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Maine Medicine Weekly E-Update, January 18, 2022

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National Public Health Emergency Extended

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra late last week renewed the federal public health emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johns Hopkins Public Health Podcast: COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunocompromised Patients
news clip credit: Portland Press Herald

What do we know now about the number of doses needed for people on immunosuppressant medications to be protected from severe COVID? What about the use of “passive” protection like monoclonal antibodies? Why are negative antibody tests more helpful than positive ones? Why are large agencies like the CDC and FDA not discussing individualized medicine when it comes to vaccine protocols? What’s the next step in researching COVID-19 vaccine protocols for this unique population of patients?(Johns Hopkins) Read More

Research Suggests Nearly $130 Million Spent Annually on Ivermectin Prescriptions
news clip credit: USA Today

In a newly published study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School and Boston University found private and Medicare Advantage insurance plans spent $2.5 million paying for COVID-related Ivermectin during a single week in August 2021. The research used the most recent week for which dispensing data were available at the time. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Employer Vaccine Mandate; Lets Healthcare Mandate Stand

The U.S. Supreme Court late last week blocked President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers but ruled to keep a federal mandate in place for certain health care workers. Read More

US Sets COVID Hospitalization Record

The United States last week set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, with more than 145,000 people in the hospital with the virus, surpassing the previous high of 142,000 people set in January 2021 before vaccines were widely available. Read More

NEJM Evidence: A New Digital Journal

NEJM Evidence, a new monthly digital journal from NEJM Group, presents innovative original research and fresh, bold ideas in clinical trial design and clinical decision-making.

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FDA Warns About Dental Problems with Buprenorphine Dissolved In The Mouth To Treat OUD & Pain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that dental problems have been reported with medicines containing buprenorphine that are dissolved in the mouth. Read More

FDA Recall: Metformin HCl Extended- Release Tablets USP, 750 mg by Viona Pharmaceuticals

Viona Pharmaceuticals is recalling twenty-three (23) lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg because an Out of Specification (OOS) result observed for one lot of the product (M008132) “N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Read More

Using Data to Improve Opioid Prescribing - new MICIS presentation now available

New education outreach presentation by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS)
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State Legislature Back in Augusta; MMA Government Affairs Back at It

The 2022 Maine legislative session began on Wednesday, January 5. Because 2021 was the first year in a legislative biennium, or two-year cycle, many health-related bills from that session are active and remain on the calendar for 2022. Democrats continue to hold majorities in both chambers. Read More

MMA Legislative Committee Meetings

The MMA Legislative Committee has begun meeting again. The Committee meets each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm while the Maine Legislature is in session.
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Maine AAP, Partnership for Children's Oral Health, Count ME In Survey Request

The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is working with the Partnership for Children's Oral Health and the Count ME In organization on a pilot to look at how health factors impact student absenteeism, and how schools, medical and dental practices and families could work together for better student outcomes.

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Maine AAP: Innovating / Integrating our Way Out of Maine's Oral Health Crisis (Jan 20)

Primary care providers have the greatest access to children when prevention matters most: before the decay process starts! Through innovations in disease prevention and new models of care delivery, dental and medical teams combine to reduce dental disease burden in Maine’s children. Attend this program to learn more!

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AMA Webinar: Implementing the No Surprises Act (Jan 20)

Register to join an AMA webinar on Thurs., Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern time/Noon Central time, “Implementing the No Surprises Act.”

The No Surprises Act, which aims to protect patients from the financial impact of surprise medical billing, became law on Jan. 1. Learn what physicians need to do immediately to comply with the new law. Experts will also address enforcement challenges and the interaction between state and federal surprise billing requirements. Read More

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

Join the Maine Medical Association, Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 12 – 1 p.m. and learn about the AIM Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy Bundle and efforts to implement this bundle in Maine.

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Community Health Center Virtual Round Table - February 8th from 12-1PM

Southern NH AHEC and Aledade invite you to attend a virtual round table event: Innovative Practice Models in The Community Health Center Setting. 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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Senior Physician Executive (SPE) - Northern Light Health

Northern Light Health is seeking a Senior Physician Executive (SPE) to lead our Central region member organizations.
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Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals providing comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.
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Physician - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Physician to work collaboratively with a team of health professionals providing comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.
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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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