Maine Medicine Weekly Update - November 25, 2020
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Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold

As you may recall, Governor Mills convened an Economic Recovery Committee in May, “charged with developing recommendations to mitigate the damage to Maine’s economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term economic recovery.” The Committee released final recommendations yesterday.

 

As you may recall, Governor Mills convened an Economic Recovery Committee in May, “charged with developing recommendations to mitigate the damage to Maine’s economy caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to jumpstart a long-term economic recovery.” The Committee released final recommendations yesterday.

It was encouraging that a focus to ensure Maine has a robust public health and health care infrastructure for access to preventive care and high quality services and appropriate internet access for telehealth. However, as outlined in a summer Maine Medicine Weekly Update, we were very disappointed that not a single reference to health providers (hospitals or physician practices) was included in its initial recommendations for direct financial assistance. Needless to say, it’s a disappointment to us that independent physician practices were again not included in the final report, although it did include a priority mention to, “Support hospitals and long term care facilities that have experienced losses in revenue as a result of the pandemic.” They also include a need for dental care, community health centers, and transportation services for health care.

Despite a joint letter with the Maine Hospital Association in July to Governor Mills, a subsequent joint MHA-MMA Zoom meeting with state budget staff and representatives from the Governor’s office and DHHS, and separate meetings between MMNA CEO Andy MacLean and Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin with EAC committee members in the health care industry, it is certainly discouraging the final report seemingly ignored feedback concerning the business impact experienced by independent practices.

While we understand the final report from the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee are technically recommendations for the pandemic and a future economic plan for the state, there’s no doubt that such extensive and formal worked convened by Governor Mills will be used as a primary source of policy formulation now and in the future by the Governor’s office and the Maine Legislature, as well as a major point of reference for many other entities and organizations. While we appreciated the efforts of the state in recently providing grants for businesses and non-profit organizations for lost revenues or expenses related to the disruption of business operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the experiences of many Maine practices with frequently changing guidelines and administrative nightmare of the federal Paycheck Protection Program may have deterred many practices from applying.

Since the first documented case in Maine on March 12th, nearly every independent physician practice in Maine continue to seek their first mask, swab, and dollar of direct assistance from the state for independent physicians. The first! While we continue to stand alongside the Hospital Association seeking help, it’s important to note that $10 million in state funding was directly provided in April to Maine hospitals. Albeit an obvious drop in the relative bucket for our hospital partners, as they need much more, our independent practices haven’t received a penny through direct appropriation despite the clear intention for the state to receive and distribute $145.8 million for hospitals and “other health care providers” in CARES Act funds.

We will continue reaching out to the Governor’s office and legislative leaders to advocate for all physicians. We also strongly encourage independent members, leaders, and staff to reach out to Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or by text/call at (207) 838-8613 for contact information for your respective state legislators in order to relay your concerns as the Maine Legislature plans to reconvene in 2021 to address many appropriations issues, including the Governor’s proposed budget. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!

  • 7 things doctors wish patients knew about holiday gatherings this year
  • CDC Warnings & Thanksgiving travel expected to be down sharply in Maine, New England
  • How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market 

7 things doctors wish patients knew about holiday gatherings this year

As AMA member Megan Srinivas, MD, MPH, an infectious diseases specialist and translational health policy research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stated, “This is not the normal holiday season and as much as we miss our loved ones, staying safe and reducing risk—even if that means that you can’t necessarily make it to an in-person holiday gathering—might be the smartest thing to do this year because you want to make sure those same loved ones are around for the following holidays to come,” Hear directly from infectious disease experts and the AMA on all the must-know facts on however your holiday gatherings will look this year

Thanksgiving travel expected to be down sharply in Maine, New England

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year because of the severity of the pandemic, according to AAA Northern New England, residents of Maine and surrounding states are expected to stay home in unusually large numbers because of the worsening pandemic. Although this week, Dr. Shah “We’ve thought about the concerns and risks about Thanksgiving for some time,” In Canada, Thanksgiving celebrations in mid-October appear to have sparked an increase in the virus, Shah said. “We now have a little bit of data from our colleagues to the north who celebrated their Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, and sadly, about two weeks after that, they started experiencing a significant increase in cases across Canada related to Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations,” Shah said. The MMA Board urges members, staff, and community members to #besafe. 

How the pandemic shook up this year’s turkey market

On a lighter note and some tangential Turkey Day reading, the Hustle newsletter outlines how the turkey market was shaken up this year, Americans eat about 40m turkeys during Thanksgiving, how grocery stores dealt with inventory, and how COVID nearly shut turkey production down. And if you’re wondering what to do with the inevitable leftovers, they have 70+ recipes just for you (the “Artichoke Turkey Noodle Bake” hits the hardest).

 

MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning

The MMA is engaged as a stakeholder with the state about its COVID-19 vaccination plan.

 

The MMA is engaged as a stakeholder with the state about its COVID-19 vaccination plan. 

While the state can be expected to receive shipments from the federal government before the end of the year, the number of doses remains unknown. Whatever the actual number, it is not expected to be sufficient for all the frontline health care workers. It is assumed the state will prioritize high-risk populations, presumably in inpatient and LTC facilities. The Pfizer vaccine has detailed cold storage special handling requirements so it’s likely individuals will be vaccinated at defined staging sites able to safely store the vaccine. The Moderna vaccine and perhaps the Astra-Zeneca vaccine is reported to possibly be available during the first quarter of 2021. Because these vaccines appear to not have the same special handling requirements as the Pfizer vaccine, it could be administered more locally, including physician offices, but probably not well into 2021. 

Despite the inference you may have from any media reports, we will continue to impress upon decision makers to ensure that all physicians not directly situated on the COVID-19 front line at hospitals, health systems, and independent practices are fairly considered for access and distribution of vaccines for clinicians and staff. 

Unfortunately, news was released late Tuesday that would seemingly place Maine well down the list of vaccine distribution by the federal government. Please refer to the rest of our Maine Medicine Weekly Update. 

As we prepare to continue advocating for efficient and necessary vaccine distribution, it would be helpful if your independent practice could begin querying your EMRs or other patient record systems in order to come up with an estimate of the number of high risk patients in your practices. 

Please provide the information directly to Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com and reach out with any additional comments, concerns, or suggestions.

 

Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers

The Maine CDC recently proposed amendments that would eliminate the 2009 H1N1 vaccine from the current list of state-mandated vaccines for health care workers and would add seasonal flu shots to the list.

 

The Maine CDC recently proposed amendments that would eliminate the 2009 H1N1 vaccine from the current list of state-mandated vaccines for health care workers and would add seasonal flu shots to the list. The proposed amendments also include the following language related to the COVID-19 vaccine: “ 7. In the event of a public health emergency or extreme public health emergency declared by the governor, the Department may impose control measures, including, but not limited to, mass vaccinations and exclusions from the workplace, and may require immunization or documented immunity to protect public health and minimize the impact from the specific communicable disease.” 

There was quite a bit of media coverage Portland Press Herald article / Maine Public (audio and text) / & NewsCenter Maine (video) covering the hearing, in which MMA comments are included. Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin presented short verbal comments in support of the flu mandate but expressed reservations about the emergency mass vaccinations amendment considering the rapid development and approval process of potential COVID vaccines while indicating we will be providing formal written comments before to the December 3 comment deadline. After further research, there apparently can be no vaccine mandate (federal prohibition) for a vaccine under only an EUA, which the current potential vaccines are seeking with the FDA. 

Despite the number of nurses expressing opposition at the hearing, including the Maine State Nurses Association president, the updated American Nurses Association statement from this summer supports mandatory flu vaccines with exemptions ONLY for medical contraindications. Unfortunately, a number of physicians spoke out against the rule, with one specifically making reference to a claim that the flu vaccine “causes 7x more miscarriages for pregnant women.” 

We will be accepting your input on the proposed amendments as we draft our written comments due December 3. Please reach out directly to Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com with any comments or suggestions.

 

Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians

Maine's Congressional delegation needs the support of community leaders for effective climate action- this means you. Your voice is important.

 

Dear Maine Physicians,

You are likely well-aware of at least some of the health implications of the deepening Climate Crisis. Thankfully we are now coming close to the opportunity to begin making things better, but effective national action is not a given. 

Maine's Congressional delegation needs the support of community leaders for effective climate action- this means you. Your voice is important. 

On Friday, December 11th at 8AM our Health Action Team of Maine's Citizen Climate Lobby will be giving a briefing specifically for Maine Physicians. The briefing is free and will be held by Zoom. We'll be demonstrating the effectiveness of measures for addressing the Climate Crisis (using the En-ROADS model) and sharing the most recent data on health impact of effective action (including health care costs averted and lives saved). Physicians will have the opportunity to communicate their concern and recommendations to Maine's Congressional delegation. 

In this time of multiple crises, please consider participating and helping to lead the way forward. 

Thank you,

 Edward Pontius MD, DLFAPA

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Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk

According to an National Public Radio story, top officials from Operation Warp Speed, the government's program to fast-track the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, announced they've allocated 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to states based on their total populations instead of likely recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to focus and distribute doses based on high-risk groups.

 

According to an National Public Radio story, top officials from Operation Warp Speed, the government's program to fast-track the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, announced they've allocated 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to states based on their total populations instead of likely recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to focus and distribute doses based on high-risk groups. 

While in the end, the difference may be a distinction without a difference in eventual doses when factoring high risk groups, and the fact Maine has one of the oldest populations in the country per capita, we’re still ranked in the 40s regardless of demographic in total population, total population of adults, and total population of adults over 65. That may pose a response problem. States could still in theory follow the national committee's guidance and their own on how to prioritize doses once received, however, even if the White House uses only the number of residents over 65 in Maine (under 300,000 in Maine compared with over 52 million nationally), the numbers end up with Maine getting less than half of one-half percent of the stated 6.4 million to first be available (30,000 to 35,000). 

 

COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects

Here are a couple media stories of interest: The first from 60 Minutes on the topic of COVID-19 Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome (‘long-haulers’). The second story recognizing the challenges of vaccine hesitancy as it may relate to potential vaccine side effects not being, 'a walk in the park.' 

 

Here are a couple media stories of interest: The first from 60 Minutes on the topic of COVID-19 Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome (‘long-haulers’). The second story recognizing the challenges of vaccine hesitancy as it may relate to potential vaccine side effects not being, 'a walk in the park.' 

 

 

 

Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9

On May 1, CMS released the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, listing ways to give patients better access to their health information.

 

Wednesday, December 9 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET 

Register for this Medicare Learning Network event

On May 1, CMS released the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, listing ways to give patients better access to their health information. Using data exchange through secure Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), we took a first step in making health information more available to patients and moving toward greater interoperability across the health care system. This approach to data exchange will allow patients to make informed decisions and reduce burden on payers and providers. During this call, we’ll answer your questions about implementing these policies:

  • Public reporting and information blocking – targeting late 2020/early 2021
  • Provider digital contact information in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System – targeting March , 2021
  • Revisions to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) of for hospitals and critical access hospitals – effective April 30, 2021
  • Patient Access API – enforced after July 1, 2021
  • Provider Directory API – enforced after July 1, 2021
  • Payer-to-payer data exchange – effective January 1, 2022
  • Improving the dual eligible experience – effective April 1, 2022

 Visit the Interoperability webpage for more information about the final rule and to find resources. Target Audience: All Medicare Fee-for-Service providers, payers, and industry-wide stakeholders.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week finalized changes to what is commonly referred to the physician self-referral law, formally known as the “Stark Law.” The unpublished version can be accessed here.

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week finalized changes to what is commonly referred to the physician self-referral law, formally known as the “Stark Law.” The unpublished version can be accessed here.

By way of background, the "Stark Law" was enacted in 1989 and "prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain designated health services payable by Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship (ownership, investment, or compensation), unless an exception applies," CMS identifies "Designated health services" to include “clinical lab services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, durable medical equipment, home health services, outpatient prescription drugs, and inpatient and outpatient hospital services.”

The first draft rule can be found here. A second draft came from HHS's Office of the Inspector General. Please refer the CMS’ final fact sheet for more information and a description of changes.

 

JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients

 An important MedPage Today story this week covering a recent JAMA study identified that nearly all medical residents reported that patients had made belittling comments or asked to change providers within the past year, but women and residents of color reported experiencing the most bias, according to an online survey in California and North Carolina.

 

An important MedPage Today story this week covering a recent JAMA study identified that nearly all medical residents reported that patients had made belittling comments or asked to change providers within the past year, but women and residents of color reported experiencing the most bias, according to an online survey in California and North Carolina. 

An especially disturbing section of the article contained the following: 

For example, one respondent wrote that a physician had grabbed her arm and pulled it towards a patient to compare her skin color to the color of the patient's diarrhea. "Does it look like her arm or is it lighter?" He then asked the patient, and then "chuckled and said 'your skin is the perfect color for this job,'" according to the study. 

While the incident did not happen in Maine, it does not mean such incidents haven’t, don’t, and won’t, happen within our borders. As outlined in our Statement on Systemic Racism, “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 wellbeing and will combat the systemic causes of racism that plague our state.” 

The MMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Racism, Ethnicity and Health Disparities will meet in early December on its way to developing comprehensive, concrete, and  actionable solutions to address the systemic and problematic issues of race, ethnicity and unacceptable health disparities in Maine.  

 

Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program

The MMA Board of Directors and Medical Professionals Health Program staff are searching for volunteers to fill four current vacancies on MPHP Advisory Committee, one of which hopefully will be a licensed psychiatrist.

 

The Medical Professionals Health Program (MPHP) is a program of the Maine Medical Association. Overseen by a peer review committee, the MPHP assists healthcare professionals challenged with substance use, mental health, and behavioral issues, as well as stress and burnout by providing confidential and compassionate monitoring, support, treatment resources, advocacy, education, and outreach.

The MMA Board of Directors and Medical Professionals Health Program staff are searching for volunteers to fill four current vacancies on MPHP Advisory Committee, one of which hopefully will be a licensed psychiatrist.

For more information please contact Heidi LaMonica at 207-623-9266  ext 1 or email hlamonica@mainemed.com

 

     

A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity

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

Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity

In lieu of the CME portion of our traditional Annual Session, we will be offering our first Enduring Education Opportunity for 6 CME credits. We expect to have this content available October 19th. This internet enduring material activity will only be available through December 31, 2020, so register now.

 

In lieu of the CME portion of our traditional Annual Session, we will be offering our first Enduring Education Opportunity for 6 CME credits. We expect to have this content available October 19th. This internet enduring material activity will only be available through December 31, 2020, so register now.

Topics/Presenters: 

 Prescribe to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk Elisabeth Mock, MD, MPH, FAAFP, MICIS Lead Academic Detailer 

 Telehealth Technology Reid Plimpton, MPH, Project Manager, MCD Public Health 

 Suicide Prevention Greg Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director, NAMI Maine 

 Medical Professional Liability Climate in Maine Frank Lavoie, MD, MBA, President, Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine 

 Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond Danielle Louder, Program Director, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center 

 Bicentennial of Maine Statehood/History of Medicine in Maine Richard Kahn, MD   

MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions

Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).  Virtual sessions available through Spring 2021.

 

MICIS Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
Virtual sessions available Fall 2020 through Spring 2021
Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS)

Opioid Prescribing Presentation   For information and to schedule a presentation at your medical practice or hospital, visit www.micismaine.org.

Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk: How to Impact the Epidemic Within the Pandemic   
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand risk reduction in the context of opioid prescribing.
  • Obtain familiarity with the use of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.
  • Describe recommendations for naloxone prescribing to increase patient safety.


Topics for Individual Academic Detailing Sessions   
Visit www.micismaine.org to schedule an Academic Detailing session.

Academic Detailing is peer-to-peer educational outreach which is designed to improve prescribing practices.  It is useful for improving quality of care and identifying priorities for change. 

Prescribers of opioids (physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) may request a 1-hour Academic Detailing session which can be scheduled for any time of day.  There is no charge for the session.  MICIS is now scheduling individual 1-hour Academic Detailing sessions on these topics:

  • Opioid Prescribing in Maine 2020-2021
  • MAT Update for Maine 2020-2021
  • Moving Beyond Opioid and Benzodiazepine Combinations in Maine 2020-2021

MICIS is a program of the Maine Medical Association.

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

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 the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).  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.

Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life

As many members may know MMA and Baystate Financial have teamed up to provide Financial Education opportunities for our members. Baystate has created a Client Engagement Series. The kickoff is a seminar Extended Care and Long- Term Care Planning, October 21 and 22.



 

Fiscal Fitness for Life!

As many members may know MMA and Baystate Financial have teamed up to provide Financial Education opportunities for our members.  

Baystate has created a Client Engagement Series. The kickoff is a seminar Extended Care and Long- Term Care Planning, October 21st and 22cd

In a 2016 survey Financial Preparedness-Practicing Physicians, conducted by The AMA’s Insurance Division, which we referenced in our article for the MMA’s Q4 2019 ISSUE of Maine Medicine (attached).

Long Term Care Planning was a top three Financial Concern for physicians ages 40-70! 

This might be a great opportunity to gain insight into available planning strategies

Click here to register for this event: https://www.baystatefinancial.com/events  

 

Christopher R. Perry

Financial Planner, Baystate Financial 

T: 207-770-2033

C: 617-320-0102

Email: cperry@baystatefinancial.com

www.baystatefinancial.com

 


ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature

Democrats maintained majorities in the Maine House and the Maine Senate for 2021.

 

Democrats maintained majorities in the Maine House and the Maine Senate for 2021. The party expanded its majority by one in the Senate to 22-13, however, won 80 House seats after holding up to 89 in the previous two years. 

Of note, fifteen Democratic House candidiates ran unopposed but Republicans won 11 of 12 races statewide where a challenger upended an incumbent. Seemingly further evidence of the stark political and policy differences within communities across the state. Republicans will have 67 seats for the next legislative session. There will also be 4 independent legislators in House joining the 80 Democrats. 

A list of Maine House winners can be found here. For MMA members, if you have the time it would be helpful in preparing for our 2021 Legislative Platform and advocacy efforts if you took a glance at the list and potentially identified names you recognize or have personal, professional, or organizational relationships with any legislator(s). Please reach out to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin by email or by call/text at (207) 838-8613 if you spot any. We could not find a comparable online list for the Senate, however, Dan has the full list for both chambers if interested. 

There remains a tremendous amount of uncertainty as to if, when, how, how long the next Maine Legislature will meet. Our eyes and ears are tuned to any news. 

Highlights and random election observations: 

* 106 incumbents return in the House; 25 in the Senate 

* There will be 33 new House members who won open seats; 8 new Senate members won open seats, however, 2 are moving from the House 

* There will be four senators who jumped directly from the House and another who was a former Maine Senate President (Rick Bennett, Oxford County) 

* As noted above, 12 incumbents lost in the House; 2 in the Senate 

* There will be 82 men and 69 women in the House; 21 men and 14 women in the Senate 

* There will be new Democratic leadership in the House, including Speaker. Republican House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham (Oxford) won reelection, however, the Republican minority leader moved to the Senate. 

* Each member of Senate Democratic leadership was reelected (President Troy Jackson, Aroostook County, Majority Leader Nate Libby of Androscoggin, and Assistant Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli of Sagadahoc). Leadership elections will take place regardless before reconvening. 

* Republican Minority Leader, Senator Dana Dow of Lincoln County lost his reelection race while Assistant Minority Leader, Senator Jeff Timberlake was reelected from Androscoggin County. 

     

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

February 27-28, 2021
Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Business Meeting

Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel & Conference Center – Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact:  Lisa Montagna 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.com

April 15-16, 2021
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians Spring Meeting
Theme: Sleep Disorders
Hilton Garden Inn - Freeport, ME
Contact: Dianna Poulin 207-622-7743 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

May 1-2, 2021
Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Virtual CME Spring Conference

The Impact of Social Determinants of Health and ACE's:
The Provider Role in Mitigating Risk and Promoting Resilience in Youth

Contact:  Dee Kerry 207-620-0806 or dkerry@maineaap.org

May 7, 2021
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Meeting

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

May 19-22, 2021
29th Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, South Portland, ME
Full brochure and registration available after January 15, 2021 at www.maineafp.org
Contact Deborah Halbach at 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021

The Maine Osteopathic Association has opened Early Bird Registration for its VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium, being held February 12-14, 2021.


The Maine Osteopathic Association has opened Early Bird Registration for its VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium, being held February 12-14, 2021

The MOA program committee has been hard at work to ensure the Midwinter Symposium is even better than the Annual Convention this past June. With 20+ AOA 1-A and AMA credits expected, you will not want to miss it! By registering early, you can save yourself $50 and MOA members get a special member rate. (Students & Residents, your registration is complimentary, we just ask you do please register!) To register, please visit our Midwinter Symposium Event Page. Cannot remember your password? Don't worry, you will be able to quickly reset it so you will be able to take a peek around the MOA's new "home". Just follow the "Forgot Password" link. (BONUS: once logged in, most of the registration fields  for the Midwinter will auto-populate, making registration easy-peasy). 

We are delighted to be hosting the first ever ONLINE Silent Auction this year, to benefit the Maine Osteopathic Education Foundation. In true tradition, we host the Silent Auction each February in conjunction with the Midwinter Symposium at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. This year, we will offer the same great fundraiser for MOEF, just virtually based. With it being offered online, it  broadens our audience beyond those in attendance at the conference, to anyone within the MOA network and beyond. The auction will run from February 11-13th and you will be able to view the auction gifts in advance of the auction going "Live", make donations and bid on some great items. We are also collecting donations now if you or anyone you know, might be interested in donating goods, gift cards or services. 

Save the Date!  

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor with us for the Midwinter Symposium, check out these great resources now to learn more

We look forward to this great event,  please feel free to email the MOA with any questions or concerns! 

 

Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021

The health and safety of Maine prevention professionals is our first priority, for this reason the Prevention Professionals Conference planned for October 2020 has been rescheduled to March 2 & 3, 2021. The conference will be held virtually over two days.

 

Save the Dates: March 2 & 3 - The conference content will be delivered virtually over two days. 

The health and safety of Maine prevention professionals is our first priority, for this reason the Prevention Professionals Conference planned for October 2020 has been rescheduled to March 2 & 3, 2021. The conference will be held virtually over two days. 

The conference planning committee is working hard to reevaluate the needs of prevention professionals across the state. The committee is particularly interested in centering this event around exploring and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within public health prevention services in Maine. 

We would love to hear directly from you all what would be most helpful in this unpredictable time, please take a couple of minutes to let us know your thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPCCOVID

Please be on the lookout for additional information and registration information. Thank you for your patience! Stay well!

 

Nursing Director

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 Nursing Director:

  • Oversees clinical support services, including primary care support, care management and community health work.
  • Collaborates with members of the practice team to identify and manage the care of patients with high-risk and complex conditions utilizing established care management criteria.

Qualifications include:

  • A Master’s degree in nursing, health care management or related field required.
  • A Maine Registered Nurse license.
  • A minimum of three years’ supervisory experience in a health care delivery setting.

Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until December 18, 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

11/18/20

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

11/4/20

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.

11/18/20