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AMA: Why Health Organizations Should Commit to Fighting Physician Burnout

The pandemic has placed tremendous strain on the resiliency and well-being of physicians and other health professionals across the country. Now more than ever, health systems and organizations must commit to fighting physician burnout.

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Pride Month: How the AMA & MMA are Standing Up for Transgender Patients

AMA Contributing News Writer, Tanya Albert Henry outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated challenges transgender people already faced at higher levels than the general patient population – challenges that often put their mental, physical, and social well-being at risk.

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Welcome MMA's Summer Intern Grace Pushor

MMA has a new summer intern - read her introduction here.

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AOA & AMA Release Statements on American Academy of Physician Assistants Title Change

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates last week voted to change their title to Physician Associate. The American Medical Association and American Osteopathic Association this week each released the following statements in response.

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Employers are Allowed to Require the COVID-19 Vaccine

Employers are allowed to require the COVID-19 vaccine, and can also legally provide incentives, including cash, to workers who get jabbed, according to updated guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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2021 Maine Vaccines for Children Program Provider Agreement Now Available

The 2021 Maine Vaccines for Children Program Provider Agreement is now available in ImmPact for providers to complete.

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FDA Alerts Health Care Providers to Stop New Implants of Certain Ventricular Assist Device System

The FDA issued an alert this week to health care providers to no longer implant end-stage heart failure patients with a certain ventricular assist device system due to reports of serious adverse events.

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This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network™

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

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Moody’s Investors Report: Rising Hospital Ransomware Attacks Could Endanger Patients

A recently released Moody's Investor Services reports that hospitals and health systems will continue to be the targets of ransomware attacks because of the large amounts of sensitive data they harbor and the expanded use of less secure networks stemming from the pandemic-related shift to remote work.

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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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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 LEGISLATURE

Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy Update

Maine lawmakers returned to in person legislating at the State Capitol this week. Leaders hope to meet the previously scheduled date of adjournment on June 16th. The following is an update on pieces of legislation relevant to the Maine Medical Association’s 2021 Legislative Priorities Platform.

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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 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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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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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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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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    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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    HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    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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    Pediatrician

    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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