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
•  Maine Legislature Week 14 Update
•  Maine Legislature Public Hearings, Work Sessions & New Bills
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Executive Director
•  Medical Director - ME License Required
•  Practice Administrator
•  Physician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

 

MaineCare Updates: Upcoming Accountable Communities Public Webinar & Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available Online

The Office of MaineCare Services is holding a public webinar to provide an overview of the Accountable Communities (AC) program, which is Maine’s version of a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization.

 

Accountable Communities Public Webinar 

The Office of MaineCare Services is holding a public webinar to provide an overview of the Accountable Communities (AC) program, which is Maine’s version of a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization. Specifically, OMS is prepared to discuss AC program fundamentals, including program design and historic outcomes, how to participate in the AC program, and how it aligns with other MaineCare Value-Based Purchasing initiatives. 

Who should attend the session? 

Content in this session will be tailored toward stakeholders seeking an introduction to the AC program, including: 

· New staff of AC entities; 

· Health system administrators or clinicians interested in joining the AC program; and, 

· Community partners or health care providers that are exploring partnership opportunities with ACs in their area. 

This webinar will be held through Zoom on Monday, May 10th, 2021, from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83913527531?pwd=bUdtK0JUNHk5ZnAwa242ZUkwaGdmdz09 

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Primary Care 2.0 Presentation Available If you were unable to attend the Primary Care 2.0 Presentation on March 19, 2021, please review the presentation, found on the Primary Care webpage. Please email MaineCare with questions.