Compliance

Three Licensure Updates for Maryland Physicians

As Maryland’s emergency orders continue to expire, here are three critical updates for physicians and their medical practices: 1. Physician Licensure Grace Period Ends August 15th In Executive Order 21-03-09-03, Governor Hogan postponed the expiration of professional licenses, including physician and other health occupations licenses. The Order extended the expiration date of all licenses through…

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OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The ETS is meant to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. Is My Practice…

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Regional Update: Interstate Telemedicine Waivers During COVID-19

Last Updated: September 30, 2021 As MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society noted in their recent Monday Message titled “Telemedicine: Legal and Licensure Implications“, generally, you are required to be licensed where the patient is located at the time of a telemedicine visit. Due to the pandemic, you may not need licensure if a public…

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Provider Relief Fund Reporting Registration & Requirements FAQ

Need help reporting? Check out our on-demand reporting webinar! In collaboration with the accounting and practice consulting firm KatzAbosch, MCMS held a webinar on Wednesday, September 29 which provided updates on provider relief fund reporting updates. Watch the webinar now! Last Updated October 4, 2021 – MCMS recommends visiting HHS’s reporting page for the most…

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Infection Control & COVID-19: An OSHA Expert’s Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Medical practices providing in-person patient care during the pandemic face a complex infection control environment with evolving guidance from federal and local health authorities. CDC guidance addresses COVID-19 infection control, exposures, and potential shortages of both personnel and protective equipment. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MOSH) has shared its most frequently asked questions…

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3 Upcoming CMS Deadlines & Changes

1. MIPS 2020 Hardship Exception Deadline – Apply by December 31st CMS recognizes that practices have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, for the 2020 performance year, CMS will be using their Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow clinicians, groups, and virtual groups to submit an application requesting reweighting of one or more Merit-based Incentive Payment System…

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Employment Law Q&A: FFCRA & Return to Work Guidelines

On Tuesday, August 25, MCMS hosted a Q&A for physicians with James Hammerschmidt, Esq. and David Shapiro, Esq. of Paley Rothman, a Bethesda based law firm. The session began with a summary of developments related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and CDC’s “Return to Work” guidelines, followed by a Q&A of participant submitted…

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CMS: Physicians May Opt-Out of MIPS for 2020

This week, CMS announced that physicians will have the option to opt-out completely or partially from the 2020 QPP’s MIPS program by completing a hardship exemption application and indicating it is due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Individual clinicians and group practices have until December 31, 2020 to complete the hardship application. CMS plans on providing…

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COVID-19: Practice Reopening Toolkit

Update as of July 2021: The following toolkit is archived; information regarding state and local guidelines was accurate to the date of publication. In July of 2021, Governor Hogan lifted the Directive and Order referenced below. However, other information provided in this toolkit will continue to be relevant throughout the pandemic. For questions regarding current…

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Telehealth: Insights and Implementation Resources

Telehealth Use Skyrockets 53% A whitepaper, “FH Healthcare Indicators and FH Medical Price Index 2019: An Annual View of Place of Service Trends and Medical Pricing,” by Fair Health, a New York based nonprofit which specializes in data collection and research related to insurance claims in the US, reported claims data for “alternative settings of care”. …

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