June 17, 2020
Sponsored by Advanced Data Systems
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
This week on MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME Webinar Series; we will have Dr. Jesse Richman, Dr. Tom Johnson, and Dr. Alan Robin presenting "Glaucoma Home Monitoring Tools". We hope you can join us on June 18, 2020 for their webinar. Registration is open now! We are thrilled to offer this excellent programming for both members  and  non-members.

June 24, 2020, join us for our webinar on employment law titled " Revamping Your Eye Practice to Thrive During COVID-19: Business and Legal Considerations " with employment law attorney Jamaal (Jay) Stafford and his colleague Julia Konovalov. This insightful program will address how COVID-19 has impacted employment law. Registration is now open! This program is for both members and non-members.

Newly added to our series: OMIC's "Dos and Don'ts to Mitigate Liability" Webinar! If you are an MSEPS member and complete this webinar you can earn a 10% risk management discount on OMIC insured premiums. Registration is now open!

We'd also like to highlight The Foundation Fighting Blindness, who is holding its Virtual VISIONS 2020 conference on June 25-27th. Learn more and register here.

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
June 17, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

We have a lot to share with you today:

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS


  • MedChi President Michele Manahan, MD, will serve as a panelist on an AARP COVID-19 call this evening, Wednesday, June 17 at 6:45 pm. Register here or call 877-229-8493 and enter PIN 115393.




THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES







YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • 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.

  • MedChi has heard from several physician practices about business interruption insurance claim denials. We want to help these physicians and other health professionals. We hope to provide you with direct assistance, referrals, or other support. We can also develop a broad advocacy plan – but first, we need to learn more about who and how many physicians are impacted by these denials. If you have experienced a business interruption insurance claim denials, please email me to discuss.  

  • Keep sending us your photos for our #MaskUpMonday social media campaign to encourage everyone to wear masks in public. Please send us a selfie or other photo of you, your family, and/or your colleagues wearing masks and tell us who you are "masking up" for (your patients, your family, an at-risk friend, etc). Let's share with the public why physicians encourage and participate in universal masking during this pandemic. Please send your photos to cjohannesen@medchi.org.


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
June 15, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Welcome to a new week. I hope you had a pleasant weekend and had time to enjoy the nice weather. Here's what we want you to know this week:

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

  • Register here for the Maryland Department of Health all-physician call for today, Monday, June 15 at 5:00 pm. Don't forget to complete your evaluation for complimentary CME credit (cost is covered by MedChi).

  • MedChi President Michele Manahan, MD, will serve as a panelist on an AARP COVID-19 call on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:45 pm. Register here or call 877-229-8493 and enter PIN 115393.


THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES


  • A national Physician Support Line staffed by volunteer psychiatrists provides confidential, no-cost peer support and counseling to doctors facing challenges during the pandemic. Call 1-888-409-0141. Physicians in Maryland are reminded that stress or other issues can also be addressed by appointment through the Maryland Physician Health Program: 410-962-5580 or 800-992-7010.


  • MedChi is advocating for forgiveness of advanced payment Medicare loans. Currently, these loans will require repayment in one year, with payments beginning this September. Loans are coming due just as hospitals and physician offices are trying to get back to full service, all while facing cold/flu season and the likelihood of a second round of COVID-19. A group we are working with has set up a website that allows messages to be sent advocating for forgiveness.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST WEEK

  • MedChi has heard from several physician practices about business interruption insurance claim denials. We want to help these physicians and other health professionals. We hope to provide you with direct assistance, referrals, or other support. We can also develop a broad advocacy plan – but first, we need to learn more about who and how many physicians are impacted by these denials. If you have experienced a business interruption insurance claim denials, please email me to discuss.  

  • Keep sending us your photos for our #MaskUpMonday social media campaign to encourage everyone to wear masks in public. Please send us a selfie or other photo of you, your family, and/or your colleagues wearing masks and tell us who you are "masking up" for (your patients, your family, an at-risk friend, etc). Let's share with the public why physicians encourage and participate in universal masking during this pandemic. Please send your photos to cjohannesen@medchi.org.


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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Call For Volunteers: All Children See Pilot Program

The Children's Eye Foundation of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus' (AAPOS) is starting a direct patient care program, called All Children See (ACS). This program is modeled after the AAO EyeCare America program, but it is a separate program dedicated solely to underserved children. We need comprehensive ophthalmologists to volunteer for ACS, just as pediatric ophthalmologists volunteer for EyeCare America for underserved Seniors. You would have the opportunity to limit any patient based upon the age you are comfortable seeing, if you would like to only see children over a certain age.

ACS will begin its pilot program in our pilot region (DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia) as soon as we have a core group of volunteers. We need YOU!!

To launch ACS, we need external funding support. To secure this, we need to demonstrate the support of ophthalmologists who have volunteered to participate in this program - either now or in the future.  Please go   here   to learn more about the program and  sign up to volunteer  
Virtual Events


June 18, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Join MSEPS and Dr. Jesse Richman, Dr. Thomas Johnson, and Dr. Alan Robin as they discuss Glaucoma home monitoring tools and techniques.


June 24, 2020 6:30 PM
Participants will gain knowledge about the employment laws related to the workplace and COVID-19, learn about various employment related policies and procedures that should be implemented in their healthcare practice to minimize the risk of employment litigation,understand new ways to increase revenues, and gain knowledge about ways to improve patient experience. 


June 25-27
The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world’s leading organization searching for treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, will host its Virtual VISIONS 2020 conference. This complimentary virtual event will provide a wide range of science and research presentations, practical adapting and thriving sessions, and an opportunity to connect individuals with a retinal degenerative disease from across the country.

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. 

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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