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June 29, 2020
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MedChi Advocates Against Decreased Medicaid Rates for Health Care Heroes

The Department of Budget and Management released the proposed July 1, 2020 Board of Public Works (BPW) Budget Reductions for FY2021.  On behalf of the physician community, MedChi urged the BPW to reject the recommendation to limit funding for physician Medicaid E&M rates to 90% of Medicare beginning January 1, 2021. 
 
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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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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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MCMS Webinar: Paycheck Protection Program: Critical Updates

July 1, 2020 -  The PPP loan requirements have changed yet again. Join us for an update on the rules and a case study on the forgiveness aspect of the program. We will also offer updates on the HHS Stimulus tranches of practice funds. Please join our speakers Fred Landy, CPA and Maureen McCarthy, CPA of the accounting and consulting firm of Katz Abosch for this informational webinar.  Our speakers will be available for questions after the presentation.

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Revamping Your Medical Practice to Thrive During COVID-19: Business and Legal Considerations

July 9, 2020 - Revamping Your Medical Practice to Thrive During COVID-19:Business and Legal Considerations has been developed to address various employment related policies and procedures that should be implemented in the healthcare practice to minimize the risk of employment litigation. The panel will provide strategies to improve total patient experience and discuss ways to increase revenues.

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Medical Practice in the Face of COVID-19

July 14, 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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Join MedChi for a Virtual Tour of Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian

July 15, 2020 - Which living animal is the closest descendant to dinosaurs? Do humans share genetic makeup with a macaque monkey?How about a banana? Why is the Coronavirus not considered a lifeform? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed as we take a physician-led virtual tour of the Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. RSVP to events@medchi.org

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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 Physicians, Specialists Urge CareFirst to Reimburse Phone Appointments

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland’s largest health insurer, is not reimbursing some medical and mental health providers for appointments held over the phone or via audio-only platforms to the dismay of those providers.

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State Launches Contract Tracing Effort to Fight COVID-19

The Maryland Department of Health is launching a widespread contract tracing effort in connection with local health departments. Contact tracing is not a new strategy in the fight against infectious disease and has been effectively employed during other health emergencies, such as the H1N1 pandemic in America and Ebola outbreaks in Africa.

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Community Resources 2020: Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Regional Resource Directory Supporting Baltimore’s Communities.

Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) publishes an annual directory called Community Resources 2020.  Celebrating its 23rd edition, this publication provides Baltimore’s communities with the latest information and resources for older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals. The directory is printed in partnership with Baltimore City Government and the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities. BCDA welcomes the opportunity to offer MedChi’s members delivery of Community Resources at no cost for office distribution.  For more information, please contact dorlove@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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Health Insurance Exchange Opens Special COVID Enrollment Period

As a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus, millions of Americans are unemployed. The uncertainly and unpleasantness of job loss often results in the loss of health insurance. The Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace, is responding by creating an emergency special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.

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Opinion: To Lower Health Costs, Md. Must Increase Access to Lower-Cost Treatments

MedChi Member Dr. Jeffrey Hausfeld pens this Op-Ed:  At a time when affordable access to health care and innovative health solutions have never been more important, the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board is set to play an important role in examining and recommending policies to help lower health care costs for Maryland patients. As the board explores options, any proposals they release should include policy recommendations to increase the use of biosimilars to help lower costs for patients.

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What Every Doctor Must Know Before an Interview With the MD Board of Physicians

Preparing for an interview with an investigator from the Maryland Board of Physicians can be one of the most anxiety-filled experiences a licensee may have to face in his or her career.  Attorney Jay Stafford, who counsels and represents healthcare providers in licensing and employment matters, explains what you need to know beforehand and how to best prepare.

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From Our AMA - Prior Auth Survey Findings Underscore Need for Legislative Action

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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Coping with Trauma on the Frontline of COVID-19

July 8, 2020 - Responding to the mental health needs of our community is a key focus for the Horizon Foundation – one that has become only more important as COVID-19 added to stress, fear and grief for so many.The Foundation will host a trauma series focused on a group hit especially hard by those challenges: our front-line workforce, including healthcare workers, child care workers, first responders, pharmacy and grocery-store staff and other vital employee

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