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May 28, 2021

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Congratulations 2021 UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine & Maine Track Program Graduates

The MMA wants to congratulate the recently graduated 2021 University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) and the 2021 graduates of the Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center Maine Track program.

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Maine Congressman Jared Golden Part of Group Spearheading Medicare Expansion

Second Congressional District Congressman Jarod Golden and three congressional colleagues are leading a coalition of over 150 U.S. House Democrats urging President Biden to prioritize expanding Medicare in his American Families Plan legislation.

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Maine Health Alert Network Advisory: Myocarditis and Pericarditis following COVID Vaccination

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) sent out an advisory on reported cases of Myocarditis/Pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination.

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ME DHHS Updates Pop-Up Clinic Eligibility & Application

Maine DHHS remains committed to making COVID19 vaccination as accessible and easy as possible. With as few as 10 confirmed patients, any community organization (e.g. school, employer, religious organization, community group, etc.) can now organize a vaccine “pop-up clinic” to bring vaccinations to their community.

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Associated Press: COVID Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults

According to a Modern Healthcare reprint of an Associated Press article, “the pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading to a surge of new cases and relapses that is not abating as restrictions are loosened and COVID-19 cases subside in many places, doctors and other specialists say.”

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U.S. CDC ACIP: Vaccine Recommendation Updates - 5/25/2021

The following materials have been updated to reflect the latest ACIP recommendation to include adolescents aged 12 to 15 years as eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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American Academy of Physician Assistants Votes to Change Title: Physician Associate

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates this week voted to change their title to Physician Associate.

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Primary Care 2.0 Webinar Opportunities

MaineCare’s Valued-Based Purchasing Unit invites you to join a presentation about the proposed reimbursement strategy for the Primary Care 2.0 initiative.

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Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series

The Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) is a partnership between Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and MaineHealth. MPBHP is offering a webinar series for medical providers who work with children and adolescents and you will earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

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Maine Community Action Partnership: CALL TO ACTION!

Although Maine is leading the way in terms of getting our communities vaccinated, we still have work to do. As physicians and providers you are uniquely positioned as the most trusted sources of information and play an integral role in seeing us through to community immunity.

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MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service

The Mary Cushman, MD Award is presented each year by the Maine Medical Association to recognize the humanitarian service of medical volunteers who serve in Maine, the US or abroad.  Nominations for the 2021 award are due by July 23, 2021.

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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 Medical Association Legislative Advocacy Update

The following bills of importance were up for public hearings or voted on this week before policy committees in the Maine State Legislature.

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MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Jay Mullen, M.D. would like to thank everyone who participated in our weekly Legislative Committee Updates. It was a busy session for health care and health legislation, and our legislative meetings were essential in giving MMA the guidance needed to support or oppose significant legislation.

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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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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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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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Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series - Last Session is June 1

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

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A Trusted Source: Expanding COVID Vaccination in Maine Physician Practices

Recognizing the trusted relationship that Maine clinicians have with their patients, ME DHHS is partnering with the MMA, MOA, ME Primary Care Assn, and MHA to host a set of special webinars in the next few weeks that will be focused on the need and opportunities to expand COVID-19 vaccination in physician practices in Maine.

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NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff - June 8, 15, & 22

This 6-hour course will be held in 3 sections of 2 hours each on Tuesday June 8, June 15 and June 22 from 2:30-4:30pm.

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    The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Free Level 1 and Level 2 training on June 18, 2021, via Zoom.

    Level 1 is the Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management. Level 2 is Advance Concussion Management that includes interpreting neurocognitive tests. Level 1 will be held in the morning and Level 2 will be held in the afternoon. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.
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    Medical Director

    Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified Physician to become our next Medical Director.
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    Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified, dedicated, and compassionate Pediatrician to care for the children in our community.
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