August 27th I-STOP Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Starting August 27, 2013, all physicians who prescribe Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances will be required to consult

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Avoiding the 2015 Medicare PQRS Payment Reduction


All physicians who treat Medicare patients and who fail to report required PQRS quality measures during the 2013 calendar year will be subject to a 1.5% payment reduction in 2015. 

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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Double-Copay Issue


In response to member reports, NYSPA recently contacted Empire BlueCross BlueShield
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Glenn Martin, MD

NYSPA Congratulates 

Glenn Martin, M.D., on his election to the position of APA Assembly Recorder. 

 

2013 CPT Changes

NYSPA has been actively working to educate our members about major current procedural terminology (CPT) changes that went into effect on January 1, 2013.

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HIPAA Update

Last month, HHS issued a HIPAA Final Rule implementing, among other things, a number of provisions of the HITECH Act with the goal of strengthening privacy and security protections for health information and enhancing patient's access to their own information. 

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New OMH Regional Centers of Excellence 


The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) recently announced its Regional Centers of Excellence Plan 
a plan that calls for major changes in State-operated mental health services, representing a shift from inpatient services to community-based services.

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Significant HIPAA Changes to Take Effect September 23, 2013

Earlier this year, HHS issued a Final Rule that makes significant changes to the existing HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.  The compliance date for the Final Rule is September 23, 2013. 

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NYSPA Provides Testimony on SAFE Act Reporting Requirement 

 
On May 31, 2013, NYSPA presented testimony at a Senate hearing regarding the impact of the SAFE Act mental health reporting requirement. 

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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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New York Health Benefit Exchange Webinar

On August 14, 2013, the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians hosted a webinar

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The SAFE Act:  Guidelines for Complying With the New Mental Health Reporting Requirement

The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Security (SAFE) Act, signed into law earlier this year, is a gun control statute that substantially strengthens rules

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NYSPA Lead Plaintiff in Class Action Lawsuit Against United Healthcare and Affiliates

NYSPA is pleased to announce that it has joined as first named plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against United Healthcare and affiliates addressing access to coverage

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Will NYS’s Transition to Medicaid Managed Care Serve Those with Serious Mental Illness Well?

Barry B. Perlman, M.D. & Henry Harbin, M.D.
Skepticism, not cynicism, will be in order during the coming year as New York State’s efforts to place all of its Medicaid enrollees, including those with serious and persistent mental illness, into Medicaid Managed Care Plans (MMCPs) is realized. 

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