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August 06, 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Weekly Headline
•  New Maine Immunization Law for Schools Takes Effect Sep 1
Annual Membership Meeting
•  Registration Open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
COVID-19 Pandemic Updates, Guidance & News
•  Resources & News: COVID Vaccination Mandates Dominate Recent Pandemic Discussion
•  Connecting Providers and Schools for COVID-19 Administration
Maine CDC Health Action Alerts
•  Maine CDC Investigates Four Recent Cases of Legionella in Bangor Area
•  Maine CDC Health Alert Network: Varicella (Chickenpox)
Maine CDC Immunizations
•  Maine CDC Makes New Vaccine Products Available Through Maine Immunization Program (MIP)
•  Maine CDC Vaccine Provider Training
Independent Physician Practices
•  JAMA: The Increasing Role of Physician Practices as Bill Collectors—Destined for Failure
•  AMA Drafts CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary
JAMA
•  This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
•  AMA: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew Series
More News
•  SUPPORT for ME: Strengthening Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for MaineCare Members
•  Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course
•  Maine Community Action Partnership: Did You Know?
•  MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service - 7/30 Nomination Deadline
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
•  Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (August thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
•  Help educate new physicians – join our accredited Family Medicine Residency Program as faculty
•  Join our region-leading Neuroscience/Stroke Center
•  Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
•  Medical Director
•  Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists

 

AMA Drafts CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

The American Medical Association (AMA) has drafted a summary of the CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13, 2021. The proposed rule covers diverse topics, including the CY 2022 Rate Setting and Medicare Conversion Factor, Evaluation/Management (E/M) office visit services, telehealth and other services involving communications technology, and updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) through Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) activities, methodology, payment adjustments, and the Promoting Interoperability performance category, amongst other provisions.

Medical Association (AMA) has drafted a summary of the CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13, 2021. The proposed rule covers diverse topics, including the CY 2022 Rate Setting and Medicare Conversion Factor, Evaluation/Management (E/M) office visit services, telehealth and other services involving communications technology, and updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) through Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) activities, methodology, payment adjustments, and the Promoting Interoperability performance category, amongst other provisions.

CMS is requesting that comments be submitted no later than September 13, 2021. The AMA will share a draft comment letter in response to the proposed rule prior to this submission deadline.

If you would like a copy of the AMA’s Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules summary please contact MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com