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January 28, 2021

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MMA & MOA Meets with Maine DHHS & Maine CDC; MMA Vaccine FAQ

MMA President, Karen Saylor, M.D., Immediate Past-President, Amy Madden, M.D., and MMA Board Chair, Erik Steele, D.O., met Monday with Maine DHHS Commissioner, Jeanne Lambrew, PhD, Maine CDC Director, Nirav Shah, M.D., and DHHS Senior Advisor, Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH.

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Vaccine Hesitancy: MMA and MHA presentation 02/01/21

The Maine Medical Association and Maine Hospital Association invite you to join a Zoom meeting on the critical issue of vaccine hesitancy. The issue is of utmost importance as we battle to end this pandemic.

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US CDC Resources: How Clinicians Can Build Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines

The UC CDC has released ready-made materials you can use to inform colleagues, immunization coordinators, and other staff to build vaccine confidence within your clinic. It includes tangible actions to promote confidence, communication, and uptake of COVID-19 vaccine, which can help support confidence among providers and patients.

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Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 3rd

MMA Legislative Committee Chair, Jay Mullen, M.D. welcomes you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

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Please Welcome MMA Legislative Session Interns

Second year Maine Law student, Matthew Fortin, and University of New England senior, Mikenzie Dwyer have joined the MMA for the Spring 2021 semester.

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MaineHealth Selects Physician as next Chief Executive Officer

MaineHealth announced this week that Andrew T. Mueller, MD, has been selected as its next CEO.

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Vaccines: Clinical Updates

 COVID-19 Vaccine clinical updates.

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U.S. CDC Reports First US Case of B 1.351 Variant of SARS-CoV-2

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week confirmed the first US cases of B1.351, a variant of COVID-19 first discovered in South Africa, in South Carolina.

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FDA & FBI: Be Aware of Pitches For Fraudulent Flu/COVID-19 Products/Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people about fake or unapproved products that claim to protect people from catching influenza, COVID-19 or other viruses.

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COVID-19 is the Number One Cause of Death in the U.S. in Early 2021

Healthsystemtracker.org reported that in 2020, COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by cancer and heart disease.

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Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies to both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens.

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The Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network

Read on for the week's top JAMA articles.

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Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach

NAMI Maine is now scheduling this presentation for healthcare practice settings.

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Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The 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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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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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: Bills Introduced

Here is the complete list of bills printed through Friday, January 29, that have been identified of bill of interest to MMA.

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Maine Legislature: Scheduled Hearings on MMA Bills of Interest

The following is a list of scheduled hearings on MMA Bills of interest.

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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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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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MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - February 12th-14th

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 2nd-3rd

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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Full-Time/Part-Time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Experienced FT/PT licensed Primary Care Provider sought to work in a busy integrated small rural facility (FQHC), located on the ocean in beautiful Downeast Maine.
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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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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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Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center

As an integrated center we are seeking a Medical Director to oversee the structure/scope of our clinical program, provide supervision to physicians, and other clinical providers, lead quality improvement activities and provide ambulatory/primary care for patients.
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Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

Rangeley Family Medicine seeks a Physician to:

  • Engage patients in improving their wellbeing.
  • Participate in a team of clinicians serving a network of 11 family practices.
  • Serve people of all ages and economic situations.
  • Develop a common treatment plan with behavioral clinicians to address physical/behavioral needs.
  • Live/work in spectacular setting with shimmering lakes, mountain views, verdant forests, abundant wildlife, 4-season family escapades.

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AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)

The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools.
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