July 1, 2020

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Testing Increases; DHHS Standing Order; MMA Continues to Seek State Assistance
Maine One of Only 14 States Testing Enough to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
Maine CDC Thursday Clinical Call Canceled
Maine CDC Issues Maine Health Alert Network (HAN) for COVID-19 Testing Specimens
Updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Medicaid Payments Information
Prior Authorization Survey Findings Underscore Need for Legislative Action
Get Out The Vote, Physicians & Get Your Colleagues and Staff To Do The Same!
"Disease’s in the District of Maine 1772-1820, the Unpublished Work of Jeremiah Barker, a Rural Physician in New England"
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
MPHA COVID-19 Coffee Conversations Fridays from 10am-11am
NGS Webinar on 7/16
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training Opportunities
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
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

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Maine CDC Issues Maine Health Alert Network (HAN) for COVID-19 Testing Specimens

The Maine CDC Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (“HETL”) has received several specimens for COVID-19 testing that do not have the appropriate paperwork attached. Federal rules under CLIA require HETL to only run tests that are accompanied by complete paperwork. Items most commonly missing are: 

• Name of ordering physician 

• Patient date of birth 

• Specimen source (e.g., NP, OP, nasal mid-turbinate, anterior nares) 

Please make sure that the submission forms sent in with specimens contain all required information. 

If forms are incomplete, specimens will not be tested. 

HETL is also rejecting several specimens because of leakage. In many instances, HETL has found that the swab shaft has not been broken properly or cut to allow it to fit into the tube with the Viral Transport Media (VTM). HETL also asks that collection sites place absorbent material in and around the tube prior to packaging to prevent potential biosafety hazards. Specimens that leak allow for contamination so they will be rejected and not tested. Please make sure that swab shafts are broken or cut properly to allow them to fit inside the vials. 

This complete HAN advisory can be found here. All HAN alerts can be found here

To sign up for future HAN alerts, register here.


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