Your Daily COVID-19 News & Updates
MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
May 15, 2020
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Elective and Invasive Procedures to Resume May 26
Governor Murphy announced today an executive order that will resume elective and invasive surgeries on May 26. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said it will begin in phases, starting with urgent surgical procedures. Facilities will need to develop plans to test patients 72 hours before their surgery. Additionally, facilities must conduct symptom screenings on the day of the surgery and quarantine patients three days before surgery. Patients who test positive for COVID-19 before the surgical procedure or having symptoms should not have a procedure that is not urgent. Read more .
Will MACs automatically reprocess the audio-only telephone visit codes at the new rate (equivalent to the office visit codes retroactive to March 1, 2020) or do physicians need to resubmit them?
MACs will be expected to automatically adjust retroactive changes to claims payment. That being said, CMS also noted that it can take time to implement changes. During COVID-19, the agency did not have the usual time between publishing a new (interim) final rule and pushing out and implementing the usual change requests that happen in the normal course of events. CMS recommends that physicians give the MACs some time to catch up and then check with the MACs if they have questions.
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. To date, the coalition has donated more than 6,000 pieces of PPE (face masks, shields and straps) to New Jersey hospitals and long-term care facilities and expects to donate another 8,000 pieces PPE by the end of this week! 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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