June 30, 2020
Sponsored by Advanced Data Systems
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
Next Week! 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!

The facts are stark, 19% of all firework injuries are to the eyes. In preparation for Independence Day, the AAO has put together some helpful information about firework safety that you can share with patients. With many local firework displays being canceled, its good to remind the public how dangerous even the "small" fireworks can be. Go here to see the resource. Here are some infographics you can share with your patients as well.

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
June 29, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:
 
We hope you had a pleasant weekend. Here's what we want you to know today:
 
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
 
 
  • Baltimore City Medical Society is hosting "COVID-19: Your Practice Check-up," a webinar on current practice laws and regulations, on Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-8:00 pm. To register, email info@bcmsdocs.org or call 410.625.0022.
 
THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES
 
 
  • Governor Larry Hogan shared a sincere and touching video expresses gratitude for Maryland's health care heroes.
 
 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic continues, but the frequency of federal and state COVID-19 updates has decreased, despite a continuing need for data and evidence-based news. To address this, the American Medical Association (AMA) is devoting each Monday of the AMA COVID-19 Update to a look at the key facts and trends of the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring AMA’s Chief Health and Science Officer, Dr. Mira Irons. You can view the most recent episode here.
 
  • 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
June 24, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Here's what we want you to know today:

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

  • The Maryland Department of Health all-physician call will be held today, Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00 pm. (Note: These calls are accredited for CME by MedChi, with over 2,000 certificates issued so far at no charge to physicians.)



  • Baltimore City Medical Society is hosting "COVID-19: Your Practice Check-up," a webinar on current practice laws and regulations, on Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-8:00 pm. To register, email info@bcmsdocs.org or call 410.625.0022.

THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES


  • Please take a moment to read through this week's MedChi News email newsletter, in which we focused on the economic health of practices in Maryland.

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED

  • Governor Hogan is encouraging all primary care physicians and practitioners to test their patients for COVID-19 in support of the long-term statewide testing program. The State will provide PPE and testing supplies as needed to support the in office testing. To support this important initiative, the Maryland Primary Care Program is asking all participating practices to indicate their willingness and ability to test patients for COVID-19. If you are in the MDPCP, please complete this brief, two-question survey by COB Thursday 6/25.

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.  


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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