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  • 18 Feb 2019 4:55 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    On February 13, 2019, the New York State Department of Health provided the following advisory to physicians:

    Effective April 1, 2018, a written treatment plan in the patient’s medical record is required if a practitioner prescribes opioids for pain that has lasted for more than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing.

    There are exceptions for patients being treated for:

    • Cancer that is not in remission
    • Hospice or other end-of-life care and
    • Palliative care.

    The treatment plan must follow generally accepted national professional or governmental guidelines, and shall include (but is not limited to) the documentation and discussion of the following clinical criteria within the medical record:

    • Goals for pain management and functional improvement based on diagnosis, and a discussion on how opioid therapy would be tapered to lower dosages or tapered and discontinued if benefits do not outweigh risks;
    • A review with the patient of the risks of and alternatives to opioid treatment; and
    • An evaluation of risk factors for opioid-related harms.

    Such documentation and discussion of the above clinical criteria shall be done, at a minimum, on an annual basis.

    For an example of a generally accepted national governmental guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visit https://www.cdc.gov/media/modules/dpk/2016/dpk-pod/rr6501e1er-ebook.pdf.

    Additionally, AAOS has developed a Pain Relief Toolkit that can be accessed online: https://aaos.org/Quality/PainReliefToolkit/?ssopc=1

  • 14 Feb 2019 3:06 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance period under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

    Enter your National Provider Identifier to find out if you need to participate in MIPS during the 2019 performance year.

    For More Information:

  • 5 Feb 2019 12:35 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Let the House of Medicine hear your voice! Every member of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons has the opportunity to provide input regarding the development of policies and positions impacting orthopaedic surgeons and we encourage you to get involved!

    Working with NYSSOS Board of Directors, NYSSOS members have advocated for Resolutions that have covered a variety of issues including: 

    • Fair Health Transparency
    • Use of High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid to treat Knee Osteoarthritis
    • Pathology Specimens
    • WC Preferred Provider Organizations
    • Repeal of the New York State Medicare/Medicaid 20% Payment Charge
    • Truth in Advertisements or Marketing Materials to the Public 

    What is a Resolution?

    Resolutions set forth background information and propose a course of action to change policy, laws and regulations at the state and federal levels.  

    Resolutions are constructed with background information ("Whereas" clause/s) and conclude with a specific proposal oh how to change the issue at hand ("Resolved" clause/s).

    When Crafting a Resolution Keep in Mind the Following:

    • What do I want to change?
    • Is there existing policy, statute or regulation?
    • Who can effect the desired change?
    • Are there potential allies?
    • What are the financial consequences?
    We will help you craft and refine your idea and then submit it for consideration at this year’s MSSNY House of Delegates Meeting.  Please email Babette Grey, Executive Director at bgrey@nyssos.org 
  • 11 Dec 2018 9:45 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    OrthoInfo, the AAOS patient education website, is a free member resource that provides orthopaedic surgeons and patients with authoritative, in-depth information about musculoskeletal health.

    The website features more than 400 articles, videos, and animations on common orthopaedic problems, surgical procedures, nonsurgical treatments, injury prevention, and healthy living.

    All content is developed and peer reviewed by AAOS members.

    OrthoInfo articles can help patients be better informed and participate more fully in their care and recovery. 

    Visit the site today

  • 10 Dec 2018 5:30 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    At the Federal Level

    The AAOS Office of Government Relations, along with 15 other medical specialties, has given its support to legislation that would help relieve interns and residents of student loan debt. The bill (H.R. 5734), introduced by Rep. Brian Babin, DDS (R-Texas), would allow medical or dental interns or residents to defer their loans, interest-free.  > Read More 

    At the State Level

    In 2008, New York enacted an initiative called the Doctors Across New York Program  to help train and place physicians in underserved communities in a variety of settings and specialties to care for New York´s diverse population. The program offers two tracks:  the Doctors Across New York Physician Practice Support and Physician Loan Repayment programs. Due to statutory For a 3-year service obligation, there is a maximum amount of $120,000 provided for loan forgiveness. Learn more bout the program

  • 4 Dec 2018 9:18 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online tool that allows patients to compare costs for certain procedures that are performed in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

    The Procedure Price Lookup tool displays national averages for the amount Medicare pays and the national average copayment amount a beneficiary with no Medicare supplemental insurance would pay the provider.

    For example, the average total cost of a total disk arthroplasty with diskectomy is $11,213 at an ASC versus $15,371 at a HOPD; the average total cost of an anterior cervical diskectomy is $7,337 at an ASC versus $10,123 at a HOPD. 

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:36 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons would like to recognize Paul Rubery, MD, Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and his commitment to supporting the Society's efforts. The department also supported each of its residents with membership to the Society!

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) is the premier organization representing the orthopaedic community in New York in all practice settings.  Your support will enable us to advance our mission and continue to grow! 

    Thank you!

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:30 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons would like to recognize Leslie Bisson, MD, Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Buffalo, and his commitment to supporting the Society's efforts.

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) is the premier organization representing the orthopaedic community in New York in all practice settings.  Your support will enable us to advance our mission and continue to grow! 

    Thank you!

  • 15 Nov 2018 10:51 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Thursday November 15, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

    Register Here: https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=3536&seid=1288  

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET to provide information about the final rule for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program.

    During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will:

    • Provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)
    • Discuss Year 3 MIPS and Advanced APM policy changes
    • Highlight key differences between Year 2 and Year 3 requirements
    • Review ways to connect to the no-cost technical assistance and identify additional resources where attendees can learn more.

    The audio portion of this webinar will be broadcast through the web. You can listen to the presentation through your computer speakers.

    CMS will open the phone line for the Q&A portion.

    If you cannot hear audio through your computer speakers, please contact CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com

  • 13 Nov 2018 1:12 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) President David A. Halsey, MD  issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identifying potentially misvalued current procedural terminology (CPT) codes in the newly released 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule:

    “The AAOS strongly disagrees with the assumption that the seven high-volume CPT codes, including 27130 (total hip arthroplasty) and 27447 (total knee arthroplasty), are potentially misvalued. Since they were last revalued by the RVS Update Committee (RUC) and CMS in 2013, there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest a change in physician work or practice expense.

    “The nature of the reevaluation request is also problematic, which was made by a large for-profit managed care health insurance company. CMS did not identify the source, nor did it make the full communication publicly available in the proposed rule. We are troubled by this lack of transparency and failure to disclose a potential conflict of interest.

    “Given these concerns, we do not believe that any further action is warranted and would advise against a review by the RUC and CMS. These procedures save the United States economy a combined $28 billion in lifetime societal savings, and any change to their relative value units (RVUs) could impair patient access to high quality orthopaedic care.” 

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