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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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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