WHAT HAS MSSNY DONE FOR YOU?
Whether you’re in independent practice or you work for a large group or institution,
your future depends on a strong state medical society.
- MSSNY consistently quashes or modifies legislative proposals that would adversely impact your ability to deliver care to your patients
- MSSNY consistently fights to assure that you, as a trained physician, not insurance companies or government, determine the appropriate course of care for your patients’ conditions and circumstances.
- MSSNY helps you negotiate employment contracts that don’t leave you out on a limb after the initial honeymoon period ends.
- MSSNY provides information, education and insights to help you plan for the future and advance your career.
Here’s a short review of what MSSNY has accomplished for you in THIS legislative session alone. (Some bills passed by the Legislature are still awaiting the Governor’s signature.)
- Prevented action on the anticipated legislation that would provide a date of discovery exception to the current statute of limitations, arguing that without also enacting other tort reforms it would increase premiums by 15%, exacerbating an already untenable situation for New York physicians.
- Defeated a proposal in the Governor’s budget that would have caused over 13,000 physicians across New York State to be dropped from the state-funded excess liability protection program, coverage that has existed since the mid-1980’s to protect physicians.
- Again defeated efforts to remove limits on attorneys’ contingency fees in malpractice cases.
- Defeated CVS Health’s bill that would have permitted retail stores like Walmart and CVS to establish “limited service” clinics, typically staffed by nurse practitioners, without a demonstration of public need.
- Won inclusion in the state budget of a fund to help reimburse physicians and others for care provided to patients who were covered by the now-defunct Health Republic.
- Ensured continuance of “Prescriber Prevails” protections, notwithstanding efforts to eliminate them for fee-for-service Medicaid patients and for some medications prescribed for Medicaid Managed Care patients.
- Obtained an exception to the E-Prescribing law for low-volume prescribers, and greatly simplified requirements for physicians who need to issue paper prescriptions because of power failures or other specified circumstances.
- Secured passage of a proposal to permit physicians to override health plan step therapy prescription protocols.
- Secured passage of proposals to establish a standard prior authorization form for requesting medication coverage and to reduce the timeframe for plan credentialing of new physicians.
- Prevented legislation that would have required fingerprinting of health professionals from coming to a vote.
- Won exemption of private physician practices from new requirements that hours be extended for breast cancer screening services. Co-payments and deductibles will be eliminated for breast cancer screening.
- Once again defeated every major bill that would have expanded the scope of practice of non-physicians including nurse anesthetists, podiatrists, oral surgeons, and optometrists.
- Improved elements of the anticipated CME mandate on pain management: reduced the requirement to 3 hours every 3 years from the initial proposal of 8 hours every 2 years; allows for the course to be taken online; and allows exemptions for physicians for whose practices such a course is not applicable or who have already taken a course. MSSNY has an online course for which it anticipates recognition.
- Defeated proposals to require a prescriber to provide consultation regarding the addictive nature of opioids and have the patient attest that they received the counseling.
Who could have achieved these outcomes without MSSNY?
Who will support MSSNY’s efforts, if you don’t?
Are you a MSSNY member?