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MSNJ Member Update
April 2, 2020
MSNJ mourns the loss of Robert S. Rigolosi, MD, the 210th President of MSNJ (2002-2003)
Dr. Rigolosi’s inaugural speech emphasized unity. During his presidency, MSNJ and over 8,000 physicians marched on Trenton in the pouring down rain objecting soaring cost of medical malpractice. The MSNJ Claims Assistance Program launched under his presidency, and physicians are still using it today. He worked tirelessly as the Treasurer making cost savings at the Society (2004-2010). Dr. Rigolosi served on the AMA Delegation from 1997 until 2015 (Chair 2009-2015) and a well-respected leader.
As a young man, he started his is life as a boxer, he used those fighting skills throughout his life. We were lucky that he fought for MSNJ. Read his obituary .
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Governor Issues Corrected Executive Order 112 - Liability, Scope of Practice Addressed
Last night, the Governor issued a corrected Executive Order 112 , relieving physicians, hospitals and front line healthcare workers from liability during the declared state of emergency in New Jersey. MSNJ thanks the Governor for this leadership that will ease concerns of those that are providing healthcare services to our communities.
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
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.
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 .
US Chamber of Commerce Call: Find out what the $2 Trillion Federal CARES Package Means to You
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:15pm

  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

Some New Resources:
CMS/FDA/White House Coronavirus Task Force Call: Lessons from The Front Lines: COVID-19
Friday, April 3, 2020 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Topic: COVID-19 Flexibilities

  1. Participant Dial-In: (877) 251-0301
  2. Access Code: 2674453
  3. Webcast Streaming
Webinar: Getting your Business Through COVID-19
Friday, April 3, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Rockpointe/Potomac Center for Medical Center & MedChi on-demand CME:
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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