Category Archives: Policy

A Champion for a Healthier Virginia

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In addition to spending three to four days per week practicing pediatric neurology, and serving as the medical director of Edmarc Hospice for Children, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has pushed an ambitious healthcare agenda, as he describes in this interview.

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MedChi’s 2016 Legislative Agenda: Focused on Medicaid, Insurance,Tort Reform

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The 2016 General Assembly Session is under way, and MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and many physicians in the Chesapeake Physician community have common legislative goals which align with the mission of MedChi — to serve as Maryland’s foremost advocate and resource for physicians, their patients, and the public health.

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Maryland’s Newest Medicine Medical Marijuana

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By the end of 2016, medical cannabis (marijuana) is likely to become available as a new therapeutic measure for Maryland doctors. Del. Dan Morhaim, MD and Gene Ransom, MedChi CEO, discuss why physicians should not fear prescribing medical cannabis to appropriate patients.

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Sarbanes Reintroduces Bill to Bring More Doctors to Veterans Health Clinics, Community Health Centers and Schools

Primary Care Physician Reentry Act Would Reduce America’s Shortage of Primary Care Physicians and Provide Communities with More Access to Quality Health Care Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) recently introduced the Primary Care Physician Reentry Act, which would tackle America’s shortage of primary care physicians by supporting programs that retrain doctors to work in health centers […]

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Fighting for Better Health

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If anyone can take on Baltimore City residents’ many health issues, it’s Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, MD. When she’s not giving TED talks, you can likely find her encouraging physicians to minimize opiate use, teaching people how to prevent heroin deaths, or seeking new ways to reduce violence.

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Today’s Skilled Nursing Facility: Not Your Parents’ Nursing Home

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Joe DeMattos, Jr., MA, head of HFAM, discusses how long-term care facilities have changed and how they can keep patients healthier while reducing healthcare system costs.

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Sarbanes Statement on the 21st Century Cures Act Passing the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement on May 21, 2015, after H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee with bipartisan support. The bill will increase biomedical research and accelerate the approval process for new medical devices and prescription drugs, giving patients more access to life-saving treatments. […]

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The Third and Final Stage of Meaningful Use

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In March 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out the proposed rule for Stage 3, which they declared will be the final stage of its Meaningful Use (MU) EHR incentive program. This stage is scheduled to begin in 2017.

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The Challenge of Controlling Healthcare Utilization

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A conversation with Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, Director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation at George Washington University regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the current acute care system, and cost containment/utilization approaches.

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MedChi Reports Repeal of the Sterile Compounding Law Necessary

Maryland SB 69/ HB 181 (“State Board of Pharmacy – Sterile Compounding – Compliance by Nonresident Pharmacies and Repeal of Permit Requirement”) sponsored by Maryland Legislative Senator Conway and Delegate Hill respectively, is MedChi (The Maryland State Medical Society)  initiated legislation that would repeal the provisions of the Maryland Pharmacy Act passed in 2013 that […]

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