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July 6, 2021

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Maine CDC Call/Webinar (July 13): Promoting COVID Vaccination in Medical Practices

As part of Maine CDC efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination through a range of settings to increase the number of people vaccinated in Maine, the team at ME DHHS is looking to take specific steps to increase COVID vaccination in medical practices & other health care settings.

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FORE! There's Still Time! 18th Annual Maine Medical Association Benefit Golf Tournament

This year's beneficiary will be the Maine Medical Education Trust Scholarship Fund (the fund was created in 2010 exclusively to provide scholarships to medical students from Maine).

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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.

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Federal COVID-19 Updates: Delta Variant is New Pandemic Concern

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) was first detected in the United States in March 2021.  It was initially identified in India in December 2020. The variant is about 60 percent more transmissible than current dominant strain in the U.S., the alpha variant.

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Vox: The Doctors are Not All Right

Doctors need mental health support, but the medical profession often punishes them for getting it. Vox published a distressing story of a Utah emergency physician who struggled with behavioral health issues prior to the pandemic and sadly took his own life this past February while on sabbatical.

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Revised Standing Order for COVID-19 Testing from Maine CDC

The revised order authorizes health care providers or other trained personnel at a health care facility or medically supervised COVID collection site (collection site) in the state to collect and submit specimens of SARS-CoV-2 for molecular or antigen-based testing.

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Maine COVID-19 Updates: State of Civil Emergency Ended on June 30, 2021

Governor Mills welcomed the end of the State of Civil Emergency.

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Federal Government Releases Interim Rule on ‘Surprise Billing’

According to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the interim final rule bans any surprise billing for emergency room services regardless of where they are provided, forcing them to be treated via an in-network basis. The interim final rule is open for public comment for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

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New England Journal of Medicine: Confronting Our Next National Health Disaster — Long-Haul Covid

Though most Americans may be able to do so, restoration of normality does not apply to the 10% to 30% of those who are still experiencing debilitating symptoms months after being infected with Covid-19.1 Unfortunately, current numbers and trends indicate that “long-haul Covid” (or “long Covid”) is our next public health disaster in the making.

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Maine Secretary of State Seeking Physician Volunteers

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

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Maine DHHS Announces Free Text Alert Program to Prevent Overdose Deaths

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Partnership to End Addiction have launched a free texting service that alerts Maine residents to any sudden increase in overdoses in their counties and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery.

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SUPPORT for ME: Strengthening Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for MaineCare Members

SUPPORT for ME is a statewide effort to improve SUD treatment and recovery services for all Mainers.

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Are You a Professional Who Works with Individuals in Maine Who Have a Substance Use Disorder? We Want to Hear From You!

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ SUPPORT for ME initiative, in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine, is hosting virtual group discussions for Maine providers who deliver services to people with substance use disorder (SUD).

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Maine Community Action Partnership: Did You Know?

Did you know that almost half of parents surveyed say they are more concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine than they are of the vaccine itself?  That’s an alarming statistic, but a full 71% of all parents said they would be more likely to get their child vaccinated if in-person school could be “normal”.

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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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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.

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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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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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Help educate new physicians – join our accredited Family Medicine Residency Program as faculty

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency program is seeking a BC, full-spectrum Family Medicine provider to join our dynamic faculty in Bangor, Maine. 
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Join our region-leading Neuroscience/Stroke Center

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Neuroscience Center in the vibrant small city of Bangor, Maine seeks to expand its Neurology Department.  Read More

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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