February 17, 2019 - In This Issue:
Women Physicians' Red Dress Collegiality Dinner & Discussion
This Wednesday, February 20
5:30 PM Wine & Hors d'Oeuvres, 6:30 PM Dinner
Seasons 52, North Bethesda

Our physician collegiality dinners are back by popular demand in 2019!  This dinner is the first of many, and is hosted by our Women in Medicine Committee.

Women physician members are invited to don a red dress, or a power suit, for this dinner and share experiences related to being a female physician in 2019. How has it changed since Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female physician? Would she be proud? Or outraged?

Join us, together with your female colleagues, as we celebrate the many rewards (and challenges) of your life. 
Practice Management Roundtable: Difficult Employment Situations
Tuesday, February 26,  7:30 AM Continental Breakfast & Coffee, 8-9:15 AM Roundtable
MCMS HQ, Rockville

Recognize these HR challenges in your practice, and have difficulty dealing with them? You are not alone.
  • A 20-year employee with a bad attitude who won't retire or the 20-something front desk employee who stays on his phone despite warnings?
  • Or the employee who has marital problems and the spouse keeps showing up at the practice?
  • Or the one who is a great employee but you later find out failed to disclose multiple dismissals in their work history?
  • An employee excels in her position, but complains about coworkers who don't work as hard as she does?
  • Or one who threatens to quit because he can make more money elsewhere?
Join us for a Roundtable Discussion regarding the most challenging and complicated (and even amusing) employment challenges that you've encountered in your practice management career. Bring best practices, challenges, solutions, and questions to this valuable morning session with your peers.
Maryland Healthcare Financial Management Association: Beyond Hospital Walls Conference
Monday-Tuesday, February 25 - 26 at The Westin in  Annapolis

This two-day conference will bring together clinicians, payors, regulators, and researchers to discuss how the industry can collaboratively to improve health outcomes and control costs through alignment. The focus will be on the physician practice's influence in driving value-based care and
the legislation driving these changes.
Suburban Hospital: Third Annual Medical Staff Art Exhibit
Wednesday, February 27,  4 - 6 PM 
Suburban Hospital Physician's Lounge

Suburban Hospital will host a reception for their third annual medical staff art exhibit on February 27. The artwork will be displayed in the physician lounge February 28 - March 1.  Questions? Contact Michelle Christ at mchris30@jhmi.edu.
Lobbying Day in Annapolis
Wednesday, March 6, 7 AM - 2 PM
MedChi Annapolis HQ

Join us as MCMS members to make a "house call" on the Maryland Assembly.
  • 8:00 am Meet at MedChi Annapolis Headquarters for Legislative Briefing
  • 8:30 am Appointments with MC Delegation Members
  • 11:30 am Lunch - Harry Browne's Restaurant
  • 1:15 pm Depart for Montgomery County
It is worth your time to ensure that the MC Legislative Delegation knows where we stand on the issues!

Interested in carpooling to Annapolis on March 6? MCMS will coordinate a carpool to/from Annapolis if there's adequate interest. We will depart from a central Montgomery County location at approximately 7 am, and return at 3 pm. Please note your interest when you RSVP by selecting the 'carpool' ticket option!
Physician Collegiality Dinner & Discussion
Thursday, March 14
5:30 PM Wine & Hors d'Oeuvres, 6:30 PM Dinner
Stanford Grill, Rockville

All physician members of MCMS are cordially invited for an evening of collegiality and conversation, as we ponder the triumphs (and travails) of the art and practice of medicine in 2019.

This year marks the 116th anniversary of Montgomery County Medical Society since its founding in 1903. Our society's first president, Dr. Roger Brooke, VII (pictured above) is credited among the first physicians to emphasize preventative medicine.

Join us as we celebrate his august legacy and ponder what he would have thought of medicine in the 21st century.
Early Career Physician Collegiality Dinner & Discussion
Tuesday, April 9
5:30 PM Wine & Hors d'Oeuvres, 
6:30 PM Dinner, 8:30 Bowling
Pinstripes in North Bethesda

Early career physicians are invited to Pinstripes at Pike and Rose for collegiality, networking, dinner and, finally, bowling, if you can spare the time.  Enjoy an evening of fun with fellow physicians in the Montgomery County area.

Come experience the ambiance of one of the area's newest hot spots for socializing and dining, as we discuss the many unique issues that impact early career physicians, including work-life balance, finance, and more!
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Getting a Head Start on Flu Season: Planning and Pre-booking Vaccines
Has your practice taken the time to create or update standing orders? Standing orders, as per the Immunization Action Coalition, are "written protocols approved by a physician that allow a qualified health care professional to assess a patient's need for and administer vaccines." Standing orders streamline workflows and increase vaccination rates by expanding opportunities for vaccination in interactions with other clinicians besides the patient's primary physician.

Integrating standing orders into a practice's workflow can take time. Starting early gives staff time to learn the process and become familiar with it before flu season arrives. According to the CDC, patients should be vaccinated by the end of October for maximum effectiveness.

Send Vaccine Reminders to Patients, Beginning in the Summer
Early notices,  emailing patients ahead of existing appointments to offer flu vaccines, and reminders in waiting areas or suggestions for booking appointments at check-in and check-out   increase the likelihood that patients receive vaccinations.

Atlantic Health Partners Influenza Vaccine Program
In addition to the most favorable pricing and terms on Sanofi, Merck, Pfizer and Dynavax vaccines, Atlantic Health Partners offers members a comprehensive flu program for Sanofi Pasteur and Seqirus flu products with low pricing and many advantages.

Sanofi flu program benefits:
  • Favorable Fluzone and Flublok pricing for all flu presentations ordered from Vaccine Shoppe or Vaxserve.
  • Fluzone .5mL syringes and vials are now approved for ages 6 months and older.
  • Strong shipping guarantees and better control over shipping time frames for Atlantic members.
Seqirus flu program benefits:
  • Ability to order directly from Seqirus, or from eligible distributors (including Henry Schein, McKesson and others).
  • Favorable pricing and terms on all Seqirus flu brands.
Contact Atlantic Health Partners for enrollment information and pricing on their Flu Program at 800.741.2044 or info@atlantichealthpartners.com.
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