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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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.

Based upon recent trends in the pandemic as a result of the “Delta variant,” MMA has reviewed its protocols for this “hybrid model” and believe we can still offer a safe in-person meeting experience as well as an excellent remote participation option. We thank those who have registered to date and encourage all members to consider the option that best meets their needs and expectations.

We have recently reviewed with the resort staff, the protocols for the Annual Session and draw your attention to the following points:

·      The Sunday River Resort’s safety protocols have met U.S. and Maine C.D.C. guidelines throughout the pandemic and the COVID-19 experience has been minimal.

·      Weather permitting, we will hold as many of the meeting activities outside.

  • The Jordan Hotel’s conference rooms provide adequate space for social distancing.
  • In keeping with current pandemic guidance, masks will be required for all attendees at public indoor activities, except while eating.
  • ALL MEETING ATTENDEES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 (all those who are eligible under current guidelines)
  • We will continue to monitor the pandemic developments and adjust plans for the Annual Session as appropriate.

We look forward to seeing many of you in person at Sunday River and understand that some of you will be more comfortable participating remotely.

Register for the 168th MMA Annual Session here.

If you have any questions about the safety protocols or registration for the 168th MMA Annual Session, please contact Diane McMahon at dmcmahon@mainemed.com or 207-480-4188.

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