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Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/17/2021

 
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COVID-19 CORNER

US CDC: mRNA Vaccines Preferred Over J&J and Much More COVID Information

The US CDC has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines with a preference for people to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).

This comes after the FDA and CDC last week authorized and approved a COVID-19 Pfizer booster for 16- and 17-year-olds. Read More


Maine CDC Announces Christmas & New Yearís Holiday Vaccine Ordering Schedule

No Orders Will Be Delivered Thursday, December 23 Through Monday, December 27  

No Orders Will Be Delivered Thursday, December 30 Through Tuesday, January 4 Read More


Federal Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 Payments Being Distributed to 315 Providers in Maine

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this week began distributing approximately $9 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to health care providers who have experienced revenue losses and expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

FDA Ends Restrictions for Mifeprex (RU 486) to End Pregnancies

The FDA has ended restrictions on Mifeprex, a drug used to end pregnancies. The move will allow the drug to now be prescribed via telehealth appointments and mailed to patients through certified prescribers, or pharmacies, in addition to in-person dispensing in clinics, medical offices, and hospitals. Read More


MMA IN THE MEDIA

CMS Requiring States to Cover COVID Vaccine Counseling for Kidsí Vaccinations
MMA President and MMA Board Member in The News

MMA President, Jeffrey Barkin, MD, visited with News Center Maine this week & MMA Board member, James Jarvis, MD visited with WABI-TV. Read More


NEW DEA GUIDANCE

Request Removal of The X Number Assigned to The Providerís DEA Registration

Pursuant to 28 CFR 50.26 and 50.27, newly approved guidance has been posted to the Guidance Document Portal and Question & Answers sections on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Diversion Control Division website.  The guidance is also accessible on the Department of Justice Guidance Portal. Links to the specific documents are included below for your convenience.  Read More


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Maine Seeks Healthcare Providers to Expand Innovative Mental Health Program

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is Maine’s Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program. This partnership provides timely training and support to child and adolescent Primary Care Clinicians (PCCs) and other clinicians related to the detection, assessment, treatment, and referral of behavioral health conditions within their practice. Read More


HEALTH COVERAGE

Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans

The 2022 individual and family health plan open enrollment period is NOW through Jan. 15, 2022.

The time period for health coverage to start Jan. 1, 2022, has passed but for coverage to start Feb. 1, 2022, patients can buy a plan now through January 15, 2022.

Patients can visit CoverME.gov, Maine's new Health Insurance Marketplace, to shop for and select affordable health insurance coverage for 2022 during the Open Enrollment period now under way. Read More


RULES & RULEMAKING

MaineCare Notice of Agency Rule-making - MaineCare Program Integrity Unit

The Department of Health and Human Services, MaineCare Services has released a proposed rule for review and comment.

 

According to the Maine DHHS rule summary, “This proposed rulemaking makes various, complex changes, including changes to comply with federal regulations, make updates to reflect current practices, clarify ambiguous and vague sections of policy, and increase the MaineCare Program Integrity Unit’s ability to safeguard against fraud, waste, and abuse.” Read More


EDUCATION

Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing

Schedule a 1-hour presentation at your medical practice or hospital, or request an individual Academic Detailing session. Read More


UPCOMING EVENTS

Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff (13 & 20 3-5pm)

NAMI Maine's Suicide Assessment and Management training is a 3-part virtual workshop designed to prepare a new or seasoned healthcare or mental health clinician to understand the risk of suicide, how to approach and complete an effective suicide risk assessment. This first two parts took place on December 6 and December 13. Part 3 is scheduled for Monday, December 20, from 3-5pm. Read More


Maine Bureau of Insurance: Notice of Public Meeting on Clear Choice Standardized Plan Designs (Dec 20)

The Bureau of Insurance conducts an annual review of the Clear Choice plan designs in consultation with stakeholders, pursuant to 24-A M.R.S. § 2793(2) and Bureau of Insurance Rule Chapter 851, §5(1)(A).

 

The Bureau will hold its 3rd virtual meeting on Monday, December 20th at 1:00 pm. We hope you will be able to join. 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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.
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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


Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) at Greater Portland Health provides high quality, team based psychiatric care services to patients of all ages.
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