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April 15, 2020

In This Issue
Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Federal Enforcement Against COVID-19 Fraud, Hoarding and Price Gouging
HHS has Modified Emergency Fund Grant Language to Make its Meaning More Clear
WHO COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Update
Obtaining Unaffordable Medicines: A Challenge for Many Patients
Retirement Planning - Topics To Consider During Your Retirement Transition Years
MMA Joins the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health
A Message from Maine Responds
Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
Information about the 2020 Census
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
New Law Takes Effect Concerning Physician Assistant Scope of Practice
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
FREE WEBINAR - Risk Management & Ethics: COVID-19 Rationing - Thursday, April16th - 2-3pm
Webinar tomorrow April 16th at 6pm: Managing Student Debt
Webinar April 20 12:30pm: Tele-Tech 101-Lay Of the Land
April 29 webinar: MAT in a Time of Public Health Emergency & Social Distancing
Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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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HHS has Modified Emergency Fund Grant Language to Make its Meaning More Clear

[From AMA 04/14/20]

As you know, concerns were raised when the initial HHS Emergency Fund grants were released that, in agreeing to the terms and conditions of the grants, physicians were being required to attest that they diagnose, treat, or test patients for COVID-19. The AMA brought these concerns to the Secretary’s office and HHS committed to posting some clarifying language. HHS has now modified some of the language to make its meaning more clear, as follows, stating that every patient is a possible case of COVID-19.

The website at https://www.hhs.gov/provider-relief/index.html now includes the following statement:

If you ceased operation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are still eligible to receive funds so long as you provided diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19. Care does not have to be specific to treating COVID-19. HHS broadly views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19.

​Also, the second provision of the Terms and Conditions has been changed to no longer say providers attest to "currently" taking care of patients, just that they did so after 1/31/2020:

The Recipient certifies that it billed Medicare in 2019; provides or provided after January 31, 2020 diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19; is not currently terminated from participation in Medicare; is not currently excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health care programs; and does not currently have Medicare billing privileges revoked. 

 

 

 

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