News Updates from MSNJ

FRAUD & ABUSE: Federal Government Increases Prosecutions
The United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice joined forces to recover a record $4 billion for fraudulent activity in 2010. In addition to the federal government’s enhanced enforcement activity the Affordable Care Act contains new compliance requirements and enforcement tools that will trickle down to the states.

Last week, HHS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General filed final rules under the new law that will govern Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP programs. Read the press release announcing the rules and the fraud and abuse program report.

TORT REFORM: MSNJ Supports Federal Legislation
Last week, MSNJ joined the AMA, other state medical societies, and specialty organizations in a letter to Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD, supporting H.R. 5, the “Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Health (HEALTH) Act of 2011.” The bill promotes speedier resolutions to medical malpractice suits and limits non-economic damages. It would not supercede more effective state medical liability tort reform laws. MSNJ will continue tort reform initiatives in New Jersey.

PHYSICIAN OUTREACH RECRUITMENT
Four MSNJ physicians received an award from the AMA’s Physician Outreach Recruiting Program for their outstanding efforts in recruiting new AMA members for 2010:

Peter Carmel, MD
Michael Goldrich, MD
Charles Moss, MD
Niranjan Rao, MD

Read more about the Program on the AMA website.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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