CSMS Encourages Members to Weigh in on Draft MOC Recommendations

CSMS is encouraging our members to weigh in on the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission’s draft recommendations for continuing certification programs by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15. The Vision Commission says that it “considered the input received from key stakeholders reflected in the more than 21 hours of testimony and results […]

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Physician Fee Schedule for 2019 Includes Changes to Evaluation-and-Management Services

The 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule included several changes when it comes to payment for evaluation-and-management (E/M) services. Physicians should make note about three things in next year’s fee schedule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS has postponed the E/M coding “collapse” for at least two years. CMS will […]

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KAMMCO Develops New Tool to Assist Healthcare Providers Combating Opioid Epidemic

Physicians, hospitals and behavioral health providers participating in the CTHealthLink health information exchange will appreciate access to a new analytic dashboard—Opioid/Controlled Substances.   Developed by physicians in response to the widespread opioid crisis in this country, the new tool supplements the currently available Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The tool builds upon a more comprehensive set […]

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A Prescriber’s Guide to the New Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies for 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a roadmap with details of their three-pronged approach to combating the opioid epidemic going forward: 1) prevention of new cases of opioid use disorder (OUD); 2) treatment of patients who have already become dependent on or addicted to opioids; and 3) utilization of data from across […]

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CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Resources for the 2019 Performance Period for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the list of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) that are fully specified and are available to be used for the 2019 performance period in the Quality Payment Program, which were finalized in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule. Updated list of eCQMs and […]

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Avoiding the 2020 MIPS Payment Adjustment – The Minimum You Need to Report for 2018

QPP Tip of the Month The “test” and “partial” participation options that were available for the CY 2017 MIPS participation period are no longer available for the CY 2018 MIPS participation period. To avoid the 2020 MIPS payment adjustment, based on 2018 MIPS participation, physicians will need a minimum of 15 points across all four […]

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HIEs Valuable During Times of Natural Disasters

It is heartbreaking to see the destruction caused by the current wild fires devastating California.  We thank the brave fire fighters and medical professionals who are doing whatever they can to preserve life.  Click here to learn more about how you can help. Healthcare demands rise dramatically when threatened with a natural disaster such as […]

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Just Released from CMS: Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program

CSMS will review/examine these changes and report back to our members. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized bold proposals that address provider burnout and provide clinicians immediate relief from excessive paperwork tied to outdated billing practices. The final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule released […]

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Physician I.T. Leaders Say Recent Improvements to Medication Management in Hospitals Make Patients Safer – A DrFirst Article

Nearly 100% of chief medical information officers (CMIOs) in US hospitals believe medication management improvement initiatives are having a positive impact and that patient safety issues are less likely to occur today, as compared to five years ago, according to a new survey from the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS). The survey […]

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CSMS Significantly Contributes to Response to CMS Regarding Anti-Kickback Law

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), of which CSMS is a part of, recently sent a letter in response to CMS’ request for information on the need for modernization of “anti-kickback” laws. CSMS contributed significantly to the development of this letter and it is consistent with our previous comments to CMS regarding CMMI, APMs, stark and self-referral […]

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Candidates Share Thoughts on Healthcare with CSMS Members

CSMS is committed to being your voice at the state Capitol and in Washington DC. Throughout this election year cycle, our dedicated team has reached out to those running for office to make sure that they know about the struggles and frustrations of our physician members. We are pleased to share highlights with you now […]

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CSMS Opposition of CVS/Aetna Merger: Update

October 4, 2018 CSMS voiced opposition to the proposed CVS Aetna merger at a CT Insurance Department (CID) public hearing. We have submitted testimony (available here) that challenges the merger on anti-trust grounds.  A special thank you the American Medical Association (AMA) for their tremendous amount of support and assistance throughout this process and for […]

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QPP Roundup: October 2018

PAI’s QPP Tip of the Month: 2019 Virtual Group Election Process Now Open For the 2019 participation year, physicians and other eligible clinicians (ECs) have the opportunity to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as part of a virtual group. Virtual Groups are a combination of two or more tax identification numbers (TINs) […]

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NOW RECRUITING: THE PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY at UCONN HEALTH

Presented by: Connecticut State Medical Society, The Physician Health Foundation, and the University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Medicine The Physician Leadership Academy provides physicians with a comprehensive skill set, enhancing your ability to influence practice and policy development on a state and national level, as well as influence change within your healthcare organization. […]

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The 2019 CMS QRDA III Implementation Guide

Plus: Schematron, and Sample Files Are Now Available The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2019 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category III Implementation Guide (IG), Schematron, and Sample files.  The 2019 CMS QRDA III IG will help eligible clinicians and eligible professionals report electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), improvement […]

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Connecticut State Medical Society, CTHealthLink, and the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy Announce Collaboration

(October 2, 2018) North Haven, CT- Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and CTHealthLink are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) to improve patient care through the interoperability and connectivity of health information in Connecticut. Connecticut Health Information Technology Officer Allan Hackney said, “CTHealthLink will provide a major connection […]

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The Connecticut State Medical Society Announces 180th President, Claudia Gruss, MD

September 27, 2018 (North Haven, CT) – At the 226th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society Claudia Gruss, MD of Norwalk was inaugurated as the 180th President of the nation’s oldest medical societies. Claudia Gruss, MD is a Wilton-based gastroenterologist at the Western Connecticut Medical Group – Wilton Primary and Specialty Care who […]

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The Connecticut State Medical Society Presents 2018 Maloney Distinguished Service Award to Craig W. Czarsty, M.D., DABFM, FAAFP

September 27, 2018 (North Haven, CT) – The 2018 Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) Paul K. Maloney, Jr., MD Distinguished Service Award was presented to past CSMS President, Craig W. Czarsty, MD, DABFM, FAAFP of Watertown. The award was presented to Dr. Czarsty by CSMS President Steven Thornquist, MD at the 226th Annual Meeting of […]

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2018 Connecticut Medicine Healthcare Leader and Innovator Award Presented to Joseph Feuerstein, MD

September 27, 2018 (North Haven, CT) –   The 2018 Connecticut Medicine Healthcare Leader and Innovator Award (HLI) was presented to Joseph Feuerstein, MD of Weston.  The award was presented Connecticut Medicine Editor Michael Deren, MD at the 226th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society on September 27, 2018. The Connecticut Medicine HLI Award […]

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The Deadline to Submit a MIPS Targeted Review Request is 20 Days Away

You Have 20 days to Submit a Targeted Review Request If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback are available on the Quality Payment Program website. The payment adjustment you will receive in 2019 is based on this final score. A positive, negative, or […]

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Connecticut State Medical Society Launches Health Equity Tool Kit at October 11th Event

On October 11th, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is holding a dinner event to launch and showcase their newly developed Health Equity Data Collection Guide, “How Do I Ask? Asking Sensitive Questions in the Quest to Reduce Health Disparities.” All in health care interested in learning about how this toolkit can help them and […]

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The Physicians Foundation’s Sixth Biennial Survey Identifies Burnout and Social Determinants as Top Issues

The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians, recently released the findings of its 2018 survey of U.S. physicians. The new survey includes responses from almost 9,000 physicians across the country and underscores the overall impact of numerous factors driving physicians to reassess their careers. Dr. Gary Price, […]

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State Medical Societies Collaborate to Impact Healthcare Disparities Through Utilization of Health Information Exchange Data

Seven state medical societies announced the creation of the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC) which is focused on improving the health status of medically underserved populations. HENC employs a new data source, health information exchange data, and powerful analytic tools provided by KAMMCO. Medical societies in each of these states have engaged KAMMCO to […]

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QPP Roundup: August 2018

Providing monthly updates on the Physician Advocacy Institutes’ (PAI) activities and Quality Payment Program (QPP) news for you and your practice. PAI’s QPP Tip of the Month: Review Proposed Changes for QPP Year 3 Last month, CMS released the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule and with revisions to Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program […]

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CSMS Opposes Proposed CMS Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program Rule

CSMS signed-on to letter to Administrator Verma regarding the E & M proposal in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program rule.  To reduce documentation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposed to collapse coding and payment for office visits.  As many of you know, the AMA rapidly convened a workgroup on E […]

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Call for CSMS Officer Nominations

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) presents the roster for the 2019 slate of General Officers of CSMS. This slate was nominated by the CSMS Nominating Committee, in accordance with the process set forth in the CSMS Bylaws. The CSMS Bylaws allow any CSMS member in good standing to also submit his/her name for nomination […]

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Seeking an Association Health Plan

CSMS is beginning the process to create an Association Health Plan to help reduce the cost of health insurance for you, your family and your employees. In order to get quotes from health insurance carriers, we must present a census of interested groups, including physicians, their families, and their employees. By combining TOGETHER, we can […]

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Women Physicians: Get Involved, Make an Impact

The Women’s Physician Section of CSMS (WPS) aims to increase the influence of women physicians in leadership roles within organized medicine and highlight women’s health issues. Now more than ever, we need a strong and robust WPS of CSMS to address topics of importance to women physicians and their patients, and bring those concerns to […]

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Quality Payment Program Exception Applications are Now Available on QPP.CMS.GOV

The 2018 Quality Payment Program Exception Applications for the Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category and for Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances for the Merit-based Incentive System (MIPS) are now available on the Quality Payment Program website. Promoting Interoperatability Hardship Exceptions If you’re participating in MIPS during the 2018 performance year as an individual, group, or virtual […]

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MIPS Performance Feedback and Payment Adjustment Update

If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program website, you can now view your performance feedback and MIPS final score. CMS originally displayed a single payment adjustment amount, which included an additional adjustment for exceptional performance available to MIPS eligible clinicians and groups with a final score of […]

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CMS Final Rule on Hospital Inpatient Rates and More

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule entitled, “Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic […]

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Now Accepting Nominations

CSMS is now accepting nominations for the Paul K. Maloney Distinguished Service Award and the Health Care Leader/Innovator Award. The 2018 Paul K. Maloney Distinguished Service Award: The award is given annually in memory of Paul K. Maloney Jr., MD to a member physician who has exemplified Dr. Maloney’s intense commitment to community service. The […]

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CSMS Voices Opposition to Proposed Rule on Title X

CSMS recently wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the the proposed rule, “Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements” published in the Federal Register. The Proposed Rule would fundamentally alter the Title X Family Planning Program (Title X), and put at risk nearly 50 years of progress in […]

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The Deadline for Submitting a MIPS Targeted Review Request Is Now October 1, 2018

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback is now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. The payment adjustment you will receive in 2019 is based on this final score. A positive, negative, or neutral payment adjustment will be applied to […]

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New Partnership with DrFirst ePrescribe Gives Members One Click Access to the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System

Easy access to more thorough prescribing history boosts members’ clinical decision-making and improves patient health outcomes The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), representing more than 6,000 physicians in Connecticut, has selected DrFirst, a leading provider of e-prescribing and patient medication management solutions, as the vendor of choice for its robust e-prescribing tool, iPrescribe, for its […]

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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program would streamline clinician billing and expand access to high-quality care Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden […]

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QPP Roundup: July 2018

PAI’s QPP Tip of the Month: An Updated Look-Up Tool CMS updated the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Look-Up Tool with 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility and Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participant (QP) data. You can enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) to determine: 1) whether you are required to participate in MIPS […]

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New Resources Available from CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new resources on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final score, performance feedback, and payment adjustment, as well as the targeted review process. The new resources include: MIPS Performance Feedback Fact Sheet: Offers an overview of what […]

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New Law Effects Physician Prescribing for Family Members

CSMS advocated for ethical prescribing guidelines to be met. Public Act 18-166 became effective on July 1, 2018. Section 2 of this act places into law language limiting how and when any prescriber can prescribe for immediate family members. CSMS worked with legislators, other professions with prescribing abilities, the HAVEN program, the administration, and the […]

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CSMS Legislative Successes – 2018

CSMS Fighting for You, Your Practice and Your Patients You have helped the practice of medicine and advanced quality care for the residents of our state by being an active member of CSMS.  Your membership makes a difference and our voice at the Capitol was loud and victorious during this short, tumultuous session.  Please see […]

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CSMS Scientific Journal Focuses on Technology

The June/July issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) focuses on the rapidly evolving role technology plays in the practice of medicine. “Connecticut Medicine is proud to present a special issue which provides information and insight into many facets of health information technology, ” states Editor Michael […]

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WTIC Program Features CTHealthLink – The CSMS Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Laura McCrary, Ed.D, Senior Vice President of KaMMCO and Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. (KHIN) was recently interviewed (June 2) on WTIC 1080 AM Healthy Rounds program with Dr. Anthony Alessi.  She  discussed the importance of an effective HIE, like CTHealthLink, and how it can positively impact patient care and physician practices.   […]

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Stop the Bleed Training Provided to Local Employees to Teach Workplace Bleeding Control Techniques for Injuries and Mass Casualties

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), in conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (CTACS) will host a Stop the Bleed training on June 18 from 11:00 a.m. – noon, for employees of 127 Washington Avenue in North Haven and throughout the greater New Haven region interested in learning […]

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CSMS-IPA Joins CTHealthLink

CTHealthLink, in association with the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), is pleased to announce that the Connecticut State Medical Society- Independent Practice Association (CSMS-IPA) has partnered with the physician-led, statewide interoperable health information exchange (HIE). “We are excited about of our recent collaboration with CTHealthLink,” comments Neysa Guerino, Executive Director of CSMS-IPA.  She added, “through CTHealthLink […]

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CMS Posts 2016 Physician and Other Supplier and Referring Provider DMEPOS Utilization and Payment Data

CMS has released the Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (PUF) and Referring Provider Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Public Use File (PUF) with data for 2016. The Physician and Other Supplier PUF contains summarized information on Part B services and procedures furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare […]

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What is CTHealthLink?

Having accurate and reliable information at the point of care is critical to improving patient outcomes.  The clear solution to this problem would be a comprehensive Health Care Information Exchange (HIE). Connecticut physicians now have access to an HIE through CTHealthLink. Click here to see what Connecticut Physicians and Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) members […]

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Physicians Foundation Biennial Survey

Please participate in the Physicians Foundation’s sixth biennial physician survey. Its purpose is to examine the morale, career plans, and practice metrics of today’s physicians – and to give physicians a voice! The goal is to produce a “state of the union” of the medical profession that can have a significant impact on both policy […]

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Connecticut Drug Card Helps Patients Fill Their Prescriptions

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) in partnership with Connecticut Drug Card reminds physicians that patients who are not insured or who take prescription drugs that are not covered by their health insurance plans, can use the Connecticut Drug Card to obtain discounts of up to 75 percent off the retail price for FDA-approved medications. […]

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Quality Payment Program Website Now Offers 2018 MIPS Clinician Eligibility at the Group Level

You can now log in to the CMS Quality Payment Program website to check your group’s 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). After logging into the feature using your EIDM credentials, browse to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) affiliated with your group, and you will be able to click into a details […]

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2018 CSMS Legislative Victories

CSMS Fighting for You, Your Practice and Your Patients You have helped the practice of medicine and advanced quality care for the residents of our state by being an active member of CSMS.  Your membership makes a difference and our voice at the Capitol was loud and victorious during this short, tumultuous session.  Please see […]

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