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April 16, 2021

In This Issue
Maine Medical Association Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause
FDA Update & Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause Recommendation
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia & J&J COVID Vaccine Response from the Manufacturer
Over 30 Percent of US Adults Fully Vaccinated, Maine Leads the Nation
Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD
Clinical Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19
Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December
MaineCare Updates: Upcoming Accountable Communities Public Webinar & Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available Online
HealthCare Dive: Urgent Care Centers Draw Some ER Visits but Associated with Higher Spending Overall
Webinar for Medical Students April 22: So You Are Employed, Now What?
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 21st
Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
Maine Medical Association & ActionPPE Partner Again; This Time for FDA Approved Rapid Antigen Tests
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Maine Legislature Week 14 Update
Maine Legislature Public Hearings, Work Sessions & New Bills
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
"Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk: How to Impact the Epidemic Within the Pandemic"
NAMI Maine Workshops in May & June: Suicide Prevention & Management for Clinical Staff
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Nurse Practitioner
Executive Director
Medical Director - ME License Required
Practice Administrator
Physician
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

 
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Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act suspended the sequestration payment adjustment percentage of 2% applied to all Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through December 31, 2020.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, extended the suspension period to March 31, 2021. An Act to Prevent Across-the-Board Direct Spending Cuts, and for Other Purposes, signed into law on April 14, 2021, extends the suspension period to December 31, 2021. 

Medicare Administrative Contractors will: 

Release any previously held claims with dates of service on or after April 1. 

Reprocess any claims paid with the reduction applied. 

You don’t need to take any action. 

 

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