Maine Medicine Weekly Update - September 16, 2020
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Registration Open: MMA Virtual General Membership Meeting

The Maine Medical Association’s 167th (Virtual) Annual Membership Meeting is taking place Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 5:30PM to 7:00PM.

 

The Maine Medical Association’s 167th (Virtual) Annual Membership Meeting is taking place Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Thank you to all our members who participated in the recent annual session SurveyMonkey poll.

Last month, the MMA’s Executive Committee and Annual Session Planning Committee made the difficult decision not to proceed with an in person 2020 Annual Session. Like many organizations, we are trying to be flexible and adapt to the changing environment in which we live today. The decision on several factors:

1. We are concerned about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in areas of our nation;

2. We do not believe that the circumstances, therefore, are appropriate for MMA to present an Annual Session theme of “Maine’s Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic;”

3. At a time when all organizations are examining bias and trying to be more sensitive to diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural values, we do not want to present a meeting that conflicts with Rosh Hashanah.

The 2020 Virtual 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. Information for Registration for Annual Session is live on the website. 

https://www.mainemed.com/cme-education-info/annual-session

 

Physician Voting More Important Than Ever

A recent statnews.com article began with the following, “Physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.”

 

A recent statnews.com article began with the following, “Physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.” 

It turns out that US physicians are rather complacent with respect to voting-- 41% chance of voting according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which is even worse than the average American voter's 50% chance of voting. This low physician turnout undercuts our ability to encourage voting among our health colleagues, trainees, and patients, despite being otherwise well-positioned to do so. 

Given how public policy determines health in so many ways, and how many patients are marginalized, some physician-leaders and others formed the non-partisan group VoteHealth 2020. Therefore, the MMA joins votehealth2020.com and colleagues nationwide in encouraging all healthcare professionals to find ways to get their patients, their peers, and their peoples (e.g. communities and health systems) engaged in safely voting. 

Of course, given the challenges of COVID-19 and in-person gatherings, creating a safe voting plan is a must. VoteHealth2020 helps with safe voting in the following ways:

1)    Provide materials for healthcare workers to engage patients in clinical spaces- these include placing QR codes on lanyards, flyers, and stickers that patients may then use to directly access voter registration tools.

2)    Provides materials for healthcare workers to engage their larger health systems or communities to vote- these include email signatures, sponsored webinars, and other local events we at VoteHealth can co-host. 

Email info@votehealth2020.com to get involved or reach out to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or call/text at (207) 838-8613 for more information and to learn about Maine candidates for Congress and your respective Maine State Senate and Maine State House races. 

The VoteHealth 2020 (www.votehealth2020.com) website also offers you the chance to confirm your existing voter registration, register to vote, and/or request an absentee ballot.

 

Women In Medicine Month: Maroulla Gleaton, 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.

A Maine trailblazer, Maroulla Gleaton, M.D., was the first women elected President of the Maine Medical Association in 2003and remains on the Maine Medical Association Board of Directors. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist whose practice focuses on the surgical treatment of cataracts, the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, and oculoplastic surgical procedures. A member of MaineGeneral Medical Center's active staff, Dr. Gleaton has practiced locally since 1988 and focuses on the surgical treatment of cataracts, the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, and oculoplastic surgical procedures.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  She received her medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine.  Her residency training in Ophthalmology was completed at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.  In addition to her responsibilities as an MMA Delegate to the American Medical Association, Dr. Gleaton has served as the on the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine since 2008.  In fact, she was elected to the Nominating Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and was also recently presented the 2020 John H. Clark, MD Leadership Award by the FSMB. The annual award is presented in recognition of outstanding and exemplary leadership, commitment, and contribution in advancing the public good at the state medical board level. As if her long list of interests and involvement isn’t enough, she was also on the Planning Committee for the 19th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium in 2020.

“I remember my first interaction with Dr. Gleaton while doing an ophthalmology rotation in residency. She was amazing - rapidly moving from room to room, easily connecting with her patients, assisting me while I fumbled with the slit lamp. She appeared to have boundless energy, which as it turns out is true. Her significant contributions to medicine in Maine - whether as MMA president, Maine’s delegate to the American Medical Association, member of the Board of Licensure in Medicine, or in her own professional society - are only overshadowed by her commitment to her patients. She is a remarkable role model for physicians in the state of Maine,” said current MMA President, Amy Madden, MD.

Your colleagues, as well as MMA leadership and staff thank you for your incredible contributions to medicine.

 

SEP 23rd Deadline To Register for Maine’s New PMP System, RxGov

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.

New MaineCare Medical Director Announced

The Office of MaineCare this week welcomed Fran Jensen, MD, MS, as MaineCare’s Medical Director beginning on Monday, September 14.

 

The Office of MaineCare this week welcomed Fran Jensen, MD, MS, as MaineCare’s Medical Director beginning on Monday, September 14.  She has extensive Medicaid experience and has held many roles focused on delivery system transformation and patient-centered care throughout her career. 

Dr. Jensen previously served as the Deputy Director for the State Innovations Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), has worked for CMS, was a Medical Officer with the US Public Health Service, and has directly served individuals who are homeless and in recovery from substance use disorder in her practice.  During COVID-19, she has worked contact tracing and serving individuals with COVID-19 at the Lord Baltimore Triage-Respite-Isolation Center. 

Dr. Jensen has ties to Maine, as well: she is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and also served as the Project Officer for Maine for the CMMI State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from 2013 to 2017.  She currently resides in Baltimore and will begin work remotely, with plans to transition to Maine full time in summer 2021. 

 

COVID-19: Millinocket Wedding Outbreak Update - 7 Dead

Maine CDC reported this week that seven people have died with COVID-19 related to the August 7 Millinocket weddingPortland Press Herald reporter @PPHEricRussell provided the following timeline of events following the wedding on Twitter. It’s an excellent example and reminder for all to #besafe, #maskup, #distance, and #washhands.

 

Maine CDC reported this week that seven people have died with COVID-19 related to the August 7 Millinocket weddingPortland Press Herald reporter @PPHEricRussell provided the following timeline of events following the wedding on Twitter. It’s an excellent example and reminder for all to #besafe, #maskup, #distance, and #washhands 

  • On August 7, a wedding was held in Millinocket. Approximately 65 people attended. It was indoors. There wasn't much mask compliance.
  • It has now become a COVID-19 super-spreading event, the biggest so far in Maine.
  • One adult wedding guest saw a parent after the event.
  • That parent then saw another child, an adult who works at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison.
  • Maine CDC believes that's how the Millinocket wedding outbreak spread to the nursing home.
  • As of Tuesday, September 15, six residents of Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison have died and that number could go up.
  • In all, there have been 39 cases between residents and staff at the nursing home.
  • The August 7 wedding also has been linked to an outbreak of more than 70 cases at the York County Jail. A staff member at the jail was confirmed to have attended the wedding.
  • York County is now the biggest COVID-19 hot-spot in Maine and has public health officials worried.
  • Another outbreak in York County is at the Calvary Baptist Church, whose pastor officiated the Millinocket wedding and has openly defied the state's guidelines on masks and physical distancing."

 

Much Work Remains to Tame Maine’s Opioid Epidemic

*Retired MMA Executive Vice-President, and current Maine Director of Opioid Response, Gordon Smith had the following contribution published by the Bangor Daily News.


*Retired MMA Executive Vice-President, and current Maine Director of Opioid Response, Gordon Smith had the following contribution published by the Bangor Daily News 

“In her column published on International Overdose Awareness Day, Courtney Allen wrote eloquently about the recent death of her friend Tim Bellavance. Her poignant remembrance touched me, and I want to assure her, and all Maine people, that the governor and I are deeply committed to saving lives and supporting Maine people by ensuring recovery is open and available for anyone struggling with substance use disorder.” 

The complete article can be read here. The Bangor Daily News allows 5 free articles a month prior to facing a paywall.

 

 

Infectious Disease Monthly Graph for August 2020

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention prepared the following disease surveillance reports for distribution to our partners and the general public.

 

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention prepared the following disease surveillance reports for distribution to our partners and the general public.

The link below contains the graph report of selected reportable diseases that displays the preliminary Year-To-Date (YTD) totals for the current year against the median YTD totals for the previous five-year period (2015 – 2019). Please note that Chlamydia, Hepatitis C, and 2019 Novel Coronavirus counts need to be multiplied by 10.

For more information about these reports, please contact the Division of Disease Surveillance at 1-800-821-5821 or disease.reporting@maine.gov

 

September is Suicide Prevention Month

NAMI Maine and the Maine Suicide Prevention Program work closely with the Maine Medical Association to bring training and resources to support suicide prevention within medical practices and organizations.

 

September is Suicide Prevention Month
Greg A. Marley, LCSW
Clinical Director, NAMI Maine

Suicide is our 9th leading cause of death; we lose someone in Maine to suicide every 35 hours.  It is reflective of the increased stress and sense of hopelessness among people of all ages that suicide has been increasing across the US since 2005.  It is vital that we do not lose sight that suicide remains among the most preventable of deaths; more than 90% of people who attempt suicide do not go on to die by suicide.  Effective prevention rests on the caring concern and the connection of all of us.  In a crisis of hope, people feel all alone, and connection is the remedy to save lives.  Reach out to the people you worry about and let them know you care and their life matters!

NAMI Maine and the Maine Suicide Prevention Program work closely with the Maine Medical Association to bring training and resources to support suicide prevention within medical practices and organizations. These include:

  • Annual Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference on Thursday, October 1.  This virtual conference presents a range of clinical and nonclinical breakouts addressing prevention across diverse populations.  More information and registration here.
  • Resources for information and ongoing patient support can be found on the new Suicide Prevention page on the MMA website.
  • We offer a range of training opportunities, including:
    - Suicide Assessment Training for Clinicians
    - A practice-based Suicide Prevention Lunch and Learn series for clinical or non-clinical staff
    - Identification and management of Non-Suicidal Self Injury
    - Suicide Prevention Protocol Development training and support
  • Visit the online Suicide Prevention Training Portal for online training modules supporting Suicide Safer practice skills.
  • Consultation, resources and support for managing a significant suicidal behavior or a loss by suicide within your practice.
Contact Gretchen Swain, NAMI Maine Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator, or Susan Kring at the MMA for training details or to arrange a Lunch and Learn or speaker in your setting.

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 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 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 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: Weekly Epidemiological Update + New Guidance Documents

Weekly Epidemiological Update, as of 14 September, 2020.


[From WHO 09/14/2020]

Please find the Weekly Epidemiological Update, as of 14 September, 2020:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Also, newly released WHO guidance related to COVID-19:

Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19: 

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/considerations-for-school-related-public-health-measures-in-the-context-of-covid-19

Antigen-detection in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection using rapid immunoassays: 

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/antigen-detection-in-the-diagnosis-of-sars-cov-2infection-using-rapid-immunoassays

 

 

AMA Video - COVID-19 & High-risk Pregnancies

AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger recently spoke with health experts about how women’s health issues, especially high-risk pregnancies, have become more complicated due to COVID-19.

 

AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger recently spoke with health experts about how women’s health issues, especially high-risk pregnancies, have become more complicated due to COVID-19. This episode is part of a special series throughout September focused on women physicians and patients in honor of the AMA's Women in Medicine Month.

The complete AMA video can be viewed here on YouTube

Learn more at the AMA COVID-19 resource center.

 

Launch of ‘Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety’ Charter

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives. We all owe health workers an enormous debt – not just because they have cared for the sick. But because they risk their own lives in the line of duty.

 

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the press briefing: 

* One of the keys to keeping patients safe is keeping health workers safe.

* The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives.

* Globally, around 14% of COVID-19 cases reported to WHO are among health workers, and in some countries it’s as much as 35%. 

* Every day, health workers are exposed to stress, burnout, stigma, discrimination and even violence. 

* To mark World Patient Safety Day, WHO is launching a charter on health worker safety, which we invite all countries, hospitals, clinics and partners to endorse and implement. 

* Now more than ever, we have a duty to give health workers the safe working conditions, the training, the pay and the respect they deserve.

Read the full remarks: https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-press-briefing-for-world-patient-safety-day

Listen and downloadhttps://who.canto.global/b/TECMT

Weblinkhttp://terrance.who.int/mediacentre/presser/WHO-AUDIO_Emergencies_Coronavirus_Press_Conference_17SEP2020.mp3

Health Worker Safety Charterhttps://www.who.int/docs/default-source/world-patient-safety-day/health-worker-safety-charter-wpsd-17-september-2020-3-1.pdf?sfvrsn=2cb6752d_2 

World Patient Safety Day 2020 assets: https://who.canto.global/v/PatientSafetyDay/landing?viewIndex=0

COVID-19 assets: https://who.canto.global/v/coronavirus

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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

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 Suggested Legislative Priorities Due Next Week

Despite no substantive updates as to whether the Maine Legislature will reconvene before November, the MMA has shifted its focus toward the preparation of a 2021 Legislative Platform.

 

Despite no substantive updates 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 for the framework one-pager to use in submitting legislative requests, or with any policy ideas, suggestions, or background for any particular issue(s). 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  

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

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

The NAMI Maine and Maine CDC annual Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference will take place on Thursday, October 1.

 

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.

 

AMA Designation Statement
The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Providership Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and NAMI Maine. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 

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/

 

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

The Sacopee Valley Health Center prides itself on providing the best health care for our community. As we continue to grow, there is a need for a full-time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join our provider team.

The Sacopee Valley Health Center prides itself on providing the best health care for our community. As we continue to grow, there is a need for a full-time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join our provider team. This position is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package, including health, dental, disability, life insurance, 401k retirement plan, and generous paid time off.

Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistant are eligible to apply for NHSC loan repayment.

SVHC is a multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved area. We employ 70 staff members to deliver care to approximately 6,000 patients annually. Our medical team consists of a Registered Nurses, Care Managers, and Medical Assistants to provide a team-based care approach. Other services at the health center include dental services, family planning, behavioral health counseling, psychiatry, podiatry, radiology, and lab services.

Applicants must have a current Maine licensure; at least one year of primary care medical experience preferred.

Send resume to lwatson@svhc.org or mail to:
Director of Operations, Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068

Sacopee Valley Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer Organization.

10/14/20

Behavioral Health Clinician

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the passion and skills to deliver high-quality healthcare. Sacopee Valley Health Center has been providing care to our communities since 1976.

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the passion and skills to deliver high-quality healthcare. Sacopee Valley Health Center has been providing care to our communities since 1976. Today you will join a healthcare organization and staff of almost 70 employees delivering medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to close to 6,000 patients.

We have high expectations for you as a member of our team

  • Function as a key member of the Health Center Team
  • Provide high-quality care to our patients
  • Give critical feedback and insights to help the Health Center constantly improve

You should also have high expectations for Sacopee Valley Health Center as an employee. Every day, you should leave the Health Center knowing you made a difference.

Send resume to lwatson@svhc.org or mail to Linda Watson
Director of Operations, Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068

Sacopee Valley Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer Organization.

10/14/20

Dentist

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a dentist with the passion and skills to deliver high-quality care. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center providing care to our communities since 1976.

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a dentist with the passion and skills to deliver high-quality care. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center providing care to our communities since 1976. Today you will join a healthcare organization and staff of 70 employees delivering medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to close to 6,000 patients.

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, disability and life insurance, 401k retirement plan, and a generous paid time off plan.

Dentist are eligible to apply for NHSC loan repayment.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Educate patients on oral health.
  • Complete comprehensive full mouth exams and diagnose dental conditions.
  • Assess treatment planning options and discuss with patient.
  • Carry out agreed clinical treatments.
  • Maintain patients' medical records.
  • Must be a DDS or DMD from an accredited school.

Send resume to lwatson@svhc.org or mail to:
Director of Operations, Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068

Sacopee Valley Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer Organization.

10/14/20

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