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  • December 14, 2020 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    As healthcare providers prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, many face questions regarding best practices for vaccine administration, as well as documentation. Answers to the frequently asked questions below will help your practice protect patients and staff while mitigating liability risks.

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  • December 11, 2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule that includes important changes to the federal physician self-referral law, commonly referred to as the “Stark Law.”  In general, the Stark Law prohibits a physician from making a referral for certain “designated health services” (DHS) to an entity with which the physician (or an immediate family member) has a financial arrangement, unless an exception applies.  Concurrently with the Stark Law changes, the Office of Inspector General also issued new rules under the Federal Anti-kickback Statute, which will be addressed in separate client alerts.
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  • December 11, 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    The United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued an important final rule (the “Final Rule”) that makes significant changes to existing “Safe Harbors” under the Federal Anti-kickback Statue (“AKS”) and that adds new Safe Harbors that provide protection from AKS sanctions for certain types of arrangements. > Read complete alert

  • December 11, 2020 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    Under these updated metrics, Red, Orange and Yellow Zones will now be determined as follows:

    A Red Zone will be implemented when a region reaches a critical hospital capacity—that is, when 90 percent of beds are full (after measures to increase capacity have been taken).

    An Orange Zone will be implemented if an area has a 4 percent positivity rate over the past 10 days (on a 7-day average) and is located in a region that has reached 85 percent hospital capacity.

    A Yellow Zone will be implemented if an area has a 3 percent positivity rate over the past 10 days (on a 7-day average) and is in the top 10 percent in the state for hospital admissions per capita over the past week and is experiencing week-over-week growth in daily admissions.

  • December 07, 2020 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred innovations throughout healthcare, many medical practices are wrestling with a stubborn trend: Due to anxiety about potentially contracting the virus, many patients are putting off in-person appointments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by June 30, 2020, an estimated 41 percent of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care, including urgent/emergency care and routine care, because of concerns about COVID-19.

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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

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  • 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 NYC providers with enrollment questions may contact NYC DOHMH at or COVID-19: Vaccines.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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