Maine Medicine Weekly Update - June 19 - June 26
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Registration open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)

When the COVID-19 pandemic stalled travel and eliminated in person meetings, MMA leaders quickly adjusted and took the 2020 meeting online. The 2020 MMA Virtual General Membership Meeting took place in mid-October.

When the COVID-19 pandemic stalled travel and eliminated in person meetings, MMA leaders quickly adjusted and took the 2020 meeting online. The 2020 MMA Virtual General Membership Meeting took place in mid-October.

The 2021 Annual Membership Meeting will be hybrid model at the Jordan Hotel and Conference Center in Newry, Maine (Sunday River) on Friday, September 10, through September 12.

Register here.

We know many members are ready to gather in person for timely and useful information from experts and participate in discussions that allow for detailed questions, informal learning from colleagues and peers in a social setting, and generally catching up with friends or making new ones.

MMA leadership and staff continue to work with resort staff to ensure a safe experience in accordance with current pandemic guidelines. For those who are not comfortable gathering for meetings, we will make key portions of the meeting available remotely.

The theme of the Annual Session is, “Equality, Equity, and Our Evolving Health Care System” and the CME Program will focus on this theme with a keynote presentation by “Bowtie” Todd Jenkins, Ph.D. entitled, Moving from Diversity to Inclusion. You can learn more about “Bowtie” Todd’s life and work at www.bowtieleadership.com.

Register here.

What we’re looking forward to:

·       The meeting will open on Friday evening with a casual reception and BBQ dinner followed by ‘smores around the fire pits.

·       The General Membership meeting and CME Program will take place through early afternoon on Saturday.

·       Saturday afternoon activities also will include an optional MICIS opioid prescribing presentation and a meeting of the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists.

·       MMA Past Presidents will have a reception in their honor on Saturday afternoon and all attendees will gather for a reception and Awards Dinner on Saturday evening.

·       The Awards Dinner will feature presentation of the President’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Mary Floyd Cushman, M.D. Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service, and the inauguration of the 169th President of the Maine Medical Association. President Karen Saylor, M.D. will pass the gavel and present the Presidential Medal to Jeffrey Barkin, M.D., President-Elect.

·       Following a family breakfast on Sunday morning, the closing CME session will be an open forum for discussion of the issues and ideas raised during the presentations on Saturday.

·       Recreational opportunities include yoga on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, a group hike and wine tasting on Saturday afternoon, and spa treatments available throughout the weekend.

Register here.

 

FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis

FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis

The FDA announced Friday they will revise the patient and provider fact sheets for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination.

The FDA announced Friday they will revise the patient and provider fact sheets for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines regarding the suggested increased risks of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) following vaccination.

The decision comes after the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday identified a “likely association” between the two mRNA vaccines and cases of myocarditis and pericarditis.

According to the FDA, the update follows an extensive review of information and the discussion by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Wednesday.

·   Reports describe the illness predominantly in males under 30 followingthe second dose of an mRNA vaccine, with most cases appearing to resolve themselves.

·    More than 150 million people have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, making the 1,200-plus documented cases rare.

·    The warning in the Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccines notes that reports of adverse events suggest increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, particularly following the second dose and with onset of symptoms within a few days after vaccination.

·   Recipients and Caregivers for these vaccines note that vaccine recipients should seek medical attention right away if they have chest pain, shortness of breath, or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart after vaccination.

·    The FDA and CDC are monitoring the reports, collecting more information, and will follow-up to assess longer-term outcomes over several months.

NBC News: Benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh risks of heart inflammation in young people

 

MaineCare announces continuation of policies upon end of Civil Emergency

Maine DHHS announced this week that MaineCare’s temporary policy changes and guidance regarding its COVID-19 response will not end upon the expiration of Maine’s State of Civil Emergency on June 30th.

·      MaineCare’s COVID-19 temporary policy changes and guidance apply for the duration of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE).

·      The federal PHE was renewed in April and is currently valid through July 19, 2021.

·      In January 2021, the Acting Secretary announced that the Biden Administration would likely continue the PHE through the end of calendar year 2021.

Maine DHHS announced this week that MaineCare’s temporary policy changes and guidance regarding its COVID-19 response will not end upon the expiration of Maine’s State of Civil Emergency on June 30th.

·       MaineCare’s COVID-19 temporary policy changes and guidance apply for the duration of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE).

·       The federal PHE was renewed in April and is currently valid through July 19, 2021.

·       In January 2021, the Acting Secretary announced that the Biden Administration would likely continue the PHE through the end of calendar year 2021.

 

Maine Secretary of State seeking physician volunteers

Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows is asking the Maine Medical Association tom provide recommendations to fill vacancies on the Medical Advisory Board for licensing drivers in the State of Maine.

The Medical Advisory Board is comprised of physicians and motor vehicle staff and consists of 8-10 physicians from various specialties. State law requires the board include the specialties of cardiology, gerontology, internal medicine, neurology or neurosurgery, ophthalmology. Psychiatry, family medicine, and rehabilitative medicine.

The board advises the Secretary of State on matters relating to medical conditions, vision standards, and driving. The board, or individuals may also be asked to evaluate reports submitted by clinicians on whether a person is medically competent to operate a motor vehicle on public roads.

By law, the board must meet at least every 2 years, but traditionally has met twice a year, usually on the first Friday of April and November from noon to 3:00 p.m. Expense reimbursement is provided.

Please reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at (207) 480-4199 if you, or a colleague may be interested.

Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows is asking the Maine Medical Association tom provide recommendations to fill vacancies on the Medical Advisory Board for licensing drivers in the State of Maine.

The Medical Advisory Board is comprised of physicians and motor vehicle staff and consists of 8-10 physicians from various specialties. State law requires the board include the specialties of cardiology, gerontology, internal medicine, neurology or neurosurgery, ophthalmology. Psychiatry, family medicine, and rehabilitative medicine.

The board advises the Secretary of State on matters relating to medical conditions, vision standards, and driving. The board, or individuals may also be asked to evaluate reports submitted by clinicians on whether a person is medically competent to operate a motor vehicle on public roads.

By law, the board must meet at least every 2 years, but traditionally has met twice a year, usually on the first Friday of April and November from noon to 3:00 p.m. Expense reimbursement is provided.

Please reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at (207) 480-4199 if you, or a colleague may be interested.

Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths

Free texting service available to alert Mainers to any sudden increase in overdoses and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Partnership to End Addiction have launched a free texting service that alerts Maine residents to any sudden increase in overdoses in their counties and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery.

According to Maine.gov, all people in Maine, including parents, caregivers, medical professionals, first responders, community groups and those struggling with substance use can sign up for the Partnership’s SPIKE Auto Text Program. Individuals can sign up by texting SPIKE to 1 (855) 963-5669 (855-9-OD-KNOW) and following the prompts.

Maine is the first state to launch the program statewide. Partnership to End Addiction is piloting the program in three counties in New York and one county in Tennessee, with plans to expand nationwide.

 

Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.—full story

Summary

·       “Breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. That’s about 0.1%.

·       And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people. That translates to about 0.8%, or five deaths per day on average.

·       Deaths in the U.S. have plummeted from a peak of more than 3,400 day on average in mid-January, one month into the vaccination drive.

·       About 63% of all vaccine-eligible Americans — those 12 and older — have received at least one dose, and 53% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

·       In Arkansas, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, with only about 33% of the population fully protected, cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising.

·       In the St. Louis area, more than 90% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

Other COVID-19 News:

FDA: FDA Authorizes Drug for Treatment of COVID-19 - Drug Information Update

The Hill: Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information

Politico: Million-dollar lotteries fail to cut through vaccine apathy

NBC News: Benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh risks of heart inflammation in young people

US CDC: Clinical Considerations: Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Among Adolescents and Young Adults

 

AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a shortage between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians, with the largest disparities being in the area of specialty doctors.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a shortage between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians, with the largest disparities being in the area of specialty doctors.

The study conducted in 2019 prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but published this month, also focused on the rise in clinician burnout. Even before the pandemic, 40% of U.S. physicians felt burned out at least once a week.

AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage

Other highlights:

·      More than two out of every five active physicians in the U.S. will reach the age of 65 or older within 10 years.

·      Primary care shortages will range between 17,800 and 48,000 physicians.

·      Within specialties, surgical shortages will be one of the highest, between 15,800 and 30,200 physicians. (e.g., general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery)

·      Medical specialties (e.g., cardiology, oncology, infectious diseases, pulmonology): Between 3,800 and 13,400 physicians.

·      Other specialties (e.g., anesthesiology, neurology, emergency medicine, addiction medicine): Between 10,300 and 35,600 physicians         

#VaccinateME - Maine Community Action Partnership: #GiveitaSHAHT!

Confidentiality and convenience are two of the barriers for many Mainers who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19. Research and surveys show that the next wave of for Covid-19 vaccination success depends on the ability for patients to get vaccinated at their trusted physician’s office and in private.

 



From Maine Community Action Partnership (MeCAP) 

June 10, 2021 

Confidentiality and convenience are two of the barriers for many Mainers who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19. Research and surveys show that the next wave of for Covid-19 vaccination success depends on the ability for patients to get vaccinated at their trusted physician’s office and in private. Additionally, for working people and families, the time of day is a hurdle. 

In an effort to get as many vaccines out as possible in doctor’s offices, the Maine CDC has changed the minimum requirements for vaccine quantity. Additionally, for convenience, some medical offices are offering a consistent drop-in time later in the afternoon (2pm-6pm) to meet their patients where they are and get shots in arms. 

If you are interested in banding together with other physicians in your area to host a vaccination clinic, please contact Maureen Leary mleary@mecap.org for information and support. 

The message to send to all patients continues to be #GiveitaSHAHT!

Top JAMA and JAMA Network articles

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

 

Preventive Aspirin Use in Older US Adults With, Without Diabetes

Assessing Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Access to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

SARS-CoV-2 Positivity and Mask Utilization Among Health Care Workers

Changes in Physician Work Hours and Patterns During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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

Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Legislature returns this week

The Maine House of Representatives and Senate are scheduled to return to Augusta Wednesday, June 30th for a Veto Session.

 

The Maine House of Representatives and Senate are scheduled to return to Augusta Wednesday, June 30th for a Veto Session.

A veto session is regularly held at the end of each legislative calendar year to allow the State Legislature to act on bills that the governor has vetoed. However, veto session is not limited to bills that have been vetoed—meaning almost any legislation still pending could be taken up. 

Other issues that could be brought up this veto session include the state’s Supplemental Budget, bills to appropriate money from federal COVID-19 relief legislation, bond issues, and other outstanding bills, including a handful of interest to MMA. 

The following is an update on movement and action of Maine Medical Association’s 2021 State Legislative Platform Priorities, as determined by MMA’s Legislative Committee and MMA’s Board of Directors.

TELEHEALTH 

LD 791—An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations--PASSED 

Status—The bill was passed unanimously for enactment by the Maine House and Senate. It awaits action from Governor Mills. 

Summary: LD 791 includes major components of LD 333, An Act Regarding Telehealth,a bill the MMA worked directly on introducing with primary sponsor, Representative Patty Hymanson (York; retired neurologist). 

LD 333 had a goal of maintaining advances, and potentially expanding access, to telehealth services resulting from the COVID-19. LD 791 was used as a vehicle for approximately a half dozen other telehealth related bills introduced in 2021. 

MMA Testimony 

Telehealth testimony from MMA Board member, Susan Woods, MD, MPH 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS HEALTH PROGRAM FUNDING 

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

Status—The bill was pulled by the sponsor on the request of the MMA after meeting 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—CARRIED OVER TO 2022 

Status—The bill was approved for carryover and consideration by the Maine Legislature in 2022 

Summary:The 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 663—An Act To Make Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population—PASSED; PENDING APPROPRIATIONS 

Status—The bill was passed to be enacted by the Maine House and Senate. It is now on the Special Appropriations Table for consideration with over 200 other pieces of legislation that need funding approval within the state budget. 

Fiscal Note: $921,600 

Summary: 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. 

MMA Testimony 

LD 967—An Act To Make Possession of Scheduled Drugs for Personal Use a Civil Penalty—PENDING 

Status—The bill was passed to be enacted by the Maine House but remains on the Senate Calendar for future consideration. 

Summary: 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. 

MMA Testimony 

LD 994—An Act To Promote Public Health by Eliminating Criminal Penalties for Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses—PASSED; PENDING APPROPRIATIONS 

Status—The bill was passed to be enacted by the Maine House and Senate. It is now on the Special Appropriations Table for consideration with over 200 other pieces of legislation that need funding approval within the state budget. 

Fiscal Note: $26,570. Note: Finally, it is unclear how many individuals will no longer be convicted of the Class C crime of trafficking in or furnishing hypodermic apparatuses who otherwise would have been charged. For each individual who is no longer convicted of this crime the Department of Corrections will save $55,203 per year, according to legislative staff, which is the current average cost of incarcerating an individual for a single year 

Summary: The bill would eliminate the crime of illegal possession of hypodermic syringes, and possession of a hypodermic syringe with residue of drugs would no longer be considered criminal possession of those drugs. The bill would also declassify items used for ingesting drugs and items used to test the contents of a drug and providing hypodermic syringes to others would no longer be considered an act of illegal trafficking. 

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—RETURNED TO COMMITTEE 

Status—The bill was returned to the Taxation Committee by the Maine Senate for further consideration. 

Summary—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—PENDING HOUSE ACTION 

Status—The bill remains on the Maine House calendar for possible consideration. However, the Committee on Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs is currently considering whether to keep nearly identical language in the current Supplemental State Budget under consideration. 

Summary—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). 

MMA Testimony – LD 1550 

MMA Testimony – Governor’s budget 

A comprehensive summary of MMA state legislative efforts covering the status of MMA priority policy issues and other bills of interest will be available as soon as possible after the Legislature formally adjourns for the year.

 

 

Federal Advocacy Scan: Infrastructure spending bill caught up in political fight

President Biden places potential roadblock in front of reported agreement between the White House and a group of bipartisan senators, including Maine’s Senator Susan Collins on $1 trillion infrastructure plan

A tentative agreement between the White House and a group of bipartisan senators, including Maine’s Senator Susan Collins, was announced this week on a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill. According to Healthcare Finance News, “If passed, the bill could include tens of billions of dollars for home healthcare, an expansion of federal health benefits and $65 billion for the buildout of broadband infrastructure, seen as a critical component to telehealth.”

After media reports of the bipartisan agreement, President Biden indicated that he would not sign the infrastructure bill without Congress passing another, separate spending bill that would include top health policy priorities to extend Medicare enrollment to those 60 years and older, expand benefits for senior dental care and hearing aids, and prescription pricing reform.

Bipartisan agreement on the infrastructure plan is necessary because any legislation needs at least 10 Republican votes in the U.S. Senate to pass.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, however, this week introduced their own $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes upgrades to the nation’s roads, bridges, transit, along with housing and health care provisions. Democrats hold a slim U.S. House majority and cannot lose support of more than a handful of members.

The House Democratic bill (H.R. 3) would invest $30 billion to upgrade hospitals to increase capacity and strengthen care; help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies; improve clinical laboratory infrastructure; support Indian Health Service infrastructure; and community-based care capacity expansion. Another Democratic priority may be permanently expanding the federal subsidies that make private insurance plans sold on HealthCare.gov and state-run marketplaces more affordable.

How it started

The President had proposed a $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan in late March. The American Jobs Plan initially included infrastructure investments, green energy policy, a jobs program, racial reconciliation language, and a social safety net expansion.—(Maine Fact Sheet, American Jobs Plan)

Although it had been identified as mostly a traditional infrastructure bill, spending associated with transportation only made up around one-quarter of the first proposal. The single largest expense category outside transportation was home care, making home care more accessible under Medicaid, while providing a pay increase for home care providers. Also included was the goal of 100% national broadband coverage and a public health initiative to replace all lead pipes.

Breakdown of the initial plan:

·       $621 billion for transportation-related spending

·       $400 billion for home care

·       $360 billion for government buildings

·       $300 billion for manufacturing development

·       $180 billion for research and development

·       $111 billion for water system development

·       $100 billion apiece for workforce, power grid and broadband development

The American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a statement in early April supporting the plan the American College of Physicians (statement), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (statement).

“The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the release of the American Jobs Plan, which kicks off an important conversation about critical investments necessary to further strengthen our nation’s health care system and address underlying social determinants of health that contribute to health inequities.” —AAFP President, Ada D. Stewart, MD.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) also applauded the initial plan, specifically investments into hospitals' physical infrastructures, digital health and data frameworks, the healthcare workforce, and behavioral health access.

 

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

October 21-22, 2021
Sleep, Health, and Cognition - A Lifecycle Perspective

(Presented by the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians)
 Hilton Garden Inn – Freeport, Maine
Contact: Dianna Poulin 207-622-7743 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

March 18-20, 2022
Northern New England Urological Symposium

(Presented by the Maine Urological Association)
Grand Summit Resort 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 

 

 

Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)

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. 

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.

 

 

Register Now: Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on July 15th

Governor Janet Mills will host her 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 15. The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic, and convenes leaders from around Maine to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis.

 

Governor Janet Mills will host her 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 15. The annual summit is part of the state’s commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic, and convenes leaders from around Maine to share ideas, strategies, and best practices to help Maine people affected by this crisis. 

The full-day program will feature live presentations, poster sessions, and prerecorded panel discussions, with the voices of persons in recovery featured prominently again this year. 

The summit’s theme, “Perseverance, Prevention and Promise” reflects the resolve of our state to continue to work together to promote and achieve wellness and recovery in all communities across our great state. 

We will hear from Attorney General Aaron Frey and the Director of Maine CDCP Nirav Shah, MD, J.D. 

The afternoon will feature a panel discussion with leaders in opioid response from the Biden-Harris Administration. 

There will be twelve breakout sessions throughout the day covering topics across the domains of Prevention, Treatment, Harm-Reduction and Recovery Support. 

Some of topics that will be covered are: 

•             Treatment Courts, Culturally Appropriate Care 

•             Adverse Childhood Events 

•             Infants Plan of Safe Care 

•             Connections Between Suicide and Accidental Overdoses 

•             Medication Assisted Treatment in Maine’s Prison System 

•             Recovery Friendly Worksites 

•             Compassionate Tapering 

•             Recovery Pathways 

•             Challenges of the Pandemic 

•             The Maine MOM Initiative 

•             The Role of Law Enforcement in Arrests, Seizures and Overdose Prevention 

Click here to find out more on breakouts. 

While all the content will be available on a virtual platform, registrants who would like to participate in the Summit in a group may contact one of the fifteen recovery centers in the state which will be hosting participants subject to the individual capacity of each center. The centers that are open and participating in the Summit are located in Portland, Lewiston, Brewer, Bridgton, Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Machias, Calais, Caribou, Houlton, Millinocket, Lincoln, Rumford, Rockland and Ellsworth. 

These sites will have hosts/moderators from the state available to assist registrants. 

Click here to find a Center closest to you. 

The conversations will continue following the summit with registrants having access to online content and monthly events featuring Maine presenters focusing on prevention, treatment strategies, voices of recovery, and emerging issues. View previous recordings. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021 

8:00 AM- 3:30 PM Eastern 

Live Virtual Event 

$35 Registration Fee includes summit attendance, film viewing with panel discussion and continuing education credit. 6 Continuing Education Credits - For more information on credits offered. 

REGISTER HERE 

For questions, please contact Katherine Coutu at katherine.coutu@maine.gov

 

Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center

Strong Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. In addition, an X waver is desirable.

Strong Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. In addition, an X waver is desirable. The selected candidate will provide outpatient medical care to individuals and families of all ages in our NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Home with integrated behavioral health services and general dentistry. The health center, which was established in 2003, offers care of chronic and acute illnesses, physicals, laboratory services, substance use and mental health counseling, and community resource referrals.

Each year, 1800 patients from Strong, Phillips, New Vineyard, Farmington, and surrounding towns access services. The selected candidate will receive a $10,000 SIGN-ON BONUS, competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan with employer match, relocation, and loan repayment opportunities. EOE.

Strong Area Health Center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine established in 1975 offering accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health, psychiatric medication management, and referrals. HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare and major insurances and a sliding fee program is available to uninsured and underinsured residents as well as assistance with applications for programs that help with the cost of health care and medications including the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME  04901 ~ 207.660.9908 ~ Fax 207.660.9901 ~ Communications@HealthReach.org ~ www.StrongCHC.org

7/23/21

Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center

Richmond Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. In addition, an X waver is desirable.

Richmond Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. In addition, an X waver is desirable. The selected candidate will provide outpatient medical care to individuals and families of all ages in our NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Home with integrated behavioral health services. The health center, which was established in 1977, offers care of chronic and acute illnesses, physicals, laboratory services, substance use and mental health counseling, and community resource referrals.

Each year, over 2,000 patients of all ages access health center services. They come from Richmond, Gardiner, Litchfield, Dresden, Bowdoinham, as well as Augusta and surrounding communities. The selected candidate will receive a SIGN-ON BONUS, competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan with employer match, relocation, and loan repayment opportunities. EOE.

Richmond Area Health Center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine established in 1975 offering accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health, psychiatric medication management, and referrals. HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare and major insurances and a sliding fee program is available to uninsured and underinsured residents as well as assistance with applications for programs that help with the cost of health care and medications including the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME  04901 ~ 207.660.9908 ~ Fax 207.660.9901 ~ Communications@HealthReach.org ~ www.RichmondCHC.org

7/23/21

Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine

We are searching for a detail oriented, highly skilled and motivated Contract - Clinical Advisor (clinically active physician, advanced practice provider, or registered nurse) to provide clinical leadership to the Healthcare Coalition of Maine and serve as a liaison between the Coalition and medical directors/medical leadership at health care facilities, supporting entities, and EMS agencies!


We are searching for a detail oriented, highly skilled and motivated Contract Clinical Advisor to serve the Healthcare Coalition of Maine (HCCME), a membership group composed of hospitals, EMS, emergency management, public health, and other stakeholders. HCCME is responsible for providing statewide coordination of healthcare emergency preparedness and response services in accordance with ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program.

Required Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience as a clinically active physician, advanced practice provider, or registered nurse residing in Maine
  • Knowledge of medical surge issues, basic familiarity with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE), trauma, burn, and pediatric emergency response principles
  • Excellent communication, Microsoft Office skills
  • Awareness of Coalitions

This position will require:

  • Flexible working style, ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Self-directed work, limited oversight, teamwork
  • Domestic travel which may include weekends; Majority of travel within Maine.
  • Valid, unexpired drivers’ license
  • Clean driving record

For more information and to apply - https://www.mainehccs.com/s/Clinical_Advisor_Job_Posting_HCCME.pdf

8/13/21

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