June 10, 2020

In This Issue
Maine Medical Association Statement on Systemic Racism
TED Talk: The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty by Cheryl Holder
Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funds Will Help Maine People Cope with Psychological Impacts of COVID-19
State Announces New Pandemic Testing Agreement & Keep Maine Health Program
Provider Relief Fund update
Updated CDC Serology Testing Guidelines Follow AMA's Recommendations
CMS Information & NGS Webinars
Hanley Intern Joins Maine Medical Association
AMA Makes Recommendations to CMS on Rural Maternal Health Care
MMA Seeking Physicians to Provide Peer Reviews
MMA Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
A Message from Maine Responds
The 2020 Census Is Happening Now
Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Presentation Development and Design Live Webinar - June 19
Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - New Date November 14
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training Opportunities
MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
Physician MD/DO - Islands Community Medical Services, Inc. - Vinalhaven, Maine
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
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

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AMA Makes Recommendations to CMS on Rural Maternal Health Care

[From AMA Advocacy Update 06/05/20]

In response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information, the AMA made a number of recommendations to reduce and prevent rising rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and to ensure access to high-quality care for patients in rural communities. Specifically, CMS should apply the increase to standalone office visit codes to office visits included in the surgical and maternal global codes, improve access to treatment in rural areas for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder, and maintain expanded telehealth access.

While the letter highlighted promising models for addressing workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas, the AMA stressed the need for adequate payments for physician practices that care for patients in rural communities. In addition, the AMA recommended steps to ensure consistent data collection and effective evaluation to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and quality, as well as to address social determinants of health including housing, transportation and food insecurity.


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