Maine Medicine Weekly Update - Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 11/28/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  WHO Classifies New Variant as 'Highly Transmissible' Virus (Omnicron)
•  Provider Relief Fund Reporting Deadline: November 30, 2021
•  Maine Bureau of Insurance: Notice of Public Meeting on Clear Choice Standardized Plan Designs (Dec 1 & Dec 20)
•  SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Webinar (Dec 1)
•  AMA: Payor Contracting 101 Virtual Bootcamp (Dec 1)
•  The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University (Dec 1 deadline)
•  Maine DHHS Clinician Call: COVID-19 Oral Anti-Viral Therapies, Preview & Distribution (Dec 2nd)
•  Governor’s Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series (Dec 3)
•  Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff (Dec 6, 13 & 20 3-5pm)
•  AMA: Telehealth Immersion Program Mini-Bootcamp: What’s Next for Telehealth? (Dec 7)
•  AMA: Physician Peer Support: Secret Weapon to Combat Physician Burnout (Dec 9)
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
•  Maine Board of Licensure of Medicine & Board of Osteopathic Medicine Proposed Rules
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing
•  CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) & Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule Summary
•  CMS Releases Final 2022 Physician Fee Schedule & Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rules.
•  Stop Medicare Cuts – Contact Senators Collins & King, Reps Pingree & Golden
•  Something to Consider: What About Sharpened Pencils?
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center


SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Webinar (Dec 1)

Register now for webinar on Wednesday, December 1st from 12:00-1:00pm.

MMA-CQI: SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance to Increase Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Primary Care Setting

Wednesday, December 1, 2021  12:00-1:00pm   REGISTER HERE

Substance Use Disorder Related Drug Screens and Lab Results - The Differences in Tests, Costs and Discussing Results
This webinar will provide information on the product options around testing as well as how to talk about unexpected lab results with your patient while still promoting their successes on the recovery journey.  After attending this webinar participants will:

  • Review the types of drug screen tests and methods;
  • Evaluate which tests work best in certain circumstances;
  • Evaluate which test results should be discussed with patients without discounting the recovery journey.

Speakers: Eric Haram, LADC; Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH

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 Sponsorship Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and the Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI).  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This Support for ME Program is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,144,225 with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.