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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 5:30-7:30 PM

MSSNY will host a Physicians' Town Hall Forum in Albany and will webcast this event to physicians across New York State.

Guest Speakers:
Donna Frescatore, Executive Director of the NYS Health Benefit Exchange
Terence O'Leary, Executive Director, Bureau of Narcotics
Legislative Panel: Senate Health Chairman Kemp Hannon; Assembly Health Chair
Richard Gottfried; Senate Insurance Chairman James Seward (invited); and
Assembly Insurance Chair Kevin Cahill.

How you can take part: You are invited to supply questions to MSSNY in advance - just e-mail your questions to lobbyquestions@mssny.org

You have two options for watching the Forum:

Videoconference and discussion at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Touro COM), 230 West 125th Street (Lecture Hall 2). Discussion starts at 5:00 p.m., speakers begin at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP is necessary.

Or, if you have internet connectivity, you may connect from your own office or home through the following address: http://www.webcastlive.com/clients/MSSNY/2013/live.php
No need to reserve in advance! Recommended: Internet connectivity (preferably wired, not Wi-Fi); large flat screen TV (or standard screen if you will be viewing from your PC or Mac); external speakers.
The link to test connectivity and connect live is: http://www.webcastlive.com/clients/MSSNY/2013/live.php

Excess Layer of Medical Liability Coverage: New limits proposed: The proposed budget would decrease Excess Layer funds, and would prioritize coverage for high-risk specialties and locations - even though New York's litigious climate affects all physicians.

I-STOP - New real-time controlled substance prescription tracking database: Starting August 27, physicians must check this before prescribing Schedule II, III or IV drugs. Opioid abuse is rampant; the question is, how to streamline the consultation process.

Out-of-Network Coverage Transparency (S.2551, Hannon): Now that NYS health plans have cut out-of-network coverage down to a percent of Medicare, reimbursements are so low that these policies can't even be called insurance any more. Huge out-of-pocket bills often leave patients blindsided; explanations by the plans are thin. Our bill demands more plan transparency and more realistic reimbursements, to help protect all of patients' and physicians' options.

And more! If you have questions, call Susan Tucker at 212-684-4670, ext. 212, or e-mail stucker@nycms.org.

Posted 02-28-2013 at 12:59PM

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