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May 7, 2020
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Safe Resumption of Non-Emergent Care
Yesterday, MedChi shared a special alert on Governor Larry Hogan's announcement that non-emergent care can resume. We want to make sure you are aware of these key provisions in the Secretary of Health's new order:
Healthcare facilities are required to self-certify that all criteria for safe reopening have been met by emailing a statement of attestation to firstname.lastname@example.org and posting the self-certification prominently in the facility. We created a model self-certification document that you might find helpful.
A portal has been created by the state for patients and other to submit complaints if healthcare facilities are not taking appropriate measures.
The liability immunity that was extended to COVID-related care in Pub. Safety Art. § 14- 3A-06 or Health Gen. Art. § 18-907 will not apply to non-COVID-related procedures or appointments. MedChi will seek more clarification on this and share any information that we receive.
The new directive requires that facilities have adequate supplies of PPE, continued social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures, and routine COVID-19 symptom screening. While these measures are critical, we want to share two great resources to help you implement an even more comprehensive array of safety measures. MedChi would urge you to consider implementing these measures to help protect you from complaints or liability risk.
Even with the resumption of non-emergent care, telehealth should continue to be utilized to every extent possible. MedChi has a wealth of telehealth resources, including newly-updated guidelines on telehealth billing and coding.
MedChi is your advocate and your resource, and we are here for anything you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society
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