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New Jersey Patients Deserve to Know Who is Responsible for Their Health Care

Thursday, June 11, 2020  

Medical Society of New Jersey Proposes New Law to Help End Patient Confusion, Ensure Greater Transparency Between Healthcare Professionals and Patients in New Jersey

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – In an effort to help provide clarity and transparency for New Jersey patients, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently introduced legislation (S-2465) that helps ensure patients know the education, training and licensure of their health care provider.

Under the “New Jersey Health Care Transparency Act,” all health care professionals will be required to wear a name tag during all patient encounters, clearly identifying the type of license they hold. Health care professionals will also have to clearly display their education, training and licensure in their office.

“Patients deserve to know whether the health care provider they see is a physician, registered nurse, chiropractor or other medical professional,” said Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, Manager of Government Relations at MSNJ. “It’s not enough for patients to simply hear, ‘Hi, I’m Dr. X.’ This legislation will ensure increased transparency for patients, so that they know exactly who is providing care to them, allowing them to make more informed decisions about their personal health care.”  

This bill comes on the heels of a survey conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) that shows there is significant public confusion about the qualifications of different health care providers.

The new bill will also promote “truth in advertising” among health care professionals, requiring that any advertisements placed or professional websites created by a medical professional do not promote services beyond what the professional is legally permitted to provide. These advertisements or websites must be free of deceptive or misleading information and must identify the professional license clearly.

“It is important for patients to know the specific background and professional qualifications of their health care providers,” said Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ. “During public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic, transparency of this nature is especially critical, when all hands are on deck to provide patients the timely care they need. As such, all health care professionals – physicians and non-physicians alike – should clearly display their education and licensure, so that patients know exactly who is responsible for their care.”

For more information about MSNJ, visit: www.msnj.org.