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Registration open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)

When the COVID-19 pandemic stalled travel and eliminated in person meetings, MMA leaders quickly adjusted and took the 2020 meeting online. The 2020 MMA Virtual General Membership Meeting took place in mid-October. Read More

FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis

FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis

The FDA announced Friday they will revise the patient and provider fact sheets for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination. Read More

MaineCare announces continuation of policies upon end of Civil Emergency

Maine DHHS announced this week that MaineCare’s temporary policy changes and guidance regarding its COVID-19 response will not end upon the expiration of Maine’s State of Civil Emergency on June 30th.

·      MaineCare’s COVID-19 temporary policy changes and guidance apply for the duration of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE).

·      The federal PHE was renewed in April and is currently valid through July 19, 2021.

·      In January 2021, the Acting Secretary announced that the Biden Administration would likely continue the PHE through the end of calendar year 2021. Read More

Maine Secretary of State seeking physician volunteers

Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows is asking the Maine Medical Association tom provide recommendations to fill vacancies on the Medical Advisory Board for licensing drivers in the State of Maine.

The Medical Advisory Board is comprised of physicians and motor vehicle staff and consists of 8-10 physicians from various specialties. State law requires the board include the specialties of cardiology, gerontology, internal medicine, neurology or neurosurgery, ophthalmology. Psychiatry, family medicine, and rehabilitative medicine.

The board advises the Secretary of State on matters relating to medical conditions, vision standards, and driving. The board, or individuals may also be asked to evaluate reports submitted by clinicians on whether a person is medically competent to operate a motor vehicle on public roads.

By law, the board must meet at least every 2 years, but traditionally has met twice a year, usually on the first Friday of April and November from noon to 3:00 p.m. Expense reimbursement is provided.

Please reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at (207) 480-4199 if you, or a colleague may be interested. Read More

Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths

Free texting service available to alert Mainers to any sudden increase in overdoses and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery. Read More

Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine. Read More

AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a shortage between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians, with the largest disparities being in the area of specialty doctors. Read More

#VaccinateME - 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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Top JAMA and JAMA Network articles

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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Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Legislature returns this week

The Maine House of Representatives and Senate are scheduled to return to Augusta Wednesday, June 30th for a Veto Session.

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Federal Government Affairs

Federal Advocacy Scan: Infrastructure spending bill caught up in political fight

President Biden places potential roadblock in front of reported agreement between the White House and a group of bipartisan senators, including Maine’s Senator Susan Collins on $1 trillion infrastructure plan Read More


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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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 on July 15th

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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Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center

Strong Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. In addition, an X waver is desirable.
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Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center

Richmond Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. In addition, an X waver is desirable.
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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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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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