Committee Overview with Time & Facilitator

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.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

BIO ETHICS

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

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

CME ACCREDIDATION APPEALS AD HOC

MSSNY-accredited CME providers who have received an adverse decision, such as non-accreditation or probation, and who have not succeeded in having the decision reversed via the reconsideration process may request a hearing before the CME Accreditation Appeals Committee. The committee does not meet regularly; it is called into service if an MSSNY-accredited CME provider initiates the appeals process. Members of the CME Appeals Ad Hoc Committee may not serve as members of the CME Committee or its subcommittees.

TIME: As needed, virtual
FACILITATOR: Miriam Hardin

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. Develops models for physicians to negotiate collectively should legislation be enacted into law permitting such joint negotiations.

TIME: As specified
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

COMMITTEE ON CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

MSSNY is recognized as an intrastate 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).

TIME: Quarterly, 90 minutes each, virtual
FACILITATOR: Miriam Hardin

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH EQUITY

The mission is to eliminate healthcare disparities by obtaining evidence on racial and ethnic healthcare 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.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

COMMITTEE ON WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND NO-FAULT INSURANCE

Addresses relevant aspects of the State Workers’ Compensation program, including a schedule of medical payments, the performance of carriers, the arbitration process, and related legislation. Identifies and recommend solutions to prevent or reduce accidental injuries that 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.

TIME: Annual virtual meeting
FACILITATOR: Heather Lopez

CPH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Committee for Physician Health (CPH) identifies, refers for treatment, monitors progress in recovery, and advocates 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 identifying local volunteers.

TIME: 3 meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Terrance Bedient

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER/TERRORISM RESPONSE

Assists MSSNY in responding to NYS public health emergencies. Provides educational programming for physicians and public health officials

TIME: Annual virtual meeting in May
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

EMPLOYED PHYSICIANS

A forum for discussing issues of concern to employed physicians and identifying ways to solve common problems.

TIME: Meets virtually as resolutions are referred
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

FEDERAL CANDIDATE EVALUATION

Makes recommendations regarding potential Congressional candidate endorsements by MSSNYPAC

TIME: Twice annually, virtual
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

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

TIME: Annual virtual meeting
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

HEART LUNG CANCER

Examines diseases related to heart and pulmonary systems and cancer. Focuses on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation processes. Encourages and supports research and education activities that enhance patient care and physician expertise and knowledge.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

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, conduct relevant programs, develops recommendations, and provides expertise when MSSNY interacts with state agencies and elected officials.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

LEGISLATIVE AND PHYSICIAN ADVOCACY

Sets priorities among the many advocacy goals of MSSNY, including the 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. This includes facilitating physician grassroots involvement both at home in our capitols.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year for development
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

LONG-TERM CARE SUBCOMMITTEE

A subcommittee of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. It looks at issues affecting nursing homes and long-term care facilities and considers how to improve existing conditions affecting patients and physicians/directors of those facilities. Works closely with the Home Care Association to improve the transition from hospital to home care where possible.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

MEDICAL EDUCATION AND AD HOC COMMITTEE

Consists of medical school deans, physicians in private practice, students, and residents. Focuses on issues related to osteopathic and allopathic medical education, general medical issues, physician workforce, and others that affect medical education and medicine.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

MEMBER BENEFITS

Evaluate existing membership benefits programs and investigate new programs that may be of value and interest to physician members and their families. Recommend high-quality offerings for Council approval.

TIME: Quarterly, virtual
FACILITATOR: Valerie Cammiso

MEMBERSHIP

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

TIME: Quarterly, virtual
FACILITATOR: Valerie Cammiso

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 from various MSSNY member sections make policy and strategic decisions. President’s Circle level members provide guidance to the Executive Committee.

TIME: 4 virtual times/year
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

PHYSICIAN WELLNESS & RESILIENCE

Stress is a serious problem with serious consequences many physicians face throughout their careers. It is a critical challenge for the medical profession and healthcare system. This committee provides a resource and addresses ways to help colleagues understand the issues and develop stress management skills.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

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.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PATIENT SAFETY

Committed to the improvement of patient care and enhanced outcomes. Looks at topics related to physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure effective strategies to improve health outcomes while enhancing overall quality.

TIME: 3 virtual meetings/year
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

SCOPE OF PRACTICE TASK FORCE

Coordinates with specialty societies to facilitate advocacy regarding the numerous pieces of legislation that would endanger patients through inappropriate proposed expansions in the scope of practice for various non-physician practitioners. Works with MSSNY’s Legislative & Physician Advocacy Committee and staff on allocating efforts to assist specialties in advocating for or against these issues, including, where appropriate, developing suggestions for joint public relations activities, including social media.

TIME: At least annually, virtually
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

STATE CANDIDATE EVALUATION

Makes recommendations regarding potential State Legislative candidate endorsements by MSSNYPAC.

TIME: Twice annually, virtual
FACILITATOR: Morris Auster, Esq.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Reviews, approves, and evaluates all CME activities accredited by MSSNY 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.

TIME: Monthly, 1 hour, virtual
FACILITATOR: Miriam Hardin

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SURVEYS

Reviews applications, surveys CME providers, and recommends accrediting and reaccrediting CME providers and accepting progress reports. The full CME Committee ratifies its decisions.

TIME: Quarterly, 90 minutes before CME Committee meeting
FACILITATOR: Miriam Hardin

WOMEN PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE

Addresses women physician’s issues and concerns, including women’s health issues, work/life balance, pay disparities, sexual harassment, representation in leadership roles, and family-friendly employment policies.

TIME: As specified
FACILITATOR: Patricia Clancy

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