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August 24, 2017
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Revolving Reference Committee to Hear Two Resolutions
On August 31 at 7:00pm, MSNJ's Revolving Reference Committee (RRC) will hear two resolutions via webinar:
  1. Right to Healthcare - Bergen County
  2. Ban Fracking in New Jersey- Hunterdon County
Information on these resolutions and the webinar may be found on MSNJ's website. Register online.

DiagnosticMSNJ Weighs-in On Diagnostic Testing Regulations
MSNJ filed comments on the Board of Medical Examiners' proposed regulations clarifying the requirements for ordering and performing diagnostic tests. The BME's proposal is in response to judicial interpretations of the rule which would expand the requirements for radiologists before performing imaging. MSNJ filed an amicus brief, together with the New Jersey Radiology Society, objecting to the court's expansive interpretation of the existing rule.
SepsisMSNJ Weighs-in On Sepsis Protocols
MSNJ filed comments with the Department of Health which will require hospitals to develop and implement sepsis protocols.
QPPAMA and Organized Medicine Seek a More Simple QPP Rule
The AMA filed comments on the 1,000+ page Medicare MIPS rule proposal. It urges CMS to simplify, provide flexibility, and streamline the Quality Payment Program. Items included in the proposal on which we have advocated include: raising the low-volume exemption threshold to $90,000 in revenue or 200 Medicare beneficiaries; establishing virtual groups; delaying the cost category for another year. Read more.

EOLEnd of Life: Have you had the conversation with your patients who are nearing the end of their lives about their treatment preferences?
"In 2016, the first year health care providers were allowed to bill for the service, nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took part in the conversations;" new federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News shows [...] use was much higher than expected, nearly double the 300,000 people the American Medical Association projected would receive the service in the first year." Read more

Join our efforts in improving care at the end-of-life by applying for the 2018 NJ Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (NJHELA) . If you are interested, please contact  Marlene M. Kalayilparampil for more information. Application will be available in September.
publichealthPublic Health

opioidOpioid Abuse Discussion
MSNJ Physicians and Others Speak About Opioids, including insurance barriers to alternatives and pressure to prescribe opioids. See highlights from a recent conference:
PMPractice Management

priorauthPrior Authorization: Report Your Issues to MSNJ and DOBI
MSNJ's Board approved a resolution at the House of Delegates for MSNJ to work with the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance (DOBI) on prior authorization issues. Members are urged to report their prior authorization issues to MSNJ (please do not send any patient information to MSNJ) and send issues with fully-insured plans to DOBI's Independent Health Care Appeals Program. MSNJ joined the AMA and other state and national specialty societies in support of Prior Authorization & Utilization Management Reform Principles, which endorse Transparency and Fairness; Timely Access and Administrative Efficiency; Clinical Validity; Continuity of Care; and Alternatives and Exemptions.

faqView Novitas Solutions' Medicare Part B Top Inquiries FAQ webpage.
upcomingeventsUpcoming Events

New CMS Quality Payment Program Overview Web-Based Training Course

First Healthcare Compliance Webinar: Is The Reputation of Your Practice What You Think It Is?
August 30, 2017 at 12:00pm
STI Computer Services MIPS Basics Live Webinars for MSNJ Members
  • Wednesday September 6 at noon
More information and registrationUse invitation code: NJ67

Memorial Sloan Kettering Interventional Cancer Pain Medicine Symposium
September 8-9, 2017
Zuckerman Research Center in New York City
More information and registration.

National Suicide Prevention Week: September 12, 2017
NJDHS Seminar: Take a Minute, Change a Life
September 12, 2017 from 8:30am to 4:15pm
War Memorial, Trenton, NJ
More information and registration.

First Healthcare Compliance Webinar: Improper Retention of Overpayments: Reverse False Claims and Private Payor Policies
September 12, 2017 at 12:00pm

NJHA Webinar Series - Opioid Misuse: Innovative Tools to Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum
Please note: The above webinars do not satisfy the continuing education requirement for the next biennial license renewal period.

Free Conference for Medicaid Providers! Complex Care in NJ Medicaid: Setting a Vision
September 19, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:00pm
The War Memorial, Trenton, NJ
More information and registration.

Seminar: Youth Suicide Prevention: Using the Media to Begin the Conversation
September 20, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Monmouth University, School of Social Work
More information and registration

FierceHealthcare Webinar: Drive Revenue and Market Share with Telemedicine
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2:00pm
More information and registration.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center & Seabrook House CME Seminar - Understanding Addiction: Recognition, Treatment and Safe Prescribing
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:30pm to 2:00pm
Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club
More information and registration.

Surgery Center Coalition's "A Day of ASC Compliance"
Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
The Palace in Somerset
More information and registration.

Medical History Society of New Jersey Annual Fall Meeting
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:30pm
The Nassau Club of Princeton
More information and registration.

NJHA CME Seminar: Physician Know Thyself
October 10, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:45pm
NJHA Conference & Event Center
More information and registration.

2017 AMPAC Campaign School
October 27-29, 2017
AMA Office, Washington, DC
More information and registration.

NJ Chapter, American College of Surgeons: 66th Annual Clinical Symposium
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 7:00am to 3:00pm
The Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
More information.
CPCorporate Partner Feature       
Health Insurance:
QualCare, Inc. - Platinum Level Partner
Member Resource Guide 
Check out the current  MSNJ Member Resource Guide! Inside, you will find a complete listing of partners by service/product category, along with contact information. Also, be sure to check out the individual Corporate Partner pages on our website as some offer additional discounts to members!

It is important to note that MSNJ does not endorse any vendor, service, or product. However, we encourage members to please consider our Corporate Partners first as the financial support received from these organizations is vital to our association. It is our hope that their investment in MSNJ will help keep your membership dues and programming affordable.
benefitsMember Benefits      

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