May 6, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
Please see the alert below from Gov. Hogan stating that elective and non-urgent medical procedures can resume as of 7:00 am tomorrow May 7, 2020.

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
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:
The new health care order outlines the necessary requirements for medical facilities to resume non-emergent care, including adequate supplies of PPE, continued social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures, COVID-19 symptom screening, and, above all, the professional judgement of licensed health professionals.
In his announcement, Governor Hogan noted the promising downward trend in hospitalizations and the plateau of ICU cases in the state. If these trends continue, Maryland will move toward the first phases of the administration's reopening plan. MedChi is pleased with the decision to begin now with re-opening medical facilities for non-emergent care.
If you have questions about reopening your medical practice, please don't hesitate to reach out. While this is a very positive and promising development, we are still operating with extreme caution, and we are still here for anything you need.

Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.
Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

I hope this email finds you doing well. MedChi is continuing to explore every opportunity to provide you with support, advocacy, and resources. Here's what we want to share today:



  • The University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health is exploring post-exposure prophylaxis and seeking study participants.

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

On May 12, 2020 Academy members across the United States have an important opportunity to advocate for their practice and patients during the Academy’s first-ever virtual advocacy day.

Tuesday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. PT
Get practical advice on how to maintain your surgical skills as you plan to reopen your practice. This constructive discussion will be led by surgeons who kept their skills sharp and successfully returned to ophthalmic practice following maternity leave or an extended military deployment. See more webinars below. 

Corcoran Consulting Webinars

May 13, 2020 11 am PST
In 2020, new CPT codes (66987, 66988) and new Medicare payment rates were inaugurated for endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) in combination with cataract surgery. For ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), the 2020 payments are significantly higher than last year. During this free webinar, sponsored by BVI, we describe these reimbursement changes in detail, and what they mean for you.  

May 14th & 19th 9:30 am PST
The COVID–19 crisis has brought a lot of uncertainty to our doorstep. Telemedicine offers an opportunity to aid patients, while adhering to social distancing practices to keep everyone safe. This webinar will guide you through the administrative aspects of telemedicine, including the following:
  • Traditional telemedicine and its stumbling blocks
  • New CMS waivers for HIPAA, coverage, audits, and billing
  • Coding, claims submission, and reimbursement rates
  • Representative cases illustrating real-world telemedicine administrative processes

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.  
Telehealth Resources

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

Financial Resources

Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus 

**As of 5 p.m. on April 6, Commerce is no longer accepting new applications for its COVID-19 Relief Grant and Loan Programs.**

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
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