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MSNJ Member Update - COVID-19
April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Call for Assistance Applying for Federal Disaster Relief Loans
Are you having trouble navigating any of the relief program application processes? Our Member Resource Center can help!

Contact us at 609-896-1766 x0 or email info@msnj.org
Retired Medical Doctors and Medical Students Urged to Volunteer
The State of New Jersey is requesting help of retired Medical Doctors and Medical Students to volunteer to supplement the health care capacity on a temporary basis in regards to COVID-19. If you are healthy and able to provide medical care, you can sign-up using MSNJ's form , below:
The AMA issued new guidance for retired physicians who are being recruited to help healthcare systems overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.
Governor Issues Executive Order 112 - Liability, Scope of Practice Addressed
Today, Governor Murphy released and Executive Order , removing supervision and collaboration between a physician and an APN/PA for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. MSNJ is aware that the current language is not ideal and are currently working on advising the front office on amendments.
Emergency Statewide Restrictions to Combat Drug Shortages
As demand has increased for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine since being tested as possible treatments for COVID-19, there are concerns of shortages caused by the inappropriate prescribing and hoarding of these medications. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced statewide restrictions for prescribing and dispensing of these drugs. Effective immediately, any prescription for a drug in short supply due to its use in possible treatment of COVID-19, such as hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, must include a diagnosis or diagnostic code and should be supported in the patient’s record. Prescriptions without this information are invalid and may not be filled by pharmacists. Read more about the Administrative Order .
Payment Issues for Telehealth/Telemedicine Services
If you experience difficulties in getting paid for telehealth or telemedicine services, please contact DOBI’s hotline at 1-800-446-7467 (8:30AM TO 5:00PM EST Monday-Friday), or visit their Consumer Assistance – Inquiries/Complaints webpage .
New DEA Buprenorphine Guidance
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder. The new guidance permits physicians and other health professionals with a waiver allowing them to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder to issue these prescriptions to new and existing patients based on an evaluation via telephone. The new policy is effective from March 31 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. This guidance removes a considerable barrier for many patients during the national emergency and, importantly, allows them to stay at home.
Education
Webinar: Getting your Business Through COVID-19
Friday, April 3, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:15pm
US Chamber of Commerce Call: Find out what the $2 Trillion Federal CARES Package Means to You
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:15pm

TO JOIN THE CALL:
  1. Dial in to 833-420-0374. It is recommended that you dial ten minutes before the scheduled start time.
  2. Provide the operator with conference ID 1439028
Financial Support
CMS expands its Accelerated and Advanced Program for Medicare Providers
CMS announces an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers. Accelerated and advance Medicare payments provide emergency funding and addresses cash flow issues based on historical payments when there is disruption in claims submission and/or claims processing.  Read more . Read the fact sheet on the accelerated/advance payment process. 
Economic Relief
Small Business Administration Update
NEW Paycheck Protection Program Assistance (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), provides cash-flow assistance to employers who maintain their payroll during the coronavirus emergency. If employer maintains their payroll, up to eight weeks of loans would be forgiven.
Some Requirements:
  • Funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments; excludes: individual employee compensation above $100,000 per year, prorated for the covered period
  • The applicant does not have any other application pending under this program for the same purpose; and
  • Available from February 15, 2020 until December 31, 2020
  • Application is 2 pages - requires Tax Forms and Financial Documents
  • Interest Rate is 4%
  • Read more - US Chambers of Commerce Checklist
Eligible businesses may apply now. The loan form is found here .
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