The Medical Society of New Jersey Hosts 2nd Annual Physicians’ Advocacy Conference and House of Delegates Meeting

On Friday, May 1, MSNJ hosted its 2nd Annual 2015 Physicians’ Advocacy Conference and House of Delegates Meeting from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza in Princeton, NJ. This year’s conference, sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey and Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C., was a huge success with 150 registered attendees and a total of 40 sponsors and exhibitors.

Our unique, interactive conference is designed to connect and engage New Jersey’s physicians and review the overall impact of the practice of medicine within the state. As an added benefit to our physician attendees, the conference fulfills AMA continuing medical education credits (4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™).

This year’s conference included a number of workshops that focused on a variety of advocacy topics, including: Legislative Advocacy 101; Regulatory Advocacy 101; Everything You Need to Know About ERISA-Regulated Health Plans; and The Future of Maintenance of Certification.

Additionally, the conference featured a number of highly-respected speakers, panelists and moderators from diverse professional backgrounds and expertise.

“We were proud to offer such a stellar line-up of notable speakers, panel members and moderators at this year’s conference,” said Larry Downs, CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey. “We carefully selected these professionals, all subject matter experts in their respected fields, knowing that they would thoroughly address a number of issues of importance to the physician community.”

Robert E. Andrews, Esq. – former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and former chairman of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce – delivered the keynote address.

Other speakers, panelists and moderators included six sitting legislators, like Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD, Esq. (D-District 7), Chairman of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee and the only physician in legislature – and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick; and two of the most highly respected contract lobbyists in Trenton, Paul N. Bontempo, President and Co-Founder of MBI Gluckshaw, Democratic State Committeeman and former Democratic National Committeeman and AJ Sabath, Partner and Co-Founder of Advocacy and Management Group.

The day ended with a well-attended reception, featuring networking opportunities and delicious food and drink for attendees.

“All those who attended – from physicians and medical students to practice managers and health care specialists – benefited from the information presented at this year’s conference,” stated Dr. Paul J. Carniol, 222nd President of the Medical Society of New Jersey. “We look forward to more successful conferences like this in the years to come.”

Check out the photos from the event!

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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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