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
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
•  Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Nursing Director
•  Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
•  Behavioral Health Clinician

 

Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk

According to an National Public Radio story, top officials from Operation Warp Speed, the government's program to fast-track the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, announced they've allocated 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to states based on their total populations instead of likely recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to focus and distribute doses based on high-risk groups.

 

According to an National Public Radio story, top officials from Operation Warp Speed, the government's program to fast-track the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, announced they've allocated 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to states based on their total populations instead of likely recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to focus and distribute doses based on high-risk groups. 

While in the end, the difference may be a distinction without a difference in eventual doses when factoring high risk groups, and the fact Maine has one of the oldest populations in the country per capita, we’re still ranked in the 40s regardless of demographic in total population, total population of adults, and total population of adults over 65. That may pose a response problem. States could still in theory follow the national committee's guidance and their own on how to prioritize doses once received, however, even if the White House uses only the number of residents over 65 in Maine (under 300,000 in Maine compared with over 52 million nationally), the numbers end up with Maine getting less than half of one-half percent of the stated 6.4 million to first be available (30,000 to 35,000).