April 28, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
The Retina Group of Washington held their COVID-19 Town Hall meeting last night. If you weren't able to participate, you can view slides here. Please also be sure to review the MedChi update focusing on the second round of HHS Provider Relief Fund disbursements.
Renee Bovelle, MD

April 28,2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:
Last week, we shared with you the latest updates from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the second round of disbursements for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund . We also shared some helpful FAQs on the HHS General Distribution Portal .
Today, we want to share more details and resources to support you in navigating the complexities of accessing these relief funds:
  • Although some physicians will automatically be sent an advance payment based off the revenue data they submit in CMS cost reports, those physicians without adequate cost report data on file will need to submit their revenue information to the General Distribution Portal. (If you are unsure if you need to complete the portal, call the CARES Provider Relief line at 1-866-569-3522.)
  • This portal should be accessed and completed by anyone who lost revenue in March and/or can estimate lost revenue for April. You will need you Tax Identification Number (TIN) to access the portal.
  • These resources can help you navigate the portal:
·         The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed guidance on the fund portal.
·         This fact sheet on the general distribution might be helpful as well.
·         This slideshow can guide you through the process.
MEDCHI IS YOUR RESOURCE - We are here to help you work through the complexities of accessing these funds. Please don't hesitate to reach out with specific questions. We will continue to develop and share resources based on your FAQs and requests.
Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.
Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO
Virtual Events

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.  
Telehealth Resources

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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.**

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