The Fellows Research Dinner will be held
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg, NJ
The 2nd Annual
House of Delegates Meeting
May 1, 2015 • 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Crowne Plaza Princeton 870 Scudders Mill Road, Princeton, NJ
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Call your senators district offices:
Senator Robert Menendez: (973) 645-3030;
Senator Cory Booker: (973) 639-8700
Or by using the AMA's toll-free Grassroots Hotline: (888) 434-6200.
Send an urgent email to your senators reinforcing the need for SGR repeal now.
This is urgent! The current SGR patch has expired; physicians are being hit with a 21 percent cut to Medicare - your voice is needed now, more than ever!
A copy of the bill summary can be obtained by calling the Society office and be sure to check out fixmedicarenow.org for all the latest.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY
2015 ANNUAL FELLOWS RESEARCH DINNER
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS & POSTERS
July 2015 opening for an Infectious Diseases Fellow at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. The program is 2 years and offers a rich diversity of training experiences at 3 unique teaching sites: University Hospital, an inner-city university medical center with active HIV, HCV and liver transplant programs; Hackensack University Medical Center, a large suburban medical center with a premier oncology and stem cell transplant program; and a busy VA medical center. Research opportunities are available at each of the teaching sites. The ABIM Infectious Diseases Board Examination pass rate for our graduates has been 100% for over 10 years. Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-approved Internal Medicine Residency program by June 30, 2015. J-1 visas are supported. Interested candidates should send their CV by e-mail to:
Lisa Dever, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Hydrocodone Combination Products rescheduled as a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Effective October 6, 2014
Enterovirus‐D68 (EV‐D68) Frequently Asked Questions
Prescription Blanks Final Extension
The Division of Consumer Affairs (Division) is granting a final extension through November 2, 2014 for prescribers to issue prescriptions on the old prescription blanks (blue on the front). Effective November 3, 2014, all prescriptions must be issued only on the new prescription blanks (green on the front). Please see the attached document from the Division of Consumer Affairs. Please see the attached document from the Division of Consumer Affairs.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Clinical Guidelines for Initial Evaluation of Suspect Cases of Ebola Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society office. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
End-of-Life Care Continuing Medical Education UpdateThe New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners requires 100 continuing medical education credits, of which at least 40 of such credits shall be in Category I. Commencing with this biennial renewal period which started on July 1, 2013, two of the 40 credits in Category I courses shall, pursuant to P.L. 2011, c. 145 (C.45:9-7.7), be in programs or topics related to end-oflife care. The Board is aware that many hospitals and a wide variety of other CME providers are offering a variety of courses that will satisfy this 2 hour requirement.
President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 on April 1, 2014. The new law prevents the scheduled payment reduction for physicians who treat Medicare patients. This new law maintains the 0.5% update for services from January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014 for the period of April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. It also provides a zero percent update to the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule through March 31, 2015.
Section 212 of the Law allows for an extension of the ICD10 implentation to not before October 1, 2015.
NEW JERSEY PRESCRIPTION BLANK UPDATE!!
The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs has revised the security of NJ Prescription Blanks. All physicians must begin using the new blanks on August 18, 2014. Approved vendors will be able to continue to sell the old blanks until May 18, 2014.
A separate NJPB must be utilized for each prescription written for a controlled dangerous substance.
Each new prescription blank must include: a unique 15 digit identifier and barcode for each blank; the name of the prescriber or healthcare facility; address; license of the authorized prescriber; NPI number, thermal activated ink in the Rx logo; (microprint viewable at 5 times magnification or greater that is illegible upon photocopying); the word "VOID" that is only visible upon photocopying or scanning of the blank.
A list of approved vendors can be obtained by calling the Society office.
New Jersey Department of Health Reminds Residents To Take
As expected, New Jersey is experiencing an increase in norovirus outbreaks and Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd reminds residents to take precautions to protect their health. Colds and flu are not the only infections that thrive in the winter. Norovirus - sometimes called the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis, or food poisoning - also likes the colder weather.
Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the US. It is estimated that each year, more than 20 million cases of gastroenteritis are caused by norovirus. That means that 1 in every 15 Americans will become ill from norovirus each year. In New Jersey, approximately 100 norovirus outbreaks are reported to the health department each fall-winter season.
For additional information about norovirus please visit: nj.gov/health/cd/norovirus/index.shtml or www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html
IMPORTANT MEDICARE UPDATE/SGR fix
Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This new law prevents a scheduled payment cut for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on January 1, 2013. The new law provides for a zero percent update for such services through December 31, 2013. This provision guarantees seniors have continued access to their doctors by fixing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) through the end of 2013.
The new law extends several provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Job Creation Act) as well as provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the following Medicare fee-for-service policies (with January 1, 2013, or October 1, 2012, effective dates) have been extended. Please note that these provisions do not reflect all of the Medicare provisions in the new law, and more information about other provisions will be forthcoming.
Section 601 – Medicare Physician Payment Update – The new law provides for a zero percent update for claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently revising the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) to reflect the new law’s requirements as well as technical corrections identified since publication of the final rule in November. The 2013 conversion factor is $34.0230.
In order to allow sufficient time to develop, test, and implement the revised MPFS, Medicare claims administration contractors may hold MPFS claims with January 2013 dates of service for up to 10 business days (i.e., through January 15, 2013). Those claims should be released into processing no later than January 16, 2013. Claims with dates of service prior to January 1, 2013, are unaffected. Medicare claims administration contractors will be posting the MPFS payment rates on their websites no later than January 23, 2013.
CMS is extending the 2013 annual participation enrollment period through February 15, 2013. Therefore, participation elections and withdrawals must be post-marked on and before February 15, 2013. The effective date for any participation status changes elected by physicians during the extension remains January 1, 2013.
Additional information will be disseminated as it is received. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society office.