March 4, 2013

 
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Please Join Us for Physicians' Day at the Legislature on March 19th

The Maine Medical Association and the Maine Osteopathic Association invite you to Physicians' Day at the Legislature taking place in the State House Hall of Flags (second floor) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th.  This is a great opportunity for you to mingle with members of the 126th Maine Legislature and to discuss with them issues of importance to physicians and patients, such as health care reform; Medicaid funding; scope of practice; state budget priorities; childhood obesity prevention and other public health efforts; and more!  If you cannot afford to take the whole day, come for an hour or two.

NOTE:  Please bring your white coat & consider beginning the day with our Walk/Run on the beautiful Kennebec River Rail Trail at 7 a.m.

MMA/MOA PHYSICIANS' DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

                                     

 7:00 - 8:00 am        Walk/Run – Maine Physicians and Legislators

                                     (Kennebec River Rail Trail - Capitol Park Trail Entrance)

 7:30 - 8:30 am       Set up Displays/Hall of Flags

 8:30 - 11:00 am     Staff Booths/Network with Physicians & Legislators/Hall of Flags

 9:30 – 10:00 am    Welcome, Legislative/Grassroots Presentation/Hall of Flags
                                  Remarks by:

                                   President, Maine Medical Association

                                   President, Maine Osteopathic Association

                                   Representative Linda Sanborn, MD, (D) Gorham

                                  Senator Geoffrey Gratwick, MD, (D) Bangor

10:15 - 10:45 am    Meeting with Governor LePage/Cabinet Room

10:00 - 12:00 pm    Attend House/Senate Sessions

12:00 – 1:00pm     Lunch – on your own

     

1:00 - 3:00 pm       Meetings with Senate/House Leadership/Welcome Center

                                       Senate President ~

                                      Senate Majority ~

                                      Senate Minority ~

                                      Speaker of the House ~

                                      House Majority ~

                                      House Minority ~

  3:00 – 4:00p.m.     Closing Remarks / Breakdown of Displays/Hall of Flags

 

 

**Legislative Appointments Subject to Change**


THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!   

 

Please RSVP to Maureen Elwell, Legislative Assistant, at melwell@mainemed.com or 622-3374, ext. 219                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

POLITICAL PULSE: Legislative Highlights of the Week

Here are some highlights of what MMA's advocacy team followed at the State House the week of February 18th: 

MMA SUCCESSFULLY LIMITS PHARMACIST ROLE IN ADMINISTERING KIDS VACCINES 

The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee held a work session last week on LD 148, An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Drugs and Vaccines Administered by Pharmacists.  This bill would expand the current law that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to all individuals over age 9 and all vaccines to adults to allow pharmacists to administer any vaccine to those over age 9.  MMA opposed the bill on a number of grounds, including that pharmacists cannot currently participate in the state immunization registry (ImmPact) or the new universal childhood immunization program, so there would be serious issues with information sharing with primary care providers and payment for the vaccine when administered to children.  The Committee was very receptive to these concerns and agreed not to pass the bill in a form that would allow pharmacists to provide additional vaccinations to children.  Instead, the Committee only approved a modified portion of the bill that allows pharmacy interns to in some cases administer the vaccines to adults.  The issue of providing vaccinations to children will return when the Committee takes up a bill on collaborative practice agreements with pharmacists. 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE CONSIDERS BILLS RANGING FROM BANNING YOUTH TANNING TO EXPANDING PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM 

The Health & Human Services Committee had an extremely busy schedule this week, full of public hearings and work sessions of interest to MMA.  

The MMA participated in public hearings on the following bills: 

  • LD 197, An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians.  Gordon Smith, Esq, MMA EVP, testified on behalf of the MMA, Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Maine Chapter of Family Physicians to express concern with nurse practitioners filling the policy and clinical roles of school physicians.  The MAAP committed to assisting school districts in identifying physicians willing to serve this function. 
  • LD 257, An Act To Protect Newborns Exposed to Drugs or Alcohol.  Andrew MacLean, Esq, MMA Deputy EVP, testified on behalf of the MMA in opposition to the bill, which would require physicians who assist in the delivery of a baby to report the family to DHHS if the child had any exposure to an illegal drug during the course of the pregnancy. MMA is working with other interested parties, such as Maine Medical Center, Maine Ostopathic Association and Maine Civil Liberties Union to propose alternative language. 
  • LD 386, An Act To Reduce Tobacco-related Illness and Lower Health Care Costs in MaineCare.  Dr. Lani Graham, co-chair of the MMA Public Health Committee, delivered MMA's testimony in favor of this bill, which would restore the tobacco cessation benefit in the MaineCare program. 
  • LD 390, An Act To Restore MaineCare Coverage for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services.  This MMA drafted bill would restore MaineCare reimbursement for ASCs, which was cut in last year's budget.   MMA Deputy EVP Andrew MacLean and the Maine Eye Center testified in favor of the bill.  
  • LD 272, An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk.  This bill would ban minors under 18 from using tanning facilities.  Dr. Geoffrey Gratwick (D-Bangor) sponsored the bill, and three physicians, Dr. Jan Pelletier (pediatrician, Bangor), Dr. Rob McNeal (dermatologist, Portland) and Dr. Carrine Burns (dermatologist, Lewiston) testified in favor of the bill, along with the MMA, Maine Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Maine Osteopathic Association, Maine Public Health Association and individuals and families impacted by melanoma. 
  • LD 388, An Act To Amend the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program Participation Requirements.  This is an MMA drafted bill that provides for an alternative to the current mandatory participation provision for prescribers in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program consisting of automatic enrollment at the time of licensure or renewal.  Dr. Ann Dorney sponsored the bill and MMA EVP Gordon Smith testified in favor. 

The Committee held work sessions on: 

  • LD 198, a MMA drafted bill that would modify Maine's law on physician delegation of tasks to unlicensed personnel.  The changes would allow physicians to delegate to all support staff, not just employees, and allow delegated tasks to be carried out if the physician is not on the premises.  The Committee voted unanimously that the bill ought to pass as amended.
  • LD 230, An Act to Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality.  This bill was sponsored by Rep. Anne Graham and would establish a group similar to the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development that existed from 2005 to 2009 and would monitor the accessibility, cost and quality of health care in the State.  The Committee voted to table the bill pending more information on a federal grant that the state was recently awarded and whether any grant funds could be used to support work anticipated in the bill. 
  • LD 181, To Require Hospitals To Provide Information Regarding Testing for Krabbe Disease for Parents of Infants. After hearing testimony regarding how uncommon the disease is, the Committee voted that the bill ought not to pass but will send a letter to the MMA, Maine Chapter Academy of Pediatrics and Maine Pediatric Specialty Group asking the organizations to collaborate on a CME curriculum on neurological disorders like Krabbe disease. 
  • LD 123, An Act To Ensure Proper Anatomical Recovery of Human Bodies and Body Parts.  This bill would have required persons or entities that performs anatomical recovery to register as an anatomical recovery organization.  After hearing testimony that Maine statute already contains a similar provision that has never been implemented, the Committee voted that the bill ought to pass in an amended form that simply ensures existing law applies. 

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS HEALTH PROGRAM PRESENTS BILL ON REPORTING, DISCIPLINE FOR SUBSTANCE USE 

On Thursday, the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee held a hearing on LD 411, An Act To Amend the Health Care Practitioner Licensing, Disciplinary and Reporting Laws Regarding Alcohol and Drug Abuse. This bill updates terminology used to reference drug or alcohol problems in the statutes related to professional discipline and reporting.  Dr. Lani Graham, medical director of the Medical Professionals Health Program (MPHP), Cathy Stratton, Systems Manager of MPHP, Andrew MacLean with MMA and several program participants spoke in favor of the proposal.  The bill is sponsored by Rep Jane Pringle, MD.  The Board of Medicine testified neither for nor against the proposal and suggested some minor wording changes.  The bill is scheduled for a work session later this week. 

MMA SUPPORTS REDUCED ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN FOR FREE CLINICS 

The MMA on Thursday testified in favor of LD 205, An Act To Exempt Free Clinics from Licensing under the Charitable Solicitations Act.  The bill is sponsored by Rep Rochelo of Biddeford and is scheduled for a work session this week in the Insurance and Financial Services Committee. 

EVENTS WEEK OF 3/4/13 

If you are interested in attending or learning more about any of the events taking place at the State House this 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, 3/5, Health and Human Services Committee public hearings

  • LD 447, An Act To Increase Patient Choice in Health Care Facilities and Health Care Settings
  • LD 460, An Act To Protect Newborn Infants by Requiring Birthing Facilities To Screen for Congenital Heart Disease Using Pulse Oximetry
  • LD 468, An Act To Protect Public Health at Public Institutions of Higher Education

Tuesday, 3/5, LCRED Committee work session

  • LD 411, An Act To Amend the Health Care Practitioner Licensing, Disciplinary and Reporting Laws Regarding Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Tuesday, 3/5, Insurance and Financial Services work session

  • LD 205, An Act To Exempt Free Clinics from Licensing under the Charitable Solicitations Act

Wednesday, 3/6, Health and Human Services Committee work sessions 

  • LD 197, An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians
  • LD 257, An Act To Protect Newborns Exposed to Drugs or Alcohol
  • LD 386, An Act To Reduce Tobacco-related Illness and Lower Health Care Costs in MaineCare
  • LD 390, An Act To Restore MaineCare Coverage for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services
  • LD 272, An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk
  • LD 337, An Act To Require That Burn Injuries and Wounds Be Reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • LD 388, An Act To Amend the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program Participation Requirements
Wednesday, 3/6, Transportation Committee 
  • LD 564, Resolve, To Allow Maine Drivers To Use Bioptic or Telescopic Spectacles When Driving Class C Motor Vehicles and When Testing for a Class C Driver's License
Thursday, 3/7, Health and Human Services Committee public hearing 
  • LD 338, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules Governing the Use of Certain Antipsychotic Drugs by Children Enrolled in MaineCare
Thursday, 3/7, Education Committee 
  • LD 528, An Act To Require Parental Consent for a School To Conduct Mental Health or Behavioral Screening on a Student
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MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call, Tuesday, March 5th, 8 p.m.

The MMA Legislative Committee weekly phone calls will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th at 8 p.m..  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 following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week.  We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first:

 LD 645, An Act To Allow the Adjustment of the Assessment Rate for the Rural Medical Access Program (support)

LD 648, An Act To Make Records of External Review Proceedings Overseen by the Bureau of Insurance Confidential (support)

LD 650, Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Seek a Federal Waiver of Certain Requirements Regarding Contracting for Transportation Services under MaineCare (monitor)

LD 651, An Act To Amend the Captive Insurance Laws (monitor)

LD 653, An Act To Remove an Unnecessary Provision in the Maine Insurance Code (monitor)

LD 660, An Act To Enhance Self-defense by Removing Restrictions on the Carrying and Use of Weapons (oppose; Public Health Committee)

LD 661, An Act To Prohibit Sale or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids (monitor)

LD 663, An Act To Change the Time Restriction on the Use of Fireworks (support; pediatricians; ophthalmologists)

LD 664, An Act To Increase the Penalties for Crimes Involving Illegal or Prescription Drugs (monitor or oppose)

LD 672, An Act Relating to Exemption from Immunization for Schoolchildren (monitor pending further discussion; pediatricians; Public Health Committee)*

LD 673, An Act To Ensure the Least Restrictive Learning Environment in Public Schools for Students with Food Allergies (monitor; pediatricians; Public Health Committee)

LD 678, An Act To Allow Random Drug Testing for Recipients of Certain Public Benefits (monitor or oppose)

LD 680, An Act To Nullify the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (oppose)

LD 681, An Act To Improve Oversight of Insurance Rates and Ensure Consistency with Federal Law (support)

LD 682, An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Illness Prevention Measures and Products (oppose; Public Health Committee)*

LD 684, An Act To Make Bylaws and Minutes of Board Meetings of Publicly Funded Hospitals Subject to the Freedom of Access Act (oppose)

LD 708, An Act To Reduce Emergency Rescue Costs (monitor; emergency physicians)

LD 709, An Act To Require Students To Receive Instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated External Defibrillator prior to Graduation (monitor; pediatricians; Public Health Committee; cardiologists; emergency physicians)*

LD 711, An Act To Facilitate Patient Education (monitor)

LD 716, An Act Regarding Prescription Medications for Children under the MaineCare Program (monitor pending further discussion; pediatricians; psychiatrists)*

LD 718, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock (monitor; Public Health Committee)*

LD 723, An Act To Ensure the Proper Treatment of Bullying Situations in Schools (monitor or oppose; pediatricians)*

LD 724, An Act To Require Firearms Used in the Commission of Certain Acts To Be Civilly Forfeited to the State and Destroyed (support; Public Health Committee)

LD 727, An Act Establishing Health Care Practitioner Transparency Requirements (MMA bill; support; anesthesiologists)*

LD 735, Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Add a Flame Retardant to the Lists of Chemicals of Concern and of High Concern (support; Public Health Committee)

LD 744, An Act To Extend the Statute of Limitations on Certain Civil Professional Negligence Suits (oppose)*

LD 746, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide an Exception to the 60-day Limit on Out-of-state Services under the MaineCare Section 21 Waiver Program (monitor; psychiatrists)

LD 747, An Act To Protect Doctors Who Prescribe a Complementary Course of Treatment and To Provide Insurance Coverage for That Treatment (oppose)*

LD 753, An Act To Prohibit the Sale of High-caffeine Energy Drinks to Persons under 18 Years of Age (monitor; pediatricians; Public Health Committee)*

LD 754, An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Disclosing of the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children (oppose; pediatricians; Public Health Committee)*

LD 755, An Act To Require Estimates of Patient Costs Prior to Treatment (oppose)*

LD 756, An Act Regarding Subrogation of Medical Payments Coverage (monitor)

LD 760, An Act Regarding Informed Consent to an Abortion (oppose; OB-GYNs)

LD 771, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reciprocity for Concealed Handguns Permits (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 777, An Act To Protect Working Mothers Who Breast-feed (monitor or support; pediatricians)




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MMA Welcomes Two New Group Members: Employed Physicians at St. Joseph Hospital and Maine Center for Cancer Medicine

The Maine Medical Association is pleased to welcome two new groups to the group membership program:   The employed physicians at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor include thirty physicians consisting of both primary care and specialists. The Maine Center for Cancer Medicine (MCCM) in Scarborough includes a dozen physicians specializing in oncology.  MCCM is an independent,  privately-owned practice which is the largest independent oncology practice in the state.

MMA's group membership program provides a discount for groups larger than ten physicians when all of the physicians become MMA members and the dues is paid annually in one check.  If your group is interested in participating in the program, contact Gordon Smith, the Association's Executive Vice President at gsmith@mainemed.com or call him at 622-3374, ext. 212.

Total dues from the group program in 2012 made up over 50% of the total dues collected.  Total dues collected was $632,209, the most dues ever received annually by MMA.

 

 

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MMA Board of Directors Meets this Wednesday, March 6th

The MMA Board of Directors, chaired by Lisa Ryan, D.O., will hold a regular meeting at the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester this Wednesday, March 6th from 4 to 6 p.m.  The priority topics for the meeting include a discussion of the prioritization of MMA services and activities following the board's strategic planning exercise at the President's Retreat in January and action at the Maine legislature to this point in the session.  The board also will consider membership, financial, committee, and staff reports.  Members are always welcome at meetings of the board.  The MMA Executive Committee has a conference call in preparation for the meeting tonight at 8 p.m. [return to top]

Downeast Association of PAs Seeks Award Nominations

The Downeast Association of Physician Assistants is accepting nominations for 2013 awards! 

The three awards presented are:  the Robert J. Lapham Outstanding Service Award, the Outstanding Maine PA Award, & the Outstanding Health Care Professional Award.  

These awards are presented each year in recognition of outstanding service to the PA Profession and to the Downeast Association of Physician Assistants. Nominations are made to the Chair of the Awards Committee, who presents the names to the Board of Directors for final selection. The awards are presented at DEAPA’s Annual Meeting, held in the spring of each year. To make a nomination, visit our website by clicking on the following link:  DEAPA Professional Awards  where you will find descriptions of each award and where you can download a questionnaire/nomination form.  Complete the nomination form and email it to info@deapa.com or fax to 622-3332.

Please direct any questions to info@deapa.com.

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Millions Could Lose Access to Coverage Because of States Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion

According to a report by KPMG LLP released February 28th, approximately 5.3 million people could be without health insurance coverage in the 16 states not expected to pursue the ACA's Medicaid expansion opportunity.  The firm estimated the 5.3 million people to be about 17% of the 32 million people originally expected to get coverage as a result of the ACA.  People in the states not pursuing expansion will be those with income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to reach 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL) at which point they become eligible for federal subsidies to purchase health insurance through the exchanges.  The ACA's model was an "interwoven system of coverage" that would include the Medicaid expansion for individuals with income up to 133% of the FPL as well as subsidized coverage through the exchanges, but the U.S. Supreme Court decision that the states could not be required to participate in the Medicaid expansion causes this model to break down. [return to top]

Provider Groups Responding to 2% Medicare Reimbursement Cut under Sequestration

Compounding the challenges of operating in a difficult U.S. economy, health care providers also face a 2% Medicare reimbursement cut required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and scheduled to be implemented on April 1st if Congress does not act.  According to provider groups and consultants, providers are cutting staff pay, laying off staff, or putting off acquisition of new equipment or technology to prepare for the cut.  Smaller providers, such as nursing facilities, are expected to have the most difficulty with the cuts. 

The sequestration cuts are $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion throughout the nine years of the law. [return to top]

Hanley Centerís Physician Executive Leadership Institute Seeking Nominees

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is inviting nominations this month for the Center's prestigious McAfee Fellows program.

The McAfee Fellows are a cadre of experienced physician leaders from across Maine who are selected for the Hanley Center’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute (Advanced Program). 

The inaugural class of McAfee Fellows included an impressive group of men and women who are dedicated to carrying on the leadership legacy of two of Maine’s most respected physician leaders:  Longtime MMA Executive Vice President Dr. Dan Hanley (1916-2001) and Dr. Bob McAfee, a former MMA President and the only Maine physician to have served as President of the AMA.  The first class of McAfee Fellows will complete the course this month and form the nucleus of an ongoing network of physician leaders committed to leading change in the years ahead.

This year’s course will begin May 2 in Brunswick.   Nominations must be received by March 15 and completed applications are due March 29.   

Please use this link to see program dates, eligibility criteria and  to access the Hanley Center’s online nomination form.   You may nominate yourself or a physician colleague.

The Hanley Center’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) is the first program of its kind in the nation  a five year statewide initiative aimed at positioning physicians to take on greater leadership roles in the transformation of health and healthcare.  Interest in the Program is strong and growing, so I can assure you that you will be joining a highly experienced group of physician leaders from across Maine who are passionate about leading change within their own organizations and throughout the state.

As a participant in the Advanced Program, you will become  one of 150 physician leaders from across Maine who will take part in this one-year program offered annually through 2016. 

Physicians interested in becoming a McAfee Fellow are encouraged to call into one of four Informational Webinars that have been scheduled in March:

1.      Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00-8:00 am

2.      Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:30-6:30 pm

3.      Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:00-8:00 am

4.      Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 5:30-6:30 pm

Call in number is:  866-740-1260, Code 5231501#. 

For more information, please contact:  

James A. Harnar, Executive Director

Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership

207-807-6646

 

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CMS Releases RFI on the Reporting of Clinical Quality Measures

On February 7th, CMS posted a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information on ways in which an eligible professional (EP) might use the clinical quality measures data reported to specialty boards, specialty societies, regional health care quality organizations or other non-federal reporting programs to also report under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), as well as the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  Additionally, the RFI seeks input on ways by which the entities already collecting CQM data for other reporting programs can also submit this data on behalf of EPs and group practices for reporting under the PQRS and the EHR Incentive Program.  In addition, CMS is requesting information regarding section 601(b) of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which provides for treating an EP as satisfactorily reporting data on quality measures if the EP is satisfactorily participating in a qualified clinical data registry.  Comments are due April 8th. [return to top]

Upcoming Events

Quality Counts 2013: 

 

Alligning Maine's Forces to Become the First State to Reach the Triple Aim

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 

8 am - 4 pm 

 

Augusta Civic Center 

 

Registration Now Open 

 

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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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Muskie School of Public Service Health Policy Colloquia

Examining MaineCare's Coverage Options Under the Affordable Care Act  

Monday, April 8, 2013

9-11 am

Lee Hall, Wishcamper, USM

Speakers: Joseph Antos, PhD., the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at American Enterprise Institute & Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. 

Speakers will join a panel of Maine leaders who will react to the presentations and engage in a facilitated discussion about options and challenges confronting Maine and respond to audience questions. 

For more information or to register, click here.

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AMDA Maine State Chapter 2013 Medication Safety Conference 

Friday, May 17, 2013

11:30 am - 3 pm 

DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant

25 Long Warf Portland, ME 

No cost to Healthcare Professionals

Topics include reducing adverse drug events related to Coumadin and practical approaches to reducing antipsychotic use in dementia. 

Attendees may registration online at www.mainemda.com or by contacting Tammy Wing directly at (207) 780-6565 or email thewitt@mainegeriatrics.com

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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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Job Openings

Associate Medical Director (with part-time active clinical practice)

Job Summary
Associate Medical Director position, with part-time active clinical practice, on the staff of the MMC Physician-Hospital Organization, reporting to the Chief Medical Officer. The Associate Medical Director will work with a high degree of independence, and will work as a team member with staff on programs, projects and lead initiatives. Provides clinical input and leadership to PHO programs; supports physician offices in achieving quality and cost targets tied to accountable care activities; provides general medical affairs support; provides leadership and oversight for contracted physician leaders.  Interested applicants who wish to work less than full time will be considered.
 
Job Requirements:

  • Board Certified Physician with active Maine license
  • Working knowledge of healthcare systems and financing, managed care systems, process improvement, health policy and public health principles 
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills 
  • Working knowledge of healthcare systems and financing, managed care systems, process improvement, health policy and public health principles

Contact Information:
MMC PHO
Human Resources
Fax: 207-771-2005
Email: jamesj@mmc.org

3/11/13 

FULL-TIME HOUSE MANAGER

Hospice of Southern Maine seeks a full time House Manager responsible for the management and coordination of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, ensuring continuity, cost effectiveness and quality of operations.  This position is also responsible to facilitate communication, provide leadership to the Gosnell House staff and other areas of HSM, and directly supervise all Gosnell House Staff (nurses, home health aides, social workers, cooks, housekeepers, house assistants).

Requirements:  Active Registered Nurse license in the State of Maine.  Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, health services or business administration, or related field such as public administration preferred. CHPN preferred. Minimum of 3-4 years of progressively responsible experience in acute care nursing (oncology and/or hospice) required.  Experience managing staff on a shift basis and recent experience in a skilled facility or as a case manager of hospice patients required.  Valid driver's license with an automobile that is insured according to state and/or agency requirements and is in good working order.

Contact Information:  You may submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirement to:  hr@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or by fax to (207) 883-1040.

Hospice of Southern Maine is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. All employment decisions shall be consistent with the principles of equal employment opportunity. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act, the Maine Human Rights Act, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact the Human Resources Office at 207-289-3640 or by e-mail at hr@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org for assistance.

3/18/13 

MEDICAL DIRECTOR/PHYSICIAN - Health Access Network - Lincoln, Maine

Health Access Network (HAN), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Lincoln, Maine, is seeking a dynamic physician leader to serve in the role of Medical Director to provide overall direction and oversight of our clinical team, as well as provide part-time direct patient care. The Medical Director will join the health center’s leadership team in meeting the goals and objectives of the health center’s mission. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to administrative and on is two days a week administrative and three days providing direct patient care.

Qualifications: Board Certified in family medicine, Maine License, and have at least five years primary care and leadership experience. A practicing physician wishing to transition to a part time medical-administrative/management role is encouraged to apply. Community health center experience a plus. Familiarity with disease registries and electronic medical records is required. Must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and possess compassion, innovation, integrity, and excellence which are the health center’s values.

For more information or to forward your curriculum vitae' contact:  Sonia Maxwell, HR Director/Compliance Officer, P.O. Box 99, Lincoln, ME  04455, 207-794-6700, smaxwell@hanfqhc.org.

3/25/13 

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 www.kvhc.org.  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.

3/25/13 

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.

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