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Prescriber Prevails Update:

Prescriber prevails is a policy that allows medical providers and patients to have the final say over medication decisions.  This year, the Executive budget proposes to reduce prescriber prevails – cutting patient access to important medications.  Patient groups across New York State are calling on their state representatives to protect prescriber prevails in Medicaid and extend it to all therapeutic classes.  We ask Governor Cuomo, the New York State Senate, and the New York State Assembly to protect prescriber prevails and extend it to all medication classes in Medicaid.

See the following link to our Action Alert:

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DUR Board Meeting


September 18, 2014N/A

DUR Board Meeting, Septe mber 18, 2014

The meeting will be webcast live; for viewing, see information at the following link:



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National MS Society Upstate NY Chapter 2014 Health and Wellness Fair


September 25, 2014

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Good Sleep Hygiene, Gaye McCafferty, MS, ANP-BC


4:00 pm - 4:30pm

Healthy Eating, Kristen A. Caponera, MS, RD, CDN


5:00pm – 5:30pm

MS Research, Keith R. Edwards, M.D., FAAN


6:00pm – 6:30pm

MS Symptom Management, James Wymer MD, PhD


Visit with our vendors including -- pharmaceutical companies, massage therapists, health insurance providers, mobility specialists, and other healthcare experts!

Questions? Please contact Aaron Ward at aaron.ward@nmss.org or 518-464-0910


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Crain’s Health Care Summit: Transforming New York’s Health Care Industry


October 1, 2014


After lengthy negotiations, the federal government agreed to give New York state $8 billion for a five-year overhaul of the state's health care delivery system. The money is targeted at the state's expensive Medicaid program—but what most New Yorkers don't realize is that the changes ahead will affect health care delivery in New York well beyond the one in four New York City residents who receive Medicaid benefits. Crain's will address how the $8 billion will act as seed capital for radical transformation. The state is planning changes that will have a profound impact on employers, commercial insurers, hospitals and patients. We explain the transformations ahead—including more hospital closures—before they broadside New York businesses.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

8:35 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
OPENING KEYNOTE - To be announced.

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Experts pitch their ideas on what the redesign means and the implications.

Jason A. Helgerson, Medicaid Director, NYS Department of Health
The top state official responsible for implementing Medicaid reform explains what lies ahead in broad terms for all New Yorkers—employers, insurers, providers, patients—not just the Medicaid population.

Stephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
The former chairman of the Berger commission gives a preview of the future: If reform works the way it is meant to work, hospitals will close or downsize.

Jim Tallon, President, United Hospital Fund
An expert in New York state policy, providers and insurance, Mr. Tallon will explain how pieces fit together and why this issue is so important.

Kevin Finnegan, Political Director, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Unions put their political weight behind the effort to get Washington, D.C. to grant New York the $8 billion. That is because unions will be greatly affected by the upcoming reforms. Jobs will look different in the post-reform world and many jobs could disappear entirely.

Kathleen Shure, Senior Vice President, Managed Care and Insurance Expansion, Greater New York Hospital Association
The state's powerful hospital trade group has been carefully working to make sure that New York hospitals don't stumble as they negotiate a future defined by transformation.

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

10:25 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Joining Forces Without Fighting
A panel addresses how the health-delivery system will change from the points of view of providers, employers and payers. The state is asking health care stakeholders to join together in systems that are unprecedented in their size, geographic reach and diversity. Can competitors play nicely together in the new world ahead?

-Arthur A. Gianelli, President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
Special Advisor to the President and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System for Medicaid Strategy
-Brian Griffin, President and CEO, Empire BlueCross BlueShield
-Laurel Pickering, MPH, President & CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Medicaid Reform—A Deeper Dive: What will be the impact on the broad health care economy?
No one knows whether Medicaid reforms will achieve the state's ambitious goals. But we know for certain that the disruption triggered by reform will affect many aspects of the delivery system, including inpatient and ambulatory-care services, labor, patient behavior and insurance payment models.

A panel of experts addresses the following questions:
-How will the new value-based payment models affect commercial insurers, hospitals and where care is delivered?
-Will the new health systems have far more leverage in the market, driving up insurance rates?
-Will health outcomes improve? And, most important, will this transformation trigger innovation—or failure?

-Jeffrey Kraut, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Informatics, North Shore-LIJ Health System
-Mark Wagar, President, Heritage Medical Systems

Additional panelists to be confirmed.

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$250 for individual ticket(s).
$2,500 for reserved table of ten (10).
$3,500 for a reserved table of 10 + full page ad in the event journal.

Early bird pricing ends August 15.

You must be pre-registered to attend this event.
No refunds permitted.

For sponsorship information, contact Joanna Harp at 212-210-0278 orjharp@crainsnewyork.com.


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