Public Health

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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SBIRT Improves Patient Care, Increases Payments, and Training is Free and CME Accredited

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a screening and referral method that has proven to be effective in identifying and providing early intervention for individuals at risk for developing substance use disorders. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of effectiveness data, how SBIRT screening increases payment, and provide training resources, including free…

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Measles in Maryland – Part II

This is the second of a series of articles on the U.S. measles outbreak of 2019. This installment will focus on clinical guidance, continuing medical education, and provide resources related to patient vaccine reticence and raising vaccine awareness among the public. For information on Maryland modifications to measles recommendations, in light of the outbreak, and the scale,…

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Measles in Maryland – Part I

This is the first of a series of articles on the U.S. measles outbreak of 2019.  This installment will focus on Maryland modifications to measles recommendations, in light of the outbreak, and discuss the scale, sourcing, and spread that has precipitated the resurgence of a disease declared eliminated in 2000. Later articles will focus on clinical…

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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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April Is STI Awareness Month

Source Note: This message appears courtesy of the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services. In the five-year period between 2012 and 2016, cases of syphilis in pregnant women rose 61% in the U.S.  Screening during pregnancy is important to protect the mother and the unborn baby. Risk factor screening is likely inadequate in high…

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