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Maine Announces Staged Reopening of Economy & Updates to Elective & Routine Health Care

On April 23rdGovernor Mills announced plans for a safe and staged reopening of Maine’s economy.

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Governor Mills To Convene Expert Committee to Advise on State’s Economic Recovery

Governor Mills, Wednesday, announced the formation of an Economic Recovery Committee.

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CMS Announces Audio-Only Telephonic Payment Increases

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week announced they will be increasing payments for audio-only telephone visits between Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits.

 
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Pfizer and BioNTech Dose First Participants in the U.S. as Part of Global COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Development Program

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced today that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19. The trial is part of a global development program, and the dosing of the first cohort in Germany was completed last week.

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Maine Track Celebration Honors Class of 2020

The Maine Medical Association wishes to congratulate all the members of Maine Track’s Class of 2020.

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Deadline Extended for MMEF Medical Student Loans and MMET Scholarships to May 15

The Maine Medical Education Foundation makes loans available to Maine residents enrolled in or accepted to approved medical schools.

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Tick Tock! May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine
By Megan Porter, Maine CDC Public Health Educator

Health care providers in Maine reported a record number of Lyme disease cases in 2019, with 2,079 cases (as of January 15, 2020). Though ticks can be active at any temperature above freezing, most tick activity occurs in the warmer months. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine and Maine CDC asks health care providers to stress the importance of tick education in the prevention of tickborne disease. The 2020 Lyme Disease Awareness Month theme, “Tick Tock,” reminds us to take time to practice tick prevention.

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Headspace is Offering all US Healthcare Professionals Who Work in Public Health Settings Free Access Through 2020.

Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate. We’re offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.You’re here for them, we’re here for you.

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MMA Tuesday COVID-19 Pandemic Zoom Meeting for Providers Suspended

While the MMA continues to focused on promoting the health, well-being & effectiveness of physicians on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be temporarily suspending our Tuesday evening virtual Zoom discussions for the time being.

 
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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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The 2020 Census Is Happening Now

Responses to the 2020 Census will inform funding for clinics, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and other health care assistance programs.

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MMA Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service

Nominations for the 2020 award are due by July 31.  The award is 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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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION

Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature

State legislators have historically given great weight to physician opinions in Augusta, and certainly appreciate the work you do to keep their constituents healthy. However, the voice of physicians is being diluted in many debates. At this time, we are aware of 6 active or retired physician candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature and we wanted to make you aware of their candidacies and of opportunities to provide financial support for the campaigns if you are so inclined. 

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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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Upcoming Online Course from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)

CCSME develops, designs and manages statewide training programs and grants. We encourage professional development and maximize collaboration among individuals and organizations that serve people affected by co-occurring conditions.

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Presentation Development and Design Live Webinar

We use presentations as one of our primary strategies to share content-knowledge, build skills, ignite calls to action and affect culture change. However most of us never receive any formal training in presentation design. In this three-hour webinar workshop, participants will learn practical skills to plan and deliver exceptional presentations using the tools and resources they already have.

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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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Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - New Date November 14

A doctor's personal story of substance use and recovery, with Dr. Stephen Loyd.  This event was scheduled for June 3 at 2pm and has been postponed until November 14, 2020 at 1:30pm. Read More


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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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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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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