Your Daily COVID-19 News & Updates
MSNJ Member COVID-19 Update
May 5, 2020
MSNJ President Marc J. Levine, MD Op-Ed
The Second Wave
The best part of my job is that I get to talk to physicians every day. Most people only speak with a physician when they are personally sick or a family member is ill. However, I talk to doctors daily – about the problems they face caring for patients, as administrative burdens mount and insurance companies deny or delay care for their patients.

As you can imagine, during this time of pandemic, those conversations focus on issues that are very different than the challenges we encounter in “normal” times. We speak of childcare for physicians that must work extra hours while their kids are home and schools are closed. Or the lack of personal protective equipment they need to stay safe from coronavirus. Or the crushing waves of very sick patients they are seeing one after the other in hospitals around the state.

Recently, I’ve witnessed another common theme in these conversations – preparation of a “second wave.” It is not a second wave of coronavirus they fear. Indeed, we have a huge investment in research around the world seeking a vaccine or a treatment. COVID-19, unlike influenza, has proven quite stable. No antigenic shifts have been documented, like we see in the case of the flu. COVID-19 has not needed to mutate, as it is doing quite well spreading in the community in its current state. Therefore, coronavirus will be with us until researchers develop effective treatments or a vaccine. Read more .
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
KN95 Masks Available for Physician Practices
The MSNJ Foundation is sourcing KN95 masks and can make them available to members at a discounted price. Minimum of 1,000 masks (1 case). If you have interest in this, please reply with your contact information here You will receive a separate email with pricing information and a link to purchase. If you have already submitted your contact information, an email was sent out early this afternoon with the pricing instructions. There is a limited supply. First come first serve.
Recent Graduates of Health Care Programs Can Now Join the Fight Against COVID-19 While Waiting to Take Licensing Exams
Governor Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that recent graduates of nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, and respiratory care therapy programs who have not yet been able to take and pass their licensing exams will be granted temporary emergency licenses. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will begin accepting applications for the emergency graduate licensure program today. Read more
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 .
COVID-19 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.
Harvard Medical School COVID-19 CME Video Series: Clinical Management Through COVID-19
May 6 and May 7, 2020 at 1:00pm
CMS Call: Lessons from the Front Lines Calls
Friday, May 8, 2020 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Conference lines are limited, so we encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser
  • Or, call 877-251-0301; Access Code: 9146779
AMA Physician Burnout & Wellness CME Course
American Meditation Institute's "First-Aid Kit for Burnout"
Harvard Medical School COVID-19 CME Video Series
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