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Dr. David Fishman Receives National Institutes of Health Grant

David A Fishman, MD, FACOG, President-Medical Society of the County of QueensProfessor- Obstetrics & Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical School   

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Fishman, Director, NewYork-Presbyterian Cancer Center, Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, along with Dr. Jennifer Barton from the University of Arizona, and Dr. Anna Loshkin from the University of Pittsburg, were awarded a five-year 3.4 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to help identify biomarkers in ovarian cancer.  

Dr. Fishman is the Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Health (NIH) RO1 grant entitled “Ovarian Cancer Detection with Blood- and Imaging-Based Biomarkers.” This ground-breaking research will facilitate prevention and early access to treatment for ovarian cancer.

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 CMS Press Release: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-physician-payment-rule-promotes-greater-access-telehealth-services-diabetes-prevention-programs

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


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:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/health/covid-vaccine-mix-match.html


  • The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the declaration that a public health emergency exists. This is effective January 16, 2022 and will continue for 90 days pursuant to federal law

Read More Here:  Public Health Emergency Extended - ahcancal.org

Biden Administration To Provide Americans With 400M Free N95 Masks Beginning Next Week

The Washington Post (1/19, Diamond, Sun) reports, “The Biden administration plans to distribute 400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting next week, a White House official said.” Officials will begin “to ship masks at the end of this week,” and “the program will be fully up and running by early February.” The Post adds, “There will be three masks available per adult. Also, ‘we anticipate making additional, high-quality masks for children available in the near future,’ the official said.”  

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, fairhealthconsumer.org.

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.

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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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