July 8, 2020
Sponsored by Advanced Data Systems
Dear Colleagues,

Tomorrow! MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME Webinar Series; join us for OMIC's webinar "Dos and Don'ts to Mitigate Liability" on July 9, 2020. If you are a MSEPS member and complete this webinar you can earn a 10% risk management discount on OMIC insured premiums. Registration is now open!

Please note that there is a recommendation to limit funding for physician Medicaid rates to 90% of Medicare.

MedChi sent out an alert asking for help urging Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp to  reject this recommendation to limit funding for physician Medicaid E&M rates to 90% of Medicare beginning January 1, 2021.

MedChi is asking you to join them in opposition by sending a letter yourself.  Please click here to send a message to Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

MedChi has done the work for you; with their action alert tool, you can sign a pre-written letter or customize it with your own unique message. It takes less than a minute to make your voice heard.

We hope that you have been getting useful information from our webinar series. If you have registered for a webinar, but were not able to attend live, contact Sophie Pumphrey and she can send you the recording and a web based evaluation form. CME credit will be awarded upon evaluation completion.

Please consider joining MSEPS and donating to our PAC as a way to help support our organization. Our aim has been to provide the most current and up to date information to all Maryland ophthalmologists.

MSEPS wants to thank Advanced Data Systems for their support of our newsletters. Please check out their sponsored content and links 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
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Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

As a reminder, we have two important scheduling changes to announce starting this week:

  • The Maryland Department of Health all-physician calls will be held on Wednesdays ONLY.

  • MedChi's COVID-19 email updates will be sent on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Here's what we want you to know today:


  • The Maryland Department of Health all-physician call will be held today, Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00 pm. Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S., Rear Admiral Erica Schwartz, will be joining as a guest on the webinar in support of testing.

  • CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls - provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:
  1. Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls;
  2. Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce;
  3. Put Patients Over Paperwork; and
  4. Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare


  • The Physicians Foundation sent a survey to over 700,000 physicians to learn how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the practice plans and perspectives of our fellow doctors. Results of the survey will be shared with policy makers, legislators, the public, the media, and you, to ensure the physicians’ voice is heard. Click here to complete this survey, it can be completed in less than five minutes. Include your email to enter a drawing for one of four $500 Amazon gift cards.

  • 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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Virtual Events

July 9, 2020 7:00 PM
Participants will Identify the liability risks for medical malpractice claims associated with the use of Telemedicine, identify the steps to take to mitigate these liability risks, and Know resources to assist practices further reduce liability risk. MSEPS Members will receive a 10% discount on their OMIC insured premiums.

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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