Practice Management

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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Addressing Food Insecurity as Part of the Clinical Workflow: CRISP and Meals on Wheels

Food Insecurity in Maryland Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 600,000 Marylanders were served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to the Maryland Department of Human Services. This number included seniors, children, people with disabilities, low-income families, and unemployed workers. COVID-19 subsequently caused hundreds of thousands of Marylanders lost jobs and income. Montgomery…

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Maryland Private Payors Banned from Cancelling Individual Policies for Nonpayment for 60 Days

On behalf of the Hogan Administration, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane has used her emergency powers to prevent health insurance companies from cancelling or refusing to renew individual health benefit plan policies for nonpayment of premiums for the next sixty days. Individual health benefit plan policies that were scheduled to terminate because of unpaid…

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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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Maryland Primary Care Program: Apply by July 14, 2020

The Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) is in its second Performance Year and now recruiting for the 2021 Performance Year Three. The MDPCP is a voluntary program open to all qualifying Maryland primary care practices. It provides funding and support for the delivery of advanced primary care throughout the state. The MDPCP supports the overall…

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#CallYourPhysician: Encouraging Patients to Seek Medical Care during COVID-19

MCMS has heard from our physician members that a significant cohort of their patient population has expressed reticence about seeking medical care during the pandemic. Physicians know better than anyone how dangerous putting off routine medical care can be, let alone care management for chronic conditions or a new developing condition. These challenges were reflected…

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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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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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Q&A with CareFirst Leadership: Your Questions Answered

Two representatives from CareFirst, Brian Wheeler, VP, Practice & Payment Transformation and Deb Rivkin, VP, Government Affairs for Maryland participated in a Q&A session on issues critical to our membership at our September 10, 2019 Executive Board Meeting. Their opening presentation can be viewed above. The following are their responses during the Q&A, edited for…

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Mental Health Resources for Physicians in Montgomery County

Physicians have long led the charge in fighting the stigma surrounding mental health disorders, and in supporting local organizations who offer mental health support for those who need it. MCMS has created this resource base, ways physicians can use their voices as community leaders to continue the fight against stigma and to boost awareness of…

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