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NYS SOciety of ORTHOPAEDIC Surgeons


  • 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.” 

    For more information please visit:


  • 1 Nov 2018 10:14 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel.  The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant's DEA registration.  

    If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through "Extortion Scam Online Reporting" posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division's website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

    Extortion Scam Online Reporting 

    For more information contact:
    Locate DEA Field Office for your area - https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/contactDea/spring/fullSearch
    Registration Service Center - 1-800-882-9539
    Email - DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov    

  • 31 Oct 2018 10:01 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    With November upon us, we are in an election season which will determine the ease or hardship we have fighting and advocating to take care of our patients, manage a practice, and maintain the physician-patient relationship.  

    Reduced regulations, easier or no pre-authorizations for indicated testing, appropriate reimbursements, malpractice/tort reform, antitrust relief, and more common sense Worker’s Compensation rules and regulations are some of the many things your NYSSOS Board is advocating for.  We are involved with regulations and advocacy to help orthopaedic surgeons improve musculoskeletal care at the state and national level.  

    We had a successful and informative annual meeting at the University of Rochester in September.  A special thanks to Sam Flemister MD for doing such a great job as program coordinator.  Next year’s meeting will be in September in Albany and I would like to extend an invitation to all to attend for great educational talks along with advocacy and practice management updates.  

    We would like to thank and recognize outgoing NYSSOS President John Olsewski MD for his tireless work and advocacy on all of our behalves the past two years.  He improved our fiscal stability, improved the Worker’s Compensation board relationship, started our MLMIC reduced nerve injury in total joint initiative which we will be rolling out next year, and has been fighting for eliminating silent PPO reductions below the New York State Worker’s Compensation rate which is currently increasing.  

    I encourage all Orthopaedic surgeons to make sure to join your New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS) and ask those who are already members to renew your membership

     We are stronger together and we represent all orthopaedic surgeons in the state whether private practice, academic  or employed physicians, or physicians in training.  

    Please make a special point to encourage your partners or colleagues to join and also contribute to the OrthoPAC which is our advocacy arm.  Society membership dues do not go to OrthoPAC and we have been growing the size, importance, and relevancy of our state PAC which goes to state issues and is separate from the AAOS PAC.  

    Please reach out to your District Representatives, your Board of Councilors, the NYSSOS Board, Babette Grey (our excellent Executive Director),  or me with issues or concerns that come up so that we can be a resource and of assistance.

    James Slough, MD
    NYSSOS President

  • 29 Oct 2018 9:49 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The NYS Workers' Compensation Board has launched a first-in-the-nation initiative that allows injured workers and other participants to attend workers' compensation hearings right from their homes or offices. The Board's virtual hearings provide a way to move the claim process forward without the need to travel many miles for a hearing that may last only minutes, which is especially beneficial depending on the extent of their injuries.

    To participate in a virtual hearing, the party of interest needs only a smart phone, tablet or computer with a microphone and video camera, as well as a high-speed internet connection. All participants can see and hear each other on their respective screens. Additionally, workers’ compensation law judges can share claim documents with all involved parties. The system includes security.

    The Board is also developing a mobile app, for future release, that parties may download and use to attend hearings.

    Virtual hearings are entirely optional, and parties may now choose them over attending a hearing at a Board office. They can always choose to attend in-person if they prefer.

    More information on virtual hearings, including instructional videos and other training materials, is at www.wcb.ny.gov/virtual-hearings.

  • 25 Oct 2018 6:26 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    NYSSOS is pleased to announce that MLMIC has designed an orthopaedic specific Risk Management CME program.

    This course is available to NYSSOS members who are also MLMIC policyholders.

    This program can meet the criteria to be eligible for CME+ applicable premium credit (5-12%).

    For more details click here

  • 25 Sep 2018 2:31 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Governor Cuomo has called for a series of “listening sessions” across New York State to receive public comment regarding a proposal to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana in New York State. 

    There are public health concerns with this proposal including but not limited to the following.  

    • Intoxication 
    • Carcinogenic effects 
    • Respiratory illnesses 
    • Altered mental status 
    • Depression 
    • Anxiety 
    • Addiction 

    In the era of narcotic dependence and associated catastrophic outcome, the State of New York is seeking to legalize this substance. It is important to have a consistent and scientifically sound public health policy concerning this issue. 

    We encourage all physicians to participate in these listening sessions and provide your expertise and feedback. 

    • Newburgh – Monday, October 1, 2018 – Register
    • Binghamton – Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – Register
    • Buffalo – Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – Register
    • Rochester – Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Register
    • Syracuse – Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – Register
    • Utica – Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Register
    • Watertown – Thursday, October 11, 2018 –Register
    • Ronkonkoma – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Register
    • New Rochelle – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – Register
  • 18 Sep 2018 11:33 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    NYSSOS is excited to announce a new partnership with the MLMIC, New York’s largest medical malpractice liability insurance company for physicians, hospitals, and dentists.

    Under the new partnership, NYSSOS and MLMIC seek to improve patient safety and quality of care while remediating the adverse medical malpractice environment in New York.

    As part of its first endeavor, NYSSOS and MLMIC will execute programs dedicated to individual patient safety initiatives, such as the reduction in occurrence of nerve injuries after joint replacement surgery. 

    The official launch of the patient safety educational program will take place in early 2019.  Details will be shared on the NYSSOS website at http://www.nyssos.org/and mlmic.com.

    Having been founded by an orthopaedic surgeon by the name of Arthur J. Mannix, Jr., back in 1975, MLMIC shares a special connection with the specialty and has long been an advocate for the profession.

    Learn more about this ground-breaking initiative at the upcoming NYSSOS annual meeting and symposium, scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. MLMIC representatives will be there to share details on the project. Click here to register for the meeting

  • 28 Aug 2018 10:34 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Early Bird Rates End Today! Register Today and Save Your Seat

    Meeting Features
    This year's meeting features 20 different presentations geared to help you avoid complications and improve outcomes in common orthopaedic conditions.  See complete schedule of events

    Additionally, experts in the field will provide guidance on alternative payment models, medical aspects of the medical record and management of the injured worker. 

    Resident Education
    New this year, Michael Rauh, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor from the University of Buffalo will prepare residents for practice after residency.  Residents and medical students can attend for free! 

    2018 Legislator of the Year Award
    We are proud to announce Senator Rich Funke and Assemblyman Michael Cusick as the honorees for the 2018 NYSSOS Legislator of the Year award.  This award is bestowed to them for their commitment to preserving access to sports medicine physicians who provide high-quality, continuous care to team members and coaching staff. 

    Saying Thank You
    This is your opportunity to thank NYSSOS President John M. Olsewski, MD, for his exceptional stewardship and guidance this past two years as we continue to enhance orthopaedic care throughout the state. Under his direction, the Society earned the title of 2017 AAOS State Society of the Year, has increased its services, strategic relationships, membership and financial stability

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

About the Society

NYSSOS serves the interests of New York orthopaedists and their patients by helping to create an optimal practice environment in which to provide quality and efficacious orthopaedic care. 

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Address: PO Box 38004, Albany, NY 12203

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