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October 5, 2017
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MSNJ Policy & Strategy Panel: Gifts from Pharmaceutical Companies and Others
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at MSNJ
  Governor Christie recently announced a regulatory proposal to severely limit physician relationships with pharmaceutical companies. Join us for a policy discussion with guest speakers on the issues of ethics, best practices and patient impact of physician-pharmaceutical relationships. Please share our flyer with your colleagues.
New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy Conference: Improving Care at the End-of-Life
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 8:30am to 1:00pm
NJHA Conference & Event Center
Learn more about the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy and how it can provide physician leadership training to help generate solutions towards some of NJ's pressing healthcare challenges.
Register before October 9 as there are only a limited number of seats left! 
Legislative Update

MSNJ & Organized Medicine Seek Amendments to MACRA/MIPS
MSNJ and virtually all of organized medicine signed a letter authored by the AMA  to Congress seeking amendments to Medicare's merit-based incentive payment (MIPS) program. The amendments are necessary to preserve flexibility and extend the time for practices to implement the new quality payment program. Deadline extensions are necessary to phase in consideration of costs and to remove medications from the program.
Legal Update

MSNJ Warns Court about Impact of Unreliable Expert Testimony
The amicus brief of MSNJ, AMA and other medical associations, filed in the Accutane Litigation cautioning the New Jersey Supreme Court about the negative impact on the practice of medicine, if unreliable scientific evidence is allowed in court, is being opposed by the plaintiffs. Read about other interested parties, including business and academia, chiming in on the importance of reliable scientific evidence to establish caution.

Drug Abuse
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug Free NJ, is Friday, October 6th. See the flyer . Please be aware that volunteers may knock on doors of physician offices to leave literature on prescription drug abuse reduction on this day. They are not supposed to disrupt patient care. Feel free to let us know  if they do (MSNJ does not endorse this activity).

Resolutions Due - November 10, 2017
Revolving Reference Committee - Thursday, November 30 at 7:00pm
The next Revolving Reference Committee meeting is Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 pm. All resolutions need to be vetted by the County Medical Society prior to submission to MSNJ. Resolutions are due from the County Medical Societies by November 10th. Click here for instructions on writing resolutions and here for the submission form.
Practice Management

UPDATE: UHC Delays Consult Code Policy
In July, MSNJ was joined by 36 medical and specialty societies in a  letter to United Healthcare (UHC) opposing its proposed policy change to no longer pay for consultation CPT codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255 for dates of service on and after October 1. A couple of weeks ago, we announced in e-News that UHC intended to delay implementation of the policy. This week, UHC formally announced the delay in its October 2017 Network Bulletin. MSNJ continues to ask that UHC respond to the concerns outlined in our letter and provide more information regarding the length of the delay. We will keep our members apprised of new developments in e-News. 

New Narrow Network Horizon Medicare Advantage Product
Horizon announced this week that it will offer a new Medicare Advantage product during open enrollment for the 2018 plan year.  Horizon has chosen select providers from its Managed Care Network to participate in the Medicare Blue Advantage HMO plan. Letters were mailed last week to participating and non-participating providers along with an FAQ regarding the program. Physicians are urged to review the plan criteria in Horizon's Administrative Policy, "Participation Status in Products That Utilize Tiering and/or a Subset of an Existing Horizon Network" available on NaviNet. Please send us your questions or concerns. 
Upcoming Events

The Federation of State Medical Boards Releases Free Online Education Module for Medical Students and Residents

Newly licensed medical practitioners, be sure to review NJ Board of Medical Examiners Orientation Program to satisfy your license requirement.

NJHA CME Seminar: Physician Know Thyself
October 10, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:45pm
NJHA Conference & Event Center
More information and registration.

New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy Conference: Improving Care at the End-of-Life
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
NJHA Conference & Event Center
More information and registration.

AMA Webinar: Thriving Under MIPS - Where to start? Breaking down the complexity of MIPS
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
More information and registration.

2017 AMPAC Campaign School
October 27-29, 2017
AMA Office, Washington, DC
More information and registration.

NJHA Webinar Series - Opioid Misuse: Innovative Tools to Improve Patient Care Across the Continuum
Please note: The above webinars do not satisfy the continuing education requirement for the next biennial license renewal period.

AMA Quality Improvement Webinar - Root-cause analysis: Digging deep to improve
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
More information and registration.

NJ Chapter, American College of Surgeons: 66th Annual Clinical Symposium
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 7:00am to 3:00pm
The Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
More information.

Governor Christie's 2nd Annual Candlelight Vigil
To help bring addiction out of the shadows and into the light
December 6, 2017 at 5:00pm
More information to follow.
Corporate Partner Feature       
Health Insurance:
QualCare, Inc. - Platinum Level Partner
Member Resource Guide 
Check out the current  MSNJ Member Resource Guide! Inside, you will find a complete listing of partners by service/product category, along with contact information. Also, be sure to check out the individual Corporate Partner pages on our website as some offer additional discounts to members!

It is important to note that MSNJ does not endorse any vendor, service, or product. However, we encourage members to please consider our Corporate Partners first as the financial support received from these organizations is vital to our association. It is our hope that their investment in MSNJ will help keep your membership dues and programming affordable.
Member Benefits      

All MSNJ members can now save $14 on Basic and $20 on Plus annually on AAA membership. Access discount.
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