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  • December 04, 2020 3:47 PM | Anonymous
    The New York Chapter ACS, working with its specialty partners, issued a letter to the to the Governor, NYSDOH and Senate and Assembly Members calling on the administration to protect access to surgical care.  The joint letter provides the following recommendations and calls on New York to:
    • Define a clear plan to decompress ICUs
    •  Maintain emergency access to critical medical and surgical care
    • Avoid a prohibition on medically necessary / essential surgeries
    • Operationalize a safe and effective vaccination program
    • Support interventions to secure additional PPE

    > Read the letter

  • December 03, 2020 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    These steps must be completed by December 18th

    Step One - Register for the Immunization Information System:

    Healthcare providers are strongly recommended to register in NYSIIS for providers in NYS, outside of NYC, and with CIR for providers located in NYC. This is because all COVID-19 Vaccination Program providers (each location submitting a profile) will need a NYSIIS account (for providers outside of NYC) or CIR account (for providers located in NYC). Your organization may currently have a NYSIIS or CIR account, but it is important to ensure that the appropriate staff have access.

    Step Two – Enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program:

    • In addition to registering with NYSIIS or CIR, providers must enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. NYSDOH and NYC DOHMH are implementing a phased approach to provider enrollment and will notify healthcare facilities, providers and professional groups as each new group is opened for enrollment.
    • Providers in NYS, outside of NYC, will enroll in the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program through the Health Commerce System application "COVID-19 Vaccine Program Provider Enrollment"  and should review the NYSDOH COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment Letter for guidance.  Providers in NYC will enroll in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program through the CIR.
    • Networks with facilities or providers in both NYS and NYC should enroll their facilities or providers outside of NYC in the NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program through the Health Commerce System and enroll their facilities or providers in NYC in the NYC Covid-19 Vaccination Program through the CIR.

    Step Three – Ordering, Receiving and Administering Vaccine

    • When COVID-19 vaccine is available, providers will order COVID-19 vaccine through NYSIIS (for providers in NYS, outside of NYC) and CIR (for providers in NYC). Orders will be reviewed and approved by NYS DOH and shipped directly from the vaccine manufacturer or CDC distributor.
    • When vaccine is available, providers will monitor vaccine inventory; enter doses administered and/or perform data exchange (uploading and downloading data) between the provider's electronic health system and NYSIIS/CIR; enter vaccine returns and wastage; and generate reports for internal review (e.g. doses administered) in NYSIIS/CIR.

    For questions, call the NYSDOH, Bureau of Immunization (518) 473-4437 or NYSDOH COVID-19 hotline 1-888-364-3065. Health care providers interested in learning more about the COVID-19 Vaccine Program may contact the NYSDOH at covid19vaccine@health.ny.gov. NYC providers with enrollment questions may contact NYC DOHMH at nycimmunize@health.nyc.gov or COVID-19: Vaccines.

    For more information - click here

  • December 01, 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    For months, physicians and practice managers have been in crisis mode due to COVID-19 and have faced daunting challenges daily. What the future holds relative to the evolution of COVID-19 remains unknown, but it is certain that litigation for COVID-related claims is on the horizon and will impact physicians in all medical specialties and practice models.

    > Read more

  • November 23, 2020 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    Nuances of patient characteristics demand a sophisticated approach to pain management.

    Master the complexities of perioperative pain management with the real-life strategies highlighted in this new online program. Challenging patient scenarios across preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods are used to demonstrate the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care. The Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management course includes eight interactive, case-based modules:

    1. Understanding Pain Mechanisms
    2. Risks of Perioperative Opioids
    3. Expectation Setting
    4. Multimodal Pain Therapy
    5. Outpatient Postoperative Opioid Prescribing
    6. Pre-Existing Opioid Use
    7. Substance Misuse History
    8. Pain Management at the End of Life: Final Hours to Days

    Under the leadership of John A. Weigelt, MD, FACS, a group of prominent surgeon and nonsurgeon experts in pain management collaborated to create this invaluable, concise resource. 

    Perioperative pain management remains the domain of surgeons. Expert use of available resources and a multidisciplinary approach will help take your surgical care to the next level.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing Optimizing Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach, learners will be able to:

    • Outline the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care, including multimodal therapies and pain management with and without the use of opioids.
    • Describe differences in appropriate pain management approaches for straightforward and complex patient profiles across preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative, and end-of-life periods.
    • Discuss the implications of opioid use in perioperative patients and the strategies to manage patients with profiles ranging from opioid naïve, to opioid use for chronic pain, and to opioid dependency.
  • November 16, 2020 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    Last Updated: November 16, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    What You Need to Know

    • Bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

    • Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to no more than 10 people. 

    • New travel guidelines are in effect that allow out-of-state travelers to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

    • A new cluster action initiative is addressing COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up across the state.

    • Go to New York's COVID Report Card to find COVID-19 positive case data for every school district in the state.

    • To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:

    • Go to forward.ny.gov to find: Industry guidance on re-opening; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.

    • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through December 31, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

    • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • November 11, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Following the killing of George Floyd, the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons, as a leader in surgery in the United States, recognized its responsibility to address the issue of structural racism within the American College of Surgeons and within the profession of surgery. A task force was appointed to evaluate these factors as a result.

    The task force was chaired by J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, American College of Surgeons President 2020–2021, and populated by members who are committed to the issue of eliminating racism, who are senior leaders of the American College of Surgeons that have a strong understanding of its operations, and who are influential and empowered to make changes.

    We concluded that current national attention provides an opportunity to potentially make great progress on the issue of structural racism in the American College of Surgeons and in the profession of surgery. As such, our recommendations are focused on antiracism and helping our own professional organization and our surgeons approach issues of race with excellence, skill and fidelity. 

    In the report, we identify Five Focus Areas of Progress, which include:

    • Just & Inclusive Environment
    • Cultural Competency
    • Diversity in the Workforce
    • Public Health Research
    • Advocacy & Legislative Reform

    The report from the Anti-Racism Task Force can be accessed here. The Anti-Racism Task Force recommendations were enthusiastically endorsed by the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and the Board of Regents appointed a Regental Committee to expeditiously carry them out. 

    All our recommendations are important; some can be completed quickly, some in an intermediate phase, and some will take years to accomplish. Over the next few months, the Regental Committee will communicate progress in implementing the Anti-Racism Task Force recommendations and share periodic updates on activities.

    Thank you,

    J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM
    President, American College of Surgeons
    Chair, Anti-Racism Task Force

    L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS
    Chair, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons

    Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS
    Regent, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons
    Chair, Anti-Racism Committee

    David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
    Executive Director, American College of Surgeons

  • November 10, 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    For months, physicians and practice managers have been in crisis mode due to COVID-19 and have faced daunting challenges daily. What the future holds relative to the evolution of COVID-19 remains unknown, but it is certain that litigation for COVID-related claims is on the horizon and will impact physicians in all medical specialties and practice models.

    According to attorney John E. Hall Jr., founding partner of Hall Booth Smith in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in defense of high-exposure cases involving hospitals and medical malpractice claims, COVID-19 claims are looming in the next one to three years. “The big-dollar plaintiff firms and the plaintiff conglomerates are already starting to advertise for these cases, and they're starting to file them,” Hall says. “There are over 800 cases filed already. Many of those are in the long-term care scenario but [they] are developing every day and in a variety of other areas.”

    Are there existing medical liability protections in place? What types of claims are anticipated? What steps can physicians take now to prepare to defend claims in the future? These important questions were recently addressed by Mr. Hall and other expert healthcare executives and attorneys at The Doctors Company’s 2020 Virtual Executive Advisory Board (EAB) meeting.

    Read the complete article

  • October 21, 2020 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services planning to implement payment cuts of up to 9 percent for surgical specialties in the next calendar year—jeopardizing operations for medical institutions and patient access to care while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread—it is critical that Congress take action to prevent these decreases. And as a surgeon whose perspective is highly valued by your representatives, your voice could be just the thing to get them to act.

    You can tell your representative to say "No!" to Medicare cuts in just three clicks—go to SurgeonsVoice, fill out your information and submit your letter. This simple action could make all the difference in helping maintain patient access to vital surgical care.

    Act now!

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