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The ACS New York Chapter is actively  working to add the surgeon voice to the major legislative debates on issues including access to care, single payer health care, tobacco purchase, recreational marijuana in addition to many other bills. 

With your support, the Chapter is positioned to promote and represent the viewpoints of the surgeon community before State and Federal legislative, regulatory and executive agencies.  The Chapter  sends alerts and online tools to help you respond quickly to elected officials and educate them on the impact of their policies. Moreover, Chapter staff can assist you in developing personal relationships with elected officials as well as provide forums with Chapter leadership to uncover prevailing issues and address concerns.

    2022 Priorities

    Support Reductions in Administrative and Regulatory Burdens
    Seek Utilization Management Reforms
    Support Efforts to Increase Interoperability in Electronic Health Systems
    Promote Efforts to Appropriately Link Surgical Quality with Alternative Payment Models
    Support Comprehensive Medical Liability Reform
    Oppose Inappropriate Scope Expansions
    Further investigate the impact of universal coverage and a single payer system in NY

    What would have happened in the state  if the Chapter was not in existence and could not amplify the surgeon’s voice? 

    • Inappropriate scope expansions by podiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, physician assistants, naturopaths, optometrists and estheticians
    • Creation of a single payer health system in New York
    • Mandates related to opioid prescribing that would have imposed even more requirements on physicians prior to prescribing opioids
    • Expansion of medical liability bills that would have allowed "hearsay" as evidence and increased premiums.

    What did happen with the support of the New York Chapter's advocacy efforts

    • Passage of resolution proclaiming May as Stop the Bleed Month in New York
    • Passage of legislation to reduce insurer prior authorization (PA) requirements when a PA for a related procedure has already been received
    • Passage Tobacco 21 raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vapor e-cigarettes to 21 years of age
    • Passage  of legislation to require individuals 16 and older to wear seat belt while as a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle. (Did not advance)
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    • Members of the New York Chapter and Brooklyn-Long Island Chapters stand tall as Assemblyman Schmitt and the NYS Assembly proclaim May as Stop the Bleed month
    • The New York Chapter and Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter host a Stop the Bleed Training event in Albany, New York
    • Members advocate on behalf of surgeons in Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousin's office in Albany, New York.

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    Uniting efforts to improve the quality of surgical practice in New York and care to surgical patients.

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    New York Chapter American College of Surgeons
    150 State Street, Floor 4, Albany NY 12207 
    Phone: (518) 953-5401 |  Fax: (518) 514-1424

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