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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
This is a reminder that a new law removing religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood immunizations to attend school in Maine is set to be implemented this school year, on September 1, 2021.
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.
Connecting Providers and Schools for COVID-19 Administration
If you are a school nurse and
interested in supplying COVID-19 vaccine to your students or are a provider
interested in partnering with a local school to provide the COVID-19
vaccination, please join the Maine Immunization Program for a virtual meeting
to discuss plans for the fall. Read More
Maine CDC Investigates Four Recent Cases of Legionella in Bangor Area
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine
confirmed four recent cases of Legionella in the Bangor area. Maine CDC is
actively investigating whether the cases are coincidental or if there is a
common exposure among them. All four individuals were hospitalized. Read More
Maine CDC is seeing a rise in the
number of reported cases of varicella (chickenpox). Varicella is a notifiable
condition in Maine, and all confirmed or suspect cases of varicella should be
reported to Maine CDC. 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:
Maine CDC Vaccine Provider Training
The Maine Immunization Program isbe 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
JAMA: The Increasing Role of Physician Practices as Bill Collectors—Destined for Failure
Through increasing deductibles,
coinsurance, and co-payments, the privately insured population in the US is
responsible for a larger share of health care out-of-pocket costs. Although
many studies have examined the effects on patients, the implications for
physicians have received less attention. The increase in cost sharing is
forcing many physicians and health systems to take on the role of bill
collectors. It is a task for which physician practices are unsuited. The result
is a system with substantial administrative burden, frustrated patients
struggling with confusing bills, and physicians receiving less compensation. Read More
The American 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. Read More
This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
AMA: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew Series
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.
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.
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.
Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals providing comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.
Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Physician to work collaboratively with a team of health professionals providing comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.
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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