Your Daily COVID-19 News & Updates
MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
May 22, 2020
This Memorial Day, MSNJ thanks our member heroes for their service in the armed forces and on the frontlines during COVID-19.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
MSNJ Fellow, Dr. Joseph P. Costabile is running for AMA Council on Medical Service. He was recently deployed to serve in a hospital in NYC due to COVID-19. Here is his incredible story !
Bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Call for National COVID-19 Vaccine Plan
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), along with other Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee members sent a letter to White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx urging the development of national COVID-19 vaccine plan. The bipartisan Committee leaders emphasized the need for a plan focusing on vaccine development, manufacturing, distribution, provider training, public education, and broad access.  Read more .
CMS Finalizes Telehealth and ESRD Changes for Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans
Today, CMS finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand the types of supplemental benefits available for beneficiaries with an MA plan who have chronic diseases, provide support for more MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Read more .
Experimental coronavirus vaccine reaches advanced trial stages. Read more .
FTC warns of COVID-19 contact tracing text scams. Read more .
Read this article on the long-term impact COVID-19 will have on healthcare and the four changes to expect.
Executive Order 145 Guidance - Reopening of Elective and Invasive Procedures
The NJ Department of Health and NJ Division of Consumer Affairs recently issued guidance on Executive Order 145 , resumption of elective procedures. MSNJ provided consultation to both agencies to ensure our physician members are being represented properly for a safe and proper reopen of our economy.
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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