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MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
April 7, 2020
A Message from MSNJ President, Marc J. Levine, MD
Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 has now forced our families, our profession, our communities and our country to face unprecedented obstacles. Shortages of PPEs, illness and fatalities are a part of everyday news bites. Financially, 401ks are declining while unemployment rises. We are disconnected socially as we practice social distancing, an obscure term that will forever become part of our vocabulary. When we do venture from our homes, we have a difficult time recognizing each other behind masks of one type or another. 

In New Jersey, starting on April 3, 2020, by Executive Order 114, the American Flag flies at half mast in honor of those who have perished, BUT the half that still remains represents our will and determination to fight for the future. We are now living through and overcoming a national crisis that will forever be taught and studied in history books and schools. Did our profession band together to provide care for patients? Did our profession band together to support each other? Did our profession along with other government agencies help lead a coordinated effort to defeat COVID? Did our profession lead research teams, conduct studies and develop drugs and treatment protocols to help our patients? The answer to all will be YES.

From physician offices, testing centers and emergency rooms to critical care units and field hospitals WE are writing the playbook that others will draw upon for years to come. With each day tremendous progress is made as we understand and do what needs to be done. WE will get past this crisis together at which time the American Flag will once again be hoisted to its’ peak. As we all scramble to care for our patients in this time of social isolation please take a moment to check on a family member and a colleague. 

I urge all of you to go to www.msnj.org which has daily updates on COVID 19. You will find up to date information regarding treatment guidelines, medical resources as well as promising medications and new screening tools. In addition, evolving government regulations and economic resources for physician practices can be found on the website.

As always, please BE WELL, BE SAFE, and BE PROUD as we defeat this healthcare challenge together.

-Marc. J. Levine, MD
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
When should I return to work after being infected with COVID-19?
The New Jersey Hospital Association developed a Staffing Resource Toolkit which includes a policy on when you should return to work after being infected with COVID-19. Check out the guidance.
Letter to HHS Regarding CARES Act Emergency Fund
MSNJ signed on to an AMA letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar expressing strong concerns on the financial stress physicians are facing as a result of COVID-19. Read the letter , which outlines recommendations for the most straight forward way for the administration to get money in the hands of physicians as quickly as possible.
CMS Issues Clinician Letter and Updated Elective Services Recommendations
CMS released an updated letter to clinicians providing information on the agency’s actions to enhance flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS has also released updated recommendations on non-emergency, elective medical services and treatment.
Paycheck Protection Program - SBA
As of yesterday, the Paycheck Protection Program is experiencing technical issues. The checks have been slow going out as banks are waiting for additional guidance on qualification. Click here for the latest fact sheet on the program.

Important note: Physicians can apply for both an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. 
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
Harvard Medical School COVID-19 CME Video Series:
Recorded Videos:
Upcoming Webinars:
  • Clinical Management through COVID-19 – April 8 & 9 at 1:00pm - Register.
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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