corona virus

Dear colleagues,

During a global pandemic, while NPs and physicians are working diligently each day to care for millions of American patients sickened, hospitalized — and in the worst cases — dying from COVID-19, the nurse practitioner (NP) profession has come under attack. The American Medical Association (AMA) and others have chosen to focus their energies on offensive campaigns and media pieces designed to alarm and misinform the public and policymakers — a strategy that is so out of touch with the facts and real challenges faced by our nation’s health care system.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) has taken several steps, including writing an open letter to the AMA calling on them to cease these disingenuous attacks on the NP profession. Today, we are more than 114,000 members strong, and it will take all of us to defend the NP profession from these attacks.

The facts are simple, the quality of NP-delivered care is irrefutable, affirmed by more than 200 studies that attest to the outstanding outcomes NPs deliver. In fact, just this week, research published in JAMA affirms NPs’ contributions to expanding access to care where it’s needed most. While detractors may prefer to ignore the facts and science, as well as the needs of 80 million patients living in Health Provider Shortage Areas, NPs continue to deliver the care patients want and our nation needs in more than 1 billion patient visits each year. Today, 80% of adults report they’ve been treated or know someone who has been treated by an NP, and more than 56% of patients report that NPs spend more time listening to them and addressing their concerns than other providers.

At a time when NPs and physicians should be working together to expand access to care and to meet the needs of patients, these attacks are harmful to the health of our nation. I assure you that AANP will continue focusing its efforts on making care more available to patients, providing added choice and modernizing outdated laws that hinder effective and efficient health care delivery. We have no interest in playing gotcha games in the media; we’re committed to saving lives and building a health care system that works for patients and providers alike. In these most challenging times, NPs will continue to meet the needs of our patients.

Learn how you can help stop the spread of misinformation with AANP’s Facts-vs-Myths and redirect patients to accurate information about NPs and the profession at WeChooseNPs.org. Please continue using the Report Now tool to keep AANP appraised of negative and inaccurate information about NPs.

Sincerely,

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
President, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners

 frontline workers

Please find Maine CDC's Infectious Disease Program Quarterly Case Counts Report for Quarters 1-2 below. 

This includes investigations initiated during MMWR Year 2020 (December 29, 2019 through June 30, 2020).  Only investigations with a case status are included in this report.  For all outbreak conditions confirmed, probable, and suspect case statuses are included.  For non-outbreak conditions confirmed and probable case statuses are included.  If a condition is not listed that means no cases met the case definition during this time.

These reports are also available online at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/publications/index.shtml#Quarterlies.  

 

Leana E. Amáez (she/her/hers)

Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: (207)446-2021 Email: [email protected]

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Portal  

The Maine CDC has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Portal, where providers can enroll to administer a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. The portal includes information on provider enrollment requirements, FAQs, checklists, and resources on vaccine storage and handling. Education and training for providers will be available at this site in the near future. Providers should send an email to [email protected] if they have questions regarding vaccine planning.  

MaineCare providers should note that this enrollment process is separate from MaineCare’s provider enrollment process, so any currently enrolled MaineCare provider who would like to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in the future will still need to enroll through the vaccine provider portalMore details about enrollment eligibility and the process to enroll can be found in the FAQs

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Letters to Governor Janet Mills advocating for Nurse Practitioners in Maine: