Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 03/25/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Telehealth Town Hall for Maine Healthcare Providers Thursday, March 26th, 2020
•  Governor Mills Acts to Promote Access to Health Care During COVID-19
•  Important Information from Maine CDC
•  AMA Releases Special Coding Advice Related to COVID-19
•  A Message from Maine Responds
•  Millions Of Older Americans Live In Counties With No ICU Beds As Pandemic Intensifies
•  Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic
•  Governor Mills Orders Further Steps to Protect Public Health
•  AMA, AHA, ANA Issue Open Letter Urging Public to #StayHome to Confront COVID-19
•  2020 Census Operational Updates March 18, 2020
•  Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
•  MMA Legislative Calls are POSTPONED
•  State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Next Senior Section Meeting CANCELLED
•  10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy POSTPONED
•  Building Hope Across Populations-Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention POSTPONED
•  Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
•  Webinar on April 16th 6-7pm: Managing Student Debt
•  Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician - Lovejoy Health Center
•  Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
•  Physician - Nasson Health Care
•  Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 

Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic

If a practice can provide only limited well child visits, healthcare providers are encouraged to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible.

 

[From Maine CDC 03/24/2020]

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MEHHS/2020/03/24/file_attachments

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The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and continues to affect communities across the United States differently. Some of the strategies used to slow the spread of disease in communities include postponing or cancelling non-urgent elective procedures and using telemedicine instead of face-to-face encounters for routine medical visits. 

Ensuring the delivery of newborn and well-child care, including childhood immunization, requires different strategies. Healthcare providers in communities affected by COVID-19 are using strategies to separate well visits from sick visits. Examples include: 

• Scheduling well visits in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon 

• Separating patients spatially, such as by placing patients with sick visits in different areas of the clinic or another location from patients with well visits. 

• Collaborating with providers in the community to identify separate locations for holding well visits for children. 

Because of personal, practice, or community circumstances related to COVID-19, some providers may not be able to provide well child visits, including provision of immunizations, for all patients in their practice. If a practice can provide only limited well child visits, healthcare providers are encouraged to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible. 

The U.S. CDC and Maine CDC are monitoring the situation and will continue to provide guidance as it becomes available. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to call the Maine Immunization Program at 207-287-3746. 

Thank you for all that you do for the Maine Immunization Program and the children of Maine.