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NYCHSRO/MedReview was proud to participate in honoring Michael McGarvey, M.D., long-time member and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors at the annual Paving the Way Gala celebration of the Institute for Community Living, Inc. (ICL) on October 13, 2015, at New York’s Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park Hotel.  Also honored were longtime friends of NYCHSRO/MedReview, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Diana Reyna.   Joseph Stamm, NYCHSRO/MedReview CEO, and several members of the organization’s board of directors and senior staff attended the event.


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ICL is one of New York’s premier mental health and human services organizations, serving some 10,000 seriously mentally ill and developmentally disabled New Yorkers annually with a wide array of health, mental health and social services, and providing supportive housing for approximately 2,500 of them.  ICL is nationally recognized as an innovator in promoting evidence-based practice in its clinical and administrative work, its embrace of the principles of total quality management, and its effective implementation of the principles of Trauma Informed Care (TIC).

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Through its careful integration of mental health and physical health services, ICL has achieved dramatic reduction in the use by its consumers of emergency rooms and hospitalizations. For consumers who started with ICL since 2014, there were overall reductions in emergency Room use by 38% and Hospital use by 49% for mental health reasons and hospital use for physical health reasons decreased by 47%.

Dr. McGarvey has served the ICL board for the past 16 years, chairing it for the past three years and presiding over the organization’s move into the world of managed care for ICL’s large Medicaid service population.


(October 10th – 17th, 2015) Invitation of the Chinese Government and two of the largest hospitals in the country with Chairman of the Board of directors at NYCHSRO/MedReview Inc


At the invitation of the Chinese Government and two of the largest hospitals in the country, Chairman of the Board of directors at NYCHSRO/MedReview Inc.  Dr. Norman Medow  visited China from the 10th to the 17th of October. He lectured in Beijing at the 2nd China International Forum of Pediatric Development. This was a 3 day Symposium covering all of the Subspecialties in the area of Pediatrics. Dr. Medow  spoke on the treatment of Glaucoma in infants and newborns and on the evolution of Cataract Surgery in infants.


Following the symposium, Dr. Medow  traveled to the Yellow River Hospital one of the largest Hospitals in the city of Sanmenxia and the Teaching Hospital for Henan University of Science and Technology, where he spoke on Corneal diseases in Newborns and Cataract Surgery in Children. During his stay, Dr. Medow  visited all of the tourist attractions in Beijing as well as the fantastic Terra Cotta Warriors in the city of Xian.


Dr. Medow MD,FACS is the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center and Professor-Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


(September 29, 2015) NYCHSRO/MedReview Inc. mourns the loss of Joseph C. Dreyfus, III, M.D., & extends heartfelt sympathy & condolences to his family

Dr. Joseph Dreyfus


Joseph C. Dreyfus. Ill, M.D. was a physician in the private practice of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology for more than 43 years in NYC. A graduate of Lehigh University and Columbia University College of Medicine, Dr. Dreyfus was an attending physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell Medical College. He was Board Certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinology.  Prior to practicing, he worked at the Walter Reed Medical Center Institute of Research, and for the Public Health Research Institute of the City of NY where he performed hematologic, immunologic and enzyme research. He was a past president of the New York County Medical Society and had continued to serve on their Board and Advisory Committees until the time of his death. Dr. Dreyfus was Chairman of the Update Your Medicine program for the Department of Medicine at NY Presbyterian Hospital for more than fifteen years. He had served as a member of the Board of Directors and was an Associate Medical Director to the NYS overseers to the Federal Entitlement Programs for more than fifteen years.



Joe was a compassionate and caring physician, a loving and devoted husband to his wife Susan, an adoring father and grandfather to his four children. Bethany and her wife Abigail, Marc and his wife Annika. Beth and Liam. his four grandchildren. Isabelle, Brendan. Maya and Nina, and a dear brother to Eric and Alan. He will be missed by all who knew him.



Charitable donations can be made in his name to: The Fund for Medicine, In honor of Joseph C. Dreyfus, Department of Medicine, 525 East 68th Street, NY, NY 10021  Attn: Danielle Felman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 DREYFUS–Joseph C., III, MD, died Saturday, September 26. Loving husband of Susan, father to Marc, Bethany, Elisabeth and William and grandfather of four. Pre-deceased by brothers Eric and Alan. Compassionate physician practicing endocrinology and internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital for 43 years. Services to be held at Griffis Faculty Club, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 525 East 68th Street on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm. Donations may be made in honor of Joseph C. Dreyfus, III, MD, and sent to the attention of Danielle Felman. Fund for Medicine, Department of Medicine, 525 East 68th Street, NY, NY 10021.





Published in The New York Times on Sept. 29, 2015

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(September 25, 2015) MedReview CEO at Madison Square Garden with Pope Francis


October 08, 2015 NYCHSRO/MedReview's CEO attends the Visit of the Pope to NYC in Madison Square Garden

Joseph Stamm joined an exclusive group of politicians and other VIPs that were invited to attend the Mass at Madison Square Garden.

Pope Francis scheduled a three day tour of the United States which began September 24, 2015 with visits to Washington D.C. and New York City and then concluded in Philadelphia.  His visit to New York City came after he addressed a Joint Session of Congress in Washington.

The highlights of the New York visit were a prayer service at the World Trade Center site and a mass at Madison Square Garden on Sept 25th.   The trip was referred to as “A journey of faith through the heart of New York”.

Mr. Stamm was honored to be invited, and attended with New York City’s Public Advocate, Letitia James. He sat in the VIP seats located on the floor of the Garden. Other dignitaries in attendance included New York City Mayor, Bill DeBlasio , New York State Senate Majority Leader, John J. Flanagan, New York State Senator, Marty Golden, New York City Council Member, Dr. Mathieu Eugene, and New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer.

Mr. Stamm described the pageantry, noting that “the Pope arrived in a mini Pope mobile, it was like a papal golf cart, and he drove around the sections of seating on the main floor. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, accompanied the Pope around the floor as the he greeted the people.”  Mr. Stamm said it was a very moving experience and was happy to have had the unique opportunity to see and welcome the Pope to NYC.  Madison Square Garden with seating capacity of almost 20000 was the perfect location for the Mass.”

(April 22, 2015) CEO & President Mr. Joseph Stamm interviewed by LaborPress


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New York, NY—The CEO of a healthcare assessment services company that provides healthcare audits for a range of clients told LaborPress in a recent video interview that the company has saved its clients over $1 billion since it was founded 40 years ago.

“We have realized savings of $1 billion post-appeal. We’re that confident in our ability to save money that we do it on contingency. We guarantee our clients that if the savings from our program will exceed the cost or otherwise I’ll refund the difference. So we are very confident in every single thing that we do, that we can save our clients lots of money,” said Joseph B. Stamm, M.P.A., CEO and President of MedReview.

MedReview, a subsidiary of the New York County Health Services Review Organization (NYCHSRO), was formed in 1984 to provide auditing services for clients in the private and public sector, including government agencies, labor unions and insurance companies.

Mr. Stamm got his start in the field after he graduated from New York University in 1974 with a degree in public administration.

“The former health commissioner Dr. Lowell Bellin was my professor and he got me excited about public administration and he suggested that when I was working at the Department of Health I take a more global approach to my job. I spent three years at the Department of Health as a director of investigation and enforcement of Medicaid; when that task ended Dr. Bellin hired me at NYCHSRO. I thought I would be there for four or five years and move on, but 37 years later I’m still here,” said Stamm.

In the video interview, Mr. Stamm discuss some of his most proudest professional achievements—being invited by The White to join other heathcare leaders who helped to pass The Affordable Care Act, participating in international conferences on healthcare cost containment and providing humanitarian services by sending doctors employed by MedReview to ravaged parts of the globe.

But we asked him what would he say about what has been his greatest personal achievement since becoming CEO of MedReview.

“I believe being appointed as an assistant professor at Columbia University was a milestone and giving lectures at New York University, but the truth is the day-to-day work I do to help people. That tops the list of everything,” Stamm said.


(March 31, 2015) OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services annual Legislative Breakfast

See additional photo on the NYC Mayors office flickr account.


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NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray headlined the event with MedReview President/CEO Mr. Joseph Stamm.


MedReview president /CEO Mr. Joseph Stamm  attended OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services annual Legislative Breakfast.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray headlined the event. (Photo with Mr Joseph Stamm) She thanked OHEL for “building a healthier New York” through its many mental health programs and services. The First Lady called for De-Stigmatization of Mental Illness. Drawing on moving personal testimony of the challenges once faced by her own daughter, the First Lady spoke powerfully about the need to further breakdown the stigma of mental illness in the community, so as to encourage individuals to be more proactive in getting the necessary help they need. Ms. McCray emphasized that getting good professional support at times means relying on the advice of experts that you don’t necessarily know, but need to trust.


Forefront on the minds of many was the recent Brooklyn fire tragedy, where in the aftermath OHEL’S Crisis Response Team has been tirelessly providing help and support to hundreds of children, families, schools and the wider community. James E. Leonard FDNY Chief of Department was honored in recognition of the heroic actions of the firefighters.


The event was also attended by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, Councilmembers Andrew Cohen, David Greenfield, Rory Lancman and Mark Weprin.


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Mr. Joseph Stamm, Public Advocate Letitia James and James E. Leonard FDNY Chief of Department

(February 17, 2015) William (Bill) Thompson Joins the Board of Directors of NYCHSRO/MedReview

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New York, NY, February 11, 2015 – William C. Thompson, Jr. is a dedicated advocate for innovation, diversity and progress in the public and private sectors – a proven Chief Executive with a long-term record of success leading complex organizations in finance, Board and government roles.                                                                 

Mr. Thompson currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Managing Director of Siebert Brandford Shank and Co. LLC, where since 2010 he has advised on municipal underwriting and financial services to state and local governments across the nation for the funding of education, housing, health services, transportation, utilities, capital facilities, redevelopment and infrastructure.

Previously, he was elected to two consecutive, four-year terms as Comptroller for the City of New York (the City’s Chief Financial Officer). In that role, he led a team of 720 employees, managed a $66 million annual operating budget and the country’s 5th largest multi-billion-dollar pension fund, which was rated among the top 20 in the world. While serving as Comptroller, Mr. Thompson delivered constant financial performance improvements, streamlining operations and achieving targeted financial results. He safeguarded multi-billion dollar portfolios and protected the assets and interests of millions of New Yorkers during one of the most challenging economic periods in history. He drove strategic community, business and economic development progress and achieved measureable, positive results during his 8-year term.


A lifelong New York City resident and a proud product of its public schools, Mr. Thompson began his career after graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science. Early career roles included serving as Chief of Staff to a United States congressman and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President.  Later, in the private sector, Mr. Thompson was a Senior Vice President in Public Finance at an investment banking firm.  He returned to public service and was appointed to the New York City Board of Education, where he served five terms as President of the nation’s largest school system with more than 130,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $12 billion. As President, Mr. Thompson led policy development and implementation in a city of over 8 million residents with 1.1 million public school children. Mr. Thompson’s legacy includes leading positive transformational change in New York City education and economic development, protecting the City’s financial integrity and fighting to protect the interests of millions. His commitment to New York City’s advancement and its public and private sector development is unwavering.


Mr. Thompson has served as an active member on a number of profit, nonprofit and government Boards. In February 2010, New York State Governor David Paterson named him to serve as Chairman of the Board of The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, a position he held until 2012. He also serves as a Trustee Emeritus at Tufts University, as a former member at KeySpan/Brooklyn Union Gas Company and as a former Board Member of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Governor Andrew Cuomo selected Mr. Thompson to Chair his MWBE Task Force and recently to serve on the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board.


Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Thompson resides in Harlem with his wife, Elsie McCabe Thompson, and their children.


“Bill’s experience in profit, nonprofit and government will be an enormous asset to NYCHSRO/MedReview Inc. We’re honored to have him join our board.” said Mr. Joseph Stamm, President and CEO.



(February 9, 2015) NYCHSRO/MedReview extend our condolences to the family of Dr. Joseph Davis

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of NYCHSRO/MedReview Inc.  We regret to inform you of the passing of Dr. Joseph Davis, a long standing Board member. We extend our condolences to his family. 

The funeral will be held on: February 10th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76
th Street
New York, N.Y. 10023
Phone: 212-362-6600

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Dr. Joseph Davis was a longtime member of NYCHSRO/MedReview’s Board, he served in a continuous capacity since 1987. Dr. Davis was a Board Certified Urologist, and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review.
Dr. Davis graduated from New York Medical College and received his Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Davis served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at New York Medical College and Clinical Professor of Urology at the NYU School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He was also an Attending Urologist at Cabrini Medical Center.

Throughout his career, Dr. Davis was active in the medical community. He was an active member of numerous professional organizations including: the American College of Surgeons, the American Fertility Society, the American Medical Association, the International Urologic Society, The New York Academy of Medicine, The New York County Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society. He also served as President of The New York Medical Society, President of the Association for Voluntary Sterilization, President of the Medical Board at Coler Memorial Hospital, Chairman on the Committee on Public Health at the New York Medical Society, Chair of the Association of Voluntary Surgical Contraception, Chair of the Education and Curriculum Committee at New York Medical College and Chair of the Program Planning and Evaluation Committee of the World Federation of Associations for Voluntary Sterilization.

(February 3, 2015) Bill DeBlasio 2015 State of the City Address

 (February 3, 2015) 2015 State of the City Address

MedReview CEO, Joseph Stamm was invited to attend New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s State of The City Address.  The event was held at Baruch College on February 3, 2015. 


In reporting back to MedReview key staff, Mr. Stamm noted that he was very impressed by the Mayor’s presentation of the accomplishments of 2014, and his aggressive vision for 2015 and beyond.  The Mayor termed it an “administration of action”.  Mr. Stamm was also moved by the story told by the Mayor about his grandmother Anna Briganti, an immigrant from Italy and how she was able to realize the American Dream.  


The Mayor stated that “dreams like his grandmothers are now in danger because it’s so tough to afford housing in the city.”  The Mayor then announced that affordable housing would be the next front in his administration’s fight to lift up families and confront economic inequality.  The thrust of his message was to ensure that there are affordable homes for New Yorkers of all means.  He stated that housing must be affordable for new arrivals to New York City as well as for current residents striving to succeed.  He then announced his vision is to build and preserve 200,000 affordable homes in the coming decade, and to protect veterans, seniors and tenants from predatory landlords, and support the growth with better infrastructure.

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The Mayor went on to list the accomplishments of his first year in office which included:

  • full-day pre-k for more than 50,000 of our kids.
  • nearly doubled enrollment in after-school programs for middle school kids in all five boroughs.
  • expanded living wage coverage to 18,000 workers.
  • secured paid sick leave for 500,000 more New Yorkers.
  • ended the overuse of stop-and-frisk, reducing stops by over 75 percent.
  • instituted a new marijuana policy, with arrests down almost 65 percent.
  • Reduction of the city’s crime rate to an all-time low (smallest number of murders, robberies, and burglaries on record.)
  • The F.D.N.Y. responded to a record 1.6 million emergency calls
  • established Vision Zero — bringing pedestrian deaths down to a level not seen since 1910.
  • handled one of the snowiest winters our city has ever seen, with 11 winter storms in 2014.
  • Department of Transportation workers filled nearly a half-million potholes.
  • helped repair the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy,with construction starting on more than 1,000 homes; and badly needed reimbursements provided to more than 2,000 homeowners.
  • balanced the NYC budget in a way that was honest and responsible
  • came to contract agreements with over 71 percent of the city’s work force,
  • NYC awarded $690 million in contracts to minority and women-owned businesses,
  • created IDNYC – for both citizens and undocumented New Yorkers;180,000 have appointments
  • invested in Renewal Schools to fix 94 struggling schools. 


Mayor De Blasio then presented his game plan for 2015 and beyond which includes:

  • Free Legal Defense for Tenants in All Areas Undergoing Rezoning
  • End Homelessness Among Veterans
  • Help Seniors Live Independently
  • Keep New York City Affordable for Artists 
  • Launch a Five-Borough Ferry System
  • Implement 13 New Bus Rapid Transit Routes
  • fight to raise New York City’s minimum wage to more than $13 in 2016, and index the wage


The organization and Mr. Stamm are proud of the close relationship developed with Mayor DeBlasio and wish the Mayor and his administration continued success in 2015 and beyond.