Connecting for Better Care with New Statewide Health Information Exchange

onehealthLawrenceville, NJ, Dec. 5, 2017:  The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) announces the launch of OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live. OneHealth New Jersey encompasses an interoperable health information exchange, as well as a patient health portal, extensive data analytics tools, and population health solutions.

OneHealth New Jersey’s proven technology is already successfully operating in Kansas and similar efforts are under development in Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, Missouri and Louisiana. This tool also eases the reporting burden for physicians and medical practices.

“OneHealth New Jersey provides a common-sense solution for our state. With growing demands of patient data from Medicare, Medicaid and private payers, OneHealth New Jersey is ready to go at no additional cost to the state,” said MSNJ Board President, Christopher E. Gribbin, MD. “It’s technology developed by physicians for physicians and other clinicians—people who understand patient care and the demands of a business practice.”

MSNJ Board of Trustees member and HIE advisory committee chairman, Kennedy Ganti, MD, FAAFP, notes that New Jersey physicians and patients will benefit from this important resource in many ways. “OneHealth New Jersey provides a meaningful solution to the problems medical practices and physician led ACO’s face connecting their Electronic Medical Record systems. Physicians will be able to access clinical information about patients from any location—work, home, the hospital. Timely communication and care coordination will be streamlined between physician offices, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and referring physicians across the state. It also improves efficiency by reducing time wasted trying to locate information and reduces the need for duplicate tests and procedures.”

Additional members of the HIE advisory committee include: Mary Campagnolo, MD, MBA, Past MSNJ President; Christopher Gribbin, MD, MSNJ’s Current President; Soumen Samaddar, MD, a Board of Trustees member and MSNJ’s Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates, District 3; and Michael Ruiz de Somocurcio, MSNJ member and VP-Payer & Provider Collaboration at Regional Cancer Care Associates (a large group member of MSNJ).

From the patient perspective, OneHealth New Jersey will offer a secure, one stop site for health information. Patients will not need to log into multiple portals, hand-carry their records, or rely on another office sending information via fax. Most importantly, providing the right clinical information in the right place at the right time, OneHealth New Jersey will support the patient-physician relationship which is at the heart of good medical care.

Visit OneHealthNewJersey.com for more information.

About OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently announced a new partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) in support of their mission to improve the health of New Jersey through both interoperability and transformative data analytics. A MSNJ physician-led advisory committee is now working with KHS to establish OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE). OneHealth New Jersey will allow connected physicians to share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.

MSNJ is the oldest professional medical society in the United States, representing all medical disciplines and serves as an advocate for patient and physician rights. KHS is a physician-led subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company, KaMMCO, a medical professional liability insurer affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society.

OneHealth New Jersey contact:

Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, MHA

Project Director

609.218.2061   mkalayil@msnj.org

www.OneHealthNewJersey.com

www.msnj.org

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Medical Society of New Jersey to Partner with KaMMCO Health Solutions for Statewide Interoperability and Analytics Tools

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, Sept. 14, 2017: Physicians and health care professionals nationwide are in the midst of unparalleled industry transformation. Successful adoption of the new performance- based delivery and payment models will rely heavily upon interoperability and development of actionable intelligence through analytics. The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) has recognized these as critical factors for their statewide membership and is pleased to announce a new partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS).

“Partnering with KHS allows us to support the physicians of New Jersey with benefits unlike any other professional association when it comes to data analytics for both patient care and the successful transition to alternative payment models. This is a win-win for our members and their patients,” said MSNJ Board President, Christopher E. Gribbin, MD.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with KHS to build a physician led solution for medical practices. We are pleased to work with an organization comprised of leaders that have the actual experience in developing and maintaining a health information network that serves as the foundation for creating and delivering meaningful data analytic reports to doctors,” added MSNJ Chief Executive Officer, Larry Downs.

“MSNJ represents a statewide membership of more than 6,500 engaged and forward-thinking physicians. We are honored to partner with MSNJ to deliver integral solutions to the health care community of New Jersey,” stated KHS President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Scott.

Read more about the program.

About KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc.

KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc. is a provider-led subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company, KaMMCO, a medical professional liability insurer affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society. KHS’ provider-led approach uniquely positions it to help physicians, other healthcare providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes and adapt to new performance-based payment models through the use of data analytics and business intelligence tools. In addition to the Medical Society of New Jersey, KHS is now working with the South Carolina Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Kansas Health Information Network. KHS is led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Scott.

KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc. contact:

Lisa Ignoto

Vice President, Marketing and Communications 800.435.2104        lignoto@kammco.com www.KaMMCOHealthSolutions.com

RECAP: 2017 Advocacy Conference and Annual House of Delegates Meeting

The Medical Society of New Jersey held its 4th Annual Physicians’ Advocacy Conference and Annual House of Delegates Meeting on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Princeton. More than 100 physicians, exhibitors, health care professionals and influencers attended this year’s conference.

The two-day event began on Friday evening with the Officer’s Dinner, a private ticketed event for select conference attendees. On Saturday morning, Dr. Joseph P. Costabile, 224th President of the Medical Society of the New Jersey (pictured below), delivered welcoming remarks, kicking off the conference.

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His remarks were followed by a keynote address from New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (pictured below).

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Following the keynote, a number of highly-respected, subject matter experts addressed various issues of importance to the physician and health care community through different workshops. This year’s speakers and their presentation topics include:

  • Tim Norbeck, CEO of The Physicians Foundation – Trends in Physician Practice

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  • Stephen P. Goldstein, MD, DABFP, CAQGM, DABHP, Chief Medical Officer at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice – Defining Goals of Care: Patient Communication Imperatives from Diagnosis through End of Life

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  • Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN, FAHS, Board Member for the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) – Understanding the Metrics and Goals of Maintenance Certification

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  • Michael A. Tutty, PhD, Group Vice President of Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability at the American Medical Association – Understanding and Preventing Physician Burnout

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  • Kevin Joyce, Vice President of Insurance Networks at Atlantic Health System – How Do Tiered Networks, Analytics and New Payment Models Impact Your Practice and Your Patients

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MSNJ’s House of Delegates meeting followed the workshops, where all delegates were present for the swearing in of the new 225th President of the Medical Society, Dr. Christopher Gribbin (pictured below).

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Among some of the key issues addressed during this year’s House of Delegates Meeting are:

  • Adoption of policy clarifying that reports on physicians to the National Practitioner Databank be related to professional competency in the provision of, or withholding of, care that results in harm to a patient. The policy also requests that reports that currently reside in the databank be removed if not related to the actual provision, or withholding of care.
  • Adoption of policy supporting federal legislative efforts to create medical liability reforms.
  • Recognition that the PennEast Pipeline is a serious threat to the health and safety of the citizens of New Jersey and recommendation that the legislature and/or the appropriate regulatory agencies not approve the pipeline.
  • Approval of a study of pre-authorization problems experienced by physicians and patients for care delivered in both network and non-network settings. This study is to include pre-authorization approval rates, denial rates, time to disposition and total number of services and medications subject to pre-authorization by insurers.

The conference concluded on Saturday evening with the Capital Club Reception.

This year’s conference would not have been possible without support from our 2017 Exhibitors and Sponsors – we are very grateful to have your continued support year after year, and thank you for being a part of this year’s successful event.

2017 National Doctor’s Day: March 30

Happy Doctor’s Day to all of New Jersey’s hard-working and dedicated doctors.  Last year marked the 250th anniversary of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the nation’s oldest professional association. Founded in 1776, MSNJ has remained focused on promoting the betterment of the public health and science and the art of medicine, enlightening public opinion with regard to the problems of medicine and safeguarding the rights of the practitioners of medicine. The organization advocates for the rights of patients and physicians for access to the highest quality medical care.

“We wish to recognize the contributions New Jersey physicians have made to our state’s overall health on National Doctor’s Day,” said Dr. Joseph Costabile, the 224th president of MSNJ. “We know physicians do much more than diagnose and cure. We thank them for their leadership and desire to adapt their practices during the changing health care landscape, as they continue to provide top-notch care for their patients.”

With more than 7,000 members, MSNJ is proud to celebrate the many contributions physicians have made over its 250 plus year history – from insisting race, color and creed should not be barrier to professional membership (1870) to successfully banning indoor smoking throughout the state of New Jersey (2006). We remain dedicated to the betterment of medicine and our patients’ health.

MACRA Relief Announced by CMS

Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced in a blog posting on September 8 that the agency would heed concerns expressed by the American Medical Association and other physician organizations about the proposed start date for performance reporting by physicians under the new payment systems created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA.  In its draft regulation, CMS proposed to require physicians to begin reporting under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or through the advanced alternative payment model (APM) option on January 1, 2017, even though final regulations promulgating MACRA’s sweeping payment system changes would not be issued until the fall. MSNJ was among those filing objections to the reporting and implementation time-line.

CMS announced that the final MACRA regulation will allow practices to “pick your pace” and  will exempt physicians from any risk of penalties if they choose one of three different MIPS reporting options in 2017, in addition to the option of participating in an advanced APM:

  • Full-year reporting that begins on January 1;
  • Partial year reporting for a reduced number of days; and
  • A “test” option under which physicians can report minimal amounts of data.

Physicians who report in 2017 may be eligible for bonus payments in 2019, depending on which option they choose.  Those who opt for full-year reporting will be eligible to receive a “modest positive payment adjustment;” those who choose partial year reporting will be eligible for a “small positive payment adjustment.”  Physicians who choose the “test” option will not be subject to any payment adjustments.  Qualified participants in advanced APMs will be eligible for 5 percent incentive payments in 2019. Read AMA’s statement. Read more.

Free Health Screenings For New Brunswick Residents on Saturday, July 23rd

Health Screening FlierIn celebration of its 250th anniversary year, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) is partnering with the Homeless & Indigent Population Health Outreach Project at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Student Family Health Care Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to offer free health screenings on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Monument Square building, located at 317 George Street in New Brunswick.

Volunteers from MSNJ, including board members and medical students, will be onsite to help local residents learn about insurance options, have their blood pressure read and receive general health care information at the event.

The event takes place just steps away from the location of the founding of the Medical Society of New Jersey in 1766. That evening, MSNJ will celebrate this milestone anniversary with a formal gala across the street at The Heldrich Hotel also in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“We are more than just health providers,” said Captain Joseph P. Costabile, MD, the 224th president of MSNJ. “We are leaders looking after our patients’ healthcare and guardians of their well-being. We remain dedicated to bringing health care services to the heart of the community.”

The gala, sponsored by Diamond sponsors Teladoc and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, and others, will also recognize Dr. Costabile as he embarks on his term as president of the society. For more information, kindly visit www.msnj.org/250 or call (609) 896-1766.

Medical Society of New Jersey Announces Prescription Assistance Program for Patients

prescription-drug-card-322DC83G57Patients who need help with the cost of prescription medications can now obtain a free prescription assistance card provided by the state’s largest association of physicians.

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) announced plans to distribute the New Jersey Drug Card, a discount drug card free to all New Jersey residents. The discount card generates savings of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs at hundreds of participating pharmacies statewide.

The discount card helps uninsured and under-insured residents afford prescription medications, which has already saved New Jerseyans more than $98 million since its inception.

“Medical Society of New Jersey physicians are committed to our patients and helping patients get the medications they need is a priority, “said MSNJ President Dr. Joseph Costabile.  “Patients cannot get well if they are not able to get their prescriptions. That is why we are making the New Jersey Drug Card available from our member physicians.”

The New Jersey Drug Card discounts are available to patients whose health insurance coverage does not include prescription benefits, which is common in many high deductible health plans. Those who do have prescription coverage with their health insurance can use this program to get discounts on medications that are not covered by their insurance plan. All New Jerseyans are eligible regardless of their current prescription coverage benefits.

New Jersey residents interested in taking advantage of this program may print a free card, search drug pricing and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.msnj.org/drugcard or by visiting the program’s website at www.newjerseydrugcard.com.