March 24, 2020
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

There continues to be swiftly-evolving news surrounding the coronavirus public health emergency. Here's what we want you to know today:

  • The Maryland Health Department Order issued yesterday stops all elective medical visits and procedures. When asked for clarification on the order, Howard Haft, MD, from the Maryland Department of Health, explained “The guidance is unchanged. Elective visits and procedures should cease. It is up to clinical decision by the patient's informed provider to decide what is elective and what is not.” He went on to explain that “clearly, annual wellness visits and physicals can be deferred. Sick visits should be done, to the extent possible by telemedicine, if not then face to face or home visiting. The goal is to keep people away from each other unless it is essential for them to do otherwise.”

  • CMS Administrator Seema Verna, MD, has inititated a new stakeholder call series for physicians: Lessons from The Front Lines: COVID-19. Recognizing that innovation is taking place around the nation at the local level, this call series will be a regular forum for providers around the country to share best practices with one another as we address COVID-19 as a nation. The first call will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST, and topics of discussion include: Telehealth, Patient Triage, and Workforce Challenges. Join the call to share your ideas, strategies, and insights with one another.

Participant Dial-In: (866) 501-5502
Conference ID: 4647687

  • For healthcare institutions that are facing provider shortages, Favorite Healthcare Staffing is one of the largest natural disaster response agencies in the country by providing relief for hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, border immigration crisis, and now COVID-19 outbreaks. Favorite can supply a large amount (100+) of RN, LPN, NP/PA and Direct Care Staff within 24-48 hours. 

Please reach out to us if you have questions or if there are specific resources you are looking for. Thank you for all that you do as physicians and healers.

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO
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