Maine Medicine Weekly Update - May 28, 2021
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Congratulations 2021 UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine & Maine Track Program Graduates

The MMA wants to congratulate the recently graduated 2021 University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) and the 2021 graduates of the Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center Maine Track program.

 

 

2021 TUSM, MMC, Maine Track graduate, Asha Mohamud, M.D.

The MMA wants to congratulate the recently graduated 2021 University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) and the 2021 graduates of the Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center Maine Track program.

On behalf of the Maine Medical Association Board of Directors, physician members and staff of the Maine Medical Association, we want to extend a sincere congratulations to graduates from both programs and best of luck to each of you, including Class of 2021 UNECOM graduates, and Maine Medical Association Board of Director members, Jennifer Marsidi and Taylor Ouellette.

Maine Track program President, Spencer Scott spoke of the “privilege my identity gives me,” before giving way to the chosen speaker for the class, Asha Mohamud. Dr. Mohamud spoke on how she thought of herself as an atypical Maine Tracker and did not feel she belonged. Classmates, medical teams and patients often asked her where she was from. When she would answer, Lewiston, she stated she would be met with the dreaded, “Where are you from, from question,” despite the fact she attended elementary school in Lewiston and went on to graduate from Bates College. She is as she stated, “As Maine as it gets.” She then went on to describe how her story was not only one “of a kid that was never supposed to become a physician” but one of triumph and an underdog. She is now the only the second Somali woman physician in the history of Maine. 

UNECOM Class of 2021 President, Megan Jastrembski aptly stated during the virtual ceremony, “We have some scars, but we have also gained so much. A sense of resilience. Unshakeable bonds…and a sense of purpose and perspective that will traject our careers towards becoming outstanding physicians in the service of our patients.” Dr. Jastrembski also recognized the influence of former classmate, Deane Kenny Stryker, a first year UNECOM student who was tragically killed in 2018. She mentioned Deane as, “someone who made our class so complete and who helped shape the bond we now enjoy. Deane’s memory is a light that should inspire us to be better people and better physicians.”

Both events were live streamed for family, friends, and the public who were unable to attend the virtual ceremony.

The archived UNECOM broadcast can be viewed here.

The archived Maine Track broadcast can be viewed here.

 

 

Maine Congressman Jared Golden Part of Group Spearheading Medicare Expansion

Second Congressional District Congressman Jarod Golden and three congressional colleagues are leading a coalition of over 150 U.S. House Democrats urging President Biden to prioritize expanding Medicare in his American Families Plan legislation.

 

Second Congressional District Congressman Jarod Golden and three congressional colleagues are leading a coalition of over 150 U.S. House Democrats urging President Biden to prioritize expanding Medicare in his American Families Plan legislation. 

In a letter to the President and Vice-President Harris, the congresspersons are requesting the administration lower the eligibility age for Medicare, decrease prescription drug costs and expand coverage to dental, vision and hearing. 

 

Maine Health Alert Network Advisory: Myocarditis and Pericarditis following COVID Vaccination

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) sent out an advisory on reported cases of Myocarditis/Pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination.

 

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) sent out an advisory on reported cases of Myocarditis/Pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination. 

The reports appear to be rare, given the number of vaccine doses administered to date. U.S. CDC is investigating whether there is any causal association or an increase of such events relative to the background rates. 

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis is the inflammation of the lining outside the heart. In both cases, the body's immune system causes an inflammation in response to an infection or some other trigger. While myocarditis can be serious, it is frequently mild and self-limited. Symptoms can include abnormal heart rhythms, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Myocarditis is often caused by a viral infection, but it can result from a reaction to a drug or as part of a more general inflammatory condition. Myocarditis itself not a notifiable condition in Maine. 

Maine CDC has received reports of cases of myocarditis occurring in Maine residents after receipt of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Since there is usually an increase in myocarditis at this time of year, it is not known if these cases are associated with receipt of the vaccine. Vaccination for COVID-19 remains strongly recommended. U.S. CDC will continue to evaluate reports of myocarditis/pericarditis occurring after COVID-19 vaccination and will share more information as it becomes available. 

All Maine CDC HAN advisories in PDF form can be found here, including a recent advisory concerning a report of Acute Hepatitis A Case in a Food Service Worker in Eastport. 

 

ME DHHS Updates Pop-Up Clinic Eligibility & Application

Maine DHHS remains committed to making COVID19 vaccination as accessible and easy as possible. With as few as 10 confirmed patients, any community organization (e.g. school, employer, religious organization, community group, etc.) can now organize a vaccine “pop-up clinic” to bring vaccinations to their community.

 

Maine DHHS remains committed to making COVID19 vaccination as accessible and easy as possible. With as few as 10 confirmed patients, any community organization (e.g. school, employer, religious organization, community group, etc.) can now organize a vaccine “pop-up clinic” to bring vaccinations to their community. 

Organizations that can identify at least 10 friends, colleagues, clients, or community members looking to get vaccinated and are ready to host a pop-up clinic are asked to please complete this brief online application: 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=q6g_QX0gYkubzeoajy-GTiO3xL8jO01NmVklWOLcF8dURTVISzFTT0c1OFpRSFBYVzhOTE01VU9YQy4u

Once a completed application is received, staff from the Maine CDC Maine Immunization Program will connect approved applicants with an approved COVID-19 Vaccination Provider. The applicant or their designee will be asked to work with the assigned Vaccine Provider to finalize logistics. DHHS can assist by providing guidance on clinic preparations. 

For questions or more information about vaccination clinics, please contact VaccinePopupClinics.DHHS@maine.gov.

 

Associated Press: COVID Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults

According to a Modern Healthcare reprint of an Associated Press article, “the pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading to a surge of new cases and relapses that is not abating as restrictions are loosened and COVID-19 cases subside in many places, doctors and other specialists say.”

 

According to a Modern Healthcare reprint of an Associated Press article, “the pandemic created treacherous conditions for eating disorders, leading to a surge of new cases and relapses that is not abating as restrictions are loosened and COVID-19 cases subside in many places, doctors and other specialists say.”

An analysis of electronic medical records data from about 80 U.S. hospitals found a 30% increase starting after March 2020, compared with data from the previous two years. There were 1,718 admissions for girls aged 12 to 18 through February, but no increase among boys. 

The analysis was published in April in the Epic Health Research Network journal. 

Key points in the article: 

· The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, which started offering virtual therapist-led support groups for adults during the pandemic, has also seen a surge. Since January more than 7,000 people from every state and 32 countries have attended their support groups, said alliance CEO Johanna Kandel. 

· Hospitalizations are also up among teen girls with severe complications from eating disorders, mostly anorexia.

 

U.S. CDC ACIP: Vaccine Recommendation Updates - 5/25/2021

The following materials have been updated to reflect the latest ACIP recommendation to include adolescents aged 12 to 15 years as eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The following materials have been updated to reflect the latest ACIP recommendation to include adolescents aged 12 to 15 years as eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. 

Preparation and Administration Summary: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna 

Standing Orders: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna 

COVID-19 Vaccine Quick Reference Guide 

Interim Clinical Considerations Summary Document

 

American Academy of Physician Assistants Votes to Change Title: Physician Associate

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates this week voted to change their title to Physician Associate.

 

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates this week voted to change their title to Physician Associate. 

To effectuate this change, each affiliate organization will also need to adopt the change and every state will need to change the title through state law or rulemaking. 

Note: The AAPA has indicated in its media release, “It is inappropriate for PAs to hold themselves out as “physician associates” at this time until legislative and regulatory changes are made to incorporate the new title.”  

Here is a link to AAPAs media release.  

 

 

Primary Care 2.0 Webinar Opportunities

MaineCare’s Valued-Based Purchasing Unit invites you to join a presentation about the proposed reimbursement strategy for the Primary Care 2.0 initiative.

 

MaineCare’s Valued-Based Purchasing Unit invites you to join a presentation about the proposed reimbursement strategy for the Primary Care 2.0 initiative. 

As a reminder, Primary Care 2.0 is a proposal that will take our three current primary care programs – Primary Care Case Management, Health Homes, and the Primary Care Provider Incentive Payment – and integrate them into one simplified valued-based model. 

This presentation will provide additional information on reimbursement rates and methodology for the Primary Care 2.0 model. There are two available dates to attend. Please note: Both dates will cover the same information; this allows another option for provider/organizations who would like to attend.

If your organization is interested in receiving information on how you can determine your practice’s estimated Population-Based Payment reimbursement under the Primary Care 2.0 model, please complete this brief, non-binding statement of interest: https://forms.gle/Q8dgJ9bgguhbCV8R6. MaineCare will use this information to contact your practice/organization to provide relevant practice-specific information to assist in your Primary Care 2.0 planning. This information will be delivered in June, following the presentations below. 

Who should attend the sessions? 

Any provider or organization that would like to learn more about the reimbursement rates and methodology being proposed in the Primary Care 2.0 model. 

Primary Care 2.0 Reimbursement Strategy: 

Date: June 4, 2021 

Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm 

Zoom Meeting Information: https://mainestate.zoom.us/j/84077617489?pwd=T2NXRnJldGJhTWd5Tmlla2JYZFNodz09 

Meeting ID: 840 7761 7489 

Passcode: UHfJJ^8$ 

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

Meeting ID: 840 7761 7489 

Passcode: 35858411 

Find your local number: https://mainestate.zoom.us/u/kdx39cwDUf 

Primary Care 2.0 Reimbursement Strategy: 

Date: June 7, 2021 

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm 

Zoom Meeting Information:  https://mainestate.zoom.us/j/89109107097?pwd=NERKTnRCUzdnRDZSNGNRdjB1WXJkdz09 

Meeting ID: 891 0910 7097 

Passcode: Lp0zbN&! 

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

Meeting ID: 891 0910 7097 

Passcode: 74420496 

Find your local number: https://mainestate.zoom.us/u/kecXLCJbZy

 

 

Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series

The Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) is a partnership between Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and MaineHealth. MPBHP is offering a webinar series for medical providers who work with children and adolescents and you will earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

 

The Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) is a partnership between Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and MaineHealth. MPBHP is offering a webinar series for medical providers who work with children and adolescents and you will earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. 

The 2021 Learning Series schedule will include webinars on the 2nd  Wednesday of each month from 7:30 – 8:30 AM. For more information, please see the topics offered in the list below and how to register for the sessions. 

Autism – June 2, 2021

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nZFKsLzwQoOx9HVRMDHH6A

Therapeutic Interviewing - July 14, 2021 

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n3O026CLQN6R8-F8ilwYug 

ADHD – August 11, 2021 

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1IgwbEdSS8mrceGhLyTCxw 

Depression – September 8, 2021 Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I7m60qy4Q4O-budFnkVEdw 

Eating Disorders – October 14, 2021 

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J7oOGRT1QVS1wPv3gxwtxA 

Psychosis – November 10, 2021 

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ip8s_YGpS2iJkVHJ6vVn4w 

Trauma – December 8, 2021 

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9DAt1INbTy2n5s5uscTnXw  

See the flyer below for details about the Autism webinar on June 2nd: 

Training Invite Flyer Autism Spectrum Disorder June 2 2021docx.pdf 

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Training Videos MPBHP is also offering on-demand trainings for CME credit. You simply click on the training link, watch the training video, and complete the evaluation. See the below for details about training topics offered, links to the training videos, and details about how to earn CME credit. 

Approaching Psychiatric Issues in Primary Care  

On Demand Link: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/rec/share/JDVV3FdbQC5NcNsKomvmmX-hQvNJQSEzE7kmvdO26-ow_UK0a_-IbEDRVGcy208.aCtp2L7gTx9V7NeO?startTime=1615379178000 

Post Training Evaluation: To log your attendance in CloudCME, please TEXT attendance code 75868 to 207-808-7704. Go to MaineHealth Continuing Education (cloud-cme.com). Sign in and complete the evaluation and receive your CME credit. 

Suicide Risk Management 

On Demand Link: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/rec/share/DaFX8Z4sWnXxWDLpIOpO6hoHbzlKlfeB5rwtJFl_8r7YKmand5jGBkjYJ9icLpJt.YdpURvDhySVyllE2?startTime=1618399283000 

Post Training Evaluation: To log your attendance in CloudCME, please TEXT attendance code 75099 to 207-808-7704. Go to MaineHealth Continuing Education (cloud-cme.com). Sign in and complete the evaluation and receive your CME credit. 

Anxiety  

On Demand Link: 

https://mainestate.zoom.us/rec/share/xmkThwBZsn-piWjLe5HF1X6QY-Kf8TQ_dcJnczG5q156VnIW6BeWMP0wtITOuw07.atoGuge84OT5_BKb?startTime=1620818853000

Post Training Evaluation: To log your attendance in CloudCME, please text the attendance code 75919 to 207-808-7704. Go to MaineHealth Continuing Education (cloud-cme.com). Sign in and complete the evaluation and receive your CME credit. 

Additional Training Opportunities: 

MaineHealth is hosting a lunch and learn series. For session dates, topics, and to register, see Pediatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Health in Primary Care Learning Series webpage.

 

 

Maine Community Action Partnership: CALL TO ACTION!

Although Maine is leading the way in terms of getting our communities vaccinated, we still have work to do. As physicians and providers you are uniquely positioned as the most trusted sources of information and play an integral role in seeing us through to community immunity.

 



CALL TO ACTION! 

Although Maine is leading the way in terms of getting our communities vaccinated, we still have work to do. As physicians and providers you are uniquely positioned as the most trusted sources of information and play an integral role in seeing us through to community immunity. 

In speaking with people across the state, we have found that there are people who are waiting to hear from their doctor about whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is where you all come in. If you haven’t done so already please reach out to patients either via phone, portal, email, mail or in person and recommend to your patients that qualify to get the vaccine. 

As an additional resource, here are six recommended actions for doctors and providers to help build vaccine confidence. For further information, please visit de Beaumont 

1. Lead by example. Get vaccinated and encourage your staff to be vaccinated. 

2. Prepare your health care team, pharmacy, and staff. Ask your staff members if they’d be willing to speak with their colleagues and patients about why they got vaccinated. All staff should be equipped to answer basic questions about Covid vaccines. 

3. Share educational materials widely

4. During patient visits, make COVID-19 vaccination a new vital sign. Ask every patient what their vaccination plan is. For those who say they will take it, make sure they know how and where to schedule an appointment. If they say they’re not sure, discuss their concerns and answer their questions. 

5. Partner with your health department, employers, and others to engage with community members. 

6. Consider sending a letter or email to your patients. (Sample language is provided at link)


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

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 Legislative Advocacy Update

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

 

Leaders of the Maine Legislature recently voted to reopen the State Capitol to the public as its previously scheduled date of adjournment (June 16th) swiftly approaches. The full Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate has planned 10 meeting days, starting Wednesday, June 2nd

Legislative policy committees rushed to finish up their work this week by reviewing hundreds of bills, bill amendments, and voting on nearly all of them. Each committee also reserved bills for further consideration (tabled and carried over) when the Legislature returns in January 2022. 

The following is an update on pieces of legislation relevant to the Maine Medical Association’s 2021 Legislative Priorities Platform. 

TELEHEALTH 

LD 333—An Act Regarding Telehealth: The MMA worked directly with Representative Patty Hymanson (York; retired neurologist) on introducing LD 333 with the goal of maintaining advances, and potentially expanding access, to telehealth services resulting from the COVID-19. While the bill was voted Ought Not to Pass in committee this week, the general content was folded into LD 791, An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations. LD 791 was used as a vehicle for nearly a dozen other telehealth related bills before the Legislature. 

MMA goals contained in LD 333 were to:

Authorized audio-only telehealth.

Clarify that reimbursement must be made on the same basis and same rate as in person care.

No separate deductible limits can be applied by insurance carriers that are not applied in aggregate with other services.

Prohibit more restrictive prescription requirements by insurance carriers for prescriptions written through virtual care.

A majority of committee legislators voted LD 791 Ought to Pass as Amended. It will first be scheduled for debate and vote in the coming weeks before the Maine Senate.

MMA Testimony

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS HEALTH PROGRAM FUNDING

LD 1576Resolve, To Establish and Fund a Medical Professionals Health Program from Health Care Provider License Fees: The Maine Medical Association asked the bill sponsor, Senator Stacy Brenner (Scarborough, Gorham), to withdraw the bill after the MMA met with various licensing boards within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Stakeholders agreed to meet after the legislative session to discuss the Program, operations, and ongoing funding challenges.

PRIMARY CARE INVESTMENT

LD 1196 An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care and Behavioral Health: This bill was designed with a goal of improving health outcomes and lowering costs through better Primary Care and Behavioral Health systems in Maine. Bill sponsor, and physician, Representative Sam Zager (Portland) requested the bill to be carried over to 2022 and a legislative committee agreed to direct stakeholders, convened by the Maine Medical Association, to meet and attempt to produce a consensus proposal to the committee focused on better directing Maine’s health care model more toward prevention, chronic disease management, access and equity, and treatment for behavioral/mental health conditions such as substance use disorder.

MMA Testimony

DRUG SENTENCING & SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT FOR INCARCERATED PEOPLE

LD 967—An Act To Make Possession of Scheduled Drugs for Personal Use a Civil Penalty: The bill would make possession of a scheduled drug (W, X, Y or Z  drugs) a civil violation instead of a crime or allows the court to refer the person to a provider for an evidence-based health assessment for proposed treatment for substance use disorder. A majority of the committee voted to approve the bill with amendments, however, the majority was split in the construct of amendments.

It will first be scheduled for debate and vote in the coming weeks before the Maine House of Representatives.

MMA Testimony

LD 663—An Act To Make Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population: The legislation would place in law create a directive for the Maine Department of Corrections to providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders and additional substance use disorder treatment for incarcerated persons, including screening, evaluation, and treatment.

The committee was divided on two different versions of amended language to the bill with disagreements over how broad the language should be for access to FDA approved medications and corresponding cost considerations. The bill will be up for debate and potential votes in the coming weeks, first before the Maine House of Representatives.

MMA Testimony

TOBACCO TAX INCREASE

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: The bill increases the cigarette tax by $2.00/pack. Passing the bill into law is expected to generate nearly $48 million in new annual state revenue, decrease youth smoking by nearly 20%, and generate $3.4 million in state savings to the Medicaid program over the next five years. Maine law ties all tobacco taxes together so the increase will be made to all tobacco products.

MMA Testimony

TOBACCO FLAVORS BAN

LD 1550—An Act To End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products: The bill would prohibit the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and electronic smoking devices. The bill language was also included in the Governor’s Supplemental State Budget (LD 221).

LD 1550 was voted Ought to Pass as Amended by a majority of the committee and will be voted on in the coming weeks by the Maine House of Representatives while theAppropriations & Financial Affairs Committee will continue work on the Governor’s Supplemental Budget before voting.

MMA Testimony – LD 1550

MMA Testimony – Governor’s budget

1,731 bills have been printed as of Friday, May 28, 2021

The MMA is tracking over 320 bills.

The MMA is closely monitoring over 111 bills.

MMA staff and members have directly provided written and/or oral testimony on approximately 70 separate bills.

Maine’s specialty societies and public health committee have also provided testimony on numerous bills before the Maine Legislature.

Any questions, comments, concerns, or background information on MMA’s Legislative Priorities Platform, testimony, or Maine legislation under consideration can be directed to MMA’s Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin atdmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at (207) 480-4199.

 

MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Jay Mullen, M.D. would like to thank everyone who participated in our weekly Legislative Committee Updates. It was a busy session for health care and health legislation, and our legislative meetings were essential in giving MMA the guidance needed to support or oppose significant legislation.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Jay Mullen, M.D. would like to thank everyone who participated in our weekly Legislative Committee Updates. It was a busy session for health care and health legislation, and our legislative meetings were essential in giving MMA the guidance needed to support or oppose significant legislation.

Preparation for the next Legislative Session has already begun, and regular Legislative Updates will begin as soon as necessary. In the meantime, enjoy your summer, and don't forget to cultivate your relationships with your Representative and Senator. They appreciate hearing from you, not just on health issues but on any matters in which you have an interest.

If you would like to be added to the Legislative Update e-mail list, please contact Sarah Lepoff at: slepoff@mainemed.com

Any questions, comments, concerns, or background information on MMA’s Legislative Priorities Platform, testimony, or Maine legislation under consideration can be directed to MMA’s Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin atdmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at (207) 480-4199.

Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings. Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

 

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

UPCOMING SPECIALTY SOCIETY MEETINGS

September 11, 2021
Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Fall Business Meeting

(Held in conjunction with the Maine Medical Association’s Annual Meeting)

The Jordon Hotel, Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact: Lisa Montagna 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.com

September 24, 2021
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Fall Business Meeting
(Held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium)
Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME from 10:30am – 11:45am
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

September 24-26, 2021
20th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium
(Presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons)
Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

January 28-30, 2022
Northern New England Urological Symposium

(Presented by the Maine Urological Association)
Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center – Newry, Maine
Contact: Dianna Poulin 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

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!

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 AAP Educational Webinar Series - Last Session is June 1

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

 

 

A Trusted Source: Expanding COVID Vaccination in Maine Physician Practices

Recognizing the trusted relationship that Maine clinicians have with their patients, ME DHHS is partnering with the MMA, MOA, ME Primary Care Assn, and MHA to host a set of special webinars in the next few weeks that will be focused on the need and opportunities to expand COVID-19 vaccination in physician practices in Maine.

 

Recognizing the trusted relationship that Maine clinicians have with their patients, ME DHHS is partnering with the MMA, MOA, ME Primary Care Assn, and MHA to host a set of special webinars in the next few weeks that will be focused on the need and opportunities to expand COVID-19 vaccination in physician practices in Maine.  This webinar will be offered at three different times (same content for each)

Webinars were held on May 25th and May 28th. The third will be held Thursday, June 3rd from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Thurs, June 3: 4:00 – 5:00P (ME Primary Care Assn Office Hours, open to all)

Zoom link: https://mepca.zoom.us/j/91863132173

Meeting ID: 918 6313 2173

Passcode: MPCA73

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,91863132173#,,,,*302862

All clinicians and practice administrative staff are encouraged to attend!

The MMA wishes, again, to thank Lisa Letourneau, MD MPH, and her colleagues in the Governor’s office for her tireless efforts as a liaison for Maine’s physicians and clinical colleagues during the pandemic.  Please contact her at lisa.letourneau@maine.gov for questions about the upcoming seminars.

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:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff - June 8, 15, & 22

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.

      The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Free Level 1 and Level 2 training on June 18, 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.

      The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Level 1 and Level 2 training on June 18, 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.

      June 2021 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


      Medical Director

      Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified Physician to become our next Medical Director.

      Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified Physician to become our next Medical Director.

      The qualified candidate will oversee all clinical programs. You will lead an interdisciplinary team of physicians, NPs, PAs, mental health providers, dentists, and specialty providers, along with social workers, to assist in integrating services for patients. You will be expected to model a culture of inclusion and accountability.

      Full time, flexible work week, part time considered.

      Join our multidisciplinary team including behavioral health and dental care in Western Maine. We are located just 45 minutes from Portland and enjoy four seasons of recreation.

      You will earn a competitive salary with benefits including relocation assistance, health and dental insurance, generous time off, holidays and vacations, participation in a retirement plan, and more. You are eligible to apply for federal loan repayment and will receive dedicated CME days and funds.

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

      7/30/21

      Pediatrician

      Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified, dedicated, and compassionate Pediatrician to care for the children in our community.

      Sacopee Valley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking an experienced, Board Certified, dedicated, and compassionate Pediatrician to care for the children in our community.

      The qualified candidate will specialize in diagnosing and treating problems specific to younger patients and will provide care for infants, children, teenagers, and young adults.

      Full time, flexible work week, part time considered.

      Join our multidisciplinary team including behavioral health and dental care in Western Maine. We are located just 45 minutes from Portland and enjoy four seasons of recreation.

      You will earn a competitive salary with benefits including relocation assistance, health and dental insurance, generous time off, holidays and vacations, participation in a retirement plan, and more. You are eligible to apply for federal loan repayment and will receive dedicated CME days and funds.

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

      8/27/21