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  • April 27, 2020 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    The NY Chapter commits itself to the health and well-being of NY surgeons and the health care community.

    During this time we will share messages of support from your Chapter leadership & provide you w/ resources.

    Share your messages!

    We are Here for You #NYChapterACSUnites

  • April 26, 2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The US Health and Human Services (HHS) has indicated that the application portal is open for physicians to avail themselves of a portion of the $20 billion allocation from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.  

    The AMA has advised that  anyone who has a Billing TIN (including a pediatric or obstetric practice) who lost revenue in March and/or can estimate lost revenue in April due to the COVID-19 crisis, should be filling out this portal.   

    The AMA has also put together this guide to help physicians pull together the information they need to submit to the portal. Here is additional information from HHS regarding the distribution.

  • April 24, 2020 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    Governor Cuomo announced elective outpatient treatments can resume on April 28 in counties and hospitals without significant risk of a COVID-19 surge. However, the state has not yet issued guidance.

    To ensure these services can be resumed safely, the American College of Surgeons and other associations created a roadmap to guide readiness, prioritization and scheduling.

    Mark Reiner, MD FACS, Chair of the Manhattan Council of the NY Chapter ACS will present this roadmap in a Safely Resuming Elective Procedures webinar on Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

    This webinar will be co-hosted by HANYS and the New York Chapter of ACS. Please register online.

  • April 21, 2020 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    The NY Chapter commits itself to the health and well-being of NY surgeons and the health care community. During this time we will share messages of support from your Chapter leadership and provide you with resources.

    You are encouraged to share your messages of support using the following hashtag on Twitter and social media #NYChapterACSUnites

  • April 11, 2020 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    "We recognize the tremendous strain that the New York City healthcare system is facing in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for your leadership in working to both optimize care for patients and protect healthcare workers. The American College of Surgeons has worked with NYC hospitals to develop a robust trauma system to care for critically injured patients. This system is part of an emergency care system that responds to other time sensitive medical emergencies such as acute cardiac events and strokes. We have heard from the trauma directors in many of the Level 1 trauma centers that the system is overwhelmed by COVID patients and is at risk of being unable to provide care for these common emergencies. To that end, we have developed the attached statement on the importance of maintaining the emergency care system and have offered recommendations to meet this goal. We stand ready to assist you."

    > Access the letter

    > Read the ACS Statement on the Importance of Maintaining the Emergency Care System

  • April 11, 2020 5:18 PM | Anonymous

      FCC Establishes New Covid-19 Telehealth Program

      Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services Expands The Accelerated And Advance Payments Program For Participating Providers And Suppliers

      What Documentation Should Employees Provide Employers In Order To Obtain Federal Covid-19 Leave Benefits

      CMS Issues Stark Law Blanket Waivers in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic  

      New York State Budget Implements Major COVID-19 Liability
       for Health Care Facilities and Providers
    • April 11, 2020 5:14 PM | Anonymous

      In an effort to consolidate COVID-19 related provider guidance the Department of Health has developed the attached provider compendium. The publication shows only current NYSDOH and CDC guidance for any given topic and will be updated weekly, or as significant guidance emerges, to reflect new guidance. 

      Weekly Provider Update

      Missed this week's Healthcare Provider Update? You can access it here.

      Health Advisory

      Updated Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection

    • April 08, 2020 5:15 PM | Anonymous

      Due to a shortage of ventilators and urgent public need, Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring all unused ventilators or equivalent devices to be reported and made available to the state. 

      Any institution, office, or person whose ventilator or equivalent device is used by the state will have their ventilator or equivalent device returned to them in the same condition, be provided with a newer replacement device, or receive financial compensation from the state to purchase a replacement.

      Please fill out the following information and you will be contacted to arrange pick up of your device if it is needed.

      Read our legal counsel's legal alert on the Executive Order.

    • April 08, 2020 9:31 AM | Anonymous

      We invite ACS-member surgical residents and associate fellows to submit ONE case worthy of a discussion at the annual Spectacular Cases panel at Clinical Congress 2020. 

      Seven selected spectacular cases will be selected.  This is an opportunity for residents and associate fellows to present a case with spectacular significance (hint: because of a multidisciplinary approach in how the case was managed).  Cases will be presented in an M & M style of case discussion.  Selected spectacular cases (NOT case reports) will be presented to a group of expert panel members, followed by an interactive discussion. 

      The discussion will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 8:00 – 11:15 am at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020, in Chicago, IL.

      Submissions are due by 5:00 pm CST on May 3, 2020   No exceptions for late entries. 

      You will need for your application:

      1. Name
      2. Title
      3. Institution you are working at/training at
      4. City, state
      5. PGY level
      6. Phone number, preferably cell phone
      7. Email address
      8. Twitter handle
      9. One-page, 300 words (or less) abstract that includes the title and description of the case.   Pictures and/or graphs are permitted.  The references included can be outside of the 300-word limit.

      Submit your ONE case here:

      Contact Alison Powers at with any questions.

    • April 03, 2020 5:09 PM | Anonymous

      Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order giving the state the power to seize and redistribute medical equipment, including ventilators and PPE, from all private sector companies, medical practices, ASCs and hospitals with lower needs, in response to the number of COVID-19 patients flooding New York City hospitals.

      The order calls for all office-based and ASC facilities to immediately inventory and surrender their ventilators and PPE (N95 masks, surgical masks, sterile gloves, surgical gowns and face shields). The order is expected to take effect this weekend.

      The move is in response to Lenox Hill and other New York City hospitals, which have reached a crisis point in the need for ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients. New York now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases and its death toll is nearly 3,000 after its largest one-day increase. The state's death toll has nearly doubled in the last three days.

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