November 25, 2020

In This Issue
Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold
Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!
MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning
Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers
Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians
Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk
COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects
Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9
CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law
JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients
Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program
A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity
Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
Nursing Director
Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
Behavioral Health Clinician

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Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk

According to an National Public Radio story, top officials from Operation Warp Speed, the government's program to fast-track the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, announced they've allocated 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to states based on their total populations instead of likely recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to focus and distribute doses based on high-risk groups. 

While in the end, the difference may be a distinction without a difference in eventual doses when factoring high risk groups, and the fact Maine has one of the oldest populations in the country per capita, we’re still ranked in the 40s regardless of demographic in total population, total population of adults, and total population of adults over 65. That may pose a response problem. States could still in theory follow the national committee's guidance and their own on how to prioritize doses once received, however, even if the White House uses only the number of residents over 65 in Maine (under 300,000 in Maine compared with over 52 million nationally), the numbers end up with Maine getting less than half of one-half percent of the stated 6.4 million to first be available (30,000 to 35,000). 


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