Maine Medicine Weekly Update - December 23, 2020
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Maine’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Ramping Up; With Little Detail

Maine CDC announced Thursday (12/23) that approximately 8,000 essential health care workers and staff had been vaccinated. Unfortunately, they reported one strong allergic reaction experienced by a Maine Medical Center employee. The employee is understood to be doing well at home. We wish them good health and a happy holiday season.

 

Maine CDC announced Thursday (12/23) that approximately 8,000 essential health care workers and staff had been vaccinated. Unfortunately, they reported one strong allergic reaction experienced by a Maine Medical Center employee. The employee is understood to be doing well at home. We wish them good health and a happy holiday season.

The Maine Medical Association fully understands that as with other COVID-19 supplies, demand is high, and supply is low. MMA leadership also concurs with Maine CDC’s focus that initial distribution is meant for hospital Intensive Care Unit teams, front-line Emergency Department caregivers, and those providing care in dedicated COVID-19 inpatient units, along with other critical and essential inpatient services not available elsewhere. That includes certain nonmedical workers who must work within a hospital that are critical to protect as well.

However, we continue to press the state for more detailed information related to any plan to allocate vaccinations for physician practices and staff not employed by hospitals or unaffiliated practices. We urge the state to begin developing clear and informative guiding principles and/or tier lists that outline a foundation for the vaccine allocation process, as numerous other states have already done.

Information received thus far from the state outlines a focus on “hospitals, Emergency Medical Services personnel, and home health providers who help keep COVID-19 patients out of hospitals and nursing facilities.” They also have relayed they are “following the U.S. CDC recommendation to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities, who have been hard hit by COVID-19.”

We feel it is important to note that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is the group that provides those recommendations to the US CDC, voted nearly unanimously on December 1 for the following to be included in phase 1a of the committee's recommended priority plan:

Hospitals,

Long-term care facilities,

Outpatient clinics

Home health care,

Pharmacies,

Emergency medical services,

Public health

There was no determination made between hospital-based or non-hospital-based outpatient clinics. In fact, several ACIP members stressed before the vote that small physician offices should not be left out when supplies are available, with one saying,

"Transmission dynamics suggest providers who care for patients earlier in their course of illness may be at higher risk."

The ACIP also stressed,

"Health systems and public health should work together to ensure vaccine access to health care providers who are not affiliated with hospitals."

During another ACIP meeting last weekend, a statement was made that, “even with limited supplies, most of the states have told the CDC that they think they can vaccinate all of their healthcare workers within 3 weeks — some in less time.” As we quickly come up on the final week of December, we have received no detailed information or general structure to provide our independent members on when they will have access.

Within the last day, the MMA has been informed the state expects less than half of what is needed to fully vaccinate the group in Phase 1a and it may not be until early February before doses are available to vaccinate all health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. However, the MMA is still unaware of what fully constitutes Phase 1a for Maine CDC or if there is an order past critical hospital infrastructure, long-term care facilities, and first responders. It was disclosed at Maine CDC’s Wednesday (12/23) media briefing that there will be enough doses to vaccinate about 64,775 people in the first three weeks of distribution—or by the end of the year

Maine CDC’s Draft Vaccination Plan submitted to the federal government includes the following:

Total high risk hospital employees: 19,946

Health care workers in LTC facilities: 22,280

TOTAL: 42,226

As outlined earlier, US CDC ACIP recommendations listed outpatient clinics behind only hospitals (with a focus on critical staff) and long-term care facilities. Again, there was no determination made between hospital-based or non-hospital-based outpatient clinics. Independent physicians and their staffs feel like they are scrambling and almost competing against their peers due to a lack of engagement and information on distribution plans. They just do not know why they are not yet considered a priority despite the fact that community physicians and their staff have played a critical role from day one of the pandemic by screening and providing care to patients.

We are encouraged and happy for our physician colleagues and staff employed by hospitals and large systems are being vaccinated. Those not employed or affiliated continue to battle pandemic stressors, uncertainty and helplessness associated with a lack of PPE, paying bills, and waiting for any details on their place in line for a potentially life-saving vaccine. Many feel they are not valued as peer clinicians nor do they understand why there seem not to be any detailed measures of equity in place for physicians and staff regardless of employment status. Several MMA leaders and staff have heard, or received reputable, reports of limited doses already being provided outside the direct ED/ICU/COVID units(s) infrastructure, including many doses being given to complete departments of outpatient practice clinicians and staff employed by hospitals.

MMA staff will continue attempts to engage state leaders and local hospitals. In the meantime, MMA leadership recommends members who have not registered through the state’s vaccine provider portal or enrolled as a vaccine provider to visit the following sites to complete the process and be ready. Thank you for your work and be safe.

Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Portal:

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/immunization/covid-19-providers/index.shtml

Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Enrollment:

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/immunization/covid-19-providers/enrollment.shtml

 

 

The MMA Wishes Happy Holidays for All

As physicians you have generously dedicated your lives to helping others knowing that long hours and time away from their families is a given. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate themselves to a medical career. And while not many patients take the time to thank you over the holidays, send cards, or write notes the impact your care has on their lives and the lives of their loved ones is immeasurable.

 

As physicians you have generously dedicated your lives to helping others knowing that long hours and time away from their families is a given. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate themselves to a medical career. And while not many patients take the time to thank you over the holidays, send cards, or write notes the impact your care has on their lives and the lives of their loved ones is immeasurable. We apologize if we haven’t recently thanked you directly, or as a group. Rest assured we are proud to work on your behalf representing the Maine Medial Association and each of us are very much looking forward to doing all we can for you in 2021. 

Happy Holidays to each of you, your families, and your staff. 

—MMA Staff

 

Congress Passes New COVID Relief Bill

Congress passed a 5,600-page, $2.3 trillion spending package to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. It also includes a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. Media reports the bill to be among the largest spending bills ever considered by Congress and follows the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in late March.

 

Congress passed a 5,600-page, $2.3 trillion spending package to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. It also includes a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. Media reports the bill to be among the largest spending bills ever considered by Congress and follows the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in late March. President Trump is calling on lawmakers to increase the amount of stimulus checks sent to Americans from $600 to $2,000. He did not directly threaten a veto but if he does not sign it by Monday at midnight, the government will shut down.  

The COVID-19 relief portion focuses on extending unemployment, providing stimulus checks, and boosting small businesses. It does not include the much-discussed issues of increased state funding assistance or business liability protections. The legislation does maintain several abortion-related restrictions, such as the long-standing Hyde amendment that prevents federal funds from being used for abortions. There are also energy provisions that would restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons, deemed to be the first significant piece of climate legislation in over a decade. Specific COVID relief relevant to physicians and health care include:

o   There will be an increase in the payment schedule of 3.75 percent 

o   Payments for HCPCS code G2211 are suspended for 3 years (through the end of December 2023)

        

Additionally, the suspension of the Medicare Sequestration cut of 2 percent is continued. Originally set to end on December 31, 2020, the Medicare sequestration cut is pushed out and is now scheduled to end on March 31, 2021.

Temporary freeze of APM payment incentive thresholds. The legislation also freezes the thresholds to qualify for the incentive payments for participating in Alternative Payment Models (APM) at their current levels for two years.

Employee retention tax credit modifications: Extends and Expands the CARES Act employee retention tax credit (ERTC).

$3 billion and new distribution requirements for the Provider Relief Fund.

$1 billion in direct funds to the Indian Health Service to carry out services.

 

Surprise medical billing legislation was also included in the bill. For services provided by a nonparticipating provider (e.g., physician) at a participating facility or at a nonparticipating emergency facility:

Providers may not bill beyond allowed cost-sharing amount (this amount is based on the recognized amount).

There must be an initial payment (determined by the plan) directly from the plan to the provider, or a notice of a denial, within 30 days from when the provider transmits the bill to the plan.

If the provider is not satisfied with the payment from the plan, they may begin a 30-day open negotiation period.

If an agreement cannot be reached in the open negotiation period, the plan or provider has 4 days to notify other party and Secretary of HHS that they are initiating the Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process

AMA Releases Revised 2021 E&M Codes

The revised 2021 Evaluation and Management (E&M) CPT coding and guideline changes from the AMA go into effect on 1\1\21 and are available for review and download here.

 

The revised 2021 Evaluation and Management (E&M) CPT coding and guideline changes from the AMA go into effect on 1\1\21 and are available for review and download here.

 

Governor Mills Extends Civil Emergency to 2021

According to Governor’s media release, “Governor Janet Mills today extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF)through January 20, 2021.

 

According to Governor’s media release, “Governor Janet Mills today extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF) through January 20, 2021. The Governor’s decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state in the nation which have ongoing emergency declarations, according to the National Governors Association. For example, the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont both renewed their States of Emergency this month.

 

Maine DHHS Launches Text Notifications to People Testing Positive for COVID-19

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this week the launch of a new text messaging service to alert Maine people who test positive for COVID-19 of steps to take to protect their health and limit the spread of the virus, as part of a comprehensive plan to adapt Maine's response to the pandemic.

 

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this week the launch of a new text messaging service to alert Maine people who test positive for COVID-19 of steps to take to protect their health and limit the spread of the virus, as part of a comprehensive plan to adapt Maine's response to the pandemic. 

People who test positive for COVID-19 and voluntarily provide their telephone number to their testing site will receive a text message from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) indicating that they should isolate for 10 days at home and inform close contacts of potential exposure to the virus. Recipients will also be directed to further information on the Maine CDC website. The message from Maine CDC will come from the number 22300.

 

BinaxNOW DHHS Guidance Update

The state has released updated guidance regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Test cards. Due to increased prevalence throughout the state of Maine, they have made two changes to the Guidance for the approved use of BinaxNOW in Maine.

 

The state has released updated guidance regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Test cards. Due to increased prevalence throughout the state of Maine, they have made two changes to the Guidance for the approved use of BinaxNOW in Maine. 

The major change is that they will no longer recommend a PCR test to confirm a positive BinaxNOW Antigen test in a symptomatic individual. 

In addition, we they no longer recommend a PCR test to confirm a positive BinaxNOW Antigen test when used for serial testing of asymptomatic critical infrastructure. As a reminder, under this scenario, critical infrastructure who are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case are serially tested to allow them to continue to work as long as they remain negative on the test. Critical infrastructure workers are limited to the following categories: Healthcare Workers, Education and First Responders. 

 

Maine CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets/VIS Form

Initially available COVID-19 vaccines may be authorized for use under an EUA issued by FDA or approved as licensed vaccines. COVID-19 Vaccine Providers can find information about EUAs, EUA Fact Sheets and VIS forms here.

 

Initially available COVID-19 vaccines may be authorized for use under an EUA issued by FDA or approved as licensed vaccines. COVID-19 Vaccine Providers can find information about EUAs, EUA Fact Sheets and VIS forms here.

 

 

News of an Emerging Variant of COVID-19

According the a US CDC scientific brief, “A new variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 that contains a series of mutations has been described in the United Kingdom (UK) and become highly prevalent in London and southeast England.

 

According the a US CDC scientific brief, “A new variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 that contains a series of mutations has been described in the United Kingdom (UK) and become highly prevalent in London and southeast England. Based on these mutations, this variant strain has been predicted to potentially be more rapidly transmissible than other circulating strains of SARS-CoV-2. Although a variant may predominate in a geographic area, that fact alone does not mean that the variant is more infectious.”

 

 

Maine Physicians In The Media

Special thanks to the following physician leaders for taking time from their stressful pandemic practice work to engage Maine media with messages focused on patients staying safe over the holiday to the need and expectation of a vaccine to keep their patients, staff, and themselves safe.

 

Special thanks to the following physician leaders for taking time from their stressful pandemic practice work to engage Maine media with messages focused on patients staying safe over the holiday to the need and expectation of a vaccine to keep their patients, staff, and themselves safe. 

Dr. Scott Schiff-Slater of Hallowell Family Practice 

Dr. Chris Meserve of Mid Coast Medical Group in Topsham 

Dr. Amy Madden, medical director of HealthReach Community Health Centers in Belgrade 

Dr. David Preston, medical director of Thayer Internal Medicine in Waterville 

Dr. Meghan Mamula, medical director of Brewer Medical Center 

Dr. John Paul Winters, hematologist/oncologist with New England Cancer Specialist 

Speaking With Patients, Maine's Primary Care Physicians Work To Reinforce Message Of Precaution (Maine Public, 12/23) 

Maine doctors try to find a place in vaccine line as hospitals look to state for clarity (Bangor Daily News, 12/23) 

Lack of clarity on vaccine rollout creates confusion in Maine (Portland Press Herald, 12/23) 

Chair of pediatrics at Maine Med. says suicide attempts ‘skyrocketed’ during pandemic (WMTW-TV, 12/22) 

What to Know of Covid-19 Antibody Drugs: Cost, Availability and More - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

 

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 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, 2021

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

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Maine Concussion Management Level 1 & 2 Training Via Zoom - January 15, 2021

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Level 1 and Level 2 training on January 15, 2021, via Zoom.

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Level 1 and Level 2 training on January 15, 2021, via Zoom.

Level 1 is the Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management. Level 2 is Advance Concussion Management that includes interpreting neurocognitive tests. Level 1 will be held in the morning and Level 2 will be held in the afternoon. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

MCMI training is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuro-psychologists, school nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic administrators/directors, and coaches.

Click Here for 2021 General Information and Registration Link.

For questions on registration – contact Haley Driscoll at hdriscoll1@une.edu

For questions on the training programs – contact Jan Salis, PT, AT at jsalis@aol.com


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