Maine Medicine Weekly Update - March 11, 2020
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WHO Daily Situation Report COVID-19

The WHO Director-General, in his regular media briefing on March 9th, stated that the threat of a pandemic has become very real; however, this would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.

 

[From WHO.org]

Please find the link to the latest Daily situation report for COVID-19:  https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200310-sitrep-50-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=55e904fb_2 

PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE 

• To view all technical guidance documents regarding COVID-19, please go to this webpage

• OpenWHO is an interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. COVID-19 courses can be found here. WHO has developed online courses on the following topics: 

1. A general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses; 

2. Critical Care of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections; 

3. Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases; 

4. Infection Prevention and Control for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19); 

5. COVID-19 Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response. 

• WHO has prepared a disease commodity package that includes an essential list of biomedical equipment, medicines and supplies necessary to care for patients with 2019-nCoV. 

• WHO has provided recommendations to reduce risk of transmission from animals to humans. 

• WHO has published an updated advice for international traffic in relation to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV. 

 

 

 

What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection

Healthcare personnel (HCP) are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus.

 

[From CDC.gov]

Healthcare personnel (HCP) are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. HCPs can minimize their risk of exposure when caring for confirmed or possible COVID-19 patients by following Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings.


Photo from last weekend's ACEP meeting at Sugarloaf

 

How COVID-19 Spreads:

There is much to learn about the newly emerged COVID-19, including how and how easily it spreads. Based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and what is known about other coronaviruses, spread is thought to occur mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts.

Close contact can occur while caring for a patient, including:

  • being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a patient with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.
  • having direct contact with infectious secretions from a patient with COVID-19. Infectious secretions may include sputum, serum, blood, and respiratory droplets.

If close contact occurs while not wearing all recommended PPE, healthcare personnel may be at risk of infection.

How You Can Protect Yourself:

Healthcare personnel caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 should adhere to CDC recommendations for infection prevention and control (IPC):

  • Assess and triage these patients with acute respiratory symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19 to minimize chances of exposure, including placing a facemask on the patient and placing them in an examination room with the door closed.
  • Use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
  • Perform hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves. Use soap and water if hands are visibly soiled.
  • Practice how to properly in a manner to prevent self-contamination.
  • Perform aerosol-generating procedures, in an AIIR, while following appropriate IPC practices, including use of appropriate PPE.

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection:

Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures are appropriate for SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are recommended for use against SARS-CoV-2. Management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should also be performed in accordance with routine procedures.

When to Contact Occupational Health Services:

If you have an unprotected exposure (i.e., not wearing recommended PPE) to a confirmed or possible COVID-19 patient, contact your supervisor or occupational health immediately.

If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), do not report to work. Contact your occupational health services.

For more information for healthcare personnel, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html

COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Agency is receiving questions from providers, and created this document to be transparent and share answers to some of the most common questions.

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Agency is receiving questions from providers, and created this document to be transparent and share answers to some of the most common questions.

Included in the FAQs is:

  • Guidance on how to bill and receive payment for testing patients at risk of COVID-19;
  • Details of Medicare’s payment policies for laboratory and diagnostic services, drugs and vaccines under Medicare Part B, ambulance services, and other medical services delivered by physicians, hospitals, and facilities accepting government resources; and
  • Information on billing for telehealth or in-home provider services. Since 2019, the Trump Administration has expanded flexibilities for CMS to pay providers for virtual check-ins and other digital communications with patients, which will make it easier for sick patients to stay home and lower the risk of spreading the infection.

This FAQ, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.  


 

Maine's Weekly Influenza Report

Maine's weekly influenza surveillance report ending March 7, 2020. 

 

At a Glance:

  • Geographic Spread: Widespread
  • # Hospitalizations: 34
  • # Outbreaks: 7

These reports are posted online at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/influenza/influenza-surveillance-weekly-updates.shtml

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact influenza.dhhs@maine.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postponement of 10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy on March 30th

A tough decision as made to postpone the 10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy which was scheduled to take place on March 30, 2020 at the University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center.

 

A tough decision as made to postpone the 10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy which was scheduled to take place on March 30, 2020 at the University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center.

While the current COVID-19 situation in Maine does not call for cancellation of public events, we are taking action out of respect for the many healthcare and public health conference attendees who are fully dedicated to the priorities of preparation and planning for COVID-19. 

A number of our presenters are now unable to participate due to their responsibilities to their respective organizations.

At this time, our plan is to put the Academy on hold and reassess the situation later in the spring. With your kind permission, we will leave registrations active instead of immediately instituting a refund process. Once the Academy is rescheduled, registrants will be notified and offered the opportunity to opt out and request a refund if desired.

We remain confident that we will reschedule our amazing plenary speakers and workshop presenters and gather the community of patient safety advocates, healthcare and public health professionals, students and faculty for the 10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy in 2020!  

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

Please reach out to us (http://mainepatientsafetyacademy.org/), if you have any questions.

 

Invitations To Respond to the 2020 Census To Be Delivered March 12-20

Once you receive the invitation, you can respond online, by phone or by mail.

2020 Census

The census is a count of every person who lives in the US and its territories, and it happens every 10 years. In 2020 every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1, 2020.

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20.  Once you receive the invitation, you can respond online, by phone or by mail.  

Health care providers have a unique opportunity to remind their patients about the importance of the census.  All responses will inform where funding is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads and more.  In 2016 $4.1 billion of federal funding was allocated to Maine based on census data.  Each person not counted is a loss of $15,000-$20,000 of federal funds lost to Maine over the course of 10 years.  Children under the age of 5 are the group most commonly undercounted.

Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, protected by federal law, and answers can only be used to produce statistics.  For more information, visit 2020CENSUS.GOV

2020 Census Important Dates

Privacy and Security

 

 

Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service

Presented each year by the Maine Medical Association to recognize the humanitarian service of medical volunteers who serve in Maine, the US or abroad.

The Maine Medical Association presents the Mary F. Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer each year. The award was established in 2003 in recognition of the MMA's 150th anniversary.

Priority consideration is given to:

  • the nomination of a Maine physician who is a member of the Maine Medical Association
  • nominations submitted by members of the Maine Medical Association
  • nominations that, for international volunteering, include training people in other countries to provide care in their own communities.

Nominations for the 2020 Mary Cushman Award are due by July 31, 2020. The award is announced at the MMA's Annual Session in September and includes a $1,000 donation to the institution or organization of the recipient's choice.

2020 Mary Cushman Award Nomination Form

Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Tuesday, March 17th

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee. The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, March 17th at 8:00 p.m.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. 

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, March 17th, at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. You may now join the meeting with your computer, or continue to connect by phone only. Please use the following Zoom meeting information. This will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

 Time: Mar 17, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/298741351
 
or dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
 
Meeting ID: 298 741 351
 
 
A list of the bills to be discussed during the weekly call will be e-mailed to committee members and those interested on Tuesday mornings. If you would like to be added to this e-mail list, please contact Sarah Lepoff at  slepoff@mainemed.com.


State House Highlights of the Week

The Legislative committees’ deadline to vote on all bills under their control has passed. Many have been sent for full votes in the House and Senate chambers but quite a few remain stuck in committees.

The Legislative committees’ deadline to vote on all bills under their control has passed. Many have been sent for full votes in the House and Senate chambers but quite a few remain stuck in committees. Some await a price tag, while amendments are still being discussed for others. Those two issues are not mutually exclusive for some pieces of legislation. To date there have been 2,150 bill introduced during the current biennial Session.

Here is an update of recent actions on bills of interest to MMA. Please do not hesitate to contact Dan Morin at (207) 838-8613 (24/7) or by email at dmorin@mainemed.com on any of these bills. Bills can also be followed on our LD Tracker which can be found on the MMA website. 

Bills MMA Supports

LD 2007—An Act To Enact the Made for Maine Health Coverage Act and Improve Health Choices in Maine

(Dr. Karen Saylor testimony)

>Unanimously passed by Committee with minor amendments

LD 1957—An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care

(Dr. Connie Adler testimony)

>Passed first reading in both House & Senate

LD 1948An Act To Prohibit, Except in Emergency Situations, the Performance without Consent of Certain Examinations on Unconscious or Anesthetized Patients

(Dr. Jay Naliboff testimony; Dan Morin testimony; Hannah Martin testimony)

>Enacted by both House & Senate; on way to the Governor’s desk

LD 1937An Act To Provide Timely Access to Behavioral Health Services for Maine Children and To Address Trauma and the Impacts of the Opioid Crisis

(Dr. Deborah Hagler testimony)

>Passed to be engrossed by House & Senate

LD 1946 An Act To Improve Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care by Providing Care in Clinical Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Settings

(Dr. Norma Dreyfus testimony)

>Committee voted Ought Not to Pass

LD 1387 – An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs

(Dr. Hani Jarawan testimony)

>Placed in legislative files—DEAD

LD 1492An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws

(Dr. Lani Graham & Dan Morin appeared to provide comments)

>Additional Committee Work Session scheduled; bill held for further review & possible amendments

LD 2046—An Act Regarding Immunizations

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Committee hearing held

LD 1957 An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care

(Dr. Connie Adler testimony)

> Amended version passed in House & engrossed by Senate

LD 2096An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications

>Additional Work Session scheduled

LD 2105An Act To Protect Consumers from Surprise Emergency Medical Bills

(Dr. Jay Mullen testimony)

>Additional Work Session scheduled

LD 2106An Act Regarding Prior Authorizations for Prescription Drugs

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Additional Work Session scheduled

Bills MMA Opposed

LD 2110—An Act To Lower Health Care Costs

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Work Session TBD

Bills MMA determined Neither for Nor Against

 

LD 2111An  Act To Establish Patient Protections in Billing for Health Care

>Committee voted Ought to Pass as Amended

 

LD 1950An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State

>Committee has reported out the bill—Ought Not to Pass

LD 2117—An Act To Expand and Rename the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Committee hearing held

 

LD 2085An Act To Ensure Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Education in All Maine's Jails and State Correctional and Detention Facilities

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Work Session scheduled

LD 1961—An Act To Establish the Trust for a Healthy Maine

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Additional Work Session held

 

Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

 

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

UPCOMING SPECIALTY SOCIETY MEETINGS

March 25, 2020
Richard Engel, MD, FACP 2nd Annual Primary Care Symposium
Maine Chapter, American College of Physicians and MMC Department of Medicine

Maine Medical Center – Portland, ME – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: Warene Eldridge at 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

April 16-17, 2020
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, 14th Annual Spring Program
Sexual Health Issues in Psychiatric and Medical Practice

Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, ME
Contact Dianna Poulin at 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

May 1, 2020
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Meeting

Harraseeket Inn – Freeport, ME 11:30am - 5:00pm
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

Originally May 2-3, 2020 POSTPONED to September 26-27, 2020
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter Annual Meeting and Spring Conference

Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center – Freeport, ME
Contact:  Dee Kerry 207-480-4185 or dakerry@aap.net

October 2, 2020
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Fall Business Meeting

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

October 2-4, 2020
19th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium

(Presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons)

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

  


 

Register now for Revealing a Path Forward: Maine's Annual Conference on Problem Gambling - March 27th

 According to the 2016 Survey of Problem Gambling Services in the United States (Marotta, J., et al, 2017) an estimated 23,639 adult Maine residents are believed to struggle with a gambling problem.Yet, gambling disorder is an invisible condition, causing deep distress for individuals and devastating consequences for families.

 

 According to the 2016 Survey of Problem Gambling Services in the United States (Marotta, J., et al, 2017) an estimated 23,639 adult Maine residents are believed to struggle with a gambling problem.Yet, gambling disorder is an invisible condition, causing deep distress for individuals and devastating consequences for families. Though gambling disorder is classified in the DSM-5 as one of the “Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders” which recognizes the similarities between problem gambling and addiction to substances, the severity of the problem is largely underestimated by individuals and society, including professionals who deal with at-risk populations each day. These professionals include clinicians, preventionists, recovery coaches, law enforcement, medical professionals, and those who work with youth, elder populations, veterans and others.

Through the normalization of gambling and increased access to a wide variety of gambling opportunities, as well as the stigma associated problem gambling, it is important to bring attention to gambling disorder, to educate the people of Maine about this public health issue and to find solutions to barriers we are currently facing in the prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of problem gambling.

This conference will feature expert speakers to lead conversations on trends in Maine and beyond, integrating problem gambling as a co-occurring disorder, recognizing the danger of suicide in problem gamblers and providing interventions and resources for safety, and guiding us to find solutions and ways to bring stakeholders to the table.

The agenda includes:

Updates and Trends: Maine and the Nation

  • Brianne Doura, Legislative Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

Gambling as a Co-occurring Disorder

  • Fred Fetta and Jeremy Wampler, Problem Gambling Services, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

There has been a dramatic shift in the past 10 years in both the substance use and mental health fields. Not only are providers recognizing the importance of integrating treatment for multiple substances (e.g. alcohol, drug and tobacco use) but also the need to include mental health disorders into clinical formulations.  However, the screening, assessment and treatment of gambling disorder often falls through the cracks, even in well-developed co-occurring disorder enhanced programs. This training will focus on gambling as a co-occurring disorder and how integration of services can be developed in the current treatment and prevention services realm.

Disordered Gambling Integration

  • Fred Fetta, Jeremy Wampler

It is very likely that only a small minority of individuals combating problematic gambling behaviors will seek treatment services. As a result, it is important to find additional and non-traditional ways to raise awareness in our communities. During this workshop, we will focus on how to integrate gambling into existing mental health and substance use disorder programs. We will also introduce new methods to encourage stakeholders in the community to join the conversation.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention with Problem Gamblers

  • Greg A Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director, NAMI Maine

An individual exhibiting severe problem gambling experiences many of the shared risk factors of other groups seen as at increased risk for suicide. Deeply distressing feelings of shame, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness coincide with feeling trapped, facing multiple losses of finances, jobs, relationships and general life stability. Someone struggling with problem gambling is also at increased risk of concurrent substance use disorders, anxiety or depression. This session will explore the increased risk of suicide among those with problem gambling and introduce a straight forward intervention and the resources to support safety and stabilization. 

Registration Fee: $45.00
Early Bird Registration Fee: $35
Register and pay by 3/13/20 to save $10.

Date: March 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 8:30

Maple Hill Farm Conference Center
11 Inn Road
Hallowell, Maine 04937

Continuing Education Credits: Upon successful completion of the training, a certificate issuing 6 Contact Hours of Continuing Education will be available to participants. See the website for full details.

With clarification from the Maine Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, AdCare will not be offering LADC CEU's for this event. The Board has determined that gambling addiction treatment does not fall within the scope of work of Licensed Drug and Alcohol counselors.

Click Here For Complete Details and to Register

Targeted Basic Skills Training: Addressing Nicotine and Tobacco Use through Prevention, Policy and Treatment Initiatives - March 31st

Join other professionals and the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Training and Education team for a half-day training. Learn more about the burden of tobacco and nicotine on communities across the state, tobacco-related disparities, and opportunities for interventions.

 

 When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Where: MaineHealth, 110 Free Street, Portland, Maine
Who Should Attend: Prevention Specialists, Public Health Professionals, and Policy Makers

Join other professionals and the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Training and Education team for a half-day training. Learn more about the burden of tobacco and nicotine on communities across the state, tobacco-related disparities, and opportunities for interventions.  The ways that policy development and tobacco treatment support each other will be discussed, including strategies to effectively promote and support tobacco free campus policies.

Training Objectives:

  • Explain the burden of tobacco use across Maine, and its impact on disparate populations
  • Discuss opportunities to have conversations across various settings in which individuals use tobacco
  • Describe strategies for incorporating evidence-based treatment when working with individuals who use tobacco
  • Describe how tobacco treatment and tobacco-free policies support and enhance each other. 

Learn more and register: https://ctimaine.org/event/addressing-nicotine-and-tobacco-use-through-prevention-policy-and-treatment-initiatives/

April 10th: Building Hope Across Populations-Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention 2020

Conference on Friday, April 10 at the Augusta Civic Center Register Here

The Building Hope Across Populations 2020 - Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference will be held on Friday, April 10th at the Augusta Civic Center.  Registration is open.

Presented by NAMI Maine

Since its inception in 2003, Maine's annual Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference has provided Maine health professionals, educators, clinicians, first responders, and community members with best practice information, guidance and resources in suicide prevention and management efforts.  The conference is designed for an adult audience that has attained basic training and knowledge in suicide and suicide prevention, and wishes to deepen their understanding of prevention and expand their skills set.

Our theme for the 2020 conference is Building Hope Across Populations, and will include a range of informative breakout sessions centered on how to serve Maine's at-risk, diverse, and growing populations.

This year's conference features national experts on inclusive suicide prevention strategies, as well as local community members, professionals, and clinicians who will address suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention issues.  The program will offer messages of hope and recognize caring citizens who have made a difference in the lives of at-risk Mainers.  Featuring keynote speaker Anneliese Singh.

Registration, conference agenda and additional information is available here.

Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians

MMA continues to partner with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.

 

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program, administered by NAMI-Maine, offers the following suicide prevention, assessment and management trainings.  MMA works closely with NAMI-Maine to provide educational opportunities for Maine physicians and other clinical providers.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Suicide Prevention Training of the Trainers

Suicide Assessment for Clinicians Training

Non-Suicidal Self Injury Training

Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training

Suicide Prevention Curriculum Training

If you have needs not identified in the above list, please contact Gretchen, NAMI Maine Suicide Prevention Coordinator, to discuss a customized training program. 

The Maine CDC and Sweetser are offering free online Suicide Prevention Training Modules!

Enrolling is easy. There are 12+ courses available at no charge. Download the flyer with enrollment info here.

Sample modules:

· Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

· Depressive Disorders in Children and Adolescents

· Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

· Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

· Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention

· Suicide Risk Factors, Screening and Assessment

BC/BE Family Medicine Physician - Lovejoy Health Center

Lovejoy Health Center, Albion, Maine seeks a BC/BE Family Medicine Physician to provide primary care to patients of all ages.

Lovejoy Health Center, Albion, Maine seeks a BC/BE Family Medicine Physician to provide primary care to patients of all ages. One of 11 practices of HealthReach Community Health Centers, Lovejoy serves 4,000 area residents and travelers each year. The clinician will provide outpatient medical care with integrated behavioral health services to individuals and families in our NCQA certified PCMH outpatient practice.

The selected candidate will receive competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan with employer match, relocation, and loan repayment opportunities. EOE.

Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.LovejoyCHC.org.

About Lovejoy: Located in Central Maine, Lovejoy Health Center resides in Albion, east of Waterville and west of Belfast, a coastal town. Locals and travelers alike value our farming community, which is home to some of Maine’s largest dairy herds. The community is known for its scenic rolling hills and wide-open fields. A short commute provides residents with job opportunities, shopping centers, four-season outdoor recreational adventures and cultural activities.

4/8/20

Family Medicine Outpatient Physician

Maine Medical Partners Westbrook Primary Care is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.

Maine Medical Partners Westbrook Primary Care is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.  The selected candidate will join 3 family medicine physicians, 4 internal medicine physicians, 4 pediatricians, 4 advanced practice professionals, a pharmacist, behavioral health provider and a geriatrician.

Maine Medical Partners is a division of Maine Medical Center and is Maine's largest multi-specialty medical group serving the healthcare needs of patients locally and throughout northern New England.  This high quality team of nearly 600 physicians and 300 advanced practice professionals provides a wide range of hospital based, primary, specialty, and sub-specialty adult and pediatric care delivered throughout a network of 30 locations across the State and acts as a regional referral network.

Maine Medical Center has 637 licensed beds and is the state’s leading tertiary care hospital and Level I Trauma Center, with a full complement of residencies and fellowships and is an integral part of Tufts University Medical School. 

For more information please contact Gina Mallozzi, Physician Recruiter at (207) 661-2092 or gmallozzi@mainehealth.org.            

4/29/20

Medical Director, Primary Care Physician

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health has an exciting physician leadership opportunity for a Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of three family medicine practices.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health has an exciting physician leadership opportunity for a Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of three family medicine practices. This is an excellent opportunity to lead a group of well-established, quality driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Pittsfield community. Our team of physicians and NP/MHNP providers are committed to providing excellent medical care, exceptional service and a satisfying relationship between patient and provider. We do this by blending the latest technology with old-fashioned care and customer service. Our skilled office staff and providers work as integrated care teams to provide our patients with a full spectrum of family care. This role will be 20% administrative and 80% clinical practice.

The Physician Director of Primary Care will collaborate with the Practice Director for Primary Care to form a dyad partnership in leading our primary care team, as well as provider peripheral oversight for our Walk-In Care and university health center locations.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health is a 25-bed, regional, Critical Access Hospital for the more than 30,000 residents living in our footprint. Our neighbors count on us as a resource for healthcare and health information.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Sherry Tardy, Physician recruiter
Northern Light Health -Provider Recruitment
PRoviderjobs@NorthernLight.org 207-973-5358 (Office)

3/4/20

Physician - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.  The Physician provides direct clinical services and works in partnership with members of the practice team to manage the care of patients, assuring a high standard of medical care.   

Applicants must have a degree from an accredited medical school in the U.S., Board certification in Family or Internal Medicine, an unrestricted Maine license to practice medicine, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

  •  A minimum of three years’ experience in a primary care medical practice; 
  • Demonstrated respect for cultural diversity in serving patients and families;
  • Working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology;

Springvale is an iconic New England village located in western York County, Maine, less than an hour’s drive from Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Visitwww.nassonhealthcare.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until March 27, 2020.

York County Community Action Corp.
6 Spruce Street, P.O. Box 72
Sanford, ME 04073      
(207)324-5762 or 1-800-965-5762
Fax (207)459-2811
apply@yccac.org

EOE

3/25/20

Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

  • Provides direct clinical services in accordance with the highest standards of medical and nursing practices and in full accordance with health center policies and protocols.
  • Fully embraces and carries out all applicable NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home standards and Federally Qualified Health Center requirements.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in nursing, an unrestricted Maine license to practice as an adult, family or pediatric nurse practitioner, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

  •  A minimum of three years’ experience in a primary care medical practice required.
  •  A working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.

Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until March 27, 2020.

York County Community Action Corp.
6 Spruce Street, P.O. Box 72
Sanford, ME 04073
(207)324-5762 or 1-800-965-5762
Fax (207)459-2811
apply@yccac.org

EOE

3/25/20

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

  •  Provides diagnoses, conducts therapy and prescribes medication for patients with substance use disorder, psychiatric disorders and medical organic brain disorders.
  • Fully embraces and carries out all applicable NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home standards and Federally Qualified Health Center requirements.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in nursing, an unrestricted Maine license to practice as an adult, family or pediatric nurse practitioner, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

  •  A minimum of three years’ experience in a psychiatric or primary care medical practice required.
  • A working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.

Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until March 27, 2020.

York County Community Action Corp.
6 Spruce Street, P.O. Box 72
Sanford, ME 04073
(207)324-5762 or 1-800-965-5762
Fax (207)459-2811
apply@yccac.org

EOE

3/25/20

Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers.

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers. Western Maine Primary Care is committed to providing high quality care. Now is a great time to join our team as we recently relocated our practice to our brand new, state-of-the-art medical office building.

Stephens Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, is a part of the MaineHealth family, the premier healthcare system in Maine, and is nationally renowned for its innovative programs in rural healthcare. This position offers teaching opportunities of medical students, as Stephens Memorial Hospital is one of the teaching sites for the Maine Medical Center – Tufts University Medical School program. Come be a part of our dynamic team of providers and exceptional support staff and experience the warmth of a small town combined with a medical community working closely with colleagues throughout the MaineHealth system.

Competitive salary and benefits, including student loan repayment and relocation assistance. FMI please contact Abbie Graiver, Director of Physician Recruitment at (207) 744-6049 or graiverab@wmhcc.org.

4/15/20

Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team. 

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team.  This position will be split between the two hospitals and the scope of practice will primarily focus on hand and upper extremity surgery, while also including a component of general orthopedics.  Extensive hand surgery experience is a must!  The ideal candidate will have a desire for community outreach and promoting collaborative relationships with other physicians in the community.  The preferred candidate will also have the interest to live within the hospital service area.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Nick Huff, DASPR, CST
Provider Recruiter
Email: providerjobs@northernlight.org
Phone:207-973-5358
Or apply directly to: https://northernlighthealth.org/Careers/Position/60311/Orthopedic%20Surgeon

3/16/20

Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices.

The Physician Ambassador Program was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a best practice recruitment and placement initiative seeking fully licensed physicians and clinicians to enhance health care services for Veterans.

The Physician Ambassador Program is a without compensation program that provides civilian physicians and clinicians an opportunity to give back to the Veteran community by serving in a volunteer role to deliver health care services to Veterans. 

If you are interested in participating in this program at VA Maine Healthcare System, please contact Jonathan Barczyk at (207) 621-4886.

Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

Partners for World Health has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries.

Partners for World Health (PWH) is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in Portland, Maine committed to reducing medical waste, improving the quality of healthcare in underserved countries, and educating our local community about global healthcare issues.

Our mission is to collect unused/discarded medical supplies from local medical facilities and to distribute those medical supplies to international communities in need. This work limits the negative impact we have on the environment and provides much-needed resources to the developing world. To support our work in improving health conditions around the world, we send local medical personnel on medical missions to developing countries, and we educate our local Maine community about global health issues. 

PWH has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries, specifically, in the areas of:

  • Surgery: all aspects of OR medical supplies and equipment
  • Respiratory: any and all aspects
  • Anesthesia
  • Laparoscopic surgery: advice on the proper components of a “tower”
  • Cardiology

Please note: this request is not for ongoing time commitment but rather for a few hours of a professional’s time to help organize certain supplies appropriately.

While PWH receives tens of thousands of pounds of equipment/supplies from hospitals and clinics, there are certain critical items always in short supply.

For more information, contact volunteer Rita Zanichkowsky at rznct@maine.rr.com or 207-232-3264, or contact Partners directly at 774-5555.  Thank you! 

https://www.partnersforworldhealth.org/