December 4, 2016 - In This Issue:
Networking. Education. Collegiality. Engagement.
Last Call: Register Today For The Payor Conference Next Wednesday

MCMS Payor Conference - Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to get first-hand forecasts of what's coming up in 2017 from all payors in Maryland. Members and practice staff are invited to attend the 2016 Payor Conference on Wednesday, December 7, from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Rockville, Maryland. 
Ashley McGlone, Senior Attorney with the American Medical Association will present an overview of MACRA's final rule and its impact on physicians and their practices.

Melanie Cavaliere, with the Maryland Health Care Commission will present an overview of Maryland's value-based payment strategies. 

Understanding the landscape could mean the difference between getting paid for the value you provide or being penalized. Also, MCMS has invited Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Novitas, Medicaid, United, Carefirst, CIGNA, and more.

Register your practice staff and receive a complimentary practice manager membership (Terms apply). 

Please contact Stephen McDow at or 301-921-4300 to learn how to take advantage of this special offer. 
Denied Claims? Don't Give Up. Register Today For The Coding Forum: Appeals Processes 

Coding Forum - Thursday, December 15, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Kate Gilman, CPC, Operations Executive with Medical Business Partners returns to MCMS to facilitate the increasingly popular, Medical Practice Coding Forum. This month's topic will cover the appeals processes for Medicare and commercial insurances. Kate will present specific examples of appeal templates and timely filing guidelines, and then offer attendees an opportunity to participate in group discussion. 

This is a members-only event!   

Want To Make A Difference? Become A Grassroots Legislative Contact For MCMS!

2016 Legislative Breakfast - Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM

On Wednesday, December 14 at MCMS headquarters, elected state representatives will join leadership and staff for the Annual Legislative Breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:15 am.
The discussion, in part, will cover MedChi's Legislative Agenda for the upcoming session and include a discussion on any legislative initiatives the legislators are putting forward at the statehouse.
Learn more about how to get involved in the Society's Legislative Team, or this event, by contacting Susan D'Antoni, Executive Director, at or 301-921-4300.

"Thriving" vs. Surviving During Times Of Change: Enhancing Caregiver Resilience 

Beat Burnout - Wednesday, December 7, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Attend this crash course on beating burnout on Wednesday, December 7 at the Maryland Hospital Association Pierson Conference Center! 

Presented by J. Bryan Sexton, Ph.D., Associate Professor Director, Duke Patient Safety Center, Duke University System, this training will provide you with the tools needed to take better care of yourself.
It's true, before you can take care of your work or improve the quality of your practice, you have to bring balance to your life.


ALERTS: News You Need To Know NOW
EHR State Incentive Program Extended 

Learn How To Receive Up To $15,000 Per Practice, Per Payor

Several years ago MedChi worked with state officials and others to pass legislation that created state health technology incentives for primary care physicians. The State incentives were set to expire last year, but due to MedChi's advocacy efforts, the State agreed to extend the incentives until the end of this year.  Knowing how important these incentives are to our physicians, MedChi once again successfully petitioned the State for another extension, this time, ending December 31, 2018. This incentive is in addition to any federal money you might have received previously. 

Deadline For Informal Review Of Potential PQRS Penalties Extended 

Physicians who want to contest potential payment penalties associated with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and/or the Value Modifier (VM) now have until December 7 to file a request for an informal review of their data.  Previously, the deadline to request a review was November 30 but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced yesterday that the deadline will be extended by one week.

Montgomery County Medical Society and MedChi are committed to helping you succeed! Thank you for your commitment and engagement in 2016! We look forward to your continued support for 2017.

Please let us know how we can help you have a more fulfilling experience by emailing Stephen McDow at


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