April 22, 2020

In This Issue
"FrontLine WarmLine" Launches to Help Maine's Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19
Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Additional CARES Act Provider Assistance Details and Timing Released
Congress: Paycheck Protection Program Update
Promoting Health and Preventing Disease: How Public and Environmental Health Work Together
Climate Change is Degrading the Air we Breathe and Impacting our Health and Productivity
MMA Joins the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health
CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19
AMA Urges Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians
A Message from Maine Responds
Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
Responding to the 2020 Census
Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
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
Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
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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AMA Urges Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians

 AMA Urges Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians

[From AMA, April 20, 2020]


In response to overwhelming circumstances, hazards and burdens that have placed the physician workforce under extreme pressure during COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association (AMA) today urged the National Governors Association (NGA) to support removing obstacles to preserving and expanding the physician workforce during the current public health emergency.

In a letter from AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, M.D. to NGA Executive Director Bill McBride, the AMA warned that some federal state and local directives related to COVID-19 can pose potential liability risks to physicians. This vulnerability remains an obstacle to physicians seeking to fill workforce gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic. To remove this barrier, the AMA asked the Governor members of the NGA to adopt health care emergency response protections to support physicians willing to risk their own health and safety in the care of COVID-19 patients.

The AMA letter noted that many states have already taken action through executive order or state legislation to provide temporary liability protections to physicians and others providing care to COVID-19 patients. The AMA suggested that actions by the governors of Connecticut and New York can serve as models for other states.

To download a PDF copy of the letter, click here.

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