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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2018 CSMS Testimony

CSMS Testimony on Health Care Related Legislation The following bills were not voted on during the legislative session, but CSMS provided support/argument for them.  We will continue to advocate for you, your practice and your patients as bills are presented. SENATE BILL 164 An Act Raising the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco to Twenty One […]

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Chapter Led Group Donates Stop the Bleed Kits and Provides Training to Department of Public Health

HARTFORD, CT. – With the generous support of Z-Medica of Wallingford, CT, The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Connecticut ACS Committee on Trauma, and The Connecticut Orthopaedic Society donated two wall mounted Bleeding Control Stations and a Stop the Bleed training kit to CT Department of Public Health on April 25th. […]

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CMS changes name of the EHR Incentive Program and Advancing Care Information Performance Category

In late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed rule changes directly aimed at empowering patients and reducing administrative burden for physicians. These changes are tied to CMS’s ongoing commitment to interoperability, patient data access and system-wide health information exchange (HIE). The meaningful use EHR Incentive Programs will now be known […]

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Nationwide Progress in Declining Opioid Prescriptions, Connecticut Near the Top

Twenty-two percent decline in opioid prescriptions over four years announced by IQVIA.  Connecticut has seen a 27.3% decline. Connecticut has had one of the most significant reductions in prescribing (27.3%) over the last few years and saw an 11% reduction in the last year alone (2016 to 2017).  The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) has […]

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Physician-led KaMMCO Admitted to Connecticut Insurance Market

KaMMCO is pleased to announce the company has been admitted to sell medical professional liability insurance and cyber security insurance in the State of Connecticut. KaMMCO enters the Connecticut market with support from the Connecticut State Medical Society. Matthew Katz, executive vice president and chief executive officer of CSMS said, “We are excited to add […]

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QPP Roundup: April 2018

Providing monthly updates on PAI’s activities and QPP news for you and your practice.  CSMS is a proud partner of PAI, the Physician Advocacy Institute. New Interactive Resource Navigation Tools for 2018 MIPS Participation PAI’s QPP Resource Center recently added several new resources to help physicians understand the 2018 participation rules for the Merit-based Incentive […]

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Dr. Seyed Aleali Seeks Appointment to the AMA’s Senior Physician Section Governing Council

Please join us in supporting Dr. Seyed Aleali by casting your vote for him to serve on the AMA’s Senior Physician Section Governing Council. Dr. Aleali was a past president of CSMS, served on the Fairfield County Board of Trustees, and is currently an AMA Delegate for CT and Chair of the CSMS AMA Delegation.  […]

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Landmark Ruling for Healthcare Providers in Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation

April 6, 2018 Yesterday, Federal District Court Judge R. David Proctor issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting in part Provider Plaintiffs’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on the Antitrust Standard of Review in the In re Blue Cross and Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. Copies of the Memorandum Opinion and Order are available at our […]

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MIPS 2018 Look Up Tool Is Now Ready

  CMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool Upcoming Webinar: APG Educational Series 2018, MIPS APMs to Advanced APMs: How to Make the Valuable Transition CMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool You can now use the updated CMS MIPS Participation Lookup Tool to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Just […]

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CSMS Supports the Surgeon General’s Call for Expanded Availability of Naloxone, an Opioid Overdose-Reversing Drug

Statement attributed to: CSMS President Steven Thornquist, MD and Gregory Shangold, MD, and Mark Kraus, MD, CO Chairs of the CSMS Opioid Committee The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) strongly supports the Surgeon General’s advisory on naloxone.  Surgeon General Adams, Connecticut physicians, first responders, public health professionals and patient advocates all recognize that naloxone can […]

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MIPS Data Submission Period Has Closed; Preliminary Performance Feedback Data for MIPS Now Available

The data submission period for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed on April 3, 2018. CMS is currently in the process of reviewing all the data submitted. We would like to thank all of the clinicians who submitted their data, as well as the qualified clinical data registries, qualified registries, EHR vendors, and […]

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New Medicare Card Project – Important Updates

Message from CMS We started mailing newly-designed Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), or Medicare Number. People enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first to get the new cards, no matter where they live. Current Medicare beneficiaries will get their new cards on a rolling basis over the coming […]

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CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT

CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT If you’re an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment Program, you now have until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 PM EDT to submit your 2017 MIPS performance data. You can submit your 2017 performance data […]

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Action Needed: Call Your Legislator to Push for Restoration of Medicaid Cuts!

Please Call Your Legislator! The Appropriations Committee must take final action by Thursday, April 5. This may be our last opportunity to push for restoration of Medicaid cuts! CSMS is asking the Appropriations Committee to include in a FY ’19 budget bill: Funding to continue the Medicare Savings Program at current eligibility levels Restoration of HUSKY A parents’ eligibility […]

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CTHealthLink Provides CT Physicians with Quality Reporting Registry

Physicians and clinicians participating in Connecticut’s health information network, CTHealthLink, have a trusted choice when reporting key components of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP). CTHealthLink received notification its Doctors Quality Reporting Network Qualified Clinical Data Registry for Quality […]

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WTIC1080 Interview – Matthew Katz Speaks with Ray Dunaway About CTHealthLink

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CTHealthLink and Connecticut Department of Social Services Reach Agreement to Share Data to Improve Care for Medicaid Patients

(Hartford, CT, March 12, 2018) Connecticut state officials and CTHealthLink leaders have announced the signing of a data-sharing agreement to facilitate the exchange of health information between Connecticut Medicaid and Connecticut healthcare providers. Through the development of a longitudinal patient record, Connecticut healthcare providers will have a powerful tool to assist in the treatment of […]

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CSMS Members and Staff Provide Testimony on More Than a Dozen Bills

Despite this week’s seasonal weather, CSMS member Gregory Shangold, MD, CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz and Senior VP of Legislative Affairs Ken Ferrucci testified on more than a dozen health care bills before the legislature. Topics included: SB 384 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH PARITY SB 383 Alternative Treatment Coverage SB 380 AA REQUIRING COVERAGE OF A DRUG DURING […]

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Starling Physicians Connect Statewide Through CTHealthLink

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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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