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.
His remarks were followed by a keynote address from New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (pictured below).
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
- 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
- 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
- Michael A. Tutty, PhD, Group Vice President of Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability at the American Medical Association – Understanding and Preventing Physician Burnout
- 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
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).
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
Patients 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.
Captain Joseph P. Costabile, MD of Marlton, New Jersey was recently installed as the 224th president of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) at its annual meeting in May. He has served as a member of MSNJ’s Board of Trustees since 2009, and will assume the presidency from Steven Berkowitz, MD , PA, FACS, FAAOS, CIME.
“Dr. Costabile is a dedicated and passionate leader with a deep understanding of the issues and the vision needed to enact real change both in our organization and the greater medical community,” said Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ. “We are thrilled to welcome him as our new president, and are confident that he will bring innovative ideas and expert guidance to our organization.”
A board-certified general and vascular surgeon, Dr. Costabile has extensive background in patient care, academic and professional leadership and health care advocacy. Since 1998, he has practiced with the Virtua Surgical Group, formerly the Surgical Group of South Jersey, Cherry Hill, with additional office locations in Marlton and Voorhees, New Jersey. Dr. Costabile has a long personal history with MSNJ. His father Douglas M. Costabile, MD served as the 198th president of the organization in 1990. In addition to his tenure on the Board of Trustees, Dr. Costabile has served as vice chairman of the MSNJ Council on Legislation since 2001.
A graduate of the Pingry Preparatory School and Ohio Wesleyan University, Dr. Costabile received his medical degree from UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School in Camden. After five years of surgical residency, a trauma fellowship and a year of cardiac surgical training, Dr. Costabile began his vascular surgical fellowship. At that time, he also enlisted as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Dr. Costabile has dedicated many years of service to the U.S. Armed Forces. He is a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves Medical Corps and was deployed twice to the Middle East in support of troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His first deployment was to an Expeditionary Medical Facility in Kuwait for a year in 2005, where he treated the combat wounded primarily from Iraq. His second deployment in 2008 was to Iraq for eight months. He has served as Head of Department of Surgery, U.S. Military Hospital, Kuwait and Chief of Professional Services, 1st Medical Battalion Alpha Company, Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq. Today, Dr. Costabile continues to serve at the rank of captain in the 4th Medical Battalion under the 4th Marine Logistics Group, located at the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst.
As an advocate for protecting and advancing the profession of medicine, Dr. Costabile’s involvement in organized medicine has increased over the years. Since 2007, he has served as a delegate of the American Medical Association. Additionally, he served as president of the Camden County Medical Society (2003-2004) and president of the Vascular Society of New Jersey (2009-2010). He continues to serve as the Vascular Society’s treasurer, a position he has held since 2003.
In his inaugural speech as president, Dr. Costabile outlined three simple and straightforward goals for his one-year term:
- Focus on increasing membership and activism;
- The need for New Jersey physicians to “take back” their profession; and
- The need to do more to care for our military personnel.
“We are doctors, physicians – much more than just providers,” he stated. “We are leaders looking after our patients’ healthcare and guardians of their very well being. If we are not the stewards of our own profession, who will do it for us?”
His passion and dedication to our nation’s armed forces rang through in his inaugural speech:
“We need to do so more to take care of our military. These are people who have written a blank check to our great nation, with payment up to and including the sacrifice of their own lives. How many of us can say the same?” he continued. “We owe them a debt of gratitude – and from a professional standpoint, this can be accomplished by providing them with the quality, timely, compassionate medical care they have earned and deserve. We need make sure our veterans are aware of the programs and free care available to them, and all physicians should at a minimum accept Tricare, the military’s health insurance. We must do all we can as physicians to make sure this population is not ignored.”
A gala has been scheduled in Dr. Costabile’s honor for Saturday, July 23 at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gala, sponsored by Capital Strategies Investment Group and Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A. among others, will not only recognize Dr. Costabile as he embarks on his new term as president, but will also celebrate 2016/2017 as MSNJ’s 250th Anniversary year. For more information, kindly visit www.msnj.org/250 or call (609) 896-1766.
The Medical Society of New Jersey’s 3rd Annual Physicians’ Advocacy Conference and House of Delegates Meeting, presented by Diamond Sponsor Cancer Treatment Centers of America, will be held Friday, May 13 to Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey. The morning keynote address will be delivered by the Honorable Stephen M. Sweeney, president of the New Jersey Senate.
Conference workshops feature a variety of advocacy topics, including: Unraveling the Mystery of Insurance Audits, Personalized Care: Improve Satisfaction and Quality and How are Payers Ranking you in Terms of Cost and Quality. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is accredited by MSNJ to provide continuing education for physicians and has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).
Following the keynote, a number of highly-respected, subject matter experts will join New Jersey physicians to address issues of importance to the physician community – speakers include:
- Ann Marie Apruzzi: Director of Healthcare Management, Clinical Code Integration and Medical Cost Programs, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
- Sanket Baralay: President and CEO, FIGmd
- Steven M. Goldman, Esq.: Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Past Commissioner, NJ Department of Banking and Insurance
- Maurie Markman, MD: President of Medicine and Science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Andrew Pecora, MD, FACP, CPE: Chief Innovations Officer and Vice President of Cancer Services, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center; Partner, Regional Cancer Care Associates; and Professor of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School
- Deborah J. Winegard, Esq.: Of Counsel, Whatley Kallas LLP
Registration is required – visit http://www.msnj.org/annualmeeting or call (609) 896-1766 for more information or to register. For additional information or any questions, contact MSNJ at firstname.lastname@example.org.