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


CMS Information & NGS Webinars

Includes upcoming NGS webinars, an article on Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Coronavirus, and a link to CMS COVID-19 information.


CMS - Medicare Learning Network Article (MLN Matters Number SE20011 Revised 06/01/20): 

Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

CMS Current Emergencies page: CMS COVID-19 Information

Upcoming Webinars - NGS Education Events, r
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Prior Authorization Program for Certain Hospital Outpatient Department Services
NGS will begin accepting prior authorization requests on 6/17/2020 for dates of service on or after 7/1/2020.  Prior authorization will be required for five categories of services when provided in a hospital outpatient department.  Hospital providers, physicians, and other Medicare practitioners are invited to join this webinar to learn all about this new program. 

June 11, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm ET
June 17, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm ET


COVID-19 Medicare Part B Advanced Payment, Repayment and Recoupment Process
If you requested and received accelerated or advanced payments from Medicare due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, this learning session is for you.  CMS expanded the accelerate and advance payment program for financial hardship relief during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Accelerated or advanced payments need to be repaid to the Medicare Trust Fund.  During this webinar, we will review the repayment and recoupment process. 

June 11, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am ET
July 16, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am ET