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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
October 9, 2021
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Another Big Week of COVID Vaccine Reviews by the FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced two upcoming meetings of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to discuss newly available data for the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.
Oct. 14 - The committee will discuss an amendment to the EUA of the Moderna Vaccine for a booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older.
Oct. 15 - The committee will discuss amending the EUA of J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine for a booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Platform for Providers
The Maine CDC sent a letter early last week updating scheduling
guidelines for COVID vaccinations across Maine for providers looking for
additional doses and – in some cases – even first and second doses of COVID-19
vaccine. Read More
Recently, there have been reports of acute myocarditis following COVID-19 mRNA vaccine administration. We evaluated acute myocarditis incidence and clinical outcomes among adults following mRNA vaccination in an integrated health care system in the US.
In this population-based cohort study of 2,392,924 individuals who received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, acute myocarditis was rare, at an incidence of 5.8 cases per 1 million individuals after the second dose (1 case per 172 414 fully vaccinated individuals). The signal of increased myocarditis in young men warrants further investigation.
Hybrid Immunity, Vaccination and Viral Loads, and Predicting Disease Severity
Studies Suggest COVID-19 Is Evolving to Spread More Efficiently Through Air
According to a study of people infected with variants,
published this month in the Journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, SARS-CoV-2 is
evolving toward more efficient aerosol generation and loose-fitting masks
provide significant but only modest source control. Therefore, until
vaccination rates are very high, continued layered controls and tight-fitting
masks and respirators will be necessary. Read More
Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently
issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to
disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a
COVID-19 vaccine. Read More
Maine's Monthly Influenza Surveillance Report
New influenza cases: 2
New novel influenza A cases: 0
Most common circulating virus: influenza A/B Read More
Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM ET
Topic: This Maine CDC webinar will examine psychostimulant misuse among
college and college-aged students: the
prevalence, the reasons for use and misuse, and effective prevention and
educational strategies to address this issue. Read More
Seven Maneuvers for Independent Practices to Weather the Storm
Medical Economics magazine’s October
2021 issue outlines various options for independently practicing physicians in
the changing healthcare environment. The article describes how there, “is no
one-size-fits-all approach, and there are frequently more choices than
physicians realize, with corresponding degrees of autonomy along a sliding
scale.” Read More
The American Medical Association continues to advocate for federal support of physician practices, and provides this update to federation members.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced a new application
cycle for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding (Phase 4). The application
for the funds is open now, and will close on October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
ET. Applicants will be able to apply for both Provider
Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments
during the application process. In order to streamline the application process
and minimize administrative burdens, providers will apply for both programs in
a single application. Read More
Federal Government Approves Maine’s State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace
Governor Janet Mills and Maine DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew earlier in the week announced announce federal approval of Maine’s State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace.
According to the Governor’s media release, individuals and families
will be able to use the Marketplace, called CoverME.gov, beginning November 1,
2021 to explore health plan options, shop, and enroll in private insurance,
with most people qualifying for Federal financial assistance to make premiums
more affordable. Read More
Biden Administration Rescinds Rule Banning Family Planning Clinics from Providing Abortion Referrals
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week its last regulation to finalize the reversal of the Trump Administration rule designed to prevent clinics from receiving Title X federal funding if they refer patients to abortion providers.
The new rule returns the Title X program to how it functioned between
2000 and 2019 and will take effect on November 8, 2021. Read More
Reminder: Registration for 2021 Virtual Campaign School closes October 13
Are you a physician that currently holds political office? Are you a physician that wants to be an elected official?
There are still a few spots available for the upcoming American Medical
Association AMPAC Virtual Campaign School but the deadline to register is COB
Wednesday, October 13 (or sooner if maximum capacity is reached). 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.
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.
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks aPhysician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center
Bingham Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills
to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a
family practice with integrated behavioral health services. Read More
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