COVID-19 UPDATE FROM MEDCHI
July 31, 2020
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

I hope you have a pleasant weekend, but first, here's what we want to share with you today:

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS



  • MedChi Committee on Ethics & Judicial Affairs and the Center For a Healthy Maryland presents “Lessons Learned: Ethical Dilemmas Faced During The COVID-19 Pandemic” on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 pm. RSVP to Josette Fullard or reach out for more details.

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED


THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES

  • Congress is currently considering the next round of coronavirus legislation as the nation continues to struggle with the pandemic. MedChi and the American Medical Association are urging Congress to expand Medicare accelerated and advanced payments; address Medicare and Medicaid payment policy; include direct financial support to help sustain physician practices through the COVID-19 crisis; permanently lift the geographic and site restrictions on telehealth technologies; institute broader liability protection for physicians and clinicians as they continue their front-line fight against COVID-19; and provide federal assistance for the purchase of PPE. With the August recess looming, Congress must act now to protect patient access to care by preserving the viability of physician practices as part of the nation's essential health care system. Learn more here and join the fight by contacting your legislators and participating in a virtual meeting with your congressional delegation.



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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