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MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
April 14, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
COVID-19 Relief Bills Passed
Yesterday, April 13, the NJ Legislature held a voting session on a new set of COVID-19 bill package. Below are the healthcare related bills that were voted on:
A3901/S2334 - Permits professional and occupational licensing boards to reactivate licensure of certain individuals during state of emergency or public health emergency.
Passed in both Houses.
S2333 - Provides civil and criminal immunity to certain health care professionals and health care facilities during public health emergency and state of emergency; facilitates issuance of certain temporary licenses and certifications during public health emergency and state of emergency.
Passed in both Houses
S2344 - Requires Medicaid and health insurance coverage for certain refills of prescription drugs during state of emergency.
Passed in the Senate
S2352 - Provides enhanced penalty for distribution of counterfeit drugs and medical devices during declared states of emergency.
Passed in the Assembly
S2354 - Prohibits cancellation or nonrenewal of insurance for a period of at least 60 days under certain circumstances after declaration of public health emergency, or state of emergency, or both.
Passed in the Senate
S2357 - Requires hospitals to report COVID-19 demographic data.
Passed in both Houses
Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone invited MSNJ to discuss how COVID-19 has affected physicians and practices here in NJ. MSNJ provided an update and suggestions to be considered for the fourth Federal stimulus package. We are working with State and Federal representatives to advocate for all physicians and to ensure our members are secured and covered during this crisis. 
MSNJ is a member of the Southeastern Delegation to the AMA. Read the Southeastern Delegation’s newsletter for updates on COVID-19. 
CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19 – Read the guidance .
CMS temporarily suspended a number of rules so that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities can boost their frontline medical staffs as they fight to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Check out this CDC video: CDC Sequence for Donning and Doffing PPE .
MSNJ Member News
The Medical Society of New Jersey has launched our new MSNJ Supports Our Docs campaign in order to share some positive news during the #COVID19 crisis. We want to hear the extraordinary stories of acts of kindness, compassionate care and service above and beyond the call of duty from our members and followers.

To contribute , e-mail your stories to or post your stories on your social media channels with the unique hashtag #MSNJSupportsDocs . We will then share these stories of hope and inspiration on our social media channels as appropriate. We thank you in advance for your participation!
Call for Assistance Applying for Federal Disaster Relief Loans
We’ve been getting many calls from members to assist with federal disaster relief application processes. We are here to help! If you need assistance, please let us know.

Contact MSNJ using our contact form .
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.
Harvard Medical School COVID-19 CME Video Series
Recorded Videos:
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