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August 24, 2020
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MedChi is Your Advocate - And Not Just in Annapolis

Advocacy efforts are often known for being primarily focused on the legislative and executive branches of government, and MedChi certainly is an active agent for change in Annapolis and Washington, DC.  We are, however, equally active and vigilant in advocacy for you in the judicial branch, and our efforts often result in significant gains for the well-being of physicians, their patients, and the public health.
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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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One Thing Parents Can Control This Year: Getting Their Kids Vaccinated

In a new Baltimore Sun op-ed, our CEO Gene Ransom details why it is so important that Maryland families stay up to date with vaccinations this back to school season, even with schools opting for remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MedChi Supports National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, is using this month to stress the importance of immunizations. It is imperative for everyone, old and young, to be up to date on recommended vaccines.

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MedChi Member Rene Desmarais, MD, Appointed Wicomico County Executive

The Wicomico County Council voted to elect long-time MedChi Member, Dr. Rene Desmarais, as Wicomico County’s next County Executive. Dr. Desmarais is a cardiologist from Salisbury with a history of public service and business management.

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MedChi Announces Virtual Fall House of Delegates Meeting

MedChi’s House of Delegates will be held on digital platforms on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

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Last Call! National Dog Day

National Dog Day is August 26th. It celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed, and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. The day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort.  We are requesting pictures of the doggie family members of our staff and members to be featured on social media. Please send pictures along with their name to

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What is Stark Law and How do I Avoid Self-Referrals?

Healthcare laws can be extremely complex, and navigating these legal considerations as a small to medium sized medical practice can be difficult. Stark law is a law that can result in hefty violations for physicians and medical practitioners if violated, so understanding the law in its entirety is vital to preventing legal issues that may arise as a result. As an insurance agency with roots in the medical field, Unity Insurance, formerly MedChi Insurance Agency, understands the complexities of medical laws including Stark law. Here, Unity Insurance provides an overview of Stark law, and how to avoid self-referrals when providing assistance to patients.

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Struggling Against Domestic and Community Violence in Pursuit of Justice and Wellbeing

On Thursday, September 10, the Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence will present a webinar with Dr. David Wendell Moller, the Anne Arundel Medical Center Chief of Ethics.

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Lessons Learned: Ethical Dilemmas Faced During the Covid-19 Pandemic

September 24, 2020 - MedChi’s Committee on Ethics and Judicial Affairs and the Center for a Healthy Maryland invite you to participate in a webinar panel discussion on “Lessons Learned: Ethical Dilemmas Faced During The COVID-19 Pandemic.” 

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The MedSocs are Back!

November 7, 2020 - COVID-19 may keep us physically apart this fall, but it’s important to stay connected and support one another. We'll run and walk together through a special virtual event.  The brand new Rock Your Socks at Home online community is an opportunity to recharge, cheer each other on and have fun while taking care of ourselves.   Support our colleagues by joining our team, and Please help us support Health Care for the Homeless by making a donation through our team's fundraising page.  Even the smallest donation will help us achieve our goal! The process is fast, easy, and secure. Thanks so much for your support. 

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Stop Cleaning Your Closets: Make Sure Your Financial House is in Order

Get a financial health checkup for you and your practice with the MedChi 401K Retirement Solution provided by Onorato Financial Group  Common ailments include underfunded retirement savings, lack of tax deductions, fiduciary risk, and complex and costly plan administration.  This is all treatable! Register for our introductory virtual event on  August 26 or August 28. 

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AMA Calls on Maryland and Other States to Act on Increase in Opioid Overdoses

The Baltimore Sun - The American Medical Association is calling on Maryland and Gov. Larry Hogan to take further steps to address opioid overdoses after statistics released earlier this year show they're on the rise again compared with last year. 

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Alzheimer's Foundation of America and American College of Surgeons Partner To Offer No Cost Online CME Workshop

"Removing The Barriers: It's Time for a Check Up From the Neck Up" is a no cost online CME workshop that addresses physicians' understanding of cognitive health, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease and addresses how to remove the barriers to increase cognitive assessments.  Thursday, September 10th, 12:30 to 2:30 PM EST.   

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Coming in October: The First VIRTUAL Maryland Rural Health Conference

Register now! The Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) is excited to announce our first VIRTUAL Maryland Rural Health Conference October 19 – 20, 2020. Please join us to celebrate 25 years of educating and advocating for the health of rural Marylanders! Hear from your colleagues across the state via INTERACTIVE Webinar and LIVE Q&A on rural health-focused topics.  10 CME credits available upon completion.  Update on NEW KEYNOTES added!

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Atlantic Health Partners - Making the Shingles Vaccine a Priority for Patients

Atlantic Health Partners has helped many of our members strengthen their immunization efforts by providing the most favorable vaccine pricing along with great support.  In addition, they produce valuable educational information including this latest article regarding shingles disease. Contact Jeff or Cindy at Atlantic Health to see how they can help your practice strengthen its immunization efforts and save on vaccines at 800-741-2044 or

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