Compliance

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

NOTICE: All licensed healthcare facilities and healthcare providers may resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures and appointments at 7 AM, May 7, 2020, provided all the required measures are in place, as outlined by this Directive and Order from the Maryland Department of Health, released May 6. Take these requirements seriously; noncompliance is punishable by both…

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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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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus: Updates & Resources for Physicians

  What to Tell Patients   |   Practice Protocols & Preparedness   |   What to Look For & How to Test Precautions & PPE   |   Telehealth Resources   |   Employment Law Resources Emergency Loans, Grants, & Tax Relief   |   Volunteer Opportunities   |   Resources for Physicians Last Updated November16, 2020  The following guidance is drawn primarily from the Centers…

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5 Compliance Tips from an OSHA Inspector

Each year, MCMS hosts an OSHA Update for Medical Practices with an expert in the field. This year, we were joined by Anthony Jagielski, a Health Consultant at the Maryland Occupational Safety & Health, our statewide arm of OSHA.  He has spent more than a decade inspecting medical practices for OSHA compliance. The following are…

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Mandatory Vaccine Reporting Begins October 1, 2019

About the New Requirement As of October 1, 2019, all vaccinations administered in the State of Maryland are required to be reported to Maryland’s Immunization Information System, ImmuNet. This new requirement was passed into law during the 2019 legislative session, and is codified in State Statute §18–109(d)(6)(I)3. ImmuNet is Maryland’s Immunization Information System; it is…

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Continuing Education Requirements for CDS Renewal

According to §5-301 of the Maryland Criminal Law Article, an authorized physician who will prescribe or dispense controlled dangerous substances must complete two hours of continuing education that is related to the prescribing or dispensing of controlled dangerous substances and recognized by the Board of Physicians or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical…

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