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MSNJ Member Update
April 3, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
MSNJ PRESIDENT MESSAGE
Dear Colleagues,

Physicians and healthcare providers from all disciplines continue to work in concert to defeat the COVID 19 challenge. Larry Downs, CEO and I represent MSNJ as members of the NJ Department of Health COVID 19 Professional Advisory Committee. This committee has brought together leaders from all aspects of healthcare delivery. Please be confident that all resources are being deployed and researched to provide care to our patients and provide protection and support to our physicians and care givers. This coordination of efforts and resources is nothing short of a war time effort.

We are actively supporting our colleagues in northern NJ who have experienced the first spike in NJ COVID hospital cases. ICU specialists and pulmonologists from across the state share their experiences to enhance patient care. Hospital systems are helping each other out to make sure PPEs and ventilators are available. Retired physicians have answered the call to assist by volunteering at www.msnj.org . Governor Murphy has signed Executive Order-112 which includes language that among other things allows physicians to provide care during the COVID crisis with decreased liability risks.

While these are clearly challenging times, we are meeting the challenge together.

Be Safe, Be Well and Be Proud
-Marc J. Levine, MD
Today, the Medical Society of New Jersey is proud to launch our new MSNJ Supports Our Docs campaign in order to share some positive news during the #COVID19 crisis. In support of Governor Murphy’s #NJThanksYou online campaign, 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. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this unprecedented time by supporting and encouraging one another!

To contribute to our campaign, e-mail your stories to info@msnj.org 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.
COVID-19 Updated Practice Management Resources
There are new resources to support members and their practices, including:
  • Coding and Billing for both Telehealth and Telephone Calls–guidelines for using CPT and ICD-10 codes, modifiers, allowed technologies, testing, and more.
  • Payer Policies–information about payer and state-specific policy updates and flexibilities related to phone calls, testing, cost sharing, prescriptions, and enrollment.
  • Practice Financial & Management Issues–tips for accessing financial assistance, managing personnel shortages, and other issues.
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 .
Education
Atlantic Health System - COVID-19 Insurance Policy Updates
Monday, April 6, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
These webinars will be a playform to deliver weekly updates on the changes seen in insurance policies related to the COVID-19 virus.
COVID-19: AMA’s National Physician Townhall
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
The AMA invites you to a live conversation with AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, and a panel of AMA health care experts on challenges and concerns facing physicians during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. As we work together on the front lines and beyond to defeat COVID-19, the AMA wants to hear from you and channel your collective voices into action .
Rockpointe/Potomac Center for Medical Center & MedChi on-demand CME:
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