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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
August 06, 2021


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New Maine Immunization Law for Schools Takes Effect Sep 1
Annual Membership Meeting
Registration Open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
COVID-19 Pandemic Updates, Guidance & News
Resources & News: COVID Vaccination Mandates Dominate Recent Pandemic Discussion
Connecting Providers and Schools for COVID-19 Administration
Maine CDC Health Action Alerts
Maine CDC Investigates Four Recent Cases of Legionella in Bangor Area
Maine CDC Health Alert Network: Varicella (Chickenpox)
Maine CDC Immunizations
Maine CDC Makes New Vaccine Products Available Through Maine Immunization Program (MIP)
Maine CDC Vaccine Provider Training
Independent Physician Practices
JAMA: The Increasing Role of Physician Practices as Bill Collectors—Destined for Failure
AMA Drafts CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary
JAMA
This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
AMA: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew Series
More News
SUPPORT for ME: Strengthening Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for MaineCare Members
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course
Maine Community Action Partnership: Did You Know?
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service - 7/30 Nomination Deadline
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (August thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Nurse Practitioner
Physician
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
Help educate new physicians – join our accredited Family Medicine Residency Program as faculty
Join our region-leading Neuroscience/Stroke Center
Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
Medical Director
Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists

 
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AMA Drafts CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

Medical Association (AMA) has drafted a summary of the CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13, 2021. The proposed rule covers diverse topics, including the CY 2022 Rate Setting and Medicare Conversion Factor, Evaluation/Management (E/M) office visit services, telehealth and other services involving communications technology, and updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) through Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) activities, methodology, payment adjustments, and the Promoting Interoperability performance category, amongst other provisions.

CMS is requesting that comments be submitted no later than September 13, 2021. The AMA will share a draft comment letter in response to the proposed rule prior to this submission deadline.

If you would like a copy of the AMA’s Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules summary please contact MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com

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