Maine Medicine Weekly Update - April 22, 2020
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"FrontLine WarmLine" Launches to Help Maine's Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19

If you or someone you know is a health care worker or first responder feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. Speak with a mental health professional for help dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, grief or worry 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

A new volunteer phone support service, the FrontLine WarmLine, launched Tuesday, April 21st to help Maine health care workers and first responders manage the stress of serving on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FrontLine Warmline serves health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses and counselors, as well as emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement, and others who are directly responding to the pandemic in Maine. The line is staffed by volunteer professionals activated through Maine Responds, including licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and nurse practitioners, who can help callers to deal with anxiety, irritability, stress, poor sleep, grief or worry and, if needed, connect them with additional supports.

The FrontLine WarmLine is available to clinicians and first responders from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week by calling (207) 221-8196 or 866-367-4440. Text capability will be added soon.

The FrontLine WarmLine is a joint effort of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maine Department of Public Safety's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, The Opportunity Alliance, Maine Psychological Association, and the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The FrontLine WarmLine will be available until further notice.

For those who are not health care workers or first responders but are experiencing emotional distress, several other 24/7 resources are available:

  • Statewide Crisis Line: 888-568-1112
  • Intentional Peer Support Warmline to speak with staff who have lived experience with mental health conditions: 866-771-9276
  • Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
  • 211 and 211maine.org can provide general COVID-19 information, including how to access behavioral health and social service resources
  • Maine DHHS Office of Behavioral Health resources guide

 


 

 


Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Join us for a virtual discussion every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. The intent is not a clinical discussion but, instead, to simply empathize, commiserate, or just talk about random thoughts with your fellow physicians and providers while working under such difficult conditions.
 

MMA staff is concerned about the ‘new normal’ for our physician members. Your personal safety and health are of great concern to us, however, the shift in your daily routines along with the fear, stress and uncertainty experienced by many of us will continue to take a toll on our well-being.

Your health, well-being & effectiveness during the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount.

Therefore, we’ve been hosting virtual discussions every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. It’s essentially an open floor to discuss anything with your colleagues. The original intent is not a clinical discussion but, instead, to simply empathize, commiserate, or just talk about random thoughts with your fellow physicians and providers while working under such difficult conditions. Join at 6pm or drop in whenever. Stay the whole time or drop off to grab a bite or walk the dog. We sincerely hope you can be with us. #BeSafe.

Note: Because of Zoom hacking you will need a password, however it’s very easy to get by texting Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at (207) 838-8613 or email him at dmorin@mainemed.com

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/111313123

Meeting ID: 111 313 123

Dial by your location: 1-646-876-9923 

Meeting ID: 111 313 123

 

 

Additional CARES Act Provider Assistance Details and Timing Released

On April 24, a portion of providers will automatically be sent an advance payment based off the revenue data they submit in CMS cost reports. Providers without adequate cost report data on file will need to submit their revenue information to a portal opening this week at https://www.hhs.gov.

 

The original CARES Act passed in late March included a $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, $50 billion of which was/is to be allocated for general distribution to Medicare facilities and providers. You may recall, $30 billion was already distributed between April 10th and 17th, proportionate to providers’ share of Medicare fee-for- service reimbursements in 2019.

The feds then stated that the additional $20 billion would be going out to help providers with a relatively small share of their revenue coming from Medicare fee-for-service, such as children’s hospitals and Medicaid heavy providers. It was announced this afternoon that those funds are beginning to be delivered this week. HHS will begin distribution to providers to augment their allocation so that the total $50 billion distribution is allocated proportional to providers’ share of 2018 net patient revenue.

On April 24, a portion of providers will automatically be sent an advance payment based off the revenue data they submit in CMS cost reports. Providers without adequate cost report data on file will need to submit their revenue information to a portal opening this week at https://www.hhs.gov. Payments will go out weekly, on a rolling basis, as information is validated, with the first wave being delivered at the end of this week (April 24, 2020).

Important:Providers who receive their money automatically will still need to submit their revenue information so that it can be verified.

Important:Providers who receive funds from the general distribution have to sign an attestation confirming receipt of funds and agree to the terms and conditions of payment and confirm the CMS cost report.

Targeted Areas:

  • $10 billion will be allocated for a targeted distribution to hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As an example, hospitals serving COVID-19 patients in New York, which has a high percentage of total confirmed COVID-19 cases, are expected to receive a large share of the funds.
  • A portion (unknown) will be used to reimburse healthcare providers, at Medicare rates, for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured. Every health care provider who has provided treatment for uninsured COVID-19 patients on or after February 4, 2020, can request claims reimbursement through the program and will be reimbursed at Medicare rates, subject to available funding. Registration for the program will start on April 27, 2020, and claims can be submitted in early May 2020. For more information, visit hrsa.gov/coviduninsuredclaim
  • $10 billion will be allocated for rural health clinics and hospitals, most of which operate on especially thin margins and are far less likely to be profitable than their urban counterparts. This money will be distributed as early as next week on the basis of operating expenses, using a methodology that distributes payments proportionately to each facility and clinic.
  • $400 million will be allocated for Indian Health Service facilities.
  • There are some providers who will receive further, separate funding, including skilled nursing facilities, dentists, and providers that solely take Medicaid.

Miscellaneous (Surprise Bills)

  • As a condition to receiving general funds, providers must agree not to seek collection of out-of-pocket payments from a presumptive or actual COVID-19 patient that are greater than what the patient would have otherwise been required to pay if the care had been provided by an in-network provider.

Please contact Dan Morin, director of communications and government affairs at (207) 838-8613 or dmorin@mainemed.com with any questions, comments or concerns

Congress: Paycheck Protection Program Update

Last week, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an important part of the most recent major COVID-19 funding relief bill (CARES Act), ran out of money. Congressional then reached a deal, known as “Stimulus 3.5.” The new bill is an interim pandemic relief bill that extends the SBA loan program included in the CARES Act (or “Stimulus 3”).

 

Last week, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an important part of the most recent major COVID-19 funding relief bill (CARES Act), ran out of money. Congressional then reached a deal, known as “Stimulus 3.5.” The new bill is an interim pandemic relief bill that extends the SBA loan program included in the CARES Act (or “Stimulus 3”).

Here a short summary from outside sources of “Stimulus 3.5”:

  • In addition to increasing the Paycheck Protection Program from $349 billion to $659 billion, the deal also increases funding for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) Grants from $10 billion to $20 billion.
  • $100 billion for hospitals (awaiting further details).
  • It also sets aside funding for Insured Depository Institutions, credit unions, and community financial institutions.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill this afternoon. The House of Representatives is set to return Thursday, 4/24, to vote on the legislation in person.

More corrections/changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and additional funding requests are expected to be addressed in a follow-up piece of legislation referred to in Washington as “Stimulus 4.”

A critical inclusion in Stimulus 4, besides increasing PPE supplies and testing capacity must be additional help for non-hospital based physician practices. It is well known, the financial impact from suspending elective and procedures, as well as the decline in routine appointments due to patient anxiety and supply conservation has resulted in a huge business impact for non-hospital physician practices. Revenue is down sharply and they are more financially vulnerable due to their sizes. Many are in serious trouble, are furloughing employees and we can’t guarantee that some won’t close down before the pandemic ends.

We obviously agree that hospitals need support as a majority of our members are hospital employed, however, we’re hoping all access points to health care will be an ongoing priority for Maine's elected officials. The need to care for those with chronic conditions (diabetes, stable heart failure, asthma, behavioral health) and serious medical conditions requiring ongoing expensive treatment (severe heart failure, chronic renal disease, et...) remains and will be critical even after the pandemic subsides. Let's not be unprepared by unintentionally closing already minimal access points for care.

MMA staff is working on communications efforts with Maine’s congressional delegation on these very important issues. We’ll be asking for your help reaching out. #MainePhysicians #TogetherWeAreStronger

Promoting Health and Preventing Disease: How Public and Environmental Health Work Together

Please join the Environmental Health Strategy Center and the Maine Public Health Association for our free webinar "Promoting Health and Preventing Disease: How Public and Environmental Health Work Together"—an introduction to environmental health and public health, and how they promote our overall health and well-being and prevent disease. Wednesday, April 29th, 12:00PM.

 


 

Please join the Environmental Health Strategy Center and the Maine Public Health Association for our free webinar "Promoting Health and Preventing Disease: How Public and Environmental Health Work Together"—an introduction to environmental health and public health, and how they promote our overall health and well-being and prevent disease.

WHEN: 12pm, Wednesday, April 29

REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_70qeyfnXTtq1HA1aR2zUog

You'll learn about the importance of prevention and what that looks like, and how a strong public health system can save lives by preventing pandemics like COVID-19 as well as illnesses linked to toxic chemical exposure.

 

Climate Change is Degrading the Air we Breathe and Impacting our Health and Productivity

Please join us for the film premiere of “Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air”, with an introduction by the filmmaker and panel discussion to follow. Thursday, April 30th 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM.

 


Please join us for the film premiere of “Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air”, with an introduction by the filmmaker and panel discussion to follow. Thursday, April 30th 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM.

Watch the trailer here

Created by American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking in partnership with the American Lung Association, this short film looks back on 50 years of the Clean Air Act, highlighting both the incredible progress made in cleaning up air pollution as well as the stories of communities that are still suffering from polluted environments. 

The film underscores the challenges we continue to face in protecting health and ensuring health equity amid the growing threats from climate change and its negative impact on our air quality.

Following the film, a panel of Maine public health and medical experts will kick-off a discussion among all participants.Climate Change is Degrading the Air we Breathe and Impacting our Health and Productivity 

Please register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register here

 

Filmmaker:

Margaret Burnette Stogner, MA - Executive Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University and Director of “Unbreathable - the Fight for Healthy Air”

Panelists:

Paul Billings - Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the American Lung Association

Anne Coates, MD - Pediatric Pulmonologist at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and Board Member of the Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Rebecca Lincoln, ScD - Toxicologist and Coordinator of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Jordan Susa - Rising Senior at the University of New England - studying public health

Bethany Woodworth, PhD - Director of Climate Change Studies at the University of New England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

MMA Joins the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

The mission of the Consortium is to organize, empower and amplify the voice of America's doctors to convey how climate change is harming our health and how climate solutions will improve it.

 

The Maine Medical Association has joined other medical societies and health organizations as an Affiliate of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. 

The mission of the Consortium is to organize, empower and amplify the voice of America's doctors to convey how climate change is harming our health and how climate solutions will improve it. 

Read more about the Consortium and the Consortium's mission and Consensus Statement.  

 

 

 


CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun issuing guidance on providing essential non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms of COVID-19 in regions with low and stable incidence of COVID-19. 

 

[From CMS 04/20/20]

As the United States continues to face the unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, the tide is turning and some areas throughout the country are seeing a decline in cases. As states and localities begin to stabilize, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on providing essential non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms of COVID-19 in regions with low and stable incidence of COVID-19. This is part of Phase 1 in the Trump Administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.

“By complying with our recommendations to postpone non-essential elective surgeries, our healthcare system has made a tremendous sacrifice. We owe both those on the frontlines and those who postponed procedures for the sake of their colleagues a profound debt of gratitude,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Today, some areas of the country are experiencing fewer cases and lower incidence of the virus, necessitating a more tailored and flexible approach. Every state and local official will need to assess the situation on the ground to determine the best course forward, but these guidelines provide a gradual process for restarting non-COVID-19 essential care while keeping patients safe.” 

The new recommendations are specifically targeted to communities that are in Phase 1 of the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again with low incidence or relatively low and stable incidence of COVID-19 cases. The recommendations update earlier guidance provided by CMS on limiting non-essential surgeries and medical procedures. The new CMS guidelines recommend a gradual transition and encourage health care providers to coordinate with local and state public health officials, and to review the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies, workforce availability, facility readiness, and testing capacity when making the decision to re-start or increase in-person care.

Prior to entering Phase 1, states or regions need to pass gating criteria regarding symptoms, cases, and hospitals. The CMS recommendations are not meant to be implemented by every state, county, or city at this time and Governors and local leaders ultimately need to make decisions on whether they are appropriate for their communities.

Healthcare facilities and providers that are in areas still seeing a higher number of COVID-19 cases are encouraged to continue following the recommendations made by CMS last month. These were issued to expand capacity to care for patients with COVID-19, to reduce the risks of transmission and exposure to patients, and to conserve adequate supplies, especially PPE and manpower, during the public health emergency.

Healthcare facilities in some areas may have been stretched to their limits of capacity, and surge areas have been needed to augment care. However, many parts of the country have a low, or relatively low and stable incidence of COVID-19, and it is important to allow flexibility to provide non-COVID-19 healthcare. Both sets of recommendations issued by CMS are based on ensuring doctors are making the ultimate decision about patient care. Providers and patients are still highly encouraged to continue to utilize virtual care for services that can be managed via remote appointments to continue limiting the risk of exposure and spread of this virus.

The new recommendations can be found here: 

https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-flexibility-reopen-essential-non-covid-services.pdf

The Guidelines for Opening Up America Again can be found here

https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/#criteria

These actions, and earlier CMS actions in response to COVID-19, are part of the ongoing White House Coronavirus Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here www.coronavirus.gov

For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

 

 

 

AMA Urges Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians

In a letter from AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, M.D. to NGA Executive Director Bill McBride, the AMA warned that some federal state and local directives related to COVID-19 can pose potential liability risks to physicians. This vulnerability remains an obstacle to physicians seeking to fill workforce gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 AMA Urges Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians

[From AMA, April 20, 2020]

https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/ama-urges-emergency-response-protections-physicians

In response to overwhelming circumstances, hazards and burdens that have placed the physician workforce under extreme pressure during COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association (AMA) today urged the National Governors Association (NGA) to support removing obstacles to preserving and expanding the physician workforce during the current public health emergency.

In a letter from AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, M.D. to NGA Executive Director Bill McBride, the AMA warned that some federal state and local directives related to COVID-19 can pose potential liability risks to physicians. This vulnerability remains an obstacle to physicians seeking to fill workforce gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic. To remove this barrier, the AMA asked the Governor members of the NGA to adopt health care emergency response protections to support physicians willing to risk their own health and safety in the care of COVID-19 patients.

The AMA letter noted that many states have already taken action through executive order or state legislation to provide temporary liability protections to physicians and others providing care to COVID-19 patients. The AMA suggested that actions by the governors of Connecticut and New York can serve as models for other states.

To download a PDF copy of the letter, click here.



A Message from Maine Responds

We appreciate all of the offers coming in to assist in Maine CDC's COVID-19 response.  By registering with Maine Responds, you will join our listing of volunteers against which we search for any emergent volunteer workforce needs. Read on for the details of joining both Maine Responds, and our more involved volunteer opportunities through Maine Medical Reserve Corps - members of both start with the same first step: register at maineresponds.org.

 

A Message from Maine Responds:

We appreciate all of the offers coming in to assist in Maine CDC's COVID-19 response.  By registering with Maine Responds at maineresponds.org, you will join our listing of volunteers against which we search for any emergent volunteer workforce needs. Read on for the details of joining both Maine Responds, and our more involved volunteer opportunities through Maine Medical Reserve Corps - members of both start with the same first step: register at maineresponds.org.

The Maine Responds Emergency Health Volunteer System is the online registration system for public health, healthcare and emergency response volunteers for the State of Maine.

Maine Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer resources to assist our public health and healthcare systems. It is part of a national initiative to train, coordinate, and mobilize volunteers during an emergency. Maine Responds coordinates verified, pre-credentialed public health, healthcare and emergency response volunteers into a single database that can coordinate the need for volunteers across county, regional and state lines if needed.

Maine Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer programs reinforce our state's public health infrastructure and support low stress/no-fault exercise environments that test critical response capabilities.  Members of both Maine Responds and MRC start with the same first step: register at maineresponds.org.You will be able to select your local MRC unit in the drop-down menu under the "Organizations" section of the registration - refer to this link to determine your Public Health District(s).  Maine Responds ESAR-VHP is our volunteer communication and activation system.

Contact: Edward Molleo  edward.f.molleo@maine.gov

Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Department of Health and Human Services
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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

Responding to the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is happening now.  Responses to the 2020 Census will inform funding for clinics, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program,  and other health care assistance programs.  You can reply online, by phone or by mail.  2020Census.gov

 

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.

About the 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.  

Respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone or by paper form.  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.

Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature

State legislators have historically given great weight to physician opinions in Augusta, and certainly appreciate the work you do to keep their constituents healthy. However, the voice of physicians is being diluted in many debates. At this time, we are aware of 6 active or retired physician candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature and we wanted to make you aware of their candidacies and of opportunities to provide financial support for the campaigns if you are so inclined. 

 

Our lives have been all COVID, all the time, for many weeks. However, this still remains a critical election year. Elections have occurred during the 1918 pandemic, through economic catastrophes like the Great Depression, during both world wars and even in the midst of the Civil War.  

State legislators have historically given great weight to physician opinions in Augusta, and certainly appreciate the work you do to keep their constituents healthy. However, the voice of physicians is being diluted in many debates. Nearly every profession and well organized advocacy group now has a solid presence at the Capitol. The vocal diversity of interests can positively or negatively sway opinions, such as the immunization debate and the physician assistant scope bill respectively. Therefore, any time we can have more physicians involved in the debate and in the seats making decisions, the better.

At this time, we are aware of 6 active or retired physician candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature and we wanted to make you aware of their candidacies and of opportunities to provide financial support for the campaigns if you are so inclined. 

  • Charles Pattavina, M.D., Senate District 11, Waldo County. Dr. Pattavina is an emergency physician, Past President, and current Board member. He running as a Democrat for this seat in his first run for the legislature. He does have a primary race with other Democrats. He is running under the Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) and is collecting seed money contributions which is the initial step in qualifying under the MCEA. He could really use help in raising 30 contributions of $100 for this purpose. Seed money cannot exceed $100 per contribution. Please note that you DO NOT need to live in the district in order to contribute seed money. You can contribute to his campaign by going to this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/charles-pattavina-1. If you prefer to write a check, you can make it payable to “Pattavina for Senate” and send it to his home address: 709 N. Main St., Winterport, ME 04496.
  • Richard Evans, M.D., House District 120, Dover-Foxcroft area. Dr. Evans is a general surgeon who is a Past President and current AMA delegate. He is running as a Democrat for this seat for the third time and he is running as a traditional candidate, meaning that he can accept campaign contributions up to a limit of $400, per election. This means that you could make a contribution during the primary election period between now and the primary election on July 15th and another during the general election period between July 16th and November 3rd. You can make a contribution to the campaign by going to this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/drevansmaine. If you prefer to write a check, you can make it payable to “Evans for House” and send it to his home address: 14 Winter St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.
  • Sam Zager, M.D., House District 41, part of Portland. Dr. Zager is a family physician with Martin’s Point and is running as a Democrat for this seat in his first campaign for the legislature. He is on the Board of the MAFP and has been very active in statewide advocacy on matters of health policy. He has already qualified as a Maine Clean Elections Act candidate, and if you live in the district, you can make a $5 contribution to his campaign by going to this link: https://apps1.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/ethics/cleanelection/home.pl

There are also three incumbents running for reelection:

  • Senator Ned Claxton (D), Senate District 20, Androscoggin County. Dr. Claxton is a retired family physician and faculty member of the CMMC family medicine residency program. He serves as the Senate Chair of the State & Local Government Committee and as a member of the Health & Human Services Committee. He is running for his second term in the Senate under the Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA). If you live in the district, you can make a $5 contribution to his campaign by going to this link: https://apps1.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/ethics/cleanelection/home.pl
  • Representative Patty Hymanson (D), House District 4, Ogunquit and parts of York, Wells, and Sanford. Dr. Hymanson is a retired neurologist who serves as House Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee in the current legislature. She is running for her fourth and final term in the House under the Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA). If you live in the district, you can make a $5 contribution to her campaign by going to this link: https://apps1.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/ethics/cleanelection/home.pl
  • Representative Heidi Brooks (D), House District 61, part of Lewiston. Heidi trained in family medicine. She serves on the Insurance & Financial Services Committee in the current legislature. She is running for her fourth and final term in the House as a traditionally funded candidate, meaning her campaign can accept contributions up to a limit of $400, per election. This means that you could make a contribution during the primary election period between now and the primary election on July 15th and another during the general election period between July 16th and November 3rd. You can make a contribution to Heidi’s campaign by writing a check, payable to “Heidi for State House” and send it her home address: 1 Pleasant St., Apt #2, Lewiston ME 04240.

 

 

 

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

May 7, 2020
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Business Meeting
CONFERENCE CALL - 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com
 
July 31 - August 2, 2020 (Rescheduled from May, 2020)
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Conference
Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact:  Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

August 29 - September 1, 2020 (Rescheduled from April 1-4, 2020)
Maine Academy of Family Physicians 28th Annual Family Medicine Update

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, South Portland, ME
Updated schedule and online registration available at http://www.maineafp.org/cme/mafp-cme-meeting
Contact Deborah Halbach at 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

September 19, 2020
Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Business Meeting
Stave Island Room in Pool House 2:00pm-5:00pm
Harborside Hotel – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Lisa Montagna at 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.com
 
September 26-27, 2020 (Rescheduled from May 2-3, 2020)
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter Annual Meeting
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

 October 8-9, 2020 (Rescheduled from April 16-17, 2020)
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, 14th Annual Program

Sexual Health in Psychiatric and Medical Practice

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

November 11, 2020
Maine Gastroenterology Society: Topics in Gastroenterology 2020 Update

Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, ME
Contact Gail Begin at 207-485-1341 or gbegin@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

  


 

April 29 webinar: MAT in a Time of Public Health Emergency & Social Distancing

Webinar presented by Qualidigm, in partnership with Maine Care, on Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 12pm.

 

MAT in a Time of Public Health Emergency & Social Distancing

Webinar
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
12:00-1:00pm

Join Qualidigm, in partnership with MaineCare, on April 29, 2020 at 12:00pm for a webinar presented by Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH and Alane O'Connor, DNP.  During this webinar we will highlight timely information on providing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) during a time of Public Health Emergency.

By attending this webinar, participants will learn:

  • How to implement changes to prescribing, screening and MAT workflows to accommodate social distancing
  • How to best support persons in recovery (especially early recovery)
  • About available resources/services for MAT/telehealth support
This event is an online webinar.  Session details will be emailed upon successful registration.
Click here for more information and to register.

Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center

A doctor's personal story of substance use and recovery, with Dr. Stephen Loyd.

 

Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies
with Dr. Stephen Loyd
A doctor's personal story of substance use and recovery

Postponed until Wednesday, June 3rd at 2pm
Augusta Civic Center
75 Community Drive, Augusta ME

Presented by NAMI Maine Register Here

Join us for an afternoon with Dr. Stephen Loyd, a medical practitioner who brings his own personal experiences with addiction to opioids and benzodiazepines to the conversation on substance use and recovery.  This event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with the City of Augusta.

While there is no charge to attend, please register to reserve your seat.  Register Here

 

Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians

MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians, including Suicide Prevention and Management Training for Healthcare Professionals.

 

Suicide Prevention and Management Training for Healthcare Professionals
Available through a collaboration with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program, NAMI Maine and the Maine Medical Association. Topics include:

  • Suicide Prevention and Management Lunch & Learn for Healthcare
  • Clinical Assessment Trainings
  • Use of Collaborative Safety Planning in Healthcare Settings
  • Ethical Considerations in Managing Suicide Risk: From Death With Dignity to Involuntary Hospitalization

For more information, contact Suicide Prevention Coordinator Gretchen Swain at mspp@namimaine.org or (800) 464-5767 x2318


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

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)

4/22/20

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 May 29, 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

5/27/20

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 May 29, 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

5/27/20

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 May 29, 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

5/27/20

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

6/24/20

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/