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August 19, 2020

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State Pediatricians Working With Governor's Office on School Re-opening

The Maine American Academy of Pediatrics (Maine AAP) has been working with the Maine Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Maine CDC to compile back to school guidance covering topics from mask wearing to clinical recommendations for returning to school after exposure or positive tests.

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E-Mail Addresses Needed!

MMA needs your help gathering current e-mail addresses. We are updating our membership database which will include some exciting new features.

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Scammers Directly Seeking Physician License Information

The state Department of Professional and Financial Regulation this week issued a statement through its licensing boards, including the Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure concerning a licensing scam.

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COVID Practice Provider Relief Fund: Deadline to Apply is July 20, 2020

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of fifteen billion dollars from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible providers who (1) participate in their state's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and (2) have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution.

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MMA Welcomes Class of 2024 Maine Medical Students

The Maine Medical Association joins the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track program and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in welcoming the Class of 2024.  Maine medical students are invited to join the MMA.

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DHHS Adopts New SUD MAT Rule

In March 2019, Governor Mills signed into law a Bill passed by the Maine Legislature that, among other provisions, directed the repeal of the lifetime 24-month coverage and payment limit under MaineCare for buprenorphine and  naloxone combination, and methadone for the treatment of addiction. By removing the lifetime limit, members may access MAT with methadone for as long as medically necessary, with no lifetime cap on services.

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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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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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WHO Weekly Epidemiological Update - 1

For the week ending August 16th, over 1.8 million new COVID-19 cases, and 39,000 new deaths, were reported to WHO. This brings the cumulative total to 21.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 761,000 deaths. In the past seven days, the number of reported daily cases rapidly increased with an average of 260,000 cases and 5,500 deaths.

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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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2nd Annual Opioid Response Summit - Compassion, Community, Connection

On July 23, Governor Mills hosted the Second Annual Opioid Response Summit with nearly 1,000 people participating in the virtual event.  The annual summit is part of the state's commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic, and convened leaders from around Maine to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis.

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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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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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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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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.

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Personal Risk Assessment - Baystate Financial Webinar on September 15

Your personal risk profile can help you define your willingness and capacity to take on risk with your financial assets.

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Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference - Thursday, October 1

NAMI Maine and the Maine CDC has transitioned our annual Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference to a virtual format.  The conference will take place on October 1 and attendees will join sessions and speakers through a digital interface.

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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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