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Welcome to MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society.  
As the statewide professional association for licensed 
physicians, we are dedicated to our mission to serve as 
Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians, 
their patients, and 
public health.

Practice Management Help & Guidance

Business assistance so you and your staff can focus on the clinical side of your practice:

  • Practice Operations and Workflows Assessment
  • Transition of Practice Manager
  • Front Office Operations
  • Interim Practice Management
  • Analysis and Improvement Recommendations
  • Recruiting – Medical Assistant, Administrative Staff and Nursing Staff

If your practice is interested in any of these services, please contact Colleen George by email or phone at 410-652-5808

Common Practice Management Questions

Coding & Billing

  • MACRA 
    On April 27, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Notice Executive of Proposed Rule making to implement key provisions of the Medicare Access and Summary CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), legislation that repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and replaced it with the “Quality Payment Program."  This proposed rule requires physicians to participate in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  For more information on this, please click here.

Delegation Guidance

  • Delegation rules with respect to cosmetic procedures
    The Medical Practice Act defines the “practice of medicine” as to “engage, with or without compensation, in medical diagnosis, healing, treatment, or surgery.” It specifically includes “diagnosing, healing, treating, preventing, prescribing for, or removing any physical, mental, or emotional ailment or supposed ailment of an individual by physical, mental, emotional, or other process that is exercised or invoked by the practitioner, the patient, or both, or by appliance, test, drug, operation, or treatment. HO 14-101(o).

Health Insurance

  • Request for Confidential Communications Form
    This form lets you choose where your health information gets sent after your health care visit. Right now, if you do not complete this form, your health information will be sent to the person who pays for the insurance you use. You can ask that the information be sent to a different address or by other means that only you will see. You can do this if you believe that giving your health information to the person paying for your insurance would put you in danger.

Hearing Interpreters

Payment Issues

Physician Burnout

  • AMA STEPS Forward™ Saving Time Playbook Offers Strategies to Improve Practice Efficiencies
    Physician burnout is an epidemic in the U.S. healthcare system, and time spent on non-patient-facing tasks in a clinician’s workday is contributing heavily to the problem. But saving time cannot be accomplished by simply telling physicians to become more efficient. Timesaving efforts need to come from organizational leaders who can affect large-scale change. Containing highlights from nine AMA STEPS Forward™ toolkits, the Saving Time Playbook offers strategies and tips that can significantly improve efficiencies in your practice.
  • Practical Considerations for Starting or Joining Clinically Integrated Networks and Other Innovative Contracting Models
    The AMA’s prerecorded webinar, “Developing Clinically Integrated Networks and other Innovative Contracting Models,” highlights the strategic, financial, risk, legal, and regulatory considerations for physicians starting or joining a clinically integrated network or entering alternative value-based contracting models. Topics include tactics to achieve operational readiness before entering value-based arrangements, types of arrangements, and structural differences in each. To accompany this presentation, the AMA has published a new, related resource, a checklist designed to help physicians evaluate their preparedness for clinical integration.
  • Report: Supporting and Promoting High-Performing Physician-Owned Private Practices
    The AMA has partnered with Mathematica, a global research and policy organization, to analyze and assess the factors that create and sustain high-performing, physician-owned private practices. The report highlights the findings from this qualitative research and provides insights into the nature of high-performing private practices, advantages and challenges to the practice model, and the changes that physicians in private practice foresee. The report concludes that physician-owned practices will continue to be an integral part of the health care ecosystem, but the success of the model will require the commitment and efforts of policymakers, educators, professional organizations, and other groups to remove obstacles and create equitable opportunities for success.

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