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  • Mon, February 05, 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

  • Tue, January 30, 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

  • Mon, January 08, 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
  • Thu, January 04, 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.

  • Wed, January 03, 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 

  • Fri, December 29, 2017 10:43 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    On December 28, 2017, The New York State Workers' Compensation Board (Board) announced the establishment and release of a proposed Pharmacy Formulary.

    Governor Cuomo signed into law in April 2017 legislation that required the Board to establish a comprehensive prescription drug formulary by December 31, 2017. 

    Publication in the State Register on December 27, 2017 commences a 60-day comment period (which expires on February 26, 2018). The draft formulary and the associated regulations necessary for implementation are available on the Board's website.

    The current draft proposes a July 1, 2018 effective date. However, the drug formulary and regulations will not become effective until the regulations are adopted and a final implementation date has been determined.

    What is NYSSOS Doing?

    The NYSSOS Board of Directors is reviewing the proposal at its January meeting. Anyone interested in sharing your feedback with the NYSSOS Board to be considered for incorporation with the Society's response,  is asked to submit comments to: bgrey@nyssos.org 

    If you'd like, you can directly submit you comments on or before February 26, 2018. This includes requests to add/delete pharmaceuticals to the preferred list of the prescription drug formulary. 

     The Board will evaluate all comments received, and will consider necessary revisions as the process advances.

  • Thu, December 28, 2017 10:51 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    As Posted by the New York State Workers' Compensation Board on December 28, 2017: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/SubjectNos/sn046_1011.jsp

    Workers' Compensation law §15(3)(x), enacted as part of the 2017 executive budget, called upon the Board to implement new Permanency Impairment Guidelines for Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU) evaluations, with an effective date of January 1, 2018. 

    The Board announced the SLU Guidelines have been adopted, and are available on the Board's website. The enabling regulation is set forth at 12 NYCRR 325-1.6, and is also available at the Board's website. 

    NYSSOS believes and advocates that properly designed and efficiently run workers compensation programs can provide high-quality health care to injured workers and minimize their disabilities. NYSSOS is extremely appreciative for the unique opportunity to provide substantial contributions during the process.  

    However, NYSSOS is deeply disappointed in the substantial changes and deviations in methodology from the original proposal that NYSSOS submitted for consideration.   

    We invite you to share with us any issues or concerns that arise from using the new guidelines.   They will be reported back to the NYS WCB.

    The 2018 SLU Guidelines will replace chapters in the existing 2012 Medical Impairment Guidelines with respect to SLU, and will take effect January 1, 2018. The 2012 Guidelines remain unchanged for determining non-schedule permanent impairments. 

     For SLU claims that have at least one examination conducted before January 1, 2018, the Board will consider the issue of SLU to have been joined under the auspices of the Guidelines in effect at the time, and as such the Board will determine the claimant's degree of permanent disability using the 2012 Guidelines. Where the first medical evaluation of SLU occurs on or after January 1, 2018, the question of SLU will be evaluated under the 2018 SLU Guidelines.

  • Fri, October 27, 2017 10:39 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    By: John Cherf, MD, MPH, MBA, and Alex Paul

    The United States has the highest per capita healthcare spending in the world. U.S. healthcare costs have outpaced inflation for several years. Over the past 20 years, the federal government has attempted to control costs—specifically Medicare costs.

    Cost reduction strategies often focus on specific segments of the healthcare market. These segments include hospitals, outpatient facilities, labs, drugs, physicians, rehabilitation, durable medical equipment, etc. Medicare has unique fee schedules for the various segments of the healthcare economy. The annual changes to these various fee schedules have not been uniform.

    The most striking finding among various provider fee schedule changes was the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), which controls how physicians are paid by Medicare...> Read More

  • Fri, October 27, 2017 10:37 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    Representatives of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and AAOS were successful in changing legislation that would have labeled all podiatrists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as "physicians." It also would have raised salaries for podiatrists to make them equal to medical doctors (MD) and doctors of osteopathy (DO) as well as allow them unrestricted access to clinical leadership positions.

    Due to their direct intervention, the result was legislation that reinforced the necessity of clinical leadership belonging to MDs and DOs as well as the "physician" title.

    That success did not come overnight, however...> Read More

  • Wed, October 25, 2017 10:42 AM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

    In the complex and busy world of healthcare delivery, physician practices may overlook basic office procedures that promote patient safety and reduce exposure to liability. 

    This handbook identifies potential risks and provides recommendations to mitigate them. 

    Each tip is designed to address a common issue in the office practice and provide practical guidance on how to employ best practices. 

    These easy-to-implement recommendations are a guide for physicians, other healthcare providers, and staff. The implementation of these recommendations may assist in preventing adverse outcomes, improving patient care, and minimizing liability exposure in the office practice.

    Access the Guide

    • Tip #11: Using Chaperones During Physical Examinations
    • Tip #12: Promoting Communication Between Referring and Consulting Physicians
    • Tip #13: Handling Patients' Complaints Properly
    • Tip #14: Managing Drug Seeking Patients
    • Tip #15: Communicating and Following-Up Critical Test Results
    • Tip #16: Promoting Adherence to a Medication Regimen
    • Tip #17: Communicating with Low Health Literacy Patients
    • Tip #18: Discontinuing the Physician-Patient Relationship Properly
    • Tip #19: Treating Patients with Whom You Have a Close Relationship
    • Tip #20: Reducing the Risk of the Copy and Paste Function in Electronic Health Records

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