August 15, 2005

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Annual Session Room Deadline Extended to Wednesday, August 17
Rooms at the Harborside Hotel and Marina in Bar Harbor will be available until the end of business on this Wednesday, August 17. The meeting dates are Sept. 9-11, 2005 and the meeting promises to be one of the best ever. In addition to the traditional business of the meeting, eleven hours of CME are available on the topic of infectious disease. Governor Baldacci will address attendees on Saturday morning and on Saturday evening, MMA President Lawrence Mutty, M.D., MPH will present the President's gavel to in-coming President Jacob Gerritsen, M.D. of Camden.
Any questions about the meeting, which begins at noon on Friday, Sept. 9, may be directed to Diane McMahon at MMA at 622-3374 or via e-mail to

The Maine Medical Association has held an Annual Session every year for the past 152 years, making the Association one of the longest continually active associations in the state.  The 152nd meeting will feature the topic of the emerging threats in infectious disease.  The meeting begins with a lunchtime talk on Friday, Sept 9 and concludes on Sunday morning.  The clinical portion of the meeting has been chaired by emergency physician Jo Linder, M.D. who chairs the Association's Committee on Public Health.

On Friday evening, an opening night reception will be held, co-sponsored by the Mount Desert Island Hospital. The medical staff of the hospital will be invited to the reception as special guests of the Association.  On Saturday morning, the Association will hold its third "Town Meeting" style Annual Meeting featuring presentations from MMA Committees and a presentation by Governor John Baldacci at 11:30am.  DHHS Commissioner Jack Nicholas will present an update on MaineCare at 8:30am. The Saturday morning session, open to all MMA members and guests, will also deal with several Resolutions, amendments to the MMA Constitution and Bylaws and election of the Executive Committee and officers.

No registration fee is charged to members attending just the membership meeting on Saturday morning.

Saturday evening's dinner will feature the President's address and the presentation of the Presidential gavel by Lawrence Mutty, M.D., MPH to Jacob Gerritsen, M.D.  Several awards will be presented, including the annual President's Award and the Mary Lloyd Cushman Award for Exemplary Humanitarian Service. Several MMA members will also receive recognition through receipt of 50 year pins recognizing the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Medical School.

If you are an MMA member, this is YOUR meeting and we hope you will make an effort to attend.  Practice Managers and other interested persons are welcome, as well, including MMA Corporate Affiliates.  Registration materials are available on the MMA website at or by calling the Association office at 622-3374.

Orthopedic Surgeons, Urologists, Anesthesiologists and Psychiatrists to Meet During Annual Session
During the MMA's Annual Meeting in Bar Harbor Sept. 9-11, 2004, state specialty societies representing orthopedic surgeons, urologists, anesthesiologists and psychiatrists will meet.  The Maine Society of Orthopedic Surgeons will meet on both Friday and Saturday for educational sessions and a business meeting.  The Maine Urological Association and the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists will meet at noon on Saturday and the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians will meet at 4:00p.m. on Saturday. 

If you are interested in attending your specialty society meeting, contact your specialty society staff or the Maine Medical Association at 622-3374. [return to top]

AMA and Joint Commission to Host Medical Staff Leadership Conference Sept. 29-30, 2005
The American Medical Association and Joint Commission Resources will be hosting a medical staff leadership conference entitled, "Moving from the Sidelines to the Frontlines of Patient Safety:  Empowering the Medical Staff," on Sept. 29-30, 2005 at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Chicago, Ill., and also on Oct. 21-22, 2005, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The conference will provide physicians who hold or will hold leadership positions within a medical staff organization the information and strategies they need to support a culture of patient safety within the medical staff organization that extends to the hospital and practice setting.  Techniques and tools for improving communications and compliance will be a major focus.  CME credits will be offered.  For more information and to register, go to [return to top]

New Board of Licensure in Medicine Rules on APRN's
New rules require that physicians must register or renew the registration of all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN's) under delegation by August 1, 2005. A fee of $50 must be paid for each APRN registered.  Contact the Board for a registration form (Form C) or download the form at and mail the completed form, a current Plan of Supervision, and the fee to the Board by August 1, 2005.  For new registrations, a copy of the Board of Nursing's Official Approval to Practice letter should also be included.  The Board will issue a Registration Certificate with a issue date and an expiration date.  If you have previously registered the delegated practice, the Expiration Date will be based on that registration date.  [return to top]

MMA Staff Attends AMA State Legislative Roundtable
MMA legislative staff attended the annual AMA State Legislative Roundtable this past week in Sonoma, California.  This annual session offers an opportunity for each state medical society and national specialty society to discuss issues of common interest that emerge in the various states.  The Roundtable is conducted by the AMA Advocacy Resource Center, whose Executive Committee is chaired by MMA EVP Gordon Smith.

During the day and a half meeting, panel members discussed state legislative issues ranging from professional liability reform to scope of practice.  Also discussed were patient safety, managed care practices, certificate of need, provider taxes and federal Medicaid reform.

Over 100 representatives of state medical societies and national medical specialty societies attended the conference. [return to top]

Attention Pediatric Practices; Sept 2, 2005 CME Program in Manchester
On Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, The Maine Medical Association, in association with the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, presents a three hour program entitled, "Minors' Healthcare:  Rights, Responsibilities and Consent."  The program will be held at the offices of the Maine Medical Association in Manchester, Maine from 9:00am to noon and will be presented by healthcare attorneys Kenneth Lehman, Gordon Smith and Andrew MacLean.

The program is designed to assist pediatric practices with those issues that arise daily regarding parental consent, self-consent and payment.

Registration materials have been sent to each pediatric practice and family practice, but if you have not received yours and are interested in the program, call Chandra Leister at MMA at 622-3374 or contact her via e-mail to [return to top]

Tough Choices Follow-up Meetings to be Held on Thursday, August 18
The Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance has scheduled two focus group meetings this week as follow-ups to the Tough Choices meetings held in May.  According to the Governor's office, nearly 200 participants in the original session noted that they would be interested in continuing to be involved in the process of developing a state health plan.

The invitation letter to each of the participants said the meetings would continue the Tough Choices dialog while taking a more in-depth look at specific issues, including cost-containment, public health infrastructure and looking at the issue of single-payor.

Both meetings will be held on Thursday, August 18.  The Portland meeting will be held from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. at the University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus, Rooms 214 and 215 in the Abromson Center.  The Bangor meeting will be held from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the University College in Bangor, Room 138 in Eastport Hall. 

The meetings will be facilitated by Trish Riley and other staff members from the Office of Heath Policy and Finance. [return to top]

Part Three of Quality Counts to be Held on December 6, 2005
Part three of the meeting series "Quality Counts" will focus on "Putting it all Together" and will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at the Augusta Civic Center.  Previous sessions have attracted nearly 300 participants.  The Maine Medical Association is a co-sponsor of the series.

The one-day conference will include keynote presentations by David McCullough, M.D., FRCP, with the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound and Karen Bell, M.D., Director of the Division of Quality Improvement for Chronic and Ambulatory Care at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Dr. Bell was formerly with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine.

Registration materials are not yet ready, but interested persons may contact Judy Tupper at 207-228-8407 (, or Hilary Skillings at 207-780-4567 ( [return to top]

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