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April 24, 2021

 
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US FDA, CDC and Maine Lift Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Federal regulators said Friday that the Johnson &Johnson coronavirus vaccinations should resume immediately. The approval follows a recommendation from a federal advisory panel that the shot's benefits outweigh its risks.

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Updates, Guidance, Articles of Interest

Find clinical updates, guidance and articles of interest related to COVID-19 here.

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NEWS RELEASE: All Maine Birthing Hospitals Achieve Safe Sleep Certification

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that all 26 Maine birthing hospitals are now Safe Sleep Certified, making Maine the second state nationally to achieve this milestone that protects babies from sleep-related deaths.

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Maine Medical Student Loans and Scholarships May 1 Application Deadlines

Find information on Maine Medical Student loans and scholarships here.

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Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD Thursday, May 6, 2021

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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MaineCare Updates: Upcoming Accountable Communities Public Webinar & Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available Online Monday, May 10th, 2021

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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2021 PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE: Striving for Inclusive Prevention During the Pandemic and Beyond May 18-19, 2021

Prevention Professionals Conference is designed to offer Maine's Prevention Community a broad range of learning opportunities, what was formerly known as Prevention Professionals Day has grown to become a 2-day conference.

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Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting May 21-25

Please join us online for the annual meeting of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health starting Friday evening, May 21, and going through Tuesday, May 25. Registration closes on May 7th!

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

Although Maine has delivered over a million Covid-19 vaccinations, there is still work to be done if we are to reach herd immunity. We know there are folks out there that are hesitant and some even resistant to getting the vaccine.

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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 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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Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 28th

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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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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