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July/August Med Beat

MARYLAND HOSPITALS PLEDGE TO SERVE LOCAL FOOD AS PART OF STATE-WIDE BUY LOCAL INITIATIVE Thirteen Maryland hospitals have committed, so far, to buying and serving foods from local farmers in their menus during the Maryland 2014 Buy Local Challenge. The annual Buy Local Challenge (BLC), an initiative created by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, […]

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Revised Maryland Medical Marijuana Law Will Certify Physicians

After 2013 Maryland medical marijuana legislation failed to produce any academic medical centers that were willing to make the drug available for medical purposes, the Medical Marijuana Law Senate Bill 923 and House Bill 881 were passed in this legislative session. Signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on April 14, 2014, the new law retains the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission that was established in 2013, […]

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Fast Relief for Intractable Pain

A 54-year-old male presents with a four-year history of severe back pain, sciatica and difficulty walking. He has spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis at L4-L5. The patient has loss of sensation and weakness. He is no longer able to work out or even enjoy recreational activities with his wife due to intense pain and the need for opiates. [...]

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Rappel for Kidney Health

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On June 7, 2014, approximately 100 people made their way up to the rooftop of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, suited up, and stepped to the edge of the 32-story building. Demonstrating not only their adventurous sides but most importantly their commitment to supporting program development and research efforts for kidney disease patients, each participant of “Rappel for Kidney Health” [...]

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21st Century Healthcare: Value, Technology, Engagement & Integration

Almost across the board, technology is being applied to care delivery. Both patients and healthcare reform demand it. Healthcare reform is driving value, new technology, engagement and integration. Baby boomers, estimated to account for more than 40% of the country’s population by 2020, demand it. In this issue, we explore two significant clinical areas where this premise […]

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Advances in Lower Extremity Repair

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While living longer has its advantages, lower extremity joints often can’t withstand the stress we place on them. Our orthopaedic surgeons discuss the latest in complex ankle repair, plus robot-assisted total hip and cementless knee arthroplasty.

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Dr. Beans: The Forgotten Man in the Star-Spangled Banner Story

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The Medical & Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland (MedChi) was founded in 1799, just years after the birth of our country. Many of MedChi’s early members fought in the American Revolution, and were prepared to fight again in the War of 1812 – and in the Battles of North Point and Baltimore, which took place in September of 1814. [...]

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KISS-IT: Keeping It Simple with Information Technology


KISS IT and optimize the operation of your medical practice by bridging the gap between delivering superior healthcare services and utilizing technology to support your patient care and engagement initiatives.

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Avoiding Billing Pitfalls in the Age of the ACA


In the second decade of the 21st century, many healthcare providers are struggling to decide whether or not to accept patients who have Medicaid. A key issue is the provider’s ability to ensure compliance with its myriad reimbursement regulations.

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PCMHs and ACOs: Are They Working?

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How effective are Patient Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations? Maryland experts describe how both models are improving care and why the new Maryland Medicare waiver may provide an impetus to both.

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