July 27, 2020
Sponsored by OMIC
Dear Colleagues,

Maryland Department of Health has published a memo on the impact on health care providers (primarily telehealth and COVID-19 waivers) due to the extension of the federal public health emergency (published July 23, 2020). Read the memo here.

To prevent transmission and spread of COVID-19 disease, the Department of Health has implemented certain flexibility with respect to delivery of services covered by the Medical Assistance Program via telehealth, these include:

● Permitting a participant’s home or any other secure location to serve as a telehealth originating site for purpose of delivery of Medicaid-covered services.
● Permitting reimbursement for audio-only health care services delivered by phone.
● Permitting use of telehealth technology not compliant with HIPAA.

The Department will continue to reimburse services delivered using HIPAA-compliant technology until the end of the Maryland State of Emergency. This flexibility is not tied to the federal PHE.

MSEPS wants to thank OMIC for their support of our newsletters. Please check out their link to show them our thanks.

Please check the AAO and MedChi websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the MSEPS website.
Stay healthy,
Renee Bovelle, MD
MSEPS President
PPE Order Survey For AAO

Obtaining PPE has been a massive undertaking and the AAO is planning to partner with the N95 project to provide a resource for members.

Your feedback is essential to help the AAO determine the quantity and type(s) of PPEs to include in the next order. Feedback will be used to calculate the supplies needed to meet the needs of our membership. 

Please review the list of PPEs below and 1) indicate which PPE(s) you/your practice would be interested in and 2) provide an estimated quantity of what you personally would need for a 1-month supply. Email your answers to Jessica Kuo today to assist with the project.

Promote Yourself With MSEPS Social Media

@MSEPSMD is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and we would love to showcase what ophthalmologists in Maryland are doing. Do you have an announcement? Want to promote a paper you have authored? Have a great picture of you caring for your patients? Send it to us and we will help boost the good work you are doing. Email your submissions to spumphrey@medchi.org Also, be sure to follow us on all our platforms and join our facebook group.
Calling All Residents and Fellows!

Did you know that membership to MSEPS for residents and fellows is complimentary? MSEPS wants to invite all residents and fellows from Maryland and DC programs to join MSEPS.

How do residents and fellows benefit for being MSEPS members?
  • Complimentary registration to our annual conference.
  • Access to resident focused programming and our scientific programming at our annual conference.
  • Poster contest with cash prizes at our annual conference.
  • Access to events with our Young Ophthalmologists geared toward new physicians.
  • Participation in eye screening day in Annapolis. Learn about how MSEPS advocates in Maryland and provide eye screenings to lawmakers and their staff.
  • Opportunities for leadership roles on our board and with conference planning.

Take advantage of complimentary membership! Join today!
Virtual Events
August 20, 2020 - As part of MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME Webinar Series, we are happy to work with MedEdicus to provide this MIGS CME program for members and non-members. To register, log in to your MedEdicus account, or create a new account.

Telehealth Resources

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

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