Maine Medicine Weekly Update - June 10, 2020
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Maine Medical Association Statement on Systemic Racism

The Maine Medical Association stands in unwavering solidarity with our Black members and coworkers, and every Black person, both in and outside our communities, speaking out against systemic racism and acts of police violence. We unequivocally oppose racism and discrimination and we firmly support inclusiveness and diversity.

 

The Maine Medical Association stands in unwavering solidarity with our Black members and coworkers, and every Black person, both in and outside our communities, speaking out against systemic racism and acts of police violence. We unequivocally oppose racism and discrimination and we firmly support inclusiveness and diversity.

Social injustices and the violation of human rights against Black people have been problems in the United States for far too long. There must be concrete change, and for it to happen these issues must continue to be brought to the forefront, condemned, and remembered.

Unfortunately, the long history of racism also rears its ugly head in public health. Currently, Black people across the nation become infected and die with COVID-19 disproportionately, and Black men historically have the lowest life expectancy of any demographic group in the country.

Maine is growing but remains limited in ethnic and racial diversity. Physician diversity must also be a goal to delivering quality, competent care, free of discrimination. There is a disturbing underrepresentation of Black medical students and academic teaching physicians nationwide. The Maine Medical Association commits to reaching out, and working with our colleagues at Maine medical schools and residencies to improve that. By the end of 2020, we also commit to developing more comprehensive, concrete, and actionable solutions to address unacceptable health disparities in Maine.

We ask everyone in our health care community to join with us and speak out against racism and injustices in our workplaces, our great State of Maine and our nation. The MMA is committed to lasting change in the name of equity and justice and will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. Black and minority residents of Maine should know that the MMA will fight for your health and well-being and will combat the systemic causes of racism that plague our state.

Statement can be downloaded and printed in PDF form here, or go to the MMA website at mainemed.com

For more information, contact: Dan Morin, (207) 838-8613 – cell/text, dmorin@mainemed.com

The MMA is a professional organization of more than 4300 physicians, residents, and medical students in Maine whose mission is to support Maine physicians, advance the quality of medicine in Maine, and promote the health of all Maine citizens.

TED Talk: The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty by Cheryl Holder

Clinician for Climate Action Cheryl Holder has noticed the rise of a different epidemic among vulnerable and low-resource populations. She is witnessing first hand the impact of climate change on the health of her patients and advocates for comprehensive medical prevention and care strategies to address inequities. Watch Cheryl’s Talk "The link between climate change, health and poverty" to learn more about her proposed tools and strategies that would make for a robust medical response to climate change.

 

Over the last 5-7 years, Clinician for Climate Action Cheryl Holder has noticed the rise of a different epidemic among vulnerable and low-resource populations. She is witnessing first hand the impact of climate change on the health of her Florida patients and advocates for comprehensive medical prevention and care strategies to address inequities. Cheryl is convinced that by providing a model of medicine that incorporates economic and social justice, clinicians can help prepare their patients for the climate related health challenges they will face.

Watch Cheryl’s Talk "The link between climate change, health and poverty" to learn more about her proposed tools and strategies that would make for a robust medical response to climate change.

Cheryl Holder, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and key medical provider leader, is dedicated to serving underserved populations. As faculty at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Cheryl’s work assesses the impact of social determinants of overall health on health outcomes. Her work also addresses diversity in the health professions through pipeline programs. Key among her efforts is her work around HIV and the broader health impact associated with climate change. Cheryl is the Director of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Education and Pipeline Program. She is President of the Florida State Medical Association in addition to serving as Co-Chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, where she works to increase climate literacy and enhance awareness of the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations. Cheryl is the recipient of: 2016 FIU Medallion Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award; 2017 Faculty Convocation Award in Service, and 2019 Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

https://www.tedmed.com/talks/show?id=772448

 

 

Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funds Will Help Maine People Cope with Psychological Impacts of COVID-19

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will use nearly $1 million in federal funding awarded this week for a program to help Maine people cope with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will use nearly $1 million in federal funding awarded this week for a program to help Maine people cope with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, through both direct support for individuals exposed to the virus and proactive outreach aimed at reducing the long-term behavioral health impacts of the pandemic. Visit the following Maine DHHS link for more information: 

https://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=DHS+Press+Releases&id=2679006&v=dhhs_article_2020

 

State Announces New Pandemic Testing Agreement & Keep Maine Health Program

Governor Mills this week outlined the new agreement with IDEXX and the increased in test processing capacity, expanded testing sample sites and broadening the testing population.

 

Governor Mills this week outlined the new agreement with IDEXX and the increased in test processing capacity, expanded testing sample sites and broadening the testing population. The media release was sent to you earlier today but here’s the summary:

  • Quadruple COVID-19 testing capacity at the State lab (expected in July)
    • new mobile laboratory to be stationed at the State's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) in Augusta
    • additional 25,000 tests a week
    • purchasing at least 350,000 additional test kits
  • Develop more testing sites throughout Maine (expected in July)
    • 20 additional "swab and send" locations ‘complement the roughly 40 current testing sites available to the public’ across Maine to ensure that 90 percent of residents can get tested within 30 minutes of their home
    • This week, DHHS will formally invite applications for federal grant funding to support the establishment of these specimen collection sites and testing of their samples. The MMA will pass along information and application availability ASAP
    • For those interested in current testing sites, there is a national testing site locator website,
  • The state has developed a ‘standing order’ allowing individuals at elevated risk to get tested without an order from a health care provider
    • Includes health care workers and first responders, seasonal and migrant farm workers, people experiencing homelessness, visitors from other states with a higher prevalence of the virus, and employees of congregate living facilities such as nursing homes, lodging establishments, grocery stores and other businesses who have direct, daily contact with the publiic.

The Governor also announced a “Keep Maine Healthy” Plan The plan is an alternative to the currently in place 14-day quarantine directive for out-of-state visitors

  • Adults with a negative test within 72 hours of visiting Maine can forgo a quarantine order.
  • Visitors will be able to certify a recent negative C19 test to stay at lodging facilities. Those facilities will ask visitors to sign a “certificate of compliance” that they are negative, or they will agree to quarantine. Starts July 1 under the current Maine reopening plan that allows lodging facilities to serve those outside of Maine. The process is like plans unveiled in NH and VT. While they will not be required to provide documentation, they may be asked for proof depending on specific circumstances
  • NH & VT residents, however, are exempt from the new requirements. And for them, this policy takes effect immediately. They can come with no restrictions. Also, as of Friday June 12, they can stay at Maine lodging facilities. However, NY/MA/NJ residents will need to comply. Half of Maine visitors come from those states and their positivity rates are 8-11x higher than Maine’s
  • As a fallback, visitors could be tested after coming to Maine but will need to quarantine while awaiting results. “Know before you go.”
  • The state is collaborating with our community college system health professional education programs to establish “symptom check locations” in high traffic tourist areas.
  • The state will further disseminate best practices and public education for COVID-19.
  • The state is also planning to establish local (city/town) public health and prevention resources with financial incentives through $13 million in state grants through a federal funding source.
    • It is intended for municipalities for additional mitigation and education efforts, including  signs, prevention measure materials such as distancing signs, funds to hire staff to limit crowds, traffic signage, PPE and hand sanitizer for use, cleaning supplies and additional staff time. Funds will also be available for designating city/town point persons as local contact points to assist businesses on best practices and resource availability.

                       Important note: Governor Mills stated public health officials will continue to look at case trends, hospital trends, state reports of increased C19-like symptoms, health system capacity, etc… If a review of those measures in totality and context show a concerning increase, policies could change and current reopening guidelines could be amended or rolled back.

Provider Relief Fund update

The AMA has continued to press HHS to swiftly distribute funds to assist those physicians who have not previously received any money from the Provider Relief Fund. We are pleased the Department announced it is moving forward to provide some relief.

 

The AMA has continued to press HHS to swiftly distribute funds to assist those physicians who have not previously received any money from the Provider Relief Fund. We are pleased the Department announced it is moving forward to provide some relief. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians and organizations that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. Starting June 10, HHS plans to launch a portal that will allow eligible physicians and organizations to report their annual patient revenue data and other necessary information to receive a payment equal to at least 2 percent of reported gross revenues from patient care. 

Updated CDC Serology Testing Guidelines Follow AMA's Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines on serology (antibody) testing, bringing them in line with the AMA's recently issued guidelines on the same.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines on serology (antibody) testing, bringing them in line with the AMA's recently issued guidelines on the same. For the past several weeks, the AMA has been in touch with various arms of the administration, including the CDC, to discuss and express concerns surrounding current serology testing. In the update the CDC notes ongoing concerns about poor performance among many serology tests currently available on the market. Specifically, the CDC notes concerns about the significant possibility for false positive results. Like the AMA, the CDC further recommends that serology tests not be used as the basis for making policy, returning to work or for decisions about housing/congregating groups of people. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided updated information about FDA-authorized serology tests, including information about performance of those tests. 

 

CMS Information & NGS Webinars

Includes upcoming NGS webinars, an article on Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Coronavirus, and a link to CMS COVID-19 information.

 

CMS - Medicare Learning Network Article (MLN Matters Number SE20011 Revised 06/01/20): 

Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

CMS Current Emergencies page: CMS COVID-19 Information


Upcoming Webinars - NGS Education Events, r
egister at www.ngsmedicare.com 

MEDICARE PART A

Prior Authorization Program for Certain Hospital Outpatient Department Services
NGS will begin accepting prior authorization requests on 6/17/2020 for dates of service on or after 7/1/2020.  Prior authorization will be required for five categories of services when provided in a hospital outpatient department.  Hospital providers, physicians, and other Medicare practitioners are invited to join this webinar to learn all about this new program. www.ngsmedicare.com 

June 11, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm ET
June 17, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm ET


MEDICARE PART B

COVID-19 Medicare Part B Advanced Payment, Repayment and Recoupment Process
If you requested and received accelerated or advanced payments from Medicare due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, this learning session is for you.  CMS expanded the accelerate and advance payment program for financial hardship relief during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Accelerated or advanced payments need to be repaid to the Medicare Trust Fund.  During this webinar, we will review the repayment and recoupment process. www.ngsmedicare.com 

June 11, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am ET
July 16, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am ET

Hanley Intern Joins Maine Medical Association

MMA members and staff is proud to welcome Hajna Nagy to our offices, both virtual and otherwise this summer. Hajna is part of the Hanley Center’s summer Undergraduate Healthcare Leadership Internship (UHLI) Program.

 

MMA members and staff is proud to welcome Hajna Nagy to our offices, both virtual and otherwise this summer. Hajna is part of the Hanley Center’s summer Undergraduate Healthcare Leadership Internship (UHLI) Program. We asked her to introduce herself to you. 

"Hi everyone! My name is Hajna Nagy and I am your 2020 Daniel Hanley Health Leadership intern for this summer. I graduated from Maranacook Community High School and am currently a rising junior at Bowdoin College, double majoring in Government & Legal Studies and Environmental Studies with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies. I will be working primarily with Dan Morin as part of the government affairs and communications department – although I am eager to explore all parts and functions of MMA. I applied to work with MMA this summer because I am very passionate about public health, policy-making, and social justice, all of which intertwine in the MMA’s mission. Specifically, I want to work on expanding and improving people’s access to proper healthcare, regardless of socioeconomic class, race, or gender. I think it is clearer now more than ever, as the current COVID-19 pandemic exposes flaws in the healthcare system and public health disparities, why and how we need change on a structural level. I am extremely excited to begin working with you all and exploring how to achieve this action!"

 

AMA Makes Recommendations to CMS on Rural Maternal Health Care

In response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information, the AMA made a number of recommendations to reduce and prevent rising rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and to ensure access to high-quality care for patients in rural communities.

 

[From AMA Advocacy Update 06/05/20]

In response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information, the AMA made a number of recommendations to reduce and prevent rising rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and to ensure access to high-quality care for patients in rural communities. Specifically, CMS should apply the increase to standalone office visit codes to office visits included in the surgical and maternal global codes, improve access to treatment in rural areas for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder, and maintain expanded telehealth access.


While the letter highlighted promising models for addressing workforce shortages in rural and underserved areas, the AMA stressed the need for adequate payments for physician practices that care for patients in rural communities. In addition, the AMA recommended steps to ensure consistent data collection and effective evaluation to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and quality, as well as to address social determinants of health including housing, transportation and food insecurity.

 

MMA Seeking Physicians to Provide Peer Reviews

Maine Medical Association is seeking physicians in the following specialties to perform Peer Reviews: cardiology, neurology, endocrinology and orthopedics. You will be compensated for your time reviewing records and writing a report.

 

Maine Medical Association is seeking physicians in the following specialties to perform Peer Reviews: cardiology, neurology, endocrinology and orthopedics. You will be compensated for your time reviewing records and writing a report.

If you are interested, please send a copy of your CV to Dianna Poulin at dpoulin@mainemed.com.  

MMA has provided external peer review services for over 30 years to hospitals and practices in Maine.   

Click HERE to learn more about MMA’s External Peer Review Program.    

MMA Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service

Nominations for the 2020 award are due by July 31.  The award is 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

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

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.

 

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.

Health care providers have a unique opportunity to remind their patients about the importance of the census.  Children under the age of 5 are the group most commonly undercounted. 

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.

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.  

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

July 31 - August 2, 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
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
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 2-4, 2020
19th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium

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

Virtual Meeting (More details to come)
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

 October 8-9, 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

 

 

 

 

  


 

Presentation Development and Design Live Webinar - June 19

We use presentations as one of our primary strategies to share content-knowledge, build skills, ignite calls to action and affect culture change. However most of us never receive any formal training in presentation design. In this three-hour webinar workshop, participants will learn practical skills to plan and deliver exceptional presentations using the tools and resources they already have.

 

Presentation Development and Design 

Live Webinar, Friday, June 19, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presented by Info Inspired, LLC
Jamie Comstock and Robin Carr

Hosted by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc. 

Date: Friday, June 19, 2020, Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $15.00

For More Information and To Register

We use presentations as one of our primary strategies to share content-knowledge, build skills, ignite calls to action and affect culture change. However most of us never receive any formal training in presentation design - despite all we expect them to do for us. 

In this three-hour webinar workshop, participants will learn practical skills to plan and deliver exceptional presentations using the tools and resources they already have. We’ll also highlight ways to transfer face-to-face presentation skills to the virtual environment.

After the session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply a four-step process to create brain-friendly presentations
  • List the most common presenter mistakes and understand how to prevent them
  • Use tools and techniques that enhance learning
  • Use and display data effectively
  • Increase audience engagement and participation
  • Design compelling, polished visual aids for presentation

Target Audience

Nonprofit and public sector professionals, substance use prevention professionals, behavioral health professionals, public health professionals and others tasked with delivering presentations

 

 

 

Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - New Date November 14

A doctor's personal story of substance use and recovery, with Dr. Stephen Loyd.  This event was scheduled for June 3 at 2pm and has been postponed until November 14, 2020 at 1:30pm

 

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

New Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1:30pm
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 Opportunities

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

MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity

The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its search for a MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in applying for the position. 

The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its search for a MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in applying for the position.  More information & position qualifications are included in the online posting and the attached position description, but in brief…

The Office of MaineCare Services is seeking qualified candidates for the position of MaineCare Medical Director.  The Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical leadership and policy direction and oversight to the MaineCare program and staff and supports MaineCare goals and objectives established in coordination with the MaineCare Director and the Commissioner’s Office of Dept of Health & Human Services (DHHS). The Medical Director supports development and implementation of policy that aims to improve health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries by improving population health outcomes and member experience and promotes the cost-effective use of resources. The Medical Director directly communicates with healthcare providers in the state, participates in relevant advisory groups, and when needed, interacts with state legislature and legislative committees at the direction of MaineCare leadership.  The position is expected to be 0.8-1.0 FTE and is based in Augusta.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online, or may contact Dr Lisa Letourneau at lisa.letourneau@maine.gov with any questions, along with their resume.

6/24/20

Physician MD/DO - Islands Community Medical Services, Inc. - Vinalhaven, Maine

Practice medicine the way you always imagined, seeing to the needs of your patients, friends and neighbors from the age of a few days old to over 100 years old. Are you comfortable with Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Urgent and Emergent Care in a somewhat remote setting? We would like to talk to you.

Practice medicine the way you always imagined, seeing to the needs of your patients, friends and neighbors from the age of a few days old to over 100 years old. Are you comfortable with Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Urgent and Emergent Care in a somewhat remote setting? We would like to talk to you.

We offer you a truly unique experience - living on a scenic island off the coast of Maine and practicing the full spectrum of family medicine with the support of strong leadership and experienced clinicians. We balance the demands of practicing medicine on the island with an exceptional clinician rotation schedule. Our scheduling provides ample time for family and friends and all that Maine has to offer.

  • You are board certified in Family Practice and possess a valid license to practice medicine from the State of Maine with current BLS, ACLS and ATLS certifications.
  • You have experience with the treatment of Substance Use Disorders - preferred.
  • You work effectively and collaboratively in a fast-paced health care setting and prioritize competing job demands.

Islands Community Medical Services is a well-established FQHC, located in beautiful Penobscot Bay off the coast of Rockland. For moreinformation, contact Susan Hurst at ICMS, ph (207)596-3566 or HumanResources@icmsvh.org. Website: www.icmsvh.org

6/24/20

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.            

8/5/20

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 August 7, 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

8/1/20

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  August 7, 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

8/1/20

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 August 7, 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

8/1/20

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/