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MSNJ Member Update
April 6, 2020
Victory in Litigation against UnitedHealthcare
In October, MSNJ joined litigation (represented by Mandelbaum Salsburg) filed by several physician practices against UnitedHealthcare (UHC) regarding unilateral non-renewal letters to physicians in New Jersey who participate in the UnitedHealthcare MA Plan. On March 27, after numerous arbitration battles, UHC confirmed that it will reinstate all of the physicians in the case and include them in UHC’s provider directories. Read more .
NJBIZ's Health Care Power 50 List
MSNJ is pleased to announce that MSNJ CEO, Larry Downs and President, Dr. Marc J. Levine have made NJBIZ’s Health Care Power 50 List! Join us in congratulating them on this achievement! Read more .
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
New Jersey YMCA’s are providing emergency childcare for essential workers. Read more .
NJ Telehealth Guide
The Quality Institute, of which MSNJ is a member, has released a “Guide to Telehealth in New Jersey.” Read the comprehensive guide. 
CMS Issues Stark Law Blanket Waivers in Response to COVID-19
CMS has issued blanket waivers of sanctions under the Stark Law (federal physician self-referral law) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Stark Blanket Waivers are retroactive to March 1, 2020, and will protect only payments and referrals that are related to a broad set of “COVID-19 Purposes.” Read more .
MIPS Reporting Relief
CMS is providing additional relief options for 2019 MIPS reporting due to COVID-19. Practices can submit an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances application until April 30, 2020. An application submitted between April 3 and April 30, 2020, citing COVID-19, will override any previous data submission. Please note, CMS has updated the QPP Participation Status Tool so eligible clinicians can see if the policy has been automatically applied.
CMS Video on Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services
CMS released a video providing answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit. CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Watch the video .
AMA Suspends June 2020 Annual Meeting in Chicago
AMA has suspended its Annual Meeting in Chicago in June due to COVID-19. Their officers and board will remain in their current positions until further notice. Read more .
Recording from April 1 COVID-19 ECHO Session
View the recording .
Last week, the Medical Society of New Jersey launched 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.
Education
NJAOPS CME Webinar: Insulating Your Practice from COVID-19 Distress
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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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