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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
July 30, 2021
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US CDC Updates Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
The US CDC this week updated pandemic guidance for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant.
"Our updated guidance recommends vaccinated people get
tested upon exposure regardless of symptoms," Rochelle Walensky, MD,
director of the CDC, wrote in an email to The New York Times. "Testing is
widely available." 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.
Resources & News: COVID Vaccination Mandates Dominate Recent Pandemic Discussion
Internal CDC Documents Equate Delta Variant Transmission to Chickenpox
“The delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and spreads as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal federal health document that argues officials must ‘acknowledge the war has changed.’”
The information is part of a
Washington Post article posted
online (subscription service), Thursday evening, July 29, and comes from an
internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slide presentation, shared
within the CDC and obtained by The Washington Post. Read More
Federation of State Medical Boards Says Spreading COVID Misinformation Could Place License at Risk
The Federation of State Medical
Boards’ Board of Directors released a statement this week in response to a
dramatic increase in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and
disinformation by physicians and other health care professionals on social
media platforms, online and in the media. Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration revised the Emergency
Use Authorization (EUA) for baricitinib (sold under the brand name
Olumiant) now authorizing baricitinib alone for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized adults and pediatric
patients two years of age or older requiring supplemental oxygen, non-invasive
or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Under the revised EUA, baricitinib is no longer required to be administered
with remdesivir (Veklury). Baricitinib is not FDA-approved as a treatment for
COVID-19. Read More
The Maine Department of Health
and Human Services (DHHS) in partnership with the Maine Department of Education
(DOE) announced a comprehensive plan to support vaccination of school staff and
students against COVID-19. This plan complements the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)’s new
recommendation on universal masking in schools by helping students and
staff safely gather in person and in classrooms amidst the nationwide surge of
the Delta variant. Read More
Comments Due, Friday, August 5; Immunization Requirements for Maine School Children
AMA News: Why VA’s Move to Nationalize Standards of Practice Is Misguided
The Maine Medical Association
joined the AMA and 102 other physician organizations in objecting to the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supremacy Project, which involves
developing national standards of practice for 48 categories of health
professionals that would override long-established state laws governing scope
of practice and health-professional licensure. Read More
When it comes to effective doctor-patient communication, it's important that both parties are speaking from a base of shared knowledge. The American Medical Association provides a space where physicians share what they want patients to understand about today's health care headlines.
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:
Maine CDC Vaccine Provider Training
Beginning Tuesday, August 3, the Maine Immunization Program will be hosting twice weekly trainings for all VFC provider sites. These trainings will serve as a refresher of VFC requirements and will continue each Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the months of August and September. Maine CDC will re-evaluate the need to continue trainings for October at the end of September.
All provider staff are welcome and encouraged to join. Read More
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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).
SUPPORT for ME is a statewide effort to improve SUD treatment and recovery services for all Mainers.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join our region-leading Neuroscience/Stroke Center
Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Neuroscience Center in the vibrant small
city of Bangor, Maine seeks to expand its Neurology Department. Read More
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!
Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified Physician to become our next Medical Director.
Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists
Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists for our well-established practices in metro/rural Maine.
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