Your Daily COVID-19 News & Updates
MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
June 2, 2020
A Message from MSNJ President, Marc J. Levine, MD
Dear Colleagues,    
   
We have come so very far in this time of COVID-19. We have seen hospitals fill with critical care patient needs. We have seen scarcity of resource guidelines created, but fortunately never needed. We have seen our country answer the call to duty by outproducing the need for ventilators. We have seen United States Naval hospital ships sail into ports on both sides of our country. Social distancing has become the norm, but we have remained steadfast and creative in staying connected. Testing is on the rise, and drug treatments and vaccines are moving forward utilizing the best and brightest minds in medicine. Most importantly, we as physicians have not hesitated to treat each and every patient, despite the fact that we are oftentimes putting ourselves in harm’s way.

Last week, I had the honor of testifying before the New Jersey Senate for which I, on behalf of MSNJ, are extremely grateful. Senate President Sweeney invited myself and five others to testify regarding the condition of healthcare in New Jersey, and Deputy Majority Leader Paul A. Sarlo chaired the hearing. I came away from these hearings incredibly impressed with the concern that these civil servants and other state senators had with the health of our profession, as well as the health of New Jersey residents.  Read more .
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Member Benefit: KN95 Masks
MSNJ is working with another vendor to make KN95 masks available to MSNJ members. 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 or pick up immediately.

1 case of 1,000 masks - $3,195

June 3 Application Deadline for Provider Relief Funds General Distributions
HHS announced that   providers need to take action by June 3, 2020   regarding the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund distribution of the first $50 billion, referred to as the General Distribution. Specifically, HHS indicated that by June 3, those who had received funds need to accept the HHS Terms and Conditions and submit revenue information to be considered for an additional General Allocation payment. Subsequently, HHS announced that it had extended the attestation deadline for an additional 45 days, but the June 3 deadline has remained on the Provider Relief Fund website . HHS was asked why the website still has a deadline of June 3 when the attestation deadline has been further extended. Read the department’s response
CMS Announces Enhanced Enforcement on Nursing Home Violations
CMS announced enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices. CMS is increasing enforcement for facilities with persistent infection control violations and will impose enforcement actions on lower level infection control deficiencies. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, "While many nursing homes have performed well and demonstrated that it’s entirely possible to keep nursing homes patients safe, we are outlining new instructions for state survey agencies and enforcement actions for nursing homes that are not following federal safety requirements.”

CARES Act funding will be allocated to states based on performance-based metrics and states need to complete their focused infection control surveys by July 31, 2020. If they are not submitted within that timeframe, then states will be required to submit a corrective action plan to their CMS location outlining the strategy for completion of these surveys within 30 days.   Read additional information on funding and requirements .  
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.
Assistance on Employee Benefits Programs and Business Insurance Policies
COVID-19 changed many aspects of how we do business and run our practices. Many regulatory changes were made to your employee benefits programs and other business insurance policies. It's important to make sure your policies are up to date and you are in compliance. Call us at 732-904-8951 if you need assistance.
KN95 Masks
MSNJ has compiled some resources for purchasing KN95 masks.
Please note: The following companies and its manufacturers have not been vetted by MSNJ. These are simply resources available. Please use your own judgment when placing an order.
 
US Ophthalmic
KN95 Masks: Packs of 10
1-30: $29.50
31-100: $27.00
101-500: $25.00
501-1000: $24.00
1001+: $22.00
This item comes China. US Ophthalmic will have availability in 2 weeks. See specs sheet . View more PPE products .

AdvoWaste Medical Services
KN95 Masks:
$195 per box 50 masks/box
2 box min per order
Full line of PPE gear in stock and ready to ship.
Click here to see the available PPE products and order form.
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
MSNJ is proud to support the COVID-19 New Jersey Medical Student Coalition and their efforts to bring together medical students from across the state to provide aid to hospitals and healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about the Coalition's extraordinary efforts.
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.
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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