Legislative Updates


Danna L. Kauffman
Schwartz, Metz and Wise, P.A. 

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Legislative Updates & Other Information

January 2021
Governor Hogan Press Release Distribution of Vaccine Update

December 2020
Maryland Department of Health – Clinician Letter & Referral Process for Infusion Sites
Governor Hogan Press Release Weather Storm & Vaccine
Unemployment Insurance

Governor Hogan New Orders Vaccination Matters

November 2020
Governor Hogan New Orders Hospitals & Nursing Homes
Governor Hogan New Orders COVID
Vaccine Development & Implementation – COVID19 Workgroup
COVID & School

October 2020
MDH Clinician TB & COVID Letter
Governor Hogan
Maryland Department of Health Vaccination Plan – CMS
Secretary Neall – Medicaid Reimbursement Rates FY2022
Point of Care Testing & Proclamation

July 2020
Governor Hogan – July, 2020
MDH Response Letter – July, 2020

2020 General Assembly Updates

Wednesday, May 20th Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 8th Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 15th Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 22nd Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 29th Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 6th Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, June 3rd Meeting Minutes

Governor Hogan Veto HB1121 – Bed Registry

Wednesday, May 20th Meeting Minutes

Budget Update & COVID-19 Briefing

Federal Public Health Emergency Extended

Governor Hogan’ Press Conference Summary

Maryland Insurance Administration – New Web Page

The Maryland Insurance Administration had developed a new web page for health care providers with information and complaint processes related to the following:

prompt pay/clean claims
retroactive denial of claims
when you are not on a carriers HMO or provider panel

Click here to see the new web page.


New requirement for physicians and other healthcare providers regarding mandatory reporting of suspected vaping illnesses to local health departments. To read the order by the Secretary of Health, click here.

Quality-Based Reimbursement Program

Click here to see the final QBR measurements.

PDMP Use Mandate – Effective July 1, 2018

Prescribers must query PDMP data (through the CRISP portal or integration within the Electronic Health Record (EHR), where available), assess the PDMP data before prescribing, and document these actions in the patient’s medical record:

1. Before beginning new course of treatment with opioid or benzodiazepine
2. If course of treatment extends beyond 90 days, then at least every 90 days before prescribing or dispensing opioid or benzodiazepine

Exceptions to this mandate, as explicitly listed in statute, include prescribers who are exempted from the above requirements if a prescription is written:

  • For no more than 3 days supply
  • For cancer treatment or cancer-related pain
  • To a patient in an inpatient hospital
  • To a patient in hospice
  • To a patient residing in nursing or other assisted living facility

To treat or prevent acute pain for a period of not more than 14 days following:

    • Surgery with general anesthesia
    • Fracture
    • Significant trauma
    • Childbirth
  • For a specific medicine included in a list compiled by the Secretary of drugs with low potential for abuse
  • In the event of electrical or technological issues

Mandatory Use for Pharmacists: Pharmacists must query and assess the PDMP data when they suspect any CDS prescription is being filled for something other than treatment of an existing medical diagnosis, essentially a restatement of their corresponding responsibility under federal regulations.

Effective adoption of PDMP as a clinical decision support tool both under the use mandate, and as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, and the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force relies on integrating PDMP data access into the realities of a provider’s practice. Two main avenues to assist providers are:

  • Use of Delegates, who can access the PDMP on behalf of a prescriber or pharmacist and provide that PDMP data report to the provider for a prescribing or dispensing decision
  • Integrating PDMP access into an EHR, which is available in many hospital system settings across the state.