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Welcome to your MOA E-newsletter for July 24th, 2020:

  • MOA News: MOA Task Force Update, NEW Online CME Opportunities--see below for details! 
  • News to Use: AOA Convenes 100th House of Delegates Meeting and Inaugurates New President Thomas Ely, DO, Licensing Boards Seek Comments on PA Rules
  • Public Health: Surge of Overdose Deaths in 2020, Gov Mills Held Second Annual Opioid Response Summit this week
  • Practice Management: Maine's New PMP System Nearly Ready, Provider Relief Fund Updates
  • New in Upcoming Events: Virtual Opioid Summit July 23rd, UNE COM Speed Networking will be held virtually August 8th -- Sign up here.

MOA News

MOA Task Force Update


06/05/
2020Maine Osteopathic Association has convened a task force that will examine the role of systemic racism in the state of Maine and within our healthcare system, providing education that speaks to these issues. The Task Force, chaired by Lisa Gouldsbrough, DO, held its first meeting this week on July 22nd.

This first meeting was an opportunity to define goals and action items moving forward. The group defined several focus areas including immediate goals such as providing Physician Education, Advocating for legislation to alleviate racial disparities in healthcare in Maine, as well as longer term goals such as increasing the diversity of the MOA and the osteopathic profession in Maine. The group identified opportunities to partner with many other Maine physician groups and other nonprofits. The Task Force will continue to hold regular monthly meetings.

Task Force Recommendation: Take one of Harvard's Implicit Bias Tests
Recommended by Dr. Gouldsbrough, these FREE, all online tests are a quick way to understand your own implicit biases relative to race, gender, sexuality, age and more.

From the site: The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science.

GET STARTED HERE:
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Share Your Input or Sign Up to Join the Task Force Here.

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RELATED: Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physician Releases Statement and Call to Action on Racism as a Public Health Crisis


New CME Opportunities

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SIMPLY CME: Series Starts August 22nd

MOA is glad to partner with MAOPS to offer Virtual CME via their new series Simply CME. Follow the link below to SIGN UP (Special Discount for MOA members!)

August 22, 2020
8.0 AOA or AMA Cat 1 Credits, $199 for MOA members! ($249 for non-members)

https://www.maops.org/page/simplycme


2020 MOA Virtual Convention: Did you miss out?

Get it all online!

On YOUR time. We are now offering 18.25 AOA Cat. 1 Credits from the Virtual Convention as an Online Bundle. Get it for $590 for non-members, $490 for members (contact MOA staff for a special coupon code to get your discounted rate). You will have 60 days after your purchase to view content and receive credit.

Click Here to Order the Convention On Demand Option


News to Use

Photo of Thomas L. Ely, DOAOA Convenes 100th House of Delegates, 
Swears in Thomas Ely, DO as new President

The AOA House Turns 100: The distinctive osteopathic philosophy of whole-person care and preventive medicine continues to thrive 100 years after the AOA’s first House of Delegates. Take a look at the timeline of the osteopathic profession here.

Final Presidential Report from Dr. Burns:
Watch 2019-20 AOA President Ronald Burns, DO, deliver the President's Report before the House of Delegates at the Annual Business Meeting.

Dr. Ely's Inaugural Speech: In his inaugural speech as AOA President, Dr. Ely described his unlikely journey to becoming an osteopathic physician and what his top priorities will be this year. Watch it here.
Learn more about Dr. Ely Here.

Presidential Citations: The 2020 AOA Presidential Citations were presented during the House of Delegates meeting on Saturday, July 18. John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, Val Carr and Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD were this year's honored recipients. Read more.

Top Infectious Diseases Specialist Addresses the AOA 100th House of Delegates
Anthony S. Fauci, MD, the nation’s leading expert in infectious diseases and director of the National Institute of of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, provided an update on the developing situation with COVID-19 last weekend at the 100th House of Delegates virtual meeting. Watch here.


University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine features ...UNE COM Speed Networking Event: This summer, the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services (RSAS) will host their first Virtual Speed Networking event on Saturday, August 8th to connect our first and second-year COM students with physicians practicing in various specialties across the US. RSAS would love for you to join them online, network with our physicians, and learn from their lived experience what working in different specialties is like. WANTED: Physicians in pediatrics or general surgery-- students want to connect with YOU!

 

a. The event takes place from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, August 8th via Zoom.

 

b. If you are interested in participating in the Speed Networking event, please register by Friday, July 24th at this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=IcWYFJq0h02TDFCO83sfxmUbVSqMr95LmY8MncflpSlURU9ZM0VGVlpDVEVIMDJLMDZFVjNKSDJNQi4u

 

ANOTHER WAY TO HELP COM!

Greetings MOA members. On behalf of UNE COM, we thank all of you that have previously hosted medical students, especially those of you who continue to do so during these trying times of the pandemic.  At this time we are facing a significant travel restriction that will limit medical student travel during their fourth-year. Would you be able to host a student during the next 6-9 months? We realize many of you may be working with reduced patient contacts and exploring telehealth options. This is exactly the environment where a medical student may be an asset to your practice. They learn about the challenges facing all of us in medicine, and you have an opportunity to work with your future peers.

Please contact me directly at gdefeo@une.edu or by cell, 207.467.5932.  I hope to hear from you soon.

Best to you all,

Guy DeFeo, DO


Licensing Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Amendments to Physician Assistants Scope

The Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Licensure propose amendments to a joint rule pertaining to the licensure and practice of physician assistants. The proposed amendments would: 

• Amend the definition of certain terms to eliminate registration and supervision 

• Add definitions for certain terms, including “Health Care Facility,” “Health Care Team,” “Inactive Status License,” and “Physician Group Practice”; 

• Eliminate registration and supervision requirements; 

• Establish criteria for “Inactive Status Licenses”; 

• Establish uniform continuing clinical competency requirements; 

• Amend the uniform fees; 

• Establish criteria for collaborative agreements and practice agreements; 

• Amend the uniform notification requirements to include legal change of name; 

• Amend the continuing medical education (CME) requirements, including 3 hours of CME every 2 years regarding opioid prescribing. 

Please click here for full details. 

Comments are due by Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.


AOASM Releases Return to Training Guidance 

As COVID-19 quarantine restrictions ease and athletes around the country look to return to training, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) has released its guidance,“Return to Training: Management of the Athlete from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The document provides an inclusive plan athletes and teams can deploy for individualized return to training due to the variable outcome of the course of the disease and lack of evidence-based information concerning the novel virus.


Public Health Updates

Attorney General Releases Drug Death Report for First Quarter of 2020

July 17, 2020
Attorney General's Office

AUGUSTA - The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner have released figures demonstrating that drug overdose deaths significantly increased in the first quarter of 2020. Additionally, preliminary analysis of the second quarter based on numbers from April and May project a continuation of this trend, showing a statistically significant increase in deaths attributed to drug overdose, compared to 2019. Attorney General Aaron M. Frey says that the report makes clear that the opioid epidemic is a serious public health emergency.

"The opioid epidemic remains a crisis requiring our immediate, sustained attention," said Frey. "The data in this report confirms that the crisis has intensified nationally in the midst of the global pandemic. It remains clear that combatting the pandemic, strengthening our public health infrastructure, and taking steps to ensure that Mainers are connected with resources in their community are efforts which are linked with one another. All Mainers are in this struggle together, and I will continue to work with legislators, Governor Mills, the executive branch, and leaders throughout the state to address this crisis."

The report compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, showed that 127 deaths were caused by drugs in the first quarter of 2020. This is a 23% increase over the fourth quarter of 2019. 82% of these deaths were caused by at least one opioid. 80% of deaths included two of more drugs. Preliminary estimates for the second quarter project a total of 259 drug overdose deaths for the first half of 2020.

The report notes that these increases are comparable to increases being seen nationally, which are attributed to the effects of the pandemic, including social isolation, economic difficulty, and reluctance to seek medical attention. Interruptions in drug supplies internationally have resulted in substitutions and combinations that may be contributing to additional vulnerabilities to overdose. Attorney General Frey noted that combatting drug deaths continues to be a priority of the Office of the Attorney General. He is a member of the Governor's Prevention and Recovery Cabinet. The full report from Dr. Sorg can be found here.

RELATED: Gov Mills convened the second annual Opioid Response Summit virtually yesterday July 23rd. Over 1,300 were registered. Dr. Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General was the keynote speaker. Others included were Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, Dr. Jessica Pollard, Director of Maine DHHS Office of Behavioral Health, Gordon Smith, Maine's opioid response director and Dr. Shah, Maine CDC Director.


PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: Human Arbovirus Information for Healthcare Providers in Maine

The Maine Health Alert Network has released a health advisory to alert clinicians to the potential for human arboviral disease activity in Maine as summer progresses and to consider testing for arboviral disease in patients presenting with unexplained encephalitis, meningitis or high fever (≥100.4°F or 38°C) during the summer and fall when mosquitoes are most active.

Arboviral diseases, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV), and West Nile virus (WNV), are serious infections that are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Maine reported no cases of locally acquired mosquito-borne infection in residents in 2019. Additionally, Powassan virus is an arboviral disease transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Maine identified two cases of Powassan virus disease in residents during 2019. Although rare, these diseases have potentially severe and even fatal consequences for those who contract them.

The full version of the advisory can be found here.


CDC Changes Recommended Quarantine Period From 14 Days To 10 Days

The Washington Post (7/21) reports the CDC now recommends that people who test positive for coronavirus should quarantine themselves for 10 days, rather than 14 days. The agency said greater understanding of the virus led to the change.


Mothers Infected With COVID-19 Are Unlikely To Pass Disease To Newborns When Proper Precautions Are Taken, Researchers Say

CNN (7/23) reports that mothers “infected with [COVID-19] are unlikely to pass the infection to their newborns when appropriate health precautions are taken, according to a study published Thursday in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.” The study “observed mothers and their babies at three New York City hospitals between March 22 and May 17.” Researchers “reported no cases of viral transmission among 120 babies born to 116 [COVID]-positive mothers, even when both shared a room and the mothers breastfed.”



 

Practice Management

Maine's New PMP System Nearly Ready

The Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) released the following information this week announcing they are nearly finished with a roll-out of Maine’s new PMP system, RxGov, for reporting and oversight of controlled substance dispenses. 

As a reminder, only those users who access the PMP system to submit dispense data are asked to register in the RxGov system at this time.

All other PMP users are asked to wait until Monday, August 3, 2020 to begin registering in the RxGov system. 

Visit here for more detailed information on the new platform from Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

Call us for help: PMP Team: (207) 287-2595 Option 2 or email: PMP@maine.gov
For Technical help: you may contact NIC Support by calling (844) 454-2266 or by email at rxgovmesupport@egov.com. Please note, email is monitored from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday. 


 

Pandemic Provider Relief Fund Deadline Extended 

HHS extended the deadline for eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations to submit information and apply for funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund from July 20 until August 3, 2020. HHS is distributing approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians who have not previously received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund. The payment amount will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount will be determined based on submitted data, including the number of Medicaid patients served. HHS has created a fact sheet explaining the application process and answering frequently asked questions. 

Provider Relief Funds Are Taxable 

The Internal Revenue Service clarified on July 6 that for-profit healthcare providers must pay taxes on any grant payments received from the Provider Relief Fund. The CARES Act established both the Provider Relief Fund and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and specifically addressed the taxability of the PPP by stating any PPP loan payments that are forgiven are not counted as taxable income. However, the Act did not address the tax treatment of the Provider Relief Fund.


Maine's Physicians Scramble for PPE

The MOA is aware that sourcing PPE for small practices has been extremely burdensome in the post-COVID-19 landscape. We continue to advocate for greater access to PPE resources.

As our colleagues at the Maine Medical Association have noted, Maine’s independent physician practices have not received a single piece of PPE from state government since the first documented case of COVID-19 in Maine on March 12th. However, as of Wednesday, July 8, Maine CDC reports they have delivered 1.8 million pieces of PPE thus far during the pandemic. 

The Portland Press Herald published a national Associated Press story this week outlining ground level PPE issue. Included in the article was the following quote, “A doctors association warns that physicians’ offices are closed because they cannot get masks and other supplies.” The situation is dire for physician practices across the country and we cannot let the same happen in Maine as we prepare for flu season and the ongoing pandemic. 

Please contact the MOA if you continue to have difficulty in sourcing PPE or are finding sourcing to be costly and burdensome for your practice. We want to help and need your input to help US help YOU!
Call 207-623-1101 or email Amanda Richards at arichards@mainedo.org.


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Classified Ads & Job Postings

 

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Upcoming Events

 

 

 

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine features ...UNE COM Speed Networking Event: This summer, the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services (RSAS) will host their first Virtual Speed Networking event on Saturday, August 8th to connect our first and second-year COM students with physicians practicing in various specialties across the US. RSAS would love for you to join them online, network with our physicians, and learn from their lived experience what working in different specialties is like. WANTED: Physicians in pediatrics or general surgery-- students want to connect with YOU!

 

a. The event takes place from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, August 8th via Zoom.

 

b. If you are interested in participating in the Speed Networking event, please register by Friday, July 24th at this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=IcWYFJq0h02TDFCO83sfxmUbVSqMr95LmY8MncflpSlURU9ZM0VGVlpDVEVIMDJLMDZFVjNKSDJNQi4u

 

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