COVID-19

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

MCMS recommends visiting HHS’s reporting page for the most up-to-date information, though every effort is made to keep resource articles like this one current. The information provided in this article was sourced directly from the HHS materials linked below under “Further Reading”. Who needs to register? Recipients of Provider Relief Fund payments exceeding $10,000 in…

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Montgomery County COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Community HCPs

Last Updated: January 8, 2021 Pictured above, MCMS Physician Members receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine: MCMS President Annette Pham, M.D., Joseph Green, M.D., MBA, FACS, Roji Menon, M.D., MedChi President Shannon Pryor, M.D., Montgomery County Health Officer Travis Gayles, M.D., PhD, Jane Chretien, M.D., MCMS Immunization Task Force Member Joe Hsu, M.D. Please Note: Montgomery County Medical Society…

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Community Physicians & Practice Staff Can Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Starting Tomorrow

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is working with partner agencies to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations. The following is just-released information from Montgomery County DHHS; the first clinics for community-based health care personnel begin tomorrow at 8 AM. Sign-up details are below. More clinics, in addition to those listed below, will be announced next…

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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 Ways to Help Patients Understand the Thanksgiving Guidance Gobbledygook

There has been much public discussion of safety practices and precautions for the upcoming holiday. Because the rate of COVID-19 transmission varies significantly by location, some nationally promulgated guidance may seem to contradict local recommendations to patients. Here are a few ways physicians and their practices can help patients to navigate the holidays safely. 1.…

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Up to $60,000 in Relief Assistance for Eligible Practices: Apply Starting November 18

Watch the Recording: FAQ with Program Staff  At the urging of MCMS and our physician members, Montgomery County has created a program that will provide grants for independent primary care medical and general dentistry practices that have lost revenue and have incurred re-opening costs related to the COVID-19 health crisis. The “Montgomery County Primary Care…

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