Your Daily COVID-19 News & Updates
MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
June 15, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
KN95 Masks Available for Members for Purchase
The MSNJ Foundation has partnered with Emergency PPE to make masks available to MSNJ members. See information below:

Raxwell RX9501 KN95 masks  are on the  CDC EUA list  and tested above 99% filter efficiency in  NPPTL results Click  here  for product images and spec sheet . There is availability to ship immediately.

Price:
  • 1,000 masks: $2,875.00 (shipping included)
  • 500 masks: $1,600.00 (shipping included)
  • 250 masks: $800.00 (shipping included)
Register Now: Lunch & Learn Webinar Series - COVID-19 Conversations: Legal Issues for NJ’s Healthcare Community
Presented by Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in collaboration with the Medical Society of New Jersey, New Jersey Hospital Association, and the New Jersey Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Part 1: Delivering Healthcare in a COVID-19 World: What Providers Should Know to Adjust and Adapt to the Pandemic
June 17 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
With predictions of a likely second surge in the coming months, we will cover a variety of topics to help providers adapt their businesses and position themselves for the “new normal.”

Part 2: The Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Industry Employers and Next Steps
June 24 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
A timely review of employment law issues related to compliance and operations—and our thoughts about what healthcare industry employers can expect to see going forward.

Part 3: Insurance Coverage Issues and Defending Your Rights in the Age of COVID-19
July 1 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
A review of claims and coverage, both as an insured claiming against policies written before COVID-19, and as the holder of rights under health insurance policies issued to patients with pandemic-related healthcare expenses.
MSNJ's Virtual Special Meeting a Success!
Yesterday, MSNJ hosted its Virtual Special Meeting on Elections. We thank all the delegates for voting and participating.
Congratulation to Philip E. Kline, MD on being installed as the 228 th President. Read the press release . Read his inaugural speech .
We thank Marc J. Levine, MD for all his dedication and hard work this past year as the 227 th President. Read his outgoing speech .
Congratulations to our newly elected board members:
  • President: Philip E. Kline, MD - Union County
  • President - Elect: Kennedy U. Ganti, MD - Burlington County
  • 1st Vice-President: Steven Orland, MD - Mercer County
  • 2nd Vice-President: Donald Chervenak, MD - Morris County
  • Secretary: David Swee, MD - Middlesex County
  • Speaker, House of Delegates: Soumen Samaddar, MD - Hunterdon County
  • Vice-Speaker, House of Delegates: Christopher Gribbin, MD - Middlesex County
  • Board of Trustee District 2: Robyn Agri, MD - Mercer County
  • Board of Trustee District 3: Satish Shah, MD - Cumberland County
  • Board of Trustee At-Large District 3: Sumul Raval, MD - Ocean County

AMA Delegate:
  • Mary Campagnolo, MD                                             
  • Joseph Fallon, MD
  • Charles Moss, MD
  • Nancy Mueller, MD
  • Niranjan Rao, MD
  • John Poole, MD
AMA Alternate:
  • Nicole Henry-Dindial, MD     
  • Christopher Gribbin, MD
  • Alan Kenwood, MD
  • Myriam Mondestin-Sorrentino, MD
  • Steven Shikiar, MD

MSNJ’s CEO Larry Downs presented on MSNJ’s Response to COVID-19. See the presentation .
MSNJ Surveys
Counterfeit Masks Reporting Portal
MSNJ is trying to help get PPE distributed to physician practices throughout NJ. We would like to hear from you if you have purchased fraudulent masks and if you have paid more for masks since prior to COVID-19. Report here .
MSNJ COVID-19 Impact Survey
MSNJ is conducting a 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. Please note: this survey was previously fielded by Rockpointe in partnership with MSNJ. If you have already responded to this survey, there is no need to respond again.
HHS Provider Payments Survey
MSNJ would like to hear about your overall experience with the HHS provider portal to receive payments. Please take our short survey .
MSNJ Medical Student Section Update - COVID-19
The American Red Cross, which collects almost 40 percent of the blood donations in the country, warns of a blood shortage. As a result of the COVID pandemic which resulted in fewer people donating blood, The Red Cross reports that it’s inventories have been cut by half. With hospitals resuming elective surgeries, the increased demand is not able to be met by the staggering decease in supply. As a result, the Red Cross has only been able to meet 75% of the blood donation requests for hospitals in the country. Normally, the Red Cross usually has enough blood to meet the nation’s need for five days but now has less than two day’s worth.

The blood and plasma initiative team from the New Jersey Medical Student Coalition (NJMSC) has partnered with the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) and Hamilton YMCA to help meet the demand. This drive will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8am – 1pm at the Hamilton YMCA . Those interested can use our flyer to make an appointment.

The NJMSC has recently partnered with RJWMS blood bank and has been aggressively promoting blood donations in central jersey. The coalition plans to continue their partnerships, and is currently setting up blood donation drives in South Jersey for the remainder of the summer.
Please continue to support the NJ COVID-19 Medical Student Coalition.
Donate and get involved! More information on the Coalition is listed below below.
Neil Jain (left), 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.
Virtual 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.
Click here for more information and to access the module.
NJ Spotlight Roundtable Recording: Medical Ethics During COVID-19
Free CME Activity: Identifying PTSD in the Community
Click here for more information and to access the activity.
AMA Physician Burnout & Wellness CME Course
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