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    • On behalf of NJ patients & practices, we've joined a coalition of state medical associations to oppose the latest Senate health care reform bill. Other cosigners of the letter include the state medical societies of Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Read the letter
    • 7/10/17: Article co-author Tim Norbeck, CEO of The Physicians Foundation, recently spoke at MSNJ’s Annual Conference about their 2016 survey findings. Read this article to learn more about the study.
    • 6/28/17: The onerous out-of-network legislation may be pushed through the legislature this week. Please contact your legislators TODAY at - http://accesstocarecoalition.com. Thank you for your continued advocacy! Read more
    • 6/11/17: Dr. Gribbin, MSNJ’s 225th president, was recently featured by NJ Today. Learn more about Dr. Gribbin and his goals for the upcoming term.
    • 6/1/17: Dr. Gribbin, the new president of MSNJ, recently shared his vision for his term on NJTV
    • 5/30/17: MSNJ continues to oppose "out of network" legislation that would severely impact physician contracting. Read our recent opinion piece featuring MSNJ’s CEO Larry Downs.
    • 3/30/17: MSNJ Celebrates National Doctor's Day. Read more.
    • 3/20/17: Congratulations to our CEO Larry Downs, Esq. and all of this year’s Power 50 Health Care: The Most Powerful People in NJ Health Care.
    • 1/11/17: Read the latest on MSNJ's views on opioids in this NJ.com article by Susan Livio.
    • 12/28/17: NJBIZ's Anjalee Khemlani featured the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy - our new partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Seton Hall University to help experts work together to tackle health care issues
    • 12/21/16: MSNJ joined with the New Jersey Hospital Association and the New Jersey Association of Health Plans to announce a partnership with Seton Hall University to create the "New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy" - helping experts work together to tackle crosscutting problems. Read more about it in this article from NJ Spotlight.
    • 12/5/16: Out-of-Network Update- MSNJ continues to oppose "out-of-network" legislation that would harm physician contracting. Together with the Access to Care Coalition, we recently held a press conference against the bill. Several physicians came to Trenton to express their opposition. The bill was scheduled for a vote that day, but the vote was cancelled. Watch the video from the event.
    • 9/16/16: MSNJ supports team care with PA's - Read this NJ.comarticle featuring our COO/Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs Mishael Azam.
    • 8/4/16: MSNJ continues to fight against draconian out-of-network legislation.
    • 7/8/16: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs featured in this NJ Spotlight article by Lilo Stainton on meningitis.
    • 7/7/16: Congratulations to our President Dr. Joseph Costabile on being featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer!
    • 6/25/16: The Courier-Post featured this piece on our new President Dr. Joseph Costabile in this edition of the paper - read more about Dr. Costabile and his goals for his term as President via the online article.
    • 6/21/16: Member Spotlight - Check out this article from the Burlington County Times about our new President, Dr. Joseph Costabile
    • 4/28/16: MSNJ comments on new Horizon policy. Read more.
    • 4/21/16: MSNJ members and CEO Larry Downs participated in the first ever health conference hosted jointly by MSNJ, NJ Hospital Association, New Jersey Association of Health Plans and HealthCare Institute of New Jersey. More than 100 attendees heard from representatives from all four industries on changes in healthcare, including value and transparency. Read more.
    • 4/15/16: MSNJ president Q&A: There's work to be done to fix the pressures against docs in N.J.
    • 4/8/16: MSNJ supports transparency of physician tiering. Read more.
    • 3/30/16: MSNJ continues involvement in the fight against drug abuse, supporting programs like the Prescription Monitoring Program and pharmacy disposal notice. Read more.
    • 3/30/16: Today is National Doctor's Day! This year, we are saluting our fellow New Jersey physicians and recognizing our milestone 250th Anniversary. Click through to read remarks from our 223rd President Steven Berkowitz, MD and to get more information about our 250th Anniversary Celebration and Inaugural Gala set for Saturday, July 23, 2016!
    • 3/29/16: A new state ranking has just been released, stating that New Jersey is low in physician satisfaction. Unfortunately, this information is not news to MSNJ. We have been advocating to improve the practice environment for physicians on many fronts. We supported legislation to expand our medical student loan redemption program, but the bill was vetoed. We are fighting to reduce taxation, particularly on ambulatory facilities. We fight legislative mandates that increase cost and we are fighting to improve insurance contracts and payments. We hope policymakers take this report seriously and recognize physicians’ contributions to society and to New Jersey’s economy.  
    • 3/28/16: MSNJ participated in a roundtable on opioid abuse. We advocated for improvements to the Prescription Monitoring Program, including delegation and interoperability with other states. See press coverage here.
    • 3/25/16: MSNJ joins opposition to 'tiered' health plan. Read more.
    • 3/21/16: MSNJ congratulates our CEO Larry Downs, Esq. for making the NJBIZlist of the most powerful players in healthcare.
    • 3/15/16: As we gear up to celebrate our 250th anniversary, a piece of our history is recognized.
    • 3/8/16: MSNJ testifies about tiered networks and announces anticipated filing of amicus brief in tiered network litigation. Read the article.
    • 3/7/16: MSNJ statement on tiered networks legislation and litigation.
    • 3/7/16: MSNJ statement on tiered networks legislation and litigation.
    • 3/7/16: MSNJ continues to support transparency, oppose arbitration for out of network care. Read the article.
    • 2/26/16: MSNJ continues to seek transparency on physician ranking. Read the article.
    • 2/1/16: MSNJ Advocacy Success: Medicaid Payment Increases Announced!
    • 1/28/16: MSNJ continues to advocate for transparency and adequacy in tiered networks. Read the article.
    • 1/25/16: Member William S. Lesko, MD penned this Op-Ed with his thoughts on Horizon's OMNIA Plan.
    • 1/22/16: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs participated in a conference on tiered plans. Read more in the NJBIZarticle.
    • 1/13/16: MSNJ comments on Governor Christie’s new mental health funding proposal.
    • 12/28/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs featured in this The Wall Street Journalarticle "Health Insurers to Face Fines for Not Correcting Doctor Directories"
    • 12/19/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs speaks about the Out-of-Network Legislation on On The Record with Michael Aron on NJTV.
    • 12/11/15: MSNJ continues to oppose “out of network” legislation. Read more.
    • 11/23/15: MSNJ continues to fight legislation that would artificially lower payments to all physicians - check out this coverage from NJTV.
    • 11/3/15: MSNJ member Dr. Ted Louie spoke to NJ 101.5 about advances in HIV treatments over the past few decades.
    • 10/19/15: MSNJ continues to negotiate out-of-network legislation. Read the article.
    • 10/9/15: MSNJ continues to express criticism over OMNIA alliance. Read the article.
    • 10/9/15: MSNJ offers insight into patient wait times - government mandates and insurance coverage barriers are to blame.
    • 10/1/15: ICD-10 will impact physicians and patient care. MSNJ provides comment in this Politico New Jersey article.
    • 10/1/15: Omnia will impact physicians and patient care. MSNJ provides comment in AIS's Value-Based Care News - click through to view PDF.
    • 9/29/15: NJ Spotlight article: New Medical Codes for Diagnoses Increase Accuracy -- and Chances for Errors.
    • 9/16/15: MSNJ recognized as nation's first professional organization, as we near our 250th anniversary.
    • 9/9/15: MSNJ continues to oppose legislation that would worsen all physicians insurance contracts, proposes alternative. Read the article.
    • 9/8/15: MSNJ's CEO Larry Downs comments on the difficulties of physician adoption of EHRs.
    • 8/31/15: MSNJ continues to lead advocacy for fair payments and contracts in OON debate - check out this article from HealthLeaders Media, featuring MSNJ CEO Larry Downs.
    • 8/28/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs' Op-Ed piece on Overdose Awareness Day was featured in the Courier-Post- click here to read the piece in full.
    • 8/21/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs was recently featured in Forbes' Opinion section: What's Next For Practicing Physicians Post King vs. Burwell‬ 
    • 8/21/15: MSNJ continues to oppose legislation reducing physician payments.
    • 8/15/15: 16 Most Absurd ICD-10 Codes
    • 8/10/15: MSNJ joins state to remind physicians to encourage vaccinations. Read the article.
    • 7/29/15: MSNJ Board member Dr. Donald Chervenak, OBGYN and President of the Morris County Medical Society is featured in this New Jersey 101.5 article.
    • 7/23/15: New Jersey's Physicians at the Forefront of Addiction Prevention and Treatment Efforts, MSNJ Spearheading Reform
    • 7/20/15: Governor Christie Strengthens New Jersey's Prescription Monitoring Program to Further Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
    • 7/16/15: MSNJ encourages physicians to protect their online reputations and ratings. See our website for our member discounts with Vitals.com - www.msnj.org
    • 6/25/15: Obamacare: Supreme Court upholds insurance subsidies for 6.4M people, including 172K in NJ
    • 6/25/15: Updated: NJ health care community reacts to Obamacare ruling
    • 6/21/15: Check out this coverage of Dr. Steven Berkowitz’s installation announcement as our 223rd President in The Asbury Park Press.
    • 6/18/15: Plan to Prevent Unexpected Medical Bills Stalls, But Backers Still Hopeful
    • 6/16/15: KIYC: Patients shocked by surprise medical billing
    • 6/10/15: MSNJ maintains support for vaccines in this NJ.com article.
    • 6/8/15: Lawmakers Discuss Legislation to Help Patients Avoid Unexpected Out-of-Network Charges
    • 6/1/15: Lawmakers and health care leaders divide over fix to surprise medical bills
    • 5/27/15: In Essex County Man's Death, Echoes of Much-Publicized Ebola Case in Texas
    • 5/22/15: NJ doctors, insurers seek common ground on out-of-network legislation
    • 5/15/15: State Legislators Tackle Persistent Problem of Unexpected Medical Bills.
    • 5/14/15: Updated: Health care leaders offer mixed reaction to out-of-network reform bill
    • 5/14/15: MSNJ speaks clearly in defense of physicians and their patients regarding insurance payments in this NJBIZ article.
    • 5/14/15: N.J. doctors fight plan to limit hospital bills.
    • 5/12/15: MSNJ comments on generic drug report.
    • 5/12/15: Hunterdon Healthcare doctors are working to curb Rx drug abuse.
    • 5/10/15: MSNJ continues to negotiate with legislators on legislation regarding out of network physicians, focusing on network adequacy and fair contracting.
    • 4/27/15: Op-ed appearing on NJ.com penned by Mitchell Miller, a radiologist and president of the Radiological Society of New Jersey and Larry Downs, CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey.
    • 4/13/15: Article from NorthJersey.com - "New app allows doctors, pharmacists to track potential prescription drug abuse."
    • 4/7/15: MSNJ physician member Dr. Soumen Samaddar is featured in this New Jersey 101.5 article on self-diagnosis.
    • 4/6/15: “Worst state for doctors? Survey says New Jersey comes all too close.”
    • 4/3/15: Editorial from The Asbury Park Press - "Rx needed for doctor shortage."
    • 3/31/15: Coalition blasts out-of-network health care cost study: 'Caps protect insurers, not patients'.
    • 3/31/15: In light of Doctor's Day, check out the latest blog entry from MSNJ CEO Larry Downs entitled "Doctor’s Day: N.J. Doctors Work to Keep Care Accessible – Urge New Jersey Senators to Vote in Favor of Legislation."
    • 3/31/15: "NJ doctors least willing to accept Medicaid patients under Obamacare."
    • 3/27/15: “Would Patients Save Cash if Out-of-Network Provider Charges Were Slashed?
    • 3/26/15: “Horizon calls for payment caps.”
    • 3/25/15: MSNJ In The News: MSNJ continues to work on drug abuse prevention and PMP legislation - MSNJ's Mishael Azam, COO & Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs, is featured in this NEWSWORKS / WHYY article.
    • 3/18/15: "The Increase Monitoring of Frequently Abused Prescription Drugs in N.J."
    • 3/17/15: “Public Wants Doctors to Talk More with Patients about Dangers of Opioids.”
    • 3/11/15: NJ Spotlight article featuring MSNJ's COO Mishael Azam & 1st Vice President Dr. Joseph Costabile - Doctors, Advanced Practice Nurses Spar Over Authority to Sign Death Certificates.
    • 3/9/15: “Bringing out-of-network costs into the light.”
    • 2/26/15: Congratulations to MSNJ Board of Trustees Member Bruce A. Monaghan, M.D. on being elected Vice President of the 550-member medical staff for Inspira Medical Center Woodbury!
    • 2/18/15: Click here to watch MSNJ member Dr. Ted Louie on New Jersey 101.5 Town Hall Special on Vaccinations, which aired 2/18/15.
    • 2/12/15: MSNJ continues to respond and work on drug abuse prevention and PMP legislation - check out this piece from our CEO Larry Downs, featured in The Times of Trenton / NJ.com.
    • 2/10/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs and member Dr. Debra Koss are both featured in this Courier-Post article.
    • 2/9/15: This NEWSWORKS article features a statement by CEO Larry Downs on behalf of MSNJ.
    • 2/8/15: MSNJ member Dr. Ted Louie is featured in this New Jersey 101.5 piece on childhood vaccine safety.
    • 2/5/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs is featured in this NJ.com / NJ Advance Media article.
    • 2/4/15: MSNJ continues to respond to opinion piece mis-characterizing our drug abuse efforts - check out this response by our CEO Larry Downs, featured in The Asbury Park Press.
    • 2/2/14: MSNJ continues to work on drug abuse prevention and PMP legislation - Check out this article from our CEO Larry Downs, featured on NewJerseyNewsroom.com. 
    • 1/22/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs provides his perspective in this NJ.com / NJ Advance Media article.
    • 1/21/15: MSNJ's Mishael Azam, COO & Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs, and President Paul J. Carniol, MD are featured in this NJ Spotlight article for their participation in a forum of health care experts at Kean University.
    • 1/20/15: Representative from MSNJ participated in this Health Care Summit at Kean University.
    • 1/15/15: Health care experts, including MSNJ's President Dr. Paul J. Carniol, react to news of a brand new NJ medical school in the works in this NJBIZ article.
    • 1/13/15: Check out this NJ Spotlight article featuring MSNJ - "Bill Seeks To Beef Up Rosters of Doctors in Managed-Care Insurance Networks."
    • 1/11/15: NJ Advance Media - "Christie signs law requiring health insurance companies to encrypt personal information."
    • 1/9/15: NewJerseyNewsroom.com - “Most N.J. Physicians Report the Changing Healthcare Environment Negatively Impacts Their Role as a Doctor.”
    • 1/7/15: Are doctor's appointment by video chat in the near future? Check out this article from NJ Spotlight featuring the MSNJ.
    • 1/5/15: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs is featured in this NJBIZ article with discusses NJ health care predictions for 2015.
    • 12/30/14: Physician member Dr. Mary Campagnolo, as well as MSNJ's CEO Larry Downs and COO/ Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs Mishael Azam are quoted in this NJ.com article.
    • 12/30/14: MSNJ is pleased to welcome its newest members from ENT and Allergy Associates!
    • 12/27/14: MSNJ member Dr. George J. Petruncio, family physician based in Turnersville, NJ is featured in this The New York Times article.
    • 12/17/14: Medical Society of New Jersey and First Healthcare Compliance announce official launch of partnership.
    • 12/10/14: MSNJ's Mishael Azam, Esq., COO & Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs, is featured in this NJ Spotlight article on Optometrists Battling over the Right to Write Hydrocodone Prescriptions.
    • 12/9/14: This NJ.com / NJ Advance Media article features MSNJ's Mishael Azam, Esq., COO & Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs on the aid in dying bill.
    • 12/5/14: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs is featured in this article from The Record (Bergen County) on “Hospitals, doctors fighting effort to limit their bills.”
    • 11/25/14: MSNJ, NJHA and others come together to form coalition to protect consumers against unfair health insurance payment practices.
    • 11/2/14: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs is featured in this article from NorthJersey.com / The Record regarding the Ebola virus.
    • 10/31/14: MSNJ released a statement regarding the Ebola virus.
    • 10/30/14: MSNJ featured in this NJ Spotlight article - NJ legislators considering requiring doctors to report drug overdoses to poison-education center.
    • 10/23/14: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs weighs in on the HHS grant developed to help NJ small and solo medical practices in this NJBIZ article.
    • 10/19/14: MSNJ member Dr. Richard Porwancher discusses Ebola with David Matthau on New Jersey 101.5.
    • 10/13/14: A letter from MSNJ member Dr. Michael W. Shore, was featured in the Courier-Post.
    • 10/7/14: MSNJ was onsite as Governor Chris Christie announced the expansion of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program to other states.
    • 10/2/14: This NJBIZ article “Hospitals chief spars with insurers, business groups over health care charges during Assembly committee testimony” was updated to feature testimony from MSNJ.
    • 10/1/14: Read MSNJ’s Dr. Carniol's article on NJ.com: Support Breast Cancer Research Funding to Fuel Detection & Treatment Discoveries, Promote Survival.
    • 9/30/14: MSNJ CEO Larry Downs is featured in this NJBIZ article on Open Payments.
    • 9/18/14: Read NJ Spotlight article on 21-bill legislative package designed to change the way NJ treats and attempts to prevent drug addiction/abuse.
    • 9/17/14: Read The Record (Bergen County) article on 21-bill legislative package designed to change the way New Jersey treats and attempts to prevent drug addiction/abuse.
    • 8/25/14: Our President Dr. Paul J. Carniol is featured in this MyCentralJersey.com Health News article.
    • 8/25/14: Dr. Joseph Fennelly, Chair of MSNJ’s Bioethics Committee comments on New Jersey’s assisted suicide legislation in The Times of Trenton.
    • 7/31/14: MSNJ member and infectious disease specialist Dr. Richard Porwancher was interviewed by New Jersey 101.5 about the possible threat of Ebola Virus.
    • 6/25/14: Health policy experts and physicians, including our own Assembly Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Herb Conaway, participated in a health policy forum.
    • 4/29/14: Read The New York Timesarticle "Nurses Are Not Doctors."
    • 4/24/14: Read MSNJ's Statement on CMS Release of Physician Payment Data.

     

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