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Prostate Cancer Prevention for New Yorkers: An Urgent Need for Your Input!

Dear NYSUS member

The 2nd leading cause of cancer death in American men is prostate cancer.  Many New Yorkers, especially African American men, are at an increased risk of significant prostate cancer.  In some New York counties, African-American men have double the risk of death from prostate cancer. 

It is urgent that as caregivers,  we all contact our state legislators to include prostate cancer in the 2019-2024 Prevention Agenda for the New York State Department of Health (DOH).  Use the following link to find your legislator and then click on the helpful bar to reach their office: 

Find your Assemblyperson – Click Here

You can also email your comments for updating the Prevention Agenda directly to the Ad Hoc Committee leading the Prevention Agenda at:




John Phillips, M.D.


We Want To Hear From You!


Dear Colleague

The annual meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York in March and the May meeting of the AUA are fast approaching.  Please take 20 seconds to fill out the following survey indicating whether you will be attending either or both events and whether there is an interest in a NYSUS social event at these meetings.


Most Sincerely

John Phillips, MD, FACS

CMS Considering Change in Coding Robotic Prostatectomy to an Outpatient Procedure



Dear Colleagues:

As you may have heard, CMS is considering a change in coding of robotic prostatectomy (CPT 55866) to an outpatient procedure.

We strongly oppose the change as it would significantly impact patient safety and resources to maintain Quality and Improvement (QI) activities, and further require burdensome administrative efforts away from patient care.   The CMS provides a ‘comment period’ during which we ask members to consider providing a response.  Any data that you  may have demonstrating, for example, mean and or median hospital stays for robotic prostatectomy, would be particularly helpful and can be uploaded as a chart, figure, or table.

Here’s how to comment:

1. Please go to and/or click on the following link

2. Find the Comment Now button on the top right.

3. Enter your response in the provided box that opens.

4. Click on the identifier response boxes as directed.


Thank you for your efforts!

John Phillips, MD


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UPDATE:  Missed the Webinar?  Click here to read MLMIC’s FAQ’s on the Berkshire Hathaway transaction.


Update on the MLMIC acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway
* April 27th at 7 PM*

In July of 2016, MLMIC announced its intention to be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway.   Learn how the transaction may benefit MLMIC policyholders.   A special webinar has been arranged only for active NYSUS members to brief participants on the milestones that are expected to occur between now and the expected close of the transaction.  


MLMIC Shares Anticipated Timeline for Berkshire Hathaway Transaction

A letter from MSSNY to all MSSNY Members:


Dear MSSNY Member:

As you know, in July of 2016, your endorsed carrier MLMIC announced its intention to be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway.  We’re pleased to advise you that the transaction is on track and progressing forward in accordance with the measures and actions required under New York Insurance Law Section 7307 (NYIL §7307), designed to protect “the interests of the policyholders and the public.”  We are, however, disappointed that the process is taking slightly longer than anticipated.  As you know, we anticipated a culmination of the process in the third quarter of 2017.  We are now hopeful that the process will be completed by year end 2017.  As such, policyholders can expect several major milestones to occur between now and the expected close of the transaction.  The estimated timeline for these milestones is currently as follows: Continue reading

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