||Summary of the Homecrest Community Services News Conference - CCACO members were informed of a well-received news conference at Homecrest Community Services (HCS), in Brooklyn, New York, on May 24, 2012. The news conference included a keynote address from Dr. Henry Chen, CCACO's Chief Executive Officer, the presentation of proclamation letters from Congressman Gary L. Ackerman, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, and congratulatory remarks from many highly-regarded attendees, such as New York State Senator Martin Golden and NYC Comptroller John Liu, as well members of the HCS board.
||White House Physician Conversation on Healthcare - CCACO members were informed that on June 6, 2012, Dr. Henry Chen, Dr. Vincent Wang and Dr. Josephine Wu had attended an open conversation on healthcare reform at the White House, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services. Drs. Chen, Wang and Wu joined other physicians from across the country in voicing their concerns about the current U.S. healthcare system, and submitted comments on issues such as Medicare benchmarks, global payment and tort reform. The White House conversation was co-hosted by Dr. Richard J. Gilfillan, the Director of CMS and Liz Fowler, the Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare & Economic Policy.
||Medicare Beneficiary Notice - The Medicare beneficiary notification requirement was introduced to CCACO members. To monitor care coordination and utilization, and to take quality measurements, CCACO will receive patient information from CMS. Before receiving this information, CMS requires physicians to notify patients via a letter or in-office discussion that their information may be shared. CCACO members were presented with the following forms:
||Notice to Patients on Sharing Health Information: Beneficiaries must be notified of their doctor's membership in CCACO. This information must be conveyed through a letter or an in-office conversation. A patient's medical information may be shared within 30 days after being given notice.
||Consent for the Release of Confidential Alcohol or Drug Treatment Information Form: Beneficiaries must provide written consent to allow their alcohol/drug treatment information to be shared.
||Declining to Share Personal Health Information Form: Beneficiaries may decline the sharing of their information by contacting CMS and completing this form. This request will take effect 45 days after the completion of the form.
||Consent to Change Personal Health Information Preference Form: Used if the Beneficiary initially declines to share his/her information and later decides to share it.
||Codes for Primary Care Service - Dr. Hanbin Zheng gave a very useful presentation on the new billing codes for primary care service.
||Welcome Reception at Beth Israel - Attendees were invited to a reception for CCACO members on July 25, 2012, at Beth Israel Medical Center. They were informed that they would have the opportunity to meet Dr. Harris Nagler, the President of Beth Israel, and other Faculty, and learn more about the services the institution offers.