Issue 06 | February 9, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month Where there is no vision, there is no hope."

- George Washington Carver

As we find ourselves in the midst of February, we reflect on the special designation of Black History Month. This month-long celebration acknowledges, in part, the significant contributions made by Black scholars, nurses, doctors, and surgeons in the field of medicine.

As a salute to these pioneering professionals in the medical field, NJAOPS would like to call out some more notable names to draw attention to their great accomplishments and significant impact:


  1. Dr. Charles Drew (1904–1950): A pioneering African American physician, Dr. Drew was a vital figure in the development of blood transfusion. He established the first large-scale blood bank during World War II and played a crucial role in the process of separating and storing plasma.
  2. Dr. Rebecca Lee (1833–1915): Recognized as the first African American woman to become a physician in the United States, Dr. Rebecca Lee broke barriers in the medical field. She focused on providing healthcare to women and children and worked to improve public health.
  3. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856–1931): Dr. Williams was a prominent African American surgeon who performed one of the world's first successful open-heart surgeries. He also founded Provident Hospital in Chicago, which became the first interracial hospital in the United States.
  4. Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845–1926): Known as the first African American licensed nurse in the United States, Mary Eliza Mahoney made significant contributions to the nursing profession. She co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, advocating for the rights of African American nurses.
  5. Dr. Alexa Canady (1950– ): Dr. Canady made history as the first African American woman to become a neurosurgeon. Her achievements have paved the way for future generations of Black women in the field of neurosurgery.

These individuals, among many others, have left a lasting impact on our professiona and have helped shape the landscape of healthcare with their dedication, skills, and groundbreaking contributions.


AROC 2024 Update

On Wednesday, NJAOPS’ President-Elect, Dan DeFeo, DO, along with the NJAOPS staff, join us at the Hard Rock Hotel to kick off AROC 2024! We are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back in Atlantic City starting on Wednesday, April 10th! We are currently working on buttoning up our program schedule and will be publishing our first official draft within the next week. We also will have several alumni functions hosted on premises this year as well as other networking events. On the exhibit floor, we will also be hosting residency and medical school research posters! More information to come shortly. We truly hope you are able to join us.


This afternoon, Tajma Kotoric had the pleasure of attending a political function for New Jersey’s First Lady, Tammy Murphy, who is kick starting her campaign off for the Senate Seat that was held by incumbent, Bob Menendez. Great discussion surrounding the needs of today’s physicians occurred and we are very grateful for this opportunity with the First Lady.


We hope you enjoy this beautiful, and warm, Super Bowl weekend! Let’s go Chiefs (Tajma’s pick!).

George Scott, DO, DPM

President, 2023-2024, NJAOPS

Tajma Kotoric 

Chief Executive Officer, NJAOPS 

DEA Requirement

For 2024, AROC is offering 2.0 Category 1-A AOA CME Credits and 2.0 Category 1 PRA CME Credits ™ for the new DEA requirement.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits

In 2024, AROC will be offering MOC credits for the following certifying boards: 


  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)

The main page on our website for Attendees is: and here is where you will find credit information and registration forms, among other details...

Online Registration 
Print Registration Download

Discount Code for Hard Rock Hotel: GARC24z

Phone: Call 609-449-6860


Call for Poster Abstracts

Residents & Medical Students

We are accepting poster abstracts for the AROC 2024 Conference. This is your opportunity to present a clinical or research project to over 500 physicians.

Posters will be judged by an expert panel and awarded monetary prizes for first place in each of the categories below:

Research – Summarize the results of a well-defined basic or clinical research project, including a hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, tests for measures of association, succinct discussion of data, etc. All work should be original. Projects may involve observational or interventional studies.

Research also includes Quality Improvement Studies that report on efforts to improve patient safety or outcomes measurement. Such efforts may be projects developed and initiated to promote patient safety and/or processes that have improved or created a safer environment for patients.

Case Presentation – Present a clinical scenario with discussion of an actual patient presentation. A clinical case presentation must include an introduction, case description, and discussion of current practice guidelines for management of the patient’s condition.

For Instructions for Submissions, Click Here.


Once again, NJAOPS will be honoring one of our own at AROC 2024, and we are looking for your nominations!

Below if a link o a survey where you can provide us with your pick, as well as some details on why you think this colleague is the NJAOPS Physician of the Year!

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination!

Have you renewed your membership? Have you contributed to JOPAC?

Thank you in advance.

We need your help…

JOPAC Contributions Helping to Make Connections

NJAOPS’ President, George Scott, DO, DPM with Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6). Your support is needed and appreciated!

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New Jersey!

Lame Duck Session “Wrap Up” – Outstanding Victories

The Lame Duck Session has officially concluded. I am very happy to report that all the scope of practice expansion bills we were opposed to did NOT make it to the Governor’s Desk. Those bills as of January 8, 2024, received no further action. Most of those have been reintroduced in the new Legislative Session which is ongoing as of January 9, 2024.

January 16 at 5 pm was the last day bills on the Governor’s desk could be signed or face a pocket veto. More good news on that front. Two more of our key legislative priorities were signed into law, for a total of three bills where the efforts of the insurance industry to derail them were beaten back.

Many thanks to our leadership, board members, general membership and coalition partners for their support! Membership matters!


A4913/S3133  Requires payers to offer health care providers’ reimbursement by all reasonably available methods of payment. The law becomes effective in 180 days, and applies to all coverage renewals after that date. Credit card payments cannot be the only method of payment offered. This is plainly stated in the law.

Current Status: Signed Into law on 1-8-2024

P.L. 2023, c.247


A1255/S1794     Ensuring Transparency in Prior Authorization Act

This new law moves the needle in a major way. On all “peer to peer” reviews a reviewer must be in the same specialty as the physician requesting. The new tem frames are as follows:

  • Medications: Under current law, PA requests for medications must be decided within 15 days. Under the bill, urgent PA requests for medications must now be decided within 24 hours. Non-urgent requests must be decided in 72 hours. The treating physician decides whether the request is urgent.

  • Diagnostics and procedures: Under current law, insurers must decide PA requests within 15 days. Under the bill, urgent PA requests must be decided within 72 hours; non-urgent requests within nine days if submitted electronically, 12 if submitted on paper. Note: 72 hour turnaround can be decreased if required by medical exigencies of the case. Again, treating physician determines medical exigencies.

  • Missed deadlines result in automatically approved PA requests.

  • Chronic Conditions and Multiple Dates of Service: Where a PA has been granted for treatment of a chronic condition or for a defined series of services (e.g., chemotherapy course of treatment, psychotherapy sessions) no further PA is permitted for six months.

  • In-Specialty Physician Review on Appeals: All denials on appeal must be issued by a physician who has Board certification in a specialty that treats the condition at issue, or the physician must have had experience treating the condition at issue within the last five years.

  • Peer-to-Peer Right: Insurers must provide for a peer-to peer between the reviewing physician and treating physician, at the treating physician’s request, on any denial of an appeal.

  • Insurer Reporting Requirements: Insurers must now report a host of statistics about their PA processes such as the tests/therapies that are subject to PA, approval/denial rates, reasons for denials, and various information about appeals.
  • The new law takes effect on January 1, 2025.


 This new law makes major strides in modifying prior authorization requirements.

Current Status:  Signed into law on 1-16-2024

P.L. 2023, c.296 PAYMENT PARITY FOR TELE-HEALTH (One year extension)

A5757/S4127Revises Reimbursement Payments for provides using telemedicine and telehealth       

Current Status:   Signed into Law



S1522 A2296 Eliminates certain practice restrictions for advance practice nurses.

Current Status: No further action in Lame Duck Session



S4042/A5674 Creates Midwifery Licensing Act                                

Current Status: No further action in Lame Duck Session 


S3841/A5445- Updates scope of practice of optometrists

Current Status: No further action in Lame Duck Session 


A560/S135 –  Revises the “Athletic Training Licensure Act”          

Current Status:     No further action in Lame Duck Session

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