New York State Psychiatric Association

MEDICARE UPDATE:  ACT NOW TO AVOID A MEDICARE PENALTY IN 2019

Psychiatrists who treat Medicare Part B patients and who do not qualify for a 2017 exclusion have less than 2 months to participate in MIPS during 2017 to avoid a penalty in 2019.  The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is the new Medicare Quality Payment Program that consolidates all pre-existing quality programs, including PQRS, the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the Value-Based Modifier. 

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NYSPA Issues Press Release on SAFE Act Reporting Requirements

Recently, NYSPA has been mentioned in several newspaper articles regarding the SAFE Act reporting requirements. 

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Mandatory Prescriber Education Requirement

The Department of Health recently issued FAQs on the new requirement for mandatory prescriber education in pain management, palliative care and addiction pursuant to Public Health Law §3309-a(3). 

The statute requires all physicians (including all non-physician prescribers) who have a DEA registration number to complete at least three hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care and addiction no later than July 1, 2017 and once every three years thereafter.  The course work or training must cover eight mandatory training topics, including New York State and federal requirements for prescribing controlled substances; pain management; appropriate prescribing; managing acute pain; palliative medicine; prevention, screening and signs of addiction; responses to abuse and addiction; and end of life care.

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NYSPA Honors C. Deborah Cross, M.D. with Distinguished Service Award

At its Spring meeting on March 22, 2014, the NYSPA Council awarded the NYSPA Distinguished Service Award to C. Deborah Cross, M.D. in recognition of her dedication, prodigious effort, intelligence and leadership in the profession of Psychiatric Medicine nationally and in the State of New York.   

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NGS Medicare Will Soon Reject Handwritten Claim Forms

Beginning August 7, 2017 for upstate providers (localities 03 and 99) and November 13, 2017 for downstate providers (localities 01, 02 and 04) all handwritten claims submitted to NGS Medicare will be returned to providers with a note attached stating that a new claim will need to be submitted. All submitted, or resubmitted, claims after these dates will need to be either printed (not handwritten) paper claims or electronically submitted claims.

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