Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/01/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Testing Increases; DHHS Standing Order; MMA Continues to Seek State Assistance
•  Maine One of Only 14 States Testing Enough to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
•  Maine CDC Thursday Clinical Call Canceled
•  Maine CDC Issues Maine Health Alert Network (HAN) for COVID-19 Testing Specimens
•  Updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information
•  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Medicaid Payments Information
•  Prior Authorization Survey Findings Underscore Need for Legislative Action
•  Get Out The Vote, Physicians & Get Your Colleagues and Staff To Do The Same!
•  "Disease’s in the District of Maine 1772-1820, the Unpublished Work of Jeremiah Barker, a Rural Physician in New England"
•  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
•  MPHA COVID-19 Coffee Conversations Fridays from 10am-11am
•  NGS Webinar on 7/16
•  Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training Opportunities
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  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
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 

Prior Authorization Survey Findings Underscore Need for Legislative Action

Nearly a quarter of physicians (24%) say that the prior authorization (PA) process has led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care, according to an AMA survey of 1,000 practicing physicians.

 

[From AMA Advocacy Update 06/26/20]

Nearly a quarter of physicians (24%) say that the prior authorization (PA) process has led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care, according to an AMA survey of 1,000 practicing physicians.

Additionally, 16% of the physicians surveyed report that PA has led to the hospitalization of a patient. Other adverse events include disability or permanent bodily damage, other life-threatening events and in some cases death.

"These new survey results highlight that practices continue to devote significant time—an average of nearly two business day per week per physician—navigating prior authorization's administrative obstacles," said AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD. "Even more concerning, this process can harm our patients."

PA is a health plan utilization-management or cost-control process that requires physicians to obtain approval before a prescribed treatment, test or medical service qualifies for payment. The AMA offers prior authorization resources to support reform, improve practice efficiency and provide data to highlight the need for change.