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Statement from MSNJ President, Dr. John Poole on Legalizing Recreational Marijuana


“The Medical Society of New Jersey, on behalf its members and the patients they are privileged to serve, expresses grave concerns over reports indicating legislative leaders and the Governor have reached agreement on legislation to legalize adult use marijuana in New Jersey.

The physician community urges the legislature and the administration to exercise restraint in in their effort to legalize marijuana. While physicians support decriminalizing adult use for social justice reasons, they oppose legalizing recreational use. 

Creating an entire new industry to sell an intoxicating product to adult users is antithetical to improving the health status of our citizenry. Adult use products, such as alcohol and tobacco, are enticing to adolescents and young adults. Legal marijuana will be no different.  Despite protections found in law, industries exist to sell as much of their products as possible, and to every possible consumer.

Our state faces high rates of chronic disease, poor maternal health outcomes and sedentary lifestyles. These conditions will not be improved by legalizing marijuana and promoting its use.

We urge our elected members of the NJ State Senate and NJ General Assembly to stand with us by acting in the interest of the public health and welfare of our state and opposing the legalization of marijuana.”



The Medical Society of New Jersey Welcomes Holy Name Medical Partners


Lawrenceville, NJ – The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the country’s oldest professional society established in 1766, is pleased to welcome Holy Name Medical Partners (HNMP) to its membership ranks.

This alignment offers HNMP physicians the access to professional membership in MSNJ and provides additional benefits through the association. As members, HNMP physicians will benefit from having a recognized, mission-driven organization representing their specific interests at a state-level. Hospital-owned physician practices are becoming more common, and have their own, distinct issues that require collaboration and attention with legislators and regulators.

“Physician shortages, onerous billing issues, reimbursement, burnout – these are all daily challenges facing our state’s physicians,” explained Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ. “We are deeply immersed in these matters on both a state and national level and are in the unique position to help bring these issues to the forefront and develop solutions. By welcoming HNMP into our membership base, we continue to serve as an advocate for the profession and voice for physicians throughout the state.”

HNMP physicians are eligible for all the member benefits MSNJ has to offer – access to leadership development programs, service on MSNJ councils and committees and special member pricing on programming and services, including access to the OneHealth New Jersey health information exchange.

“More than 150 Holy Name Medical Partners physicians are on the front lines every day, delivering superior care to diverse populations with any and every medical issue,” said Dr. Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center. “It is their experience and perspective that enhances Holy Name’s involvement in New Jersey’s public policy issues, including end-of-life care and value-based care initiatives. Their voices and concerns deserve to be heard, and we cannot think of any better advocates than MSNJ.”

MSNJ welcomes both independent physicians and physician groups – with the physicians’ best interests at the core of their mission.

“We are hopeful that other hospital physician practice groups will learn of this new partnership and consider all the benefits of an affiliation with MSNJ. As we continue to align with physician groups across the state, MSNJ will continue its work to address issues facing physicians and effecting their practices,” added Dr. John Poole, President of MSNJ and board-certified general surgeon at North Jersey Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, NJ, a member of Holy Name Medical Partners. 

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Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) is the oldest professional society in the United States. MSNJ has a mission to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and the art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of the practitioners of medicine. MSNJ represents all medical disciplines and serves as an advocate for patient and physician rights. Its members are dedicated to ensuring delivery of the highest quality medical care throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit


Holy Name Medical Partners is the physician network of Holy Name Medical Center, comprising more than 150 multi-specialty providers with convenient practice locations throughout Northern New Jersey. Holy Name Medical Partners was established to enhance the patient experience through expanded access to care, resources, and seamless collaboration among its multidisciplinary team of experts.


Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey, with off-site locations throughout Bergen County.  Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925, the comprehensive 361-bed medical center offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. Holy Name provides high quality health care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance.


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Medical Society of New Jersey Salutes New Jersey Physicians on National Doctors’ Day

MSNJ National Doctors' Day 2018 - 2Lawrenceville, New Jersey – Today the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the nation’s oldest professional association, is honoring physicians on National Doctors’ Day. Celebrated each year on March 30th, National Doctors’ Day is a day to recognize physicians across the nation for the work they do to ensure the health and well-being of their patients.

Founded in 1776, MSNJ continues to focus on promoting the betterment of the public health and science and the art of medicine as a whole – enlightening public opinion with regard to the problems of medicine and safeguarding the rights of the practitioners of medicine.

With more than 6,000 members, MSNJ is proud to recognize the many contributions its physician members have made over its more than 250 year history – from insisting race, color and creed should not be barrier to professional membership (1870), successfully banning indoor smoking throughout the state of New Jersey (2006) and the society’s recent launch of OneHealth New Jersey, a physician-led statewide health information exchange offering a suite of health information technology tools to connected physician members for the overall benefit of patients throughout the state (2017).

In further recognition of its physician members, healthcare professionals and aspiring physicians throughout the state, MSNJ will be hosting its 5th Annual Physicians’ Advocacy Conference, House of Delegates Meeting and Inaugural Gala on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. Open to members, non-members and medical students, the conference will feature a variety of highly-respected subject matter experts and workshops designed to address current issues of importance to the health care community. The gala that evening will honor the incoming 226th President of the society, John W. Poole, MD, and recognize 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Robert S. Rigolosi, MD. For more information about the conference and gala, visit

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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.

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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


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.

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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

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.


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.

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.