COVID-19 UPDATE FROM MEDCHI
August 19, 2020
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

As we further settle into the COVID-19 "new normal," MedChi is reducing the frequency of this newsletter to once per week. We will send the newsletter every Wednesday morning, with occasional special editions sent out when urgent matters arise. We hope that you are continuing to find this to be a valuable resource as we navigate this time together.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

  • Register here for today's Maryland Department of Health all-physician call at 5:00 pm.



YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED


THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES

  • A national survey of the pandemic's effects on physicians revealed that:
  • 8% of physicians have closed their practices;
  • nearly 50% believe that the coronavirus will not be under control until after June 1, 2021;
  • nearly three-quarters of physicians indicated concern over serious consequences for patient health due to delayed care; and
  • 12% have switched to primarily telehealth practice.
  • More details can be found in the survey summary. Please reach out to Jeremy Robinson of Merritt Hawkins to learn more.


  • The American Medical Association has shared comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing Considerations for physicians and for the general public.

  • The Maryland Board of Physicians has extended its physician license renewal deadline from its original date of September 30 to "the 30th day after the date by which the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded."

  • Check out this week's MedChi News, our digital newsletter for MedChi members.

MEDCHI IS YOUR ADVOCATE AND YOUR RESOURCE

  • 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 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. The support line can be reached at 1-888-409-0141. 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.
We are your advocate and your resource, and we're here for anything you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO
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