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May 27, 2020
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Maine Expands Contact Tracing to Limit the Spread of COVID-19
The Governor’s office announced this week that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is significantly expanding contact tracing by increasing the number of skilled staff and volunteers, harnessing innovative technology, and securing social services to help people with COVID-19 maintain self-isolation.
Maine, like many other states, is seeing an increase of intentionally fraudulent unemployment claims over the past two months amid the rise in overall unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19. This practice, known as impostor fraud, occurs when a person's Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, is used illegally to apply for unemployment benefits.
The Maine CDC reported a total of 1,914 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 27. That’s a 11.7 percent increase from a week before. There are also 223 probable cases.
In partnership with National Government Services (NGS) our Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), we will be hosting a webinar tomorrow Thursday, May 28 from 10:00am - 11:30am to review the temporary changes for telehealth and telemedicine services, and to review common questions.
Featured articles from Maine Public Radio, NewsCenter, and the Bangor Daily News.
MMA has provided external Peer Review services for over 30 years to hospitals and practices in Maine
The Annals of Internal Medicine this week published a study on the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for treatment or prophylaxis of COVID-19. The conclusion; “evidence on the benefits and harms of using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to treat COVID-19 is very weak and conflicting.”
One important reminder to providers that received funding through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment need to take action by June 3, 2020 by accepting the federal Department of Health and Human Services Terms and Conditions and submit revenue information to be considered for additional Relief Fund General Distribution payments.
The Maine CDC Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control Program is excited to share this update on two new media campaigns we are launching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians, including Suicide Prevention and Management Training for Healthcare Professionals.
MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its
search for a MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified
physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in
applying for the position. Read More
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
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