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MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
April 23, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
An Update on CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Allocations
A Message from AMA:
The HHS has provided additional information about allocation of the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Read more here .

On April 10 an initial $30 billion was allocated to clinicians and facilities based on their proportion of Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service spending in 2019. HHS is now adding an additional $20 billion to this amount for what it describes as a $50 billion “general allocation.” The remaining fund distribution will be based on 2018 net patient revenue, not just Medicare fee-for-service.

Some portion of this distribution is based on cost reports, which are filed with HHS by hospitals and some other facilities. For those without adequate cost reports on file, HHS will open a portal this week for providers to attest to their net 2018 revenue for purposes of determining allocation.

Of the remaining $50 billion, $10 billion will be allocated for a targeted distribution to hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak based on information they provide on the number of ICU beds and admissions for patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis. An additional $10 billion is being allocated to rural hospitals and rural health clinics based on their operating expenses, and $400 million is being directed to Indian Health Service facilities.

Some portion of the remaining funds is being used to cover the costs of caring for uninsured patients with COVID-19. These funds may be claimed beginning April 27th and the reimbursement for the uninsured will be based on Medicare payment rates. Physician services provided to uninsured patients, such as office and emergency visits, including those provided via telehealth, may be reimbursed in this manner.

An unspecified portion of the remaining funding will be used for clinicians, such as obstetrician-gynecologists, and facilities that rely more on Medicaid than Medicare revenues.
CMS and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) released a new COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Toolkit , which houses resources for all of  the flexibilities given to healthcare workers during COVID-19.
PHYSICIAN SURVEY: COVID-19 Impact on your Practice – Present your Needs to the Government
MSNJ along with Rockpointe and other state medical societies are conducting a short survey to determine the impact of COVID-19 on physician practices. Answer survey questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on staff reductions, the need for PPE, education, and telemedicine issues so it can be brought up with legislators and government administrators and used to help us get medical practices reopened. MSNJ urges you to complete this survey!
PRACTICE MANAGER SURVEY: COVID-19 Impact on the Healthcare Workplace
In addition to the physician survey as mentioned above, we are asking practice managers to provide input on the impact of COVID-19 from the practice administrator perspective . This will help governors and policy makers determine the specific needs of practices in your states. Please pass along.
MSNJ Medical Student Section Update - COVID-19
On Monday, the Medical Student Coalition dropped off 750 face shields to Holy Name Medical Center. We are so proud of our students! Please continue to support them -- Donate and get involved. More information below:

Neil Jain, Immediate-Past Chair of the MSNJ Medical Student Section (MSS), started a Medical Student Coalition to collect medical supplies such as N95/99 masks, face shields, sterile gloves, latex gloves, protective eye wear, as well as other necessary supplies for NJ hospitals state wide. They have partnered with MSNJ and MSNJ-MSS on this initiative. We applaud them on their outstanding efforts! Check out their website for more information and to donate. Watch their video below:
COVID-19 Education
MSNJ Member Discount: Endocannabinoid Educational Learning System
Medical Cannabis Deemed “Essential” and “Life-Sustaining”
In the current COVID-19 environment, state governments recognize medical cannabis as essential and life sustaining for many different qualifying medical conditions reinforcing the need for essential ECS knowledge. MSNJ has partnered with Havas ECS to give MSNJ members a 10% discount on their Educational Learning System which offers a 12 CME Credit Certification in Endocannabinoid Medicine.

When purchasing these modules, please register using the email address that MSNJ has on file.
Zocdoc Webinar: Understanding Government Funding for Providers During COVID-19
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00am
Essential Healthcare Worker Support Group, Sponsored by Harmony Bay Wellness
  • Every Tuesday at 9:00am
  • Every Thursday at 8:00pm
  • Join Zoom Meeting 
  • Meeting ID: 707 535 492              
  • Password: 707535492
  • To access this meeting by phone without video, dial 646-558-8656.
Harvard Medical School COVID-19 CME Video Series
Recorded Videos:
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