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Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/24/2021
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The Maine Medical Association Board of Directors and staff wishes the Happiest of Holidays to all of you and we thank you for your membership and dedication to caring for your neighbors.
It is your empathy and high standard for giving high quality care day in and day out that makes you special.
Thank you for all you do and for being an integral part of medicine in Maine.
There is no question Mainers appreciate your care and the Maine Medical Association greatly values your membership. Read More
FDA Updates: Pfizer & Merck Oral Antivirals Authorized; Omicron & Monoclonal Antibodies
The FDA authorized two oral antivirals for the treatment of COVID-19 in certain patients. Pfizer’s Paxlovid – authorized for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients 12 and older, and Merck’s molnupiravir – authorized for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19.
Paxlovid is the first oral, at-home treatment to
be authorized by the agency Read More
The Maine CDC has transitioned to Pfizer’s gray cap formulation for adults and adolescents (gray cap) as of Friday, December 24.
The CDC has also shut
off ordering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine through ImmPact. Read More
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).
The US CDC has updated rules for health care workers who test positive for COVID, reducing the required isolation time to combat fears of staffing shortages.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced new, updated COVID-19 school guidelines on testing and quarantining for Covid-19
As US health officials announced
the Omicron wave (which has not peaked) has officially
surpassed the height of the Delta surge, a new study from the UK Health
Security Agency shows, “Booster protection against symptomatic illness caused
by the Omicron variant dropped by up to 25% within 10 weeks, new real-world
data found — though it's not yet clear whether everyone may need further doses
in 2022.” Read More
Average length of stay for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 shorter for vaccinated patients than unvaccinated patients – Study posted, December 21, 2021.
Question: Do patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant experience more severe disease outcomes compared with those infected with the Beta variant?
Findings: In this cohort study of 1427 persons infected with the Delta variant and 5353 persons infected with the Beta variant in Qatar, among 451 propensity score–matched pairs identified, persons infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized (27.3% vs 20.0%) or to experience more severe disease outcomes. Infection with the Delta variant was independently associated with higher odds of experiencing any adverse outcome, and vaccination was associated with significantly reduced odds of severe disease outcomes.
Meaning: In this
cohort study, infection with the Delta variant was more severe than infection
with the Beta variant in persons in Qatar, although vaccination was highly
protective against severe outcomes for both variants. Read More
The United States Supreme Court will oral arguments on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination rules for private employers and health care workers on Jan. 7.
The Court announced it would hear
oral arguments on over President Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large
employers and a regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) requiring vaccines for health care workers. Read More
CDC: Physicians Should Discuss Meds to Reduce HIV Risk
The CDC has recommended that primary care physicians talk to all sexually active patients about prophylactic medications that can lessen HIV transmission risk. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, can be 99% effective in reducing risk. Read More
HHS: $48 Million Available to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, is announcing the availability of nearly $48 million in American Rescue Plan funding for community-based organizations to expand public health capacity in rural and tribal communities through health care job development, training, and placement. Awardees will be able to use this funding to address workforce needs related to the long-term effects of COVID-19 as well as health information technology (IT) needs and other key workforce issues.
The Maine Medical Association and
the MMA’s Public Health Committee released a statement this week urging Mainers
to vaccinate and mask during the holidays while also pleading with Maine
businesses to reinstitute masking requirements and provide masks to customers who
have none. Read More
According to a MaineCare
bulletin, Walgreens has cut back their pharmacy hours at some of their
locations. This may make it difficult for your patients to get medications filled by
the pharmacy. Their Walgreens pharmacy may be closed on one or both weekend
days. Read More
Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program Coordinator
The Maine Medical
Association (MMA) and Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program
Coordinator is one position with two separate functions. This individual will learn the national
system of regulation and oversight of providers of continuing medical education
for allopathic physicians (M.D.s) through the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education
(ACCME). This role is both
administrative and managerial, and it requires a highly motivated self-starter
who can learn an increasingly complex accreditation process and stay current as
the system is rapidly changing. This
individual will be the sole staff member responsible for the statewide CME
provider accreditation function of the Maine Medical Association, the Maine
Medical Education Trust as one of those accredited CME providers, and the MMA’s
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Committee. This individual will
assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of CME activities in the
State of Maine. This individual will work closely with the staff of the ACCME
based in Chicago, IL and will also be MMA’s liaison with the staff members
performing similar work at the New Hampshire Medical Society and Massachusetts
Medical Society. Read More
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
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.
The Governor’s Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series continues on Friday, January 7, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with "The Road Ahead, looking back on 2021 and Maine’s Opioid Response strategy and priorities for 2022"
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.
Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader
Northern Light Eastern Maine
Medical Center in Bangor, Maine is actively seeking a transformational
OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader to guide the evolution of
our Women’s Health services. Read More
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