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Welcome to the MOA E-newsletter for May 29th, 2020:

  • MOA News: Happy Memorial Day Weekend!: We Salute Maine DOs who have served!, Notice: MOA Summer Office Hours, MOA Annual Convention: Virtual Edition-- Video Welcome from David Scaccia, DO, MOA President--click here to view! -- Register Now!
  • News to Use: Maine Expands Contact Tracing, Unemployment Claim Fraud: What to Know, Survey Opportunities: UNE Survey, DHHS survey. JAOA Seeks Section Editor
  • Physician Wellness: FREE Cold Brew or Iced Chai from Vagabond for Healthcare Providers on the Frontlines in the Portland AreaSign up here!, Financial Relief Program Updates from the AOA
  • Public Health: Maine CDC Updates on Testing, It's Lyme Disease Awareness Month-- How to protect yourself and your patients from ticks
  • Practice Management: FREE Webinar "Lessons Learned from Osteopathic Medicine's Greatest Failures" June 4th, Practice Reopening Resources from the "other" MOA,  State Moving to New PMP System in the Fall, Need to find PPE for your practice? Updated MOA Resource List Here, CMS Updates, Please Ensure you are certifying COVID-19 deaths correctly
  • Maine CDC Hiring Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control Program Director, click here for more info., MaineCare Hiring Medical Director, Click Here for full details.
  • NEW Event Listings! Scroll to bottom.

MOA News

MOA Summer Office Hours Notice:

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, MOA Office Hours are as follows:
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
Fridays 8:30am-12:30pm


Military Appreciation Month Spotlights

We are rounding out our continued to salute our Veteran Members and thank them for their service.

Ardis Conner, D.O.

Having served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956, Dr. Conner faced nothing short of challenges in that time while in service! Below is a brief look into her Naval service that led her to using her G.I. Bill for school and eventually a long and successful career as a Maine D.O.!

Dr. Conner was also a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Maine for over 10 years! She was a qualified Boat Crew member and I was the liaison to the CG Academy AIM program for high school students seeking leadership experience and interested in attending the Coast Guard Academy.

Naval Service History:
1952 Basic Training aka Boot Camp, Waukegan, IL, followed by service school at Great Lakes, IL1953 PN3 (personnelman third class) Keypunch Operator, Center for Advancement & Rating(during this assignment, qualified solo pilot on piper cub airplane, not on Navy’s time or dime)1955-1956 Washington,DC, Naval Transfers of Duty

Thank you Dr. Conner for your dedication to others and for serving our great country!

 

 

Image may contain: 2 people, textGary Winn, D.O., a family physician based in Arundel, Maine is an Army 82nd Airborne Veteran of 8 years (1996-2004).

During his time in service, Dr. Winn served as an Army Physician in Family Practice to special forces, 82nd airborne, and101st airborne. Dr. Winn also proudly served as a Physician to President HW. Bush, President GeorgeW. Bush, Governor Jeb Bush and Bush Family.
 

Currently, Dr. Winn is a Major in Air Force Aux serving with civil air patrol in Sanford Maine.


Thank you Dr. Winn for your continued service to our country, Maine, and all your patients near and far!

 

 

 

 

Image may contain: 2 people, text that says 'Maine D.O. Osteopathic Assoclation Military Appreciation Month! M Veteran Spotight Marion Hardy, DO US Air Force & Air National Gaurd Veteran'Marion Hardy, D.O.

As a US Air Force and Air National Guard Veteran, Dr. Hardy reached the rank of Colonel during her successful military career.

She is a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award and has quite an esteemed military background. Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Aviator Medical Examiner, she participated in multiple military operations and was recognized for her achievements in developing procedures to ensure critical medical vaccines were filled and administered during an exercise involving more than 600 Air and Army Guardsmen.

She also helped to elevate the medical community involvement in a joint Reserve operational exercise across New England.

Thank you Dr. Hardy for your determination and commitment to excellence!

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER MOA MEMBER SHOUTOUTS:

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On May 16th during the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Virtual Commencement ceremony, Dr. Charles Radis, a life-long MOA member, and esteemed DO, was awarded the UNE COM Medal of Honor!

UNE COM Medal of Honor, is an award that
"honors those special individuals who exemplify the tireless dedication and bold pioneering spirit of the profession's founder, Andrew Taylor Still. Specifically, the award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine and our profession. The medal is the highest honor given by the college."

Congratulations Dr. Radis, we agree that you are so deserving of this recognition!

 


Dues Payments are due June 1st for on-time renewal. Don't forget to remit payment by Monday, June 1st!

2020 Membership Dues Announcement - National Weather Association



2020 MOA Virtual Convention: June 5-7th, 2020

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Now until June 1st!

Updated Schedule Available with MORE content and special features.
Don't miss this "new frontier" in osteopathic medical education. We have worked so hard to make this an unforgettable experience and can't wait for you to be a part of it! Click the registration link below for more details.

NEW:

Don't miss a LIVE Zoom Happy Hour hosted by UNE COM on 
Friday at 5:30PM following educational sessions!

20+ AOA Cat. 1-A CME Credits, other credit types pending. All live from your home!
Flexible, affordable CME! Registration open now until June 1st--don't delay!

Register online for our virtual Convention HERE. 


News to Use

Maine Expands Contact Tracing to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

The Governor’s office announced this week that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is significantly expanding contact tracing by increasing the number of skilled staff and volunteers, harnessing innovative technology, and securing social services to help people with COVID-19 maintain self-isolation. DHHS is enlisting volunteers, hiring more personnel, and deploying new technology to expand contact tracing in Maine. The Maine CDC encourage volunteers to register via Maine Responds. 


Maine Department of Labor Takes Action to Prevent and Stop Fraud

[From Maine.gov 05/26/2020]
AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Labor announced steps it is taking to investigate, prevent, and stop fraud perpetrated by criminals.

Maine, like many other states, is seeing an increase of intentionally fraudulent unemployment claims over the past two months amid the rise in overall unemployment insurance claims due to COVID-19. This practice, known as impostor fraud, occurs when a person's Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, is used illegally to apply for unemployment benefits.

Criminals use PII stolen from outside data breaches or other illicit means to create fraudulent unemployment claims, in hopes that the innocent people whose information has been compromised never know that a claim was filed using their identity. Unemployment fraud is not only a risk to the individuals whose identities were stolen, but also to employers who fund the payment of benefits through taxes.

The Department announced today that it is temporarily pausing benefits for 48 hours this week and reinstating its normal 10-14 day processing time for initial unemployment claims, which was expedited to seven days in response to unprecedented demands of COVID-19, to investigate and prevent fraud and further enhance security of the unemployment system.

"The Maine Department of Labor takes its responsibility to uphold the integrity of the unemployment program very seriously," Commissioner Laura Fortman said. MDOL will continue to work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to investigate and prevent fraud, while paying benefits to eligible Maine workers as quickly as possible.

These steps come as Maine, like other states, partners with the Federal government to combat fraudulent activity. The Maine Department of Labor is working with the U.S. Attorneys Office, Maine Attorney Generals Office, Maine State Police, Maine State Treasurer, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI are working together to investigate and stop the fraudulent unemployment claims. In Maine, the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General are spearheading the federal investigative effort.

In addition to the steps outlined above, Maine has joined a state-federal task force to detect and prevent fraud and is also:

Coordinating with financial institutions to identify suspicious accounts;
Reviewing system changes needed to increase fraud detection; and
Blocking web addresses linked to fraud here in Maine and in other states.
If you believe that someone else has used your information to file a fraudulent unemployment application, please notify the Maine Department of Labor immediately at https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/idtheft/ .

Suspected fraud can also be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form or (866) 720-5721.

If you think someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes or make purchases, visit https://ww.identitytheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft. Additional identity theft resources can be found at https://www.maine.gov/ag/privacy/identity_theft.shtml or https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/report-identity-theft/ .

The Department of Justice put out a press release on unemployment fraud: https://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=2579879


Apply Now: JAOA Section Editor

Under the leadership of its new Editor-in-Chief, Ross Zafonte, DO, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association is seeking new section editors to round out its team. Section editors are responsible for evaluating articles, assigning reviewers, soliciting papers, and more. Applications are open now until May 22.


UNE Survey Study Seeking Volunteers

 
In the past few weeks our lives have changed dramatically as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world. The Center of Excellence in Aging at University of New England is conducting a research study to explore the attitudes and behaviors of older adults in relation to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
We invite adults aged 55+ years to complete a 10-15 minute survey. Responses will be kept confidential.
 
Please call or email Dr. Regi Robnett (rrobnett@une.edu: 207-221-4102) for more information.
 
Or, register online at: https://redcap.une.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=9JRPPCHF3H. A survey link is sent 1-3 days after registration.

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesPlease Participate: Maine DHHS Provider Survey on practice changes during COVID-19

The Maine Osteopathic Association is partnering with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to conduct a survey of Maine clinicians in order to better understand the ways in which clinicians have changed their practice and are/or are otherwise engaged in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly interested in your use of telehealth during this time, as well as other ways you are responding to the current challenges.

This brief (12 question) survey is available online at Maine Provider Survey - COVID Impact, and is expected to take less than 5 mins to complete.

Please note that participation is entirely voluntary, and that any responses indicating an interest in potentially participating in Maine’s response to this pandemic are not in any way meant to indicate a commitment or obligation to do so.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to serve your patients and the people of Maine during these challenging times!


Physician Wellness

Resources for Healthcare Worker Wellness

The FrontLine WarmLine is available to clinicians and first responders from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week by calling (207) 221-8196 or 866-367-4440. Text capability will be added soon.

The FrontLine WarmLine is a joint effort of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maine Department of Public Safety's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, The Opportunity Alliance, Maine Psychological Association, and the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Other 24/7 resources are available:

  • Statewide Crisis Line: 888-568-1112

  • Intentional Peer Support Warmline to speak with staff who have lived experience with mental health conditions: 866-771-9276

  • Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

  • 211 and 211maine.org can provide general COVID-19 information, including how to access behavioral health and social service resources

Maine DHHS Office of Behavioral Health resources guide

Other Opportunities

Ten Percent Happier Meditation App: Free Access for Teachers, Healthcare, Grocery, and Food Delivery Workers
We want to deeply thank and recognize essential workers all over the world who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a teacher, healthcare, grocery, or food delivery worker and are not currently subscribed to Ten Percent Happier, we would like to support you by offering free access to the app.Visit https://www.tenpercent.com/care for more information.

Headspace is Offering all US Healthcare Professionals Who Work in Public Health Settings Free Access Through 2020. Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate. We’re offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020. You’re here for them, we’re here for you. What’s going on right now is a challenge for everyone. But you, our healthcare professionals, are particularly overburdened. Headspace wants to be here for you and support you as best we can. Helping you be kind to yourself, and your own health, during this difficult time. If you are a healthcare professional, you can redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. Or, if you are a nurse and you don’t have an NPI, you can provide your organization information to verify your credentials.


Calling all DO's in the greater Portland area! 

Vagabond Coffee Car is looking to Deliver FREE Cold Brew or Iced Chai to your door as a thank you for being an Essential Worker and doing EVERYTHING you can to keep us safe during the pandemic!

Click on the link below to sign up!

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FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAM UPDATES
 

New COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund FAQs
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) in response to questions about the $50 billion of the Provider Relief Fund allocated for general distribution to Medicare facilities and providers impacted by COVID-19. The FAQs provide clarification about eligibility, terms and conditions, and attestation. To be considered for additional Provider Relief Fund general distribution payments, providers must accept the HHS terms and conditions and submit revenue information by June 3, 2020. 

Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application Released

The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This application must be completed to apply for forgiveness of a PPP loan and submitted to the lender who approved the loan. Borrowers are eligible for loan forgiveness for the following costs: payroll costs paid and payroll costs incurred during the eight-week Covered Period and certain nonpayroll costs including mortgage obligations, rent obligations and utility payments; the nonpayroll costs cannot exceed 25 percent of the total forgiveness amount.


Public Health Updates

Maine CDC Updates 05/27/2020

  1. Acceptable specimens and collection methods for testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus
    For initial diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, federal CDC recommends collecting and testing an upper respiratory specimen. While nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs are preferred, there are other options, for example for individuals who are medically fragile and do not tolerate the NP swab.  The following are acceptable specimens for PCR testing:
  2. A nasopharyngeal (NP) specimen collected by a healthcare provider; or
  3. An oropharyngeal (OP) specimen collected by a healthcare provider; or
  4. A nasal mid-turbinate swab collected by a healthcare provider or by patient self-collection when supervised by a healthcare provider (using a flocked tapered swab); or
  5. An anterior nares (nasal swab) specimen collected by a healthcare provider or by patient self-collection when supervised by a healthcare provider or home self-collection (using a flocked or spun polyester swab); or
  6. Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal wash/aspirate (NW) specimen collected by a healthcare provider.

Details on how to collect specimens can be found on the federal CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html.  The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) also has a Fact Sheet on Nasal (Anterior Nasal) Specimen Collection for SAR-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/OASH-nasal-specimen-collection-fact-sheet.pdf).

Swabs should be placed immediately into a sterile transport tube containing 2-3mL of either viral transport medium (VTM), Amies transport medium, or sterile saline, unless using a test designed to analyze a specimen directly (i.e., without placement in VTM) such as some point-of-care tests (e.g. the Abbott ID Now platform). If VTM is not available, see the standard operating procedure for public health labs to create viral transport medium in accordance with CDC’s protocol. Don't have the swabs or testing kits you need? Request them from your County Emergency Management Agencies. Here is the contact information for all Maine counties: https://www.maine.gov/mema/ema-community/county-local/county-emergency-management-agencies

Providers are reminded to maintain proper infection control and use recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) when obtaining specimens.  This includes an N95 or higher-level respirator (or surgical facemask if an N95 respirator is not available), eye protection (face shield or close-fitting goggles), gloves, and a gown, when collecting specimens.

  1. Reporting of clinician-suspected cases of re-infection 
    Federal CDC, in collaboration with the Emerging Infections Network (EIN, operated by the Infectious Disease Society of America), is trying to determine if patients who have recovered from COVID-19 but who appear to have recurrent infection represent re-infection or intermittent viral RNA shedding.

Any clinician who has identified a confirmed COVID-19 patient who has had clinical recovery for approximately 10 days after symptom onset or diagnosis (if asymptomatic) and who subsequently had any of the following:

  • Two documented negative PCR results followed by a positive result, or
  • Recurrence of symptoms with a positive PCR result, or
  • Positive PCR results for 30 or more days after recovery (without any recurrence of symptoms),

  then please enter a case description using this linkhttps://ein.idsociety.org/surveys/survey/125/

  1. Maine CDC HAN with recommendations for universal testing and retesting in congregate living settings   
    On Saturday May 23, 2020, Maine CDC issued a HAN on Universal Testing in Congregate Living Settings.  The focus of the universal testing guidelines described in the HAN is a change in the recommendation for universal testing after one positive case in congregate living settings whose clients or residents are at significantly increased risk for severe illness and complications from the virus, such as long-term care facilities, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, correctional facilities, group homes, and assisted living facilities. The HAN also contains recommendations on re-testing of staff or residents and when such re-testing is appropriate.

    The full text of the HAN is available on the Maine CDC’s website https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/health-advisory.shtml?id=2577694

Tick Tock: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month Activities are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 situation in Maine and Governor Mills' Stay Safer At Home Order. See Maine CDC's Facebook and Twitter profiles for more information on Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases throughout the month of May.

In order to promote Lyme Disease Awareness Month (LDAM) in May, the following materials have been developed for inclusion in newsletters:

​At right: Adele Kneiser, 1st Grade, is the winner of the "Tick Aware and Tick Alert" poster contest in 2019

2020 Poster content is underway: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/month/index.shtml



 

Practice Management

NEW FREE WEBINAR!

MAOPS​ has extended the invitation to all Maine Osteopathic Association​ members for a FREE CME event next week. Details are below:

Join MAOPS President Michael Brown, DO, and Jason Haxton, MA, Director of the ATSU Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO, during this “Fireside Chat “as they discuss, "Lessons Learned from Osteopathic Medicine's Greatest Failures." Mr. Haxton is the world’s foremost historian on osteopathic medicine. The FREE webinar is available to all osteopathic physicians and will occur Thursday, June 4th at 7 pm. One AOA 1-A Credit will be available free of charge for MAOPS, MOA, MOMA, IOMA, POMA, & OPSO members. Registration Link is below!

Practice Resources

Our colleagues in Michigan have shared several resources to help physicians navigate the logistics of re-opening or scaling up during COVID-19. We are sharing them below for our members, with permission and thanks to the "other" MOA!


State Moving to New PMP System This Fall
May 18, 2020

Dear Maine PMP Data Submitters,

 

If you send us ASAP 4.2A files, we want you!

We are looking for ASAP 4.2A file submitters who would like to convert early (registering and loading data to the new system)! Early prescription submitters are those that are sending files to the system usually through a SFTP data file load.   

  • If you are interested in becoming an early adopter of the data submission process, please send an email to us at: PMP@maine.gov including your information, with the subject line of: 

Early PMP Data Submission Adopter 

  • Early Adopter Registration and prescription submissions (in ASAP 4.2A format) will start June 15, 2020

  • We will ensure that your submissions are also entered into the current system, so you only enter it once to the new system.

 

Your Registration Process: 

  • Prior to entering the new system, called RxGov, you will need to register. This is a great opportunity to ensure Maine PMP has your latest and most accurate information as we establish the new system.

  • Please note that for RxGov your user name will be your email address. 

  • You will receive emails from RxGovHelp@egov.com, please whitelist the email address to prevent it from being lost in Junk or Spam mail. 

 

For Your Information: Dates to Remember: 

  • Re-registration for all users will start July 15, 2020 (early adopters will register early).

  • All data submitters will be able to send data to the new site starting July 15, 2020 (tentatively).

  • All users will be able to start viewing patient information in the new system starting July 15, 2020 (tentatively).

Fully Operational – The new system will be in place by September 30, 2020 and the current system (through Appriss) will be shut down. Any historical data can be viewed in the new system.

More information regarding the new vendor change will be sent in the coming months. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: SAMHS.PMP@maine.gov

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks) | FDASourcing PPE
The MOA has heard that sourcing the PPE needed for safety in your medical practices has been difficult. Click here for a list of suppliers that have been recommended to us. If you are interested in collaborating with other physicians on group ordering, please contact Amanda Richards, MOA Executive Director at arichards@mainedo.org.

To Request PPE Resources from the Maine Stockpile:

Providers who want to request PPE from the CDC stockpile can do so via their County Emergency Management Agencies. Here is the contact information for all Maine counties: https://www.maine.gov/mema/ema-community/county-local/county-emergency-management-agencies


New COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing

CMS released additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our recent COVID-19-related waivers to help providers, including physicians, hospitals, and rural health clinics. Find more answers to questions on:

  • Outpatient therapy
  • Telehealth and appropriate coding
  • Federally qualified health centers

 


MaineCare COVID-19 Updates 

MaineCare’s COVID-19 webpage has been updated with new and updated guidance for MaineCare providers. 


Guidelines for OMM Providers
Compiled by Stephanie Collins, DO per a discussion with Stephen Sears MD, infectious disease specialist.

The state of Maine is allowing outpatient visits for acute/urgent visits and management of chronic conditions that would otherwise deteriorate without clinical evaluation and management are acceptable in those who are not symptomatic. That gives us the flexibility to think about the specific health of the patient in their circumstances- if the patient is willing to break social distancing. 

Screening procedures before patient comes in : Allow only those who have no sick contacts, no immune system compromise or who are NOT caring for those with immune system compromise and have had no fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat. This time of year with allergies and many patient seeking OMT with muscle pain further details should be discussed with the provider before offering OMT in the office.
 
Office Procedures: It is recommended to only have one patient in the office at a time and to control the flow he person arriving should call or text the office when they arrive before being let into the office. If the patient is a minor they should be accompanied by only one person who has been a household and is also screened to be asymptomatic. Everyone coming in immediately goes to the bathroom to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Then the bathroom surfaces get disinfected (see below).
 
I perform temperature checks in an area separate from the treatment space, this could be done at the patient's vehicle. Anyone with a fever should be triaged to the appropriate care or to home.  
 
Since March 29, 2020 surgical masks (not cloth) are recommended for healthcare workers, even if abbreviating time in the 6 foot radius with patient care. It is more likely to transmit the virus at the 15 minute mark or longer from what we presently know.
 
Cleaning Procedures/Infection Control: After  each *urgent* visit I do a surface cleaning with EPA recommended cleaners before the next patient comes in. I am designating areas for patient items to be placed that I can clean after. I am also taking verbal consent for procedures and avoiding other written documents at this time to minimize staff contact. Please review and follow EPA disinfectant guidelines here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-expands-covid-19-disinfectant-list
This is a highly infectious virus and we should seriously weight the risk and benefit of our patient care with respect to our own health, and that of our workers, our family and our patients. 'Do what you can to protect our communities," is what I heard clearly.
 
Is it Urgent or Non Urgent? Navigating Elective/Essential Care Questions: This editorial is to help patients with the decisions currently being made at the office of health care providers: 
 
AAFP Recently Posted a Blog Post on "The parking lot visit" Click Here to see "How It Works" for one family medicine physician in Georgia: https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/parking_lot_clinic.html?cmpid=em_FPM_20200408
 
If you have any further questions on this topic, please email Amanda Richards at arichards@mainedo.org who will direct them to Dr. Collins or Dr. Sears.
 
FREE AOA Webinar: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Techniques Addressing Respiratory Symptoms of COVID-19 
1.0 AOA 1-B Credit or a AMA PRA Category a Credit

Click Here to learn more & enroll. FREE for AOA members.

Temporary Updates to the Notifiable Diseases and Conditions List – SARS CoV-2 and COVID-19 Deaths

Background: Reporting of notifiable diseases and conditions is required under 22 M.R.S., Chapter 250, §802 and §822. Failure to report could result in preventable morbidity or mortality. Maine CDC is authorized to advise through publicly noticed Health Alerts the public health need for the temporary reporting of any disease or condition in the state of Maine in order to study and control any apparent outbreak or unusual
occurrence of communicable diseases.


• COVID-19-associated deaths should be reported directly to Maine CDC within 24 hours of the death.
o A COVID-19-associated death is defined as a death resulting from an illness that is clinically
compatible with COVID-19 that is confirmed by an appropriate laboratory test. There should be 
no period of complete recovery between the illness and death. It is not necessary that COVID- 19 be the primary cause of death.

o COVID-19-associated deaths can be reported by phone to 1-800-821-5821 or by fax to 1-800-
293-7534
o Reports should include the patient’s name, date of birth, and date of death

 These changes will remain in effect for a period of one year but may be reassessed at any time.

For more information:
• Maine CDC COVID-19 website: www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus

• Maine CDC notifiable conditions rule: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-
disease/epi/disease-reporting/documents/notifiable-conditions.doc


Maine Osteopathic Board of Licensure, Board of Licensure in Medicine Issue Joint Statement on Prescribing Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroqune and Azithromycin 
April 15, 2020

"Prescribing chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and azithromycin for prophylactic purposes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be considered unprofessional conduct, may negatively impact drug supplies impacting the health of existing patients who are established on these medications for treatment of their disease, and may lead to improper use which can cause patient harm." The statement also reminded Physicians and PAs that prescribing for oneself or family members is considered unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Click for the full statement.


MOA Medical Economics Updates & Useful Info

The MOA Medical Economics Committee continues to monitor member complaints and inquiries and to advocate on their behalf for fair eimbursement policies. Have an issue you want to notify us of? Please reach out via the contact information below!

AOA Payment update February 2020.  See slides 24-45 for tips on OMT documentation and management of appeals and audits.

February 7th Medical Economics Committee Co-Chair Kiran Mangalam, DO addressed the membership to share an update on the committee's work over the past year. You can view the slide presentation here.
 
The Committee Supported two educational sessions during the Midwinter Symposium from Edward Roche, PhD, JD and Thomas Force, Esq. on all things billing/coding, audits and recoupments. Slides for both presentations are below.

Recoupments-- Thomas Force, Esq.
Dealing with Audits, Edward Roche, PhD, JD

Quick Resource Links:

Maine Osteopathic Association
Phone: 207-623-1101
Email: info@mainedo.org

AOA Physician Services
Phone: (888) 62-MYAOA
Email: physicanservices@osteopathic.org

AOA Private Payor Advocacy Page:

https://osteopathic.org/practicing-medicine/business-of-medicine/private-payer-
advocacy/?_zs=WxmiD1&_zl=vjNV5

Sign up for the AOA's Quarterly Newsletter: https://osteopathic.org/private-payer-newsletter-
signup/?_zs=J0wiD1&_zl=9TcW5

 


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Maine CDC hiring for Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control Program Director

Augusta, Maine, United States | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: May 26, 2020

MaineCare Medical Director

SALARY: Negotiable (Note: this is a contracted position without state benefits)

OPENING DATE: May 18, 2020 CONTACT: Lisa M. Letourneau MD, MPH
CLOSING DATE: June 17, 2020 TELEPHONE: (207) 415.4043

Job Duties:
The MaineCare Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical leadership and guidance to the
MaineCare program and for supporting MaineCare goals and objectives established in coordination
with the MaineCare Director and the Commissioner’s Office of DHHS. The Medical Director supports
development and implementation of policy and programs that aim to improve health outcomes for
Medicaid beneficiaries by improving population health outcomes and member experience and
promoting high value care. The Medical Director directly communicates with healthcare providers in
the state, participates in relevant advisory groups, and when needed, interacts with the state legislature
at the direction of OMS leadership.
The position is expected to be 0.8-1.0 FTE and is based in Augusta.

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Early 1900's classic McManis White Porcelain and Brass antique exam table. Available for pickup in Southern Maine. 

 

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

 

 

 

MOA Upcoming Events:

Click Here for more info about our Virtual Convention

 

Save the Date for 2021 Events:

2021 Midwinter Symposium
February 12-14th, 2021

Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME

110th Annual Convention
The Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
June 11-13, 2021


A Changing Landscape-Tobacco and Nicotine Use, Products and Adolescents: Reflections and Considerations for Tobacco Prevention and Treatment

The Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference brings nationally recognized speakers and local experts together to discuss a wide array of tobacco treatment and prevention topics, new research and innovative approaches to tobacco control. The Conference is free and offered virtually for 2020, providing participants the opportunity to learn from their offices. Visit CTIMaine.org/Conference for additional information.

Session Dates:

Monday, June 15, 2020, 9 - 11:45 am

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 9 - 11:45 am

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 9 - 11:45 am

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Upcoming Events from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)

CCSME develops, designs and manages statewide training programs and grants. We encourage professional development and maximize collaboration among individuals and organizations that serve people affected by co-occurring conditions.

05.27.20 | Traumatic Brain Injury and Opioid Misuse
Presenters: John D. Corrigan, PhD and Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH
Go-to-Webinar | 1 CME and 1 contact hour
For more information and to register Click Here


 

The Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering a 6 Block CME series, Key Essentials for Optimizing Patient Care.  Is it possible to have our CME block added to your Events calendar? The details are below.

 

Information:  Topic:                        Key Essentials for Optimizing Patient Care

                    Date:                          6 Block Series from August 8, 2020 – January 30, 2021

           Activity Sponsor:      Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

           Location:                   Internet Live

                        Anticipated Credits: Up to 30 AOA Category 1-A

          Activity Website:       go.rowan.edu/cme

          
Questions, please contact: Tara Shontz, CME Program Coordinator at 856-566-6358 or by email at cme@rowan.edu.

 


image.pngFree Personal Protective Equipment Training for Medical Office Workers

The University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute has developed a no-costweb-based training program on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by workers in various care settings, including outpatient medical offices.  Funded by OSHA, the training focuses on the safety of the worker and addresses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended donning and doffing procedures for PPE. Proper techniques are crucial to prevent the spread of infectious disease to workers on the front-lines of patient care. 

Medical office workers (including clinical and non-clinical staff) are at risk of infectious disease through patient contact and contact with the patient care environment. Employers are required to train workers about the necessity of PPE, including how to use it, put it on, remove it, and safely dispose of it. The training includes these strategies and techniques so that workers can protect themselves against these serious workplace safety hazards. There are versions available for both clinical and non-clinical staff. Some of the topics covered include:

●                 The correct use of protective barriers including protective eyewear, masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

●                 Choosing PPE that is appropriate for the task or situation.

●                 Understanding the risk of transmitting potentially harmful pathogens   between the patient and the healthcare staff.

●                 Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of personal protective equipment.

This training is important, now more than ever. Please help us to promote it through your newsletters, blogs, social media, email blasts or any other way you communicate with the outpatient/medical office workforce. Attached is an image for your use along with a flyer that may be shared widely.

The training is available at:  www.maineinfectionpreventionforum.org


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