Advocacy Matters is a one-hour continuing medical education (CME) webinar series that is held on the second Tuesday of each month. 

This initiative is sponsored by MSSNY’s Legislative and Physician Advocacy Committee.  The Advocacy Matters series is designed to enhance communication with physicians across New York State concerning topical and timely issues of significant interest to physicians and their patients.  Elected officials, agency officials, and key legislative/agency staff will be invited to discuss regulatory and legislative matters.  

Each webinar will provide each participant with 1 hour of Continuing Medical Education credits and will go from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  At the end of the program, you will complete a CME evaluation of program speakers. A CME certificate will be emailed to those who register and listen to the program within the month. 

2014 programs:

February 11: State Legislative Issues for 2014

Featuring Senate Health Committee Chairman Senator Kemp Hannon and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Assemblyman Richard Gottfried

January 14: Hepatitis C- New Legal Requirements for Physicians

Featuring Colleen Flanigan, RN, MS, Director, Viral Hepatitis Section, NYS DOH 

2013 programs:

December 10: Status Update on the Implementation of I-STOP
Featuring Terence O’Leary, Director of the NYS DOH  Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.

November 12: Implementation of the Health Insurance Exchange
Featuring Sherry Tomasky, Director of Outreach, NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace and Randi Imbriaco, Director, Plan Management, NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace

October 8: Congressional consideration of changes to the flawed SGR payment formula and how such changes will impact physician practices

Featuring Todd Askew, Director of the Division of Congressional Affairs for the American Medical Association.

September 10: The State Health Information Network- New York (SHIN-NY)- What is it and how is the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Department of Health’s Division of Health Information Transformation (OHITT) working to enhance information sharing and care coordination across the health care continuum?”

Featuring Steve Smith, Coordinator of the Office of Health Information Technology Transformation and Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC).  .

June 11: Implementation of I-STOP.

Featuring Terence O’Leary, Director of the NYS DOH  Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.

May 14: Update on the Work of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct

Featuring Keith Servis, Director Center for Health Care Quality & Surveillance, Director, NYS Office of Professional Medical Conduct

April 9: Federal Legislative Update

Featuring Todd Askew, Director, Congressional Affairs, American Medical Association.

February 12: Update on New York’s Health Insurance Exchanges

Featuring Donna Frescatore, Executive Director for New York’s Health Insurance Exchange.

January 15: State Legislative Issues for 2013

Featuring Senate Health Committee Chairman Senator Kemp Hannon and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Assemblyman Richard Gottfried