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( Wednesday, December 19, 2018) Corporate Counsel Jerry Kremer Talks about Impact of New York State Elections on Health Care

CEO Stamm turned on his television to channel 2 CBS NY in mid-December  only to see on screen the face of MedReview’s longtime Corporate Counsel, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer. As he often does, the attorney and former 13-term NYS Assemblyman and Chair of the Ways and Means Committee was speaking to the interviewer about the intersection of politics and healthcare in New York State, especially in the post-election period with Democrats in control of Albany’s government.

He knows whereof he speaks.

Currently a partner and chair of the Municipal and Regulatory Affairs Department at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC and President of Empire Government Strategies, Kremer has been named one of the most powerful lobbyists in Albany by City and State magazine. A political analyst for two decades, he appears frequently on News12, Fox network and ABC television and provides commentary for The Huffington Post and Politico.

“I am often asked about the potential for changes in the healthcare industry, especially after an election,” Kremer stated. “Now with Democrats in control in Albany, the new majority’s job will be to resist cuts especially because Congress will try to do it and New York will be hurt with cuts to hospitals and adult homes.”  

CEO Stamm notes that changes in healthcare funding directly impact what NYCHSRO/MedReview does for its clients. “We are fortunate as an organization to benefit from Jerry’s vast knowledge and experience.”

(Thursday, December 13, 2018) NYCHSRO/MedReview Execs Celebrate Hanukkah with the First Family of NYC

On December 13, NYCHSRO/MedReview execs attended the annual Gracie Mansion Hanukkah party hosted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane. The attendees numbered well over one hundred and included, among others, former New York Councilmember and current CEO of the Met Council David G. Greenfield, NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, and former Mayor David Dinkins. The First Family provided generous amounts of food and drink, including a kosher table.

(Thursday, December 6, 2018) NYCHSRO/MedReview Execs Celebrate Hanukkah with the First Family of DC

On December 6 in Washington, DC, CEO Stamm attended two Hanukkah celebrations—one at the White House with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and another across town in the Capital Building with Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and other Congress members from both sides of the aisle. The White House party was remarkable in several ways, as the President introduced survivors of both the Holocaust and the Parkland shooting and toasted to the one-year anniversary of Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

(Wednesday, December 5, 2018) Stamm Helps to Honor New York City Deputy Commissioner Claire Levitt

MedReview’s CEO attended a dinner party on December 5 honoring Claire Levitt, Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations. Levitt, who also was named a Notable Woman in Health Care by Crain’s in 2018, received the Outstanding Leadership in Workplace Health Award for 2019 at ceremonies held by the Northeast Business Group on Health at the Steelcase WorkLife Center.

(Thursday, November 29, 2018) Management and Tech Team Celebrate Hitrust and URAC Accreditations

In the last quarter of 2018, MedReview’s management and tech team took a couple of well-earned dinner breaks at two of Manhattan’s best kosher restaurants to celebrate the company’s hard-won HiTrust and URAC accreditations.

The crackerjack crew who achieved the HiTrust certification at the start of this year toasted their success on November 29 at Wolf & Lamb. The celebrants included CEO Stamm, EVP Mutchler, SVP Young, SVP Patterson, CTO Daniel McNamara, CIO Pavan Devineni, VP Robert Rosenbloom, Directors Sergey Slitinskiy, Johanny Torres, and Debra Rush-Murphy, and staff members Bhumin Desai, Sergey Podkopayev, Noah Leaf, Mike Manilov, and Srikanth Tanubudhu. Mike Santoro from United Healthcare was a special guest.

At the Le Marais Steakhouse on December 12, the URAC team celebrated their achievement of a second three-year term, which extends the organization’s dual accreditations in Independent Review and Health Utilization Management through 2021. In addition to Stamm, Mutchler, Young, Rosenbloom, and McNamara, the party included VP Harriet Starr, VP Margaret Mitchell, Director Johanny Torres, Director Maurice Bortz, Tameeka Lecoin, Yuriy Kapelnik, and Jasmin Belardo.

“They were well-deserved celebrations of the people who made the certifications possible,” said CTO McNamara.

(Wednesday, November 7, 2018) CEO Stamm and NYCHSRO/MedReview Congratulate Letitia James on Her Historic Win as Attorney General of the State of New York

Democrat and Brooklynite Letitia “Tish” James broke through yet another glass ceiling on Election Day 2018, winning 70 percent of the vote to become the first African American woman to hold the office of New York Attorney General. Indeed, she is the first African American woman to hold any statewide office in New York. She will be vacating her current seat as Public Advocate, New York City’s highest-ranking elected office after Mayor.

As he has been throughout James’ political career, NYCHSRO/MedReview’s CEO and President Joe Stamm was ringside as she officially announced her historic victory on home turf at the Mill River Lounge in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. James made her acceptance speech to a crowded room of longtime supporters, which also included MedReview senior staffer Maurice Bortz, JD, Director of National Physician’s Review.

With her usual passion and intelligence, James gave a victory speech articulating her vision for her new office. Government corruption, voter suppression, illegal gun sales, environmental protections and investigations into potential governmental wrongdoings were high on her list of pledges to supporters.

One of the top elected posts in New York, the Attorney General acts as the “People’s Lawyer,” the State’s chief legal officer, advisor to the Executive branch, and defense attorney in actions and proceedings on behalf of the State.

“Tish James has been a great friend not only to me personally but to the company as well,” states CEO Stamm. “She has been a terrific Public Advocate and will be a powerful representative for all New Yorkers in her new role as AG.”

(Friday, November 2, 2018) CEO Joseph Stamm Attends a Pre-Election Networking Breakfast

 

CEO Joseph Stamm was one of many illustrious “Friends of Steve Cohn” who attended a pre-election networking breakfast and rally on November 2 at Junior’s, Brooklyn’s iconic restaurant. An eclectic group, Mr. Cohn’s friends included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate and future NYS Attorney General Letitia James, Borough President Eric Adams, NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, NYS Senator Kevin S. Parker, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and US Assemblyman and next Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler. Cohn’s friends also included  other officials from all levels of government, community and non-profit groups, artists, attorneys, bankers, educators, healthcare professionals, and business leaders.

Mr. Cohn is a partner in the Brooklyn law firm of Goldberg and Cohn, Past President of the Brooklyn Bar Association, Vice Chair of the New York State Democrats, and State Committeeman serving Greenpoint, Fort Greene and Williamsburg.attachments are handled

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(Thursday, October 25, 2018) In Memorium: Anthony C. Mustalish, MD

In Memorium: Anthony C. Mustalish, MD

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With deep sadness, the management and staff of NYCHSRO/MedReview commemorate the passing of our good friend and long-time colleague Dr. Anthony C. Mustalish on October 25, 2018.

Dr. Mustalish served this organization for a quarter century as a member of the Board of Directors and, in recent years, as head of the Finance Committee. He also served at various times as Associate Medical Director and Acting Medical Director of NYCHSRO/MedReview.

His distinguished medical career included service as an orthopedic surgeon in Viet Nam, where he was a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps, as well a stint in the public health arena, where he worked for the New York City Department of Health and served as Deputy Commissioner of Health in the Beame administration.

A graduate of New York University School of Medicine with a master’s in Public Health from Harvard, Dr. Mustalish was Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He was a Fellow at the American Boards of Preventive Medicine and Emergency Medicine and at the New York Academy of Medicine.  His various appointments included Attending Emergency Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital; Associate Professor in emergency medicine and public health since 1991 at Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and Director of the Rockefeller Group’s Worker Compensation Medical Bureau.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Mustalish was Attending Physician and Chief of Emergency Medical Services at Lenox Hill Hospital of New York, and, in addition to his clinical practice, was involved with educational programs and administrative committee work, including Utilization Review and Quality Assurance. Ultimately, he served as Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations and Chief Operating Officer.

He was also active in community health and, in addition to NYCHSRO/MedReview, served on the boards of the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter and other groups. For more than 30 years, he was also a consultant to the medical malpractice legal community nationwide.

The vast range of Dr. Mustalish’s experience benefited NYCHSRO/MedReview for most of its history. Known as Tony by friends and colleagues, he made it his business whenever he was in the office to walk around and greet each staff member with a smile and a joke.

Furthermore, Dr. Mustalish was not just a fellow healthcare professional to this organization and its leadership. He was also mentor and close friend to CEO and President Joseph Stamm for 45 years.  At the funeral held at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York on October 28, CEO Stamm delivered the eulogy to his longtime pal at the request of his wife, Elayne Mustalish.

“To me that was very meaningful—to have the opportunity to pay my respects, to bid farewell, and to share a message from his life,” Stamm told the mourners. Then citing Jewish tradition, he added, “If someone learns from a friend one chapter, one law or even one sentence, you are required to give that person proper respect.”

Stamm then recounted just how much he himself learned from this man and their friendship. “He was my mentor when I began my health career at the New York City Department of Health in 1974. He took the time to guide and teach me how to approach Quality Management and Utilization for which I have always been grateful.”

Calling him “a man of principle” who was motivated to achieve success, Stamm said Dr. Mustalish used his perspective and wisdom as well as his success “to enrich those about him. He brought a sense of warmth to everyone he met, greeting each person with an ever-present, beaming smile and a joke.”

“He was a much beloved member of the NYCHSRO/MedReview family and always available with assistance, encouragement and his unique perspective and expertise,” Stamm continued. “If anyone from the office, or even an employee’s family member, ever got sick, he always insisted that they come right over to his ER so he could help.”

Stamm then recalled how his friend loved to talk about two things: running and his children. A competitor in the New York and Boston marathons, he had an infectious enthusiasm for the things he loved. Indeed, two of his three children followed him into medicine while the third pursued law.

“Whatever he did, he did with joy and it was a pleasure to hear him talk about it,” Stamm concluded.

All of us at NYCHSRO/MedReview mourn the loss of our friend and colleague. We miss him sorely and join with Mr. Stamm in declaring, as he did at the eulogy, “Tony, may you go in peace.”

 

Eulogy Speech – Anthony Mustalish by Joseph Stamm

 

(Thursday, October 4, 2018) Letitia James, Democratic Contender for State Attorney General, Presents Award to CEO Stamm at Fundraiser for The Chelsea Shul

Letitia James, Democratic Contender for State Attorney General, Presents Award to CEO Stamm at Fundraiser for The Chelsea Shul

CEO and President Joseph Stamm was on a short list of distinguished honorees at the 2018 Gala Dinner Celebration of The Chelsea Shul in Manhattan, held at the synagogue on October 4. As winner of the Visitors Program Award, CEO Stamm received a double honor when Letitia James, New York City’s Public Advocate and newly elected Democratic nominee for State Attorney General, interrupted her busy campaign schedule to attend the cocktail hour and personally toast him and their longstanding friendship.

“I am honored and privileged to be at The Chelsea Shul,” the candidate for AG told the gathering of 250, as she thanked them for their support and her “decisive victory” in the recent primaries. Noting that she grew up in the heart of the Jewish community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, she received a round of laughter and applause when she proudly called herself “an honorary member” of the Shul, “where years ago I was honored to light the menorah—a flame that is still going strong.”

Turning her attention to the man of the hour,  Ms. James said she was “happy to help honor Joe Stamm” who “had believed in her and supported her through 20 years of public service—and despite the voices of political rivals and critics.” She then quoted a guiding principle in her life, which she said Mr. Stamm and members of the shul embodied.

“You serve others before you serve yourself,” she said. “If there were more friends like Joe Stamm in the world, we’d have a more perfect society.”

Former New York State Governor and NYCHSRO/MedReview board member David A. Paterson followed PA James at the mike and acknowledged her as the “next Attorney General.” With typical humor, he said he had lost his written speech, adding that she seemed to have “found it and delivered it very well.”

On a serious note, Paterson added, “Joe Stamm is a mentor to all people, and most of all, he is my friend.”

The party continued in the sanctuary of the synagogue with a sit-down dinner of 25 tables appointed with crystal goblets and centerpieces of tall candelabra adorned with flowers. While a duet played Vivaldi on stringed instruments, a team of servers quietly provided a three-course dinner, and the Shul’s rabbi, Chezky Wolff, presented the evening’s awards.

After speaking about giving back as the “way to true happiness,” Rabbi Wolff introduced Joe Stamm as “a wonderful mensch”—a decent, upright person that he has been “honored to get to know” through the synagogue’s Visitors Program. A community service provided by the congregation, the program offers kosher meals, accommodations and a place of worship to out-of-town guests during the Sabbath.  In 2015, Mr. Stamm first availed himself of this hospitality one weekend when he needed to be in walking distance from Madison Square Garden to meet Pope Francis as a guest of Tish James.

Finding a room and kosher food is not a problem in New York, the honoree told the audience, but he was concerned about where he would pray on Friday night and Saturday morning. His key staff member, Maurice Bortz, intervened by reaching out to Rabbi Wolff.

“Subsequently I learned that the Rabbi does this all the time,” Mr. Stamm said. “The Shul has become a beacon of light for Jewish visitors from around the world including diplomats, students, tourists, and out-of-town families of patients at Mt. Sinai, Beth Israel and other New York hospitals.”

“Indeed,” he concluded, “Rabbi Wolff should be the recipient of this award.”

Short of that, he urged the audience to help Rabbi Wolff realize his dream of restoring the historic sanctuary, Hebrew school and community center through generous contributions to the building fund.

Mr. Stamm also acknowledged his wife Anne and their five children, including their three sons who attended the event. Executive VP Helen Mutchler; VP, Legal Affairs and City Contracts, Robert A. Rosenblum; Medical Director Dr. Edward L. Saxer, Jr.; and Sergei Slitinskiy, Director of Information Technology, joined them at the head table. A second table of key staff sat nearby.