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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:

Link to the CMS Press Release:


Link to the Physician Fee Schedule Fact Sheet:


Link to the QPP Fact Sheet and related material:

MLMIC Vaccine Survey Reveals High Vaccine Compliance, Limited Staffing Issues

We recently sent a survey to our insured healthcare facilities to identify the impact of New York’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate on their operations. Thank you to all who provided us with information. Read here to learn the results of the survey: 

Jim Wilson/Vaccinations typically consist of two or more doses of the same vaccine, but the F.D.A. is expected to authorize a mix-and-match strategy. 

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 devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the southwestern region of Haiti killed nearly 2,000 people and injured close to 10,000. Unfortunately, those numbers are expected to rise. The disaster resulted in toppled buildings and homes and damaged infrastructure and roads, cutting off access to some areas in the southwest, and forcing many to flee their homes in fear that they may collapse.

The people of Haiti desperately need help. Please consider making a donation to the MSSNY Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Donations will be sent to organizations assisting Haiti with urgent needs, including medical supplies and equipment.

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
President, Medical Society of the State of New York 

“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.”

New Shared Decision-Making Website for Providers Complements FAIR Health Consumer Website

FAIR Health has created a free website for providers about shared decision making to complement the consumer resources on that subject at its free, award-winning consumer website,

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. 

New York City Department of Health Issues Standing Isolation Order for Purposes of New York State Emergency Sick Leave Law | Law and the Workplace  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

Lung Cancer Awareness Month with the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, the American Lung Association, and other organizations

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month with the Alzheimer’s Association

National Epilepsy Awareness Month with the Epilepsy Foundation

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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.


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