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September 14, 2017
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clinicallaboratoryMSNJ Objects to Clinical Laboratory Fee Rule
MSNJ joined AMA and others in a letter to CMS objecting to regulations implementing the clinical laboratory fee rule provisions in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The method by which data is being collected to set laboratory fees may result in physician office-based laboratories being priced out of the market. This would cause patients not to receive essential rapid testing in the office setting. We seek a rule amendment to conduct targeted market segment surveys (including reference, independent, hospital and office-based laboratories) to validate price data in each market segment. 

feeMedicare's 2018 Physician Fee Rule
MSNJ filed comments on CMS's 2018 Physician Fee Rule proposal on September 11 echoing the concerns of AMA and organized medicine. We supported the delay of the implementation of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program, the reduction of penalties under the Value Modifier program in 2018, and the reduction of documentation submission requirements for Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations. We expressed significant concerns with CMS's proposal to report 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data on Physician Compare and implementation of the clinical laboratory fee schedule.

irmaDOH Seeking Healthcare Professionals after Hurricane Irma
The State Emergency Operations Center is seeking healthcare professionals willing to serve in disaster response roles for Hurricane Irma. There is an immediate need for medical personnel including physicians, emergency medical technicians, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists to work in medical needs shelters. Please respond to this short survey if you are willing to work in a medical shelter.
harveyTMA Disaster Relief Program
Donate to the Texas Medical Association Disaster Relief Program and help reopen doctors' practices affected by Hurricane Harvey. Help Texas physicians get back to doing what they do best, caring for Texas patients. Donate today.
rrcMSNJ Revolving Reference Committee
With 30 people in attendance via webinar, the Revolving Reference Committee met on August 31 to discuss two resolutions and made the following recommendations:
  1. Ban Fracking in New Jersey - Adopted
  2. Right to Healthcare - Referred
Read the complete report.

summitMSNJ congratulates Summit Medical Group on forming the Summit Medical Group Arizona, which will be launched in early 2018. Read more.
legislativeLegislative Update

giftsGifts from Pharma
The Governor announced proposed regulations that prohibit prescribers from accepting large payments from pharmaceutical companies. See press coverage See the draft proposal . MSNJ is reviewing and will be communicating with the Administration.
drugabuseDrug Abuse
New Jersey continues to work out glitches and improve the Prescription Monitoring Program. The State is set to receive more federal funding. Read more.
PMPractice Management

priorauthPrior Authorization: Report Your Issues to MSNJ and DOBI
MSNJ's House of Delegates approved a resolution at the 2017 Annual Meeting 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 and to DOBI. 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.

aetnaEffective September 1: Aetna Bundling Laminotomy with Arthrodesis
Aetna announced in its  June Newsletter  that effective September 1, 2017, Aetna will deny payment for CPT codes 63030, 63042, 63047, and 63048 when billed with CPT code 22632. Likewise, Aetna will deny laminotomy/laminectomy CPT codes 63030, 63042, 63047, and 63048 when billed with arthrodesis CPT codes 22633, 22634, or 22612. Modifier 59, which indicates a distinct procedural service, will not override these denials. MSNJ continues to work with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/ Congress of Neurological Surgeons on this issue and plans to sign onto their letter, once received and reviewed.
EHRDue October 1: Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Hardship Applications to Avoid 2018 Penalties
If you have never attested to meaningful use under the EHR Incentive Program before and you are transitioning to MIPs for the 2017 reporting year, you may be eligible to  apply  for a " Transitioning to MIPS Hardship ." This is a one-time exemption and must be filed by October 1, 2017. Read more from the AMA.
upcomingeventsUpcoming Events

Join us on October 12 to learn more about the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy and how it can provide physician leadership training to help generate solutions towards some of NJ's pressing healthcare challenges.
Register before October 6!

New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies' and Attitudes In ReverseĀ® Fifth Annual National Suicide Prevention Day Conference, Back to School: Finding Strength from the Start
September 15, 2017 from 8:30am to 1:00pm
Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead, NJ
More information and registration .

2017 Novitas Solutions Medicare Symposium
September 19, 2017
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia/Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill, NJ
More information and registration.

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.

PCSS-O Webinar: History and Politics of Opioid Maintenance Treatment
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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.

FREE AMA Webinar on Human Factors Engineering and Patient Safety
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 8:00pm EST
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.

New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy Conference: Improving Care at the End-of-Life
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
NJHA Conference & Event Center
More information and registration.

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

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.

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       
HEFCU (Healthcare Employees Federal Credit Union) - Bronze 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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