COVID-19

Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine for Staff

The following Q&A appears here courtesy of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, which has offered extensive, free resources for employers throughout the pandemic. Additional SHRM resources are listed below. Can you mandate COVID-19 vaccination for employees? The short answer is, yes. Currently, there aren’t valid legal arguments forbidding private employers from requiring vaccinations…

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COVID-19 Vaccination & Co-Administration of Vaccines

This article is part of MCMS’s 2021 observance of National Immunization Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused physicians to change how they operate to continue providing essential services to patients. Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of…

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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 7, 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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Financial Relief Check-Up

There are numerous local and national programs for businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your medical practice can be a challenge. Find Out What Aid Applies to You in 3 Minutes or Less The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources…

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Pausing Use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of April 23, 2021: Effective April 23, 2021, CDC and FDA recommend that use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States. However, women younger than 50 years old should be made aware of a rare risk of blood clots with low platelets following vaccination and the availability of…

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Smoking Cessation during COVID-19: Use Trends and Opportunities

Tobacco cessation has long been a key public health aim. It can only be considered more critical now during the pandemic, as smoking has long been known to hamper immune system responses, especially with regards to pulmonary diseases and infections. With calls to quitlines down 27% in 2020, we must ask: How has COVID-19 impacted rates…

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Provider Relief Fund Reporting Registration & Requirements FAQ

Need help reporting? Join us for our webinar on September 29! Join MCMS and KatzAbosch at 1 PM on Wednesday, September 29 for a Provider Relief Fund Update ‒ Looming September 30th Deadline. Are You Prepared? webinar. Learn more and register.  Last Updated September 22, 2021 – MCMS recommends visiting HHS’s reporting page for the…

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