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Advisory Panel Recommends Moderna Vaccine, FDA Expected to Authorize Emergency Use

The US FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted Thursday to recommend emergency use authorization (EUA) of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. The FDA will now review the advisory committee's vote and decide whether to authorize emergency use nationwide.

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Update to Our Special Edition Wednesday Vaccine Newsletter

Our Special Edition Wednesday Newsletter, Maine COVID Vaccines: When, Who, Why...?, broke down the initial phase of Maine’s Vaccination Plan, outlined how potential production and delivery delays may affect the plan, and highlighted the FDA’s process for potentially authorizing the Moderna vaccine.

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FDA Authorizes First OTC COVID-19 Test

A viral antigen over-the-counter COVID-19 home test that can be used without a prescription was authorized for emergency use this week by the FDA. Patients perform their own nasal swab and a smartphone app helps interpret results without sending it to a lab.

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Maine Public Radio Reports 32 COVID-19 Cases Linked To Bangor Hospital Outbreak

A new outbreak of COVID-19 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has resulted in more than 30 cases of the disease. Hospital officials say as of Thursday, 27 workers and five patients had tested positive for the virus.

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MaineCare Section 17 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Service Cap

This is a reminder that there is no longer a cap on the number of billable days for ACT services, effective November 15, 2018.

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Attention FQHCs and RHCs: Reimbursing Telehealth Services, CR 98696

For dates of services from January 27, 2020 through June 30, 2020, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) telehealth distant site services will be reimbursed as part of the encounter rate when billed with HCPCS code G2025.

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Current FDA Drug Shortages

 Lists of FDA Drug shortages from December 15th and 16th.

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Not Much COVID Relief Movement from Congress

Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in the spring. Nine months later, signs point to new $900 billion bill expected to pass before Christmas. News from Washington D.C. says the political landscape could have this being the last one with little appetite by Republicans to support another relief package.

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Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions

CDC physicians, and MMA members, Stephen Sears, M.D, MPH, and Lisa Letourneau M.D., MPH will be hosting a series of 30-minute Clinician Info Sessions twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) for the next couple of months to provide key information on the emerging COVID-19 vaccines & offer an opportunity for Q&A with clinicians statewide.

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PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE

The Maine Medical Association is teaming with ActionPPE.org for access to PPE SUPPLIES for the safety of your patients, your staff, and communities!!

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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

Virtual sessions available Fall 2020 through Spring 2021. Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).

 
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Hanley's PELI Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN!

Enrollment is now under way for the Daniel Hanley Center’s sixth annual Physician Executive Leadership Institute—Advanced Course. Be sure to save your seat in the next cohort as we can only accept the first 35 physician enrollments!

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A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity

By registering with Maine Responds at maineresponds.org, you will join our listing of volunteers against which we search for any emergent volunteer workforce needs.

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MAINE LEGISLATURE

State Legislative Committees Announced

Hot of the presses and maybe scoop worthy! Maine Legislative leaders released committee assignments late Friday afternoon. The announcement comes somewhat earlier than previous legislative sessions.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Specialty Society Programs & 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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Webinar: “Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” January 12, 2020

The Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement, formerly Qualidigm/Maine Quality Counts, is excited to offer its first webinar of 2021!

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Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine - Emphasis on the 'T' - Half-day Symposium on Saturday, January 23

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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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Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.
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