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New Jersey Section report

Dr. Joseph L. DeStefanoJoseph L. DeStefano, MD, immediate past section chair

The New Jersey Section Advisory Council met on September 19 and November 19. Our council continues to be involved with the New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortia and March of Dimes and actively collects data from the New Jersey Maternal Mortality Committee.

Thomas Westover, MD, section secretary-treasurer, will represent New Jersey at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meeting this month to help create national standards for maternal mortality review. Dr. Westover attended the ACOG State Legislative Roundtable in September, along with Sharon B. Mass, MD, section chair, and our section lobbyist. Our lobbyist is following several bills of importance to ob-gyns, including legislation regarding ambulatory surgery centers, out-of-network payments, medical liability reform, and false advertising of board certification and scope of practice.

The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance adopted regulations that permit the reimbursement of maternity services on an installment basis. The regulations went into effect in January, and the transition was smooth. New Jersey physicians were able to choose whether they wanted to use the installment payment system or not. Few ob-gyns have opted to be a part of it.

The 2013 New Jersey Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (NJOGS) Annual Meeting (cosponsored by our section and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses New Jersey Section) will take place June 23–24 at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Linda Bartolo at 973-597-0938 or lbartolo@successcomgroup.com. All are welcome, so please join us!