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Want to Make a Difference? Become a MCMS Grassroots Legislative Contact!

'Tis the Season to Give Back!

Will You Mentor a Student?


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Thursday, December 6
MDPCP Webinar: Progressing from Track 1 to Track 2

Saturday, December 8
No Cost, 8 Hour CME: The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course in DC

Tuesday, December 18 
MCMS Legislative Breakfast

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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.
Will You Mentor a Student?mentor
MCMS often receives requests from medical or pre-med students interested in shadowing a local physician. We ask that interested members let us know what time of year they could accommodate a student, what type of student they would work with, and more. Click here!
Want to Make a Difference? Become a MCMS Grassroots Legislative Contact!Legislative
On Tuesday, December 18 at MCMS headquarters, elected state legislators will join leadership and staff for the Annual Legislative Breakfast from 7:45 to 9:15 am.  The discussion, in part, will cover MedChi's Legislative Agenda (click here to read more about MedChi's regulatory and legislative priorities) for the upcoming session and include a discussion on any legislative initiatives the legislators are putting forward at the statehouse.

If you have legislative affairs experience, or an existing relationship with your state senator or a delegate and would like to be more involved contact Susan D'Antoni at  301-921-4300 or
'Tis the Season to Give Back! holidaydrive
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This year, Montgomery County Medical Society will proudly continue its long-standing tradition of giving back during the holidays.  MCMS invites you to participate in meaningful community service projects during this special time of year. These are perfect opportunities to engage your staff and patients in giving back to our neighbors in need. 

Help People with Special Needs in Montgomery County to Thrive
The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) is a non-profit organization in Rockville, that annually serves 2000+ individuals with a wide range of special needs. 

MCMS will collect the following items, at our headquarters (15855 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville,) or they may be delivered directly to TLC ( 2092 Gaither Road,  Suite 100,  Rockville): 
  • Gift Cards- Amazon.com, Target, Walmart, Safeway, Giant, CVS, and other local grocery stores.
  • New or lightly used hats, gloves, scarves, and coats.
TLC's tax ID number is 52-0607924, for deductibility purposes.

Donate to a Medical Supply Loan Closet & Encourage Your Patients to Recycle Their DME Equipment
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew operates a large medical loan closet with an extensive inventory. There is no cost and no means assessment. Items are dispensed on a first come, first served basis. Examples of supplies include: Hospital Beds, Bedside Commodes, Canes, Walkers, Rollators, Wheelchairs, Feeding Formula and Equipment, CPAP, etc.

On-Site Contact:
Marilee Tollefson
301-384-4394
marileetollefson@gmail.com

Drop-Off Locations for Medical Supplies:
Location 1: Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 
15300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
For larger deliveries, please call in advance so they may assist you with unloading.
Location 2: Montgomery County Medical Society,
15855 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Because of storage constraints, MCMS can only accept donation items of small to moderate size at our HQ. Beds, wheelchairs, and other large items should be delivered directly to the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew. 

To deduct donations, request  a written acknowledgement or receipt from the church on the day of donation.
Help Patients Avoid Heath Insurance Scams During the Open Enrollment Periodopenenrollmentscam
The Maryland Attorney General Office's Health Education and Advocacy Unit (HEAU), of the Consumer Protection Division, is warning Marylanders that  scammers may target consumers interested in signing up for health insurance during Maryland Health Connection's Open Enrollment.  

Maryland Health Connection is the health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can compare and enroll in qualified health insurance plans and learn if they qualify for financial assistance to lower insurance costs. The open enrollment period ends December 15. 

How you can help:
  • Share this flyer with patients, via social media, email lists, and by posting it in your waiting room. 
  • If you or someone you know suspect a website of fraud, report it to the HEAU at 410-528-1840, toll free in Maryland at 1-877-261-8807, or by email at heau@oag.state.md.us
MDPCPMaryland Primary Care Program Updates for Applicant Practices
Did your practice apply for the Maryland Primary Care Program, which is set to begin on January 1, 2018? If so, there's a few things you should know:
  1. CMS has announced preliminary practice selections. Check your inbox for an email from MarylandModel@cms.hhs.gov indicating acceptance into the program, track assignment, CTO partner, if applicable, and onboarding material requirements. 
  2. The initial 1-3 forms practices must complete have a quick turnaround. The forms are: CMS-588, CTO payment option, if partnering with a CTO, and CPCP option form for Track 2 practices.
  3. MDPCP Resources: a resource page for preliminarily approved practices, a series of webinars, and email and phone lines (marylandmodel@cms.hhs.gov or call 844-711-CMMI, and press Option 7 for MDPCP) for questions.
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