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Maine Medicine Weekly Update: Jan 12, 2022

In This Issue
COVID-19 CORNER
The Biden Administration Issues Rules Requiring Health Insurers To Cover At-Home COVID-19 Tests
All Mainers 12 and Older are Now Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Shots
Maine CDC HAN: Using Therapeutics to Prevent and Treat COVID
FDA Shortens Duration Between Second Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Booster To Five Months
Two Doses of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine 91% Effective In Preventing MIS-C In 12- To 18-Year-Olds
AMA Calls Out CDC's 'Confusing' COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance
MHA Asks Governor for Financial Help for Hospitals
Governor Announces More Maine National Guard Troops to Support COVID-19 Surge in Hospitals
JAMA Network: A National Strategy for the “New Normal” of Life With COVID
Changes to Massachusetts COVID-19 Hospitalization Reporting Taking Effect
NEJM Evidence: A New Digital Journal
MMA IN THE NEWS
Press Herald Recognizes MMA Stance on COVID Misinformation; Ellsworth Physician Under Investigation
Damariscotta Doctor Elected to Maine Medical Association Board
MEDICARE
US DHHS Secretary Orders Medicare To “Reassess” Proposed Premium Increase
SURVEY REQUEST
Maine AAP, Partnership for Children's Oral Health, Count ME In Surbey Request
HEALTH COVERAGE
Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans
UPCOMING EVENTS
Maine AAP: Innovating / Integrating our Way Out of Maine's Oral Health Crisis (Jan 20)
Kick-Off Webinar for Implementing the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy Bundle in Maine - January 26 from 12-1pm
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Senior Physician Executive (SPE) - Northern Light Health
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health

 
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COVID-19 CORNER

The Biden Administration Issues Rules Requiring Health Insurers To Cover At-Home COVID-19 Tests
news clip credit: USA Today


 

Private insurers will be required to cover the cost of eight at-home COVID-19 tests per person each month, starting January 15, the same way they now cover the cost of PCR lab tests.

CMS.gov Media Release: Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/11022-faqs-otc-testing-guidance.pdf

Additional Details: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/EBSA/about-ebsa/our-activities/resource-center/faqs/aca-part-51.pdf

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