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December 23, 2020

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Maine’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Ramping Up; With Little Detail

Maine CDC announced Thursday (12/23) that approximately 8,000 essential health care workers and staff had been vaccinated. Unfortunately, they reported one strong allergic reaction experienced by a Maine Medical Center employee. The employee is understood to be doing well at home. We wish them good health and a happy holiday season.

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The MMA Wishes Happy Holidays for All

As physicians you have generously dedicated your lives to helping others knowing that long hours and time away from their families is a given. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate themselves to a medical career. And while not many patients take the time to thank you over the holidays, send cards, or write notes the impact your care has on their lives and the lives of their loved ones is immeasurable.

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Congress Passes New COVID Relief Bill

Congress passed a 5,600-page, $2.3 trillion spending package to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. It also includes a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. Media reports the bill to be among the largest spending bills ever considered by Congress and follows the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in late March.

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AMA Releases Revised 2021 E&M Codes

The revised 2021 Evaluation and Management (E&M) CPT coding and guideline changes from the AMA go into effect on 1\1\21 and are available for review and download here.

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Governor Mills Extends Civil Emergency to 2021

According to Governor’s media release, “Governor Janet Mills today extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF)through January 20, 2021.

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Maine DHHS Launches Text Notifications to People Testing Positive for COVID-19

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this week the launch of a new text messaging service to alert Maine people who test positive for COVID-19 of steps to take to protect their health and limit the spread of the virus, as part of a comprehensive plan to adapt Maine's response to the pandemic.

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BinaxNOW DHHS Guidance Update

The state has released updated guidance regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Test cards. Due to increased prevalence throughout the state of Maine, they have made two changes to the Guidance for the approved use of BinaxNOW in Maine.

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Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets/VIS Form

Initially available COVID-19 vaccines may be authorized for use under an EUA issued by FDA or approved as licensed vaccines. COVID-19 Vaccine Providers can find information about EUAs, EUA Fact Sheets and VIS forms here.

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News of an Emerging Variant of COVID-19

According the a US CDC scientific brief, “A new variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 that contains a series of mutations has been described in the United Kingdom (UK) and become highly prevalent in London and southeast England.

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Maine Physicians In The Media

Special thanks to the following physician leaders for taking time from their stressful pandemic practice work to engage Maine media with messages focused on patients staying safe over the holiday to the need and expectation of a vaccine to keep their patients, staff, and themselves safe.

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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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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 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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Webinar: “Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” January 12, 2021

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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Maine Concussion Management Level 1 & 2 Training Via Zoom - January 15, 2021

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Level 1 and Level 2 training on January 15, 2021, via Zoom.
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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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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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