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Welcome to your MOA E-newsletter for September 18th, 2020

  • MOA News: Family Physicians-- Don't Miss the ACOFP chapter meeting Oct 6th. Virtual CME opportunities! Three great offerings. All online.
  • News to Use: Last day to nominate a colleague, or organization for AOA's new COVID-19 Awards! Are you ready to VOTE November 3rd?, Fran Jensen, MD, MS, announced as MaineCare’s new Medical Director, COMLEX-USA/AOA Residency will be Recognized for initial licensure in Australia
  • Public Health: September is Suicide Awareness Month- learn more about resources available in Maine, Tracing Millinocket wedding COVID-19 outbreak
  • Practice Management: Clinicians MUST Register for new PMP system by Sept. 23rd, MaineCare CHIP Payment Clarification
  • New Job Postings: MOA Member Posting--DPC Physician Wanted in Hampden, ME; CDC Seeks Epidemiologist; Maine Primary Care Association Seeks Director of Program Management

MOA News

Maine Family Physicians: Don't Miss the Maine ACOFP Meeting Oct. 6th 7PM

Chapter President Jack Forbush, DO welcomes all Family Medicine Physicians practicing in Maine to join this open chapter meeting.

Topic: Maine ACOFP quarterly meeting
Time: Oct 6, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Zoom link

Meeting ID: 853 5989 9880
Passcode: 197640

Draft Agenda:
  1. 2020/2021 Meeting schedule

  2. Welcome new chapter members

  3. Discussion- Certification Grants for Residents

  4. “Old Business”

Want to join the ACOFP chapter?

Visit for more information or to join!


Featured Job Posting-- Hampden, ME Direct Primary Care Practice Seeking Physician

Are you interested:

  • In practicing medicine the way it should be?  Rather than it being dictated by the insurance companies?
  • In escaping the medical industrial complex?
  • In regaining freedom to control your own schedule?

If so, we are currently looking for a part-time/full-time DO/MD for our Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice that is busting at the seams!

Call or email us today!

Jack Forbush, DO
Osteopathic Center of Family Medicine
Hampden, ME 04444

Still Time to Access On Demand CME Deals

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August 22 Virtual Event--Now Available On-Demand through September 24!


  • Doctors Aren't Superhuman, Just Superheroes: Burnout and Mental Health Issues Can Happen -- David Goldman, DO, JD
  • Diabetes Has Finally Met Its Match: Come Meet the New Diabetes Toolbox--Dustin Higgins, DO
  • "Best Practices" on Getting Patients Off Opioids --Paul Jones, DO
  • Pediatric Obesity: Epigenetics, Antibiotics, and Other Causes --Justin Puckett, DO, FAAFP, FOMA, FACOFP
  • “Put Me In Coach!”:  Concussions in Sports -- Christopher Wolf, DO, FAAPMR 
  • Pause, Rewind, Replay: Breaking the Fourth Wall of Implicit Bias Through Cinemeducation-- Katie Davenport-Kabonic, DO
  • Suspecting Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) in the Dyspneic Patient: Who, What, and How -- Deborah Levine, MD, FCCP
  • "It's Not Your Thyroid?" - When it is and when it isn't, and how to figure it out!   --Dustin Higgins, DO

Register before September 22nd to Access!


Another Partner Event: OPSO Virtual Annual Primary Care Conference

September 18-20, 2020 - Live Online Stream
Earn Up to 20 AOA 1A Credits from your home or office

$545 for MOA Members
(please contact OPSO directly and mention that you are an MOA member)

Click Here for Full Details!


MOA's 2020 Convention is Still Available Online, On-Demand!

18.25 AOA 1A Credits, 60 days to complete all sessions on demand.
$490 for MOA members with discount code, $590 for non- members

News to Use

Care Provider Comes To You - Superhero Doctor Clipart - Full Size Clipart  (#3433027) - PinClipartLast Chance to Submit Nominations for New AOA COVID-19 initiative awards-- Due TODAY 09/18

To recognize individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding contributions and unique services to the osteopathic community during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees has established a new honor, the AOA COVID-19 Initiative Award.

The submission process for this award is now open to individuals, osteopathic affiliates and partner organizations in the following four categories: student, resident, physician-in-practice, and organization. Award recipients will be recognized during the virtual Special Meeting of the House of Delegates in October.

To apply or submit a nomination, please submit a completed application no later than Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Please direct questions to Val Carr at

New MaineCare Medical Director Announced

The Office of MaineCare this week welcomed Fran Jensen, MD, MS, as MaineCare’s Medical Director beginning on Monday, September 14.  She has extensive Medicaid experience and has held many roles focused on delivery system transformation and patient-centered care throughout her career. 

Dr. Jensen previously served as the Deputy Director for the State Innovations Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), has worked for CMS, was a Medical Officer with the US Public Health Service, and has directly served individuals who are homeless and in recovery from substance use disorder in her practice.  During COVID-19, she has worked contact tracing and serving individuals with COVID-19 at the Lord Baltimore Triage-Respite-Isolation Center. 

Dr. Jensen has ties to Maine, as well: she is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and also served as the Project Officer for Maine for the CMMI State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from 2013 to 2017.  She currently resides in Baltimore and will begin work remotely, with plans to transition to Maine full time in summer 2021. 

Bureau of Corporations, Elections & CommissionsAre you ready for November 3rd?

Election Day is fast approaching. 

Here are some resources to make sure you are prepared to cast your vote:


A DO is in the Grey’s Anatomy writers’ room
The DO. By ANDY BROWN Email, TUESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2020

Carisa Champion, DO, JD, MPH, has professional interests that span beyond medicine to both law and public health. But through her training and experiences in those three fields, she said she’s always felt drawn to the arts.

So after a few years of hoping to further explore that passion for the arts by working on a medicine-related TV show, she jumped at the opportunity to apply for the Grey’s Anatomy Surgical Communications Fellowship. She’s been working on the show since July and will continue to through January before returning to her general surgery residency in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Media has always been something that lined up with my background and interests. Naturally, I’m an artistic person,” Dr. Champion said. “This was a way for me to honor my roots in public health and express those natural interests in the arts.”

Click to read the edited Q&A, where Dr. Champion discusses her involvement with production on the upcoming season, her role in the (virtual) writer’s room, and how Grey’s Anatomy balances entertaining viewers with striving to be as medically accurate as possible.

Australia will recognize COMLEX-USA, AOA residency, as criteria for initial licensure
The DO. By ROSE RAYMOND Email, FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2020

Obtaining a license to practice medicine in Australia will soon be significantly easier for DOs. The country’s medical board recently agreed to include completion of COMLEX-USA exams and two years of ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency training in its eligibility criteria for licensure.

This change came after three years of advocacy by the osteopathic medical profession, beginning with the AOA’s request for Australia’s medical board to recognize COMLEX and AOA-accredited residency training. Humayun Chaudhry, DO, immediate past president of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities, John R. Gimpel, DO, president and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), and other NBOME staff also devoted time and effort to advocating for this recognition.

“This is a tremendous win for the profession,” says Amy Byerwalter, AOA associate vice president of international affairs. “This success goes beyond Australia as recognition by such a large regulatory authority will help support our efforts for recognition elsewhere.”

Following this change, DOs who have completed all three levels of the COMLEX-USA exams as well as two years of an AOA- or ACGME-accredited residency program will be eligible to apply for provisional registration in Australia. Obtaining provisional registration allows a DO to engage in supervised practice in Australia, after which they may apply to practice independently.

To facilitate this change, the Medical Board of Australia is establishing a new category in its competent authority pathway. This is the first time it has done so in 15 years. The board will post information about the new category on its competent authority pathway page soon, including guidance on how to apply.

Group Of Physicians Calls For Medical Residency Programs To Teach About The Impact Of Climate Change On Health

STAT (9/10) reports a group of physicians “is urging medical residency programs to implement standardized curricula on the health impacts of climate change.” The group published a paper in Academic Medicine that outlines a framework on the subject matter including “a breakdown of high-risk populations, including the elderly and low-income families, and a review of the current understanding on how climate impacts health – such as the relationship between air quality and respiratory illness.” STAT interviews Rebecca Philipsborn, a pediatrician at Emory University School of Medicine and the paper’s lead author, about the framework.

CDC Data Indicate COVID-19 Disproportionately Killing Hispanic, Black, American Indian Children

The Washington Post (9/15) reports, “The coronavirus is killing Hispanic, Black and American Indian children at much higher numbers than their White peers, according to federal statistics released Tuesday.” The figures “show there have been 391,814 known cases and 121 deaths among people under the age of 21 from February to July.” Among those who were “killed by covid-19...more than 75 percent have been Hispanic, Black and American Indian children, even though they represent 41 percent of the U.S. population, according to the” CDC. These “disproportionate deaths among youths echo pandemic disparities well-documented among adults.”

        Bloomberg (9/15) reports that “overall, according to the report, Hispanics accounted for 45% of deaths while Black people accounted for 29%.” Moreover, “minority children are disproportionately represented in families of essential workers who are often unable to do their jobs from home, which puts them at higher risk for exposure to the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, according to the CDC report.” Parents and other “older members of the household who become infected could pass the virus to the children they live with, the agency said.”

        The AP (9/15) reports that “like older adults, many of” the people younger than 21 who died “had one or more medical [conditions] – like lung problems, including asthma, obesity, heart problems or developmental conditions.” Among the deaths, “the CDC found 54 were Hispanic, 35 were Black, and 17 were white, even though overall there are far more white Americans than Black and Hispanic.”

        Reuters (9/15) reports that “among the 121 deaths, 63% were male.” Fatalities “among children younger than one accounted for 10% of the total, 20% of the deaths were among one-to-nine-year olds, while those aged between 10 and 20 years accounted for the rest.”

        Among the news outlets also reporting are CNBC (9/15), Forbes (9/15), the Washington Times (9/15), The Hill (9/15), STAT (9/15), and Axios (9/15).

COVID-19: Millinocket Wedding Outbreak Update - 7 Dead

Maine CDC reported this week that seven people have died with COVID-19 related to the August 7 Millinocket wedding. Portland Press Herald reporter @PPHEricRussell provided the following timeline of events following the wedding on Twitter. It’s an excellent example and reminder for all to #besafe, #maskup, #distance, and #washhands 

  • On August 7, a wedding was held in Millinocket. Approximately 65 people attended. It was indoors. There wasn't much mask compliance.
  • It has now become a COVID-19 super-spreading event, the biggest so far in Maine.
  • One adult wedding guest saw a parent after the event.
  • That parent then saw another child, an adult who works at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison.
  • Maine CDC believes that's how the Millinocket wedding outbreak spread to the nursing home.
  • As of Tuesday, September 15, six residents of Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison have died and that number could go up.
  • In all, there have been 39 cases between residents and staff at the nursing home.
  • The August 7 wedding also has been linked to an outbreak of more than 70 cases at the York County Jail. A staff member at the jail was confirmed to have attended the wedding.
  • York County is now the biggest COVID-19 hot-spot in Maine and has public health officials worried.
  • Another outbreak in York County is at the Calvary Baptist Church, whose pastor officiated the Millinocket wedding and has openly defied the state's guidelines on masks and physical distancing."

Supplemental Adult Flu Vaccine

The Maine Immunization Program is pleased to announce that we have procured an allotment of influenza vaccine for Maine’s adult population, 19 years and older. This vaccine will be available to your facility at no cost. Our intent is for this vaccine to supplement what you may receive this fall.

This is part of an effort to ensure that all family members have access to and are vaccinated against influenza this fall. Influenza vaccination will be critical to reducing illness and burden on our health care infrastructure. There will be no eligibility requirements for this adult flu vaccine. It is available to ALL adults (19 and older). Facilities can order it for anyone affiliated with their practice. (staff, patients, residents, students, etc.)

We anticipate the arrival of the vaccine in late October/November.  If you are interested in receiving this vaccine, please contact MIP at by September 30, 2020.

Maine Academy of Pediatrics Provides School Re-entry Resources

The Maine American Academy of Pediatrics (Maine AAP) has been working with the Maine Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Maine CDC to compile back to school guidance covering topics from mask wearing to clinical recommendations for returning to school after exposure or positive tests.  There are template letters for clinicians to use in unique cases and posters about COVID and returning to school for medical practices to post and share with patients and families which are available in English and other languages. 

Back to School information can be found on the Maine AAP website, including Resources for Providers and Resources for Communities and Families.  

Do not hesitate to contact Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Director, Dee Kerry at or (207) 622-3374 for more information and background.  


Maine Public Health Association's annual conference is virtual this year, and will feature public health work across the state. While no one day or week will be designated to a region, we will still have regional topics throughout four weeks of programming.


When: September 29th through October 23rd. Multiple sessions will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

Where: Virtually! 

Who: Everyone who is interested in public health is encouraged to attend the conference. MPHA members receive discounted registration rates. Become a member today!

What: We will have several keynote speakers and various conference session topics (see below for a sampling from each region).

Register Here!


Practice Management

MaineCare Child Health Incentive Payments Update – Clarification on Covered Codes 

On September 15th, we sent out an e-message regarding the qualifying codes and payment schedule for our child health incentive payments. That message included the following codes in error: 90467 G0438, G0439. The correct codes associated with these payments are outlined below.   

As a reminder, providers need to include both the CPT and ICD-10-CM codes to indicate a well visit. Well visits and dental services billed without the codes listed below will not qualify for the child health incentive payments.  

In alignment with the MaineCare Benefits Manual (MBM), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs, see MBM Section 31) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs, see MBM Section 103) must report all services provided, including all procedures, with the standard CPT, HCPCS, or CDT codes, in addition to their encounter code (T1015).   

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls - September

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  We hope that you have signed up to receive email notices about the sessions that are of most interest to you. If you have not, you can sign up for these updates or obtain access to your existing subscriber preferences here:

Call details are sessions scheduled in September are noted below. Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are not intended for the press. 

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at:

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (twice a month on Tuesday at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern) 

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls; Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce; Put Patients Over Paperwork; and Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare 

Office Hours:

Tuesday, September 22nd at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 2409459

Audio Webcast link:


Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (twice a month on Friday at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

For the most current information including call schedule changes, please click here

To keep up with the important work the White House Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here: For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

CMS Releases Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for 2021

On Aug. 3, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule and supporting fact sheet that announces and solicits public comments on proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, on or after Jan. 1, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, CMS is waiving the 60-day delay in the effective date of the final rule, replacing it with a 30-day delay. For information on the proposed rule, view the CMS fact sheet. CMS will accept comments until Oct. 5th, 2020.

For a full break down of the changes, written by the AOA, click here.

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PMP Clinicians:

Thank you for your continued patience as we roll out Maine’s new PMP system, RxGov, for reporting and oversight of controlled substance dispenses. 

PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE FOR CLINICIANS TO REGISTER IS SEPT 23rd. After Sept 30th, access to the old PMP system will be unavailable.

How to Register with RxGov 

  1. Go to

  2. Select “Register

  3. Under Account Type, select your role. If you are not sure which RxGov user role is right for you, please view RxGov User Role Definitions on the PMP website to ensure you select the appropriate role. 

  4. Once you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you used to register your Maine RxGov Please confirm your account by clicking the hyperlink in this email. 

Once you have registered and confirmed your account, our team must review your registration. As soon as this review is complete, you will receive an email notification that your RxGov account has been activated. This process may take 3 to 5 business days depending on the volume of registrations. Once you receive the email notification that your RxGov account has been activated, you can stop using the legacy PMP and begin using RxGov.

Out-of-State Drug Dispenses 

Please continue to use AWARxE (the current PMP application for checking out-of-state data) until September 30 to perform interstate queries for PMP data.  On October 1, interstate PMP query functionality will transition to RxGov 

EMR UsersDoes your EMR have an existing PMP integration?   

If you currently access PMP data through an existing integration with your EMR, you still must register for an account with RxGov beginning on August 3. Your PMP-EMR integration will continue to function without interruption during the system transition, and all existing connections between EMRs and PMP data will be maintained– no changes are required within your EMR.

REMINDER - Key dates for Clinician users of the PMP: 

  • September 23 Deadline for clinicians to register.

  • September 30 - Access to the legacy PMP system will be terminated at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Three ways to get Support: Support hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday – Friday.  

General Questions: Call the Maine PMP Team at (207) 287-2595, Option 2. 

Maine Osteopathic Association Announces New Partnership with ActionPPE

MOA has teamed up with to help ALL ME DOCTORS and their PRACTICES to operate safely with proper PPE SUPPLIES. Order Discounted PPE that you need and get it delivered right to your door!


Did you know? Amtrak Downeaster Offers Discount for Medical Travel

All the places you can go on the Amtrak Downeaster |

Amtrak Downeaster is operating 4 round-trips daily and is here for your patients and their families when/ if they need us.

Additionally, the Downeaster offers a 30% medical discount for patients and their families/companions traveling between Brunswick, ME and Boston, MA, and points in between.

Order Rack Cards for your practice to promote this discount HERE.


Need CME Right Now?

Please find MOA on-demand CME programs at our CE21 site:

Now 50 MOA Programs Available!

Visit for the full catalog of osteopathic programs. 400+ Osteopathic CME Programs are now available via this site.

Classified Ads & Job Postings

Hampden, ME Direct Primary Care Practice Seeking Physician

Are you interested:

  • In practicing medicine the way it should be?  Rather than it being dictated by the insurance companies?
  • In escaping the medical industrial complex?
  • In regaining freedom to control your own schedule?

If so, we are currently looking for a part-time/full-time DO/MD for our Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice that is busting at the seams!

Call or email us today!

Jack Forbush, DO
Osteopathic Center of Family Medicine
Hampden, ME 04444

Maine Primary Care Association Seeks Director of Program Management

The Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of MPCA’s
federal and state program, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling
program activities.

Review the Job Description Here or apply online at

Central Epidemiologist - COVID (Augusta)

  • The U.S. CDC has partnered with the CDC Foundation to hire 3 epidemiologists, 1 data analyst and 1 microbiologist for 10-11 months to work with Maine CDC on its COVID-19 response. The jobs are currently posted on the CDC Foundation website (just click on the COVID-19 Job Corps and search under Maine).


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Contact Ira Stockwell, DO -- 207-232-8235 or 207-854-1143


Upcoming Events

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

Registration Now Open

Addiction Medicine Board Certification Review Course

Virtual Conference

Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 4, 2020


The AOAAM Addiction Medicine Board Certification Review Course is now open for registration.  This course has been specifically designed to assist physicians who have qualified to take the American Osteopathic Association’s subspecialty certification exam in Addiction Medicine. Those planning to take the OCC (Recert) examination will also find this course immensely useful.


  • The virtual live course will be presented on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4.
  • The on-demand portion of the course will include recordings of the virtual program, as well as additional presentations expected to best prepare physicians seeking to pass the AOA board subspecialty certification initial or OCC examination.
  • Two live webinars, scheduled in late October and November, will feature a presentation on exam-taking skills and a general Q&A session.
  • Course price:
  • AOAAM Members - $449 (after 9/13/2020 - $575)
  • Non-members - $599 (after 9/13/2020 - $724)
This two-day course will showcase the vast and in-depth knowledge of top experts who will cover content related to Addiction Medicine - from neurobiology and genetics to opioids, substance use disorders, medical marijuana, benzodiazepines, medical co-morbidities, psychosocial treatments, prevention and more. The course includes 27 hours (live and on-demand) CME. Learn more

UNE COM's Virtual Fall CME & Alumni Weekend

UNE COM's Virtual Fall CME and Alumni Weekend will take place October 9-11, 2020 via Zoom. A diverse array of alumni from varying specialties, researchers, and specialists present on topics relating to primary care. Alumni, students, and friends are encouraged to register to attend the conference. Student registration is free.

Reunion classes for the 2020 event are those ending in 5s and 0s, but all are welcome to attend the conference.

Approximately 20 AOA Category 1-A CME credits will be offered throughout the weekend.

Registration will open soon at

OMED 2020 is going virtual!
For more information or to register, visit 

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