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April 15, 2020

 
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Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

In the interest of continuing to promote the health, well-being & effectiveness of physicians on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic MMA will continue these weekly calls until they are no longer needed. We sincerely hope you can join us again, or for the first time.
 
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Federal Enforcement Against COVID-19 Fraud, Hoarding and Price Gouging

U.S. Attorney, District of Maine, Halsey Frank is seeking the help of the MMA and MHA in identifying individuals and companies engaged in hoarding and price gouging of scarce medical supplies.

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HHS has Modified Emergency Fund Grant Language to Make its Meaning More Clear

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. HHS has now modified some of the language to make its meaning more clear.

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WHO COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Update

This strategic preparedness and response plan outlines the public health measures that the international community stands ready to provide to support all countries to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

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Obtaining Unaffordable Medicines: A Challenge for Many Patients
By Martha Morrison, MedHelp Maine, 207-793-4462 or medhelpmaine@gmail.com

While attention is currently focused on infectious disease and social isolation, please also remember the enhanced risks to your financially vulnerable patients who need ongoing access to medications for management of their chronic diseases.

 
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Retirement Planning - Topics To Consider During Your Retirement Transition Years
By: Jeff Dunkle, CFP®, CDFA®, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Portland, Maine

The goal of this article is to identify what some of the key retirement planning topics are so that you can better prepare yourself for the important decisions that you will need to make during your retirement transition years.
 
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MMA Joins the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

The MMA Board of Directors has approved becoming an affiliate member of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.

The mission of the Consortium is to organize, empower and amplify the voice of America's doctors to convey how climate change is harming our health and how climate solutions will improve it.

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A Message from Maine Responds

We appreciate all of the offers coming in to assist in Maine CDC's COVID-19 response.  By registering with Maine Responds, you will join our listing of volunteers against which we search for any emergent volunteer workforce needs. Read on for the details of joining both Maine Responds, and our more involved volunteer opportunities through Maine Medical Reserve Corps - members of both start with the same first step: register at maineresponds.org.

 
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Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service

Presented each year by the Maine Medical Association to recognize the humanitarian service of medical volunteers who serve in Maine, the US or abroad.

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Information about the 2020 Census

The census is a count of every person who lives in the US and its territories, and it happens every 10 years. In 2020 every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1, 2020.

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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION

New Law Takes Effect Concerning Physician Assistant Scope of Practice

LD 1660, An Act To Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care, was signed into law by Governor Mills on March 18. Because it was amended by the Legislature as an emergency law consistent with legislative rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the law was effective the day it was signed.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

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FREE WEBINAR - Risk Management & Ethics: COVID-19 Rationing - Thursday, April16th - 2-3pm

Rationing tests and medical treatment is a worst-case scenario for everyone involved and is the living embodiment of a real “Catch-22” situation. This presentation will explore the types of rationing of healthcare testing and treatment, who should be the decision-maker, frameworks of decision-making used by states, clinical risk considerations, communication strategies, risks of liability, and some important takeaways for risk managers and providers. Ethical and operational support, structure, and consistency  are the keys to moving forward in these trying times.

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Webinar tomorrow April 16th at 6pm: Managing Student Debt

Plan to attend this informative financial education session on Thursday April 16 at 6pm, presented by Baystate Financial.

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Webinar April 20 12:30pm: Tele-Tech 101-Lay Of the Land

This presentation aims to give attendees a starter kit of knowledge regarding tele-health technology to take back to their organizations and practices. Presented by Northeast Telehealth Resource Center and administered by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.

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April 29 webinar: MAT in a Time of Public Health Emergency & Social Distancing

Webinar presented by Qualidigm, in partnership with Maine Care, on Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 12pm.

 
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Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center

A doctor's personal story of substance use and recovery, with Dr. Stephen Loyd.

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Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians

MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians, including Suicide Prevention and Management Training for Healthcare Professionals.

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Family Medicine Outpatient Physician

Maine Medical Partners Westbrook Primary Care is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.
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Medical Director, Primary Care Physician

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health has an exciting physician leadership opportunity for a Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of three family medicine practices.
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Physician - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers.
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Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team. 
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices. Read More


Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

Partners for World Health has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries. Read More


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