Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 02/19/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Urge Your State Legislators To Oppose The Elimination of Training for Nurse Practitioners
•  Maine DHHS Releases “Community Based Collaboration” Vaccine Request Form
•  Bangor Daily News: “Maine Docs Remind Parents to Catch Up Kids On Shots Amid Pandemic”
•  Maine PMP to Stay with Appriss System
•  Medscape: Volunteer Vaccinators Run into Hurdles
•  CMS Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage 2021
•  AMA: This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
•  AMA: Which Factors Do Applicants Weigh Most When Picking Residency Programs?
•  York Hospital Announces Appointment of Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, as President and CEO
•  Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 24th
•  Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD scheduled for Feb 25
•  FDA Health Equity and COVID-19 Webinar on 2/25 at 6:00 p.m. EST
•  Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN
•  PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Maine Legislature Week 6 Update
•  Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
•  Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2nd-3rd
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  Nursing Director
•  Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
•  Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

 

Maine DHHS Releases “Community Based Collaboration” Vaccine Request Form

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has posted an application online for physician’s offices to form “community-based collaboratives” for offering vaccines. It is a sure sign that the recent work by the Maine Medical Association’s Board of Directors and staff, and the Maine Osteopathic Association’s recent work with Maine DHHS & Maine CDC to ensure equitable access to potentially lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine doses is working.

 

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has posted an application online for physician’s offices to form “community-based collaboratives” for offering vaccines. It is a sure sign that the recent work by the Maine Medical Association’s Board of Directors and staff, and the Maine Osteopathic Association’s recent work with Maine DHHS & Maine CDC to ensure equitable access to potentially lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine doses is working.

For over a year, Maine’s physicians have seen first-hand how COVID-19 affects our neighbors and community members. Too many Mainers have experienced the devastation of COVID-19 on a personal level, having lost friends, colleagues and loved ones, or become seriously ill. 

That is why we are excited to see this next step from Maine DHHS/CDC to incorporate community physicians in COVID-19 vaccination plans to protect your patients and help all of us move towards a new normal while ensuring that distribution be equitable and transparent. 

There are challenges with delivering vaccines to our communities. The infrastructure to bring vaccines directly to our communities and serve our high-risk patients where they are must be efficient and consistent. 

Physicians will inform their patients if, and when, their offices are able to begin administering vaccines. We extend our thanks to the public for their patience as we wait for the vaccines to arrive. 

Please contact MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at 207-480-4199 for a copy, or more information about the medical practice vaccine collaboration template. The template should be used by potential community collaborations or “consortia” to propose alternative vaccine sites to the high throughput “mega-sites” if they can meet a 1000 dose/week threshold. 

The Week 11 order of vaccines for Maine will consist of 27,740 doses. An important note from Maine CDC: “This week and going forward, the extra sixth dose of vaccine in each vial of Pfizer vaccine will be included in the counts. As such, while it appears that the number of doses has increased by 5,265 over last week, the actual number of new doses is 3,510.” 

Only 11 sites are receiving only 100 doses, down from 37 last week. Twenty-three hospitals are scheduled to receive a total of 25,040 first and second doses (three hospitals fewer and but about 10,000 additional doses over last week for hospitals and systems). The following outpatient groups can expect a total of 3,500 doses (down 675 from last week): 

· Martin's Point Health Care 1000 

· InterMed PA 600 

· Penobscot Community Health Care -Bangor 200 

· VNA Home Health and Hospice d/b/a Northern Light Home Care and Hospice 400 

· HealthReach Community Health Centers - Belgrade Regional Health Center 100 

· Bucksport Regional Health Center 100 

· Harrington Family Health Center 100 

· Hometown Health Center-Newport 100 

· Islands Community Medical Services 100 

· Caribou Health Center 100 

· DFD Russell Medical Centers 100 

· St. Croix Family Health Center 100 

· Concentra Portland 500 

More local media stories and social media pleas from physician practices in other states appeared this week. 

Mass. Doctors Cut Off From State's Vaccine Supply Pushing for Change: ‘We're Very Disappointed'—NBC Boston 

The South Carolina Medical Association tweeted the same concerns this week, stating, “SC physicians are the same as MA. The need to vaccinate quickly sends supplies to hospitals and pharmacies. SCMA continues to ask that physicians receive vaccine as supplies increase. The physician-patient relationship can be the key for some to choose vaccination.” 

You may recall from our newsletter last week, The New York Times published a story outlining how primary care physicians have grown increasingly frustrated with their exclusion from the nation’s vaccine rollout, unable to find reliable supplies for even their eldest patients and lacking basic information about distribution planning for the shots. 

Additional Vaccine Resources: 

COVID-19 Vaccines 

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained 

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19; Guidance for Industry 

Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19; Guidance for Industry