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MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
April 8, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
CMS to Provide $30B to Providers from CARES Act Fund
Yesterday, during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that the Administration will provide $30 billion to physicians from the $100 billion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fund, based on Medicare revenues, for physicians to use as needed, beginning this week. It was mentioned that:
  • Physicians can spend the funds “any way they see fit.” 
  • The funds would not have to be paid back. 
  • It is an easy and simple application process, which will involve direct deposit or a “simple registration” process. 
  • The funds will be based on Medicare revenue, and will not be “first come, first served.” 
  • It is the agency’s priority is to get funds out quickly based on provider feedback, while recognizing that some providers – such as pediatricians, children’s hospitals, OB-GYNs and skilled nursing facilities – depend on other revenue sources, and will be addressed in a second distribution of funds from the $100 billion CARES Act provision.
UnitedHealth to Accelerate Payments to Physicians
UnitedHealthcare announced that it is taking immediate action to offer nearly $2 billion in accelerated payments and other financial support to health care providers across the country to focus on delivering care during the pandemic. Read more .
Reach new Telemedicine Patients with Zocdoc
To help keep practices running and facilitate social distancing, providers can now list their virtual availability on Zocdoc.
Whether you already offer telemedicine or are still considering it, Zocdoc is looking for providers to help meet the growing demand for video visits from millions of patients who visit the Zocdoc website and app every month.
Members of the Medical Society of New Jersey are eligible for a $50 Visa gift card for taking 30 minutes of their time to learn more. Just fill out the form here and mention the MSNJ newsletter when you speak to the Zocdoc team member.
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
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 .
Rutgers ECHO Zoom Webinar: COVID-19 Testing Essentials
Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard Medical School COVID-19 CME Video Series:
Recorded Videos:
Rockpointe/Potomac Center for Medical Center & MedChi on-demand CME:
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