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June 22, 2020
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Fighting to Improve the Economics of Physician Practice During COVID

MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, the largest physician organization of Maryland, has spent a large part of the last 100 days working on behalf of its members and the frontline workers that are working tirelessly to lead us through the COVID-19 pandemic.A major focus of that work is attempting to protect physicians’ economic interest. We have most recently focused on three programs to improve the economic situations of Maryland physicians. 

 
 
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MedChi's Coronavirus Resource Center

MedChi’s COVID-19 resource page is updated regularly with the latest resources, websites, and articles of interest. MedChi is sending out special email alerts to all physicians to keep them up to date on the issues.

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Experiencing Denials For Your Business Interruption Insurance Claims? MedChi Wants to Hear From You

MedChi has heard from several physician practices about business interruption insurance claim denials. We want to help these physicians and other health professionals. We hope to provide you with direct assistance, referrals, or other support. We can also develop a broad advocacy plan – but first, we need to learn more about who and how many physicians are impacted by these denials. If you have experienced a business interruption insurance claim denials email Gene Ransom directly. 

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Practice Management Meeting - Opioid Prescribing: COVID-19 State of Emergency

June 25, 2020 - Please join MedChi for a webinar regarding Opioid Prescribing changes during the COVID-19 State of Emergency as well as updated information on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

 

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COVID-19: Your Practice Check-up

June 30, 2020 - The Baltimore City Medical Society presents the webinar, COVID-19: Your Practice Check-up. Email info@bcmsdocs.org or call 410-625-0022 for more information and to register. 
 

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Medical Practice in the Face of COVID-19

June 30, 2020 - This webinar  will cover how COIVD-19 has created changes to all aspects of life, including Medical Practice. Mr. Sly’s presentation will provide participants with helpful information and tips for running your medical practice in the face of COVID-19

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BCMS Foundation Medical School Scholarships

Applicants for medical school scholarships offered by the Baltimore City Medical Society Foundation have until  July 1 to submit  applications.  Students who have completed one year of medical school are eligible to apply.  Contact BCMS Foundation for more information: info@bcmsdocs.org or 410-625-0022.

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We Want Your Input

MedChi's IDEA Task Force is looking for your perspective and input. Email Catherine Johannesen for more information. Members and non-members are welcome to join. The first meeting will take place on July 2, 2020 at 6:00 PM. 

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How Offering Dental & Vision Insurance Can Benefit Your Business

When it comes to providing insurance for your employees, health insurance is standard practice in the modern workplace. However, dental and vision insurance is not as common, but if provided, can be a selling point for potential employees to choose your business for their next job.  Here, the specialized insurance experts at MedChi Insurance Agency discuss the various benefits of offering dental and vision insurance to your employees, and how your business can see long-term success.

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Physician Support Line

We are aware of several services for physicians and other health care providers who would be interested in stress relief services during the time of the pandemic.  The Physician Support Line (1-888-409-0141) was launched on March 30 to provide free counseling to doctors facing challenges during the pandemic.  Its website describes it as a “national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.” More information is available at the website. Physicians in Maryland are reminded that stress or other issues can also be addressed by appointment through the Maryland Physicians Health Program, 410-962-5580 or 800-992-7010.

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Maryland Department of Health Urges Residents to Follow Safety Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

With the start of summer June 20, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is reminding residents to follow safety tips and take precautions to avoid illnesses due to extreme heat. There are currently no heat-related deaths reported in the state. During the 2019 extreme heat season, Maryland had 21 heat-related deaths.

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Maryland Department of Health Seeks to Fill Council and Advisory Board Seats

The Maryland Department of Health seeks to fill several seats for the The State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, The State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness, and the Citizen Advisory Board for several MDH facilities. 

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From Our AMA - DACA Upheld, Protecting 30,000 Health Care Workers From Deportation

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was arbitrary and capricious and therefore in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. As a result, thousands of “Dreamers” working in, or training to join, health care professions will now be allowed to stay in the United States.

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CDC COVID-19 Updates

Use the CDC website for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

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THIS Thursday JUNE 25th! "How to Pick an MDPCP CTO" Webinar With Dr. Haft

Netrin Health invites you to join Dr. Howard Haft, Executive Director of the Maryland Primary Care Program,  on June 25 at 11:30 AM for a webinar on the benefits of MDPCP.  Learn how PCPs earn financial rewards. Hear from current MDPCP participants. Find out what distinguishes independent Care Transformation Organizations from hospital-owned CTOs. Determine what it takes to successfully transition to Track 2 in 2021. Register today! Can’t tune in live? Register to receive the event recording and all handouts.

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