February 11, 2013

 
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MMA Launches Vibrant New Website

MMA is pleased to announce the re-design of its website at www.mainemed.com.  Visitors to the site will see a more modern, clean appearance and will have access to all areas of the site. No more members only section!  No more passwords!  And lots of new content, including a section for patients (Patient Center) and new resources for peer review and HIPAA compliance.  Give it a try! 

The site was re-designed and re-built over a nearly two year period.  All content has been updated and several new content areas and features have been added.  With the members only section eliminated, all visitors will have access to the physician finder feature, the popular Physician's Guide to Maine Law, the monthly poll question and agendas and minutes for all MMA committees.  Physicians will be able to register online for all MMA events and continuing education courses will be available on the site.  The new site is just one element of a communications strategy intended to find the most effective way to communicate with members, corporate affiliates and all others interested in the work of the Association.

There is a lot of content on the site and it will be a priority at MMA to keep the content up to date.  Other features will be added in the future as feedback from members is received.

This newly designed website would not have been possible without the diligence and hard work of Shirley Goggin of the MMA staff.  Many thanks to Shirley and also to Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine (and webmaster Mark McGhie particularly) which hosted the previous site for many years.  A thank you as well to Paul Klainer, M.D. and members of the Association's Committee on Technology and Communications which began the process of redesign with the issuance of an RFP two years ago.

We welcome your comments on the site.  Could you find what you were looking for?  How easy was the site to navigate?  Send your comments to Gordon Smith, Executive Vice President at gsmith@mainemed.com or to Shirley Goggin at sgoggin@mainemed.com.

MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Tuesday, Feb. 12, 8 pm

The MMA Legislative Committee weekly phone calls will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th.  They will be held every Tuesday at 8 pm through the session. 

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate.  Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate.  It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode.  These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session:

Conference call number:  1-877-669-3239

Passcode:  23045263

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed that week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action that week.  The calls rarely last longer than an hour and usually we can accomplish our business in much less time. 

If you have an opinion about any of these bills, but cannot participate in the call, please call or email Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP at 622-3374, ext. 214 or amaclean@mainemed.com.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week.  We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first:

LD 189, An Act To Establish a Central Concealed Handgun Permit Database (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 197, An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians (support; pediatricians)*

LD 198, An Act To Clarify Physicians' Delegation of Medical Care (MMA bill; support)*

LD 205, An Act To Exempt Free Clinics from Licensing under the Charitable Solicitations Act (monitor or support)

LD 223, An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding a Concealed Handgun Permit (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)

LD 225, An Act To Restore Consumer Rate Review for Health Insurance Plans in the Individual and Small Group Markets (support)*

LD 230, An Act To Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality (support)*

LD 239, An Act To Improve the Return to the State on the Sale of Spirits and To Provide a Source of Payment for Maine's Hospitals (monitor)

LD 249, Resolve, Directing the Board of Dental Examiners To Amend Its Rules To Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Maine (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 250, An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013 (FY 2013 supplemental budget proposal; oppose hospital reimbursement cuts; encourage restoration of MaineCare coverage of ASC services and smoking cessation products)

LD 251, An Act Criminalizing Trafficking in Contraband or Alcoholic Beverages in State Hospitals Serving Adults (monitor)

LD 252, An Act Regarding Registration and Correction of Death Information on Death Certificates (monitor or support)

LD 253, An Act Regarding Registration of Fetal Deaths (monitor or support; pediatricians)

LD 257, An Act To Protect Newborns Exposed to Drugs or Alcohol (monitor or support; pediatricians)*

LD 265, An Act To Repeal the Restriction on Employers Regarding Firearms Kept in an Employee's Vehicle (support; Public Health Committee)

LD 267, An Act Regarding the Sale of Firearms at Gun Shows (support; Public Health Committee)

LD 272, An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk (Maine Chapter, AAP bill; support; Public Health Committee)*

LD 276, Resolve, To Improve Access to Oral Health Care for MaineCare Recipients (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)

LD 292, An Act To Protect the Public Health from Mosquito-borne Diseases (monitor; Public Health Committee)*

LD 298, An Act Regarding the Membership of the Emergency Medical Services' Board (monitor; emergency physicians)

LD 305, An Act To Eliminate Institute Councils for Mental Health Institutions (monitor; psychiatrists)

LD 321, Resolve, Directing the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission To Review Maine's Probate Code and the Uniform Probate Code (monitor)

LD 326, An Act To Update the Maine Emergency Management Laws (monitor; emergency physicians; Public Health Committee)

Two lists of bills submitted by legislators by the deadline now are available on the legislature's web site:

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POLITICAL PULSE: MMA Comments on Charging for Medical Record & Other Highlights of the Week

Here are some highlights of what MMA's advocacy team followed at the state house the week of February 4th: 

BUDGET DELIBERATIONS CONTINUE LARGELY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

After a busy week hearing public testimony and reports from Committees two weeks ago, the Appropriations Committee largely met behind closed doors last week to discuss the 2013 Supplemental Budget.  They were expected to start voting on items mid- to late-week but primarily met both in partisan caucuses and across party lines to discuss how to balance the state budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.  They did vote on a few items, including to lessen the cut proposed by the LePage administration for subsidies for adoptive families, but did not vote on most of the controversial items.  They are expected to continue meeting today.  View MMA's testimony on several DHHS portions of the budget  here

MMA OPPOSES BILL TO REDUCE CHARGES FOR COPYING MEDICAL RECORDS 

Last week, the Health & Human Services Committee took up LD 23, An Act To Lower the Cost of Copies of Medical Records.  Current law allows health care practitioners or facilities to charge $10 for the first page of providing medical records and $.35 for each additional page.  LD 23 proposes to lower the allowable charge for the first page to $5.  The bill's sponsor, Senator Haskell, described the motivation for the bill coming from an individual who was representing herself in a personal injury case and could not afford the cost of obtaining her medical records.  MMA Executive Vice President Gordon Smith testified on behalf of the MMA.  He explained that while practices typically do not charge to provide records when patients are transferring to another clinician, it is reasonable for physicians to be able to recoup their costs when providing records to attorneys, insurance companies or others. In fact, the current allowable charges haven't been increased since 2003 and probably do not cover the cost to practices of providing records.  Mr. Smith showed that Maine's charge is comparable, if not lower, than most other states.  Mr. Smith also explained that the new final HIPAA rules only allow practices to charge for actual labor and material costs for providing records electronically.  The Committee requested that Mr. Smith work with Senator Haskell, the Hospital Association and others to come to some compromise of changes to the current law that might be acceptable to all.  The Committee will take up the bill in work session this Thursday.  Mr. Smith's full testimony can be found here

The same day the HHS Committee also considered LD 22, An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores.  The American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and others testified against the bill, which would allow certain tobacco stores to begin to sell food, beverages and alcohol.  They stated that this would create a loophole to Maine's smoke free bar and restaurant laws. 

LABOR COMMITTEE APPROVES CHANGES TO PHARMACIST ADMINISTRATION OF VACCINATIONS 

The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee held a public hearing two weeks ago on LD 32, An Act To Expand the Types of Vaccines That May Be Administered by Pharmacists.  The bill proposes that pharmacist would be able to administer a vaccine licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration to a person 18 years of age or older who has a primary care provider if the vaccine is outside the guidelines recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices if a prescription from the primary care provider specifically states that the vaccine is medically necessary.  The issue was raised by a constituent who was unable to receive a shingles vaccine because she was under the age recommended by the Prevention Advisory Committee.  The Committee held a work session on the bill last Wednesday, February 6th.  A major point of discussion was whether insurance companies were paying for vaccines administered in the pharmacy setting.  While MMA had raised some concerns with increasing the number of vaccines being provided by pharmacists, the Committee voted to pass the bill, which will now be considered on the House and Senate floors.  

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE CONSIDERS CHANGES TO SEAT BELT LAWS 

On Wednesday, the Transportation Committee held a public hearing on LD 57, An Act To Exempt Occupants of Antique Autos from Seat Belt Requirements.  The Department of Public Safety, AAA of Northern New England, Maine Osteopathic Association and others testified in opposition to the bill.  One concern is that in order to be registered as an antique auto, a vehicle must only be more than 25 years old. Therefore a vehicle manufactured with seat belts in 1988 but registered as an antique auto could be exempted under the proposed legislation, raising safety concerns as well as jeopardizing Maine's highway funds. Testimony on the bill can be found here

EVENTS WEEK OF 2/4/13 

If you are interested in attending or learning more about any of the events taking place at the state house next week, please contact Jessa Barnard at jbarnard@mainemed.com or 622-3374 x 211.  For a full list of events taking place at the state house, visit the Legislative Calendar

Tuesday 2/12, 1 pm, Transportation Committee public hearing on LD 66, An Act to Require that Motorcyclists Wear Helmets 

Wednesday 2/13, 9 am, Health and Human Services Committee public hearing on LD 77, An Act To Require Health Care Practitioners To Distribute Free Samples of Medication in Certain Circumstances

Wednesday 2/13, 10 am, Transportation Committee work session on LD 57, An Act To Exempt Occupants of Antique Autos from Seat Belt Requirements

Thursday 2/14, 1 pm, Health and Human Services Committee work session on LD 23, An Act To Lower the Cost of Copies of Medical Records and LD 22, An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores [return to top]

Governor LePage Nominates Two Former Legislators to Dirigo Health Agency Board

Governor Paul LePage this past week  nominated two former legislators to the Board of Trustees of the Dirigo Health Agency.  Jonathan McKane of Newcastle and Wesley Richardson of Warren both served on the Insurance and Financial Services (IFS) Committee of the Legislature the past two sessions.  Both legislators were term-limited and therefore could not seek re-election.  

The Dirigo health insurance product is due to be phased out at the end of this year as many of the 16,000 Mainers will qualify for coverage through the federally operated exchange that will provide subsidies to eligible Mainers for the purchase of insurance coverage. The Dirigo Health Agency also houses the Maine Quality Forum which MMA supports retaining as the Agency funding is phased out.  

Mr. McKane was a vocal critic of the Agency since its inception.  Mr. Richardson, as chair of the IFS committee, was at times supportive and at times critical.

Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the State Senate, following a confirmation hearing conducted by the IFS Committee.  With the Democrats in control of the House and Senate, the hearing and vote on the nominations are likely to be contentious.

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Coalition for a Safer Maine Announces Three-Part Legislation Addressing Gun Safety

Former AMA and MMA President Robert McAfee, former U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby and former Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert joined forces last Wednesday and announced the formation of a new group to work on gun safety legislation in Maine.  Ms. Silsby and Mr. Gilbert are serving as co-chairs of the group.  At a news conference in Augusta, Gilbert called for tolerance and willingness to listen to all sides in considering any new laws.  He noted that the issue of violence is not just about guns, but also about education and recognition of mental illness.

The coalition supports legislation, introduced by Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland), a former Cumberland County Sheriff, intended to expand the current law prohibiting a person who is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital from possessing a gun.  The bill also calls for promotion of gun-safety education and the extension of background checks on gun buyers.

The Executive Council of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians will begin consideration of the mental health aspects of the legislation at its regularly scheduled meeting on the evening of Feb. 21.

The coalition also announced support for separate legislation limiting the size of magazines that can be sold in the state to seven rounds of ammunition.  

MMA's 25-member Board of Directors recently passed a slightly amended version of a Resolution passed at the annual membership meeting last September addressing the issue of gun violence, urging improved background checks and limits on possession of assault weapons. 

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Biddeford Free Clinic Looking for Physician Volunteers

The Biddeford Free Clinic, one of the handful of such clinics operating in the state, is in need of physician volunteers.  Even volunteering one evening every two or three months would be extremely helpful in assisting the clinic to meet its mission of providing treatment and medication to persons without health insurance. Interested physicians should contact the Clinic Director Joan Gordon at 207-590-3142 or bfc1@gwi.net or gear2@roadrunner.com. [return to top]

Upcoming Events

MGMA Third Party Payer Seminars

Payer representatives from the major payers will be speaking at this seminar and providing updates that affect your practice.   

February 13, 2013

8 am - 4pm 

Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside Street, Portland

OR  

February 26, 2013

8am - 4pm 

Waterville Elks Club, 76 Industrial Street, Waterville

Pricing: $45 for MEMGMA Basic Members; FREE for MEMGMA Premium Members ; $45 for MEMGMA Members’ Staff; $75 for Non-Members

For more information or to register contact: Linda Tardif, Education Chair,(207) 783-1449, LTardif@CentralMaineKidneys.com 

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Medical Professionals Health Program 

1st Annual Professionals Conference:

Health, Wellbeing and Awareness, Fostering Wellness in the Workplace

April 5, 2013

Holiday Inn By The Bay, Portland

For more information, or to register, click here.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Development of Adult Health-risks, Violence, Disease & Premature Death 

presented by Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians

April 19, 2013

8-4:30 pm 

Mariott at Sable Oaks, South Portland 

Presenter: Vincent J. Felitti, MD 

For more information or to register, contact Dianna Poulin at dpoulin@mainemed.com or 622-7743 

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Save the Date

Healthcare Transformation Learning Symposium

Advancing Change: Healthcare System Transformation in Northern New England

 Tuesday, May 21, 2013

8 am  - 4 pm

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Topics: Data  to Drive System Change,  Regional Tools & Learning, Funders' Perspectives on Supporting Transformation

For more information, click here.

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Save the Date:  

One-day Conference on Aging, Dementia, and Developmental Disabilities

Sponsored by the Charlotte White Center and Co-sponsored by the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Momentum Services, and University of Maine Center on Aging

Thursday, May 23, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor

 This event is designed to provide helpful information to families, direct care workers, clinicians, program staff, and administrators concerned about adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are affected by dementia. 

For more information, click here

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Senator Feinstein Introduces Assault Weapons Ban Bill

On January 24th, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.  The bill would reinstate and strengthen the expired 1994 assault weapons ban and limit the availability of high-capacity magazines.  The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The AMA has long-standing House of Delegates policy in support of renewing and strengthening the assault weapons ban, and sent Senator Feinstein a letter of support for the legislation.  The AMA also has strong policy in support of physician-patient conversations on safe storage of handguns and federal funding for research into gun violence and violence prevention in general.  The MMA's policy is consistent with that of the AMA.

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CMS Bundled Payments Program Gets Underway

CMS announced that more than 500 organizations will begin participating in Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative.  The initiative includes four bundled payment models covering various elements of hospital, physician, and post-acute services and payments targeting 48 diseases and conditions.  BPCI participants will provide CMS a discount from expected payments for the episodes of care, and will work together to reduce readmissions, duplicative care, and complications to lower costs and improve quality.  The AMA was an early supporter of pilots for bundling Medicare payments and values the flexibility and range of models provided in BPCI.  The AMA also recommends that CMS provide opportunities for additional practices to participate, which may not have been ready to apply when the program was first announced in 2011, and encourages CMS to offer additional models as the four that currently exist all involve an inpatient hospital stay.  

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MMA to Participate in AMA National Advocacy Conference this Week

MMA President Dieter Kreckel, M.D. and EVP Gordon Smith will join colleagues from across the country this week at the National Advocacy Conference of the American Medical Association.  In addition to hearing from leading legislators from Capitol Hill, attendees will be briefed by AMA advocacy staff regarding the numerous federal issues impacting medical practice.

On Wednesday, Dr. Kreckel and Mr. Smith will visit with each member of the Maine Congressional Delegation. Among items on the agenda for those meetings is the continuing need to eliminate the flawed sustainable growth rate formula for paying physicians who treat Medicare payments and the need to avoid automatic cuts through the sequestration process.

Dr. Kreckel is a family physician practicing at Swift River Primary Care in Rumford.  He is a former President of the Maine Academy of Family Physicians.

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Important Notice Regarding MaineCare PCP Rate Increase Self Attestation Form

If you faxed a form to MaineCare applying for an increased rate for your primary care services in calendar years 2013 and 2014, you may need to refax your Self Attestation form.  MaineCare's fax machine was out of order from Wednesday, January 16th through Tuesday, January 22nd.  If you faxed your form during this timeframe, MaineCare did not receive it and you should resend it as soon as possible. 

As reported in previous issues of the Update, the Office MaineCare Services (OMS) is implementing Section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act, effective January 1, 2013 which requires Medicaid programs to pay “for primary care services furnished by certain physicians in calendar years (CYs) 2013 and 2014 at rates not less than the Medicare rates in effect in those CYs or, if greater, the payment rates that would be applicable in those CYs using the CY 2009 Medicare physician fee schedule conversion factor.” 

In order to receive the increased rate, providers must fill out and submit a Self Attestation form. By completing the form, providers attest that s/he meets the criteria established by the ACA – specifically, that:

  • they are appropriately Board certified; OR 
  • that 60 percent of their Medicaid claims are for evaluation and management (E&M) and vaccine administration codes as specified in the federal rule.  

The Self-Attestation form can be found here (downloadable Word document) and provides detail on each of the above criteria.

Provider files will be updated once OMS has approved your form, and OMS will send you a confirmation via email. Please note that the increase will not occur until OMS has approved your form, and that payments will be retroactive to 1/01/13. 

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Draft Report of LD 1818 Work Group on Health Care Data Now Available

The draft report of the LD 1818 Work Group  is now available from state Office for Health Information Technology.  The Work Group was the result of proposed legislation submitted in 2011 that was originally intended to revamp the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) operations but was changed to a Resolve, Chapter 109 (2011) which called for the establishment of a working group led by DHHS to evaluate and report on options to "improve the availability and access to health care data."

The Resolve identified four areas for evaluation:

  1. Review the current structures of and relationships among the Maine Health Data Organization, the Maine Health Data Processing Center and OnPoint Health Data in order to evaluate the timeliness and effectiveness of the data received;
  2. Review the current purposes and uses of the data and limitations on access to the data and consider additional uses for the data and changes that might be necessary to achieve and facilitate additional uses;
  3. Consider federal and state privacy and security laws regarding the use and release of protected health information, including policy and technical changes needed to allow increased access to protected health information and the feasibility of those changes; and 
  4. Consider the availability of the data, the most appropriate sources of the data and the cost of providing the data.

Resolve Chapter 109 was later amended to provide the Work Group additional time to complete its work.  A complete record of committee meetings and documents is available at http://www.maine.gov/hit/ld_1818/index.html.

The Work Group was co-chaired by Josh Cutler, M.D. and Colin McHugh.  Dr. Cutler also served as the MMA representative on the Working Group.  MMA also provided testimony to the group regarding the desired structure of the relationships of the organizations and the need to provide transparency but protecting patient confidentiality.

The draft report will be considered by the group at an upcoming meeting and then presented to the 126th Legislature.  The draft does not contain any suggested legislation, although legislation is expected from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation which would result in a decrease in the number of board members on the MHDO.  

Many of the changes anticipated by the group have already been accomplished by virtue of decisions of the MHDO and the awarding of a new contract to a data partner to replace the work of the Data Processing Center and Onpoint.  So the actual work product of the group is quite modest in its recommendations.

MMA will continue to report on the presentation of the final report to the Legislature, as the submission of health data and its use in the state are important issues to Maine's physicians.

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Job Openings

FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIANS SOUGHT - Millinocket and Patten Maine Locations

Katahdin Valley Health Center is recruiting dedicated Family Practice Physicians that are committed to providing quality health care services to the people in Central/Northern Maine.  Join our practice in one of the newly expanded facilities.  We are seeking physicians for our Millinocket and Patten locations.  KVHC is a fully electronic medical record site and offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes sign on bonus, generous amounts of paid time off, health insurance, life and disability insurance as well as Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) malpractice coverage.  No nights, no weekends, either limited or no inpatient care and limited call coverage.  Physicians who join KVHC are eligible to apply for NHSC Loan Repayment.

Physicians that join KVHC will be providing quality care in a dynamic, cutting edge environment, within a patient focused team of 11 Providers and 90 Staff Members.  As one of New England’s highest performing Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), KVHC has a mission to provide community accessible, quality healthcare with compassion and dignity. 

To learn more about KVHC and Practitioner Opportunities, please contact Michelle LeFay at mlefay@kvhc.org or visit our website at http://www.kvhc.org.  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.

2/11/13

HOSPITALIST - Belfast, Maine

Multi-specialty community hospital on the coast of Maine seeks full-time BC/BE Hospitalist to join an established group and provide full medical oversight of hospital inpatient and critical care activities. Belfast offers beautiful views of Penobscot Bay and is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Exceptional family environment with excellent schools.

Send CV to Dan Bennett, Director of Operations, Waldo County General Hospital, P.O. Box 287, Belfast, Maine 04915. Tel. 207-930-6741, Fax 207-338-6207, e-mail: dbennett@wcgh.org.

 2/11/13

VICE-PRESIDENT PHYSICIAN PRACTICES - Mayo Regional Hospital

Mayo Regional Hospital, located just 35 miles northwest of Bangor in Dover-Foxcroft, is seeking a VP of Physician Practices for its well-established hospital-based primary care practices. The VP of Physician Practices leads all aspects of the practices, and reports directly to the CEO.  Responsibilities include planning and coordination for six offices in Dover-Foxcroft and surrounding communities.  The position ensures that patients, providers, staff, insurance agreements and facilities meet the goals and objectives of the hospital.  Provider recruitment and retention experience is desired.  A degree in Business Administration or related field is required, with experience managing multiple physician office practices.  Knowledge and understanding of RHCs and the Patient Centered Medical Home Model is a plus.  This opportunity offers a competitive wage and benefits package that includes:  Group health/dental/life, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, tuition assistance, educational loan payback eligibility, relocation assistance and a generous paid time off program.  Please send resume and cover-letter to: Mayo Regional Hospital, Attn: Joanne Leonard, Dept. B, 897 W. Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or E-mail to jleonard@mayohospital.com.  EOE  

2/25/13 

Orthopedic Surgeon - Maine Air National Guard

The Air National Guard Orthopedic Surgeon examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system by surgical and conservative means. In this role, you’ll perform surgery, manage orthopedic surgery services, oversee the administration of anesthetics, and provide diet recommendations.

Benefits
The Maine Air National Guard gives you the opportunity to serve your community and country with pride, and help people in a whole new way. If you still have student loans, you may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program, or you can potentially get money for college that transfers to your dependents through the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

Besides a monthly paycheck, as a member of the Air Guard you’ll receive low-cost life insurance, a military retirement plan, and eligibility for VA home loans. With more than 140 Air Guard bases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands you’ll be able to serve where you live, without interrupting your civilian medical practice. And as an Air Guard member you’ll have access to Base Exchange and Commissary shopping as well as free space-available air travel.

Learn More Today
Go to GoANG.com/ME or call 1-800-TO-GO-ANG to find out how you can become an important member of America’s homeland defense in the Maine Air National Guard.

4/4/13 

Surgeon - Maine Air National Guard

As a General Surgeon in the Maine Air National Guard, you’ll adapt the skills and knowledge you’ve gained in your civilian career to the military environment. You’ll provide urgent treatment to Air Guard personnel sick or wounded during duty, and regular healthcare to personnel training in your unit.

Benefits
The Air National Guard gives you the opportunity to serve your community and country with pride, and help people in a whole new way. If you still have student loans, you may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program, or you can potentially get money for college that transfers to your dependents through the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

Besides a monthly paycheck, as a member of the Air Guard you’ll receive low-cost life insurance, a military retirement plan, and eligibility for VA home loans. With more than 140 Air Guard bases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands you’ll be able to serve where you live, without interrupting your civilian medical practice. And as an Air Guard member you’ll have access to Base Exchange and Commissary shopping as well as free space-available air travel.

Learn More Today
Go to GoANG.com/ME or call 1-800-TO-GO-ANG to learn how you can become an important member of America’s homeland defense in the Maine Air National Guard.

4/4/13  [return to top]

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