March 19, 2018 View Web Version | Text Only Version
The Monday Message
The Fight against the Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Continues

MedChi is working with Maryland hospitals to oppose Senate Bill 30/House Bill 1581. That legislation, supported by the Plaintiffs’ bar, would reverse a long-standing law in Maryland that prohibits "professional witnesses" in medical malpractice cases. 

 

Unfortunately, the Plaintiffs’ bar was successful, and the Senate voted to pass the bill. See how your Senator voted here.  A “yes” vote supports the lawyers; a “no” vote supports physicians and patients.  

 

Under current law, an expert witness may not devote annually more than 20% of their professional time to activities that directly involve testimony in medical malpractice cases. The "20% Rule" ensures that parties in a medical malpractice case must use practicing medical professionals rather than witnesses whose main source of income is derived from testifying in medical malpractice cases. 

 

What can you do?: 

 

1. We have an updated House alert; please send it. You can visit here to log in and send your message to your delegates.

2. Join MMPAC, the Maryland Medical Political Action Committee. Here is an MMPAC’s flyer and information on how you can join. Use this link to join MMPAC. 

 

MedChi will try its best to stop this bill from passing in the House. If we fail in the House, MedChi will ask Governor Hogan to veto this legislation. 

 

For more information on our legislative activity this session, check out our positions, testimony, and archives here.

 

MedChi will continue to be your resource and advocate to protect your profession. 

 

 

Gene Ransom
CEO
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society
 
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Important Announcements
Dues Renewal
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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Medicaid Mail Returns
On January 1, 2018, the Maryland Medicaid program is going to implement an automated process for the disenrollment of Medicaid enrollees whose mail is returned due to an invalid address.  Disenrollment for returned mail due to an incorrect address is not a new policy. It has been a regulatory requirement by the federal and state government for some time. The new automated process is designed to enhance the quality and efficiencies of process. Attached is a two-page fact sheet that describes the new process, identifies specified consumer types who will be excluded from the disenrollment process, and provides information on how an enrollee can report address changes. The Department is asking providers to inform their patients that they must communicate address changes with the State to protect their Medicaid enrollment.  Please contact khayes@medchi.org if you have any further questions about this process.  
 
For more information, here is the Fact Sheet.
 
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MedChi Member Feedback Needed
 A member of our faculty is conducting a study to help understand the issues faced by providers when transitioning their young adult patients with chronic health conditions from pediatric to adult medical care.   She is interested including your membership in the survey.  If you agree, would you copy and paste the message below and send out to the MedChi member listserv.  Thank you very much.
 
One of the distinct challenges faced by emerging adults with chronic illnesses is the transition of their medical care from their long-term pediatric specialty provider to care within the adult health care system.  While conceptually the transition from pediatric to adult care may seem straightforward, the reality is that the transition often is a very difficult process.   Patients, parents, health care providers, and the healthcare delivery systems must be able to negotiate the challenge to transition away from their familiar Pediatric Health Care Provider to an unfamiliar Adult Health Care Provider while providing a continuous management of their chronic health condition.
 
We are conducting a research study to understand the key concerns of pediatric and adult health care providers when preparing patients for transition or receiving patients following transition. We are inviting you to participate because you are a health care practitioner who provides care to adolescents and emerging adults living with a chronic health condition. Your participation is voluntary.  If you agree to participate you will click on the link below which will take you to an anonymous survey.  The survey should take you 5 minutes to complete.  This study has been reviewed by the University of Maryland IRB.  
 
If you have any questions about the survey please contact the Principal Investigator, Vicki Tepper, Ph.D. at 410-706-8931 or via email
 
Here is the link to the survey.  
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Maryland Physician Leadership Institute
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MedChi House of Delegates
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Medical Records Copying Fee Changed/Updated as of January 2018
Please go here for the details of Medical Record Copy Fees for both paper and electronic records.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Colleen George via email or at 410-539-0872 x3360  
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Have You Taken MedChi’s Physician Compensation Survey Yet? We Need Your Input!
Dear Doctors:
 
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, is conducting a survey to serve our mission as Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians and their patients.
 
This survey will examine the salaries, production bonuses, and other recruiting incentives and benefits offered by various types of employers to Maryland physicians across various specialties.
 
Results of this survey are strictly anonymous and will be available to all physicians who participate. We greatly appreciate your time and participation.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Gene Ransom
Chief Executive Officer
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society
 
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From the AMA
Anthem Joint Agreement
Last week, we alerted you that Anthem would not be proceeding with its policy to reduce payments for E&M services reported with CPT modifier 25, and that Anthem expressed a commitment to continuing to work with the American Medical Association (AMA), state medical associations, and national medical specialty societies to address physician concerns with other policies and guidelines. As you know, concerns have been raised regarding Anthem’s policies on the retrospective denial of payment for emergency room visits, restrictions on advanced imaging in hospital outpatient facilities, and the denial of payment for monitored anesthesia care or general anesthesia for cataract surgery.
 
We believe that Anthem’s decision reflects the growing recognition of the need for a different type of dialogue and engagement between health plans and the physician community to improve health care quality, access, and affordability.  Today, the AMA and Anthem jointly released the attached statement indicating that we will be pursuing opportunities for collaboration in the following areas:
 
• Enhance consumer and patient health care literacy
• Develop/enhance and implement value-based payment models for primary and specialty care physicians
• Improve access to timely, actionable data to enhance patient care
• Streamline and/or eliminate low-value prior authorization requirements
 
Current AMA policy supports these four areas of possible collaboration.  It is our hope that these types of proactive interactions between organized medicine and the health insurance industry will lead to improvements in the delivery of affordable, high-quality, patient-centered care, and supplant the arbitrary and problematic policies noted above.
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Prepare for Aprils New Medicare Card – Webinar
The AMA has arranged for a CMS briefing on the new Medicare card on February 21st from 3-4pm eastern time.  The new Medicare card is a result of MACRA’s requirement that CMS issue Medicare cards that do not display Social Security Numbers to address the risk of beneficiary identity theft.  New Medicare cards will be issued beginning in April 2018 and physician offices must be prepared to accept the new Medicare identification number at that time.  
 
As the new Medicare cards will significantly impact physician practices’ workflows, we strongly encourage state and specialty society staff, as well as physicians and their office staff, to attend this webinar.  It will include time for Q & A and will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.  
 
Use this link to register.
 
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Naloxone Demonstration
View and share this demo video showing how to properly administer naloxone, the lifesaving opioid overdose antidote. Previously broadcast live on the AMA's Facebook page, the video presents a demonstration conducted at AMA headquarters by a representative of the Chicago Recovery Alliance. Read more
AMA Economic Impact Study—physicians' impact on their communities extends far beyond the exam room
The 2018 AMA Economic Impact Study quantifies that impact and underscores how physicians are vital economic drivers in their local communities. Access both the national and state-by-state reports here, and share with your colleagues on social media using #PhysiciansImpact. Read more
VIP Vendor of the Week
MedChi Career Center

 
Looking to Fill a Position in Your Medical Office?  Looking for a New Job?
 
Use the MedChi Career Center for both.
 
Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. You can also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
 
Job seekers can use the free service to access employers and jobs in the medical field. In addition to posting your resume, you can browse and view available jobs based on your criteria and save those jobs for later review. You can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match your criteria.
 
Visit the MedChi Career Center website to post a position or post your resume.
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News From the Center for the Private Practice of Medicine
Practice Management Services
MedChi is committed to helping practices remain independent. As your Medical Society, MedChi developed the Center for the Private Practice of Medicine to provide business support tailored to the time constraints of your practice. Please take a moment to review some of the key business services we provide to strengthen your practice. Our goal is to help your practice by providing credible support that meets your needs. For more information, please see attachedRead more
EHR Update
Attention Maryland Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Participants: eMIPP is now unlocked.
 
Maryland Medicaid is now accepting attestations for Program Year 2017. The deadline to attest for Program Year 2017 for both Eligible Providers and Eligible Hospitals has been extended to:  April 13, 2018. 
 
Please visit the Maryland Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website for an Attestation Checklist and the eMIPP User Guide.
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PDMP Timeline Requirements
Effective Thursday, February 15, 2018, all Maryland licensed healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) are required to be registered with the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in order to obtain a CDS registration. Providers that prescribe or dispense CDS will not be able to obtain a new or renewed CDS registration from the Office of Controlled Substances Administration if they have not already registered with the PDMP.
CDS Registrants who have already registered with the PDMP do not need to do anything at this time.
Here is the information on the Timeline Requirements for PDMP registration (July 1, 2017) and usage (July 1, 2018).
 
Reach out to Colleen with any questions via email or 410-539-0872 x3360.
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Recap of Last Week's Events
Allegany County Medical Society Meeting - March 7, 2018
Dennis Dey, MD, President of the Allegany County Medical Society presided over a CME presentation and dinner for the physicians and prescribers of Allegany County, MD.  The CME topic covered, “Employment Contracts for Physicians.”  Gene Ransom, CEO of MedChi, delivered the presentation to the group, along with an update on the 2018 Legislative Session.  Those in attendance were B. Hasslinger, D. Dey, K. Ashker, S. Smith, P. Halmos, S. McCagh, J. Farah, R. Villanueva, A. Behnam & wife, T. Chappell, J. Moen, R. Carpenter, A. Khandare, M. Amir. A motion was made by Dr. Ashker to keep Dr. Dey as acting president of Allegany County. Dr. Hasslinger seconded the motion and all were in favor.  We extended a special welcome to Chris Woodrum, who represented the Maryland Rx Card.  Those in attendance will receive CME credit and a wealth of information to take back to their practices.  Please join us for our next meeting in the summer of 2018.
 
Respectfully submitted by Julie McCormick, Executive Director, Allegany County Medical Society
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Public Health Updates
Great News!
Last week, the Abell Foundation released a new report showing that the alcohol and tobacco tax increases, which we worked so hard to get enacted in 2011 and 2007, are successfully saving lives and funding important public health programs. Many of you have been supporters since we started those campaigns many years ago, and we want to be sure that you see the long-term impact of your efforts! You helped us overcome powerful vested interest opposition to the alcohol and tobacco tax increases.  
 
Please spread the word about our success to your members and through your networks! 
 
 
 
Many thanks also to the Abell Foundation and the authors of the report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Maryland General Assembly Session Update
We continue to make progress to build on our past successes during the 2018 General Assembly Session. Just yesterday, the State Senate unanimously passed our proposal sponsored by Senator Katherine Klausmeier, SB 576,  which will make sure pharmacists can tell consumers about the least expensive way to purchase prescription drugs. We are hopeful that the House of Delegates will also pass its cross-file HB 736, by Delegate Eric Bromwell. Another proposal to establish a Drug Cost Commission to set more affordable rates for high cost drugs (SB 1023/HB1194) had hearings this week and is making progress. Thank you to everyone who came to testify and to those consumers who were featured in our current radio ads.
 
 
 
 
In addition, we are working to stabilize the health insurance marketplace with our "Protect Maryland's Health Care Act" (SB1011/ HB 1167), which would help enroll thousands of Marylanders into coverage for less than the cost of the penalty with federal subsidies, and enrich the State's individual market risk pool. The hearings for this bill went very well, and we will keep you updated on our progress. The Senate also unanimously passed Senator Joanne Benson's Basic Health Plan proposal SB 690, and we are looking forward to the House doing the same for Delegate Robbyn Lewis's cross-filed HB 726. A special thanks to those consumers who testified for this bill!
 
 
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MedChi in the News
Gene Ransom: The Gag Rule Needs To Be Broken (Center Maryland)
Physicians and other medical health professionals share concern with their patient’s over the rising cost of healthcare. As insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles continue to rise, patients feel the pain, and they feel it acutely at their local pharmacy counter. A regimen of life-changing prescription medications should not be a source of stress and anxiety. That's why The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) supports state legislation sponsored by Delegate Bromwell and Senator Klausmeir to eliminate the "gag rule" that prevents pharmacists from telling patients when the out-of-pocket cost of their prescription drug would cost less than their insurance co-pay. (SB 576 / HB 736)
 
Here is a link to the complete article on the Center Maryland website.
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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. Read more

Other News
The Maryland Department of Health and the Health Services Cost Review Commission Announce Third Year Results of Maryland’s All-Payer Model (Maryland Department of Health)
Baltimore, MD (March 16, 2018) – The Health Services Cost Review Commission (Commission), together with the Maryland Department of Health, today announced results from the third full year of Maryland’s All-Payer Model (Model). According to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that captures Model performance through year three of the five-year Model, Maryland is on track to meet or exceed all Model requirements. This includes delivering hospital Medicare savings of $586 million and total hospital and non-hospital Medicare savings of $461 million through the end of the calendar year 2016, while at the same time improving quality and reducing complications for patients. A report summarizing the performance results to date is available on the HSCRC website.
 
The innovative per capita Medicare savings model maintains financial stability in rural hospitals and provides opportunities for health care providers to transform their delivery of care while improving health outcomes and quality of care. It also addresses primary care, allowing for greater coordination of care among the medical community. The Model enables the State and providers to collaborate on statewide population health efforts such as diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions in addition to a purposeful emphasis on reducing opioid use in Maryland. To draw upon a strong partnership with key players in Maryland’s health system, the Stakeholder Innovation Group, an industry-led stakeholder group, was formed.
 
For the complete release, here is the link to the MD Department of Health website.
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The Myth of What’s Driving the Opioid Crisis
As an addiction psychiatrist, I have watched with serious concern as the opioid crisis has escalated in the United States over the past several years, and overdose deaths have skyrocketed. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show fatalities spiraling up to about 42,000 in 2016, almost double the casualties in 2010 and more than five times the 1999 figures. The White House Council of Economic Advisers recently estimated that the opioid crisis cost the nation half a trillion dollars in 2015, based on deaths, criminal justice expenses and productivity losses. Meanwhile, foster care systems are overflowing with children whose parents can’t care for them, coroners’ offices are overwhelmed with bodies and ambulance services are straining small-town budgets. American carnage, indeed.
 
Here is the link to the complete article on the Politico website.
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Frederick doctors join push to raise HPV vaccination rates in Maryland (Frederick News post)
It was cervical cancer that pushed Donna McKinley, then in her 30s, into a significant medical crisis. After years of abnormal Pap smears, doctors decided to perform a cone biopsy, a small surgery to remove tissue from the cervix for testing.
 
What they didn’t know is that they were cutting into a tumor.
 
“Later that day, I was breast-feeding my youngest child and I hemorrhaged,” McKinley said. “It was early in the day, I was alone with my children, and I ended up having to call an ambulance and go to the emergency room.”
 
The Mount Airy resident, now 58, said the ensuing health scare was the worst experience of her life. It was only after she arrived at the hospital and doctors performed an emergency hysterectomy — a surgery to remove the uterus — that she was formally diagnosed with cervical cancer.
 
Here is the link to the complete article on the Frederick News post website.
 
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Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart? (Washington Post)
Brittany was a drug-seeker I knew by name, and I was not surprised when she rolled into the ER for the third time that month. As she lay on a wheeled paramedic bed pushed by an ambulance crew through big bay doors, her shrieks resounded down the hall and into the waiting area. She howled and swore through rotten teeth.
 
Before I uttered a greeting, she demanded that I give her the most powerful intravenous opioids in the hospital, and nothing else would do. This was Brittany’s usual weekly script — every Friday, her mysterious abdominal pain flared up again. During past visits, the simple promise of a prescription miraculously lessened her agony. Despite many extensive workups, tubes of blood wasted on laboratory tests and repeated CT scans pointlessly overexposing her to radiation, no cause of her pain had ever been discovered.
 
Here is the link to the complete article on the Washington Post website.
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Maryland's Rural Areas Don't Have Enough Doctors, Report Finds (Baltimore Sun)
Maryland’s rural areas don’t have enough doctors, forcing residents to travel elsewhere for some medical treatment.
 
Transportation is also a problem in rural areas, with many residents living far from towns and cities, making it hard for some people to get to the doctor.
 
Others living in rural areas can’t afford co-pays and high deductibles, so they sometimes skip getting treated.
 
These are just some of the barriers to adequate health care described in a rural health plan recently released by state health officials. The state contracted with the Maryland Rural Health Association to develop the plan. About 25 percent of Marylanders live in rural areas.
 
The next step is to implement recommendations to address barriers identified in the report, said Temi Oshiyoye, director of the Office of Rural Health at the Maryland Department of Health.
“We don’t want this plan to just sit on a shelf,” Oshiyoye said. “We want it to be a living, breathing document.”
 
Here is the link to the complete article on the Baltimore Sun website.
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From the MedChi Agency
Even the best medical practices can be faced with an employment lawsuit. Are you protected?

 

An integral component of a solid financial plan is adequate disability insurance. It is important to review and know what you have prior to a claim. As a member benefit, our agency offers an in-depth review of your disability portfolio. We will examine your individual, association, and group policies and help determine if the coverage is adequate based on your income, goals, and objectives. 

The disability market has changed over the past few years and it is now possible to obtain 60% of your earnings including bonuses as a monthly benefit. If there is a gap in coverage we can shop the market and find supplemental coverage. We offer a MedChi member 10% discount with Guardian and focus on excellent contractual language as pertains to true ‘own occupational’ coverage in your medical specialty, enhanced residual disability, and an optional long-term care riders.  We can also review your practice’s Group Disability contract and offer alternative quotations. 

To secure a review, please contact Keith Mathis, Sr. Sales Executive, Life & Disability at 443-449-2327 or via email.

For more information, please visit us here.

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MedChi Classifieds
For Lease
A first floor fully furnished busy medical office with reception area, lab, provider offices, and kitchenette. The office is available part-time and located in the Bowie/ Glenn Dale Area. The multi-specialty office complex is professionally owned and managed with ample parking and an onsite pharmacy. Convenient to Routes 50, 301, Metro, Bowie Health Center, Doctors Community Hospital, and AAMC. Map of Location  For more information please contact Chase Nicols at cnichols@priviamedicalgroup.com or call (301)860-1200. Read more
Save the Date: For these Upcoming Events
March 30 – MedChi Medical Use of Cannabinoids Breakfast Series, Episode 2
March 30, 2018
7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Historic Osler Hall at MedChi, 1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland
 
On March 30th, MedChi and MedChi’s Medical Cannabis Taskforce will the 2nd in a series of breakfast meetings addressing issues surrounding the use of Medical Cannabinoids in Maryland. Join us for an educational and informative experience. 
 
Dr. Ehsan Abdenshahian and Natalie M.LaPrade from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission will be our presenter. They will address the work of the Commission regarding regulation, education, n and resources.
 
 
 
1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Accreditation Statement: 
MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
Designation Statement: 
MedChi designates this live 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. 
 
Registration is Open now! Register today at: Medical Cannabinoid Series #2
Questions? Contact Ari Hernandez via email or at 410-539-0872, extension 3306.
 
For more information, please refer to this flyer.
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April 10 - Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic
Baltimore City Medical Society is pleased to announce the first in an ongoing series of  education programs sharing various perspectives on the opioid epidemic.  The first, scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will feature the Honorable Andre Davis, Baltimore City Solicitor.  His office recently filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies alleging the companies misled the public about its products.  Joining Solicitor Davis to share the public policy challenges and responses to the opioid epidemic locally, will be Evan Behrle, Special Advisor, Opioid Policy, with the Baltimore City Health Department. The second program. "The Other PDR" is slated for June 6th, 2018. For registration details: 410-625-0022 or info@bcmsdocs.org.
 
Please Register Here.
 
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April 21 - Practicing a Wellness Lifestyle
This is the second year for Baltimore City Medical Society to explore the growing concern of physician resilience and well-being.  Register today for our continuing medical education activity, Practicing a Wellness Lifestyle What Physician and Non-Physician Leaders Should Know, Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Registration form is HERE or info@bcmsdocs.org or  410-625-0022. Read more
April 29 & September 22 – House of Delegates
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March 21 - Charles County Meeting
Please Join the Charles County Medical Society in Honoring New President,
Richard E. Cook, MD
 
March 21, 2018
  6:00 PM
Prime Street Grille
4680 Crain Highway
White Plains, MD 20695
 
Program:
“Update on Medical Cannabis”
Presented by Gene Ransom,
CEO, MedChi
“Education credit will be available.”
 
Narcan Training with Dianna Abney, MD
 
 RSVP to Cathy Peters via email or by calling 1-800-492-1056 x 3369
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May 3 – Wicomico County Medical Society Meeting
Please Join the Wicomico County Medical Society
 
Thursday
May 3, 2018 at 6 PM
 
Location:
EVO Brewery
201 East Vine Street
Salisbury, MD 21804
 
Topic:
"Medical Cannabis Update*”
Brief Legislative Update
With Gene Ransom, CEO, MedChi
 
Please contact Yolanda Chaikel via email or
410-548-9299 to RSVP by April 25, 2018
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May 30 – MedChi’s 8th Annual Summer Social Event
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September 24 - Physician-Student Exchange
Mark your calendars and plan to participate in the annual "Physician and Student Exchange," Monday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m.  in Osler Hall.  Physicians meet one-to-one with pre-med  and med students to share their career path and answer students' questions about medical school and practice options.  Physicians and students appreciate this experience; join them! Registration is HERERead more
October 20 - Presidential Gala
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The Monday Message
The Fight against the Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Continues
Important Announcements
Dues Renewal
Medicaid Mail Returns
MedChi Member Feedback Needed
Maryland Physician Leadership Institute
MedChi House of Delegates
Medical Records Copying Fee Changed/Updated as of January 2018
Have You Taken MedChi’s Physician Compensation Survey Yet? We Need Your Input!
From the AMA
Anthem Joint Agreement
Prepare for Aprils New Medicare Card – Webinar
Naloxone Demonstration
AMA Economic Impact Study—physicians' impact on their communities extends far beyond the exam room
VIP Vendor of the Week
MedChi Career Center
News From the Center for the Private Practice of Medicine
Practice Management Services
EHR Update
PDMP Timeline Requirements
Recap of Last Week's Events
Allegany County Medical Society Meeting - March 7, 2018
Public Health Updates
Great News!
Maryland General Assembly Session Update
MedChi in the News
Gene Ransom: The Gag Rule Needs To Be Broken (Center Maryland)
Benefits for Patients
Maryland Rx Card Flags Article on Prescription Costs
Other News
The Maryland Department of Health and the Health Services Cost Review Commission Announce Third Year Results of Maryland’s All-Payer Model (Maryland Department of Health)
The Myth of What’s Driving the Opioid Crisis
Frederick doctors join push to raise HPV vaccination rates in Maryland (Frederick News post)
Some patients are in pain. Some just want drugs. How do I tell them apart? (Washington Post)
Maryland's Rural Areas Don't Have Enough Doctors, Report Finds (Baltimore Sun)
From the MedChi Agency
Even the best medical practices can be faced with an employment lawsuit. Are you protected?
MedChi Classifieds
For Lease
Save the Date: For these Upcoming Events
March 30 – MedChi Medical Use of Cannabinoids Breakfast Series, Episode 2
April 10 - Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic
April 21 - Practicing a Wellness Lifestyle
April 29 & September 22 – House of Delegates
March 21 - Charles County Meeting
May 3 – Wicomico County Medical Society Meeting
May 30 – MedChi’s 8th Annual Summer Social Event
September 24 - Physician-Student Exchange
October 20 - Presidential Gala
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