Maine Medicine Weekly Update - December 17, 2020
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Advisory Panel Recommends Moderna Vaccine, FDA Expected to Authorize Emergency Use

The US FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted Thursday to recommend emergency use authorization (EUA) of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. The FDA will now review the advisory committee's vote and decide whether to authorize emergency use nationwide.

 

The US FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted Thursday to recommend emergency use authorization (EUA) of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. The FDA will now review the advisory committee's vote and decide whether to authorize emergency use nationwide.

FDA Moderna Briefing Document (PDF)

FDA Statement on Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting

The excitement and expectations associated with the Moderna vaccine cannot be overstated and it will surely benefit non-hospital based outpatient physicians and staff. It is more easily transported and stored, making it more accessible to broader groups, including independent physician practices located in both suburban and rural areas. Unlike Pfizer, it can be stored at normal freezer temperatures and it comes in much smaller batches.

Last week, Maine CDC released initial projections that 24,200 doses are expected for first week of a Moderna delivery. Of the 24,200 total, 22,700 will go to hospitals and another 1,500 to be split between Androscoggin Home Health Services, Mid Coast Parkview Health (CHANS), MaineHealth Care at Home, Houlton Band of Maliseets, and Maine EMS.

Related FDA information:

COVID-19 Vaccines (FDA)

COVID-19 ACIP Vaccine Recommendations (ACIP)

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

Washington Post: FDA vows to move 'rapidly’ to authorize second coronavirus vaccine

 

Update to Our Special Edition Wednesday Vaccine Newsletter

Our Special Edition Wednesday Newsletter, Maine COVID Vaccines: When, Who, Why...?, broke down the initial phase of Maine’s Vaccination Plan, outlined how potential production and delivery delays may affect the plan, and highlighted the FDA’s process for potentially authorizing the Moderna vaccine.

 

Our Special Edition Wednesday Newsletter, Maine COVID Vaccines: When, Who, Why...?, broke down the initial phase of Maine’s Vaccination Plan, outlined how potential production and delivery delays may affect the plan, and highlighted the FDA’s process for potentially authorizing the Moderna vaccine. 

Well. Lo and behold, despite reports yesterday that Maine hospitals received extra vaccine doses in first shipments, within hours, another story appeared stating how Maine will get 40% less vaccine than expected for next week. That despite a Wednesday MedPage Today story saying that, COVID Vaccine Delivery Proceeding Smoothly, Officials Say

The MMA also received numerous inquiries from independent physicians practices asking for further details on Maine CDC timeline plans factoring non-hospital based physicians and staff. Maine Medical Association CEO, Andrew Maclean was able to speak directly to the needs of independent physician practices and deliver estimated doses needed as part of a state steering committee. The stakeholder steering committee includes representatives of the Maine Hospital Association, Maine Primary Care Association, & Maine Health Care Association, in addition to MMA. The Governor’s health policy advisor Beth Beausang, Maine CDC Director Shah, & Maine DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew also participate. The next one will be the week after Christmas. 

In a nutshell, there is not much to add from our Wednesday newsletter, which is summarized below. Unfortunately, the previously referenced delivery complications may make it worse. A New Your Times article posted yesterday (Thursday), (Some Health Care Workers Are Getting the Vaccine. Others Aren’t. Who Decides?) shows your concerns and eagerness are shared by many throughout the country. 

The initial Phase 1a priority groups to be vaccinated according to Maine CDC were developed, “to preserve the critical care infrastructure for COVID patients.": They include:

•            Hospital COVID units

•            Non-COVID ICUs

•            EDs

On Wednesday, Dr. Shah further described Phase 1 during a Maine CDC media briefing:

•             A—hospital, health care personnel, and LTC residents and staff (roughly 100,000 people)—94 skilled nursing facilities should have received first round of vaccine does by the end of the third week of that program (first week of January)

•             B—essential or front-line workers (several hundred thousand)

•             C—older Mainers and serious medical conditions

He added that it may require many months to get through Phase 1b. There is little clarity beyond week 3 for how many doses will be sent to Maine by the federal government. He is hoping 1a and 1b may take only several weeks but may be months.

More immediately, Maine will not receive enough doses this week, or next week combined to first cover all on-site ICUs even at our largest hospitals. Smaller hospitals within large health systems are not likely to receive any doses for their EDs or staff treating COVID patients for the first two weeks, including the outpatient practices affiliated with smaller hospitals that round daily on their own patients.

Therefore, most, if not all., outpatient clinics and specialists, whether hospital-based or not, are very unlikely to have access before the end of next week or before the end of the year. It is also improbable that enough doses will be delivered to Maine to cover specialists throughout the state, who for example, rotate in hospital ICUs or cover call in emergency departments.

Until “full-time unit-based” critical hospital staff are vaccinated with the limited phase 1 doses, seemingly the first opportunity to penetrate patient-facing outpatient offices, hospital based or independent, may be the last week of December if not the first full week of January.

Please reach out to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin with questions, comments, or concerns regardless of practice location or status. It would also be helpful to us if you haven’t already reached out with your vaccine staffing needs to contact Dan so we can continue to have an accurate number as we advocate for all Maine physicians and their staffs.

 

FDA Authorizes First OTC COVID-19 Test

A viral antigen over-the-counter COVID-19 home test that can be used without a prescription was authorized for emergency use this week by the FDA. Patients perform their own nasal swab and a smartphone app helps interpret results without sending it to a lab.

 

A viral antigen over-the-counter COVID-19 home test that can be used without a prescription wasauthorized for emergency use this week by the FDA. Patients perform their own nasal swab and a smartphone app helps interpret results without sending it to a lab. 

The FDA authorization comes on the heels of authorization last month of the first prescription COVID-19 test for home use. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Antigen Test as First Over-the-Counter Fully At-Home Diagnostic Test for COVID-19

 

Maine Public Radio Reports 32 COVID-19 Cases Linked To Bangor Hospital Outbreak

A new outbreak of COVID-19 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has resulted in more than 30 cases of the disease. Hospital officials say as of Thursday, 27 workers and five patients had tested positive for the virus.

 

A new outbreak of COVID-19 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has resulted in more than 30 cases of the disease. Hospital officials say as of Thursday, 27 workers and five patients had tested positive for the virus.

  Full story

 

MaineCare Section 17 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Service Cap

This is a reminder that there is no longer a cap on the number of billable days for ACT services, effective November 15, 2018.

 

This is a reminder that there is no longer a cap on the number of billable days for ACT services, effective November 15, 2018. 

All expectations included in the MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter II, Section 17.04-3 apply, including ensuring that the delivery of services meets the minimum standard of a calendar monthly average of three face-to-face contacts per week. This means that on three separate days each week, the provider should see the member and provide covered services as described in policy. Providers also need to make sure that the services are primarily done in the community rather than in the office. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, telehealth may be used to satisfy the face-to-face requirements following MaineCare’s telehealth guidance

Providers may bill for attempting to contact or locate members receiving services.  We understand that there are circumstances where an attempt to contact a MaineCare member does not result in a face-to-face meeting, but it is still expected that the calendar monthly average is met. All outreach/location attempts should be clearly documented. Providers may bill for days when a collateral contacts occurs if the monthly average face-to-face has been met. 

When submitting authorizations through Kepro, please remember that the base authorizations will continue to be at 63 units for a three-month period. Additional units may be requested using the typical continued stay review process when determined to be medically necessary and supported by clinical documentation. The request must include the clinical justification of the need for additional units. For any questions about this notice, please email Jane Brann, Provider Relations Specialist, or call her at (207) 624-6925. 

 

Attention FQHCs and RHCs: Reimbursing Telehealth Services, CR 98696

For dates of services from January 27, 2020 through June 30, 2020, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) telehealth distant site services will be reimbursed as part of the encounter rate when billed with HCPCS code G2025.

 

For dates of services from January 27, 2020 through June 30, 2020, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) telehealth distant site services will be reimbursed as part of the encounter rate when billed with HCPCS code G2025.  

For dates of services beginning on July 1, 2020, FQHC and RHC telehealth distant site services will be reimbursed at the rate of $64.42 when billed with HCPCS code G2025. Please resubmit any claims with an effective date on or after July 1, 2020 that did not pay the additional telehealth rate. 

For more detail about this change, please see the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) FQHC and RHC guidance during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). Please also refer to the following MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapters II and III, Sections 31 and 103. 

Please contact your Provider Relations Specialist with questions.

 

Current FDA Drug Shortages

 Lists of FDA Drug shortages from December 15th and 16th.

 

December 16, 2020 Notice

December 15, 2020

Not Much COVID Relief Movement from Congress

Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in the spring. Nine months later, signs point to new $900 billion bill expected to pass before Christmas. News from Washington D.C. says the political landscape could have this being the last one with little appetite by Republicans to support another relief package.

 

Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in the spring. Nine months later, signs point to new $900 billion bill expected to pass before Christmas. News from Washington D.C. says the political landscape could have this being the last one with little appetite by Republicans to support another relief package.

The details and politics have been fluid for weeks, however, broad aspects of the plan under consideration are expected to include:

·         $250 billion for another round of Paycheck Protection Program small-business loans

·         $150 billion in direct stimulus checks,

·         16 weeks of $300-per-week supplemental federal unemployment assistance

·         Funds for vaccine distribution, contact tracing and to help schools and colleges reopen

·         PPE for health care providers

 

 

Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions

CDC physicians, and MMA members, Stephen Sears, M.D, MPH, and Lisa Letourneau M.D., MPH will be hosting a series of 30-minute Clinician Info Sessions twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) for the next couple of months to provide key information on the emerging COVID-19 vaccines & offer an opportunity for Q&A with clinicians statewide.

 

CDC physicians, and MMA members, Stephen Sears, M.D, MPH, and Lisa Letourneau M.D., MPH will be hosting a series of 30-minute Clinician Info Sessions twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) for the next couple of months to provide key information on the emerging COVID-19 vaccines & offer an opportunity for Q&A with clinicians statewide. 

The sessions will start, Tuesday, December 15 and take place at 7:30 a.m., Tuesdays and 12 noon, Fridays until further notice. 

Dr. Sears is an epidemiologist & Maine CDC Clinical Advisor for the COVID-19 Response Team, while Dr. Letourneau is Senior Advisor for Delivery System Change at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. We hope you’ will l take advantage of this opportunity to join these two well respected experts. 

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AMA Designation Statement The Maine Medical Education Trust designates each Live Internet activity session 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 the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. 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.

 

 

PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE

The Maine Medical Association is teaming with ActionPPE.org for access to PPE SUPPLIES for the safety of your patients, your staff, and communities!!

 

The Maine Medical Association is teaming with ActionPPE.org for access to PPE SUPPLIES for the safety of your patients, your staff, and communities!! 

ActionPPE.org is a nationwide organization started by a South Carolina county medical society president to help his colleagues get access to critical PPE supplies. It’s a nationwide platform of pooled resources to directly help physicians meet the needs of their practices and patients. 

Most importantly, ActionPPe.org is not just a source for PPE contacts but an actual ordering site with current and active distribution lines. You can place orders online and have them shipped directly to your offices. 

Product details and certificates the masks, gowns, face shields etc. are provided on the site. ORDER NOW! https://actionppe.org/3/mainemed/ 

Do not hesitate to contact Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin with any questions or more information at (207) 838-8613 call/text, or dmorin@mainemed.com

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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

Virtual sessions available Fall 2020 through Spring 2021. Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).

 

 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.

 

Hanley's PELI Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN!

Enrollment is now under way for the Daniel Hanley Center’s sixth annual Physician Executive Leadership Institute—Advanced Course. Be sure to save your seat in the next cohort as we can only accept the first 35 physician enrollments!

 

Enrollment is now under way for the Daniel Hanley Center’s sixth annual Physician Executive Leadership Institute—Advanced Course. Be sure to save your seat in the next cohort as we can only accept the first 35 physician enrollments! 

Physicians enrolling in the program are designated as McAfee Fellows, in honor of former AMA and MMA President Robert McAfee, MD. Participants gain knowledge, skills and tools in the core competency areas of: systems awareness; strategic focus; key management/business skills; self-awareness; healthcare trends and teamwork and collaboration, best enabling them to lead and transform our healthcare delivery system. 

Here's what a few recent McAfee Fellows have shared about their PELI Advanced experience: 

“I can tell you with great certainty that I feel a lot more confident about my group decision making, my influence on a group’s behavior and my strategic planning. My ability as a leader is significantly enhanced by the PELI program. That is a given.” 

“Having another avenue to apply my energies, new unchartered territory, it’s exciting in a different way and I think that gives satisfaction that mitigates against some burnout stuff that could potentially happen.” 

“It exposes participants to other leaders, ideas, approaches and efforts.” 

Here's what a few recent CEO’s have shared about the value of supporting their physicians in the Advanced Course: 

“Benefit to health system – implementation of a new medical staff meeting format that increased attendance and focused on provider wellness: reduced burnout; improved provider engagement.” 

“With more confidence in their skills: one physician is capably developing a new team-based model of care in his practice; several physicians have moved into leadership positions; one physician has become a mentor of physicians who need skill development.” 

Over the past 8 years, nearly 200 physicians have participated in the Advanced Course. Our 7th cohort will begin March 25, 2021 and continue through January 29, 2022.  There are six two-day sessions, each running from Thursday evening through late Saturday morning. The Hanley Center is planning for the class to include 30-35 physician leaders from Maine, New Hampshire, and beyond. 

A distinguished five-member faculty team from the Heller School at Brandeis University delivers much of the course content for the Advanced Course, joining with Maine-based subject matter experts and physician leaders.  McAfee Fellows receive 80 hours of Category One CME for their participation in the full course. 

Enrollment Deadline:  February 5, 2021 

Early Bird Discount Enrollment Deadline:  November 20, 2020 

Nomination Deadline: January 4, 2021 

To nominate yourself or a colleague:  https://tinyurl.com/PELINominate 

To enroll, go to:  https://tinyurl.com/PELIADV7 

To learn more, please contact me at:  judiannsmith@hanleyleadership.org (207-615-6253) or Janet LaFlamme at jlaflamme@hanleyleadership.org (207-553-9854).

A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity

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.

 

 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

State Legislative Committees Announced

Hot of the presses and maybe scoop worthy! Maine Legislative leaders released committee assignments late Friday afternoon. The announcement comes somewhat earlier than previous legislative sessions.

 

Hot of the presses and maybe scoop worthy! 

Maine Legislative leaders released committee assignments late Friday afternoon. The announcement comes somewhat earlier than previous legislative sessions. 

The following members are on committees of close interest to MMA policy issues: 

 

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Chair—Senator Senator Ned Claxton of Auburn (retired physician) 

Chair—Representative Michele Meyer of Eliot 

Senator Joseph Baldacci of Bangor 

Senator Marianne Moore of Calais 

Representative Sam Zager of Portland (practicing physician) 

Representative Jon Connor of Lewiston 

Representative Margaret Craven of Lewiston 

Representative Abigail Griffin of Levant 

Representative Kathy Javner of Chester 

Representative Michael Lemelin of Chelsea 

Representative Colleen Madigan of Waterville 

Representative Anne Perry of Calais 

Representative Holly Stover of Boothbay 

 

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH COVERAGE, INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES 

Senator Heather Sanborn of Portland- Chair 

Representative Denise Tepler of Topsham- Chair 

Senator Stacy Brenner of Scarborough 

Senator Trey Stewart of Presque Isle 

Representative Richard Evans of Dover-Foxcroft (practicing physician) 

Representative Heidi Brooks of Lewiston 

Representative Poppy Arford of Brunswick 

Representative Mark Blier of Buxton 

Representative Jon Connor of Lewiston 

Representative Kristi Mathieson of Kittery 

Representative Gina Melaragno of Auburn 

Representative Joshua Morris of Turner 

Representative Tracy Quint of Hodgdon 

 

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 

Senator Cathy Breen of Falmouth- Chair 

Representative Teresa Pierce of Falmouth- Chair 

Senator Donna Bailey of Saco 

Senator Paul Davis of Sangerville 

Representative Patty Hymanson of York (retired physician) 

Representative Amy Arata of New Gloucester 

Representative Barbara Cardone of Bangor 

Representative Kristen Cloutier of Lewiston 

Representative Patrick Corey of Windham 

Representative Jessica Fay of Raymond 

Representative Justin Fecteau of Augusta 

Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake 

Representative Sawin Millett of Waterford

 

 

Upcoming Specialty Society Programs & 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

Virtual Meeting
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

Webinar: “Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” January 12, 2020

The Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement, formerly Qualidigm/Maine Quality Counts, is excited to offer its first webinar of 2021!

 



The Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement, formerly Qualidigm/Maine Quality Counts, is excited to offer its first webinar of 2021. We hope you can join us!

Webinar

“Radon Risk Reduction: The Current Policy Landscape in the US and the Maine Perspective” 

Maine Lung Cancer Coalition

Join the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition, in partnership with the Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), on January 12, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m. to learn about the results of a 50-state radon environmental scan conducted by the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and what is being done in Maine to test for radon and mitigate the risk of exposure. Participants of this webinar will learn about the

Differences in US state laws, policies and practices for radon disclosure, detection, and mitigation

Characteristics of model policies for radon disclosure, detection, and mitigation for residences, schools, and businesses

Opportunities for improving radon disclosure, detection, and mitigation in Maine

Current Maine programs related to radon testing and mitigation

Register Here

 

 

 

 

Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine - Emphasis on the 'T' - Half-day Symposium on Saturday, January 23

Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine: Emphasis on the 'T'  Join expert speakers from Maine Medical Center, Northern Light Health, the Maine CDC, OUT Maine and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital on topics including Supporting Transgender Youth in Maine; Providing Support to Transgender Youth and Families; Mental Health Needs of Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Gender Questioning Youth; Data-Driven Policy on School Based Services for Sexual Minority Youth; and Clinical Care for Gender Transitioning Youth. To read about the speakers and register for the program, visit http://www.maineaap.org/conferences   

Other programs in January include a Town Hall 'Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide Risk' on Thursday, January 7th at 7pm featuring speakers David Walter, DO, Medical Director at Spurwink; Amy Mayhew, MD, Psychiatrist, Maine Medical Center; Greg Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director at NAMI Maine and Deborah Hagler, MD, President of the Maine AAP, Pediatrician and Director of Wellness at MidCoast Hospital as they discuss the escalating mental health challenges and suicide risk among Maine youth during this pandemic. register here and a Town Hall 'Oral Health and Kick-off to Dental Health Month (February) - more details soon.

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!

 

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.

12/30/20

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

  • Provides diagnoses, conducts therapy and prescribes medication for patients with substance use disorder, psychiatric disorders and medical organic brain disorders.
  • Fully embraces and carries out all applicable NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home standards and Federally Qualified Health Center requirements.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in nursing, an unrestricted Maine license to practice as an adult, family or pediatric nurse practitioner, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a psychiatric or primary care medical practice required.
  • A working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.

Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until January 29, 2021.

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

12/30/20

Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services. An X waver would be desirable. The selected candidate will receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus, competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan with employer match, loan repayment opportunities. EOE.

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center resides in the welcoming community of Kingfield near Sugarloaf USA and the University of Maine (Farmington). It is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of eleven practices in central and western Maine. Medical clinicians at Mt. Abram benefit from collaborative relationships with HealthReach clinicians as well as colleagues at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine with a 45-year history offering accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health, psychiatric medication management, and referrals. HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare and major insurances and a sliding fee program is available to uninsured and underinsured residents as well as assistance with applications for programs that help with the cost of health care and medications including the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | 207-660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.MtAbramCHC.org

1/6/20