April 27, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
 
We hope you are able to join the call tonight at 7:00 PM for the Retina Group of Washington's COVID town hall meeting. Please take a moment to review other upcoming events, and the MedChi updates from this weekend and today.
 
I would like to highlight the following:
 
Medchi has secured telehealth grants for Maryland Physicians.

·         Maryland Health Care Commission - $500 grant and complimentary consulting services for telehealth. If you are interested, please send your practice manager's name and contact information to Andrea Mullin at  amullin@medchi.org .
 
·         CareFirst - $300 grant to equip physicians with DrFirst's Backline telehealth platform. If you are interested,  complete this application   and send to Andrea Mullin at  amullin@medchi.org .
 
Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program
Starting 10:30 a.m. ET April 27, the Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from approved lenders on behalf of eligible borrowers.  Submit your loan application today .
 
 
Please check the AAO and MedChi websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the MSEPS website.
 
Be well,


Renee Bovelle, MD
April 27, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

We have a lot of information to share with you as we start the new week:

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS




THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES



  • Troubling financial news: CMS has announced that they will not be accepting new Advance Payment Program applications and will reevaluate all pending applications in light of direct payments that were made via HHS' CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. MedChi will monitor this development closely.



MEDCHI IS YOUR RESOURCE

  • Visit MedChi's COVID-19 Resource Page regularly for more information and resources as we work through this crisis together.

  • MedChi and the Center for a Healthy Maryland want you to know that the Maryland Physician Health Program (MPHP) is here to help if the stress of dealing with the pandemic becomes too overwhelming. We are here for all physicians, so if you or a colleague need support, please call 410.962.5580 or 800.992.7010, option 3. The staff is working remotely so please leave a message and you will receive a call back.

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

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO

April 25, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

MedChi is pleased to announce two telehealth grant opportunities that we've made available.

  • Maryland Health Care Commission - $500 grant and complimentary consulting services for telehealth. If you are interested, please send your practice manager's name and contact information to Andrea Mullin at amullin@medchi.org.



We also wanted to share that Governor Hogan announced yesterday that the state of Maryland has outlined a   Roadmap to Recovery  plan.

  • The State will continue to look for a 14-day downward trend in key numbers before the loosening of restrictions will move forward: 1) the number of hospitalizations, 2) the number of ICU admissions, and 3) the number of deaths. A one-day increase in any number does not require that the 14-day count start over; rather, it is the trend the Governor will focus on.

  • The Governor outlined “Building Blocks” that will be the foundation for the 3 Stages of Re-opening:
  • Expanded Testing
  • Increased Hospital Surge Capacity
  • Adequate PPE Supply
  • Increased Contact Tracing

WE ARE YOUR RESOURCE

  • Visit MedChi's COVID-19 Resource Page regularly for more information and resources as we work through this crisis together.

  • MedChi and the Center for a Healthy Maryland want you to know that the Maryland Physicians Health Program (MPHP) is here to help if the stress of dealing with the pandemic becomes too overwhelming. We are here to help all physicians, so if you or a colleague need help coping, please call 410.962.5580 or 800.992.7010, option 3. The staff is working remotely so please leave a message and you will receive a call back.

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

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO
Virtual Events


Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The DMV ophthalmology community will join together again to discuss our collective experiences and brainstorm solutions to the challenges presented to our practices during the COVID pandemic. Topic:Covid Financial Relief Programs.



Friday May 1, 2020 Retina Festival 2020 is an “all-star” line-up of more than 50 faculty members from around the world participating in a continuing medical education event from the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The program will provide the latest updates from clinical trials and other evidence in the peer-reviewed medical literature that are relevant to the prevention and management of retinal diseases around the world.


On May 12, 2020 Academy members across the United States have an important opportunity to advocate for their practice and patients during the Academy’s first-ever virtual advocacy day.

Disclaimer: MSEPS does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites or events, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.  
 
Anticipate the many challenges on the road to recovery and envision a proactive response with a well-developed strategic plan. This process should include six crucial steps for successful implementation.
 
Ophthalmology Outpatient Visits Down 79% Since Mar. 1
In a study on COVID-19's effect on outpatient visits , The Commonwealth Fund found ophthalmology to be the hardest hit specialty.
 
Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program
Starting 10:30 a.m. ET April 27, the Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from approved lenders on behalf of eligible borrowers. Submit your loan application today .
 
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Telehealth Resources

Backline from Dr. First is a Telehealth platform used by MedChi's CTO and can be used by any physician.


Financial Resources


Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus 

**As of 5 p.m. on April 6, Commerce is no longer accepting new applications for its COVID-19 Relief Grant and Loan Programs.**

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
Contact Us:
1211 Cathedral St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone 410-244-7320
Fax 410-727-5967