Maine Medicine Weekly Update - April 16, 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine Medical Association Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause
•  FDA Update & Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Pause Recommendation
•  Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia & J&J COVID Vaccine Response from the Manufacturer
•  Over 30 Percent of US Adults Fully Vaccinated, Maine Leads the Nation
•  Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD
•  Clinical Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19
•  Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December
•  MaineCare Updates: Upcoming Accountable Communities Public Webinar & Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available Online
•  HealthCare Dive: Urgent Care Centers Draw Some ER Visits but Associated with Higher Spending Overall
•  Webinar for Medical Students April 22: So You Are Employed, Now What?
•  Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 21st
•  Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
•  Maine Medical Association & ActionPPE Partner Again; This Time for FDA Approved Rapid Antigen Tests
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
•  Maine Legislature Week 14 Update
•  Maine Legislature Public Hearings, Work Sessions & New Bills
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  "Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk: How to Impact the Epidemic Within the Pandemic"
•  NAMI Maine Workshops in May & June: Suicide Prevention & Management for Clinical Staff
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Executive Director
•  Medical Director - ME License Required
•  Practice Administrator
•  Physician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


NAMI Maine Workshops in May & June: Suicide Prevention & Management for Clinical Staff

Two 6-hour courses offered (3 sections of 2 hours each):

  • Fridays: May 14, 21 and June 4th from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesdays: June 8, 15 and 22 from 2:30-4:30pm

Suicide Prevention and Management for Clinical Staff
Registration is open for two virtual 3-part workshops - $10
6 hours (3 sections of 2 hours each)

  • Fridays: May 14, 21 and June 4, 2021 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesdays: June 8, 15 and 22, 2021 from 2:30-4:30pm

Presented by NAMI Maine
The ability to conduct an informed suicide risk assessment is a vital skill of any clinician working with high-risk populations.  Suicide Assessment is a virtual 3-part workshop designed to prepare a new or seasoned healthcare or mental health clinician to understand the risk of suicide, how to approach and complete an effective suicide risk assessment, intervention and ongoing management for an individual at risk.  Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate a rationale for a systemic approach to suicide assessment and management within a system of care.
  • Describe the components of a suicide risk assessment interview, using the C-SSRS tools.
  • Use the elements of risk assessment to determine level of care needs and corresponding appropriate resources.
  • Understand the rationale for and applicability of Collaborative safety planning, referrals and follow-up to help manage risk.

Workshop description and registration information:

Registration and information for workshop on Fridays May 14, May 21 and June 4.

Registration and information for workshop on Tuesdays June 8, 15 and 22.


Also available:
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings:
A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
Presented by Greg Marley, LCSW - Director of Suicide Prevention, NAMI Maine

To schedule this 1-hour presentation for your medical practice, contact the NAMI Maine Suicide Prevention Coordinator at or at (800) 464-5767 x2318.

A Maine citizen is 13.5 times more likely to die by suicide than by homicide (2016-2018), yet suicide is among the most preventable forms of death.  Healthcare practice settings provide an excellent venue for the identification and assessment of suicide risk and the provision of ongoing care to assist in the management of the drivers of suicide.

This 1-hour presentation will provide updated information on trends in suicidal behavior across the lifespan and an overview of the best-practice approach to suicide identification, assessment, and management of suicide within a practice or hospital setting.  Tools for practice will be offered to address assessment, Collaborative Safety Planning and coordinated follow-up.  This presentation is appropriate to any professional working in a medical, clinical or behavioral health role: medical providers, nurses, social workers and ancillary clinicians and support staff.

Attendees will leave able to

  • Articulate the rationale for a structured approach to suicide assessment and management in healthcare
  • Describe to elements of suicide assessment and Collaborative Safety Planning
  • Appreciate the recent trends in suicide across the lifespan in Maine

In collaboration with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and NAMI Maine, the Maine Medical Association offers resources for physicians and medical practices at

AMA Designation Statement: The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Providership Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and NAMI Maine.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians.