In response to the recent cases of Ebola in the US, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released an updated bulletin with guidance on HIPAA privacy in emergency situations.The bulletin addresses sharing and safeguarding patient information, waivers, and other resources. Although the protections of the HIPAA Privacy Rule are not set aside during […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) late Friday issued a final rule for physician reimbursement under Medicare in 2015. The final rule is similar to the proposed rule that CMS issued in July, with a few modifications. For example, CMS had proposed a payment rate of $41.92 for its chronic care management code, […]
After nearly three decades in private practice, Texas physician Michael Burgess, MD now represents Texas’ 26th District in the US House. Dr. Burgess has sponsored H.R. 5539, which would clarify that certain applicable manufacturer transfers of value to support independent certified/accredited medical educational programs and materials (including medical textbooks, peer-reviewed medical reprints, and journals) are […]
Delay of Additional Documentation Request Letters Affecting Part B Connecticut and New York Providers
National Government Services has identified an issue with additional documentation request (ADR) letters for Medicare Part B claims were not sent in a timely manner. This impacted Part B providers from Connecticut and New York only. For the period of 9/17-10/20/2014, letters for claims requiring additional documentation to make a payment determination were not mailed. […]
(October 22, 2014) — CSMS President Robert Russo, MD and CSMS Legislative Chair David Emmel, MD were among those invited to participate in a roundtable on Ebola hosted by US Representative John Larson (CT-1) at Hartford Healthcare. Rep. Larson was joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, and US Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2) for […]
The CDC has released new guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers managing patients with Ebola virus. This guidance contains the following key principles: 1. Prior to working with Ebola patients, all healthcare workers involved in the care of Ebola patients must have received repeated training and have demonstrated competency in performing all […]
This letter to the editor by CSMS Vice Chair Steve Wolfson, MD was published in today’s New Haven Register. The letter discusses physician concerns with current approaches to telemedicine. Click to read the full letter.
Effective for dates of service October 1, 2014 and forward, the Department of Social Services (DSS) will allow reimbursement for procedure code 90688 (Influenza virus vaccine, quadrivalent, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use) under the physician office and outpatient fee schedule. Since procedure code 90688 is […]
The CDC has released a new Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory with Ebola recommendations for health professionals. The HAN Advisory provides background information, as well as information about the clinical presentation and clinical course of Ebola, infection control, patient management, and diagnostic testing. To view the full advisory, which includes downloadable clinical guidelines, please click […]
The Hartford Business Journal interviewed CSMS President Robert Russo, MD and CSMS Councilor Bollepalli Subbarao, MD about the changes in Connecticut’s Medicare Advantage (MA) landscape following last year’s abrupt and significant cuts by United Healthcare. Read the full story here.
In today’s New Haven Register, the story Plan aims to aid patients waiting for liver in New England features a quote from CSMS member David Mulligan, MD. Dr. Mulligan is the head of the committee and professor in chief of transplantation and immunology at the Yale School of Medicine.
Nominations are open for the Hartford Business Journal’s 2014 Healthcare Heroes Awards. These awards identify outstanding leaders in the healthcare industry who are the epitome of a “hero,” and recognizes their excellence in helping others. The Health Care Heroes Awards identifies outstanding leaders in the health care industry who are the epitome of a “hero.” […]
Earlier this year, The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit group of physician and medical society leaders, conducted its third national survey of America’s physicians. The PF survey is instrumental in conveying physician opinions about the current state of the medical profession. National survey results Connecticut-specific results Many thanks to the CSMS members who participated in the […]
September 12, 2014 (New Haven, CT) — The Connecticut State Medical Society presented U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) with the CSMS Legislator of the Year Award at its 2014 Annual Meeting. Since first being elected to Congress in 1990, Rep. DeLauro has consistently focused on improving the quality of life for her constituents, and she […]
CSMS Presents 2014 Maloney Distinguished Service Award to Richard Torres, MD September 12, 2014 (New Haven, CT) — The highest honor CSMS can confer upon a member, the Paul K. Maloney, Jr., MD Distinguished Service Award was established to honor the life and work of Dr. Maloney, an eminent physician known for his exemplary […]
CSMS Presents 2014 Healthcare Leader/Innovator Award to David Hass, MD September 12, 2014 (New Haven) — The Connecticut Medicine Health Care Leader and Innovator (HLI) Award is presented to a physician at any stage of practice who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership and innovation at a time of significant changes in the practice […]
The Connecticut Department of Social Services (CT DSS) has released a new provider bulletin: PB 14-60: Reimbursement for Practitioner Services Rendered in a Facility Setting. If you provide care for patients in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP), please review the bulletin for changes in reimbursement for practitioners based on the facility type code/place of […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule allowing more flexibility in using certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use (MU) reporting requirements for 2014. The change is expected to result in greater provider participation, and more will be able to meet MU objectives such as electronic prescribing, drug […]
“In 1846, the world was forever changed by a dentist from Hartford.” Join Hartford Stage for the East Coast premiere of Ether Dome, an original play based upon the discovery of anesthesia in 1846 by Hartford’s own Horace Wells. This riveting play highlights the struggle between the earnest Wells and his manipulative protégé, William Morton, […]
Nominated by HealthyCT CEO Ken Lalime, CSMS EVP/CEO Matt Katz stepped up to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Click here to see Matt’s #IceBucketChallenge. Cold, wet, yet undaunted, Matt in turn has challenged CSMS member Steve Fleischman, MD and Ohio State Medical Association CEO Brent Mulgrew to support the ALS Association in its efforts to […]
The AMA has issued a nationwide survey to gather information from physicians about their experiences registering for the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) system and reviewing their data. Please click here to take the brief advocacy survey. The AMA wants to know what you think about the Open Payments System. The deadline to complete the survey […]
Today’s Hartford Courant ran a common-sense editorial on the need to reconsider liability for physician volunteers. Connecticut needs an Access to Health Care Act similar to Florida’s. Imagine the improvement in care for poor people if one were to be passed.
The day began with clouds and a few raindrops, but the sun — and the golfers — turned out for the shotgun start of this year’s Biondino Golf Classic to benefit the CSMS Charitable Trust. Held at the Wallingford Country Club on July 28, Classic Co-Chairs Steve Fleischman, MD and Ben Gardner, MD organized a […]
Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for an eHealth provider webinar on CMS ICD-10 resources tomorrow, August 5, 2014 from noon – 1 pm. CMS offers a variety of practice resources, including the Road to 10, a free online tool that enables small provider practices to create an ICD-10 action plan and […]
Yesterday saw conflicting Obamacare rulings issued by two U.S. Appeals Courts: one striking down subsidies for federally-run exchanges (Halbig v. Burwell, U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia), and one upholding them (King v. Burwell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit). The CT Mirror has an overview of what the rulings mean […]
The annual proposed rule to govern Medicare physician payment policy in 2015 was published in the Federal Register[gpo.gov] on July 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Key provisions for 2015 include Chronic Care Management, RUC/CPT, Telehealth, VBM and more. Click here to see a summary of the key provisions. Physicians wishing […]
The AMA’s Women Physicians Section (WPS) is now accepting nominations for its annual Inspirational Physician Award. Formerly the Physician Mentor Recognition Program, the Inspirational Physician Award recognizes physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support throughout their professional journeys. The individual may have inspired you to greater heights, steered you into a specialty you […]
Connecticut isn’t the only state facing changes in scope of practice. This Kaiser Health News story features a quote from CSMS member Robert McLean, MD. Click here to read the full article.
The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) awarded the Connecticut State Medical Society a one-year $76,625 grant for an initiative to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in 30-day hospital readmission rates. The grant enables CSMS to continue its research in racial and ethnic readmission disparities. This initiative will be primarily focused on two conditions: uncomplicated childbirth […]
Yale medical students and CSMS members Isha Di Bartolo, Nicole Krenitsky, Ian McConnell, and Bobby Rosen were profiled in a recent New Haven Register story about the Haven Free Clinic. Haven Free Clinic reinforces the idea that health care is not one-way. By giving, the students receive benefits to carry with them through their careers. […]
(North Haven, CT – 6/27/14) — A new Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights has been formally introduced in the US House by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro. The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act (full […]
Connecticut just completed a statewide emergency preparedness exercise that allowed the state, local municipalities, utility companies and the private sector to enhance readiness and disaster preparedness, including mass care planning, in advance of the Connecticut’s hurricane season. The exercise, which simulated a Category 1 hurricane, took place on Saturday, June 21 and Monday, June 23. […]
Learn more about Administrative Simplification initiatives and how they can simplify your practice at this CMS e-Health webinar on Thursday, June 26 from noon – 1:30 pm. Join subject matter experts from CMS and The Electronic Payments Association (NACHA) to hear about: Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Remittance Advice (ERA) Operating Rules Automated Clearing House […]
The Physicians Foundation recently released Part II of their ACA Critical Issues white paper series, Beyond the Horizon into 2015. The white paper is organized into three chapters: The ACA: CBO Speaks, Shadow of the Mid-Term Elections, and Assessing the Initial Coverage Rollout The ACA: The Changing American Healthcare Marketplace Select Issues for Physicians in […]
Anthem recently released information regarding payment for ACA-Compliant Individual and Small Group Claims. In response to concerns about the length of time needed to process these claims, Anthem has taken several steps: Expedited professional claims processing for their other products in an effort to maintain provider cash flow, and increased the frequency of professional remittances. […]
(North Haven, CT) – In a letter released today, Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy requested a briefing on the physician ID theft investigation from the Director of the US Secret Service and the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Noting that physicians are not only “vital healthcare providers in their communities but also […]
A Call to Action for Connecticut Physicians The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has issued a call to action to Connecticut physicians, urging a new approach to reducing the number of antibiotic-resistant infections in our state. National and international experts recognize resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials as a serious public health threat. […]
CSMS members: Click here for more information on the identity theft tax fraud investigation, and how you can protect yourself and your practice. Please note: CSMS is not contacting members by phone about this issue. CSMS staff members are only placing calls in response to member-initiated contact. If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming […]