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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
September 18, 2021

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FDA Committee Votes to Authorize Pfizer Booster; Vote is Nonbinding; ACIP to Review

  • 65 years and older & persons at high-risk for ‘severe’ COVID-19 if authorization becomes final
  • Committee votes against Pfizer booster shots for the general population
  • The F.D.A. is not obligated to follow the advice of the committee
  • US CDC expected to fine tune recommendation next week
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Maine CDC & Maine Immunization Program: Third Dose vs. Booster Explained

  • Who Needs an Additional (3rd) COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • What’s the difference between a booster dose and an additional (3rd) dose?
  • When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?
  • Who will be the first people to get a booster dose?
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Guidance- September 8, 2021
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COVID-19 Pandemic Updates, Guidance & News

SARS-CoV-2 News, Updates, & Guidance

  • Bangor Daily News: Maine Has the Nation’s Highest COVID-19 Growth Rate In The Last 2 Weeks

  • COVID Vaccines Still Highly Effective Against Hospitalizations; Moderna Effectiveness Highest

  • Maine CDC: Coadministration of Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Workshop on Responding to Vaccine Misinformation – Maine AAP, MPHA Sponsors

  • Northern Light: Tim Talk Podcast - Vaccine Hesitancy, Mandates, And Promoting Vaccine Equity

  • MaineCare: Coverage of COVID-19 Screening Tests

  • MaineCare: COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Administration Code Additions

  • When Will COVID Vaccines be Available for Children Under 12?

  • More Medical Boards Warn Against Spreading COVID Vax Falsehoods

  • Montana Hospital Enacts Crisis Standards of Care; Montana Updates Guidance For Hospitals
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MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Session Was a Success!

A Summary & Pictures from Sunday River

What a weekend last week at the Jordan Grand Resort, Sunday River during MMA's 168th Annual Session. The 2021 theme was Equality, Equity and Our Evolving Health Care System. For those who were with us in person, or virtually, we hope you felt safe, enjoyed yourselves, and learned from the many experts on hand, including many of your own colleagues. Read More

Physician Well Being

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day; MMA Medical Professionals Health Program

Friday, September 17, 2021, was National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. According to the AMA, two-thirds of people who attempt suicide do so after having seen a physician within the previous month — physicians themselves are no exception. Read More


MaineCare: Interim Palivizumab Prophylaxis Coverage to Prevent Hospitalization from RSV

MaineCare recently announced interim coverage for use of palivizumab prophylaxis to prevent hospitalization from severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection during the current atypical inter-seasonal RSV spread.

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Immunization Corner

Hearing and Comment Period: Maine Immunization Requirements for Healthcare Workers

Under emergency rule-making powers, Governor Mills announced in early August that it would require health care workers in Maine to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1st. However, earlier this month her administration announced that it would not begin enforcement of health care worker vaccination requirement until October 29, 2021. Read More

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Governor’s Office Opioid Response Seminar Series Summary - 9/10/2021

On Sept. 10, the Governor’s Opioid Response Seminar Series resumed with a one-hour webinar featuring the Maine Naloxone Distribution Initiative (MNDI). The state’s purchase and distribution of naloxone began in July 2019 following the announcement earlier in the year by Governor Mills as part of the issuance of Executive Order # 2. Read More

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Maine AAP 2021 Fall Education Series

The Maine AAP is offering a fourteen session educational webinar series beginning on Tuesday, September 14th. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm. CME credit is available. You must pre-register to attend. REGISTER NOW!

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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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Simplified Treatment of Hepatitis C in Primary Care Settings

Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) at your medical practice or hospital. Read More

The Red Cross and Your Neighbors Need YOU!

 The Red Cross has informed the MMA that they are in the midst of a very active and already devastating natural disaster season. They need reinforcements—YOU! You’ll commit 14 days (health professionals 10-14 days), and complete free virtual training. There is no cost to you. Red Cross arranges travel, provides lodging and food. Bring your willingness to serve, flexibility and ability to work multiple shifts on consecutive days. Read More


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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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

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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