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CME Webinar This Thursday: Maryland's Primary Care Program


Thursday, August 9
CME Webinar: Value Based Models

Wednesday, October 17 
Compliance Conference & General Membership Meeting
Save the Date!

The MCMS mission is to be  the foremost physician organization to advocate for and serve physicians, their medical practices, and their patients in Montgomery County, Maryland.
MedChi Physician Salary Survey: Gender Pay Gap, Maryland vs. National Salaries  medchisurvey
Earlier this week, MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, released its survey of  physician pay by specialty in Maryland. It tracks compensation, benefits, and practice metrics of Maryland physicians and compares them to physicians nationally, in addition to bench-marking compensation among Maryland physicians by gender, age and practice status.

The data revealed a gender pay-gap; the average compensation for male physicians in Maryland is $335,000, compared to $224,000 for female physicians. It also found that among all physicians in Maryland, of 15 tracked specialties, 14 earn less than the national starting salary in their field.

MedChi members can view the full results of the survey at no cost. Access it online.
CME Webinar This Thursday: Maryland's Primary Care Program webinar
Please join the Maryland Health Care Commission and the University of Maryland's Learning Collaborative on Thursday, August 9 from 
12-1 PM for a no cost, CME webinar on value based models. Register to attend. 
Download the Evaluation Form.

Why Attend?
Interested in improving health, enhancing patient experience, and increasing payments? Attend this webinar to assess whether the Maryland Primary Care Program's model will benefit your practice and to learn about eligibility and the application process.

Chad Perman, MPP, Project Manager, Program Management Office for the Primary Care Program, Public Health Services Office, Maryland Department of Health

Accreditation Statement: 
This Live activity, Maryland Learning Collaborative Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, from 07/01/2018 - 07/01/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Call for Nominations: 2018 Outstanding MCMS Member & Officernominations
Nominations are open for the 2018 Dr. Henry & Page Laughlin MCMS Outstanding Physician Member and Outstanding MCMS Officer or Staff Awards. The awards will be presented on October 17 at MCMS' Fall Membership Meeting.
Nominations are due September 7.    We appreciate your commitment to our community, and look forward to receiving  your nominations. 

No Cost 8 Hour CME Course on Opioid Use Disorder - Saturday, August 25 opioidcourse
Howard University Presents: The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course
Saturday, August 25 -  8 AM - 5:30 PM - No Cost - Register Online
The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library,  501 W Street NW, Washington DC

This no-cost   8-hour live course is being offered as part of the Howard University Prescribers Training and Capacity Building Assistance Program, which aims to establish a sustainable opioid addiction treatment provider network in the District of Columbia by increasing the number of providers who treat opioid use disorder in primary care settings.  This course covers all treatments and medications for opioid use disorder.   You must be licensed in Washington, DC or plan to obtain a license in Washington, DC to attend this course. Register by  Friday, August 17.

You will learn how to:
  • Identify and assess patients who are appropriate for treatment with medications
  • Have specific knowledge concerning the use of medications to manage patients with addiction involving opioid use
  • Discuss the psychiatric and medical co-morbidities associated with opioid addiction
  • Apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder
Accreditation Statement: 
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Please Complete This Survey to Help Us Understand Your Practice's Preparation for Alternative Payment Models APMSurvey
MedChi and the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) would like to gain a better understanding as to how physician practices are progressing in practice transformation. The MHCC is an independent regulatory agency with broad responsibility in health care; one of its tasks is to advance innovative care delivery. MedChi and MHCC are asking for your assistance to complete a brief online survey regarding practice transformation. The survey questions center on team-based care, clinical quality and performance measurement, health IT, professional satisfaction, practice organization and finance. 

The survey should take about five minutes to complete and can be accessed at the following link:  

MedChi and MHCC plan to use the findings to identify innovative care delivery strategies to help physician practices meet the care delivery requirements under emerging alternative payment models. MedChi encourages all physicians to complete the survey, which will be available online through June 30th.

The MHCC will share the results of the survey with MedChi. The results will be anonymized and findings presented at a statewide level.  Please feel free to contact Melanie Cavaliere with MHCC at  melanie.cavaliere@maryland.gov or 410-764-3282 with any questions.

Important Compliance Updates & Deadlines: PDMP, Records Fees & Morecompliance
Updated Medical Records Fees, as of January 2018
In Maryland, how much practices may charge for medical records copying fees is tied to the Consumer Price Index. Please note:  Federal HIPAA regulations do not allow a charge for a preparation fee for records provided directly to the patient.   Click here to download our update guidance regarding copying fees. 

New Medicare Cards Started Arriving April 1, 2018
The new Medicare card is a result of MACRA's requirement that CMS issue Medicare cards that do not display Social Security Numbers to address the risk of beneficiary identity theft.  New Medicare cards were issued beginning in April 2018 and physician offices must be prepared to accept the new Medicare identification number at that time. T he new Medicare cards will significantly impact physician practices' workflows.

Maryland's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Querying Requirements Began July 1, 2018
Beginning July 1, 2018 a prescriber must:
  • request at least the prior 4 months of a patient's prescription monitoring data before initiating a course of treatment for the patient that includes prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine;  
  • request a patient's prescription monitoring data at least every 90 days until the course of treatment that includes an opioid or benzodiazepine has ended; 
  • assess the prescription monitoring data before deciding whether to prescribe or dispense or continue to prescribe or dispense an opioid or benzodiazepine;
  • document in the patient's medical record that the prescription monitoring data was requested and assessed. 
Exceptions of when you do NOT need to query:
  • If you are prescribing for 3 days or less
  • If you prescribe for 14 days or less to treat or prevent acute pain from a surgical procedure, bone fracture, significant trauma, or childbirth
  • For cancer treatment or cancer related pain
  • For a patient who is receiving treatment in an inpatient unit of a hospital, who is part of a hospice program, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, or resides in a nursing home, long-term care, developmental disability, or assisted living facility
PDMP Guides

Access Online CME & Info Sessions
MedChi offers a free, online CME on the PDMP in their  web catalog.
CRISP has released an  on-demand webinar on the PDMP.

Utilize MedChi's PDMP Call Center
MedChi has opened a PDMP Call Center to answer general questions about the PDMP at 410-878-9688or at pdmp@medchi.org. PDMP Call Center was created in partnership between MedChi, Maryland Department of Health, and CRISP to help prescribers meet the July 1, 2018 state-mandated deadline to use the PDMP. (Call Center is open Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, encourages members to consider DrFirst's PDMP workflow tool, which provides faster access and help with compliance. Find out more.
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