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May 20, 2020

In This Issue
Maine CDC Eliminates COVID Testing Prioritization Upon Agreement With IDEXX
MMA Seeking Physicians to Provide Peer Reviews
JAMA Study Shows No Benefit from Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19
Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application Released
Attestation Deadline for Receipt of Federal Provider Relief Fund Payments & Opportunity for Relief
AMA Cautions Physicians, Public About Limitations of Antibody Testing for SARS‑CoV‑2
Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces in the Context of COVID-19
MMA Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
Maine CDC Public Health Advisory: 2020 Lyme and Other Tickborne Disease Information
A Message from Maine Responds
The 2020 Census Is Happening Now
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
May 28 Webinar: Medicare COVID-19 Related Billing, Coverage and Payment Information
Presentation Development and Design Live Webinar - June 19
Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - New Date November 14
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
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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Attestation Deadline for Receipt of Federal Provider Relief Fund Payments & Opportunity for Relief

The US Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for healthcare providers to attest to receipt of payments from the Provider Relief Fund and accept the Terms and Conditions. Providers now have now have 45 days, increased from 30 days, from the date they receive a payment to attest and accept the Terms and Conditions or return the funds. 

The initial 30-day deadline for providers who may have received payment on April 10, 2020, is extended to May 24 from May 9, 2020. With the extension, not returning the payment within 45 days of receipt of payment will be viewed as acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. In addition, DHHS is reminding eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional payment from the Provider Relief Fund $50 billion General Distribution. All providers who automatically received an additional General Distribution payment prior to 5:00 pm, Friday, April 24th, must provide HHS with an accounting of their annual revenues by submitting tax forms or financial statements. These providers must also agree to the program Terms and Conditions if they wish to keep the funds. Providers who have cases pending before the department for adjudication with regard to eligibility for general distribution funding will not be impacted by this closure. All cases needing individual adjudication will need to be received by HHS no later than June 3, 2020. 

The submission of tax forms or financial statements to the portal will also serve as an application for additional funding for those providers that have not already received an additional General Distribution payment. If these providers do not submit their revenue information by June 3, they will no longer be eligible to receive potential additional funding from the $50 billion General Distribution. Please visit the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund website for more information.

 

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