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October 7, 2020

 
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Maine Medical Association Announces Launch of Center for Quality Improvement

The MMA this week announced the formation of its Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI). The organization will focus on improving the quality, safety, and value of health care services.

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Registration Closing Soon for MMA's Virtual General Membership Meeting

The 2020 Virtual General Membership Meeting will include consideration of important issues facing your patients and medicine, including a resolution on public health by MMA's Public Health Committee. Registration closes Tuesday, October 13th at 5:00pm.

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Resolution on Public Health by MMA's Public Health Committee

MMA will consider the following resolution on public health at this year's Virtual Annual Session, Wednesday, October 14th.

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MaineDHHS Proposes Adding Seasonal Flu Vaccine to Required Immunizations for HealthCare Workers

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that it has proposed a rule change to make the seasonal influenza vaccine part of the immunizations required for health care workers, to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and further reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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MaineCare Rate System Evaluation Update

As mentioned in the September 30 Maine Medicine Weekly Update, Phase 1 of the Rate System Evaluation stakeholder meetings began this week.

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Mills Administration Announces Maine to Enter Stage 4 of Reopening

Starting October 13, indoor seating limits are increased, and enforcement of face coverings is strengthened statewide through as expansion of Governor Mills’ Executive Order (PDF) requiring certain businesses to enforce the State’s face covering requirement.

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Paycheck Protection Program Tax Implications; More CARES Act Funding Available; Maine Economic Recovery Grant Open to Applications

Please reach out to Director of Communications & Government Affairs, Dan Morin at (207) 838-8613 or by email with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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COVID-19 vaccine development: New AMA webinar series starts October 7th

A new webinar series from the AMA will address the science, evidence and process of vaccine development, regulatory review and what physicians need to know. Hosted by AMA physician leaders, each installment aims to gain fact-based insights from the nation's highest-ranking subject matter experts working to protect the health of the public.

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COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update

Please find the Weekly Epidemiological Update as of October 5, 2020.

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Raising Readers Milestone

Raising Readers has been celebrating a big milestone this year – 20 years providing books and early literacy messaging to all children birth to 5 and their families through hospitals, birth centers and primary care sites, made possible through generous funding from the Libra Foundation.

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Helpful Self-care Resources for Healthcare Professionals & Responders to COVID-19

Healthcare and mental health professionals, first responders, and others on the frontlines of COVID-19 response do intense, sometimes stressful work even outside of emergencies. In an unprecedented crisis, responders may be at particular risk, and it is even more important they take steps to ensure their physical and mental health.

 
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Legacy PMP system (Appriss) availability extended to November 1st

In response to user requests, Maine has extend the availability of the legacy PMP system (Appriss/ AWARxE) for an additional month. This means that users will still be able to access the legacy system for printing reports and checking out-of-state data. Existing EMR integrations will be maintained as planned.

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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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MAINE LEGISLATURE

Physician Voting More Important Than Ever

A recent statnews.com article began with the following, “Physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.”

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Want To Vote By Mail? Here's How

The November 3rd General Election is approaching as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Casting your ballot from the safety of your home is a great option.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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Upcoming Events from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)

CCSME develops, designs and manages statewide training programs and grants. We encourage professional development and maximize collaboration among individuals and organizations that serve people affected by co-occurring conditions.

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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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COVID-19 Matters in Maine ECHO

A limited series Project ECHO opportunity for Maine-based health professionals from all backgrounds and settings.

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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.

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Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference

The health and safety of Maine prevention professionals is our first priority, for this reason the Prevention Professionals Conference planned for October 2020 has been rescheduled to March 2 & 3, 2021. The conference will be held virtually over two days.

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

The Sacopee Valley Health Center prides itself on providing the best health care for our community. As we continue to grow, there is a need for a full-time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join our provider team.
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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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Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

Sheepscot Valley Health Center (Coopers Mills, Maine) seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.
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Behavioral Health Clinician

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the passion and skills to deliver high-quality healthcare. Sacopee Valley Health Center has been providing care to our communities since 1976.
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Dentist

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a dentist with the passion and skills to deliver high-quality care. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center providing care to our communities since 1976.
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