August 30, 2010

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MMA's Coding Center is Now the Learning Center at Baker, Newman & Noyes

MMA's Coding Center, which has provided expert coding advice to MMA members and their staffs for several years, has been conveyed to Baker, Newman & Noyes, a major regional accounting firm headquartered in Portland.  The Coding Center activities will be merged with the activities of the BNN Learning Center.  MMA members and their staffs will continue to be able to receive responses to their inquiries from BNN's certified coders at no cost, so long as the inquiries are of a routine nature.

About BNN Learning Center

The Learning Center is part of the Healthcare Management Consulting Division
of Baker Newman Noyes.  The Learning Center has been established to assist,
educate and advocate for the provider community.  Specializing in coding and
reimbursement issues, the courses are taught in locations throughout Maine, and
other parts of New England.  The courses are designed to accommodate full-time
work schedules.

The faculty of The Learning Center includes professionals who have served the
healthcare industry for their entire careers. Laurie Desjardins, Maggie Fortin, Hayat
Lutes, Carol Cherry and Jana Purrell all bring specialized expertise to the classroom
for courses tailored to the audience, as opposed to “cookie-cutter” lectures.

More on MMA's Agreement with The Learning Center

Routine inquires are defined in the conveyance Agreement as inquiries that can be responded to without spending more than one hour.  Members who order additional services from BNN will receive discounts off of standard rates of not less than 10%.  Members or staff who present more than five questions a month may be charged for responses to the sixth question or any response to additional questions that particular month.

MMA is pleased to be re-united with the first and second Directors of the Coding Center, Laurie Desjardins, CPC and Jana Purrell, CPC.  Laurie directs the activities of the Learning Center and Jana provides services in a consulting role.

Baker, Newman & Noyes has been a Corporate Affiliate of MMA for many years and will continue to be an affiliate, as a condition of the Agreement.

The Learning Center of BNN will be exhibiting at the Association's Annual Meeting next week.  Stop by their booth and say hello to both Laurie and Jana.


Not Too Late to Register for 157th MMA Annual Session, September 10-12 in Bar Harbor

Registrations are still welcome for the Association's157th Annual Session, being held next week in Bar Harbor.  While the headquarters hotel is sold out (Harborside Hotel & Marina), there are many other affordable places to stay, many within walking distance of the Bar Harbor Club where most of the meeting functions occur.

In addition to 6.5 hours of CME on the theme of Life's Transitions, the meeting will feature a forum on public health issues with the gubernatorial candidates and presentations at the membership meeting by the Honorable Chellie Pingree, Congresswoman from Maine's First Congressional District, Terrance Sheehan, M.D., President of Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine, and Cecil Wilson, M.D., of Winter Park, Florida, current President of the American Medical Association.

Registration is available on the MMA website at  A list of housing options is available by calling the office at 622-3374.

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Maine Migrant Health Program Launches New Mobile Medical Unit

The Maine Migrant Health Program recently launched a new Mobile Medical Unit in rural Maine, funded partially by the Maine Health Access Foundation.   The Foundation provided a $125,000 grant and an additional $75,000 challenge grant that the Program was able to match with federal and private funds in order to purchase the new mobile unit.

Each year the mobile units visit up to 50 towns in Washington, Hancock, Knox, Kennebec, Aroostook, Androscoggin, Franklin, Cumberland, and York counties. 

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REMINDER: MaineCare Transitions to New Computer System (MHIMS) on September 1st

The MaineCare program's transition to the new claims management program, the Maine Integrated Health Management Solution (MIHMS), is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1st.  Claims for dates of service beginning September 1st and later must be submitted through the new system.  You can find more information about the transition to MIHMS on the web at: [return to top]

BNN Learning Center Offers Coding Course at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

The Learning Center, part of the Healthcare Management Consulting Division of Baker, Newman & Noyes, is presenting a 16-week course on professional medical coding at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning on September 14, 2010 and concluding on January 11, 2011.  The course tuition is $1600.00.  The course instructors are Laurie Desjardins, CPC, PCS and Jana Purrell, CPC-I, CEMC.  For more information about the course, please to to the BNN web site: [return to top]

M4A Presents 3rd Annual Conference on Aging on Friday, October 22nd

It is time to register for this year’s . . .


M4A logo.jpgThe Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging

                 3rd Annual Conference on Aging


             Impact and Opportunities for Maine

Friday, October 22, 2010   ♦   8:30am – 3:30pm at Point Lookout, Northport


State-specific information on how the new Healthcare Reform legislation

will affect Maine’s growing baby boomer and senior population . . .

and the businesses and institutions that serve them.


Target Audience:      Maine’s medical, business, insurance, legal, financial, civic, homecare, caregiver, and political leaders.

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Keynote Speaker:      Ron Pollack , the Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization for healthcare consumers.  [Frequent guest on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, and often quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.]

For more information, call Holly Couture at 1-800-282-0764 or at

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American Heart Association Offers Free Webinar on Outpatient QI on September 8th

Please join the American Heart Association and Get With The Guidelines®-Outpatient for a webinar presenting benefits of outpatient quality improvement and the results of the Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF) study.

Part Two 
September 8, 2010

1 PM – 2 PM Central/2 PM – 3 PM Eastern
Get With The Guidelines-Outpatient: Integrating Clinical Decision Support and Performance Feedback to Improve Care and Outcomes

Presented by:

Gregg Fonarow, MD, FAHA, FACC
Director, Ahmanson – UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center
Los Angeles, CA

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM
Director, Nursing Research and CNS, Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Register for this exciting event 
and to learn more about Get With The Guidelines-Outpatient.

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MeMGMA Presents Half-Day Session on Service Excellence at MMA on September 29th

The Maine Medical Group Management Association is pleased to present a program on Service Excellence by Dan Booth from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, September 29th at the MMA headquarters in Manchester. 


Dan Booth is the Vice President of Operations and Chief Human Resource Officer at Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine.  He has worked in this position for 10 years.  Prior to working at Inland, Dan has worked in several other healthcare organizations throughout New England for the past 20 years.  Dan started his healthcare career working for Marriott Management Services in their contract management division.  In his role as VP of Operations/CHRO, he has administrative responsibility for the employed physician practices, ancillary support departments and human resources.  He also is the service culture development point person for the organization.  Dan has a B.S. in Clinical Nutrition from Penn State University and a M.B.A. from Thomas College.  He lives in Oakland, Maine with his wife Joanne and 3 children and enjoys skiing and kayaking.


Dan's presentation on Service Excellence will address Establishing a Culture of Service and Key Service Behaviors.


The program cost is $25 for MeMGMA members and staff (whether live or by WebEx) and $50 for non-members (also live or WebEx).


For more information, please contact Karen Wheeler at 873-6173 or by email at

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Maine Police Agencies & U.S. D.E.A. Plan Joint Drug Collection Effort for September 25th

As covered in the Maine Sunday Telegram of August 29th, police agencies in Maine are joining with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are collaborating on a public service effort to collect unwanted and unused medications on September 25th.  The article quotes Maine D.E.A. Director Roy McKinney saying, "The non-medical use of prescription drugs is at epidemic levels, not just in Maine now, but it's being recognized across the country."  Maine now joins 15 other states in which more people die from prescription drug overdoses than from car accidents.  Maine has been at the forefront of unwanted drug return efforts around the country, through the efforts of many interested individuals and organizations including Stevan Gressitt, M.D. and colleagues within the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, the MMA Public Health Committee, M.D.E.A. Director McKinney, and Representative Anne Perry (D-Calais), House Chair of the legislature's Health & Human Services Committee and a nurse practitioner.


You can find out more information about this national collection effort on the web at:

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ACHSD Continues to Examine ACA's Impact on Maine

The Advisory Council on Health Systems Development (ACHSD) spent the majority of its regular meeting on Friday, August 27th examining the impact of the federal health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on Maine.  The group received a presentation by and engaged in an extensive dialogue with Beth Waldman, J.D., M.P.H., a consultant to the Governor's Office of Health Policy & Finance.  You can find a copy of Beth's Powerpoint presentation, along with other materials related to the work of the ACHSD on the web at:


Jim Leonard, the State Coordinator for HIT, also updated the group on the Health Data Systems Assessment Project and the membership and role of the Health Data Work Group.


Lani Graham, M.D., M.P.H. is the Vice Chair of the ACHSD and chaired Friday's meeting.  Augusta ophthalmologist Maroulla Gleaton, M.D. and MQF Director Josh Cutler, M.D. are the other physician representatives on the ACHSD.

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