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Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination in Clinical Settings: The Critical Role of Maine’s Physicians
By Lisa M. Letourneau, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Delivery System Change

    Through the collective efforts of the state and health care providers, Maine has done well in its efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination. That said, as of mid-July, over a third of Mainers were still unvaccinated, and the threat posed by COVID-19 remains serious.  Seasonal trends and the continued emergence of viral variants indicate that infections will likely rise in the coming months unless we vaccinate more of the unvaccinated.  Maine DHHS continues to employ a multi-pronged vaccination strategy that includes both clinical and community vaccination sites, as well as an active communication campaign targeted to vaccine-hesitant individuals. But we need your help. Read More

    A Call to Action- Protecting the Children of Maine
    By Adrienne W. Carmack, MD, Medical Director of Office of Child and Family Services

    The recent deaths of young children in Maine during the month of June has caused us all to take pause and consider how we can work to better serve Maine families and children. Read More

    COVID News: Surgeon Gener Surgeon General Issues Vaccine Misinformation Warning; JAMA Peds Retracts Masks Study

    •  Surgeon General Issues Vaccine Misinformation Warning
    • JAMA Peds Retracts Masks Study
    • US CDC Director Warns of 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated' as Cases Rise
    • CDC Advisory Panel to Make Recommendations for COVID-19 Vaccine & Immunocompromised
    • Report Shows Rise in Pediatric COVID-19 Cases
    • Symptoms That Indicate a COVID-19 Delta Variant Infection
    • What the Delta Variant Means for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People
    • Maine Cases are Low, but Contagious Variant Poses Risks for Unvaccinated
    • Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Debate
    • US CDC Maintains Mask Requirement for Travel
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    Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreens After Carcinogen Found

    Johnson and Johnson announced a recall of 5 NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen products this week testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. More information on Benzene can be found by visiting this link on the U.S. CDC website. Read More

    Opioid & Substance Use Disorder News

    • US Overdose Deaths Hit Record 93,000 in 2020
    • Overdose Deaths In State Prisons Have Jumped Dramatically Since 2001
    • Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Rises in Medicaid Recipients
    • ED-administered Buprenorphine May Enhance Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes
    • Maine Attorney General, Aaron Frey Urges Continued Action at Governor's Opioid Summit
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    Medicare Updates

    • Medicare Proposes 2022 Payment and Quality Reporting Changes
    • Medicare to Weigh Nationwide Coverage Rules for Biogen Alzheimer's Drug
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    Federal Advocacy Update

    Discussions in Washington D.C. continue surrounding a $3 to $4 trillion federal spending bill. The legislation being discussed includes an approximate $300 billion expansion of Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing care. Under the plan, these new benefits would be free for seniors in the program and could start as soon as next year. Also included in the current proposal being crafted is new spending for elder care, home care, childcare, prekindergarten, paid family and medical leave, housing programs, and other education and safety net programs. There may also be  plan climate-related sections in a future bill. 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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    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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    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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    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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