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The MCMS mission is to be  the foremost physician organization to advocate for and serve physicians, their medical practices, and their patients in Montgomery County, Maryland.
PLAYING VACCINE CATCH-UP THIS SUMMER

Summer vacation often gives students of all ages a break from homework and classes. But, for
healthcare professionals, summer appointments present an opportunity to educate young
patients and parents about their recommended vaccine schedule.
Independence Day I Wednesday, July 4 independenceday
Maryland's PDMP July 1 Querying pdmp Mandate Resources & Action Steps
PDMP Resource Listing
Beginning July 1, 2018 a prescriber must:
  • request at least the prior 4 months of a patient's prescription monitoring data before initiating a course of treatment for the patient that includes prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine;  
  • request a patient's prescription monitoring data at least every 90 days until the course of treatment that includes an opioid or benzodiazepine has ended; 
  • assess the prescription monitoring data before deciding whether to prescribe or dispense or continue to prescribe or dispense an opioid or benzodiazepine;
  • document in the patient's medical record that the prescription monitoring data was requested and assessed. 
Exceptions of when you do NOT need to query:
  • If you are prescribing for 3 days or less
  • If you prescribe for 14 days or less to treat or prevent acute pain from a surgical procedure, bone fracture, significant trauma, or childbirth
  • For cancer treatment or cancer related pain
  • For a patient who is receiving treatment in an inpatient unit of a hospital, who is part of a hospice program, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, or resides in a nursing home, long-term care, developmental disability, or assisted living facility
PDMP Guides

Access Online CME & Info Sessions
MedChi offers a free, online CME on the PDMP in their web catalog
CRISP has released an on-demand webinar on the PDMP.

Utilize MedChi's PDMP Call Center
MedChi has opened a PDMP Call Center to answer general questions about the PDMP at 410-878-9688 or at  pdmp@medchi.org. PDMP Call Center was created in partnership between MedChi, Maryland Department of Health, and CRISP to help prescribers meet the July 1, 2018 state-mandated deadline to use the PDMP. (Call Center is open Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
DrFirst iPrescribe 
iPrescribe's direct integration with CRISP and the Maryland PDMP allows you to meet the PDMP query mandate without having to leave your prescribing workflow to log into a separate tool. 

DrFirst customers who use this unique in-workflow monitoring integration completed their prescriptions three times faster.
Help MCMS Measure PDMP's Impact on You and Your Practice to Bolster Advocacy Efforts
MCMS would like to understand more about how the upcoming July 1st PDMP querying mandate for CDS prescribers will impact your practice. Please respond to this brief survey.

All respondents who complete the entire survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. One entry per respondent. Thank you!
News You Can Use: Legislative Victories, 2018 Payer Scorecard, Federal Opioid Legislationnews
MCMS & MedChi's 2018 Legislative Victories
MCMS & MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, fought a hard battle in the 2018 Legislative Session and came out victorious. The fight would not have been won without members like you. We thank you for your support and congratulate you on YOUR legislative victories. Read More...

Medical Economics' 2018 Payer Scorecard Emphasizes Importance of Organized Medicine
From the article: Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, internist and founder of the Doctor-Patient Rights Project argues "The old saying is true: There is strength in numbers. Physicians will be more successful in their efforts if they work through state medical societies, their national specialty societies, and local chapters. These membership organizations exist to serve their members and patients, and they want to hear from practicing physicians about obstacles they face in providing high-quality care." Read More...

From the American Medical Association: Federal Opioid Legislation, HR 6 Highlights

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce provided a summary this week of the recently passed opioid legislation, HR6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The AMA provided highlights of interest to physicians in a mark up of the document, including instructions to Medicare, buprenorphine prescribing authority for physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and a loan repayment program for substance use disorder treatment providers.
Please Complete This Survey to Help Us Understand Your Practice's Preparation for Alternative Payment Models APMSurvey
MedChi and the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) would like to gain a better understanding as to how physician practices are progressing in practice transformation. The MHCC is an independent regulatory agency with broad responsibility in health care; one of its tasks is to advance innovative care delivery. MedChi and MHCC are asking for your assistance to complete a brief online survey regarding practice transformation. The survey questions center on team-based care, clinical quality and performance measurement, health IT, professional satisfaction, practice organization and finance. 

The survey should take about five minutes to complete and can be accessed at the following link:  

MedChi and MHCC plan to use the findings to identify innovative care delivery strategies to help physician practices meet the care delivery requirements under emerging alternative payment models. MedChi encourages all physicians to complete the survey, which will be available online through June 30th.

The MHCC will share the results of the survey with MedChi. The results will be anonymized and findings presented at a statewide level.  Please feel free to contact Melanie Cavaliere with MHCC at  melanie.cavaliere@maryland.gov or 410-764-3282 with any questions.

Important Compliance Updates & Deadlines: PDMP, Records Fees & Morecompliance
Updated Medical Records Fees, as of January 2018
In Maryland, how much practices may charge for medical records copying fees is tied to the Consumer Price Index. Please note:  Federal HIPAA regulations do not allow a charge for a preparation fee for records provided directly to the patient.   Click here to download our update guidance regarding copying fees. 

New Medicare Cards Started Arriving April 1, 2018
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 were issued beginning in April 2018 and physician offices must be prepared to accept the new Medicare identification number at that time. T he new Medicare cards will significantly impact physician practices' workflows.

Resources:
Maryland's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Querying Requirements Begin July 1, 2018
For full details on querying requirements, visit MedChi's Querying Timeline (it's printable!) or access MedChi's full PDMP knowledge base: www.medchi.org/PrescriptionDrugMonitoringProgram.

Beginning July 1, 2018 a prescriber must: 
  1. request at least the prior 4 months of a patient's prescription monitoring data before initiating a course of treatment for the patient that includes prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine; 
  2. request a patient's prescription monitoring data at least every 90 days until the course of treatment that includes an opioid or benzodiazepine has ended; and 
  3. assess the prescription monitoring data before deciding whether to prescribe or dispense or continue to prescribe or dispense an opioid or benzodiazepine 
As of July 1, 2018 prescribers also must document in the patient's medical record that the prescription monitoring data was requested and assessed. 

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, encourages members to consider DrFirst's PDMP workflow tool, which provides faster access and help with compliance. Find out more.
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