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)

 

Maine Physicians In The Media

Special thanks to the following physician leaders for taking time from their stressful pandemic practice work to engage Maine media with messages focused on patients staying safe over the holiday to the need and expectation of a vaccine to keep their patients, staff, and themselves safe.

 

Special thanks to the following physician leaders for taking time from their stressful pandemic practice work to engage Maine media with messages focused on patients staying safe over the holiday to the need and expectation of a vaccine to keep their patients, staff, and themselves safe. 

Dr. Scott Schiff-Slater of Hallowell Family Practice 

Dr. Chris Meserve of Mid Coast Medical Group in Topsham 

Dr. Amy Madden, medical director of HealthReach Community Health Centers in Belgrade 

Dr. David Preston, medical director of Thayer Internal Medicine in Waterville 

Dr. Meghan Mamula, medical director of Brewer Medical Center 

Dr. John Paul Winters, hematologist/oncologist with New England Cancer Specialist 

Speaking With Patients, Maine's Primary Care Physicians Work To Reinforce Message Of Precaution (Maine Public, 12/23) 

Maine doctors try to find a place in vaccine line as hospitals look to state for clarity (Bangor Daily News, 12/23) 

Lack of clarity on vaccine rollout creates confusion in Maine (Portland Press Herald, 12/23) 

Chair of pediatrics at Maine Med. says suicide attempts ‘skyrocketed’ during pandemic (WMTW-TV, 12/22) 

What to Know of Covid-19 Antibody Drugs: Cost, Availability and More - The New York Times (nytimes.com)