Maine Medicine Weekly Update - March 26, 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Committee Holds Vote on Nursing Practice Bill
•  Maine’s Vaccination Supply Increases; Community Practices Wait; CDC Announces ‘Pop-Up Clinics’
•  COVID-19: Federal Updates and News
•  COVID-19: State Data, Updates, & News
•  Maine Attorney General Releases Drug Overdose Data for February 2021
•  California Physicians Produce Pro-COVID Vaccine ‘My Shot’ Video Based on “Hamilton”
•  CNN, Sunday, 3/28, 9pm: "Autopsy of a Pandemic: 6 Doctors at the Center of the US Covid-19 Response"
•  U.S. Senate Votes to Delay Medicare Payment Cuts for Remainder of Year
•  AMA: This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
•  Maine Legislative Calendar In Flux
•  Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, March 31st
•  New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
•  PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Maine Legislature Week 11 Update
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine Lung Cancer Coalition Webinar March 24, 2021
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Medical Director - ME License Required
•  Practice Administrator
•  Physician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
•  Belgrade Regional Health Center Seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

 

U.S. Senate Votes to Delay Medicare Payment Cuts for Remainder of Year

According to the American Medical Association, the United States Senate voted 90-2 this week to pass an agreement to extend the 2 percent Medicare sequester moratorium that expires on April 1.

 

According to the American Medical Association, the United States Senate voted 90-2 this week to pass an agreement to extend the 2 percent Medicare sequester moratorium that expires on April 1. The bipartisan legislation, offered as an amendment by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Senator Susan Collins, would provide a nine-month extension of the moratorium, through December 31. It also contains some technical corrections related to rural health clinics and disproportionate share hospitals. 

The House of Representatives passed different legislation earlier that would both extend the moratorium through the end of the pandemic and eliminate an additional 4 percent Medicare sequester scheduled to take effect on January 1, which was required by PayGo rules to offset part of the cost of passing the American Rescue Plan COVID-19/stimulus package. Consequently, the House will need to pass the Senate language when it returns from its Easter recess in mid-April. The House is expected to vote favorably, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to hold off on processing April claims until then to avoid making reduced payments. 

Physician and other stakeholder groups affected by the upcoming 4% sequester scheduled for January 1 expect legislation to be considered later in the year to waive those cuts.