May 7, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
edChi has updated  Maryland Physicians  with important information  regarding non-emergent care.

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:
We have a lot to share with you today on the announcement that non-emergent care can resume in Maryland. But first: register here for the Maryland Department of Health all-physician call tomorrow, Friday, May 8 at 12:00 noon.
  • Yesterday, we shared a special alert on Governor Hogan's announcement that non-emergent care can resume. We want to make sure you are aware of these key provisions in the Secretary of Health's new order:
·         Healthcare facilities are required to self-certify that all criteria for safe reopening have been met by emailing a statement of attestation to and posting the self-certification prominently in the facility. We created a model self-certification document that you might find helpful.
·         A portal has been created by the state for patients and other to submit complaints if healthcare facilities are not taking appropriate measures.
·         The liability immunity that was extended to COVID-related care in Pub. Safety Art. § 14- 3A-06 or Health Gen. Art. § 18-907 will not apply to nonCOVID-related procedures or appointments. MedChi will seek more clarification on this and share any information we receive.
  • The new directive requires that facilities have adequate supplies of PPE, continued social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures, and routine COVID-19 symptom screening. While these measures are critical, we want to share two great resources to help you implement an even more comprehensive array of safety measures. I would urge you to consider implementing these measures to help protect you from complaints or liability risk.
·         Re-opening Checklist
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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