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  • Thu, June 21, 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.

  • Thu, June 21, 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!

  • Tue, June 19, 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

  • Mon, June 18, 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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    You can reach them by phone at: (516) 393-2230

  • Thu, June 07, 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.

  • Fri, May 04, 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.

  • Tue, April 24, 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. 

  • Tue, April 03, 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

  • Thu, March 29, 2018 11:38 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The data submission deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is March 31. 

    Resources to help you meet the deadline:

    For More Information:


  • Fri, February 16, 2018 1:17 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Governor Cuomo's budget proposal includes a provision that would remove the physician supervision requirement for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and replace it with a poorly defined collaborative agreement.

    This proposal would lower the standard of care for the administration of anesthesia and put New York's patients at increased risk.

    Additionally, the proposal will grant up to 1,240 nurse anesthetists full prescribing authority upon obtaining a vaguely described "certificate," at a time when New York State is combating prescription drug and opioid abuse. This will exacerbate the crisis.

    Email your state Assembly member and Senator to tell them to remove PART H in the budget bill S.7507/A.9507.


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