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December 2, 2020

 
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Advisory Committee Recommends COVID Vaccine Priority List

Health workers and residents of long-term care facilities should be at the front of the line to receive the first limited doses of a COVID-19 vaccine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

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Committee on Racism, Ethnicity and Health Disparities To Meet

The MMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Racism, Ethnicity and Health Disparities will conduct its first formal meeting, Thursday, December 10 in order to start work developing comprehensive, concrete, and  actionable solutions to address the systemic and problematic issues of race, ethnicity and unacceptable health disparities in Maine.

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CDC cuts length of COVID-19 quarantine time after exposure

The United States CDC this week updated guidelines on quarantining following potential COVID-19 exposure while noting there is residual risk with its new approach. As a result, Maine CDC is changing the quarantine periodfor individuals known to be close contacts of cases of COVID-19 to 10 days.

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Business Closing Time Requirement Extended; High School Sports Delayed

Governor Mills announced Friday she is extending  the requirement for certain businesses statewide to close by 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, January 3, 2021.

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BinaxNOW Ag Tests Available from State

Subject to availability, the Maine Medical Association is letting members know is the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on plans to distribute the federally supplied Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Cards to Maine’s independent physician practices to support rapid testing of symptomatic individuals.

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MaineCare Continues Comprehensive Rate System Evaluation

MaineCare held a second round of provider meetings this week to gather feedback on the Phase 1 report and hear from providers about the adequacy of MaineCare rate amounts and impact these rates may have on access to services.

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MMA 2020 Medical Student Section Research Symposium

Take a virtual visit with your future colleagues by watching and listening to the excellent research of Maine's medical students, both from Maine Track & the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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COVID-19: A physician guide to keeping your practice open

As independent physicians continue to experience the severe business impact and pressures of higher costs due to PPE and other safety measures, lost revenue due to delated elective procedures and necessary care due to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. The AMA has put together a checklist to ensure your practice continues to be ready to persevere and survive to care for your patients. Read more from the AMA.

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MMA Supportive of CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for HealthCare Workers

Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin submitted MMA comments in support of the proposed Maine CDC amendments to the rules on Immunization for Healthcare Workers.

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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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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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Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians - Dec 11

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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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

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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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner 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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