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April 1, 2020

In This Issue
Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Mills Issues Stay Healthy at Home Mandate
CORRECTION: Governorís Executive Order on Physician License Renewal
CMS Announces Major New Flexibilities for Physicians During COVID-19 Emergency
Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers
Maine CDC Encourages Vaccine Emergency Back-Up Planning
A Message from Maine Responds
2020-2021 MMA Medical Student Section General Council
Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
2020 Census: April 1 is Census Day
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
New Law Takes Effect Concerning Physician Assistant Scope of Practice
MMA Legislative Calls are POSTPONED
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Building Hope Across Populations-Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention POSTPONED
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
Webinar on April 16th 6-7pm: Managing Student Debt
Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center
Maine Chapter ACS Annual Conference RESCHEDULED
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician - Lovejoy Health Center
Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 
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CORRECTION: Governorís Executive Order on Physician License Renewal

 Last week, the MMA’s e-newsletter erred when outlining Governor Mills’ Executive Order outlining the renewal of licenses by physicians. The Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine will NOT be renewing medical licenses automatically during the COVID-19 emergency. Licenses will be partially EXTENDED – not renewed.

The Executive Order does the following:

***** Keep licenses from expiring or needing to be renewed for 30 days after the declaration of the emergency (including CME requirements) *****;

Allows the expedited licensure (at no cost) of qualified retired physicians and physician assistants to provide assistance for the duration of the emergency;

Allows the expedited licensure (at no cost) of qualified physicians and physician assistants licensed in other jurisdictions to provide assistance for the duration of the emergency;

Suspends the requirement of supervision or collaboration for nurses and physician assistants for the duration of the emergency;

Maximizes the use of telemedicine and telehealth and eliminates the need for some in-person patient visits for the duration of the emergency by:

Allowing voice-only technology to be used; and

Suspending any laws or rules related to state medical record privacy and HIPAA that would interfere with the use of telemedicine and telehealth technology.

We apologize to staff at The Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine. It is extremely important to get this correct information out, which could set both boards up for complaints when physicians and physician assistants need to file renewal applications when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.  Both boards provide an essential service for the safety of all Mainers and operates solely on the funds provided by licensing fees – including renewals. Thank you. We’ll keep trying to do better in providing you information.


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