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Update July 2014

 
  Update 
 
  
July 2014 | Volume 29 No. 4   

Headlines
  
From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
 
Premium Rates Announced
 
Update your Physician Profile - Or Face the Consequences
 
Data Collection Steals the Show at July SMI Meeting
 
DII LARC Chair in Spotlight
 
Survey: Postpartum Contraception
 
Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP)
 
2014 Legislative Session Overview
 
Welcome Jessyca Howard
 
Survey: Hospital Credentialing
 

Fun Facts About:
  
Richard Berkowitz, MD, FACOG - Co-Chair Patient Safety Committee 
 
Laura Spector, DO - Junior Fellow Chair 
 
Vanessa Barnabei, MD, FACOG
 
Jesse Ellman, MD, FACOG 
 

 
Headlines

From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
In my role as District II Chair, I recently returned from meetings of the ACOG Executive Board and Council of District Chairs in Washington - where a lot was accomplished in the name of our members and the women we serve.

The annual well-woman exam is a vital part women's preventative care. The Board accepted a report from the Woman’s Wellness Task Force - headed by Immediate Past President Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD., FACOG. Key components of the well-woman visit were updated and defined - including age-specific recommendations for screening studies. The value of offering pelvic exams as a component of the annual visit was also supported in the report - which will be published soon. You may have seen media coverage of the recent report from the American College of Physicians urging physicians to stop performing pelvic exams in healthy, low-risk women who are not pregnant and have no symptoms. ACOG certainly had plenty to say about it - issuing a practice advisory. The College stands by its guidelines, which were detailed in this year’s Committee Opinion on the Well-Woman Visit. Whether or not you perform a pelvic examination should be a shared decision between you and your patients, based on their own individual needs, requests, and preferences.

Dr. Conry will address well-woman care at our Annual District II Meeting (ADM) in October with her presentation entitled Every Women, Every Time. (You can register for the ADM here).

Promoting global women’s health was another topic of interest in Washington. The Board approved a strategic plan from the Global Operations Advisory Group. The goal is to strengthen and organize health care resources abroad so that we may assist our ob-gyn colleagues in other countries. This will be of great interest to our members who dedicate their time by offering help to underserved populations overseas.

The Board also received reports from working groups on subjects such as collaborative practice, promoting leadership of women’s health care teams and practice transformation associated with health reform. Other areas of interest that were addressed are as follows:

  • ACOG Treasurer Scott Hayworth, MD, FACOG announced that college reserves were up to 85 million dollars and attendance was up for the Annual Clinical Meeting.
  • Junior Fellows completed a survey of interns and residents. While there are no results yet, we will keep you updated.
  • ACOG Executive Vice President And Chief Executive Officer Hal Lawrence, MD, FACOG reported that the PAC is on track to raise 1.2 million dollars.
  • ABOG Director of Examinations Kenneth Noller, MD, MS, FACOG provided an update - and will provide one for District II membership at the Annual District Meeting this fall.
  • ACOG Vice President of Health Policy Barbara S. Levy, MD, FACOG addressed the outcome of negotiation regarding the designation of OB/GYNs as primary care physicians by the AMA (a concept opposed by family medicine). Importantly, AMA still recognizes OB/GYNs as primary care physicians - so watchful waiting was advised.
  • Penny Rutledge, JD, General Counsel And Vice President, Legal provided analysis of the Hobby Lobby case and how the decision was misrepresented in press.
  • During the College Session it was announced that the role of the Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement is evolving:
    • Would function as the liaison to Patient Safety Council
    • Would be the communications arm, and will set guidance for ACOG
    • Will meet only at the Annual Meeting
  • The Committee on Nominations addressed the national candidates for 2015-2016 - (including yours truly - who is running for President-Elect).

Dr. Lawrence also announced that Albert L. Strunk, JD, MD, FACOG Deputy Executive Vice President And Vice President, Fellowship Activities is going to retire and that Gerald F. Joseph Jr, MD, FACOG will replace him. Please join me in wishing Dr. Strunk the very best.

It has been not only been a pleasure serving as Chair of the Council of District Chairs - but a truly rewarding experience. I’d like to welcome the incoming Chair of the Council of District Chairs J. Martin Tucker, MD, FACOG, who is Chair of District VII.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer…

Premium Rates Announced
The Superintendent of Financial Services has announced that the base rate for all MLMIC physician policyholders be increased +2.1% for the July 1, 2014 – July 1, 2015 policy year. The Superintendent also approved certain class/specialty changes. Continue.

Click here to read the MLMIC letter to physician and surgeon policyholders.

Update your Physician Profile - Or Face the Consequences
The Office of Professional Medical Conduct will bring professional misconduct charges against 12 physicians across New York who did not update their physician profiles. It’s the law: doctors must report information to the NYS Department of Health for inclusion in the Physician Profile. As a condition for registration renewal, profiles must be updated within six months prior to the expiration date of the physicians’ registration period. Our law firm - Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. - has prepared an easy to follow Physician Profile Tool.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to update your profile.

Data Collection Steals the Show at July SMI Meeting
SMI Meeting at Albany Medical CenterOver 100 ob-gyn leaders, core team leads, and quality representatives from across the state gathered at Albany Medical Center on July 18th for the largest SMI quarterly meeting to date. Hosted by Kevin Kiley, MD, FACOG, Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Albany Med, the highlight of the meeting was data collection for each of the three bundles.

Donna Montalto, MPPThe data measures to be collected have been revised to reflect extensive hospital feedback. Several data measures have been simplified and the new start date for collection has been pushed back to September 1st. ACOG District II is hopeful that this new date will provide hospitals the additional time needed to implement their bundles and query their 2013 data systems.

Bundle implementation was also an integral part of the discussion on July 18th. In addition to offering hospitals tools such as implementation visits, instructional videos, grand rounds, and even an implementation guide, ACOG District II has further partnered with Salus Global Corporation to offer a one-year implementation program. ACOG will offset the cost of this program to the first 10 hospitals that sign up. Of the 128 obstetric hospitals in New York State, 114 are currently participating in the SMI.

(Left to right) SMI Co-Chairs Cynthia Chazotte, MD and Mary D'Alton, MDThe next SMI quarterly meeting will be held on Friday, October 17th from 8:00am - Noon in conjunction with the ACOG District II Annual Meeting. Be on the lookout for more details.

Please contact Kristin Zielinski, Medical Education Director, at 518-436-3461 or at kzielinski@ny.acog.org with any project-related questions, or visit the SMI website here.

DII LARC Chair in Spotlight
Far left: Laura MacIsaac, MDAs reported in the June newsletter, NY is the 5th state in the country to provide (at cost) Medicaid reimbursement for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) when provided as an inpatient post-partum service. Read the EmedNY alert from the NYS Department of Health here. Last week, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) hosted a press conference in New York City to applaud this policy change. In attendance was Laura MacIsaac MD, FACOG, Chair of District II’s Committee on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) and Director of the Family Planning Division of Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Read the press release here. Media coverage includes The Wall Street Journal.

Survey: Postpartum Contraception
To better understand current practices regarding postpartum contraception, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has developed a survey to assess current practices and/or barriers to administration of dispensing or prescribing contraception during the postpartum period.

Please click here and take a moment to complete the survey by Friday, August 8, 2014.


Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP)
The New York State Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP) provides 24 months of family planning services to women who were pregnant while in receipt of Medicaid (regardless of how that pregnancy ended), but who are no longer eligible for Medicaid after their 60 day post-partum period.

Recent changes to this program have streamlined the application process and will allow women who are eligible for benefits to be covered on the eMedNY system through the use a Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC). Providers will continue to process claims in the same manner as they process other Medicaid claims.

Click here for additional information for you & your patients. 

2014 Legislative Session Overview 
(Left to right) Kemp Hannon and Leah Kaufman, MD 
This year’s Lobby Day was a combined effort with the March of Dimes to highlight the need for reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace and to urge the Legislature to pass the Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act.


The 2014 New York State Legislative Session proved to be a successful year for District II, due to the extraordinary lobbying efforts of our Fellows and the Resident Advocacy Program’s Junior Fellows. The following is an overview of results for District II’s legislative priorities:

ISSUE

 

 

ACOG DII POSITION

 

 

ACTION TAKEN BY HOUSE

 

 

CURRENT STATUS

 

 

Midwifery Birth Centers

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - passed

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

 

 

SUPPORT

 

 

Senate - passed

Assembly – no floor vote

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Maternal Depression

 

 

SUPPORT

 

 

Passed Both Houses

 

 

To be delivered to Governor

 

 

CME Requirements

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - Passed

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Repeal existing attorney contingency fee schedule

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - Passed

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Statute of Limitations Extension for medical malpractice

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - no floor vote

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Denial of informal “ex parte” interviews

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - no floor vote

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Liability of non-settling co-defendants

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - no floor vote

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

Direct recovery against third-party defendants

 

 

OPPOSE

 

 

Senate – no floor vote

Assembly - no floor vote

 

 

Bill Died

 

 

 
This year the Resident Advocacy Program (RAP) hosted 15 residents from 6 residency programs.  RAP aims to educate residents on the physician’s role as the medical expert and leading advocate for women’s health in
Gov. Cuomo and District II Ob/Gyn residents during RAP visit to Albanypolicy. This year’s RAP participants experienced government in action by meeting with legislators to lobby for District II priorities. One group appeared at a press conference in support of pregnant women's rights in the workplace. Another group even received a private tour of the Capitol Building’s Hall of Governors exhibit from Governor Cuomo. 

Click here for a more information regarding these and other legislative priorities and actions.

Welcome Jessyca Howard
Jessyca HowardDistrict II is happy to welcome Jessyca Howard as our new Director of Meetings. Jessyca comes to us with over ten years of event planning experience, and over five years of non-profit/association management. Her previous roles include: Executive Director for the American Academy of Psychotherapists, Executive Director for the New York State Liquor Store Association, Administrative Director for the Automotive Recyclers Association of New York, and Administrative Director for the Society of Quantitative Analysts. She has a successful track record for the planning and implementation of each of their major trade shows and conferences. She also has experience in planning major city street festivals, as Events Manager for the Lark Street Business Improvement District, and main stage New York City concert events as Booking/Program Assistant at the City Winery NYC.

She has a BA in Legal Studies, loves the outdoors, music and her dog… but most of all being organized.

Survey: Hospital Credentialing
Your feedback is needed. Click here to take a brief survey regarding your hospitals EFM credentialing process.

Fun Facts About:

Richard Berkowitz, MD, FACOG
Co-Chair, Patient Safety Committee
 
 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): NY Presbyterian, NYC
 
Favorite quotation: “It’s smarter to be lucky than it’s lucky to be smart”
 
Hobbies & interests: NY Times Crossword puzzles
 
Favorite sports team: NY Giants - University of Michigan football
 
Favorite vacation destination: Paris
 
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Casablanca
 
Favorite food(s): TNTC
 
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? The best of all worlds in the world of medicine

Laura Spector, DO
District II Junior Fellow Chair 
 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Syracuse, NY
 
Favorite quotation: “When you feel you’re at the end of your rope, grab an end and hang on!”
 
Hobbies & interests: Travel, animals, CrossFit
 
Pets: Cat - Revlon
 
Favorite vacation destination: Thailand (Ko Phi Phi)
 
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Robin Hood: Men in Tights
 
Favorite food(s): Broccoli
 
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Excellent combination of surgery & medicine and primary care & specialized medicine.

Vanessa Barnabei, MD, FACOG
 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): University at Buffalo - Women’s Children’s Hospital (Kaleida Health)
 
Hobbies & interests: Reading, tennis, piano, orchids
 
Favorite sports team: Many, I love all sports
 
Pets: I have 2 kids - why do I need pets
 
Favorite vacation destination: New Zealand
 
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Too many to name
 
Favorite food(s): Dark chocolate - Jersey tomatoes

Jesse Ellman, MD, FACOG
 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Einstein College of Medicine
 
Favorite quotation: “Nothing to fear but fear itself”
 
Hobbies & interests: Golf, tennis
 
Favorite sports team: Yankees, Miami Heat
 
Pets: My kids
 
Favorite vacation destination: Florida
 
Favorite food(s): Pizza
 
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Closest thing to creation

Contact:

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