Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/23/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Ramping Up; With Little Detail
•  The MMA Wishes Happy Holidays for All
•  Congress Passes New COVID Relief Bill
•  AMA Releases Revised 2021 E&M Codes
•  Governor Mills Extends Civil Emergency to 2021
•  Maine DHHS Launches Text Notifications to People Testing Positive for COVID-19
•  BinaxNOW DHHS Guidance Update
•  Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets/VIS Form
•  News of an Emerging Variant of COVID-19
•  Maine Physicians In The Media
•  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 Meetings
•  Webinar: “Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” January 12, 2021
•  Maine Concussion Management Level 1 & 2 Training Via Zoom - January 15, 2021
•  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)

 

BinaxNOW DHHS Guidance Update

The state has released updated guidance regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Test cards. Due to increased prevalence throughout the state of Maine, they have made two changes to the Guidance for the approved use of BinaxNOW in Maine.

 

The state has released updated guidance regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Test cards. Due to increased prevalence throughout the state of Maine, they have made two changes to the Guidance for the approved use of BinaxNOW in Maine. 

The major change is that they will no longer recommend a PCR test to confirm a positive BinaxNOW Antigen test in a symptomatic individual. 

In addition, we they no longer recommend a PCR test to confirm a positive BinaxNOW Antigen test when used for serial testing of asymptomatic critical infrastructure. As a reminder, under this scenario, critical infrastructure who are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case are serially tested to allow them to continue to work as long as they remain negative on the test. Critical infrastructure workers are limited to the following categories: Healthcare Workers, Education and First Responders.