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AMA Physician Economic Impact Study Published

Physicians are a critical component of the health care system, providing care to patients across a variety of settings and within a multitude of specialties and subspecialties. Through the care provided to their patients, physicians can have a positive and lasting impact on the health of their patients and the community as a whole. However, the breadth of a physician’s impact reaches far beyond just the provision of patient care. Physicians also play a vital role in the state and local economies by creating jobs, purchasing goods and services, and supporting state and community public programs through generated tax revenues. …

CSMS Comments on Network Adequacy

CSMS has been a strong proponent of network adequacy laws and regulations in Connecticut, and has provided the following comments to the Connecticut Insurance Department regarding the proposed Insurance Department Regulations Concerning Network Adequacy.CSMS Comments on Network Adequacy Regulations

Update – CMS and Radiological Imaging Claims Issues

NGS Claims System to be Corrected Starting in April, 2018.According to National Government Services, the Medicare carrier for Connecticut, most of the claims and physicians impacted were in private, non-hospital based settings. CMS has updated several NCDs, but these updates will not be effective within the FISS or the MCS until April, 2018. This alert applies to NCD 220.4 for Diagnostic Mammograms and also NCD 220.13 for Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy of the Breast, but other NCDs may be potentially impacted by coding updates. Currently, CMS has issued instructions for A/B MACs to temporarily deactivate the shared system edits associated with …

Update: HUSKY B Changes

CSMS has received the following update from Richard B. Spencer, Director of Provider Engagement Services for the Community Health Network of Connecticut (CHNCT). CHNCT serves as the state’s medical Administrative Services Organization for the HUSKY Health Program. Families of children covered by Connecticut’s Connecticut’s CHIP Program, known locally as HUSKY B, will be receiving notices of the possible end of the program. The information provided to our members is now posted on the HUSKY Health front page at www.ct.gov/husky (please see bulletin box under photos) and HUSKY B information link also referenced in yellow bulletin box throughout www.ct.gov/dss. Please share …

Quality Matters: The Data Dilemma Continues

Are you prepared to use data in actionable ways and succeed in the new data-driven healthcare atmosphere?Physicians and applicable practice staff can learn more about transforming healthcare delivery through the effective use of data analytics with CSMS, CTHealthLink, and KaMMCO Health Solutions.Offered at two convenient dates and locations, this free CME* program will help you move forward in this new data-driven world. RegisterTuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:30 - 8 pm RegisterArtisan Restaurant (at Delamar Southport Hotel), 275 Old Post Road, Southport, CTWednesday, January 17, 2018 11:30 am - 1:30 pm RegisterOn the Waterfront Restaurant, 250 Pequot Avenue, New London, …

Modifier 25 - Update

At the AMA Interim Meeting, CSMS and the New England delegation were strong proponents of a resolution to address the issue of reduced payment when Modifier 25 is used with an E&M code:In addition, CSMS sent letters this week to the offices of the Connecticut Attorney General, Comptroller, Healthcare Advocate, and Insurance Commissioner to express concerns about reduced payments and their potential effect on patient access to care. View the letter here.Stronger Together: CSMS has been working on the Modifier 25 issue with the CT ENT Society, the CT Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, the CT Urology Society, and …

CSMS Announces 2018 Charitable Trust Donations

(North Haven, CT) – The Connecticut State Medical Society Charitable Trust is pleased to announce its 2018 donations to the following organizations: BHcare, Ansonia, Branford Children in Placement, New Haven CRIS Radio, Windsor HAVEN, Southington Interval House, Hartford Project Access-New Haven Prudence Crandall Center, New Britain Reach Out and Read, New Haven Safe Futures, New LondonPhotos- 2018 Charitable Trust Donation RecipientsCSMS Charitable Trust Chair Michael Carius, MD presented the donations at the CSMS office in New Haven. “The Charitable Trust is funded through physician donations, private donations, and proceeds from the annual Biondino Golf Classic,” noted Dr. Carius. “Their generous …

E-Prescribing Requirement for Controlled Substances Takes Effect 1/1/18

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (CTDCP) has information about the new e-prescribing requirement for controlled substances, which takes effect January 1, 2018.In addition to improving efficiency, the Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) will help stop prescription fraud with fewer opportunities to duplicate or modify paper prescriptions.Click here for CT DCP information about EPCS, including exemption information and Frequently Asked Questions.

New Statewide Personal Health Record for Patients from CTHealthLink

On October 15, CTHealthLink launched the first Connecticut statewide personal health record for patients called myCTHealtheRecords.myCTHealtheRecords offers features that other personal health records do not have available, including access to all of a patient's medical records in one location. Records are available for practices participating in CTHealthLink. myCTHealtheRecords also provides patient education materials in a variety of languages, health document storage, secure email, and the ability to track and monitor key health outcomes such as weight and blood pressure. Follow the link to myCTHealtheRecords to set up your own account.myCTHealtheRecords is certified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) …

CDC Health Advisory: Treating Patients in or Recently Returned from Hurricane-Affected Areas

CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Advice for Health Care Providers Treating Patients in or Recently Returned from Hurricane-Affected Areas, Including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin IslandsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 10/24/2017 02:49 PM EDTSummaryThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies and global health partners in response to recent hurricanes. CDC is aware of media reports and anecdotal accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Because of compromised drinking water and decreased …

CSMS Joins AMA in MACRA Letter to Congress

CSMS signed onto a MACRA recommendation letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce from the American Medical Association.CSMS was joined by over 70 national specialty societies, and the medical societies of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.All of the signatories share a common interest in ensuring successful implementation of MACRA. Since its enactment, these organizations have worked closely with policymakers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that implementation of the law reflects Congress' intent to focus payment on improving quality and value and that physician practices are able to successfully participate.View …

Steven Thornquist, MD Sworn in as 179th President of CSMS

September 27, 2017 (North Haven, CT) – At the 225th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society, Steven C. Thornquist, MD was sworn in as the 179th CSMS President.In his inaugural address, Dr. Thornquist spoke of the unique role of the physician:The practice of medicine allows us great insight into humanity. We get to be present for incredibly intimate moments in our patients’ lives, and to influence them in powerful ways. We see them when they are vulnerable, and help them to rise again. What we do is far more than a job, it is a profession. Dr. Thornquist …

MOC Letter

CSMS recently joined with more than 40 state medical societies and 33 national specialty societies in a letter to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) regarding the Maintenance of Certification (MOC).Acknowledging that physicians and certifying boards share the goal of patients receiving the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by well-trained physicians, the letter shared the issues and potential unintended consequences of the current MOC program. The letter also suggests a December 2017 meeting with ABMS, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), and state medical societies to directly share views and seek agreement on …

CSMS, PAI Letter on QPP Proposed Rule

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma providing comments on the 2018 proposed rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which encompasses MIPS and APM. The PAI Board is comprised of CEOs and former CEOs from nine state medical associations, including CSMS.The PAI letter encourages Medicare to simplify the QPP and reduce physician burden, make the program translatable across specialties and settings, make the program more predictable, make it accessible, and make it relevant to positive patient impact and related to everyday practice.Read the PAI QPP Proposed Rule Comment Letter.

CSMS, NPS Partner to Provide Physicians with Comprehensive Technology Service, Solutions

National Physician Services (NPS) is a national healthcare information technology company founded by physicians in Connecticut over 12 years ago. NPS provides managed IT, application support, reporting, system integration and workflow automation solutions to the medical community. With experience and depth of an extenstive suite of solutions, NPS has a stellar track record in supporting practices throughout the Northeast. The value NPS offers is providing state-of-the-art technology solutions for physicians to optimize their workflows, enhance patient care and maximize revenue. NPS has proudly grown over the years by putting its clients first, with strong governance by a physician board of …

CTHealthLink Breaks New Ground in Supporting Healthcare Quality Initiatives

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 25, 2017(North Haven, CT) – CTHealthLink, Connecticut’s first state-wide health information exchange (HIE), uses technology developed by Diameter Health, the Farmington-based health information technology company.CTHealthLink is pleased to announce that Diameter Health has received National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certification for 21 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) for 2017. NCQA certification assures providers and payers that the new technology has undergone rigorous and extensive testing.eCQMs are indicators of the quality of care provided to a patient, including measures that reflect management of chronic diseases, preventive care received, use of appropriate medications and overall cost of care …

CSMS Statement on SA 17-22 - Physician Access to CT Small Business Express Program

For immediate release7/14/14(North Haven, CT) – Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law Special Act 17-22, which expanded eligibility for the Small Business Express program to include primary care physicians and physician offices, regardless of the number of employees.SA 17-22 provides new access to capital, making it easier for physician practices to expand services, invest in new healthcare equipment, recruit/retain physicians and other healthcare professionals, and continue to thrive in independent practice.CSMS President Jeffrey Gordon, MD issued the following statement: "On behalf of the Connecticut State Medical Society, we extend our sincere thanks to Governor Malloy for signing this …

2017 Biondino Classic: The Highlight Reel

They say the sun always shines on the Biondino Classic, and 2017 was no exception.Held at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Monday's tournament offered bright, breezy weather -- and a scenic, challenging course (Golf Digest calls Great River one of America's Top 100 Golf Courses).Many thanks to our golfers, sponsors, and supporters, whose generosity made the day a success. Thanks also go to Biondino Co-Chairs Robert Russo, MD and Steven Fleischman, MD. As always, 100% of the Biondino Classic proceeds benefit the CSMS Charitable Trust.Check out this video for highlights of the 2017 Biondino Classic:Did you miss the Biondino …