April 8, 2020

In This Issue
Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Tune In to Useful Daily Updates from Maine CDC
New DEA Buprenorphine Guidance
CMS Announces Major New Flexibilities for Physicians During COVID-19 Emergency
Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers
A Message from Maine Responds
Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
2020-2021 MMA Medical Student Section General Council
Information about the 2020 Census
New Law Takes Effect Concerning Physician Assistant Scope of Practice
MMA Legislative Calls are POSTPONED
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Webinar on Managing Student Debt: next Thursday April 16th 6-7pm
Building Hope Across Populations-Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention RESCHEDULED
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center
Maine Chapter ACS Annual Conference RESCHEDULED
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
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

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Tune In to Useful Daily Updates from Maine CDC

There is so much misinformation being spread about the novel coronavirus it’s causing people to either panic or blatantly ignore the dangers. People are making bad decisions and some of your patients are confused.

You can help your patients and loved ones take on that information.

The virus has not been contained and we are still working to flatten the curve. We have taken positive steps through quarantine directives and we at the MMA would like to applaud our state public health experts for their sound direction.

The news cycle is a constant flow of grim statistics, predictions of death, and buzzworthy story titles that are more likely to incite panic and cause people to excessively worry. Media looks for linear explanations, which don’t exist right now. In interviews, experts are asked to distill complicated knowledge into succinct one-line answers, and in some cases are asked for a yes or no answer. In addition, there’s no shortage of experts expressing opinions and they too are oftentimes uncertain, and in conflict with their predictions.  In the end, media customarily reduces the issue to easily consumable data of a “total” cases-and-deaths ticker stamped on the screen/page. Scary, worst-case-scenario numbers tend disproportionately drive headlines. The flip side is when they offer up unwarranted mentions to unproven supposed 'treatments' or purely anecdotal new symptoms.

One suggestion is to recommend watching or listening to the daily updates by Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and, especially, avoid national broadcast networks regardless of political affiliation/ideology. Dr. Shah provides the perfect balance of fact, science, caution and empathy with a Maine focus. Not only that, Maine media has proven to effectively capture the essence of what your neighbors are thinking when presenting their questions. We thank them for that.

Dr. Shah’s Maine CDC updates are normally scheduled for 11:15 a.m. each weekday, and as needed on weekends.

This video is available from Maine Public through livestream. They're also all archived at the same link so you can watch anytime:


Public Radio audio can also be found at:


Maine Public television also carries the updates



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