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Medical Society of the State of New York
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Office of the President
Telephone: (516) 488-6100, ext. 403 • Fax: (516) 282-7099

May 15, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

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In the early part of this year, what seems like a lifetime ago, before NY Pause, I had the pleasure of meeting with our Long Island Jewish Medical Staff Society leadership and hearing their thoughts and suggestions on ways that our medical society could help to strengthen our profession. For those of you I have not met, I am a radiologist on staff practicing at the Northwell Health, Northern Westchester Hospital site, and I look forward to meeting all of you someday soon in person.

I am thrilled that our Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Medical Staff Society recognizes the value of a county and statewide voice for physicians and has chosen to continue our staff’s membership in MSSNY and the local county societies. Membership is a valuable investment in achieving the crucial goals we share as physicians. As the voice of our profession in New York State, MSSNY, with input from individual members and constituent organizations, speaks up for you, your patients and your colleagues, whether with legislators, insurance companies, employers, or the media.

Right now we are living in what should be the realm of science fiction. This global pandemic has hit our house of medicine hard physically, emotionally, and financially. But the ethics, courage, strength, ingenuity, and resilience of the physicians of New York have not waivered, nor have the efforts of our Medical Society. We have spoken out about everything from needed equipment and needed protections both physical and legal, to needed funding for physicians and testing by physicians. We have come together as a profession and swiftly mobilized, disseminated necessary information, and helped our practices adapt to the current reality. We are rapidly moving forward with establishing a Peer to Peer support program for doctors to hold out a hand to their colleagues who might feel the need for a connection with a peer in a safe, trusted, physician-to-physician environment.

As I humbly pick up the torch of the MSSNY presidency, the seeds of change are beginning to take hold. The talk is of re-imagining healthcare in our state. It is time to change – medical malpractice reform, an end to bureaucratic paperwork and hassles, and a time for collective negotiation for physicians. As we start this new decade it is time to end health disparities and prioritize health equity. Let us imagine New York with a new distinction as the healthiest place to live and to practice medicine.

If you haven’t done so already, please get involved and make your voice heard on things that matter to you! Contact us anytime – we are here for you!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish those who are sick a speedy recovery and those who have suffered the loss of a loved one my heartfelt sympathy.

 

Sincerely,

Bonnie L. Litvack, MD
MSSNY President

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MSSNY is here to assist physician practices to obtain support for continued funding during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Physician Practices Need Funding Assistance During COVID-19 

 

We encourage you to contact your Congressional leaders urging them to make further funding available to physician practices and other sectors of NY's healthcare infrastructure. While some funds have been allocated in the various stimulus bills to provide a lifeline to practices, far more is needed. Also, urge them to reject efforts to adopt unfair insurer-driven solutions inconsistent with New York's heralded approach to addressing surprise medical bills.

 

Send a Letter to Congress Here! 

 

MSSNY President, Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MD submitted testimony to the Joint Legislative Committee Hearing on Small Businesses, describing the impact of the COVID19 crisis on physician practices delivering patient care across the state of New York.

 

“Like many small businesses across the state, New York physicians have faced devastating consequences for their practices as a result of the coronavirus outbreak,” said Dr. Litvack. “Our first priority is, of course, to ensure that our patients, through the crisis and after, can continue to receive the care they need. However, physicians need to be assured that our practices can keep our doors open for patients now and in the future.”

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

Bonnie Litvack, MD

MSSNY President

 

 

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