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  • 6 Aug 2018 2:43 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Recently, the New York State Workers Compensation Board provided training on the 2018 Impairment Guidelines' approach to assessing Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) permanent impairment. The new 2018 SLU Guidelines took effect January 1, 2018. 

    A recorded version of the webinar training, as well as a copy of the slide deck, are now available on the Impairment Guidelines page on the Board's website. 

    More information

    For more information on the Schedule Loss of Use Guidelines, please visit the Impairment Guidelines page on the Board's website and the Workers’ Compensation Guidelines for Determining Impairment.

    Questions? Contact 2018Guidelines@wcb.ny.gov.

  • 30 Jul 2018 11:25 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    As a physician,  you play a critical role in certifying medical documentation in a timely manner and raising awareness of Paid Family Leave among your patients and their families.

    Physicians can determine if a patient with a serious health condition is in need of family care and help them receive the support they need.  Additionally you can provide the required certification or documentation to patients and family members who request Paid Family Leave for either bonding with a new child or caring for a family member with a serious health condition.

    This presentation will: 

    • Provide an overview of New York's Paid Family Leave
    • Provide an overview of the health care providers' role in the process
    • Point you to helpful resources.

    There are two opportunities to attend.  There will be time at the end for questions and answers as well.

    When you click 'Register here', you will be taken to a general information page. You must click 'Register' on the bottom of that page to sign up. 

    More Information

    Complete details regarding Paid Family Leave are available at ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave, including Employee and Employer request forms 

    Additionally, downloadable guides:

    You can also call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for more information or assistance

  • 21 Jun 2018 11:30 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    A public hearing has been scheduled by the New York State Superintendent of Financial Services (the “Superintendent”), pursuant to Section 7307 of the New York Insurance Law, to consider the Plan of Conversion (the “Plan”) adopted by the Board of Directors of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, a New York mutual insurance company (“MLMIC”).

    The public hearing will be held at the offices of the New York State Department of Financial Services, One State Street, New York, NY, 10004 (6th floor in the main hearing room), beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 23, 2018.

    To view a digital copy of the entire notice of public hearing, click here.

    To view a digital copy of the Plan of Conversion, click here.

    For additional information about the transaction, visit our Frequently Asked Questions or call 1-888-998-7871.

  • 21 Jun 2018 10:57 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the University of Rochester Medical Center are pleased to invite you to the:

    “Pearls and Pitfalls in Diagnosis and Management”
    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    With over 20 presentations on topics ranging from the mutli-traumatized patient, to complex rotator cuff, this one day event is focused on providing you with the most current information in the field and opportunities to engage with the faculty for question & answer sessions.

    N ew features for this meeting include: Guidance of APMs, Use of Self-Reported Outcomes, Managing the Injured Worker, Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing

    In addition, we are hosting a Resident luncheon on Navigating Entry into Practice

    Take advantage of this one day event! Register today!

  • 19 Jun 2018 9:42 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)
    AAOS developed a systematic literature review to provide the most up-to-date recommendations for the management of surgical site infections following orthopaedic surgery.

    The systematic review includes recommendations regarding diagnostic criteria and associated risk factors, as well as antibiotic protocols and rifampin use.

    This review is intended for use by orthopaedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, and other providers who manage orthopaedic surgical site infections.

    The review was developed by a 12-member multidisciplinary work group with representatives from seven societies. Systematic reviews are developed using the same methods as AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines but focus on smaller topics that may have less available literature.

    >Access the recommendations

  • 18 Jun 2018 11:28 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Legal Technology Alert: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits are on the Rise

    It is important for all health care providers to ensure that their websites are fully accessible to persons with visual impairments or other similar disabilities.

    The best practice for health care providers to follow is to have IT professionals conduct a comprehensive website audit, guided by counsel to preserve confidentiality.   

    In order to avoid litigation, practices should review their websites for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). 

    Click here to learn more about reviewing your exposure

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  • 7 Jun 2018 12:19 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    On June 6, 2018, the New York State Workers Compensation Board released a proposal o to provide an “overall” 5% increase in the Workers Compensation medical fee schedule effective October 1, 2018.  

    To review how such increase is proposed to be implemented: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/hcpp/FeeSchedules.jsp

    Comments are due to the WCB by August 5, 2018.  NYSSOS  Board and Worker's Compensation Task Force are reviewing the entire proposal and is seeking your feedback.  Please send your comments to Babette Grey, Executive Director and cite how this proposal will impact your practice (positively or negatively). 

    Additionally, the proposed regulation cites the cost of ordering a hard copy of the fee schedule will be $100, and an electronic copy will cost $400.  WC t testimony fee for physicians will also increase from $400 to $450.

    NYSSOS has advocated for the past three years to include PAs in its eligibility of providers.  However,  we have expressed concern that the proposal would enable a nurse practitioner to assess an injured worker’s level of disability and determine causation of a patient’s injury without the involvement of a physician.   S.8812A and A.8387-C in the Assembly and Senate seeks to expand the list of eligible providers  to include acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, podiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

  • 4 May 2018 11:48 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    As part of the 2017 executive budget, Workers’ Compensation law §15(3)(x) required the Workers' Compensation Board to implement new Permanency Impairment Guidelines for Schedule Loss of Use (SLU) evaluations. The new 2018 SLU Guidelines took effect January 1, 2018.

    The Board's Medical Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Elain Sobol Berger, MD, JD will provide training in the 2018 Guidelines' approach to assessing SLU permanent impairment. Case studies will demonstrate how to apply the SLU principles and objective criteria in making an SLU determination.

    There will be four webinars, so you can register for the time that works best for you. Each webinar will last approximately one hour and will include time for questions and answers. Space is limited, so please register early. When you click ‘register here’, you will be taken to a general information page. You must click ‘Register’ on the bottom of that page to sign up.

    More information

    For more information on the Schedule Loss of Use Guidelines, please see Subject No. 046-1011. The enabling regulation is set forth at 12 NYCRR 325-1.6, and is also available at the Board's website.

  • 24 Apr 2018 4:03 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Last week, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board released a bulletin announcing efforts to increase provider participation in the workers' compensation system and improve injured workers' access to timely, quality medical care

    The proposals are centered around an increase to provider fees and adoption of the universal CMS-1500 form to reduce administrative burden.  Additional measures include the launch of a portal and increasing the recognition of provider types in the system. 

    NYSSOS has issued a statement to the NYS Workers Compensation Board as they explore these proposals.  


    We applaud the New York Workers’ Compensation Board for undertaking a multipronged approach to increase access to quality medical care for injured workers. 

    We are optimistic the Board will use this opportunity to reflect and support the importance of the orthopaedic specialty and its role in advancing the appropriate care of an injured worker. 

    We acknowledge the importance of a care team in providing services to the injured worker, however we caution the Board that delays in direct, appropriate care can result in high percentages of patients not returning to work, essentially increasing costs to the overall system. 

    We stand ready to share our goal in returning the injured worker to maximal function, with the least residual impairment, and resume work safely in the shortest term possible.  

    We remain vigilant as to the potential impact the proposals may have on access to care. We are committed to promoting and representing viewpoints of the orthopaedic community and it patients throughout this process. 

  • 3 Apr 2018 1:53 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    April 28, 2018 - 10AM to 2PM

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

    Locate a Collection Site Near You

    Database will be active on April 1, 2018. Search by zip code or city/state to find a collection site near you.

    Partnership Toolbox

    Download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

    Drug Disposal Information

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