Maine Medicine Weekly Update - September 9, 2020
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167th Annual Session Registration is Open!

The 167th Annual Session Virtual General Membership Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 From 5:30pm-7:00pm. In lieu of the CME portion of our traditional Annual Session, we will be offering our first Enduring Education Opportunity for 6 education credits (pending). 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020 | 5:30PM-7:00PM 

Virtual General Membership Meeting

The 2020 General Membership Meeting will include consideration of Resolutions by the Public Health Committee; Report of Committee on Nominations; other Committee & Section Reports; presentation of the 2021 MMA Proposed Budget; and Award Presentations for the Mary Floyd Cushman Award and the President’s Award for Distinguished Service.

We hope you will join us for this annual business meeting of the Association. There is no fee for the meeting, but registration is required. Register here: https://www.mainemed.com/cme-education-info/annual-session      

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2020 

Enduring Education Opportunity

Topics will include: 

  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Telehealth
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Medical Professional Liability Climate in Maine
  • Maine CDC Coronavirus Update for Clinicians
  • Bicentennial of Maine Statehood/History of Medicine in Maine

Speaker names and presentation titles will be added when confirmed.

In lieu of the CME portion of our traditional Annual Session, we will be offering our first Enduring Education Opportunity for 6 education credits (pending). We expect to have this content available October 14th. Register here: https://www.mainemed.com/cme-education-info/annual-session

Follow www.mainemed.com for more details as they become available.

 

 

AMA Women In Medicine Month: MMA Recognizes President Amy Madden, M.D.

Each September, the American Medical Association Women Physicians Section (WPS) honors physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women with careers in medicine. The MMA joins the AMA in recognizing the historical contributions of women to medicine and will join them this month by highlighting Maine’s women physician leaders.

 

 Each September, the American Medical Association Women Physicians Section (WPS) honors physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women with careers in medicine. The MMA joins the AMA in recognizing the historical contributions of women to medicine and will join them this month by highlighting Maine’s women physician leaders. 

Amy Madden, MD, is the 6th female MMA President and is Clinical Medical Director at HealthReach Community Health Centers, in addition to her role at Belgrade Regional Health Center. 

Dr. Amy Madden is a family physician and geriatrician originally from Scarborough, Maine.  She completed residency in 2008 at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency after attending Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology and anthropology at Dartmouth College in 1995. 

“I’ve heard from many people throughout Maine, and have seen first-hand for many years, how Dr. Madden has made a significant impact on her patients, peers, community and state,” said Andy MacLean, CEO of the Maine Medical Association. MacLean added, “Physicians have always had a real opportunity to make a difference, and it’s even more evident now during the pandemic. Dr. Madden’s leadership has been incredibly impressive and her representation of the MMA has always been second to none.” 

“Great leaders foster collaboration and transparency, however, character is of the utmost importance. Dr. Madden shows an impeccable ability to unify people behind a single purpose and frame questions for effective decision making. Her deliberate calm and ability to think clearly is rare, and exceeded only by her humility,” said MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin. 

Following several years in primary care practice, Dr. Madden completed fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine in 2017. She is board-certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. 

Dr. Madden also serves as chair of the Victim’s Compensation Board and remains a member of MaineGeneral’s Opiate Steering Committee after serving as co-chair. Her list of professional societies also includes, Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, and the AMA. 

Thank you for your contributions to medicine, Dr. Madden. We’re glad and proud to have your leadership. 

To further acknowledge the impressive contributions of women physicians, the AMA developed an excellent video titled, “A profile of women physician leaders and pioneers.” It can be viewed here

Keep an eye out for your Maine Medicine Weekly Update next week for another MMA Woman in Medicine feature.

 

With Deadline Approaching, Governor Mills Encourages Maine Small Businesses to Apply for Economic Recovery Grant Program

DEADLINE TONIGHT! Applications are due by 11:59pm EST September 9, 2020.

 

With Deadline Approaching, Governor Mills Encourages Maine Small Businesses to Apply for Economic Recovery Grant Program 

DEADLINE TONIGHT! Governor Mills this week encouraged Maine small businesses to apply for the state’s Economic Recovery Grant Program 

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement reminding Maine small businesses and non-profits to apply for the State’s $200 million Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program ahead of the application deadline. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST tomorrow, September 9, 2020

“With the deadline quickly approaching, I encourage small businesses and non-profits across Maine to consider applying for the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program,” said Governor Mills. “While we know these grants cannot wholly replace or repair the economic damage caused by this pandemic, we want to ensure that as many small businesses and non-profits as possible are able to access every dollar they can to support themselves as we move into the fall.” 

Maine small businesses and non-profits interested in applying for the program can do so at the Department of Economic and Community’s website. The website also includes additional information and question and answers.

 

Register for Maine’s New PMP System Now

The deadline for registering for Maine’s new Prescription Monitoring System, RxGov, is September 23. Physicians are urged to register now.

 

Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) thanks you for your continued patience as they roll out Maine’s new PMP system, RxGov, for reporting and oversight of controlled substance dispenses and are urging physician PMP users to register now

Deadline to register September 23

Access to the legacy PMP system will be terminated on September 30.

How to Register with RxGov 

Go to https://mepmp.rxgov.com

Select “Register

Under Account Type, select your role. If you are not sure which RxGov user role is right for you, please view RxGov User Role Definitions on the Maine.gov PMP website to ensure you select the appropriate role. 

Once you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you used to register your Maine RxGov. Please confirm your account by clicking the hyperlink in this email. 

Once you have registered and confirmed your account, our team must review your registration. As soon as this review is complete, you will receive an email notification that your RxGov account has been activated. This process may take 3 to 5 business days depending on the volume of registrations. Once you receive the email notification that your RxGov account has been activated, you can stop using the legacy PMP and begin using RxGov.

Out-of-State Drug Dispenses 

Please continue to use AWARxE (the current PMP application for checking out-of-state data) until September 30 to perform interstate queries for PMP data.  On October 1, interstate PMP query functionality will transition to RxGov.  

EMR Users: Does your EMR have an existing PMP integration?   

If you currently access PMP data through an existing integration with your EMR, you still must register for an account with RxGov beginning on August 3. Your PMP-EMR integration will continue to function without interruption during the system transition, and all existing connections between EMRs and PMP data will be maintained– no changes are required within your EMR.

REMINDER - Key dates for Clinician users of the PMP: 

August 3 Clinicians began registering in the new RxGov 

September 23 - Deadline for clinicians to register.

September 30 - Access to the legacy PMP system will be terminated at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Support  

Three ways to get Support: Support hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday – Friday.  

Call RxGov Support at (844) 454-2266 or

Email Support by sending an email to rxgovmesupport@egov.com

Submit a ticket through the Support Portal (registration code: 051320)

General Questions: Call the Maine PMP Team at (207) 287-2595, Option 2. 

 

 

Congressional Gridlock For New Coronavirus Relief Bill

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), United States Senate Republicans have proposed a targeted coronavirus relief bill. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this week, but it is not expected to garner much Democratic support and sharp differences remain between the chambers.

 

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), United States Senate Republicans have proposed a targeted coronavirus relief bill. Aspects of the bill: 

  • Extends the deadline to September 30, 2021 for spending Coronavirus Relief Funds but does not provide any additional flexibility or funding;
  • gives states the option to continue providing $300/week in additional, federally funded unemployment benefits through December 27;
  • creates a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with some reforms;
  • provides $105 billion through an Education Stabilization Fund;
  • provides $16 billion for testing, contact tracing and surveillance in states;
  • provides $5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant;
  • and provides $20 billion of additional farm assistance.

    A summary of the bill can be found here. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this week, but it is not expected to garner much Democratic support and sharp differences remain between the chambers. 

  • The NASBO professional membership organization for state finance officers for more than sixty years. NASBO is the instrument through which the states collectively advance state budget practices.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipient’s “potentially unexplained” illness is a side effect of the shot.

 

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipient’s “potentially unexplained” illness is a side effect of the shot. 

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the company said its “standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data.” 

Full story here

 

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls - September

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

 

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  We hope that you have signed up to receive email notices about the sessions that are of most interest to you. If you have not, you can sign up for these updates or obtain access to your existing subscriber preferences here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMS/subscriber/new?preferences=true#tab1

Call details are sessions scheduled in September are noted below. Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are not intended for the press. 

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts


CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (twice a month on Tuesday at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern) 

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls; Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce; Put Patients Over Paperwork; and Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare 

Office Hours:

Tuesday, September 8th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 6196045

Audio Webcast link:https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=ea4e817f-b61b886c-ea4eb040-0cc47adb5650-2196b9b66c76a3f2&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2494

Tuesday, September 22nd at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 2409459

Audio Webcast link:https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=805c8050-dc08a97b-805cb16f-0cc47a6d17cc-c3a7096ff6c10a69&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2499


Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows.

Home Health and Hospice (twice a month on Tuesday at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Tuesday, September 22nd at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 1169237
Audio Webcast Link:
https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=656e2b63-393b22b3-656e1a5c-0cc47a6a52de-0d04f923a50833b3&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2489

Nursing Homes (twice a month on Wednesday at 4:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 5839938
Audio Webcast Link:
https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=17d68a30-4b82a31b-17d6bb0f-0cc47a6d17cc-4dbada66ff7c346b&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2509

Dialysis Organizations (twice a month on Wednesday at 5:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, September 9th at 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 6925269
Audio Webcast Link:
https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=9e8863d7-c2dd6ac4-9e8852e8-0cc47adb5650-afa176fc29bedd5f&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2514

Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 7026727
Audio Webcast Link:
https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=eeb2fc25-b2e7f536-eeb2cd1a-0cc47adb5650-edfc97d85a48445c&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2519

Nurses (twice a month on Thursday at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Thursday, September 10th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 5767207
Audio Webcast Link:
https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=a1375257-fd634b2b-a1376368-0cc47adc5fa2-cd874e0813c660bc&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2524

Thursday, September 24th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 5872398
Audio Webcast Link:
https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=ce689e54-923d9784-ce68af6b-0cc47a6a52de-85a0dbbaacca8493&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2529

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (twice a month on Friday at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

Next Lessons from the Front Lines:

Friday, September 18th at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 4446447

Audio Webcast Link:https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=065ed0a0-5a0af98b-065ee19f-0cc47a6d17cc-ed58c8904d5bd65d&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2479


For the most current information including call schedule changes, please click here

To keep up with the important work the White House Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=36fa2226-6aae0b0d-36fa1319-0cc47a6d17cc-2d06c219f858d641&u=http://www.coronavirus.gov/. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

COVID-19 Could Reverse Decades of Progress toward Eliminating Preventable Child Deaths, Agencies Warn

With the number of under-five deaths at an all-time recorded low of 5.2 million in 2019, disruptions in child and maternal health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at stake.
 

[From WHO 09/08/20]

NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 9 September 2020– The number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in 2019 – down to 5.2 million from 12.5 million in 1990, according to new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the World Bank Group.

Since then, however, surveys by UNICEF and WHO reveal that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major disruptions to health services that threaten to undo decades of hard-won progress.

“The global community has come too far towards eliminating preventable child deaths to allow the COVID-19 pandemic to stop us in our tracks,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “When children are denied access to health services because the system is overrun, and when women are afraid to give birth at the hospital for fear of infection, they, too, may become casualties of COVID-19. Without urgent investments to re-start disrupted health systems and services, millions of children under five, especially newborns, could die.”

Over the past 30 years, health services to prevent or treat causes of child death such as preterm, low birthweight, complications during birth, neonatal sepsis, pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, as well as vaccination, have played a large role in saving millions of lives.

Now countries worldwide are experiencing disruptions in child and maternal health services, such as health checkups, vaccinations and prenatal and post-natal care, due to resource constraints and a general uneasiness with using health services due to a fear of getting COVID-19.

A UNICEF survey conducted over the summer across 77 countries found that almost 68 per cent of countries reported at least some disruption in health checks for children and immunization services. In addition, 63 per cent of countries reported disruptions in antenatal checkups and 59 per cent in post-natal care.

A recent WHO survey based on responses from 105 countries revealed that 52 per cent of countries reported disruptions in health services for sick children and 51 per cent in services for management of malnutrition.

Health interventions such as these are critical for stopping preventable newborn and child deaths. For example, women who receive care by professional midwives trained according  to internationals standards are 16 per cent less likely to lose their baby and 24 per cent less likely to experience pre-term birth, according to WHO.

"The fact that today more children live to see their first birthday than any time in history is a true mark of what can be achieved when the world puts health and well-being at the centre of our response,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Now, we must not let the COVID-19 pandemic turn back remarkable progress for our children and future generations. Rather, it’s time to use what we know works to save lives, and keep investing in stronger, resilient health systems.”

Based on the responses from countries that participated in the UNICEF and WHO surveys, the most commonly cited reasons for health service disruptions included parents avoiding health centers for fear of infection; transport restrictions; suspension or closure of services and facilities; fewer healthcare workers due to diversions or fear of infection due to shortages in personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves; and greater financial difficulties. Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Libya, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen are among the hardest hit countries.

Seven of the nine countries had high child mortality rates of more than 50 deaths per 1000 live births among children under five in 2019. In Afghanistan, where 1 in 17 children died before reaching age 5 in 2019, the Ministry of Health reported a significant reduction in visits to health facilities. Out of fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, families are de-prioritizing pre- and post-natal care, adding to the risk faced by pregnant women and newborn babies.

Even before COVID-19, newborns were at highest risk of death. In 2019, a newborn baby died every 13 seconds. Moreover, 47 per cent of all under-five deaths occurred in the neonatal period, up from 40 per cent in 1990. With severe disruptions in essential health services, newborn babies could be at much higher risk of dying. For example, in Cameroon, where 1 out of every 38 newborns died in 2019, the UNICEF survey reported an estimated 75 per cent disruptions in services for essential newborn care, antenatal check-ups, obstetric care and post-natal care.

In May, initial modelling by Johns Hopkins University showed that almost 6,000 additional children could die per day due to disruptions due to COVID-19.

These reports and surveys highlight the need for urgent action to restore and improve childbirth services and antenatal and postnatal care for mothers and babies, including having skilled health workers to care for them at birth. Working with parents to assuage their fears and reassure them is also important.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has put years of global progress to end preventable child deaths in serious jeopardy,” said Muhammad Ali Pate, Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank. “It is essential to protect life-saving services which have been key to reducing child mortality. We will continue to work with governments and partners to reinforce healthcare systems to ensure mothers and children get the services they need.”

"The new report demonstrates the ongoing progress worldwide in reducing child mortality,” said John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “While the report highlights the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on interventions that are critical for children’s health, it also draws attention to the need to redress the vast inequities in a child's prospects for survival and good health.”

Download photos, broll, the full child mortality estimates report and data files here.  For the UNICEF survey on disruptions due to COVID-19, click here

Complete the 2020 Census by September 30

From the BDN 8/7/2020: "Millions in Federal Funding at Risk if More Mainers Don't Respond to the 2020 Census."

 

BDN 8/7/2020 article: Millions in federal funding at risk if more Mainers don't respond to 2020 Census

Responses to the 2020 Census will inform funding for clinics, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program,  and other health care assistance programs. 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.

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.

Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life

Investment Market Update: Q1+Q2 = A Remarkable First Half for 2020.

 

After each quarter, Baystate Financial dedicates a monthly report to reviewing what took place in the markets as well as some of the exposures within the Baystate Wealth Portfolios. Although under "normal" circumstances we review the the prior quarter, we felt a synopsis of the first half of the year with an emphasis on the last three months was appropriate. 

 
https://baystatewealth.com/2020/07/29/q1-q2-a-remarkable-first-half-for-2020/
 

Christopher R. Perry

Financial Planner, Baystate Financial 

T: 207-770-2033

C: 617-320-0102

Email: cperry@baystatefinancial.com

www.baystatefinancial.com

 


MMA 2021 Legislative Priorities Due Sep 25th

Despite conflicting rumblings as to whether the Maine Legislature will reconvene before November, the MMA has shifted its focus toward the preparation of a 2021 Legislative Platform. Nearly everything you do each day, from initial licensing through retirement is governed or directed by some federal or state law, or rule/regulation. In politics, people and professions are often in a position where either they can influence decisions made on their behalf or have someone else make them for you.

 

Despite conflicting rumblings as to whether the Maine Legislature will reconvene before November, the MMA has shifted its focus toward the preparation of a 2021 Legislative Platform. Nearly everything you do each day, from initial licensing through retirement is governed or directed by some federal or state law, or rule/regulation. In politics, people and professions are often in a position where either they can influence decisions made on their behalf or have someone else make them for you. 

It is of paramount importance that all professional associations develop a clear process on developing a strategic plan for policy advocacy. We continue to welcome all Maine specialty societies, MMA committees, and each individual MMA member to identify two or three priority issues, what change is needed, how to change it, and what personal or organizational resources and relationships may be available to help MMA by September 25. 

Following receipt of all priority issues, the MMA’s Legislative Committee will review submissions in early October to narrow topics down to between 5 and 10 to help guide the MMA Board in its process to finalize and approve MMA’s 2021 Legislative Platform during its late October meeting. 

The final 2021 Legislative Platform will then be used to inform and familiarize legislative decision makers and the Governor’s office with your policy priorities for the next biennial legislative session. If elected officials and state department leaders are not given a clear sense of what benefits your patients, there is always a risk of getting ‘solutions’ that may make a problem worse or create new problems. 

All MMA members are also invited to reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin with policy ideas, suggestions, or background for any particular issues. He can be reached at dmorin@mainemed.com or (207) 838-8613 -call/text-. 

 

Want To Vote By Mail? Here's How

The November 3rd General Election is approaching as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Casting your ballot from the safety of your home is a great option.

 

The November 3rd General Election is approaching as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Casting your ballot from the safety of your home is a great option.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 is the deadline to apply for an advance ballot by mail. No excuse or explanation is necessary.

To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

There are multiple ways to request a mail-in ballot.

  • Contact the municipal clerk in the town or city where you are registered to vote.
  • Uniformed Service and Overseas voters will request an absentee ballot directly from the Secretary of State, Division of Elections.
  • You can make a telephone request for your own ballot, which will be mailed to the address you provide to the clerk.
  • You can request your own ballot electronically using the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request service. The approved online form can be found at the following web site:  http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/Absentee Ballot/index.pl
  • You can make a written request by completing an absentee ballot application. You can also obtain a ballot for an immediate family member in this same way. A ballot will be mailed to the voter directly or to an immediate family member making the request. Your municipal clerk can tell you who is considered an immediate family member under the law.

NOTE: Ballots obtained by the voter or an immediate family member do not require witnesses, unless the voter receives assistance from another person in reading or marking the ballot.

Your online request will be submitted to the municipality you have selected and will be processed by your municipal clerk. When ballots become available, your absentee ballot will be delivered by mail to the address you designated.

You will receive a confirmation number with your online request and additional confirmation will be sent to the email address you provided. Upon processing of your request by your municipal clerk, you will send you a follow-up email detailing the status of your request. If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact your municipal clerk. To find your municipal contact information, visit the online listing of Municipal Clerks and Registrars.

 

 

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

September 18-19, 2020
Maine Academy of Family Physicians 28th Annual Family Medicine Update

Virtual Meeting
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
Virtual Meeting - 2:00pm-5:00pm
Contact:  Lisa Montagna at 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.com

September 25, 2020 
Maine Chapter of American College of Physicians

Virtual Scientific Meeting
Contact:  Warene Eldridge 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

September 26-27, 2020
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter Annual Meeting
Virtual Meeting
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 – Visit www.maineeyemds.com for details
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

Virtual Meeting – Visit www.mainepsych.org for details
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

 

 

 

 

  


 

Personal Risk Assessment - Baystate Financial Webinar on September 15

Your personal risk profile can help you define your willingness and capacity to take on risk with your financial assets.

 

Webinar: Personal Risk Assessment, presented by Baystate Financial
You are invited to attend a free financial well-being education program.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
6:00-7:00pm

Your personal risk profile can help you define your willingness and capacity to take on risk with your financial assets.  This session will help you:

  • Identify your personal risk profile score
  • Consider asset allocation models appropriate for you
  • Apply your risk profile to other parts of your life
Host names: Christopher Perry, Robert Larochelle, Lawrence Perry
Plan to attend this informative financial education session.

Please RSVP to (207) 770-2028 or vmichaud@BaystateFinancial.com.

For more information, contact:
Robert Larochelle
RLarochelle@BaystateFinancial.com
(207) 770-2012

Baystate Financial
75 Leighton Road, Bldg 3
Falmouth, ME 04105
www.baystatefinancialmaine.com

There is nothing you have to do to prepare for this session.  This session is simply to provide you with knowledge and insight you so can make informed decisions about your finances.  We hope you'll join us!

Webinar Series: Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The IPRO Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is pleased to present an eight-session educational series.

 

The IPRO Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is pleased to present an eight-session educational series entitled Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The series will focus on:

  • How health care organizations implemented telehealth technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Benefits, challenges, and barriers related to telehealth implementation.
  • Best practices from organizations currently using telehealth for care management.
  • Peer-to-peer learning with early and recent adopters of telehealth technology representing a variety of health care settings.

Alternating Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm, through November 3, 2020.

For more information and to register: https://qi.ipro.org/2020/07/21/telehealth-qin-series/

 

Maine AAP Virtual CME Conference - Sept 26 & 27

Registered attendees will have access to conference material for an additional 60 days after the live event. This activity is pending approval from the Maine Medical Education Trust for up to 10 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

 

Saturday - Sept 26th: Shining a Light: Hidden Circumstances Affecting the Health and Wellbeing of Children & Families
 
Saturday Topics Include: Keynote: Trauma/ACEs and the Pediatrician Role; Maine's CDC Data on Youth Risk; Mental Health/Suicide: Human Trafficking in Maine; Obesity as a Disease, Bias & Treatment including Genetics & Severe Obesity, Mental Health & Obesity, and Physical Literacy & Obesity; Cannabis, Breastmilk and Newborns; Care for Substance Exposed Infants, Children, Families, including
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Care of Opiate Exposed Newborns, and MOM Model/Safe Plans of Care/ABC Intervention. 
 
Sunday - Sept 27th: Navigating School Re-Opening During the Pandemic
 
Sunday Topics Include: Students and Return to School, Maine Department of Education Update by the Maine Commissioner of Education, Pender Makin; A CDC Update by Director, Nirav Shah, MD, JD; and presentations on Communication between School Nurses and Primary Care Offices; Infectious Disease Update and Managing Flu Season & COVID; and an Athletics/Sports Update.
 
Registered attendees will have access to conference material for an additional 60 days after the live event. This activity is pending approval from the Maine Medical Education Trust for up to 10 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Follow the link below to review the agenda and speakers and register for the conference!

Register Now!

ME DHHS Webinar: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID 19

Maine DHHS is partnering with colleagues to offer a series of monthly webinars focused on sharing creative solutions and best practices for working with Black, Indigenous and people of color at higher risk of COVID-19 infection.

 

Maine DHHS is supporting several efforts aimed at improving health equity and addressing disparities with respect to race and ethnicity, particularly in response to disparities related to COVID 19. As part of that work, Maine DHHS is partnering with colleagues to offer a series of monthly webinars focused on sharing creative solutions and best practices for working with Black, Indigenous and people of color at higher risk of COVID-19 infection. 

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We will be offering additional webinars on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:30AM in August, September & October. Focused topics for each session are outlined below, with more details and speaker information to follow.

ME DHHS Webinar: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID 19 (3rd Wed/mo, 7:30-8:30AM)

Wed, Sept 16:  Building Trust With Diverse Communities: Essential Steps for Health Care Providers  - Part 1

Wed, Oct 21: Building Trust With Diverse Communities: Essential Steps for Health Care Providers  - Part 2

Join Zoom Meeting (Same Zoom invite for all webinars; all sessions 7:30-8:30AM)
https://zoom.us/j/6218434986?pwd=dEJoNEVRSkVSN2dwZlJ5WEl3WjJsZz09

Meeting ID: 621 843 4986
Password: 338847

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Please mark your calendar!  We hope you will plan to join us for these conversations, and encourage you to share this information with your members.

Thank you for your help.

 

Upcoming Events from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)

CCSME develops, designs and manages statewide training programs and grants. We encourage professional development and maximize collaboration among individuals and organizations that serve people affected by co-occurring conditions.

 

CCSME develops, designs and manages statewide training programs and grants. We encourage professional development and maximize collaboration among individuals and organizations that serve people affected by co-occurring conditions. 

Learn more and join our mailing list at www.ccsme.org 

Multiple Dates | MHRT/C Domain 1: Behavioral, Psychological, and Rehabilitation Intervention Models 

Presenters: Catherine Chichester, APRN | Georgana Prudhomme, LCSW 

8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Sept 25, Oct 1, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 19 | 30 hours | $175 

Register at: https://www.ccsme.org/product/multiple-dates-mhrt-c-domain-1-behavioral-psychological-and-rehabilitation-intervention-models/

Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference - Thursday, October 1

NAMI Maine and the Maine CDC has transitioned our annual Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference to a virtual format.  The conference will take place on October 1 and attendees will join sessions and speakers through a digital interface.

 

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

Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention
Building Hope Across Populations
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Registration Information And Conference Agenda

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

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

 

Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health

We are expanding our team of physicians in the Greater Portland, Maine community.  This is a fabulous opportunity to work with an exceptional clinical team supporting our mission to provide high quality patient-centered healthcare that is accessible, affordable and culturally sensitive.

We are expanding our team of physicians in the Greater Portland, Maine community.  This is a fabulous opportunity to work with an exceptional clinical team supporting our mission to provide high quality patient-centered healthcare that is accessible, affordable and culturally sensitive. Our team provides compassionate, quality driven primary health care while meeting patients wherever they are. This position will collaborate with our teams at Park Avenue and Westbrook High School. Our federally qualified health centers provides medical, behavioral health and oral health care in nine locations.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited medical school with a Maine State license to practice medicine and have a valid DEA number.
  • Board Certification by the Board of Family Medicine within three (3) years of completing a residency program required.
  • Ability to understand and value that everyone’s role is important and contributes to the whole organization.
  • Be mindful of challenges and burdens other colleagues may be facing and be kind.
  • Honor and appreciate all forms of diversity.

To learn more about Greater Portland Health, visit our website at http://www.greaterportlandhealth.org/  and to apply: Qualified applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae to hresources@greaterportlandhealth.org.

8/26/20

Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center

Bucksport Regional Health Center – a  community health center serving Bucksport, Maine and the surrounding communities with two locations, Bucksport and Ellsworth, Maine is seeking Medical Director.

Bucksport Regional Health Center – a  community health center serving Bucksport, Maine and the surrounding communities with two locations, Bucksport and Ellsworth, Maine.  We have 78 employees and 16 providers (varying hours).  As an integrated center we are seeking a Medical Director to oversee the structure/scope of our clinical program, provide supervision to physicians, and other clinical providers, lead quality improvement activities and provide ambulatory/primary care for patients.

  • Board Certified Physician (MD or DO)
  • Licensure in Maine preferred or willingness to become Maine licensed
  • 7-10 years family practice or internal medicine
  • 5 years experience direction medical services
  • Strong EMR background

Submit resume to dadams@brhcme.org.

9/23/20