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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
MMA President, Karen Saylor, MD & MMA CEO, Andy MacLean

Because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine Medical Association has planned a “hybrid model” for its 168th Annual Session scheduled for September 10-12, 2021 at the Jordan Grand Hotel at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. Our “hybrid model” was designed to accommodate the preferences of those members and guests who want a traditional in-person meeting experience and those who wish to participate in the key governance and CME activities without attending in person. Read More

Back to School

Maine Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics to Hold Back to School Town Hall

Please join the Maine AAP and Maine DHHS on Tuesday, August 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an online town hall forum to discuss safely getting our youth back to school, complying with the new vaccine law and how to best stay safe while in the classroom, gym, cafeteria, school yard, sports fields and buses! Read More

School Immunizations

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.

  • Overview of the New Law
  • Maine DHHS Memo: Preparing Students for the 2021-2022 School Year
  • Vax To School Maine Resources
  • ACIP & AAP Childhood Immunization Links and Resources
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COVID-19 Pandemic Updates, Guidance & News

ME DHHS COVID-19 Vaccines - Special Clinician Info Session - Tues, Aug 24, 7:30AM

To: Maine Clinicians

Given the rapidly evolving changes and issues involving COVID-19 vaccinations, Maine DHHS & ME CDC will be holding an additional COVID-19 Vaccines Clinician Info Session on Tues, Aug 24 at 7:30AM.  Recognizing that there are a number of issues for discussion, we’ll plan to hold this as a 1hr call (vs. the usual 30 minutes).  We will continue to otherwise hold these 30-minute calls monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (next on Tues, Sept 14). Please share with colleagues. Read More

Top National Pandemic Actions & News This Week

  • Moderna & Pfizer Booster Shots Will Be Available in September
  • U.S. Will Require Nursing Home Employees To Get COVID-19 Vaccine(s)
  • More Than One Million Doses Were Administered Over One 24-hour Period This Week
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FDA COVID-19 Updates & Info

  • FDA—August 13, 2021: COVID-19 Update including a new FDA Consumer Update highlighting 5 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Adolescents
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Bangor Daily News: What You Can Do If You Lost Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card In Maine

  • Patients can contact the organization that ran the clinic where they received doses
  • Patients can also fill out an authorization for release of information form from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services
  • People can also call 1 (800) 821-5821 to request a replacement from the Maine Immunization Program.
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Scope of Practice

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. Read More

Safety Issues

FDA: Stop Using All Eco-Med Ultrasound Gels and Lotions Due to Risk of Bacterial Contamination

The FDA has issued a Letter to Health Care Providers to inform health care providers, health care facility risk managers, and procurement staff to immediately stop use of and discard all ultrasound gels and lotions manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceutical, Inc., due to risk of bacterial contamination with Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc). Read More

More Immunization News

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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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

ACIP General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization Updates - 8/17/2021

Revisions have been made to the ACIP General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization.

To see the revisions, please go to ACIP List of Errata/Updates for Guidelines for Immunization | CDC Read More

MIPS Feedback & Performance Update from AMA

Update: 2020 MIPS Performance Feedback, Final Score, and 2022 MIPS Payment Adjustment Information

Earlier this week, CMS made the AMA aware that certain MIPS participant scores for 2020 were inadvertently miscalculated due to a technical issue. CMS is recalculating all scores to ensure their accuracy and plans to update both the 2020 scores and related 2022 payment adjustment information in the next few weeks. During our conversation, CMS also informed the AMA that the deadline to submit an appeal, or targeted review request, would also be extended. Please see the note below for more information.  Read More

Rural Health

Healthcare Dive: Biden administration invests $19M to bolster rural telehealth

Key Points:

  • The Biden administration has benchmarked more than $19 million in grants to expand telehealth in rural and underserved communities, which have continued to lack access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The investments will provide funding to train primary care providers, bolster groups providing virtual care, pilot new telehealth services and research the efficacy of digitally delivered care in rural geographies.
  • The $19 million will be distributed to 36 awardees through the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration, the agency said Wednesday.
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More News

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-CQI Has Launched a New Module: "Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates in Clinical Practice"

The goal of this online learning module is to provide an easily accessible, quality improvement resource for pediatricians, family clinicians, practice staff, and other quality improvement healthcare professionals to increase HPV vaccination rates in their clinical practice.

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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 (August 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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Nurse Practitioner

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.
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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.
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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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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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