PAI Shares Concerns about Health Care Marketplace Consolidation

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) submitted a letter last week to the House E&C Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that discusses concerns about the rapid, system-wide trend of consolidation in the health care marketplace.In the letter, PAI expressed concern about a health care system increasingly dominated by large, powerful entities as the fast pace of […]

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CSMS Leaders Meet with Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC

Ever Advocates for Connecticut Physicians and their Patients, Connecticut State Medical Society leaders descended upon Washington, D.C., this week for two packed days of meetings with Connecticut’s elected federal Representatives and Senators. The CSMS leadership brought a long list of physicians’ complaints to be addressed by Congress. While, as noted in a news item in […]

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Signed

To access a 6-page summary of health-related provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, click here. To view the 25-page Senate Section by Section summary, click here.

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The Physicians Foundation’s 6th Biennial Physician Survey

TAKE THE SURVEY – LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD Your input would be of great value. The survey’s purpose is to examine the morale, career plans, and practice metrics of today’s physicians – and to give physicians a voice! Click the link to take the survey, and to register for one of five $500 or […]

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Dr. Gordon Speaks with WTIC about CTHealthLink and NIH Suicide Prevention Grant

Jeffrey Gordon, MD, CSMS Immediate Past President and Chair of the CSMS HIE, CTHealthLink, speaks with WTIC’s Joe D’Ambrosio about how the CTHealthLink Infrastructure will be used to support an NIH suicide prevention grant. To hear the interview, click below. .

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Update – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018

The extension of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, was posted February 6 on the House Rules Committee website. The continuing resolution (CR) would extend government funding through March 23, 2018. Click to view: Press Release Full Text

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AAPM Table Published

On February 5, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a table displaying the Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that CMS operates. In the table CMS identifies which of those APMs CMS has determined to be MIPS APMs or Advanced APMs. This list will be modified based on changes in the designs of APMs or […]

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Health Care Leaders Collaborate to Streamline Prior Authorization and Improve Timely Access to Treatment

On January 17, the American Hospital Association (AHA), America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) announced a Consensus Statement outlining their shared commitment to industry-wide improvements to prior authorization processes and patient-centered care. To read the press […]

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CSMS Joins Other Stakeholders in Requesting the Reinstatement of the NEMT Quality Assurance Committee

On January 11, a coalition of concerned individuals and groups sent a letter to Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby requesting the reinstatement of the NEMT Quality Assurance Committee. To read the full letter, click here: QAC Termination Opposition Letter

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AMA Provides a Summary of CMS’ New Guidance to States on Medicaid Work Requirements

On January 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the federal government, for the first time, will allow states to test work or community engagement requirements as a condition of eligibility for some Medicaid enrollees. Click to read the full summary from the AMA: Summary of CMS Policy on Work […]

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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, […]

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Tax Code Changes: How Do They Effect You and Your Practice?

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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

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Modifier 25 Update – January 2018

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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CSMS Announces 2017 Charitable Trust Donations

(North Haven, CT) – The Connecticut State Medical Society Charitable Trust is pleased to announce its 2017 donations to the following organizations: AIDS Project New Haven American Liver Foundation, Connecticut Chapter, North Haven The American Red Cross of Connecticut, New Haven Children in Placement, New Haven CRIS Radio, Windsor The Diaper Bank, North Haven HAVEN, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 Islands Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 10/24/2017 02:49 PM EDT Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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CTHealthLink Breaks New Ground in Supporting Healthcare Quality Initiatives

For Immediate Release July 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 […]

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

For immediate release 7/14/14 (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 […]

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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, […]

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FOI Commission Ruling Favors CSMS

(June 29, 2017)  Yesterday, Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission accepted all of the recommendations made earlier this month, finding in favor of CSMS’ Freedom of Information Act request to the Connecticut Insurance Department (CID).      “[CID] Commissioner [Katharine] Wade, acting in part through her deputy commissioners, is the official directly responsible for denying the complainant […]

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HHS ASPR/CIP HPH Cyber Notice: Current International Ransomware Campaign

From the HHS/ASPR Critical Infrastructure Protection Program June 28, 2017 If you are the victim of a ransomware attack Mitigating against this threat US-CERT Resources Sector ISAO and ISAC resources If you are the victim of a ransomware attack If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps: Please […]

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CSMS Announces CTHealthLink

Connecting for Better Care with New Statewide Health Information Exchange New: Webster Bank offers special CTHealthLink financing for CSMS members – customized for your practice. Learn more In support of its mission to improve the quality of care and safeguard the health of patients, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is pleased to announce CTHealthLink, […]

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2017 Maloney and HLI Award Nominations Now Open

CSMS is now accepting nominations  for the 2017 Maloney Distinguished Service Award and the 2017 Healthcare Leader and Innovator (HLI) Award. All CSMS members are welcome to nominate their colleagues for recognition of outstanding work. The Paul K. Maloney, Jr., MD Distinguished Service Award was established to honor the life and work of Dr. Maloney, […]

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CSMS Hails End to Mega-Mergers: A Significant Victory for Patients and Physicians

 For Immediate Release May 12, 2017 (North Haven, CT) – Today, Anthem announced that it is ending its effort to merge with Cigna. This is a significant victory for Connecticut physicians and their patients. CSMS President Jeffrey Gordon, MD welcomed the news, saying, “Today, CSMS and its local and national coalition proved that we can make […]

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MIPS Essentials: New CSMS Webinars

We’re halfway through the 2017 MIPS program year – is your practice where it needs to be? Join CSMS for this free one-hour MIPS Essentials webinar, and learn how your practice can succeed. Overview of 2017 MIPS participation MIPS components and scoring MIPS reporting options Live Q&A session – get real-time answers for your MIPS […]

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CSMS Applauds Court Decision on Anthem-Cigna Merger

CSMS applauds today’s decision by the US Court of Appeals to uphold the District Court ruling that blocked the Anthem-Cigna merger. “Since late 2015, CSMS has expressed serious concerns about the negative impact of the Anthem-Cigna ‘mega-mergers’ on patients and physicians. The anti-competitive effects of the merger would have forced patients to accept higher prices […]

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CDC Health Advisory: Recommendations for Diagnosing and Managing Shigella Strains with Possible Reduced Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin

https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00401.asp Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network April 18, 2017, 16:00 ET (4:00 PM ET) CDCHAN-00401SummaryThis Health Advisory describes the identification of emerging Shigella strains with elevated minimum inhibitory concentration values for ciprofloxacin and outlines new recommendations for clinical diagnosis, management, and reporting, as well as new recommendations for laboratories and public health officials. […]

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Open Payments Review and Dispute Period Now Open

You can now review your 2016 Open Payments data, which shows any payments drug or device companies say they made to you. If the data is wrong, you can dispute it and give those companies the chance to fix the data before the public can see it on 6/30/17. Data review is not required, but […]

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CSMS, KHS Partner on Physician-led Health Information Network for Connecticut

For immediate release March 29, 2017                                       CSMS, KHS Partner on Physician-led Health Information Network for Connecticut In support of its mission to improve the quality of care and safeguard the health of patients, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) to establish a […]

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CSMS Joins AMA in Letter to New CMS Administrator

Below is the text of a letter signed by CSMS, the American Medical Association, and other state and national specialty societies.  Click to view the PDF of the letter. March 21, 2017 Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence […]

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AMA Statement on CBO Estimates of Health Reform Bill

Statement attributable to: Andrew W. Gurman, M.D. President, American Medical Association “Today’s estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office underscore the AMA’s concerns about the AHCA as it is written: If this bill were to become law, CBO projects 14 million Americans who have gained coverage in recent years could lose it in 2018. For […]

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Webster Bank Cybersecurity Presentation: “It’s Not a Case of If, but When”

CSMS Affinity Partner Webster Bank presented an informative program on cybersecurity for CSMS member physicians and practice administrators on February 22. Attendees were welcomed by Matthew Katz, CSMS EVP/CEO, and Jordan Arovas, Webster Bank SVP and Manager of Webster’s Specialty Banking Group. The presentation featured Laurance Selnick, Webster Bank SVP, Director, Treasury & Payment Solutions […]

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CSMS Hails Anthem-Cigna Merger Decision

A Clear Victory for Physicians and Patients For immediate release February 9, 2017 (North Haven, CT) –  Connecticut State Medical Society President Jeffrey Gordon, MD and CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz have issued the following statement in response to last night’s US District Court ruling: The Connecticut State Medical Society applauds the ruling made by US […]

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CT Health Insurance Literacy: FAIR Health White Paper

CSMS Affinity Partner FAIR Health has released a new report, Improving Health Insurance Literacy in the State of Connecticut. Although Connecticut has been a leader in enrolling residents in health insurance, the FAIR Health paper finds there is still work to be done in improving low levels of health insurance literacy (HIL) among the newly […]

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CSMS Applauds Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Aetna-Humana Merger

For immediate release January 23, 2017 (North Haven, CT) –  Connecticut State Medical Society President Jeffrey Gordon, MD and CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz have issued the following statement in response to today’s US District Court ruling: The Connecticut State Medical Society strongly supports the ruling made by US District Judge John D. Bates against the […]

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CSMS President Joins US Reps, Lt Gov for ACA Presser

CSMS President Jeffrey Gordon, MD was invited to speak at a press conference hosted by US Representatives Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) on the effects of ACA repeal on Connecticut. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman also participated in the press conference. In his remarks, Dr. Gordon acknowledged that physicians in Connecticut (and across the […]

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Demystifying MACRA

CSMS executives provided a deep dive into Medicare’s new Quality Payment Programs (QPP) at today’s Demystifying MACRA program, presented by Qualidigm and the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (New England QIN-QIO). The CME program provided physicians and practice administrators from across New England with an in-depth look at MACRA and its two Quality […]

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New: MIPS Tool

PQRS is over (except for the 2016 data reporting), and MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is here. To help you maximize your MIPS potential, CSMS members who have renewed their 2017 membership can receive The MIPS Navigator™ free of charge. The MIPS Navigator™ is an on-line tool that makes it possible for individual clinicians […]

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Q1 Deadlines for Reporting 2016 PQRS Data

It’s time to report your 2016 PQRS data! The deadlines vary by reporting method, so be sure to review the chart below and don’t miss out on the reporting window. Download chart here Remember: if you don’t successfully report 2016 PQRS data, you’ll be subject to a -2.0% PQRS payment adjustment in 2018. In addition, […]

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