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MMA Holds Virtual Annual Membership Meeting

The Maine Medical Association, partnering with Headlight AV, held its first virtual annual membership meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. American Medical Association (AMA) Delegate & meeting moderator, Richard Evans, M.D. kicked off  the virtual Maine Medical Association 2020 General Membership Meeting that brought more than 50 MMA members together, representing a broad range of physician specialties for the evening event.

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167TH Annual Session Enduring Education Opportunity

In lieu of the CME portion of our traditional Annual Session, we will be offering our first Enduring Education Opportunity for 6 CME credits. We expect to have this content available October 19th. This internet enduring material activity will only be available through December 31, 2020, so register now.

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Maine DHHS Transportation Survey for Health Care Providers and Human Service Agencies

DHHS invites health care providers or human service agencies that provide services to DHHS beneficiaries who use one or more of their transportation programs to participate in a survey. It will take about 15 minutes to complete and is available online until November 6, 2020.

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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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UNECOM Moving to Portland with Alfond Foundation Grant

The The University of New England has annnouced receipt of $30 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation as part of a major investment in eight Maine institutions for the purpose of growing the state’s workforce and economy and supporting quality health care.

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SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury recently released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action was stated as an effort to streamline the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

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Avoiding cuts to 2021 physician payment top priority in letter to CMS

On Oct. 5, the AMA submitted its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and other important physician issues.

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Federal DHHS Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

The US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) via the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced the availability of $20 billion in new funding available for a Phase 3 General Distribution allocation. More information about this distribution can be found in this press release.

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US DHHS Renews Public Health Emergency Declaration

Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency, effective Oct. 23, 2020, which means that all current Medicare telehealth waivers and other flexibilities are also extended.

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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

As many members may know MMA and Baystate Financial have teamed up to provide Financial Education opportunities for our members. Baystate has created a Client Engagement Series. The kickoff is a seminar Extended Care and Long- Term Care Planning, October 21st and 22cd.


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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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