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August 12, 2020

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MMA Changes Course on 2020 Annual Session

Last evening, MMA’s Executive Committee and Annual Session Planning Committee made the difficult decision not to proceed with the 2020 Annual Session scheduled for September 18-19, 2020. Like many organizations, we are trying to be flexible and adapt to the changing environment in which we live today.

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ME DHHS Webinar: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID 19

Maine DHHS is partnering with colleagues to offer a series of monthly webinars focused on sharing creative solutions and best practices for working with Black, Indigenous and people of color at higher risk of COVID-19 infection.

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VotER Healthy Democracy Kit

VotER is a team of physicians, designers, and behavioral scientists committed to helping make it easier for patients to participate in the democratic process. Our goal is to provide patients the opportunity to register to vote, because much of our healthcare system and healthcare experiences are determined by the policies our elected officials implement.

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Complete the 2020 Census by September 30

From the BDN 8/7/2020: "Millions in Federal Funding at Risk if More Mainers Don't Respond to the 2020 Census."

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Maine's New PMP Registration Open; Beat the Deadline

A new version of the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is up and running. Reporting and oversight of controlled substance dispenses is now called, RxGov.

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MMA Seeking 2021 Legislative Priorities

We are welcoming all Maine specialty societies and MMA committees to identify two or three priority issues, what change is needed, how to change it, and what personal or organizational resources and relationships may be available to help MMA.

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HHS Extends Provider Relief Fund App. Deadline for Medicaid Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an application deadline extension for the Provider Relief Fund's Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and dental providers.

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Comments Submitted to BOLIM and BOL Regarding PL 2019 CH 627

MMA, MOA and Spectrum submitted the following comments on the proposed amendments to the proposed joint rule pertaining to the licensure and practice of physician assistants in response to Public Law 2019, Chapter 627.
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Baystate Financial Fiscal Fitness for Life

Investment Market Update: Q1+Q2 = A Remarkable First Half for 2020.
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Physicians: Ask COVID-19-positive patients to donate plasma

This week the AMA joined the Administration in supporting a new campaign, TheFightIsInUs.org, which asks patients who have had COVID-19 to donate their plasma.

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Maine Primary Election Results

Maine’s Primary Election occurred this week.

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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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MPHA COVID-19 Coffee Conversations Fridays from 10am-11am

Join MPHA every Friday from 10am - 11am for their COVID-19 Coffee Conversations. Each week they will be joined by a guest speaker who will share their experiences and expertise.

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Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Listening Session - Thursday, August 13 1:30-3pm

Proposed changes to the CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule are aimed at reducing burden, recognizing clinicans for the time they spend taking care of patients, removing unnecessary measures, and making it easier for clinicians to be on the path towards value-based care.  During this listening session, CMS experts briefly cover provisions from the proposed rule and address your clarifying questions to help you formulate your written comments for formal submission. Read More

Webinar Series: Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The IPRO Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is pleased to present an eight-session educational series.  Next webinar is on August 25. Read More

Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training Opportunities

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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Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health

We are expanding our team of physicians in the Greater Portland, Maine community.  This is a fabulous opportunity to work with an exceptional clinical team supporting our mission to provide high quality patient-centered healthcare that is accessible, affordable and culturally sensitive.
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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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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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