Maine Medicine Weekly Update - Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/24/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MMA
•  Enjoy The Holidays, Our Weekly Newsletter & Thank You For All You Do
COVID-19 CORNER
•  FDA Updates: Pfizer & Merck Oral Antivirals Authorized; Omicron & Monoclonal Antibodies
•  Maine CDC Updates & Guidance
•  Reminder: Everyone Ages 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot
•  US CDC Reduces Time for Health Care Workers to Isolate & Updates School Guidelines
•  English Study: Booster Shots Protect Against Omicron for About 10 Weeks
•  Patients Vaccinated for COVID-19 Have Shorter Hospital Stays Than Unvaccinated Patients
•  JAMA Internal Medicine - Illness Severity With SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Delta vs Beta Variant
•  US Supreme Court to Take Up Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
WHAT'S NOT COVID RELATED
•  CDC: Physicians Should Discuss Meds to Reduce HIV Risk
•  HHS: $48 Million Available to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities
•  MaineCare: Payment Cycle Reminder: Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays
IN THE NEWS
•  Medicine in the Media
•  Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Change: Call Ahead Before Picking Up Your Medication
MAINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOB OPPORTUNITY
•  Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program Coordinator
HEALTH COVERAGE
•  Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Governorís Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series Continues (Jan 7)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health
•  Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader

 

MaineCare: Payment Cycle Reminder: Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays

Payment Cycle for the Week of the Christmas Holiday

The claim payment cycle for the week of December 19, 2021 will be as follows due to the Christmas holiday:

            Payments received via EFT will be available between Thursday, 12/23 and Monday, 12/27 depending on your bank.

            Remittance Advice PDFs and 835s will be available on the Health PAS Online Portal for download on 12/23.

            Checks and paper Remittance Advices will be mailed by 12/27.

            Providers may continue to submit claims through 7:00 AM on 12/24 to be included in the following week’s payment cycle.

Payment Cycle for the Week of the New Year's Day Holiday

The claim payment cycle for the week of December 26, 2021 will be as follows due to the New Year’s Day holiday:

            Payments received via EFT will be available between Thursday, 12/30 and Monday 1/3 depending on your bank.

            Remittance Advice PDFs and 835s will be available on the Health PAS Online Portal for download on 12/30.

            Checks and paper Remittance Advices will be mailed by 1/3.

            Providers may continue to submit claims through 7:00 AM on 12/31 to be included in the following week’s payment cycle.