Atlantic Health System is actively monitoring the evolving outbreak of COVID-19 and is dedicated to supporting its physician community. We will update this webpage with resources, guidance and information for medical personnel during this challenging time.
If you have additional questions, please email us.
Executive Order No. 112, signed by Governor Phil Murphy on April 1, 2020, removed barriers to health care professionals assisting in the COVID-19 response and provided additional protections for front line responders.
Through the order, many legal requirements and regulations related to physician practice and advanced practice provider practice are waived. The most significant provision for most doctors is the immunity it confers on physicians from civil liability.
New Jersey provides that licensed health care professionals “shall be immune from civil liability for any damages alleged to have been sustained as a result of the individual’s acts or omissions undertaken in good faith in the course of providing health care services in support of the State’s COVID-19 response, whether or not within the scope of their practice and whether or not such immunity is otherwise available under current law.”
There is expressly no immunity for “acts or omissions that constitute a crime, actual fraud, actual malice, gross negligence or willful misconduct.”
All health care professionals should remain alert for legislative action on the subject.
Resources for Screening Patients
Please note that these resources were developed by Atlantic Health System for Atlantic Health System use on March 23, 2020. Please use at your discretion.
Community Support Line
Staffed by trained Atlantic Health nurses, Atlantic Medical Group physicians, licensed social workers and behavioral health clinicians, this line provides real-time clinical guidance to ensure patients receive the safest and most appropriate level of treatment and support.
Practices calling for clinical guidance for urgent, real-time, point of care (in office or by telephone) COVID patient care issues will be routed to one of our trained nurses who are well-positioned to provide answers. If necessary, the nurse will escalate your issue to one of our physicians. Recommendations given are based on current conditions, knowledge and guidance.
Callers experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be connected to a nurse for consultation and direction. In addition, the line will address callers seeking resources and guidance with issues including food insecurity, housing, job loss, or other social needs.
As this crisis continues to develop, many are facing emotional challenges. Our behavioral health clinicians will offer support for those callers who are feeling lonely, anxious or overwhelmed.
The COVID-19 Community Support Line is available at 862-260-3199, Monday – Friday (9:00am – 5:00pm) and Saturday – Sunday (9:00am – 3:00pm)