Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 11/25/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold
•  Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!
•  MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning
•  Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers
•  Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians
•  Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk
•  COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects
•  Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9
•  CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law
•  JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients
•  Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program
•  A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity
•  Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
•  MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
•  Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
•  ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
•  Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
•  Nursing Director
•  Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
•  Behavioral Health Clinician


Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!

  • 7 things doctors wish patients knew about holiday gatherings this year
  • CDC Warnings & Thanksgiving travel expected to be down sharply in Maine, New England
  • How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market 

7 things doctors wish patients knew about holiday gatherings this year

As AMA member Megan Srinivas, MD, MPH, an infectious diseases specialist and translational health policy research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stated, “This is not the normal holiday season and as much as we miss our loved ones, staying safe and reducing risk—even if that means that you can’t necessarily make it to an in-person holiday gathering—might be the smartest thing to do this year because you want to make sure those same loved ones are around for the following holidays to come,” Hear directly from infectious disease experts and the AMA on all the must-know facts on however your holiday gatherings will look this year

Thanksgiving travel expected to be down sharply in Maine, New England

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year because of the severity of the pandemic, according to AAA Northern New England, residents of Maine and surrounding states are expected to stay home in unusually large numbers because of the worsening pandemic. Although this week, Dr. Shah “We’ve thought about the concerns and risks about Thanksgiving for some time,” In Canada, Thanksgiving celebrations in mid-October appear to have sparked an increase in the virus, Shah said. “We now have a little bit of data from our colleagues to the north who celebrated their Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, and sadly, about two weeks after that, they started experiencing a significant increase in cases across Canada related to Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations,” Shah said. The MMA Board urges members, staff, and community members to #besafe. 

How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market

On a lighter note and some tangential Turkey Day reading, the Hustle newsletter outlines how the turkey market was shaken up this year, Americans eat about 40m turkeys during Thanksgiving, how grocery stores dealt with inventory, and how COVID nearly shut turkey production down. And if you’re wondering what to do with the inevitable leftovers, they have 70+ recipes just for you (the “Artichoke Turkey Noodle Bake” hits the hardest).