Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/17/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Advisory Panel Recommends Moderna Vaccine, FDA Expected to Authorize Emergency Use
•  Update to Our Special Edition Wednesday Vaccine Newsletter
•  FDA Authorizes First OTC COVID-19 Test
•  Maine Public Radio Reports 32 COVID-19 Cases Linked To Bangor Hospital Outbreak
•  MaineCare Section 17 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Service Cap
•  Attention FQHCs and RHCs: Reimbursing Telehealth Services, CR 98696
•  Current FDA Drug Shortages
•  Not Much COVID Relief Movement from Congress
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
•  Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
•  MICIS Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
•  Hanley's PELI Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN!
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  State Legislative Committees Announced
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Programs & Meetings
•  Webinar: “Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” January 12, 2020
•  Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine - Emphasis on the 'T' - Half-day Symposium on Saturday, January 23
•  MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
•  Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Behavioral Health Clinician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

 

Not Much COVID Relief Movement from Congress

Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in the spring. Nine months later, signs point to new $900 billion bill expected to pass before Christmas. News from Washington D.C. says the political landscape could have this being the last one with little appetite by Republicans to support another relief package.

 

Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in the spring. Nine months later, signs point to new $900 billion bill expected to pass before Christmas. News from Washington D.C. says the political landscape could have this being the last one with little appetite by Republicans to support another relief package.

The details and politics have been fluid for weeks, however, broad aspects of the plan under consideration are expected to include:

·         $250 billion for another round of Paycheck Protection Program small-business loans

·         $150 billion in direct stimulus checks,

·         16 weeks of $300-per-week supplemental federal unemployment assistance

·         Funds for vaccine distribution, contact tracing and to help schools and colleges reopen

·         PPE for health care providers