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November 25, 2020

 
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Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold

As you may recall, Governor Mills convened an Economic Recovery Committee in May, “charged with developing recommendations to mitigate the damage to Maine’s economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term economic recovery.” The Committee released final recommendations yesterday.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!

  • 7 things doctors wish patients knew about holiday gatherings this year
  • CDC Warnings & Thanksgiving travel expected to be down sharply in Maine, New England
  • How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market 
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MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning

The MMA is engaged as a stakeholder with the state about its COVID-19 vaccination plan.

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Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers

The Maine CDC recently proposed amendments that would eliminate the 2009 H1N1 vaccine from the current list of state-mandated vaccines for health care workers and would add seasonal flu shots to the list.

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Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians

Maine's Congressional delegation needs the support of community leaders for effective climate action- this means you. Your voice is important.

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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.

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COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects

Here are a couple media stories of interest: The first from 60 Minutes on the topic of COVID-19 Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome (‘long-haulers’). The second story recognizing the challenges of vaccine hesitancy as it may relate to potential vaccine side effects not being, 'a walk in the park.' 

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Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9

On May 1, CMS released the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, listing ways to give patients better access to their health information.

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CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week finalized changes to what is commonly referred to the physician self-referral law, formally known as the “Stark Law.” The unpublished version can be accessed here.

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JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients

 An important MedPage Today story this week covering a recent JAMA study identified that nearly all medical residents reported that patients had made belittling comments or asked to change providers within the past year, but women and residents of color reported experiencing the most bias, according to an online survey in California and North Carolina.

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Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program

The MMA Board of Directors and Medical Professionals Health Program staff are searching for volunteers to fill four current vacancies on MPHP Advisory Committee, one of which hopefully will be a licensed psychiatrist.

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A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity

We appreciate all of the offers coming in to assist in Maine CDC's COVID-19 response. By registering with Maine Responds, you will join our listing of volunteers against which we search for any emergent volunteer workforce needs. Read on for the details of joining both Maine Responds, and our more involved volunteer opportunities through Maine Medical Reserve Corps - members of both start with the same first step: register at maineresponds.org.

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Maine Medical Association 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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MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions

Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).  Virtual sessions available through Spring 2021.

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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 21 and 22.


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MAINE LEGISLATURE

ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature

Democrats maintained majorities in the Maine House and the Maine Senate for 2021.

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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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MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021

The Maine Osteopathic Association has opened Early Bird Registration for its VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium, being held February 12-14, 2021.


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Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021

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

Nursing Director

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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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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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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