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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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Maine Prescription Monitoring Notice to Pharmacies on Fraudulent Prescriptions

A notice has been sent by the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program to Maine pharmacies alerting them that a significant number of fraudulent prescriptions have been sent by fax to pharmacies across the state. Read More


MaineCare Updates Coverage & Prior Authorization (PA) Process for Buprenorphine & Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)Treatment

Effective July 15, 2021, MaineCare updated its coverage criteria and Prior Authorization (PA) process for buprenorphine for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Read More


COVID Update(s) for Maine and the Country

  • Delta Variant Spreading Across the Country
  • What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About the Dangerous Delta Variant
  • American Hospital Association & Maine Hospital Association Support Mandatory Vaccinations
  • Maine COVID Immunization Data
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AAP Calls for Universal Masking in Schools; MPHA Webinar “Back to School Safely”

In updated guidance for the 2021-22 school year, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends in-person learning and urges all who are eligible to be vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. However, the leading national pediatrician group added a recommendation that everyone older than age 2 wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Read More


Maine CDC Makes New Vaccine Products Available Through Maine Immunization Program (MIP)

The Maine Vaccine Board voted to include two new vaccine products to the approved list of

available vaccines supplied through the Maine Immunization Program (MIP).

 

The newly approved vaccines are:

  • The meningococcal quadrivalent conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) vaccine formulation, MenQuadfi™ (Sanofi).
  • VAXELIS™ (Sanofi and Merck), the new hexavalent vaccine indicated for protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
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Monkeypox Case Confirmed in Texas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a case of monkeypox in a person who was diagnosed with the virus after traveling from Nigeria to Dallas. Be up to date by reading this article by the Texas Medical Association.

Notice: Philips CPAP Recall

Philips Respironics announced a voluntary recall for certain CPAP, BiLevel PAP, and mechanical Ventilator Devices due to issues related to deterioration of the sound abatement foam used in these devices. This recall affects CPAP and BiLevel PAP devices manufactured prior to April 26, 2021. Read More


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • To Produce More Black Male Doctors, Start by Acknowledging Bias
  • Black Patients Have Worse Safety Outcomes Than White Patients When at the Same Hospital
  • FDA Must Act Quickly on Menthol Ban to Save Black Lives, Advocates Argue
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Community Corner: Independent Physician Practice News & Updates

  • AMA Webinar: Practical billing strategies for the collaborative care model
  •  MGMA Online Seminar: Optimize your telehealth program
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Report Says Several Maine Hospitals Noncompliant with Rule Mandating They Post Prices Online

According to Maine’s ABC Portland affiliate (WMTW), a new report from a patients’ rights group found that most of the nation’s hospitals, including several in Maine, are not in compliance with rules requiring them to disclose their prices. Read More


Top JAMA Articles of the Week

JAMA Network Open: Exploring Gap Between Excess Mortality, COVID-19 Deaths in 67 Countries

JAMA: Medical Debt in U.S.
JAMA Health Forum: Outcomes of Patients Treated by Female vs Male Physicians
JAMA Network Open: Black, Latinx Community Perspectives on COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors, Testing, Vaccines
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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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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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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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Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course

Enrollment is now open! ONLY A DOZEN SPOTS LEFT for Cohort VII Commencing September 2021. Enroll today and strengthen and extend your leadership skills by learning about the key intersections in the science of management and the business of medicine.


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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

Nominations for the 2021 award are due by next Friday, July 30, 2021.

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. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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