July 15, 2018 - In This Issue:
Practice Management Update: 
Telehealth 101: Policy, Process, and Payment for Success

Tuesday, July 24, 8 - 9:15 AM, MCMS Headquarters in Rockville

As healthcare continues to embrace the digital age, more and more clinicians are using telemedicine as a tactic to provide care in an innovative way. We will discuss how to successfully implement virtual visits by:
  • learning to identify patients that would best benefit from telemedicine,
  • understanding billing and documentation requirements,
  • and acquiring strategies for how clinicians can adjust their style of practice for delivering care virtually rather than in person.
Rob Warlick is the marketing director for PEAKE Technology Partners, a healthcare IT consultancy and all-inclusive MSP for medical groups in and around the D.C. metro area. Rob also serves as the managing partner for PEAKE's sister company, SimpleVisit, a hosted telemedicine service delivering secure virtual visits compatible with common video applications including FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts. Rob's diverse background leading organizations in marketing and telecommunications space for over the past decade brings a unique insight in navigating the emerging industry of telemedicine. SimpleVisit enjoys national recognition for its patented video technology and innovative application in virtual visits.


Medical Economics I 6.19.18
MedChi News I 7.9.18
AMA Wire I 7.11.18
" While Google and Amazon have worked on making their cloud services compliant with HIPAA's standards, neither smart speaker with their respective virtual assistant is HIPAA compliant at this time."
"MedChi applauds the extension of the Maryland Medicare Waiver... while the Waiver isn't perfect, its repeal would result in instability and billions of dollars leaving the system."
The AMA's Litigation Center is currently involved in five active tort reform-related cases before the state Supreme Courts of Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.
What Digital Apps are You Using for Fun, Communication and/or to Improve Patient Care or Your Practice?
MedChi is conducting a survey of physicians' use of digital applications. We are interested in learning from you what apps you use for fun, travel and communications. Also, we'd like to learn what apps you encourage you patients to use, and which ones you use to improve patient care. Please take this survey. We will publish the results in an upcoming issue of Maryland Medicine.
Please Complete This Survey to Help Us Understand Your Practice's Preparation for Alternative Payment Models

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:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/mhccpracticeassessment

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.

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.

This message appears courtesy of the Maryland Health Care Commission. 
Deadline: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Querying Mandate Began  July 1st 
Effective July 1, 2018, Maryland law requires CDS prescribers and pharmacists to request and to assess data from the PDMP in certain prescribing and dispensing situations.  The accompanying materials detail when you are required to check the PDMP and where exceptions exist - both clinical and technological - and how to appropriately document your actions. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) anticipates no issues in access to PDMP. However, if you encounter any challenges, you should use reasonable clinical judgment in deciding whether to prescribe or dispense an opioid or benzodiazepine. Inability to view PDMP data would not legally prevent you from prescribing or dispensing.

If you are a CDS prescriber, the following documents have been sent to the email address of record linked to your PDMP account, and is also being mailed to you by USPS:
FAQs and additional resources to assist prescribers and their delegates are available online at  www.MarylandPDMP.org

You may also contact the PDMP Use Mandate Call Center, staffed by MedChi: 

PHONE:  During the hours of 8 AM to 6 PM, please call 800-492-1056 X3324 or 410-878-9688 to speak with a staff member. If you call after hours or on weekends, please leave a message and a staff member will return your call within two (2) business days.

EMAIL:  Please send an email to  pdmp@medchi.org , and a staff member will reply within two (2) business days.

This message appears courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health. 
For questions, please contact  mdh.pdmp@maryland.gov.
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