Maine Medicine Weekly Update - May 14, 2021
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Governor Announces Maine Will Follow New CDC Guidance on Masks for Fully Vaccinated People

Governor Janet Mills announced Friday that the State of Maine will adopt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) new guidance which allows fully vaccinated Americans not to wear face coverings indoors, effective May 24, 2021.

 

Governor Janet Mills announced Friday that the State of Maine will adopt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) new guidance which allows fully vaccinated Americans not to wear face coverings indoors, effective May 24, 2021. However, consistent with the U.S. CDC’s guidelines, it is recommended that people in Maine who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings in indoor public settings. 

Read the Governor’s full media release here

The US CDC revised its guidelines on Thursday, stating that vaccinated persons should not be required to wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings, with some exceptions. The national guidance still advises individuals to wear masks in crowded indoor settings and enclosed areas such as like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters. 

Regardless of vaccination status, it is important for people with compromised immune systems to consult with their physicians before removing their masks, and Mainers may be required to continue wearing them in certain instances, including at private businesses. Target, Home Depot, and many other large nationally recognized private businesses were quick to announce they will continue requiring masks in their stores while they review the new CDC guidance. The Hannaford website also has not changed: “We require all customers who are medically able to wear a mask to do so while shopping in our stores.” 

The updated US CDC guidance did not address public schools, for teachers, staff, or students. According to the Washington Post, “Until younger children are eligible to be vaccinated … they should continue to wear face masks when they are in public and around other people,” said Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on infectious diseases. 

Governor Mills also released an updated Executive Order on Thursday, May, 13, concerning indoor gatherings and in-store customer limits. The new EO will allow 100% of permitted capacity starting on May 24, 2021. Current state restrictions allow only 50% of permitted occupancy, 5 persons per 1,000 sq, ft., or 50 persons, whichever is greatest. 

Executive Order 38:  An Order to Amend Indoor Gathering and In-Store Customer Limits (PDF) - 5/13/2021

 

 

 

 

FDA Adds Adolescents Age 12 Through 15 to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older.

 

14 year-old Mainer, Henry Fisher received his first shot earlier this week from Mid Coast Hospital

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older. 

· Read full announcement here 

· Virtual Press Conference: COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents 

· New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 

· AMA: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine OK’d for ages 12–15: What doctors must know 

The FDA has updated the Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers Administering the Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) and for Recipients and Caregivers with information to reflect the use of the vaccine in the adolescent population, including the benefits and risks of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. 

The available safety data to support the EUA in adolescents down to 12 years of age, include 2,260 participants ages 12 through 15 years old enrolled in an ongoing randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in the United States. 

The most commonly reported side effects in the adolescent clinical trial participants, which typically lasted 1-3 days, were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain. With the exception of pain at the injection site, more adolescents reported these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose. 

Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained

 

AMA Pledges in New Plan to Dismantle Causes of Health Inequities

The American Medical Association (AMA) released an ambitious new three-year roadmap this week to embed racial justice and advance health equity within the AMA and our health care system.

 

The American Medical Association (AMA) released an ambitious new three-year roadmap this week to embed racial justice and advance health equity within the AMA and our health care system. The AMA Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity is the culmination of nearly three years of focused work led by the AMA Center for Health Equity and AMA employees, the AMA Board and House of Delegates, and external stakeholders. 

As AMA president-elect, Gerald E. Harmon, MD, underscores in his AMA Viewpoint, “social inequities and their consequences for families, for health care and for our nation’s future are far too great for the AMA to be a passive bystander. We must, and we will, take an active role.” 

The roadmap lays out five important steps to help dismantle structural racism in health care, recognize past failures, and work in partnership with leaders like you to improve health outcomes for communities of color and other historically marginalized groups. As physicians’ ally in patient care, the AMA is committed to the goal of eliminating inequities in the health of our patients. 

The AMA announcement stated they are committed to this cause, its purpose, and the work ahead. The MMA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Health Care Disparities Committee looks forward to working with the AMA in their efforts to advance equity. 

Below is the AMA Press Release. 

AMA releases plan dedicated to embedding racial justice and advancing health equity 

May 11, 2021 

New strategy represents three-year roadmap for action, historical reflections on past harms, and accountability in operationalizing equity and justice. 

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) today released an ambitious strategic plan to dismantle structural racism starting from within the organization, acknowledging that equity work requires recognition of past harms and critical examination of institutional roles upholding these structures. 

The framework of the plan — which is central to the work of the AMA Center for Health Equity and the responsibility of AMA leadership, membership, and external stakeholders — is driven by the immense need for equity-centered solutions to confront harms produced by systemic racism and other forms of oppression for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and other people of color, as well as people who identify as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. The groundwork for the plan began in 2019 when the AMA Center for Health Equity was launched as a result of a resolution passed by the AMA’s House of Delegates. Its urgency is underscored by ongoing circumstances including inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing police brutality, and hate crimes targeting Asian, Black, and Brown communities. 

“This strategic plan represents a step forward in a much longer journey to ground the AMA, health care, and our nation’s health care system around equity with a vision of achieving optimal health for all,” said AMA President-Elect Gerald E. Harmon, M.D. “As leaders in medicine, we commit to accountability toward the goal of eliminating inequities — systemic, preventable, and unjust differences — in the health of our patients. Fulfilling the AMA’s mission of promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health requires us to use our resources, influence, and power to push toward a more equitable future, which also means reversing the historic harms we caused and forging paths towards truth, reconciliation, racial healing, and transformation.” 

The plan outlines five strategic approaches to begin tackling these challenges: 

Embed equity and racial justice throughout the AMA by expanding capacity for understanding and implementing anti-racist equity strategies via practices, programming, policies, and culture. 

Build alliances with marginalized physicians and other stakeholders through developing structures and coalitions to elevate the experiences and ideas of historically marginalized and minoritized health care leaders. 

Push upstream to address all determinants of health and root causes of inequities by strengthening, empowering, and equipping physicians with the knowledge of and tools for dismantling structural and social drivers of health inequities. 

Ensure equitable structures and opportunities in innovation through embedding and advancing racial justice and health equity within existing AMA efforts to advance digital health. 

Foster pathways for truth, racial healing, reconciliation, and transformation for AMA’s past by accounting for how policies and processes excluded, discriminated, and harmed communities, and by amplifying and integrating the narratives of historically marginalized physicians and patients. 

“With this blueprint for embedding racial and social justice, we are dedicated to comprehensively analyzing the structures, systems, policies, and practices that have had harmful impacts within our organization and beyond,” said AMA Chief Health Equity Officer Aletha Maybank, M.D., M.P.H. “Achieving equitable solutions requires disruption and dismantling of existing norms and taking collective action. It also requires a sense of urgency and ambition, and the time is now.” 

The plan is centered around an overarching, aspirational vision of a nation in which all people live in thriving communities where resources work well; systems are equitable and do not create or exacerbate harm; everyone has the power, conditions, resources, and opportunities to achieve optimal health; and all physicians are equipped with the consciousness, tools, and resources to confront inequities. Several guiding principles have been set to ensure equitable practices in carrying out the plan, and internal performance indicators and evaluation metrics and tools will be used to measure success and impact while maintaining transparency and accountability. 

“Embedding equity is an all-hands-on-deck effort that will enable AMA to further our impact on behalf of all people in our country — but especially those who have historically been marginalized. AMA leaders are creating opportunities to embed equity into our ongoing work so that equity serves as an accelerator of everything we do to improve the health of our nation,” said AMA CEO and EVP James L. Madara, M.D. 

In 2008, the AMA issued a public apology for its past discriminatory actions against Black physicians as a modest first step toward healing and reconciliation. In 2019, the AMA launched its Center for Health Equity following a Board-approved recommendation from the Health Equity Task Force. The Center remains the anchor for facilitating, strengthening, and amplifying the AMA’s work to eliminate health inequities and their root causes. Through research, collaborations, advocacy, and leadership, the AMA believes in supporting system-level solutions and identifying and addressing root causes of inequities while elevating their importance to patients, communities, and stakeholders. Within the past year, some of these actions include: passing AMA policies that acknowledge racism as a public health threat, rids race as a proxy for biology, eliminates racial essentialism in medicine, and recognizes police brutality as a product of structural racism; launching the Medical Justice in Advocacy fellowship to advance equity in medicine; removing the name of AMA founder Dr. Nathan Davis from an annual award and display in recognition of his contribution to explicit racist exclusion practices; calling on the federal government to collect and release COVID-19 race/ethnicity data; and investing financially in Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods

To learn more about the AMA’s strategic plan, click here

To read an AMA Viewpoint authored by Dr. Harmon on this topic, click here.

 

Vaccine Ordering Open to All MIP-approved COVID Vaccine Providers Through Maine CDC

COVID-19 vaccine ordering is now available to all COVID-19 enrolled provider sites. Smaller independent physician offices are excited they can now offer patients shots at their offices. The Maine Medical Association applauds the efforts of Maine public health officials after their announcement they will be offering more doses to community physician practices in the coming weeks.

 

COVID-19 vaccine ordering is now available to all COVID-19 enrolled provider sites. Smaller independent physician offices are excited they can now offer patients shots at their offices. The Maine Medical Association applauds the efforts of Maine public health officials after their announcement they will be offering more doses to community physician practices in the coming weeks. 

As the demand for COVID-19 vaccinations seems to be waning in some areas many states have started to shift focus from large-scale mass throughput sites to smaller locations such as independent community physician offices. 

For detailed information on the ordering process, please review the Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Request Process document. 

Important reminders: 

Orders must be submitted using the COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Allocation Request Form

Ordering will NOT be available in ImmPact. 

Orders should be sent to the MECDC@Maine.gov email box by 5pm on Mondays. 

Due to limited federal allotments, orders are not guaranteed at this time. 

Practices that have not been approved as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider but wish to can visit Maine’s COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Portal webpage to begin enrollment.

 

Another Busy Week for Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy

The following bills of importance were up for public hearings or voted on this week before policy committees in the Maine State Legislature.

 

The following bills of importance were up for public hearings or voted on this week before policy committees in the Maine State Legislature. 

Tuesday

LD 1140, HP 818 An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices—MMA Supports 

· Bill was voted Ought to Pass with amendment(s) 

LD 1085, An Act Relating to the Use of Genetic Information for Insurance Purposes—MMA Supports 

· Bill was voted Ought Not to Pass 

LD 1357, SP 443 An Act To Require Private Insurance Coverage for Postpartum Care—MMA Supports 

· Bill was TABLED (put off to a later date) 

LD 1539, An Act To Provide Access to Fertility Care—MMA Supports 

· Bill was TABLED (put off to a later date) 

Wednesday 

Immunization bills 

LD 96, An Act To Create Fairness in the Treatment of Students by Retaining Students with Certain Vaccine Exemptions—MMA Opposed 

LD 156, An Act To Promote School Attendance by Exempting Virtual Public Charter School and Private School Students from Immunization Requirements—MMA Opposed 

LD 833, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Vaccines by Reinstating Religious Exemptions—MMA Opposed 

LD 1082, An Act To Improve Educational Opportunities by Exempting Children Who Attend Virtual Public Charter Schools from Immunization Requirements and Expanding Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools—MMA Opposed 

· All four bills were voted Ought Not to Pass in a split vote. 

LD 1550, An Act To End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products—MMA Supports 

* Bill was voted Ought to Pass in a split vote. 

LD 1601, Resolve, To Establish an Advisory Panel To Study the Implications of Genome-editing Technology for the Citizens of the State—MMA Supports 

· Bill was voted Ought to Pass in a split vote. 

LD 1390, An Act To Maximize Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured through Easy Enrollment in the MaineCare Program or in a Qualified Health Plan in the Marketplace—MMA Supports 

· Public hearing was held; Committee will further discuss bill on May 18, 2021. 

LD 1463, An Act To Make Health Care Coverage More Affordable for Working Families and Small Businesses—MMA Supports 

· Public hearing was held; Committee will further discuss bill on May 18, 2021. 

Thursday 

LD 1423, An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use by Ensuring Adequate Funding for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Programs and by Raising the Tax on Tobacco Products and To Provide Funding To Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes Based on Certain Factors—MMA Supports 

· Public hearing was held; No date has been set for continued work by the committee. 

LD 1292, An Act Regarding the Parental Right To Direct the Health Care of Children—MMA Opposed 

LD 1510, An Act Concerning Informed Consent of Minors' Authority to Release Health Care Information—MMA Opposed 

LD 1629, An Act Regarding the Qualifications for Licensure as a Physician or Surgeon—MMA Supports 

Maine Legislature teases State House return after pandemic restrictions relax (Bangor Daily News)

 

MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service

The Mary Cushman, MD Award is presented each year by the Maine Medical Association to recognize the humanitarian service of medical volunteers who serve in Maine, the US or abroad.  Nominations for the 2021 award are due by July 23, 2021.

 

Nominations for the 2021 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service are due by July 23, 2021.

The Maine Medical Association presents the Mary F. Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer each year to recognize the service of medical volunteers who serve in Maine, the US or abroad.  The award was established in 2003 in recognition of the MMA's 150th anniversary.

Priority consideration is given to:

  • the nomination of a Maine physician who is a member of the Maine Medical Association
  • nominations submitted by members of the Maine Medical Association
  • nominations that, for international volunteering, include training people in other countries to provide care in their own communities.

Nominations for the 2021 Mary Cushman Award are due by Friday, July 23, 2021.  The award is announced at the MMA Annual Session in September and includes a $1,000 donation to the institution or organization of the recipient's choice.

2021 Mary Cushman, MD Award Nomination Form

Tufts Maine Track Class of 2021

Updates for the Tufts Maine Track Class of 2021.

 

· Maine Track celebration was on May 1:  

https://www.mainehealth.org/News/2021/05/Maine-Track-Celebration-Honors-Class-of-2021 

· Tufts School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony will be on Sunday, May 23:  

https://medicine.tufts.edu/student-community/major-milestones/commencement

 

UNECOM

UNECOM 2021 updates.

 

 UNECOM graduation is this Sunday, May 16  https://www.une.edu/commencement

 

This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network

Find this week's top articles from JAMA network here.

 

• SARS-CoV-2 Infections After Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccination in Workforce Research Letter 

• Drug Overdose Deaths Before, After Shelter-in-Place During Pandemic Research Letter 

• Delayed Localized Hypersensitivity Reactions to Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Brief Report 

• Medical Treatment Following Violence Exposure in a National Sample of Youth Study

 

SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

The Maine Medical Association- Center for Quality Improvement, in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, launched the SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance initiative.

 


The Maine Medical Association- Center for Quality Improvement, in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, launched the SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance initiative. 

This initiative is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is designed to support the Department’s goals to enhance Maine’s response to the opioid epidemic through increased access to vital treatment and services for substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD). 

Navigate to this link for more details: SUPPORT for ME TA 

or email either skring@mainemed.com,kcole@mainemed.com 

 

 

Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All

After the grueling toll of pandemic life, there are some very clear bright spots. Three vaccines are approved and all back online and being rolled out. In fact, Maine is ranked among the top in the nation for vaccination rates.

 


After the grueling toll of pandemic life, there are some very clear bright spots. Three vaccines are approved and all back online and being rolled out. In fact, Maine is ranked among the top in the nation for vaccination rates.
Additionally, science and medical experts are the trusted message and messengers for COVID-19 education. In a recent national survey, the most trusted messengers regarding the COVID-19 vaccines are medical professionals and vaccinated family members. However, a majority of Mainers report that they have not consulted their doctors with their questions about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Now is a great time for physicians and medical providers to reach out via social media, post cards, school and community events to keep the dialogue open. If you would like to speak at a community forum, contact MeCAP at info@mecap.org.
 

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

Maine Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update

The following updates cover bills and issues that were internally defined by MMA’s Legislative Committee and Board of Directors as core state legislative priorities in late 2020 with MMA being the one of the primary advocates before the Maine Legislature and statewide public policy stakeholders.

 

The following updates cover bills and issues that were internally defined by MMA’s Legislative Committee and Board of Directors as core state legislative priorities in late 2020 with MMA being the one of the primary advocates before the Maine Legislature and statewide public policy stakeholders. 

MMA Primary Advocate: Bills Related to MMA Primary Issues 

· Telehealth: Permanent expansion of COVID-19 related telehealth regulations/laws.

LD 333, An Act Regarding Telehealth – MMA Testimony 

This bill makes changes to the provisions governing health insurance coverage of telehealth services. 

Public Hearing: Thursday, May 6 No work session yet scheduled. 

· Slightly raise and earmark medical professional licensure fees for the Medical Professionals Health Program (MPHP).

LD 1576, Resolve, To Establish and Fund a Medical Professionals Health Program from Health Care Provider License Fees

Bill will be withdrawn from consideration and in place the MMA will work toward a solution within an outside stakeholder group.

Increase health care funding investment in primary care.

LD 1196, An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care and Behavioral Health

MMA Testimony – MMA Testimony

Bill will be held until the Legislature returns in 2022: Stakeholder group to be formed and meet off-session.

MMA Large Coalition Member: Bills Related to MMA Coalition Issues

Reform Drug Sentencing Law(s) to address mandated felony-level charges for possession with intent to distribute to expand necessary access to substance use disorder treatment.

LD 663 - An Act to Make Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Available to Maine’s Incarcerated Population

One-Liner: This bill outlines requirements for the establishment of a substance use disorder treatment program in the correctional facilities. – MMA Testimony

Work Session, Friday, April 30; bill sponsor meeting with DOC (supportive). Amendments are being reviewed and combined. Ongoing meetings taking place.

LD 967 An Act To Make Possession of Scheduled Drugs for Personal Use a Civil Penalty—MMA Testimony, Dr Oppenheim (Dr. Graham; Dr. Hagler)

Public Hearing, Friday, April 30; Work Session, May 5—TABLED

Tobacco & nicotine product tax increase to fully fund Maine’s tobacco prevention and treatment program.

LD 1423 An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use by Ensuring Adequate Funding for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Programs and by Raising the Tax on Tobacco Products and To Provide Funding To Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes Based on Certain Factors—MMA Testimony

Public Hearing, Thursday, May 13

End the sale of all flavors, in all tobacco products.

LD 1550 An Act To End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products – MMA Testimony

Public Hearing, Friday, May 7; Work Session, May 12—OTP by a 7-4 vote, minority report OTP-AM

MMA Foundational Policy Issues: Bills Related to MMA Foundational Issues

Advocating for policies that are actively anti-racist.

Opioid Use Disorder policy

Health Reform policy

 

Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, May 19th

MMA Legislative Committee Chair, Jay Mullen, M.D. welcomes you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chair, Jay Mullen, M.D. welcomes you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee. 

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative actions of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour. 

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. 

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature will take place Wednesday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

You may now join the meeting with your computer or continue to connect by phone only. Please use the following Zoom meeting information. This will remain the same for every weekly call during the session. 

Legislative Committee Weekly Update May 19, 2021 7:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92954551629?pwd=WUF1L3BkMHY5SW1iYzhGSjdscGN6dz09

Meeting ID: 929 5455 1629

Passcode: 2021 

Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adD6zd4sZG

A list of the bills to be discussed during the weekly call will be e-mailed to committee members and those interested early next week.  If you would like to be added to this e-mail list, please contact Sarah Lepoff at  slepoff@mainemed.com

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

May 21-22, 2021
29th Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting
Full brochure and registration available after February 15, 2021 at www.maineafp.org
Contact: Deborah Halbach 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff

This 6-hour course will be held in 3 sections of 2 hours each on Tuesday June 8, June 15 and June 22 from 2:30-4:30pm.

     

    Suicide Assessment and Management for Clinical Staff
    Registration is open for this virtual 3-part workshop - $10
    This 6 hour course will be held in 3 sections of 2 hours each on Tuesday June 8, June 15 and June 22 from 2:30-4:30pm.

      Presented by NAMI Maine
      The ability to conduct an informed suicide risk assessment is a vital skill of any clinician working with high-risk populations.  Suicide Assessment is a virtual 3-part workshop designed to prepare a new or seasoned healthcare or mental health clinician to understand the risk of suicide, how to approach and complete an effective suicide risk assessment, intervention and ongoing management for an individual at risk.  Learning Objectives:

      • Articulate a rationale for a systemic approach to suicide assessment and management within a system of care.
      • Describe the components of a suicide risk assessment interview, using the C-SSRS tools.
      • Use the elements of risk assessment to determine level of care needs and corresponding appropriate resources.
      • Understand the rationale for and applicability of Collaborative safety planning, referrals and follow-up to help manage risk.

      Workshop description and registration information:
      Registration and information for workshop on Tuesdays June 8, 15 and 22.

       

      Also available:
      Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings:
      A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
      Presented by Greg Marley, LCSW - Director of Suicide Prevention, NAMI Maine

      To schedule this 1-hour presentation for your medical practice, contact the NAMI Maine Suicide Prevention Coordinator at mspp@namimaine.org or at (800) 464-5767 x2318.

      A Maine citizen is 13.5 times more likely to die by suicide than by homicide (2016-2018), yet suicide is among the most preventable forms of death.  Healthcare practice settings provide an excellent venue for the identification and assessment of suicide risk and the provision of ongoing care to assist in the management of the drivers of suicide.

      This 1-hour presentation will provide updated information on trends in suicidal behavior across the lifespan and an overview of the best-practice approach to suicide identification, assessment, and management of suicide within a practice or hospital setting.  Tools for practice will be offered to address assessment, Collaborative Safety Planning and coordinated follow-up.  This presentation is appropriate to any professional working in a medical, clinical or behavioral health role: medical providers, nurses, social workers and ancillary clinicians and support staff.

      Attendees will leave able to

      • Articulate the rationale for a structured approach to suicide assessment and management in healthcare
      • Describe to elements of suicide assessment and Collaborative Safety Planning
      • Appreciate the recent trends in suicide across the lifespan in Maine

      In collaboration with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and NAMI Maine, the Maine Medical Association offers resources for physicians and medical practices at www.mainemed.com/suicide-prevention.

      AMA Designation Statement: 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.

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

      AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)

      The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools.

       

      The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools. 

      The online course features two tracks; the 19–23-month-old track and the adolescent track with data collection activities specific to each population. The course is eligible for PI CME, NAPNAP, MOC Part 2, and MOC Part 4 credits. 

      The course is free to AAP members - and for a limited time, is being offered free to ALL rural health clinicians in Maine (Pediatricians AND Family Practice) through an AAP initiative.  Additional course information is available here

      For rural health care providers that are non-AAP members and interested in taking this immunization course, contact Melissa Ponce at mponce@aap.org for additional information and to have your course fee waived through the Supporting Pediatricians to Improve HPV and Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates Initiative - again, the EQIPP immunization course is open to all Maine physicians serving youth, and the course fee is being waived for ruralhealth clinicians!

      New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series

      The Maine AAP is launching an educational webinar series beginning at the end of March until the first of June.

       

      The Maine AAP is launching an educational webinar series beginning at the end of March until the first of June. 

      Sessions, which will be held on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 - 8pm, cover a wide variety of topics and feature speakers from Maine and beyond. Visit the Maine AAP's event page to view the topics. 

      The cost for access to the series with 12 hours of CME included is $95.  

      Details:  https://www.maineaap.org/news/2021/pediatrics-in-maine-spring-2021-educational-series

       

       

      SBIRT/EFFECTIVE CONVERSATION TRAINING - Saturday, May 15th, 8:30am

      Learn how to engage in effective brief conversational style communication to strengthen a young person’s/families own motivation and commitment to change – conducted in a healthcare setting,  especially for adolescent nicotine and other substance use, misuse and abuse.

       

      SBIRT/EFFECTIVE CONVERSATION TRAINING  

      -  Saturday, May 15th 8:30am – Noon, Cost - $30 for Maine AAP Members, $40 for non-members 

      *Class Size is LImited - to reserve your spot, CLICK HERE* 

      SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and Motivational Interviewing 

      Learn how to engage in effective brief conversational style communication to strengthen a young person’s/families own motivation and commitment to change – conducted in a healthcare setting,  especially for adolescent nicotine and other substance use, misuse and abuse. 

      Open to Maine AAP members and other providers - a half day SBIRT and motivational brief conversation training which will include pre and post assessment for the trainees with feedback. 

      Offers: 

      · Building effective conversations, skills and an understanding of the four structural processes of the style of communication; engagement; focusing; evocation, & planning. 

      · Building an effective rapport and create authentic engagement (working alliance) with young people & their families while screening for nicotine, alcohol and other drugs. 

      · Using effective brief empathetic, compassionate communication. 

      · Providing “How to” advice and information collaboratively.. 

      · Understanding of the core spirit & skills of an SBIRT screening. 

      · Understanding of evidence-based practice listening and effective responses for working with sensitive topics, major life decisions (ex. use of nicotine, alcohol and other drugs) and chronic health issues among young people. 

      Graduates of this basic training will be eligible for a seat in an upcoming Master Class which includes ‘Coded feedback’ (from our Coding/Coaching Laboratory) and Helpers Response Questionnaire (HRQ) pre & post training  (Value $ 1175) and Monthly ZOOM video conferencing teaching/coaching on MI for 1 – 2 hours/month for 6 months (Value-  $ 900.)  Option to participate in an advanced level Certificate Program. (Value - $475) 

      *Class Size is LImited - to reserve your spot, CLICK HERE* 

      Speaker Biography 

      Stephen R. Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP, is a “storyteller”, trainer, therapist, author and the Chief Energizing Officer of Health Education Training Institute. He maintains a compassion- focused private practice in Portland, Maine USA where he also facilitates a variety of men’s, co-ed and caregiver groups. Stephen is a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2003. He is a MIA-STEP trainer (Motivational Interviewing Assessment; Supervisor Training Program) for the New England ATTC since 2007. Stephen has been   Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity trained and has over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing. Stephen provides coaching and training domestically and internationally (Singapore, Iceland, Poland, China, Canada, Holland, Sweden, Turkey & UK) for social service agencies, health-care providers, substance use disorder professionals, criminal justice, vocational rehabilitation and other groups on motivational interviewing, addiction, co-occurring disorders, counseling theory, “challenging” adolescents, supervision and ethics for care professionals, men’s work and the power of group work, as well as supervising a coding/coaching laboratory and a simulation lab for the fidelity and training/coaching for Motivational Interviewing. Stephen is the proud father of a 22 year-old son, Sebastian and co-author of Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness

      Health Education & Training Institute – Since 2004 ‘HETI’ has specialized in affordable educational training and coaching using Motivational Interviewing for individuals and agencies working in supervision, employment, criminal justice, health care and social services fields. HETI  offers coding services through our Coding Laboratory with six coders providing feedback, assessment and coaching using the MITI 4.1 (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity) and BECCI (Behavior Change Counseling Index). HETI Coding Laboratory has provided feedback and coaching for numerous individuals and agencies including; Department of Mental Health, Massachusetts, US Courts in Hawaii, Nevada, Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan and Iowa, Boston Medical School, Brigham Young Women’s Hospital, NYU Medical School and for PHD candidates. We have provided coded feedback and coaching for over 1000 individuals in vocational services, criminal justice, health-care, social services, peer mentoring, mental health, and addiction.

       

       

      2021 PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE: Striving for Inclusive Prevention During the Pandemic and Beyond May 18-19, 2021

      Prevention Professionals Conference is designed to offer Maine's Prevention Community a broad range of learning opportunities, what was formerly known as Prevention Professionals Day has grown to become a 2-day conference.

       

      2021 PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE: 

      Striving for Inclusive Prevention During the Pandemic and Beyond 

      Sponsored by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine Prevention Services 

      Tuesday & Wednesday, May 18 & 19, 2021 

      Virtual Zoom Conference 

      You may attend one or both days 

      Prevention Professionals Conference is designed to offer Maine's Prevention Community a broad range of learning opportunities, what was formerly known as Prevention Professionals Day has grown to become a 2-day conference. Participants can choose to attend either one or both days. The conference will focus on implicit bias and it’s impacts on our communities; accessing and utilizing Maine’s many data sources to tell the story of prevention; understanding the root causes of tobacco and substance use, as well as mental health challenges; engaging youth in efforts of prevention and equity. The program includes keynote presenters, panel presentations and plenary sessions.

      OBJECTIVES

      1. To gain awareness about resilience and how to increase protective factors in prevention.
      2. To deepen knowledge of the social determinants of health.
      3. To uncover implicit bias in prevention work & systems and examine how implicit bias impacts individual communities.
      4. To increase capacity to use data to tell the story of the importance of inclusive primary prevention.

      TARGET AUDIENCE

      The target audience of this conference includes community prevention professionals; coalition members; tobacco, substance use and mental health prevention and health promotion practitioners; program managers and administrators; state agency prevention staff; volunteers and task force members; and others who deliver tobacco, substance use and mental health prevention services or who are interested in prevention issues and practice.

      CONTINUING EDUCATION

      This conference has been approved by the Maine Prevention Certification Board and meets the requirements for Prevention Specialist Certification in Maine. 10.5 hours of training for Certified Prevention Specialists: ATOD and IC&RC Prevention Performance Domains 1-6.  (5.25 hours per day)

      This program constitutes 10.5 hours of training through AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.  (5.25 hours per day)

      This event is FREE. 

      To Learn More & Register

       

       

      Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting May 21-25

      Please join us online for the annual meeting of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health starting Friday evening, May 21, and going through Tuesday, May 25. Registration closes on May 7th!

       


      Register for the Annual Meeting now and visit Congress (online) May 25

      Please join us online for the annual meeting of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health starting Friday evening, May 21, and going through Tuesday, May 25, when we will spend a day making visits to Congress online. Learn about the actions taken by the President and Congress to address climate change with policy solutions. 

      Practice the key messages describing the medical promise of climate solutions and visit Congress with your colleagues on May 25 to share those messages and express your support for climate solutions. Because appointments with Congress must be scheduled in advance, registration closes on May 7.  Please register today to attend the meeting and participate in visits to your representatives in Congress.
       
      About the Annual Meeting  |  View Agenda
       

      Highlights of the annual meeting include: 
      • Workshops on plant forward cooking; greening your practice; buying an electric car
      • The medical promise of climate solutions 
      • Developments in the 117th Congress  
      • Medical students’ (MS4SF) report on adding climate to medical education
      • State clinician groups report on policy progress
      • Transportation and electricity generation solutions under consideration by Congress
      • Land use to maximize carbon sinks 
      • CME on climate health impacts on Saturday and Sunday mornings (May 22 and 23)
      • Policy sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoon (May 22 and 23)
      • Session to prepare for visits to Congress

       

      Maine Opioid Prescribing Legal Update May 25, 2021

      Join the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), in partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), on Tuesday May 25, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m. 

       


      Join the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), in partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI), on Tuesday May 25, 2021, from 12 – 1 p.m.   When Maine passed Chapter 488, the opioid prescribing law, in 2016, it was the most restrictive opioid prescribing law in the nation.  While many Maine prescribers have incorporated the requirements into their usual practice, prescribers may still have questions about different aspects of the law and the subsequent board rules and insurer-required restrictions. This program will reinforce prescribers’ ability to adhere to the law and rules. We hope you can join us! Navigate to the following link to register: 

      https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T2AuycCSS1a4pQgy7P2GBA

       

       

       

      Medical Director / Physician

      Sacopee Valley Health Center, FQHC located in Porter, Maine is seeking a Board Certified, experienced, Physician to be the Medical Director.

      Sacopee Valley Health Center, FQHC located in Porter, Maine is seeking a Board Certified, experienced, Physician to be the Medical Director. This position is full time, four days per week. Approximately 30 hours per week of scheduled direct patient service and 10 hours of Medical Director time. The ideal candidate will have leadership and clinical experience. Experience interacting with external and internal stakeholders highly preferred. This role oversees our medical team, will work closely with staff, and management.

      We utilize NextGen for our EHR. We are a NCQA Level III PCMH.

      We offer competitive salary and benefits package, including health, dental, disability and life insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and generous time off.

      Qualifications:

      • M.D. or D.O. required
      • An active unrestricted ME state license required.
      • Three - five years of clinical, and or leadership experience.

      Send resume to lwatson@svhc.org or mail to:
      Chief Operating Officer, Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068

      Sacopee Valley Health Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

      7/30/21

      Finance Director for Islands Community Medical Services

      Our Finance Director leads a 3-person team at Islands Community Medical Services (ICMS), a Federally Qualified Health Center on the island of Vinalhaven serving over 1,500 patients annually. 

      Our Finance Director leads a 3-person team at Islands Community Medical Services (ICMS), a Federally Qualified Health Center on the island of Vinalhaven serving over 1,500 patients annually.  We are mission-driven with a shared a passion for improving the health of our community - one person at a time.

      The Finance Director works with the staff to develop business plans and processes that ensure our that our financial health is assured. The Director builds streamlined and accountable financial systems and is the ICMS liaison to a variety of funders and payment systems; and ensure that staff are well trained for the work they perform.

      Candidates should have an degree in accounting or business or another relevant field, or the equivalent in education and closely related work experience, with a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible management experience in mission-driven organizations. 

      Candidates may request a copy of the job description from: Laurie Bouchard, SPHR at laurie@lbouchardllc.com

      5/14/21