Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/10/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine Medical Association Statement on Systemic Racism
•  TED Talk: The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty by Cheryl Holder
•  Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funds Will Help Maine People Cope with Psychological Impacts of COVID-19
•  State Announces New Pandemic Testing Agreement & Keep Maine Health Program
•  Provider Relief Fund update
•  Updated CDC Serology Testing Guidelines Follow AMA's Recommendations
•  CMS Information & NGS Webinars
•  Hanley Intern Joins Maine Medical Association
•  AMA Makes Recommendations to CMS on Rural Maternal Health Care
•  MMA Seeking Physicians to Provide Peer Reviews
•  MMA Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
•  A Message from Maine Responds
•  The 2020 Census Is Happening Now
•  Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Presentation Development and Design Live Webinar - June 19
•  Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - New Date November 14
•  Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training Opportunities
•  MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
•  Physician MD/DO - Islands Community Medical Services, Inc. - Vinalhaven, Maine
•  Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Physician - Nasson Health Care
•  Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME


Updated CDC Serology Testing Guidelines Follow AMA's Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines on serology (antibody) testing, bringing them in line with the AMA's recently issued guidelines on the same.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines on serology (antibody) testing, bringing them in line with the AMA's recently issued guidelines on the same. For the past several weeks, the AMA has been in touch with various arms of the administration, including the CDC, to discuss and express concerns surrounding current serology testing. In the update the CDC notes ongoing concerns about poor performance among many serology tests currently available on the market. Specifically, the CDC notes concerns about the significant possibility for false positive results. Like the AMA, the CDC further recommends that serology tests not be used as the basis for making policy, returning to work or for decisions about housing/congregating groups of people. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided updated information about FDA-authorized serology tests, including information about performance of those tests.