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
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
•  Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT 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
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 

AMA Makes Recommendations to CMS on Rural Maternal Health Care

In response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information, the AMA made a number of recommendations to reduce and prevent rising rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and to ensure access to high-quality care for patients in rural communities.

 

[From AMA Advocacy Update 06/05/20]

In response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information, the AMA made a number of recommendations to reduce and prevent rising rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and to ensure access to high-quality care for patients in rural communities. Specifically, CMS should apply the increase to standalone office visit codes to office visits included in the surgical and maternal global codes, improve access to treatment in rural areas for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder, and maintain expanded telehealth access.


While the letter highlighted promising models for addressing workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas, the AMA stressed the need for adequate payments for physician practices that care for patients in rural communities. In addition, the AMA recommended steps to ensure consistent data collection and effective evaluation to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and quality, as well as to address social determinants of health including housing, transportation and food insecurity.