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April 16, 2021

 
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Maine Medical Association Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause

The MMA released the following media statement shortly after Tuesday’s US FDA recommendation, and Governor Mills’ call the pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine.

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FDA Update & Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause Recommendation

On Tuesday, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Statement regarding the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine.

 
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Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia & J&J COVID Vaccine Response from the Manufacturer

The following letter from the manufacturer of Janssen Vaccines and Prevention, Leiden was published April 16, 2021 online by the New Journal of Medicine.

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Over 30 Percent of US Adults Fully Vaccinated, Maine Leads the Nation

As of reports released midday Friday, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and nearly half of the U.S. adult population has received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD

Dr. Sears is an epidemiologist and Maine CDC Clinical Advisor for the state’s COVID-19 Response Team. He has been holding Zoom clinical updates since early in the pandemic providing valuable insights on disease research, clinical standards, and Maine CDC guidance and procedures.

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Clinical Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19

Find clinical updates and guidance related to COVID-19 here.

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

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.

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MaineCare Updates: Upcoming Accountable Communities Public Webinar & Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available Online

The Office of MaineCare Services is holding a public webinar to provide an overview of the Accountable Communities (AC) program, which is Maine’s version of a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization.

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HealthCare Dive: Urgent Care Centers Draw Some ER Visits but Associated with Higher Spending Overall

While urgent care centers do keep some lower-acuity patients from visiting costly emergency departments, their presence is not associated with a drop in total healthcare costs, according to a report in Health Affairs.

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Webinar for Medical Students April 22: So You Are Employed, Now What?

Free webinar presentation by Baystate Financial on Thursday, April 22 at 6pm.

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Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 21st

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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Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All

Maine Community Action Partnership (MeCAP) is working for a successful vaccine roll out for all, including the state’s most underserved residents. Joining forces with Maine CDC, DHHS and a broad coalition of community based organizations, MeCAP is meeting people where they are to “get shots in arms” as quickly and safely as possible.

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Maine Medical Association & ActionPPE Partner Again; This Time for FDA Approved Rapid Antigen Tests

 Action PPE has negotiated a special group buy on FDA approved Covid Rapid Antigen Tests which can be done in a provider’s office in just 10 minutes and for as little as $15.55.

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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

Maine Legislature Week 14 Update

The following is a summary of happenings during week 14 of the Maine Legislature.

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Maine Legislature Public Hearings, Work Sessions & New Bills

 The following bills of interest to MMA’s Legislative Committee are scheduled for public hearings, committee discussions (work sessions), and potential votes over the next two weeks.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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"Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk: How to Impact the Epidemic Within the Pandemic"

Join the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), in partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI) for  "Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk: how to impact the epidemic within the pandemic".

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NAMI Maine Workshops in May & June: Suicide Prevention & Management for Clinical Staff

Two 6-hour courses offered (3 sections of 2 hours each):

  • Fridays: May 14, 21 and June 4th from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesdays: June 8, 15 and 22 from 2:30-4:30pm
 
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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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New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series

The Maine AAP is launching an educational webinar series beginning at the end of March until the first of June.

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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Executive Director

Our Executive Director leads a 25+ person team at Islands Community Medical Services (ICMS), a Federally Qualified Health Center on the island of Vinalhaven serving over 1,500 patients annually. 
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Medical Director - ME License Required

Responsible for the administration of medical management services for company health plans and ensures clinical integrity of broad and significant clinical programs, including the overall medical policies of the Commercial business unit. Will be reporting to the Director of Medical Operations.
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Practice Administrator

Kennebec Anesthesia Associates is looking for a practice administrator to perform business management tasks at our medical practice.
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Physician

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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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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