Compliance

New Implicit Bias CME Requirement

A new law went into effect on April 1, 2022, requiring physicians to complete implicit bias training for 2022 license renewals. This is a one-time requirement for physicians. The training program must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or recognized by a health occupation board. The course does not have…

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Compliance Deadline Review: Vaccines, PRF & More

The many COVID-19 payments, loans, and grant funds available to medical practices each have compliance deadlines associated with them. Check below for upcoming deadlines to keep in mind throughout 2022. April 5, 2022 Deadline: Submit COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Claims for Reimbursement The COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund which reimburses claims for testing, treatment, and vaccine administration…

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CDS Electronic Prescribing Deadline 1/1/2022

Due to the strong advocacy by the physician community, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is delaying compliance actions of e-prescribing until 1/1/2023 in alignment with the federal CMS postponement. The transmittal can also be found on the OCSA website. A health care practitioner who is unable to electronically transmit prescriptions for controlled dangerous substance drugs may request…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

On November 16, 2021, MCMS held a webinar with Jessica Summers, Esq. from the law firm of Paley Rothman on COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The webinar discussed both government-issued and voluntary employer mandates. Key government-issued mandates include the Maryland Order for Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Federal Executive Order 14042, the CMS Interim Final Rule, and the OSHA Emergency…

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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: June 22, 2022 Topline Update: Where does a PHE allow a Maryland licensed physician to practice? Telehealth waivers have expired in most states and the District of Columbia, although some states have now reinstated a waiver due to the Omicron associated spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Please note that requirements under the…

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Provider Relief Fund Reporting Registration & Requirements FAQ

New flexibility announced for Period 1 reporting Due largely to advocacy from the AMA, national specialty societies, and state medical societies, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has decided to reopen the reporting time for recipients of Period 1 Provider Relief Funds. Those physicians who received more than $10,000 in provider relief funds and failed to…

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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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