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

 

US Supreme Court to Take Up Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Rules

The United States Supreme Court will oral arguments on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination rules for private employers and health care workers on Jan. 7.

The Court announced it would hear oral arguments on over President Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers and a regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring vaccines for health care workers.

The United States Supreme Court will oral arguments on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination rules for private employers and health care workers on Jan. 7.

The Court announced it would hear oral arguments over President Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers and a regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring vaccines for health care workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule last month requiring companies with more than 100 employees to mandate that their workers either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo regular testing.

The CMS rule requires health care workers in facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding – to be vaccinated. – THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE INDEPENDENT PHYSICIAN PRACTICES.

The federal rules are apart and separate from vaccine rules implemented by the State of Maine requiring health care workers to be vaccinated or receive a medical exemption. Independent physician practices are also not included under Maine’s rules.

Read more on the upcoming US Supreme Court arguments fromHealthcare Dive.