Archive | September 2014

Revolving Reference Committee to Hear Two Resolutions

On September 30 at 7 o’clock MSNJ’s Revolving Reference Committee (RRC) will hear two resolutions “Revised Straddle Drug Pricing for Medicare Part D” proposed by Atlantic and Camden counties and “Educational Requirements decided by Specialty Societies and State Board of Medical Examiners” proposed by Camden county. The RRC will hear the resolutions via webinar. Information on these resolutions may be found on MSNJ’s web site by logging into the members’ only web site and clicking on “Communities.” From “Communities” click onto “Committees and Councils” and then “Revolving Reference Committee.” The web page will include information on the RRC as well as information on each resolution. Members who wish to comment on these resolutions may do so by writing to Please submit any written comments by noon on September 26 so that the RRC will be able to take the comments into consideration.

NJ Department of Health Guidance to Providers on Ebola

New Clinical Guidelines for Initial Evaluation of Suspect Cases of Ebola  

[T]he NJDOH requests that all health care providers consider  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness in persons with recent travel (within 21 days) to the affected countries in West Africa, currently including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. All persons with compatible symptoms and travel history should be isolated until clinical evaluation and/or diagnostic testing is completed. At this time, there have been NO reports of EVD in the U.S.

Reporting Reminder for Health Care Providers:

Confirmed or suspect cases of any viral hemorrhagic fever, including EVD, should be reported immediately to the local health department where the patient resides. [Memo dated August 13 to Local Health Departments, Health Care Providers, and Hospitals from Shereen Semple, MS, Epdiemiologist, NJ DOH]

Read the NJ DOH Memo, CDC Update, CDC Key Messages, Clinical Guidelines for Initial Evaluation of Suspect Cases of Ebola, and a guidance document on unaccompanied children from the Southern U.S. border. The U.S. Military will send about 3,000 personnel to West Africa to battle the Ebola virus. Other important Ebola information can be found on the NJ DOH website.

New guidelines and resources posted on the NJDOH Ebola website:

Updated guidelines / resources posted on the NJDOH Ebola website:

Open Payment System Maintenance; Time to Dispute Extended to September 10

The Open Payments system will be shut down during a series of scheduled maintenance upgrades. Due to these shut downs, the deadline to file a dispute has been extended to September 10. Please plan accordingly:

Saturday, August 30, 2014
1:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, September 5, 2014
Time not specified.

MSNJ along with more than 100 medical societies signed on to a letter to CMS asking for a six month delay in the public release of the Open Payments data. When the data is released next month, one-third of the records will be withheld due to data inconsistencies. In an email written to Propublica, CMS spokesman Aaron Albright stated, “CMS is returning about one-third of submitted records to the manufacturers and [group purchasing organizations] because of intermingled data, and will include these records in the next reporting cycle.” These records will be posted in June 2015. September 30 will still be the first public release date, despite the temporary shutdown of the website, and will include payments made from August 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Read more.

Having trouble registering? Check out MSNJ’s archived webinars with speaker Jennifer Searfoss, Esq of Searfoss Consulting Group, LLC. Listen as Jen walks you through the process step-by-step.
• Part 1 covers Step 1 of the registration process. The Sunshine Act is Here: Open Payments Web Portal Registration
• Part 2 covers Step 2 of the registration process as well as the dispute mechanism. Sunshine Act: Financial Interest Data Disclosure: Refuting Open Payments Data