Maine Medicine Weekly Update
August 20, 2021

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Update: Annual Membership Meeting
Important Status Update on Maine Medical Association’s 168th Annual Session
Back to School
Maine Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics to Hold Back to School Town Hall
School Immunizations
New Maine Immunization Law for Schools Takes Effect Sep 1
COVID-19 Pandemic Updates, Guidance & News
ME DHHS COVID-19 Vaccines - Special Clinician Info Session - Tues, Aug 24, 7:30AM
Top National Pandemic Actions & News This Week
FDA COVID-19 Updates & Info
Bangor Daily News: What You Can Do If You Lost Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card In Maine
Scope of Practice
Nurse Anesthetists Announce Name Change; ASA Responds
Safety Issues
FDA: Stop Using All Eco-Med Ultrasound Gels and Lotions Due to Risk of Bacterial Contamination
More Immunization News
Maine CDC Makes New Vaccine Products Available Through Maine Immunization Program (MIP)
Maine CDC Vaccine Provider Training
ACIP General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization Updates - 8/17/2021
MIPS Feedback & Performance Update from AMA
Update: 2020 MIPS Performance Feedback, Final Score, and 2022 MIPS Payment Adjustment Information
Rural Health
Healthcare Dive: Biden administration invests $19M to bolster rural telehealth
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-CQI Has Launched a New Module: "Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates in Clinical Practice"
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)
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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
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Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists

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Nurse Anesthetists Announce Name Change; ASA Responds

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists announced this week that it will now be known as the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) going forward. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) quickly called it “medical title misappropriation” that confuses patients and creates discord in the care setting, ultimately risking patient safety.

The AANA statement included the quote, “Nurse anesthesiology is the first profession to own the responsibility of anesthesia delivery,” according to AANA President Steven M. Sertich, CRNA, MAE, JD, Esquire. “Today, nurse anesthesiology remains one of the nation’s most innovative fields of science.” He added, “Our new name tells the story of who we are, what we do, and what we stand for,” said President Sertich. “We have now unified this understanding behind a clear, revitalized brand.”

The ASA’s response countered:

“The term “anesthesiologist” has always been used to differentiate physicians trained in the science and study of anesthesiology from non-physicians, including nurse anesthetists.

Additionally, it is an unchallenged ethical principle that every patient must have full knowledge and understanding of the education, training, skills, and experience of the health care professionals providing their care. ASA will continue to protect patients by aggressively challenging AANA’s attempts to threaten clear identification of roles and advance nurse-only care.”

Weekly Update readers may recall a story in late May how the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates voted to change their title to Physician Associate and the subsequent responses from the AOA and the AMA respectively.

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