Medical Society of the State of New York Selects First Outside Law Firm as General Counsel

Selection of Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann Signals More Aggressive Legal Advocacy Agenda

Oct 13, 2010, 10:23 ET from Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C.

WESTBURY, N.Y., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move aimed to expand advocacy efforts and legal resources for New York State doctors at a time of increasing challenges to the medical profession, the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is pleased to announce that it has appointed the prominent health care law firm of Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. as its General Counsel.

According to MSSNY Executive Vice President Rick Abrams, the change from what has traditionally been an in-house function will form the centerpiece of MSSNY's efforts to pursue a more aggressive legal advocacy agenda in an era of healthcare reform and a rapidly changing legal-medical environment, while still providing members the legal services they've traditionally enjoyed.

"This is a dramatic expansion of the role of General Counsel, designed for a new and different time in our profession," Abrams said.  "The firm of Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann will be a tremendous ally to the Medical Society, New York's physician community and the patients we serve. Under our new relationship, Donald Moy, Esq., and Matthew Talty, Esq., presently at MSSNY will be joining the law firm of Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C.  This move will enable our MSSNY members to continue to have the benefit of their experience and knowledge while also having available the vast legal resources of the Kern Augustine Conroy and Schoppmann law firm. Don Moy has served as counsel to MSSNY for more than 30 years while Matt Talty has served as counsel to MSSNY for nearly 15 years.

This will be a powerful partnership that will benefit our physicians and patients for years to come."

With over thirty years of experience, the law firm of Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. has been guiding and protecting healthcare professionals through the continuing transformations in healthcare.  The firm helps its clients navigate through the ever-changing maze of federal, state and local regulations that now control nearly every aspect of their professional lives.

Law firm partner Michael Schoppmann said that in New York and elsewhere, physicians are increasingly looking to their state medical societies for assistance in understanding and addressing the changes to their profession wrought by the new health care reform law and other forces.

"Many of these issues have legal, regulatory and advocacy-based components, which require new approaches, tactics and services from medical societies to meet member's needs," said Schoppmann.  "Kern Augustine Conroy and Schoppmann, P.C. is honored to be the Medical Society of the State of New York's General Counsel and looks forward to helping them become an even more powerful voice on behalf of New York's physician community," he added.

About Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C.

With offices and affiliates in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Illinois, Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. forms one of the nation's largest Healthcare Law Firms devoted predominately to the needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals.  More information about the firm is available at www.drlaw.com.

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