community organizations to bolster vaccination efforts in ZIP codes with low vaccination rates. Some of the groups receiving funding include the Hispanic Federation, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Asian American Federation, the Charles B. Wang Community Center, and the APICHA Community Health Center.

  • July 20, 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Lawmakers in New York are preparing for the once-a-decade redistricting process that could alter the political landscape in the state and change how voters and regions are represented in the halls of power in Albany and Washington.

    Later today, the first of eight regional hearings will be held on the redistricting process, with the commission charged with drawing political boundaries for the House of Representatives and the state Legislature meeting on Long Island. 

    And both state and federal lawmakers want their constituents to be engaged with these meeting amid a new process following a constitutional amendment in 2014 that turned much of the work over to an independent commission appointed by the state Legislature. 

    Lawmakers in recent days have sought to rally voters to participate in the process and the public hearings. 

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  • July 20, 2021 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    A more than $1.1 billion settlement, the largest ever negotiated by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, has been reached in the ongoing legal battle against opioid manufacturers, distributors and consultants.

    A.G. James’ office announced the agreement on Tuesday with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation, all drug distributors.

    As part of Tuesday's agreement, McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisource Bergen will pay New York a total of nearly $1.2 billion, of which more than $1 billion will go towards abatement.

    Payments will start in just two months and will continue over the next 17 years.

  • July 20, 2021 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    Mass vaccination sites in four locations in New York state will close Monday, July 26, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, as the spate of people seeking to be vaccinated for COVID-19 has slowed in recent weeks.

    Vaccination sites at Binghamton University at Gannett Drive, Aviation Mall in Queensbury, Stony Brook Southampton, and the Diana Center at SUNY Orange will cease operations, Cuomo's office said, part of a broader "downscaling" of vaccination efforts to focus on more localized areas.

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