Introducing Figure 1, a global platform for “medical minds” that allows for open discussion of patient cases and knowledge sharing. Figure 1’s mission is to democratize medical knowledge and in so doing, improve patient outcomes. To date, Figure 1’s global community of over 3 million members has contributed more than 100,000 real world cases and over 1.5 million comments discussing everything from rare conditions to specific strategies for patient care. Join your MedChi colleagues for this trusted and important exchange.

EQIP (Episode Quality Improvement Program):

For Value-Based medicare Incentive Payment Opportunity for Maryland Physicians

EQIP is a voluntary program that will provide incentive payments to physicians specializing in gastroenterology, orthopedics, and cardiology who improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of care that they provide to Maryland Medicare patients. Learn more about this program HERE

COVID-19 Information


SB 05 (Chapter 745) / HB 28 (Chapter 744) “Public Health – Implicit Bias Training and the [Maryland] Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities” – Effective October 1, 2021, requires applicants for renewal of a license or certificate issued by a health occupations board to attest to completion of an approved implicit bias training program the first time they renew a license or certificate after April 1, 2022. (

CME Requirements

On June 15, 2020, the Maryland Board of Physicians enacted a policy change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board changed the CME requirements, adding important flexibility. The new rule that “license required CMEs will not be due until 30 days after the end of the State of Emergency,” will help physicians whose meetings or circumstances have changed due to the pandemic. (

Extension of Physician License Expiration Date

“Under normal circumstances, the online renewal system would close at 11:59 pm (EST) on September 30, 2020; however, pursuant to Governor Hogan’s Executive
Order of March 12, 2020, the Board will extend the expiration date ‘to the 30th day after the date by which the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded.” (

Medical Records Retention Guidelines

Pediatric Records: For Pediatric patients, the law requires retention until the patient reaches the age of 18 years plus 3 years or 5 years from the last date of records whichever is later.

Adult Records: Maryland law requires retention of medical records on adult patients for 5 years from the last date of record.

Federal HIPAA regulations require documentation of records being released or disclosed for 6 years from the date of the disclosure. Insurance plans under federal jurisdiction may request documentation of service for up to 7 years from the date of payment. Insurance carrier contracts may have additional retention requirements.

Always check with your medical liability carrier for additional retention requirements based on your patient population and me


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