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FDA, CDC & Dr. Fauci: No need for COVID vaccine boosters yet despite Pfizer request

  • This weekend Dr. Fauci said there is no need to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, according to current data by the US CDC and US FDA.
  • The Washington Post reported over the weekend (subscription required) that Pfizer officials intend to soon brief government health officials about the need for a coronavirus vaccine booster shot.
  • Facebook Live discussion on booster shots with Johns Hopkins professors
  • Some patients are already seeking booster shots. Is that necessary—or safe?

    Maine DHHS & CDC seeking physician input; Tuesday webinar & web-based survey

    As part of Maine CDC’s ongoing efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination to increase the number of people vaccinated in Maine, ME DHHS is looking for your input on how we can support increased COVID vaccination in medical practices & other health care settings.  Read More

    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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    Unvaccinated people would prefer to get vaccinated at their doctor’s office

    A recently released nationwide poll of more than 12,000 Americans on COVID-19 vaccine uptake done by The African American Research Collaborative (AARC) and the Commonwealth Fund with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson and W.K. Kellogg foundations found that unvaccinated people would prefer to get vaccinated at their doctor’s office and far fewer would prefer other locations. More than half (53 percent) would first choose their doctor’s office followed by a retail pharmacy (17%), a town or county health clinic (13%), and large public vaccination sites (only 10%). Read More

    Notice of Rulemaking: Immunization requirements for Maine school children

    BRIEF SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services - Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS) and the Maine Department of Education (DOE) are jointly proposing these routine technical rule changes to implement P. L. 2019, Ch. 154: An Act to Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Disease by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements (the “Act”). The Act prohibits the rule from including any provision governing medical exemptions and repeals the exemption from required immunization for school students who object, based solely on a sincere religious belief or philosophical reason, effective September 1, 2021, with exemptions for certain students. 

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    Feds asked to investigate of Alzheimer's drug approval; FDA revises recommendations for drug

    The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked for a federal investigation into the agency's controversial approval of Biogen Inc.’s Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm. This after two congressional committees announced they will have hearings on the FDA’s approval of the drug last month. Read More

    Biden Executive Order covers non-compete agreements, hospital mergers, and prescription prices

    Although numerous media reports indicate the President’s Executive Order earlier this week would ban noncompete agreements used by employers, it only, “encourages the FTC to ban or limit non-compete agreements.” The order also “encourages” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to work on the issue of hospital consolidations and directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to work with states on importing prescription drugs from Canada and develop a plan to lower drug prices in 45 days. Read More

    Top JAMA and NEJM articles of the week

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    AAFP: Direct Primary Care Was the Change She Needed

    Jennifer Harader, M.D., (Topeka, KS) will be one of the speakers at the July American Academy of Family Physicians Direct Primary Care Summit (virtual). She describes how changing to direct primary care increased her scope of practice, improved her work-life balance, and saved her career. Read More

    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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    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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    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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    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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