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January 4, 2021
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County by County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Two weeks ago, we shared a vaccine FAQ sheet to help guide you through the early stages of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.  Since then, we have heard (and we share!) your frustrations over the initial rollout, especially for community physicians.  We know that the state and county health departments are working diligently to get the vaccine distributed to Phase 1A recipients, but we also know that it is not going as smoothly as we had hoped.  We want to continue to provide you with the resources you need to stay safe and healthy. MedChi does not have access to nor management of scheduling or logistics for any COVID-19 vaccines, but we take seriously our role as your resource and your advocate and are working daily to ensure you have the latest information you need.
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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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MedChi is #YourAdvocate

As Maryland's foremost advocate for physicians, patients, and public health, MedChi is gearing up for the 442nd session of Maryland's General Assembly, convening on January 13.  We encourage you to learn more about our legislative agenda and activities. 

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MedChi Membership is More Important Than Ever. Join or Renew Today!

Reaffirm your commitment to your profession by renewing your MedChi membership today! Your membership offers a significant value: two organizations in one. When you join MedChi, you also join your local city or county component medical society without any extra fees. Plus, fifty percent of your dues are tax deductible. Check your mail for your invoice, or visit https://www.medchi.org/Get-Involved with your member login to your existing account and access your member dashboard. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact members@medchi.org.

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How Risk Management and Commercial Property are Changing

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, every industry has had to shift and adapt their practices, and the commercial property industry is no exception.  Here, Unity Insurance discusses how risk management has impacted the commercial property industry in recent years, ways you can mitigate your risk and the benefits to investing in high-quality commercial property insurance.

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Health Care for the Homeless Presents: A Night at the Movies - February 6, 2021

Our neighbors, Health Care for the Homeless, will host a virtual movie night in lieu of their annual Chocolate Affair. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Chocolate Affair will be going virtual on February 6, 2021. The event will feature an exclusive premier of a mini-documentary film focused on health, housing and homelessness in Baltimore and the strength and resilience of the people Health Care for the Homeless serves.

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Support the Maryland Medical PAC (MMPAC)

Support physicians in Annapolis by contributing to the Maryland Medical PAC. The Maryland Medical Political Action Committee (MMPAC) is the political action section of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society. It is a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated committee of individual physicians and others, cooperating in political education and action. MMPAC supports Maryland state legislators in Annapolis who are fighting to protect the interests of Maryland physicians and their patients.

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Maryland Insurance Administration to Hold Program on Understanding Coverage for Mental Health Treatment

The Maryland Insurance Administration recognizes the increased need for mental and behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment as well as the challenges that consumers and providers sometimes face when trying to access or secure payment for those services. In order to help, on January 12, 2021,  the MIA will hold an on-line virtual information and education session, including a question and answer period, on how to obtain access to, and payment for, care. 

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Talking With Patients and Communities About the COVID-19 Vaccines: Tips for Effective Communication

Join the University of Maryland School of Public Health on January 12, 2021, 6:00-7:30pm, for a webinar focused on strategies for health care workers to listen to patients and community members in an effort to enhance accept of the coronavirus vaccine.

 

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Listening to Community Voices: Addressing Questions and Concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines

Join the University of Maryland School of Public Health on January 19, 2021, 6:00-7:30 pm, for a program focused on preparing minority communities to make informed decisions about the coronavirus vaccine.

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From Our AMA: Clear Up Your Patients' Confusion About Which Masks Work Best

As knowledge of face masks and their protective benefits continue to evolve, here's how to help your patients know what to look for when choosing one to wear.  

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January 21 - MedChi Board of Trustees Meeting  

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