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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the CY 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule. American Medical Association (AMA) staff are thoroughly analyzing the 2400+ page rule and will provide a comprehensive summary in the near future. Notably, the 2022 Medicare conversion factor will be reduced by approximately 3.85% from 34.8931 (2021) to 33.5983. This is largely a result of the expiration of a 3.75% increase to the conversion factor at the end of calendar year 2021, as averted in 2021 by Congressional action. The AMA continues to strongly advocate for Congress to avert this significant cut and extend the 3.75% increase for 2022, as it further compounds the growing financial instability of physician practices due to the severe reduction in revenue caused by the continued COVID-19 PHE.
The text of the proposed rule can be accessed at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current
Link to the Physician Fee Schedule Fact Sheet: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/calendar-year-cy-2022-medicare-physician-fee-schedule-final-rule
Link to the QPP Fact Sheet and related material: https://qpp-cm-prod-content.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/1654/2022%20Quality%20Payment%20Program%20Final%20Rule%20Resources.zip
Mix-and-Match Covid Boosters: Why They Just Might Work
The F.D.A. may authorize booster shots of vaccines different from the ones that Americans originally received. The science behind the move is promising.
By Carl Zimmer/The New York Times -Read More Here:
MSSNY Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund
The American Medical Association (AMA) is taking an important step to reconcile AMA’s past by acknowledging the harms that one of our founders, Dr. Nathan Davis, had in our organization’s history that allowed and upheld racism within the medical profession.
This Viewpoint from AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, provides important details and context for this acknowledgement including AMA’s 2008 apology, recent actions by our Board and House of Delegates, and the work underway through the AMA Center for Health Equity. By acknowledging the past, the AMA is embracing a discussion about how to begin to heal past harms.
Board of Trustees monthly meeting on November 9, 2021 at 6 PM at the Forest Hills Headquarters/Zoom
David A. Fishman, MD, President, invites you to the next monthly Comitia Leadership Meeting on November 9, 2021 at 8 PM at the Forest Hills Headquarters/Zoom
CDC now recommends that certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Get more information and read CDC’s media statement.
MSSNY Opposes Northern District Decision to Permit Religious Exemptions to State’s Healthcare Worker Vaccination Requirements Statement Attributable to:
Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP
“We are greatly dismayed by the decision by the Northern District of NY to permit, at least temporarily, religious exemptions to the state’s health care worker vaccination requirements. We believe this step will result in a flurry of attempts to circumvent the well-reasoned vaccination requirement that was an important step towards reversing the recent surge attributable to the more easily spread Delta variant.
“These vaccination requirements are essential to protecting public health, particularly the immunocompromised, the elderly, and those too young to receive the vaccination. No major religious denomination opposes vaccinations, and the Supreme Court has for over 100 years upheld vaccination requirements as a means to protect the public health. We are hopeful that this decision will be reversed two weeks from now when it comes up for consideration again.”
The bill contains provisions that benefit doctors and medical practices.
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Disparity
in the Care of American Women with Breast Cancer
By Louis-Joseph Auguste, MD. Click Here
About the Author: Louis-Joseph Auguste, MD, MPH, FACS, Surgical Oncology/General Surgery; Clinical Professor of Surgery, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northewell; Chair/Board of Trustees, Medical Society of the County of Queens.
Guidance for the Distribution of Pulse Oximeters to Patients at Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19. Learn More HERE.
MEDICARE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT ADJUSTMENTS FOR 2021. Learn more HERE through the AMA Summary of Select Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
November Health Awareness Campaigns:
American Diabetes Month with the American Diabetes Association and other organizations
Bladder Health Month with the Urology Care Foundation
COPD Awareness Month with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteTrusted Source and other organizations
Diabetic Eye Disease Month with the National Eye InstituteTrusted Source
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month with the Alzheimer’s Association
New PPP Loan Parcel & Extended Tax Provisions Packaged In 2021 COVID Relief Bill
Fuoco Group presents this information to the members of the Medical Society as a member benefit.
Extension and Enhancement of PPP Loans
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, makes available an additional $284 billion in PPP loans.
What does the “ACT” mean for you and your practice? Click HERE to learn more.