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Updated CDC Guidance on Fully Vaccinated People

Updated Choosing Safer Activities infographic with new considerations for the example activity for outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

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Register Now: Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit

Governor Janet Mills will host her 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 15. The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic, and convenes leaders from around Maine to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis.

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Portland Press Herald & NEWS CENTER Maine Stories Focus on Shortage of Psychiatrists in Maine

Incoming Maine Medical Association President, Jeffrey Barkin, M.D., was recently interviewed for a recent Portland Press Herald article highlighting the dearth of psychiatrists in Maine and also appeared on NEWS CENTER Maine (WCSH-6) for a similar story.

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Lani Graham, M.D., MPH, Letter-to-the-Editor: “Maine should ban flavored tobacco.”

Dr. Graham is a retired family practice physician and former Chief Public Health officer for Maine.  She also serves on the Public Health Committee for the Maine Medical Association (MMA).

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Clinical Considerations: Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Since April 2021, increased cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the United States after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), particularly in adolescents and young adults.

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FDA Extends Expiration Date for J&J Vaccine

The FDA this week extended the expiration dating for the refrigerated Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine after reviewing information submitted by Janssen and determining that the vaccine can be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius for 4.5 months instead of 3 months.

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Empowered Doctors, Staff Foster Low Medical Practice Burnout, Poll Finds

new study in Health Affairs found that physician burnout was highly correlated to how practices were managed, strongly suggesting they functioned far better with a collaborative management style using proactive communications according to an article in Healthcare Dive.

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FDA Grants Accelerated Approval for Alzheimer’s Drug

Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aduhelm (aducanumab) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Aduhelm was approved using the accelerated approval pathway.

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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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Simplified Treatment of Hepatitis C in Primary Care Settings: June 22, 2021, 12-1pm

Join the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), in partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), on Tuesday June 22, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m. for "Simplified Treatment of Hepatitis C in Primary Care Settings".


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Maine Community Action Partnership: #GiveitaSHAHT!

Confidentiality and convenience are two of the barriers for many Mainers who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19. Research and surveys show that the next wave of for Covid-19 vaccination success depends on the ability for patients to get vaccinated at their trusted physician’s office and in private.

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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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This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network™

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

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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: June 7-June 11

The Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate met in person, at the State Capitol, from Monday to Thursday this week. They plowed through hundreds of bills readying for the official end of the Maine Legislature’s work for 2021.

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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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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 (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)

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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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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Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine

We are searching for a detail oriented, highly skilled and motivated Contract - Clinical Advisor (clinically active physician, advanced practice provider, or registered nurse) to provide clinical leadership to the Healthcare Coalition of Maine and serve as a liaison between the Coalition and medical directors/medical leadership at health care facilities, supporting entities, and EMS agencies!

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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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