COMMITTEES DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK


Division of Governmental Relations Committees
Morris Auster, Esq., Senior Vice President
Gregory L. Pinto, MD, Commissioner
    Thomas T. Lee, MD, Assistant Commissioner

COLLECTIVE NEGOTIATION & INTEGRATION AD HOC WORKGROUP
Reviews models of physician practice that currently enable physicians to negotiate collectively, such as through financial or clinical integration, as well as develops models for physicians to negotiate collectively should legislation be enacted into law permitting such joint negotiations.

FEDERAL CANDIDATE EVALUATION
Makes recommendations regarding potential Congressional candidate endorsements by MSSNYPAC.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (HIT)
Guides 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.

LEGISLATIVE AND PHYSICIAN ADVOCACY
Sets priorities among the many advocacy goals of MSSNY, including development of the MSSNY Legislative Program. Committee members 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.

MSSNYPAC OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
MSSNYPAC supports the election of candidates to New York State government who support the principles of the medical profession and the interests of those it serves. Officers govern the body of members, and an Executive Committee consisting of these officers and representatives from various MSSNY member sections make policy and strategic decisions. President’s Circle level members provide guidance to the Executive Committee.

STATE CANDIDATE EVALUATION
Makes recommendations regarding potential State Legislative candidate endorsements by MSSNYPAC. of care and improving patient safety.


Division of Science and Public Health Committees
Patricia Clancy, Vice President
Contact:  clancy@mssny.org
 Joshua M. Cohen, MD, Commissioner
                                                     Janine L. Fogarty, MD, Assistant Commissioner                                            

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 educational material. Advises individual physicians and organizations. 

BIO ETHICS
Serves primarily in an educative and consultative role regarding bioethical concerns and issues, and recommends MSSNY policy.

COMMITTEE TO ELIMINATE  HEALTH  DISPARITIES
Mission is to eliminate healthcare disparities by obtaining evidence on racial and ethnic health care disparities, identifying causes, and proposing effective strategies. Provides 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
Assists MSSNY in responding to NYS public health emergencies. Provides educational programming for physicians and public health officials. 

FIREARM SAFETY TASK FORCE Will make recommendations regarding how health care providers can play a role in safely sequestering a patient’s firearms to reduce risk of suicide during a vulnerable time. 

FORENSIC MEDICINE AD HOC COMMITTEE
Serves on an ad-hoc basis and provides guidance on issues related to forensic medicine.

HEART, LUNG, CANCER
Examines diseases related to heart and pulmonary systems, and 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 physician expertise and knowledge.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Examines and discusses all aspects of infectious diseases including HIV, hepatitis, and STDs. 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.

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. Works closely with the Home Care Association to improve transition from hospital to home care where possible 

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. 

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.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PATIENT SAFETY
Committed to the improvement of patient care and enhanced outcomes. Looks at topics related to physicians and other health care professional to ensure effective strategies to improve health outcomes while enhancing overall quality 

Continuing Medical Education Committees
Miriam Hardin
Contact: mhardin@mssny.org
Mark J. Adams, MD, Commissioner
                                 Paul A. Pipia, MD, Assistant Commissioner                                

COMMITTEE ON CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
MSSNY is recognized as an interstate accreditor by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and is also an ACCME-accredited CME provider. The Committee on CME 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).

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ACCREDITATION APPEALS
Reviews appeals of institutions or organizations denied accreditation by the Committee on CME.

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. Members of the subcommittees must be members of the full CME Committee. 

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.

Division of Socio-Medical Economics Committees
Regina McNally, Vice PresidentContact:  rmcnally@mssny.org
Howard H. Huang, MD, Commissioner
Edward Kelly Bartels, MD, Assistant Commissioner 

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 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. Provides 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 this committee are recommended/ appointed by their state specialty societies.

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. Identify and recommend solutions to prevent or reduce accidental injuries which occur in transportation, recreation, work or the home. 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.

Division of Membership Committees
Eunice Skelly, Vice President
Contact eskelly@mssny.org
Parag H. Mehta, MD, Commissioner
  Brian P. Murray, MD, Assistant Commissioner

EMPLOYED PHYSICIANS
A committee of the Organized Medical Staff Section. A forum for discussing issues of concern to employed physicians and identifying ways to solve common problems.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
Proposes and reviews efforts to recruit, retain and recapture members.

INDEPENDENT PRACTICE and IPAs
A committee of the Organized Medical Staff Section. Represents physicians practicing independently and strives to identify and share ways to address financial and other challenges.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES
Provides a forum for addressing concerns of physicians who attended medical school abroad.

LONG-RANGE PLANNINGLooks 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.

MSSNY TELEMEDICINE WORK GROUP

Appointed to explore best ways for MSSNY to help  members interested in  providing or obtaining care for patients remotely. 

Division of Communications & Publications Committees
Christina Southard
Contact:  csouthard@mssny.org
             Maria A. Basile, MD, Commissioner
                                Justin Fueher, DO, Assistant Commissioner                                

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.

MEMBER BENEFITS
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.

Committee for Physician Health 
          
Terrance Bedient, Vice President 
          
Contact:  terry@cphny.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.

PHYSICIAN BURNOUT COMMITTEE
Stress is a serious problem with serious consequences faced by many physicians throughout their professional careers. It is a critical challenge for the medical profession and the overall healthcare system. This committee provides a resource, and addresses ways to help colleagues understand the issues and develop skills to manage their own stress.