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Annapolis Advocacy Update: Medicaid Rates, Optometric Scope of Practice

Upcoming Physician Collegiality Dinners

No Cost CME: ACOs, CTOs, What's Next in VBC for Specialists

Practice Management Roundtable: Challenging Employment Situations

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Tuesday, February 26
Practice Management Roundtable: Challenging Employment Situations

Wednesday, March 6
Lobbying Day in Annapolis
RSVP 

Wednesday, March 13
CME: Payments, Policies & Your Medical Practice

Thursday, March 14
Physician Collegiality Dinner
 
Tuesday, April 9
Early Career Physician Collegiality Dinner
 
Wednesday, May 1
Installation of Officers & Annual Meeting
Save the Date!

Please note: Our Women in Medicine Red Dress Collegiality Dinner was postponed due to inclement weather. A new date will be announced this week.
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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.
annapolisreport
Annapolis Advocacy Update: Medicaid Rates, Optometric Scope of Practice
MCMS & MedChi act as your advocate in Annapolis every day, defending physicians' and patients' interests on access to care, scope of practice, and more. Help further the cause by using MedChi's convenient, comprehensive Legislative Action Center to contact your legislators on these two key issues today! It's as easy as typing in your address, email, name, and hitting send.

Proper compensation for physicians is a critical component of access to quality care for patients, but in Maryland, payment for Medicaid E&M code is not commensurate to Medicare. This creates many obstacles for patients attempting to obtain care and physicians giving care. Take action.

House Bill 471 would allow optometrists to perform laser surgery, injections into the eye, some scalpel surgery, and to treat acute and childhood glaucoma. This expansion would jeopardize patient safety. Take action.
collegialitydinners
Upcoming Physician Collegiality Dinners: Register Today!
Our physician collegiality dinners are back by popular demand in 2019! Register today to reserve your seat. 
ONLY 9 SEATS LEFT! 
When: Thursday, March 14 , 5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Stanford Grill in Rockville
Register: Online I  Fax/Email

All physician members of MCMS are cordially invited for an evening of collegiality and conversation, as we ponder the triumphs (and travails) of the art and practice of medicine in 2019.

This year marks the 116th anniversary of Montgomery County Medical Society since its founding in 1903. Our society's first president, Dr. Roger Brooke, VII (pictured above) is credited among the first physicians to emphasize preventative medicine.  Join us as we celebrate his august  legacy and ponder what he would  have thought of medicine in the 21st c entury.
When: Tuesday, April 9 , 5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Pinstripes in North Bethesda
Register: Online I  Fax/Email

Early career physicians (under the age of 50, graduated in 2000 or later, or are new to practice) are invited to Pinstripes at Pike and Rose for collegiality, networking, dinner and optional bowling. Enjoy an evening of fun with fellow physicians in the Montgomery County area.

Come experience the ambiance of one of the area's newest hot spots for socializing and dining, as we discuss the many unique issues that impact early career physicians, including work-life balance, finance, and more!
cme No Cost CME: Accountable Care & Care Transformation Organizations, What's Next in Value Based Care for Specialists
When: Wednesday, March 13 , 6-8:30 PM
Where: MCMS HQ in Rockville
Register: Online  I  View the Flyer

This program is for:
  • Physicians interested in Accountable Care Organization (ACO) successes and challenges in the current healthcare landscape.
  • Primary care physicians considering applying to MDPCP in 2019 that want to learn about progress and the experience of a Care Transformation Organization (CTO).
  • Practices that want to hear about the exemplary work their colleagues are doing in the GPTN-MD.
Don't miss this important CME session for primary care physicians AND specialists. Learn about the support available through CMS, the State of MD, and University of MD to help your practice embrace the changes in health policy that impact you and your patients.

Accreditation Statement:
This Live activity, Maryland Learning Collaborative, from 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) ™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
Practice Management Roundtable: Challenging Employment Situations pmupdate
When: Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 AM Breakfast, 8-9:15 AM Roundtable
Where: MCMS HQ in Rockville
Register: Online View the Flyer

Recognize these HR challenges in your practice, and have difficulty dealing with them? You are not alone.
  • A 20-year employee with a bad attitude who won't retire or the 20-something front desk employee who stays on his phone despite warnings?
  • Or the employee who has marital problems and the spouse keeps showing up at the practice?
  • Or the one who is a great employee but you later find out failed to disclose multiple dismissals in their work history?
  • An employee excels in her position, but complains about coworkers who don't work as hard as she does?
  • Or one who threatens to quit because he can make more money elsewhere?
Join us for a Roundtable Discussion regarding the most challenging and complicated (and even amusing) employment challenges that you've encountered in your practice management career. Bring best practices, challenges, solutions, employee handbooks, and questions to this valuable morning session with your peers.
OSHA Penalties Adjusted in 2019: $13,260 per Violationosha

This is a reminder that Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1030 requires that all employees with potential for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials MUST receive training BEFORE beginning work, and must be retrained annually. 

 

Note: Federal OSHA regulation Title 29, Part 1910.1200 has been amended to conform to the "GHS" - Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling - regarding hazardous materials (i.e. specimen preservatives, lab chemicals, etc.) Employee training and a written Hazard Communication Plan modification is MANDATORY. 

 

MCMS, in partnership with OSHA Medical Courses, LLC, offers fully narrated, on-demand PowerPoint training programs and compliance plans templates to members at a 70% discount. 

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