October 2, 2017
The Monday Message
HSCRC Report Shows Hospital Physician Costs
On September 13, 2017, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) presented its report, which reviewed the two major categories of physician costs incurred by hospitals.
 
• Costs associated with physicians who provide non-Part B professional services in the regulated hospital
 
• Losses associated with the provision of physician services by hospital-employed physicians or by physician practices that are owned (at least 50%) by the hospital.
 
Prior to FY2016, hospitals only reported the expenses and revenues associated with physician Part B professional services in the aggregate.  However, effective FY2016, hospitals must report expenses and revenues according to the physician’s practice (hospital or non-hospital based) and specialty.
 
The HSCRC report shows some amazing information regarding physician-associated costs incurred by hospital.  According to the report, the net losses associated with hospital-based physician Part B professional services in FY2016 amounted to $207,268,700.  In comparison, the net losses associated with non-hospital based physician Part B professional services were $337,721,420. 
 
The complete HSCRC report can be found here.
 
MedChi intends to conduct additional research on the ramifications and significance of this data. If you are interested in this issue, please contact us.
 
Gene M. Ransom III 
CEO, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society
 

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Important Announcemnts
October 28- MedChi Presidential Gala
 
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Reminder
Reaffirm your commitment to physicians in Maryland by renewing your 2018 MedChi dues online today.  80% of your MedChi dues are tax deductible. If you have any questions about your membership dues, please reach out to Ginger Tinsley at gtinsley@medchi.org or at 410-539-0872 ext. 3330
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Talk to Your Patients. Older Adults Need a Yearly Flu Shot!
While flu seasons can differ in severity, during most seasons, adults 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease, making it especially important for older adults to get an annual flu shot. In recent years, it’s estimated that between 71% and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. Between 54% and 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group.
 
You have the power to fight the flu this season. Protect yourself and your patients with a flu vaccine. Learn more information about flu and flu vaccines.
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MACRA/MIPS
Doing the MIPS Minimum – Penny Wise, but Pound Foolish?
Are you planning to “do the MIPS minimum” - the “Test” reporting option - in 2017 and submit the minimum amount of data possible to avoid the penalty?  Perhaps every silver lining does not have a cloud, but “Pick Your Pace” sure does.  We cheered when the SGR was buried, only to see MIPS emerge from the grave.  Perhaps the “Pick Your Pace” regulations should undergo more scrutiny before we throw out hats into the air at this regulatory “reprieve.”  
 
Please click HERE to read more about what you can do to not only avoid the penalty, but receive an incentive payment!
 
For questions regarding MIPS or any other Practice Management concerns, please contact Colleen George at cgeorge@medchi.org or 410-539-0872 X3360
 
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VIP Vendor of the Week
Maryland Access Point

Maryland Access Point (MAP) is single entry point for individuals seeking long term care and support services. Maryland has twenty MAP sites providing statewide direct telephone and in person assistance for consumers seeking information, referral and program support for long term services. Through MAP’s toll free number, trained options counselors, and online searchable directory older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers can learn and access services.

The core philosophy of MAP is to promote aging with dignity in the home or community and decreased use of institutional or nursing facility care. With over 17,000 private and public resources, MAP is your first contact to search, understand, and plan options for long-term supports and services. For more information, call 1 (844) 627-5465 or visit www.MarylandAccessPoint.info

 
 
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Benefits for Patients
Maryland Rx Card Flags Article on Prescription Costs


The Maryland Rx Card provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs at local pharmacies.  This program has no restrictions on membership, no income requirements, no age limitations and no applications to fill out.  The card may also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription drug benefits. Additionally, people who have prescription drug benefits may use the card for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. Please email cjohannesen@medchi.org if you would like to be sent cards.

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Photos From Last Week
September 25th, Maryland Rural Council Report


Members of the Talbot, Kent, Queen Anne's and Dorchester County Medical Societies enjoy dinner and a presentation on the "Rural Maryland Council" report. The presentation was held at the Tidewater Inn and the speaker was Charlotte Davis, Executive Director of the Rural Maryland Council.

 

 

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September 25th, Baltimore City Medical Society Student-Physician Exchange
Dr. Larry Yap talks with students at the annual BCMS Physician-Student Exchange, held September 25 at MedChi.

Dr. Anne Bailowitz listens to students interested in pediatrics.
 
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From the AMA
One Patient. One Measure. No Penalty
This is the first year physicians will need to report information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under Medicare's new Quality Payment Program (QPP). You can pick your pace of reporting for 2017 under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the QPP. Check out the AMA video and other payment information to help you avoid penalties.
 
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The Value of Refinancing
 AMA members who use Credible can receive financing offers as low as 2.78 percent APR and get a $420 bonus once financing is complete. (Additional terms and conditions may apply.) Student loan lenders buy out loans—public and private—from existing servicers, allowing physicians to have one new medical education loan at a potentially lower interest rate. The average physician can save more than $50,000 by refinancing, according to Credible.
 
Remind your colleagues to be part of our efforts to improve the profession and better serve their patients by joining or renewing their AMA membership. Have them call (800) 262-3211 or visit ama-assn.org/join.
 
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AMA Webinar: Thriving Under MIPS – Where to Start? Breaking Down the Complexity of MIPS
With many feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), physicians struggle to answer one key question – Where do I start? To help assuage this issue, the AMA has released a new customizable resource – the MIPS Action Plan – that breaks down the complexity of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of QPP into specific actionable steps. In this 1-hour webinar, attendees will learn how to use this tool to create and/or validate their strategies for MIPS implementation in 2017. Chris Botts, AMA Care Delivery and Payment Manager will be the presenter. Click here to register.
 
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
                
1:00PM to 2:00PM ET
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AMA Quality Improvement Webinar – Root-Cause Analysis: Digging Deep to Improve
Without an understanding of what is really driving poor quality or performance, it is difficult to improve. Root-cause analysis is a critical tool in the quality improvement tool box that allows professionals to understand what’s at the heart of the problem, and then develop improvement ideas that can make a difference. How can you improve if you do not understand the challenge and the contributing factors?
 
In this 1-hour webinar, PCPI Director of Quality Improvement Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, will cover three common forms of root-cause analysis, discuss the advantages of applying these methods to different circumstances and environments, and how root-cause analysis is used as the basis for creating and implementing ideas that lead to robust improvement. Click here to register.
 
When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
 
1:00PM to 2:00PM ET
 
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Other News
CareFirst Opioid Policy Letter to Medical Associations
As of October 1, 2017, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) will have the same opioid prescribing guidelines that are outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) for chronic pain. Click here for the letter that MedChi received from Arif Khan, Vice President, TCCI Program Oversight.
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Physicians and Pharmacists Needed for Maryland Department of Health DUR Board
The Maryland Department of Health Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board is recruiting physicians and pharmacists to serve on the Maryland DUR Board beginning January 2018. The activities of the DUR Board include: overseeing retrospective and prospective DUR within the Maryland Medicaid Program; approving DUR criteria and standards; making recommendations concerning education and other types of interventions based on prospective and retrospective DUR findings; and many more. 
 
For more information, please contact Gina Homer at the Maryland Medicaid Pharmacy Program at 410-767-1749 or via email at Gina.Homer@Maryland.gov.
 
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Maryland HIMSS Chapter ANNOUNCES ANNUAL HEALTH IT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES
Baltimore, Maryland (September 26th, 2017) –   The Maryland HIMSS Chapter is pleased to announce the recipient of their annual Health IT scholarship.  The application process requires students to be actively pursuing additional education in a health IT related field/course of student.  Applicants are reviewed and selected based on personal statement, recommendations, and need.  
 
“We were once again astonished with the application submissions.  There were many individuals that really impressed the review committee, but one stood out in particular.  We are therefore honored to present a scholarship to Unique Moore,” said Debra Roper, Chair of Professional Development for the Maryland HIMSS Chapter and Director of Information Technology at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
 
For the complete article please click this link.
 
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State Health Officials Held in Contempt Over Psych Beds (Conduit Street)
A continued lack of available beds in State psychiatric hospitals has individuals court ordered to treatment stuck waiting in local jails until beds open, and has resulted in a judge holding State officials in contempt of court for failing to adequately address the crisis.
 
The issue of mental health beds for criminal defendants has been a thorny issue for the State. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Department of Health formed a stakeholder group in 2016 to analyze and make recommendations to remedy the lack of capacity at state mental hospitals. While some progress was made the backlog of available beds has persisted.
 
For the complete article click this link to the Conduit Street website.
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PhRMA Board of Directors Establishes New Membership Criteria (PhRMA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2017) — Demonstrating its commitment to representing research- based biopharmaceutical companies, the board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today approved new criteria for membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to meet new research and development (R&D) requirements in order to be eligible to join PhRMA.
 
“By putting in place new membership criteria, the board is sending a clear message that being a member of PhRMA means being committed to doing the time-intensive, scientifically sound research it takes to bring bold new advances in treatments and cures to patients,” said Joaquin Duato, PhRMA board chairman and worldwide chairman, pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson.
 
For the complete article click this link to the PhRMA website.
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State-Regulated Payor EHR Incentive Program
Did you know Maryland primary care practices are eligible for additional electronic health record (EHR) incentives? MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, successfully lobbied the State to create the State-Regulated Payor HER Incentive Program. We are the first state with additional incentives for primary care practices above the Federal Medicare/Medicaid Meaningful Use program. If you have previously attested to meaningful use under the Medicare or Medicaid EHR adoption incentive program, and you have not already received an EHR adoption incentive payment from a State-regulated payor you may be eligible for an incentive payment.
 
For more information on State-Regulated Payor EHR Incentives, please see the attached.
 
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Physician Practice Survey
The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) would like to gain a better understanding as to how physician practices are using health information technology. The MHCC is an independent regulatory agency with broad responsibility in health care; one of its tasks is to advance the use of health IT. As a member of MedChi, MHCC is asking for your assistance to complete a brief online survey regarding health IT adoption. The survey questions center on electronic health records, health information exchange, and telehealth.
 
The survey should take about five minutes to complete and can be accessed at the following link. The MHCC plans to use the findings to identify strategies to help physician practices meet the care delivery requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MedChi encourages members to complete the survey, which will be available online through September 1st.
 
The MHCC will share the results of the survey with MedChi around the end of the year. The results will be anonymized and findings presented at a statewide level. Please feel free to contact Justine Springer at justine.springer@maryland.gov (410-764-3777), or Alana Sutherland at alana.sutherland@maryland.gov (410-764-3330) with any questions
 
Here is a copy of the telehealth and EHR survey for convenience. 
 
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News from a Center for Healthy Maryland
MDH requests review of regulations from MedChi members
In accordance with the Regulatory Review and Evaluation Act, State Government Article, §§ 10-130—10-139, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) reviews and evaluates certain regulations codified within Subtitle 52 of Title 10 of the Code of Maryland Regulations. The purpose of these reviews and evaluations are to determine whether existing regulations continue to accomplish the purposes for which they were adopted, clarify ambiguous or unclear language, and repeal obsolete or duplicative provisions.       
 
We have identified MedChi as one of the partners from which we would like to receive comments. Please send any comments you might have about these regulations to phpa.oss@maryland.gov with the subject “RREA COMAR 10.52.05”or the subject “RREA COMAR 10.52.11” as applicable. Comments must be received no later than September 25, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
 
The two infectious disease related regulations under review are:
 
COMAR 10.52.05 “Pertussis and Pertussis Vaccine
 
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From the MedChi Agency
CareFirst Individual Market Rate Increase
 
The Maryland Insurance Administration announced approval for a 34.4% rate increase on Blue Choice HMO individual plans and a 49.9% rate increase on Blue Cross PPO Consumer Direct individual products for the “under 65 marketspace,” effective January 1, 2018. This increase is significant for those who have individual plans with CareFirst. If you dissolved your practice or left your small group plan a couple years ago in favor of a lower cost individual plan rates, you may want to reconsider returning to the small group market again to avoid a major increase in your IMD renewal premiums as of January 1, 2018.  
 
For additional information and to obtain a proposal for a small group plan, please contact one of our Employee Benefit representatives for more details at (800) 543-1262.
 
• Diana Smith, Employee Benefits Supervisor – Ext. 4423 or Email DSmith@medchiagency.com
 
• Janet Sonneman, Employee Benefits Account Manager- Ext.4425 or Email JSonneman@medchiagency.com
 
• Denise Dauses, Employee Benefits Consultant – Ext. 4428 or Email DDauses@medchiagency.com
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ATTENTION MEDCHI MEMBERS – It's Time For A Second Opinion!

When did you last review your insurance coverage to make certain there are no gaps in coverage or insufficient limits? Are you taking advantage of all the discounts to which you are entitled and paying a competitive premiumNow is the time to receive a “Second Opinion” to ensure peace of mind and confidence. 

 
Take advantage of our Second Opinion, “no obligation” review today, and let us help you feel confident that your insurance coverage is adequate.  Contact Keith Mathis at 443.449.2324, or via email at KMathis@medchiagency.com
 
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Medical Marijuana! Are you covered?
Will you be screening patients to see if they may benefit from medical cannabis? The MedChi Insurance Agency can help answer your insurance coverage questions and make sure that you have proper coverage for this potential new malpractice liability.  For additional information and a zero obligation malpractice insurance review, please contact Ron Kendall, Sales Executive at 443.449.2334 or via email, at RKendall@medchiagency.com
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Hospital Indemnity with Colonial Life
Health care costs continue to rise, and employers continue to struggle with how to provide quality, affordable health coverage for their employees. As you move toward higher-deductible plans, your employees are facing broader gaps, with higher deductibles and rising medical care costs.
 
You can’t stop the costs from rising. You can’t cover all the gaps in coverage. But you can move to a solution that helps you lower your health care costs, and helps your employees cover their increasing out-of-pocket costs.
 
• It’s flexible
 
-  Colonial Life’s Hospital Indemnity insurance offers five plan designs, so you can choose the plan that works best for your business and your benefits package.
 
• It’s affordable
 
O Both employers and employees will find Colonial Life’s Hospital Indemnity affordable. Employers can choose to have employees pay the premium, or pay all or some of the premiums themselves.
 
• It’s easy
 
- The plans use an easy-to-understand schedule of indemnity benefits. When an insured is confined to the hospital because of an accident or sickness, he or she submits the claim information. Some plans also include benefits for outpatient surgery, emergency room visits and diagnostic testing.
 
- Colonial Life pays an indemnity benefit directly to the insured. The benefit can be used to pay for out-of-pocket expenses and bills, as the insured chooses. These claims aren’t tied to major medical claim decisions, so the process is quick and easy.
 
For additional information and to obtain a proposal for your practice, please contact one of our Employee Benefit representatives for more details at (800) 543-1262.
 
• Diana Smith, Employee Benefits Supervisor – Ext. 4423 or Email 
 
• Janet Sonneman, Employee Benefits Account Manager- Ext.4425 or Email 
 
• Denise Dauses, Employee Benefits Consultant – Ext. 4428 or Email 
 
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Save the Date
October 3- Sign Up For MDFAP’s Expert Interactive Panel Presentation – Highlight on Vaccinations 4 Teens

October 3, 2017 – Sheraton Towne Center Columbia
Dinner Included! No Registration Fee!
MODERATOR: 
Nancy Beth Barr, M.D.Medical Director, Family Health Center, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore
MDAFP Vice President of Education 
 
TOPICS/PANELISTS:  
 
HPV Vaccination Clinical Update & A Survivor’s Story
Niharika Khanna, M.D., Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
and
Tamika Felder, Chief Visionary, Cervivor, Upper Marlboro
 
Increasing Immunization Rates in Maryland
Cheryl De Pinto, M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Office of Population Health Improvement, Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore
 
Practical Pearls for Vaccine Counseling
Scott Krugman, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Director, Medical Education
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore
 
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October 3- Wicomico County Medical Society Meeting
Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm at the EVO Brewery. For more information, see the flyer.
 
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October 4- Healthcare for Everyone: A Physician’s Perspective.
Wednesday, October 4th at 6pm at Carrol County Community College. For more information, please see the flyer.
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October 11- The Charles County Medical Society Presents, “The Rural Maryland Council Update” With Charlotte Davis, CEO
Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm at the Prime Street Grille. For more information, see the flyer.
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October 12 and 13- Project Homeless Connection Baltimore
Please join MSEPS in providing vision services to those in need at Project Homeless Connect Baltimore on Thursday October 12th and Friday October 13th at the Baltimore convention center. With your help, we can provide ophthalmic care for up to 600 homeless individuals. We will provide comprehensive eye exams and same day glasses from the RAM mobile eye van. We are in need on ophthalmologist and vision technicians so please encourage your staff to join us! Full day and have day volunteer opportunities are available. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided. 
 
All volunteers must register through the RAM website
 
Please email rlevin@som.umaryland.edu with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this year's event.
 
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October 14-Opioid Safety Overview, Pain Management and Beyond
Join us Saturday, October 14 at St. Agnes Hospital from 8:30am to 1pm, as we look at opioids in the state of Maryland. This event will  provide an overview of concerns had by providers of Maryland, such as overdoes and prescribing opioids to high risk patients. This event will also provide educational information and resources related to national guidelines to aid providers in the safe and effective prescribing of opioid based, while avoiding the risk for abuse and overdose. This event will count as a (4) AMA Category 1 Credits.
 
The general registration for this event opens up  September 29th .
 
Please register through this link.
 
All volunteers must register through the RAM website.
 
Please email rlevin@som.umaryland.edu with any questions. We look forward to your participation in this year's event.
 
Here is the flyer for more information.
 
 
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October 19- Allegany County Medical Society Quarterly Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 19 at 6pm at the Western Maryland Regional Health Center. For more information, see the flyer.
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October 19- The Louis J. Kolodner Memorial Lecture
MedChi, in collaboration with the family of Dr. Kolodner, the Kolmac Clinic and the Maryland Psychiatric Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Louis J. Kolodner Memorial Lecture. Dr. Michael Fingerhood will present “Treating Substance Use Disorders in a Primary Care Setting” This lecture will provide 1.5 CME Credits for free.
 
Michael Fingerhood, MD, FACP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University and director of the Division of Chemical Dependence at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The mission of his career has been to promote and improve the provision of medical care to patients with substance abuse, including those with HIV and hepatitis C, with the development, maintenance and evaluation of innovative programs related to the care of these individuals.
 
In his lecture, Dr. Fingerhood will address the epidemic of opioid use disorder; the treatment of opioid use disorder; and the integrating of treatment for opiate use disorder with medical care, and the benefit of this integration for patients, providers and the health system.
 
Louis J. Kolodner, M.D., was born in 1911. He attended Baltimore City College, Johns Hopkins University and received his Medical Degree from University of Maryland in 1936. He served his internship and residency at Sinai Hospital. He followed this with service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, which included duty in the Invasions of Normandy and Southern France.
 
He was an active MedChi member serving as Vice-President and as chairman on numerous committees. He was described by colleagues as a person who “when he saw the need for something to be done, he did it.”
 
Later in life, when faced with his own mortality he wrote in an article, “A protective mechanism takes over and the intolerable becomes tolerable, the fear less fearful, and death itself a necessary end that will come when it will come.”
 
He was persuasive, knowledgeable, a teacher, a professor, a friend, a father and a physician. The Louis J. Kolodner Memorial Lectureship was established to honor this man.
 
Join your colleagues for dinner and a presentation jointly-provided by the Kolmac Clinic, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society and co-sponsored by the Maryland Psychiatric Society on Thursday, October 19th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in historic Osler Hall, in the MedChi facility on 1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Register now via this link: Register, or contact Brandy Littlejohn at blittlejohn@kolmac.com or call 301-589-0255 
 
This program is approved for 1.5 CMEs
 
CME Accreditation Statement: “This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society,
 
and the Kolmac Clinic. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
CME Designation Statement: MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”
 
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October 19- Trivia & Keynote: MCMS General Membership Meeting
Montgomery County Medical Society's General Membership Meeting on October 19 will open with Medical Trivia, during which attendees can compete to win prizes and show off their savvy. 
 
Keynote: Using Storytelling to Drive Physician Influence, Communication and Wellbeing, Professor John Trybus, APR of Georgetown University will present a keynote on why storytelling is a powerful way for all human beings to connect, and how to apply those principles as a part of a quality of care strategy. He will discuss how to incorporate storytelling as a communication tool to drive influence and wellbeing, to benefit patients and yourself. Professor Trybus leads and manages Georgetown's Center for Social Impact Communication, a research and action center working to ignite the power of social strategy. RSVP Today!
 
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October 20 - Comprehensive HealthCare Series
Friday, October 20, 2017 from 7:30-10:30 am Teach Me Dental will be hosting an important and innovative conference, the first of a three part Comprehensive HealthCare Series for all in the medical community. 
 
You will engage with national thought leaders from various areas of medicine brought together to discuss the correlation between oral conditions and systemic diseases.
 
Moderated by Dr. Hazel D. Glasper, this series will provide a broader understanding of total body health.
 
Book signing by: Author Mary Otto, ‘Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America’
 
This event will take place at The Hotel at Arundel Preserves in Arundel Mills, MD.
 
Sponsors Care Credit and Sandy Spring Bank
 
More information and registration is available by visiting this link.
 
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October 22- Women in Medicine: 10th Annual Networking Brunch
Please join us to celebrate our 10th Annual Women in Medicine Networking Brunch at the home of our gracious host Shannon P. Pryor, M.D.
 
Enjoy fabulous food while conversing with other women physicians. It's more than networking, it's camaraderie with colleagues who can genuinely relate to your experiences as a physician and it's community building, as you connect with potential referral sources and future friends. Bring your business cards! Click here to RSVP. 
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October 25- Carroll County Medical Society Meeting
Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm at Liberatore’s Restaurant. For more information, see the flyer.
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November 10-11- MMDA Annual Meeting and Conference
Mark your calendars, Friday and Saturday, November 10-11, 2017, for the annual meeting and conference of MMDA, The Mid-Atlantic Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Inc.  Speaker presentations, interactive sessions and the latest updates on issues and concerns in post-acute and long term care will be offered.  The meeting and conference will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, MD.  For details and registration information - mmdawebsite@gmail.com or 410-625-0022.
 
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November 16- First-ever Legislative Panel Discussion featuring Maryland State Legislators
Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30pm-8pm
 
The event will take place in Osler Hall at MedChi’s Baltimore Office (1211 Cathedral Street, 21201). Dinner provided. RSVP to Yelena Shapiro at yshapiro@medchi.org
 
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November 18- BCMS Medical Career Pathways
On Saturday, November 18, the second Medical Career Pathways will allow attendees to learn more about preparation for applying to and doing well in medical school.  Over 100 eager students attended last year and heard from representatives from medical schools, medical students, residents and physicians.  This year's program will offer both speaker presentations and interactive and small group sessions on preparing for the MCAT and completing the medical school application.  
 
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November 30-Baltimore City Medical Society and Baltimore County Medical Society Meeting
Senator Cardin and Congressman Harris to Speak
 
Join members and guests of Baltimore City Medical Society and Baltimore County Medical Association for a combined general membership meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., in MedChi's historic Osler Hall.  The Annual Furlong Memorial Lecture will feature Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris in a discussion, "Reforming Health Care Reform".  There is no fee for BCMS/BCMA/MedChi members to attend. For registration information: info@bcmsdocs.org or 410-625-0022.
 
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The Monday Message
HSCRC Report Shows Hospital Physician Costs
Important Announcemnts
October 28- MedChi Presidential Gala
Reminder
Talk to Your Patients. Older Adults Need a Yearly Flu Shot!
MACRA/MIPS
Doing the MIPS Minimum – Penny Wise, but Pound Foolish?
VIP Vendor of the Week
Maryland Access Point
Benefits for Patients
Maryland Rx Card Flags Article on Prescription Costs
Photos From Last Week
September 25th, Maryland Rural Council Report
September 25th, Baltimore City Medical Society Student-Physician Exchange
From the AMA
One Patient. One Measure. No Penalty
The Value of Refinancing
AMA Webinar: Thriving Under MIPS – Where to Start? Breaking Down the Complexity of MIPS
AMA Quality Improvement Webinar – Root-Cause Analysis: Digging Deep to Improve
Other News
CareFirst Opioid Policy Letter to Medical Associations
Physicians and Pharmacists Needed for Maryland Department of Health DUR Board
Maryland HIMSS Chapter ANNOUNCES ANNUAL HEALTH IT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES
State Health Officials Held in Contempt Over Psych Beds (Conduit Street)
PhRMA Board of Directors Establishes New Membership Criteria (PhRMA)
State-Regulated Payor EHR Incentive Program
Physician Practice Survey
News from a Center for Healthy Maryland
MDH requests review of regulations from MedChi members
From the MedChi Agency
CareFirst Individual Market Rate Increase
ATTENTION MEDCHI MEMBERS – It's Time For A Second Opinion!
Medical Marijuana! Are you covered?
Hospital Indemnity with Colonial Life
Save the Date
October 3- Sign Up For MDFAP’s Expert Interactive Panel Presentation – Highlight on Vaccinations 4 Teens
October 3- Wicomico County Medical Society Meeting
October 4- Healthcare for Everyone: A Physician’s Perspective.
October 11- The Charles County Medical Society Presents, “The Rural Maryland Council Update” With Charlotte Davis, CEO
October 12 and 13- Project Homeless Connection Baltimore
October 14-Opioid Safety Overview, Pain Management and Beyond
October 19- Allegany County Medical Society Quarterly Membership Meeting
October 19- The Louis J. Kolodner Memorial Lecture
October 19- Trivia & Keynote: MCMS General Membership Meeting
October 20 - Comprehensive HealthCare Series
October 22- Women in Medicine: 10th Annual Networking Brunch
October 25- Carroll County Medical Society Meeting
November 10-11- MMDA Annual Meeting and Conference
November 16- First-ever Legislative Panel Discussion featuring Maryland State Legislators
November 18- BCMS Medical Career Pathways
November 30-Baltimore City Medical Society and Baltimore County Medical Society Meeting
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Baltimore, MD  21201
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