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February 19, 2021

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Urge Your State Legislators To Oppose The Elimination of Training for Nurse Practitioners

The Maine Legislature’s Joint Committee On Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services held a public hearing this week on a bill that would remove from law any post-graduate supervision and training requirements for newly licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and would leave the development of scope and standards of practice entirely under the purview of the Maine State Board of Nursing and national organizations with no accountability to Maine.

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Maine DHHS Releases “Community Based Collaboration” Vaccine Request Form

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has posted an application online for physician’s offices to form “community-based collaboratives” for offering vaccines. It is a sure sign that the recent work by the Maine Medical Association’s Board of Directors and staff, and the Maine Osteopathic Association’s recent work with Maine DHHS & Maine CDC to ensure equitable access to potentially lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine doses is working.

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Bangor Daily News: “Maine Docs Remind Parents to Catch Up Kids On Shots Amid Pandemic”

Pediatricians in Maine are reminding parents to get their children caught up on routine immunizations, which many students have missed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Maine PMP to Stay with Appriss System

As reported in our newsletter last week, Maine has decided to retain the use of the Appriss Prescription Monitoring Program system rather than install and transition to a new system.

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Medscape: Volunteer Vaccinators Run into Hurdles

Many healthcare workers who try to volunteer as vaccinators are running into an ad hoc system just as chaotic as the rollout of the vaccines. Without a streamlined, national system, the rules for eligibility aren't always easy to find and often vary from state to state.

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CMS Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage 2021

The 2021 Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage began Monday, February 15.

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AMA: This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network

Find this week's top articles from JAMA Network here.

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AMA: Which Factors Do Applicants Weigh Most When Picking Residency Programs?

What factors do medical students consider most—and least—when choosing residency programs? Recent data released by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) shed some light on that question.

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York Hospital Announces Appointment of Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, as President and CEO

York Hospital announced that its board of trustees has selected Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, as the new president and CEO of York Hospital. Dr. Taylor will join the organization on April 4.

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Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 24th

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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Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD scheduled for Feb 25

The calls are held bi-Weekly every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m., however, the meeting schedule for last week had been previously canceled. We apologize for not proving notice in advance.

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FDA Health Equity and COVID-19 Webinar on 2/25 at 6:00 p.m. EST

Join the FDA's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity on February 25 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST for a conversation about health equity and COVID-19 with Dr. Peter Marks, the director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and RADM Richardae Araojo, the director of FDA's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.

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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 Week 6 Update

The following is a summary of happenings during week 6 of the Maine Legislature.

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Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions

The following bills of interest to MMA have been scheduled for public hearings and/or work sessions before legislative committees of policy jurisdiction.
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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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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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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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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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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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