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June 19, 2021

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Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Lawmakers Head Down the Stretch

The Maine House of Representatives and Senate will return to the Statehouse June 30th for a Veto Session after adjourning in the early morning hours of Friday, June 18. Lawmakers reviewed, debated, and voted on hundreds of bills over three days of marathon floor sessions that bled into the overnight hours.

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Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine Alert: PA Collaborative Practice Requirements

During the COVID-19 state of emergency, mandatory collaborative practice requirements for otherwise qualified physician assistants were suspended. Governor Janet Mills’ Executive Order that authorized the suspension of requirements is ending on 6/30/21.

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Top 10 Stories from the June 2021 AMA Special Meeting

Nearly 700 physicians, residents and medical students gathered for the June 2021 AMA Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) to consider a wide array of proposals to help fulfill the AMA's core mission of promoting medicine and improving public health.

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New AMA President, Gerald E. Harmon, MD, “Remember Your Why.”

In the inauguration address at the June 2021 Special Meeting of House of Delegates, family medicine physician, Gerald E. Harmon, MD, discusses the challenges of the past year, his own journey in medicine and the AMA’s recently released plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity.

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AP: Almost Half of Unvaccinated People Say They Will Definitely Not Get the Vaccine

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll determined that 46 percent of the unvaccinated said they will definitely not get the vaccine and 29 percent said they will probably not get the vaccine.

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MMA Hanley Summer Intern: What’s to Come

I am excited to be writing to you about one of the new additions to the newsletter. As a part of my summer internship, I will be working with Director of Communications, Dan Morin, on MMA member features every month to be included in Maine Medicine Weekly and our social media platforms.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci: A Conversation on Where We Are and What’s Coming Next

Join the hots from Conversations on Health Care, as they speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the Biden Administration's COVID-19 Response Team.

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Latest Affordable Care Act Challenge Rejected by Supreme Court, but Not On Substance

While the key issue in this court challenge was a claim the entire law should be deemed unconstitutional due to a 2017 decision by Congress to remove the penalty for not buying health insurance, known as the individual mandate, the Court turned aside the challenge because the plaintiff’s lacked standing.

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NEJM: Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons

Preliminary data from the CDC “v-safe after vaccination health checker” surveillance system, the v-safe pregnancy registry, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System did not show any obvious safety signals among pregnant persons who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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