PQRS: What You Need to Know in 2016

Start 2016 off on the right foot and join CSMS for this new Medicare quality webinar. Avoid negative payment adjustments in 2017 by successfully reporting your 2015 PQRS data Learn about changes in the PQRS and VM programs Preview the transition from PQRS to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) The webinar will be offered […]

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CSMS Charitable Trust & PHEF: Your Donation Makes a Difference

As we approach the end of 2015, please consider making tax-deductible donations to the CSMS Charitable Trust and the CSMS Physician Health and Education Fund (PHEF). Your support helps make a positive difference in the health of Connecticut. Founded in 1989, the CSMS Charitable Trust has awarded more than $500,000 to fighting hunger and homelessness. […]

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How to Request an Informal PQRS Review (Deadline Extended to 12/16)

Do you have questions about your 2014 PQRS reporting status, or concerns about potentially receiving the -2.0% PQRS negative payment adjustment in 2016? It’s not too late to submit an informal review request. CMS will be in contact with every individual eligible professional (EP) or PQRS group practice that submits a request for an informal […]

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CSMS Members Honored as HBJ Health Care Heroes

CSMS was well-represented at today’s Hartford Business Journal Health Care Heroes Awards ceremony: award finalists Pauline Olsen, MD, William Petit, Jr., MD, Jack Ross, MD, Hank Schwartz, MD, and Prasad Srinivasan, MD are all accomplished professionals who have demonstrated tireless commitment to the communities they serve. Dr. Olsen, winner of the 2016 Health Care Heroes […]

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CMS Extends Informal Review Deadline

CMS has announced an extension of the deadline to request an informal review of 2014 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (AQRUR) – it is now December 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm (previously 12/11/15). Your 2014 AQRUR (Annual Quality and Resource Use Report) shows whether you successfully participated in PQRS in 2014. If you didn’t […]

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Veterans Health Resources: “A Nationwide Community of Care”

CSMS was honored to host Lucile Burgo-Black, MD for a program on healthcare for veterans and their families. Dr. Burgo-Black is the National Co-director, Post Deployment Integrated Care Initiative, Associate Primary Care at the Veterans’ Administration (VA) Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. The program opened with remarks by State Rep. David Yaccarino (R-North […]

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CSMS Joins National Call for MACRA Information, Design Input

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) joined more than 100 state and national medical specialty societies in letters submitted to the CMS Administrator and to the CMS regulatory comments site. The first letter lays out principles CMS should follow in designing regulations to implement the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Full text of […]

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Original CSMS Research Presented in ACOG Journal: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Readmissions After Delivery

For immediate release November 10, 2015 (North Haven, CT) – The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) believes that the identification of health disparities among and within Connecticut’s increasingly diverse population is central to providing quality patient medical care. Original research data from a multi-year CSMS readmission disparities study was used in an article published in […]

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Adult Pneumococcal Vaccines

The Connecticut Immunization Coalition recognizes that there is some confusion surrounding pneumococcal vaccination in adults with the two vaccines in circulation (13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine). In response, they have provided these pneumococcal vaccine resources: September 4, 2015 MMWR highlighting the intervals between the two vaccines: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6434a4.htm?s_cid=mm6434a4_w The CA Dept. of Public […]

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CSMS Signs on to Congressional MU Letter

The Connecticut State Medical Society joined with 49 other state medical societies and 63 national medical associations in signing a letter to House and Senate leadership. The letter expressed strong concerns with the Administration’s decision to move ahead with implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program, despite the widespread failure of Stage 2. […]

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CMS Informal Review Deadline Extended to 11/23

CMS has extended the deadline for informal review of 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) to 11:59 pm on November 23, 2015. If you have reviewed your 2014 AQRUR and think that: you have been incorrectly assessed the 2016 PQRS negative payment adjustment (-2.0% of 2016 Medicare FFS payments) OR […]

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Webinars, We’ve Got Webinars

CSMS is hosting a series of convenient webinars on Medicare quality programs: PQRS: An Overview Decoding MYQRUR Understanding the AQRUR Understanding the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) Each webinar is less than an hour long, and includes links to CMS resources and information. Each webinar topic is offered live at two different times, and presentations are […]

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Henry Jacobs, MD, JD Sworn in as 177th CSMS President

At the 223rd Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society, Henry E. Jacobs, MD, JD was sworn in as the Society’s 177th President. Dr. Jacobs is a West Hartford Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Senior Attending at Hartford Hospital. Long active in organized medicine, Dr. Jacobs has served in a number of leadership roles at the Connecticut […]

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CSMS Opposes Announced Medicaid Cuts

(NORTH HAVEN) – The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is deeply concerned by Governor Malloy’s recent announcement of significant rescissions to Medicaid and mental health services, on top of cuts made in April and June of this year. CSMS President Robert Russo, MD has released this statement in response: These unexpected and unprecedented rescissions to […]

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CSMS Supports CDC Recommendations for Childhood Immunization

September 18, 2015 For Immediate Release (North Haven, CT) – At its founding in 1792, the Connecticut State Medical Society stated its dedication to the “diffusion of science and knowledge of the healing arts.” More than two centuries later, as the wealth of medical knowledge has expanded far beyond anything the CSMS founding physicians could […]

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Million Hearts Model Deadline Extension

CMS has extended the deadline for the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model letter of intent and application to October 8, 2015. The extension will ensure that all interested practices have an opportunity to become part of this important initiative. The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model (MH Model) supports both the Million […]

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PQRS 2016 Informal Review Process

Individual eligible professionals (EPs), Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) practice sites, and group practices participating in GPRO (including ACOs) that did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2014 will receive a negative payment adjustment in 2016. In addition, those individuals and groups will not receive a 2014 PQRS incentive payment. If you believe that you have been […]

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AMA Releases Analyses of Potential Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers

This morning, the AMA released the following press statement that summarizes the key findings of new special analyses of the impact of the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana health insurance mergers.  These analyses coincide with the release of the 2015 Update to the AMA’s Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets.  Notably, the […]

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Congratulations to Smilow/YNHH Team on $11M Oncology Research Grant

CSMS member Roy Herbst, MD recently received some excellent news. Dr. Herbst, chief of medical oncology at YNHH/Smilow, and his team were awarded an $11M grant for their Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) focusing on non-small cell lung cancers. “What this grant is designed to do is to take new therapies and discoveries from […]

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PECOS Reminder

Please ensure all information is correctly reflected within your Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) account. Information such as National Provider Identifier (NPI), Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), organization name and address may be used by CMS for upcoming communication. You can review and make changes to your Medicare enrollment information by accessing https://pecos.cms.hhs.gov/pecos/login.do#headingLv1. Need […]

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With Apologies to Mark Twain, Reports of the Death of Organized Medicine Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

CSMS President Robert Russo, MD and CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz recently wrote this op-ed for the Hartford Business Journal on the importance of organized medicine: With apologies to Mark Twain, reports of the death of organized medicine have been greatly exaggerated. In a recent HBJ article (“Healthcare consolidation means waning influence for medical societies”) two […]

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ICD-10: Coming Soon to a Claim Near You

With the October 1 implementation date for ICD-10 just weeks away, physicians recently got some good news: the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released additional guidance that allows some flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process during the ICD-10 transition. The Connecticut State Medical Society had […]

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Biondino Classic Raises $30K for CSMS Charitable Trust

A few am sprinkles didn’t dampen the fun at the 2015 Biondino Golf Classic, and by the 12:15 shotgun start 24 eager foursomes were ready to roll through the course at Wallingford Country Club. There was plenty of competition (scroll down to view the list of winners), but the real winner was the CSMS Charitable […]

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Reporting as a Group Practice: 2015 EHR-Based Reporting for PQRS

Join CMS experts for an eHealth webinar on participating in the 2015 PQRS program via the group practice reporting option (GPRO) using an EHR-based reporting mechanism. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 11 am – noon. Click here to register. The following items will be discussed during this webinar: Background of […]

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CSMS, Rep. DeLauro Host Press Conference

In recognition of National UV Safety Month, the Connecticut State Medical Society and US Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) hosted a press conference today supporting Rep. DeLauro’s call for a nationwide ban on the use of tanning beds by minors. CSMS President Robert Russo, MD welcomed Rep. DeLauro, and noted the importance of her support on […]

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Decoding MYQRUR (CSMS webinars)

CMS creates Mid-Year Quality and Resource Use Reports (MYQRUR) to provide physicians and practitioners with cost and quality measure data for Medicare patients. Join the Connecticut State Medical Society to learn how MYQRUR data can help you evaluate the quality of care you provide. Webinar topics will include: MYQRUR in Context Obtaining Your MYQRUR Decoding […]

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June 30/July 1Deadlines: GPRO, EHR Hardship Exception

June 30 is the last day to register for the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) for 2015 PQRS reporting. To register for GPRO, your group must have an approved Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. You will also need to indicate your reporting mechanism for the 12-month period.  The GPRO Registration […]

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CSMS Applauds Governor’s Signature on Telehealth Bill

(North Haven, CT) – On behalf of the more than 6,000 physicians and physicians in training of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), we thank Governor Dannell Malloy for signing into law PA 15-88 (Senate Bill 467), An Act Concerning the Facilitation of Telehealth. The Governor’s signature on PA 15-88 establishes several important requirements for […]

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CSMS to Host PQRS Webinars

Join CSMS for an overview of the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Webinar topics will include: How to participate in PQRS Individual and group reporting options Measure selection Key reporting dates Calculating payment adjustments Q&A CSMS will offer the webinar on two dates: Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 25. Both webinars will run […]

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CSMS Councilor Speaks on Mental Health Parity at AMA

CSMS Councilor Theodore Zanker, MD gave a presentation today as part of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates meeting in Chicago. A featured speaker at the AMA Litigation Center meeting, Dr. Zanker discussed the lawsuit filed against Anthem by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), in which he is a named plaintiff. CSMS and […]

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CSMS Members in the News

CSMS member physicians play active leadership roles in many areas of medicine. Here are a few CSMS members in the recent news:   Congratulations to CSMS Councilor Joseph Feuerstein, MD (L) for being awarded the 2015 Doctors of Distinction Award for Excellence in Medical Research. In addition to his family medicine practice, Dr. Feuerstein is […]

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CSMS Supports Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015

For Immediate Release (North Haven, CT) Today, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) issued a strong endorsement for the “Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015,” introduced today by U.S. Representative George Holding of North Carolina. The legislation addresses many concerns that physicians have with regard to the extraordinary lack of transparency and expensive, time-consuming and […]

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Pediatric Clerkship Preceptors Needed

The Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University is in need of additional preceptors for its required third year Pediatric Clerkship. The clerkship is 6 weeks in duration, two weeks will be inpatient based at CCMC while 4 weeks will be outpatient/office-based in community practices. Thus, a given physician or group practice will have […]

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AMA Therapeutic Insights: Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

The full newsletter Painful Diabetic Neuropathy, prescribing information and CME self-assessment are free for both AMA members and nonmembers. Peripheral diabetic neuropathy (PDN) develops in more than 50% of patients who have diabetes. Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 79 million (or nearly 1 in 3) Americans have pre-diabetes based on testing of fasting blood […]

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Thank You to Our Biondino Golf Classic Sponsors

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the annual Biondino Memorial Golf Classic go to support the CSMS Charitable Trust. We’re hard at work preparing for the 2015 Classic (coming up on July 27) – but we want to take a moment and say THANK YOU to the organizations and businesses whose generous sponsorship makes […]

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CSMS, 45 Healthcare Stakeholders Oppose SB 1028

CSMS and the coalition to oppose SB 1028 were joined by other healthcare stakeholders this week, and sent a joint letter to the Connecticut Senate expressing serious concerns about the bill. SB 1028 would extend the statute of limitations for an injured minor to bring a negligence action to one year after the minor attains […]

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Nominations Now Open for 2015 Maloney, HLI Awards

Nominations are now open for the Maloney Distinguished Service Award and the 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, an eminent physician […]

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Open Payments Program Increases Transparency in Health Care

This guest post is written by William J. Kassler, MD, MPH. Dr. Kassler is the Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region I. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Open Payments program collects data from drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about  payments  they make to physicians […]

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Fighting for Physicians: CSMS Announces UnitedHealth Settlement

CONNECTICUT STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT OF LITIGATION AGAINST UNITED HEALTHCARE (North Haven, CT) – In a settlement announced today by the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), UnitedHealthcare Group has agreed to spend $11.5 million to resolve actions brought by four medical societies and individual physicians challenging United’s provider claims payment practices. Under the settlement, […]

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Senator Murphy & MACRA

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy was at St. Francis Hospital today to talk with physicians, other health professionals, and patient advocates about his support for the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which finally repealed the flawed SGR formula. Sen. Murphy was joined by CSMS President Bob Russo, MD, who spoke about the Society’s advocacy […]

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CT DSS: Electronic Bulletins

Effective June 30, 2015, CT Department of Social Services (DSS) will no longer mail provider bulletins and workshop invitations via the US Postal Service. To ensure that you receive the latest information from the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP), you must either subscribe to receive this information via email, or review the information posted to […]

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Calling all PCPs: Med Student Teaching Opportunity

From the Yale Integrated Primary Care Clerkship Are you a Primary Care Physician (i.e., trained in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, or Pediatrics) who enjoys teaching medical students? Would you be interested in applying for Community Faculty Appointment at Yale School of Medicine, which allows you to participate in Faculty Development at no charge and […]

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New AMA Economic Impact Study Released

Spread the word: Physicians boost the U.S. economy. Beyond their role of safeguarding a healthy community and a productive work force, physicians have a huge positive impact on the national and state economies, as demonstrated in an American Medical Association study that was completed in conjunction with state medical associations. Now is the time to […]

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Group Practice Reporting Option – Registration Now Open

If your practice wishes to participate in PQRS as a group for the 2015 reporting year, you must register for the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) by June 30, 2015 using the Physician Value-PQRS (PV-PQRS) registration system. GPRO Reporting Choices When you register your group, you need to select a GPRO reporting method: Registry EHR […]

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Open Payments Review Period Now Underway

On June 30 of this year, 2014 Open Payments (Sunshine Act) data will be displayed on the CMS public website. Before the data is made public, physicians can review and dispute payment data submitted by applicable manufacturers and GPOs from April 1 – May 20. During this review period, physicians can affirm records (optional – […]

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What Does SGR Repeal Mean for CT Physicians?

Before last night’s Senate vote to approve H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), there was a great deal of concern about the possible 21% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for Medicare services provided on or after April 1, 2015. The President is expected to sign MACRA […]

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CSMS Statement on SGR Repeal

April 15, 2015 (North Haven, CT) – After more than a decade of patches, the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula was finally repealed last night by an overwhelming Senate vote. On behalf of our physician and physician in training members, the Connecticut State Medical Society would like to thank the entire Connecticut Congressional […]

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US Senate Passes “Doc Fix” – SGR Finally Repealed

After weeks of uncertainty, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2, the “Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA),  last night with an overwhelming majority vote of 92-8. The House passed H.R. 2 last month, in an unprecedented bipartisan vote  of 392-37. The bill now moves to the White House for President Obama’s signature. H.R. 2 finally […]

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CMS Update: 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On April 1, 2015, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) was updated using the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) methodology as required by current law. The SGR methodology required a 21% decrease in all MPFS payments beginning April 1, 2015. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps to limit the impact on Medicare […]

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US Senate Must Act Now on SGR Repeal

Today the U.S. Senate returns from a two-week recess to tackle the bipartisan sustainable growth rate (SGR) repeal legislation that overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives more than two weeks ago. The Senate must act immediately to repeal the 21 percent cut to Medicare payments that already went into effect with the expiration of […]

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