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Maine Medical Association Comes Out in Force on Top Legislative Priorities Before the Maine Legislature

It was the busiest week yet, by far, for the Maine Medical Association’s physician membership, government affairs staff and statewide specialty society leaders on predetermined core policy priorities.

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Maine CDC Opening Up Vaccine Ordering to All MIP-Approved COVID Vaccine Providers

COVID-19 vaccine ordering is now available to all COVID-19 enrolled provider sites. Smaller independent physician offices are about to get what they have wanted, and what Maine Medical Association leaders have been pushing for since they knew a coronavirus vaccine was in development: a chance to offer patients shots at their offices.

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Maine Physicians Set to Answer Vaccine Questions

Several Maine Medical Association physician members are participating in a vaccine question forum for the public next week. The event, organized and hosted by the Maine Community Action Partnership will take place online via Zoom this Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 pm.

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Maine COVID-19 Pandemic Updates & News*

Find Maine COVID-19 pandemic updates and news here.

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National COVID-19 Pandemic Updates*

Find national COVID-19 pandemic updates here.

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AMA: Physicians in Independent Practice now Minority in US

In 2020, for the first time, most physicians worked outside of physician-owned practices.

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AMA: Why Medical Societies are in a Unique Position to Address Burnout

Physician wellness and burnout have been topics of concern for organized medicine well before COVID-19, however the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic have brought the problem front and center and a topic of intense discussion.

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Americans Missed Nearly 10 Million Cancer Screenings During Pandemic, Research Indicates

Research shows “nearly 10 million cancer screenings have been missed in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic”.

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This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network

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

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Maine Opioid Prescribing Legal Update 2021

Join the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), in partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), on Tuesday May 25, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m. 

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SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

The Maine Medical Association- Center for Quality Improvement, in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, launched the SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance initiative.

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SBIRT/EFFECTIVE CONVERSATION TRAINING - Saturday, May 15th, 8:30am

Learn how to engage in effective brief conversational style communication to strengthen a young person’s/families own motivation and commitment to change – conducted in a healthcare setting,  especially for adolescent nicotine and other substance use, misuse and abuse.

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

After the grueling toll of pandemic life, there are some very clear bright spots. Three vaccines are approved and all back online and being rolled out. In fact, Maine is ranked among the top in the nation for vaccination rates.

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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 Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update

The following updates cover bills and issues that were internally defined by MMA’s Legislative Committee and Board of Directors as core state legislative priorities in late 2020 with MMA being the one of the primary advocates before the Maine Legislature and statewide public policy stakeholders.

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Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, May 12th

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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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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NAMI Maine Workshops in May & June: Suicide Assessment & 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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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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Medical Director / Physician

Sacopee Valley Health Center, FQHC located in Porter, Maine is seeking a Board Certified, experienced, Physician to be the Medical Director.
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Finance Director for Islands Community Medical Services

Our Finance Director leads a 3-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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