2019 has been a busy year and it’s only halfway over. A special thank you to Advocacy & Management Group for the new feature that allows us to send weekly updates about what is going on in the NJ Legislature and Congress.

Although the lawmakers are in recess in Washington DC, NJSSA has been meeting our U.S. representatives in their home districts through attending fundraisers and visits to their district offices. Many issues have arose despite the best intentions of the Out-Of-Network law to protect patients. These issues include backlog in the arbitration process, disclosure requirement, and mislabeled emergency cases with denial coverage. Lately, some physician groups are encountering difficulties in negotiating contract renewal. While most of the hospital-based anesthesia groups participate with insurance carriers, NJSSA has received reports that insurance carriers reduce in-network rate drastically as an attempt to lower the median in-network rate. The lawmakers need to know that a fair payment benchmark is the key to maintain quality medical care and keep doctors in New Jersey. We encourage members to report to us by contacting Stephanie Summers ( as well as to contact the ASA (

Members can now take advantage of the new on-line re-certification of BLS/ACLS/PALS courses with special promotion during this summer.Click hereto re-certify today!

 With the new school year fast approaching, NJSSA is calling for practicing anesthesiologists to volunteer to offer our interested medical students shadowing opportunities. Contact our office to invest into the future generation entering our field.

 Stay tuned for our next event in the fall. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Christina Chin, M.D., FASA
NJSSA President