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 Latest News

4/20/20 - CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

4/20/20 - CDC Guidelines for Opening Up America Again


4/16/20 - Watch the Weekly Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Update



News from the NY COMS


NYSOMS Webinar: "Coronavirus - Is There a Missing Link to Treatment?"


CDC Updates the Osteopathic Community on COVID-19



AOA Education/Information


NYS Department of Health

Financial Relief

DO Advocacy Around COVID-19

Physicians and healthcare workers on the front lines are in desperate need of personal protective equipment. We’re encouraging physicians to tell congressional leaders to act now, and share how COVID-19 is impacting their ability to care for their patients.

Tell your leaders to ACT NOW


 New Expanded Telehealth Services During COVID-19

As more of the U.S. population is asked to shelter in place, telehealth has become more important than ever. Links below for telehealth guidance and more information about expanded coverage of telehealth by CMS and private payers.

Additionally, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is allowing access to a variety of telehealth platforms, and relaxing HIPAA enforcement of communication tools for virtual visits. Physicians may use popular applications that allow for video chats, including Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video, or Skype. Physicians should not use Facebook Live, Twitch, TikTok or other public facing communication services.

States can cover telehealth using various methods of communication such as telephonic, video technology commonly available on smart phones and other devices. No federal approval is needed for state Medicaid programs to reimburse providers for telehealth services in the same manner or at the same rate that states pay for face-to-face services. For more information on this announcement, read the HHS Fact Sheet.


New Billing Codes for COVID-19 Testing

New COVID-19 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code (U07.1) for the virus. Providers should use this new diagnosis code, where appropriate, for discharges on or after April 1, 2020.  

In addition, CMS has updated the ICD-10 MS-DRG GROUPER software package to accommodate the new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code currently available on the CMS webpage. This updated GROUPER software package (V37.1 R1) replaces the GROUPER software package V37.1. For detailed information regarding the assignment of new diagnosis code U07.1, COVID-19, under the ICD-10 MS-DRGs, visit the MS-DRG Classifications and Software webpage. 


  • New Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for coronavirus testing and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes have been established for COVID-19 testing. To determine whether to use the CPT or HCPCS code, contact the third-party payer directly. 

Physician Wellness

  • HEADSPACE-meditation app, currently offering Free access (usually $70/year) for healthcare workers.
  • Decompress - a podcast by Anthony Back, for healthcare workers. 
  • Simple Habit - a 5-min meditation app designed to help busy people stress less, achieve more, and live better. 

 A Note From the NYSOMS President

The Board's decision to cancel ROC-NY 2020 was guided by information coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). During this Coronavirus 

wherever possible, we must engage in the measure of 'social distancing' to slow the spread of infection.(COVID-19) pandemic, in an abundance of caution, we are acting proactively to protect against person to person transmission. Whenever and 

It is natural to feel exasperated by the imposition that this health emergency is having on our personal and professional lives. I respectfully encourage my colleagues to exercise their will to circumvent feelings that might undermine their civic responsibility. As Physicians, we are responsible to provide Public Health leadership. A calm and responsible response by Physicians is urgent.

The national response to COVID-19, as told by our politicians on both sides of the aisle, will be lead by health professionals. The public will expect physicians to provide real information and appropriate response instructions on COVD-19.  Physicians will be the leaders that the public will rely upon.  Knowledge on the nature of  the COVID-19  is evolving. We must keep ourselves current as updates are forthcoming. We know the hygienic fundamentals of virus transmission, such as hand washing, disinfecting, use of barriers, and social distancing. Fundamentals must be reiterated and role modeled by physicians.

We remain optimistic that, very soon, a vaccine will be created to halt the effect of COVID-19.
We remain optimistic that, now, a calm and organized response to the virus will provide the best safeguard.

Sherman Dunn, DO, FACOOG
President, NYSOMS