June 5, 2020
Sponsored by Sight Sciences
Dear Colleagues,
The AAO called to attention the use of rubber bullets in crowd dispersal and made a statement against their use. the American Academy of Ophthalmology calls on domestic law enforcement officials to immediately end the use of rubber bullets to control or disperse crowds of protesters. The Academy asks physicians, public health officials and the public to condemn this practice. 

We are pleased to announce the MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME Webinar Series.   We are thrilled to offer this excellent programming for both members  and  non-members.

Up next in our webinar series we will have Dr. Jaclyn Kovach presenting "OCT Imaging: Basic Intrpretation and Clinical Applications". We hope you can join us on June 11, 2020 for her webinar. Registration is open now. 

Please check the   AAO  and   MedChi   websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the   MSEPS   website. We appreciate our sponsor Sight Sciences. Please visit their website here.
Stay healthy,
Renee Bovelle, MD
MSEPS President
Send Us Your PPE Selfie
Things are finally starting to open up again and we want to showcase Maryland Ophthalmologist getting back to caring for patients. Email your photo to Sophie Pumphrey at spumphrey@medchi.org.

Dr. Basil Morgan
June 5, 2020

  • We also wanted to share a press release that went out and was posted yesterday on the importance of maintaining regular and non-emergent healthcare during the pandemic.

MedChi In The News - Articles
  • Click here to read an article titled ‘Maryland medical society declares racism a 'public health crisis' published June 1st in The Baltimore Business Journal.

  • Click here to Gene Ransom’s article titled ‘Racism is a public health crisis’ published June 4th in The Maryland Daily Record.

June 3, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Reminder: we have altered our schedule and will be sending our COVID-19 email updates on Monday and Wednesday mornings. We will continue to send urgent alerts outside of this schedule as needed.



  • Keeping 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.

  • The AMA has shared the following message regarding HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund disbursement deadlines:

HHS announced that   providers need to take action by June 3, 2020   regarding the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Specifically, those who had received funds need to accept the HHS Terms and Conditions and submit revenue information to be considered for an additional General Allocation payment. Subsequently, HHS announced that it had extended the attestation deadline for an additional 45 days, but the June 3 deadline has remained on the Provider Relief Fund website . The AMA asked HHS why the website still has a deadline of June 3 when the attestation deadline has been further extended. The department's response is below. Physicians should also be aware that this site is frequently revised and that new FAQs were added as recently as May 29.

HHS response:
Folks will have a total of 90 days to attest. However, they will only have until June 3 to access the application portal to submit their revenue / loss information. 
Folks must accept or reject funds in order to enter the application portal.
So, if on June 3 folks are still deciding whether to accept funds they have already received, but haven’t yet submitted their tax information to the application portal, they should (1) reject the funds; (2) submit info to the application portal for consideration.
They will be reallocated all General Distribution funds they are owed based on their submitted application, and will then have 90 days to attest or reject.
We have implemented this so that we can have all applications by June 3, and can start rolling out other distributions.
The attestation portal (as opposed to the application portal) will remain open for 90 days. Only the application portal will close on June 3.

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
Virtual Events

June 11, 2020 7pm
An analysis and interpretation of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging is critical for the diagnosis, monitoring, and evaluation of treatment response in retinal disease. This lecture will review the fundamentals of OCT interpretation and highlight the characteristic OCT features of common diseases. Basic OCT angiography interpretation will also be reviewed. Participants can earn 1 CME Credit.

June 15, 2020 7:00pm
Dr. Steve Arshinoff, from Toronto, will present on Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery. Participants will earn 1 CME credit. For more information email Mark Johnson.

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.  

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.

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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