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  • 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

  • 29 Mar 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:


  • 16 Feb 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.


  • 5 Feb 2018 2:07 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a table displaying the Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that CMS operates. 

    In the table CMS identifies which of those APMs CMS has determined to be MIPS APMs or Advanced APMs.

    See the table here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Payment-Program/Resource-Library/Comprehensive-List-of-APMs.pdf

  • 30 Jan 2018 8:10 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Until recently, total knee arthroplasty (TKA) was included on the Medicare inpatient-only (IPO) list. 

    The removal of TKA from the IPO has raised multiple questions. 

    Because of the significant amount of confusion surrounding this issue, AAOS is providing this list of frequently asked questions as an easily accessible resource.

    Access resource: TKA IPO FAQs(2).pdf

  • 8 Jan 2018 12:20 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR)—an initiative of AAOS—is now offering a free educational blog to help improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of hip and knee arthroplasty data. 

    The blog will be updated each Wednesday and will cover a variety of topics, including: 

    • Best practices
    • News alerts
    • Research findings on quality initiatives
    • Other relevant issues in the orthopaedic field
  • 4 Jan 2018 10:17 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Authorized providers are required to register with the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board)  and update their office address(es) and contact information by January 15, 2018. This registration process will be an ongoing initiative every two to three years.

    Health providers who have not registered by January 15, 2018 will

    • Be removed from the public directory of authorized providers, and

    • Become ineligible for the Board’s disputed bill process.

    How to Register

    The Board will use the existing New York State Health Commerce System (HCS) for the registration process and future updates to your registration information. 

    1. Log in at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us

    2. Select My Content > All Applications from the Main Menu.

    3. Select P from Browse by list, and then add Person-based Electronic Response Data System (PERDS) to your application list by selecting + under the column add/remove.

    4. On the top of the page, select Home.

    5. On the home page, select Refresh My Applications List. If PERDS does not appear in My Applications List call (800)-781-2362, option 6.

    6. Select PERDS on the My Applications list to open it. DO NOT click the information icon (i). 

    7. Select the Data Entry tab located on the top left of page.

    8. In the Activity field, select WCB Registration from the drop-down list.

    9. The following default values will be shown:

    Activity: WCB Registration

    Form: WCB Registration for Health Care Provider

    Data Entity Type: WCB Provider

    Data Entity Name: Please Select Name 

     10. Select the Search WCB Provider button.

    Search Entity (Validation of Information)

    When you select the Search WCB Provider button, you are brought to the Search Entity page. On this page, please do the following:

    1. The field Entity Id must be left blank for your initial registration.

    2. Select the Profession from the drop-down list.

    3. Complete the License Number, Birth Month and Birth Day fields. 

    4. Select the Search button. 

    5. If your information is correct, an Entity Id is displayed below the blue Search Entity line. Keep this number for your records. It is not stored in the registration form.

    6. If the name that appears on the page is the same as it is on your license, click the Select button to proceed. If it is incorrect, select the Name Field Help icon for further assistance.

    Complete the Registration Form

    Complete your registration, be sure to click the Save All, Review & Submit and Submit to DOH buttons. This will ensure you are found on the public directory of authorized providers and remain eligible for the Board’s disputed medical bill process.

    If you are registering multiple providers on their behalf, do not close the PERDS application after you register the first provider. For each subsequent provider: 

    1. Select the Home tab located at the top left of the page (next to the Data Entry tab). 

    2. Follow steps 7-10 in the How to Access the Registration Form section. 

    3. Follow steps 1-5 described above in the Search Entity (Validation of Information) section.


    For instructions that include screen shots of the registration process, please email wcbcustomersupport@wcb.ny.gov with the subject “Provider Registration Instructions”. 

    If you have general questions regarding health care provider registration, please contact the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Medical Director's Office at (800)-781-2362, option 6.

  • 3 Jan 2018 11:17 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    As seen in the January 3, 2018 edition of AAOS Headline News

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a clarification to its policy on texting by healthcare providers. 

    A recent report from the Health Care Compliance Association suggested that CMS was requiring healthcare providers to halt all texting. 

    In response, the agency says that it "recognizes that the use of texting as a means of communication with other members of the healthcare team has become an essential and valuable means of communication among the team members. However, the agency states that the "practice of texting orders from a provider to a member of the care team is not in compliance with the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) or Conditions for Coverage (CfCs)," and goes on to note that, in order to be compliant with the CoPs or CfCs, "all providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and minimize the risks to patient privacy and confidentiality as per HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] regulations and the CoPs or CfCs.

     It is expected that providers/organizations will implement procedures/processes that routinely assess the security and integrity of the texting systems/platforms that are being utilized, in order to avoid negative outcomes that could compromise the care of patients."

    Read the complete CMS Statement

    Questions? Please email Marie.Vasbinder1@cms.hhs.gov 

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