February 12, 2021

In This Issue
MMA Weekly State Vaccination Plan Update
MMA Leadership & Staff Share Condolences on Passing of George Smith
Maine PMP to Stay with Appriss System
Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD scheduled for Feb 25
Federal Government Finalizes Purchase of 200M COVID-19 Vaccines Doses
US CDC: Fully Vaccinated Meeting Criteria No Longer Required to Quarantine After Exposure
AMA President: Physicians & Medical Societies Can Play Vital Role Advocating for Strong Public Health
NEJM: The FDA’s Experience with Covid-19 Antibody Tests
NEJM: Efficacy and Safety of the mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
Monoclonal Antibody Authorization from the FDA (Updated 02/09/21) & MaineCare Reimbursement
Guidance for Industry: Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (Updated 02/11/20)
Maine Legislative Leadership COVID-19 Bill Set for Public Hearing Tuesday
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 17th
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN
PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
Maine Legislature Week 5 Update
Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions; New Bills Introduced
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - February 12th-14th
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2nd-3rd
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
Nursing Director
Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

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AMA President: Physicians & Medical Societies Can Play Vital Role Advocating for Strong Public Health

American Medical Association President, Susan Bailey, M.D., writes outlines that while overcoming COVID-19 will be a significant victory, the larger campaign to rebuild our public health infrastructure will remain before us.  The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the provision of health care across our nation and exacerbated the tremendous differences in health outcomes tied to race, income and other demographic factors. 

Read the article. 

From Dr. Bailey: 

· Health departments also play a vital role in educating the public about unexpected infectious disease threats as well as evidence-based interventions for mitigation. 

· Adequate funding is necessary to provide these services—but state public health spending has fallen 16% over the past decade. 

· Nearly 40,000 jobs at state and local public health agencies have been eliminated since the 2008 recession. 

· At the same time, federal funding for emergency preparedness and response programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been slashed by 50% over the past decade. 

· Persistent disinvestment in governmental public health agencies has limited our ability to effectively respond to SARS-CoV-2 and other crises. 

· We must provide the funding required to upgrade essential functions such as public health surveillance to identify underlying causes and etiologies, which will improve our response to existing and emerging perils. 

· AMA helped shape last year’s revision of the 10 Essential Public Health Services, which were created a quarter-century ago to define the activities public health organizations should undertake in every community.


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