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Maine Medicine Weekly E-Update, July 20, 2022

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July 20, 2022

Governor Mills Hosts 4th Annual Opioid Response Summit

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COVID Hospitalizations Rising


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Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine

The Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) has announced a temporary change to the Notifiable Diseases and Conditions.

The most recent count of confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. was more than 2,000. However, cases are believed to be undercounted due to limited testing capabilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 14,000 monkeypox cases worldwide, 5 deaths.

  • Any confirmed case of monkeypox is immediately reportable to Maine CDC within 24 hours; and
  • All monkeypox or non-variola orthopoxvirus test results (positive or negative) are reportable to Maine CDC within 24 hours.
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Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the COVID-19 public health emergency through October and the key flexibilities on telehealth and reporting deadlines. The declaration is valid through October 13, 2022. Another 90-day extension is likely, considering there’s an election in November and coronavirus numbers have typically surged in the fall.


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Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Authorized by FDA & CDC

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, bringing a fourth vaccine to help against the backdrop of a BA.5 Omicron subvariant surge and lagging vaccine and booster dose uptake.

Earlier this week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine following a 12-0 vote recommending the traditional protein-based shot by the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Novavax's vaccine will hit the market in the coming weeks.


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Maine Joins National Launch Of 988 Suicide And Crisis Lifeline

Mainers who find themselves in a mental health crisis can now call or text 988 to access a trained crisis counselor. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals of all ages.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline went live on Saturday, July 16.

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Recent Reports of Human Parechovirus (PeV) in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to inform physicians and public health departments that parechovirus (PeV) is currently circulating the Untied States. Since May 2022, the CDC has received reports from healthcare providers in multiple states of PeV infections in neonates and young infants.

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Maine Physicians Direct Primacy Care Model to Improve Medical Care

The New England Direct Primary Care Alliance, an experiment, and a movement to redefine and improve the doctor-patient experience, has 20 Maine Physicians committed to better continuity and access to care.

Dr. Alison Lee told WMTW News 8 that her last job was “all about volume” and productivity, she was burned out from seeing 25 patients a day. “When I decided I wanted to become a doctor, I wanted to have a relationship with my patients, continuity of care” said Dr. Lee.

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MMA Government Affairs Developing 2023-2024 State Legislative Agenda

The Maine Medical Association Legislative Committee is seeking 2023 Legislative Priority Requests for the upcoming session of the Maine Legislature starting in January. Nearly everything you do each day as physicians, from initial licensing through retirement is governed or directed by some federal or state law, or rule/regulation.

Beginning now through Labor Day, September 5, 2022, we are welcoming all Maine specialty societies, MMA committees, and any individual MMA member to identify priority issues, what change is needed, how to change it, and what personal or organization resources and relationships may be available to help MMA.

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CDC Launches New Addiction Medicine Toolkit

The Addiction Medicine Toolkit is designed to provide an introductory overview of addiction medicine for clinicians and provide strategies that can be implemented in your practice. CDC and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) have additional resources to continue to build your knowledge on this complex subject. 

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Revised Narcotic Treatment Program Manual

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released a revised Narcotic Treatment Program Manual, A Guide to DEA Narcotic Treatment Program Regulations. The original guidance was released by the DEA during April 2000.


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Governor Mills Hosts 4th Annual Opioid Response Summit

Nearly 1,200 participants gathered at the Cross Insurance Arena in Bangor for Governor Mills’ 4th Annual Opioid Response Summit this past Monday, July 11th. The event highlighted the urgency of responding to a crisis that took the lives of nearly 600 Mainers in 2021 alone.

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Concerns About BA.5 Variants Contagiousness, Hospitalizations

The BA.5 subvariant is now the most prevalent coronavirus strain in the United States, has been the leading cause of rising COVID-19 cases in the United States, and is sparking concern about an increase in hospitalizations.

The Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday that Maine COVID hospitalizations have risen nearly 30% in 10 days and Maine Public highlighted Maine CDC data showing hospitalizations in Maine have risen to the highest level in over a month.

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Sign Up Now for the MMA 169th Annual Session in Bar Harbor!

We are excited to be building toward our 169th Annual Session coming up on September 9-11.

As we continue to organize this in-person event, we wanted to present a reminder that if you already know you want to be with us in September, register now.

We would be honored to have you with us.

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ASGE Colon Cancer Appropriate Screening Test Campaign

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) would like to invite you to join them in an effort to prevent colon cancer.

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Nominations Due by July 29 for 2022 Mary Cushman, MD Award

The 2022 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer will be presented at the MMA Annual Session in September.  Submit nominations by July 29th.

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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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Island Physician - MD/DO

Practice medicine the way you always imagined; seeing to the needs of patients, friends, and neighbors from the age of a few days old to over 100 years old. Read More

Family Medicine Physician - Penobscot Community Health Care’s Brewer Medical Center

Join Maine’s largest FQHC - practice alongside a superb, experienced team in an established and growing integrated care setting. Read More


HealthReach Community Health Center sites in and around Kennebec County seeks a full-time Physician who is an osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist to provide neuromusculoskeletal services in integrated primary care settings at several HealthReach sites in and around Kennebec County.
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Thoracic Surgeon Opportunity at Progressive Medical Center in Maine

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is seeking a BC/BE Thoracic Surgeon to join our thriving practice in Bangor, Maine. Cardiothoracic Surgery of Maine is a mature, hospital-based practice serving a patient population of 500,000.
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Lead Hematology/Oncology Opportunity in Northern Maine

Northern Light AR Gould Hospital is seeking an experienced board-certified Hematologist/Oncologist to join our busy, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Presque Isle, Maine.
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Experienced Emergency Medicine PA Opportunity in Bangor, Maine!

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is seeking an experienced Emergency Department PA to join a team of hospital employed staff (20 Physicians and 10 PA’s). 
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