COMMITTEES OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
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LEGISLATIVE AND PHYSICIAN ADVOCACY
This committee helps to set priorities among the many advocacy goals of MSSNY, including development of the MSSNY Legislative Program. The committee members also serve as a resource for all physicians across the state regarding legislation under consideration in Albany and Washington, including facilitating physician grassroots involvement both at home in our Capitols.
FEDERAL CANDIDATE EVALUATION
This committee helps to make recommendations regarding potential Congressional candidate endorsements by MSSNYPAC.
STATE CANDIDATE EVALUATION
This committee helps to make recommendations regarding potential State Legislative candidate endorsements by MSSNYPAC.
COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATION & INTEGRATION AD HOC WORKGROUP
This workgroup reviews models of physician practice that currently enable physicians to negotiate collectively, such as through financial or clinical integration, as well as developing models for physicians to negotiate collectively should legislation be enacted into law permitting such joint negotiations.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
This Committee helps to guide physicians in the selection, adoption and use of electronic medical record technology, including assessing and recommending changes to governmental policies that impact upon the use of EHR technology.
MSSNY TELEMEDICINE WORK GROUP
A subgroup of the Health Information Technology Committee focused on telemedicine policies, resources and opportunities MSSNY can provide to help members in providing or obtaining care for patients remotely.
Health Care Delivery – Contact email@example.com
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PATIENT SAFETY
LONG TERM CARE SUBCOMMITTEE
A subcommittee of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. Looks at issues affecting nursing home and long term care facility issues and how to improve existing conditions affecting patients and physicians/directors of those facilities. The subcommittee also works closely with the Home Care Association to improve transition from hospital to home care where possible.
Committee for Physician Health – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CPH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Committee for Physician Health (CPH) is MSSNY’s program to identify, refer for treatment, monitor progress in recovery and advocate for physicians suffering from substance abuse/dependencies and/or other psychiatric disorders. The Advisory Committee provides oversight of the CPH operation, advice and counsel to medical and/or program directors, and expertise on program-related issues; it serves as a resource for outreach and the identification of local volunteers.
MSSNY Stress and Burnout Task Force
Stress is a serious problem with serious consequences faced by many physicians throughout their professional careers. Recognizing that this is a critical challenge for the medical profession and the overall healthcare system, the MSSNY Stress and Burnout Task Force was formed to address ways to help our colleagues understand the issues, develop skills to manage their own stress, and have a resource to turn to.
Science and Public Health– Contact email@example.com
Serves primarily in an educative and consultative role regarding bioethical concerns and issues. Recommends MSSNY policies on these issues.
Mission is to eliminate healthcare disparities by obtaining evidence on racial and ethnic health care disparities, identifying causes, and proposing effective strategies. This will be done through physician awareness and education, patient/ public education, youth-focused mentoring and education programs on the vital role of minority physicians, and improved data collection on race and ethnicity.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER/TERRORISM RESPONSE
Assist MSSNY in responding to any NYS public health emergency and primarily provides educational programming for physicians and public health officials.
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND FAMILY HEALTH
Addresses the spectrum of health issues across the entire life cycle, from preconception to end-of-life care. Supports educational programs for the general public and for physicians; addresses the various methodologies to promote health and prevent diseases or conditions related to physical and mental health; formulates the development of policy around family health topics; and provides advocacy for these policies and for legislative or regulatory issues.
HEART, LUNG, CANCER
Examines diseases related to heart and pulmonary systems, and all types of cancer. Focus is on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation processes. Encourages and supports research and education activities that enhance and improve patient care and expertise and knowledge of physicians.
Examines and discusses all aspects of infectious diseases including HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections as they relate to patients and health care professionals. The committee also develops policy on immunizations and other harm reduction efforts. Educates physicians, conducts relevant programs, develops recommendations, and provides expertise when MSSNY interacts with state agencies and elected officials.
ADDICTION AND PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE
Evaluates and considers issues in psychiatric medicine and problems related to alcohol and drug abuse, including therapeutic care and prevention. Participates in an advisory capacity with other agencies in promoting pamphlets, short films and educational discussions. Advises individual physicians and organizations.
FORENSIC MEDICINE AD HOC COMMITTEE
Serves on an ad-hoc basis and provides guidance on issues related to forensic medicine.
MEDICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Consists of medical schools deans, physicians in private practice, students and residents. Focuses on issues related to medical education, both osteopathic and allopathic; general medical issues; physician workforce; and others that affect medical education and medicine in general.
Continuing Medical Education – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMITTEE ON CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
MSSNY is recognized as an interstate accreditor by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). MSSNY is also an ACCME-accredited CME provider. The Committee on Continuing Medical Education oversees the Subcommittee on Educational Programs (which fulfills MSSNY’s role as Accredited Provider) and the Subcommittee on Surveys (which fulfills MSSNY’s role as Recognized Accreditor).
The Subcommittee on Surveys reviews applications, surveys CME providers, and makes recommendations on accrediting and reaccrediting CME providers and accepting progress reports. The full CME Committee ratifies its decisions.
The Subcommittee on Educational Programs reviews, approves, and evaluates all CME activities accredited by the Society, and assists non-accredited physician organizations seeking joint providership for their CME activities. The chairs of both the Subcommittee on Surveys and the Subcommittee on Educational Programs make a report at the quarterly meetings of the full CME Committee. Members of the subcommittees must be members of the full CME Committee.
The Subcommittee on Accreditation Appeals reviews appeals of institutions or organizations denied accreditation by the Committee on CME.
Socio-Medical Economics – Contact email@example.com
COMMITTEE ON HEALTH INSURANCE:
Maintains an effective liaison with health plans and their oversight organizations (i.e. the NYS DOH, DFS, and CMS). Explores ways to improve the patient–physician relationship based on the interactivity between patients and their health plans. Deals with issues related to all different insurers and addresses aspects of these programs that impact both the medical community and program recipients.
COMMITTEE ON WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND NO-FAULT INSURANCE:
Addresses relevant aspects of the State Workers’ Compensation program, including schedule of medical payments, performance of carriers, the arbitration process, and related legislation. Committee members identify and recommend solutions to prevent or reduce accidental injuries which occur in transportation, recreation, work or the home. Also considers issues relating to physical medicine and rehabilitation, the injured and disabled, and allied health professionals involved in rehabilitation. Interacts with the NYS Insurance Department concerning issues pertaining to No-Fault Auto.
COMMITTEE ON INTERSPECIALTY
Reviews and endeavors to resolve problems of mutual interest and concern to MSSNY members and MSSNY-recognized state specialty societies. Issues include Workers’ Comp, health insurers’ policies, reimbursement policies, technical aspects of procedures, etc. This committee has also been charged with providing added support to the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) with respect to review of draft medical/surgical policies that are being considered for implementation by the NYS Medicare CAC and the Medicare Medical Directors. Members of the Interspecialty Committee are recommended/appointed by their state specialty societies.
Membership – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposes and reviews efforts to recruit, retain and recapture members.
A subcommittee of the Organized Medical Staff Section.
INDEPENDENT PRACTICE and IPA
A subcommittee of the Organized Medical Staff Section.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES
Provides a forum for addressing concerns of physicians who attended medical school abroad.
Looks at all aspects of MSSNY and the county societies, with the goal of positioning the societies to attain growth in membership, efficiency in operations, cost savings, and greater relevance to the physician population.
Communications & Publications
Advises on effective uses of MSSNY’s internal and external communications to provide maximum value to members while reducing medical error and enhancing medical outcomes. The objective of the task force is to assure that physicians play a leadership role in this conversion through education on appropriate systems, and receipt of seed funding re development and/or implementation of technologies for electronic health records and prescribing systems.
Supervises and evaluates existing membership benefits programs. Investigates new programs that may be of value and interest to physician members and their families, and recommends high-quality offerings for Council approval.
In-House Administrative Committees
THE NEW YORK DELEGATION TO THE AMA
Representing New York physicians at the national level, delegation members are responsible for encouraging input from and reporting back to their specific constituencies. Assists constituents in introducing resolutions to the AMA House, educates individual members about the democratic process utilized by the AMA, and works toward the advancement and adoption of resolutions introduced by New York at the AMA meetings.
The MSSNY Delegation and the Operations Committee work to advance MSSNY Policy. To assist the delegation in this goal, the Operations Committee is charged to organize, coordinate, strategize, plan and execute events for the Delegation. It works to see that the members are informed and educated on the business being addressed by the AMA HOD.
The Operations Committee also serves as a body to interview candidates who express an interest in running for or being advanced for election or appointment to AMA Councils and Committees. It makes every effort to ensure a successful campaign by New York candidates for national positions.