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Maine CDC Eliminates COVID Testing Prioritization Upon Agreement With IDEXX

The Maine CDC announced on Monday they have broadened the criteria for who can be tested as they ramp up their test-processing capacity. They now urge physicians not to be hesitant in sending samples due to previous state resource limitations

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MMA Seeking Physicians to Provide Peer Reviews

MMA has provided external Peer Review services for over 30 years to hospitals and practices in Maine

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JAMA Study Shows No Benefit from Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19

The study was conducted by researchers at New York-Presbyterian Hospital—Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA)

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Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application Released

The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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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

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AMA Cautions Physicians, Public About Limitations of Antibody Testing for SARS‑CoV‑2

With a growing number of tests claiming to identify people who have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and potentially immune to COVID-19, the AMA announced guidance to help ensure physicians and the general public are aware of the limitations and potential uses of serological testing, also known as antibody testing

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Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces in the Context of COVID-19

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces in the context of COVID-19

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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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Maine CDC Public Health Advisory: 2020 Lyme and Other Tickborne Disease Information

Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease in Maine. Ticks are already active, and we expect the number of Lyme disease cases to increase as the weather continues to get warmer. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine and we want to encourage Mainers to use the “Tick Tock” strategies to stay tick free.

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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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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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May 28 Webinar: Medicare COVID-19 Related Billing, Coverage and Payment Information

In partnership with National Government Services (NGS) our Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), we will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 28 from 10:00am - 11:30am to review the temporary changes for telehealth and telemedicine services, and to review common questions

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Presentation Development and Design Live Webinar - June 19

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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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

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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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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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