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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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Maine CDC Encourages Vaccine Emergency Back-Up Planning

[From Maine CDC 04/01/2020]

In the event of temporary office closures at provider facilities, we are asking that providers ensure proper storage and handling of state supplied vaccines by following the guidance below:

Review back-up emergency plans and have your protocols in place

  • Vaccine should be transported to an alternate location where temperatures can be monitored regularly using a portable vaccine refrigerator/freezer or a qualified container and packouts.
  • If transport is not feasible and a digital data logger (DDL) is present that can store sufficient data for the closure, leave vaccine in current unit and mark "DO NOT USE".
  • Upon reopening, review all DDL data and take action on any temperature excursion, if any, before administering vaccine.
  • When reviewing DDL data, it is important to check that complete data are available for all dates and times.
  • If the DDL ultimately did not have enough capacity to record during the period of closure or experienced failures, you will need to consult with the vaccine manufacturer to determine if the vaccine can be used or should be discarded.
  • For school clinics, if there is an end of school year or holiday protocol in place, please utilize it in the event of extended closure.

Prepare for Emergency Vaccine Transport 

 

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