March 18, 2013

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Physicians' Day at the Legislature POSTPONED Due to Weather; Legislative Hightlights from the Week

Due to the snowstorm that is expected to begin late this evening and continue into tomorrow and has already led to all public hearings and many events at the State House being cancelled, MMA has decided to postpone Physicians' Day at the Legislature.  It will likely be rescheduled for late-April or May. Thank you to everyone who had set aside the day to attend and we hope you are able to join us later this spring.  Watch the Update for future announcements. 

Here are some highlights of what MMA's advocacy team followed at the State House the week of March 11th: 


The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee (VLA) heard from more than 40 people during nearly seven hours of testimony last Monday about the Governor’s proposal (LD 239) to use future liquor revenue to pay the outstanding Medicaid debt to hospitals and on a competing measure, LD 644, from Sen. Seth Goodall (D-Sagadahoc County). The testimony was overwhelmingly in support of paying the hospital debt, including comments from the MMA, Maine Hospital Association, the CEOs of MaineCoast Memorial Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center and Northern Maine Medical Center, and MaineHealth. Just before the public hearing, the Senate President, Justin Alfond (D-Cumberland County), and Speaker of the House, Mark Eves (D-Berwick), held a joint press conference announcing their plan to pay the hospital debt.  Possibly in a related move, the Governor has also indicated that he now has not ruled out accepting federal dollars for Medicaid expansion.


The MMA participated in a public hearing in front of the Health and Human Services Committee on LD 597, An Act To Inform Persons of the Options for the Treatment of Lyme Disease.  This bill would require the MeCDC to include information on their website from the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, an organization that advocates for long term use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease symptoms.  The MMA submitted written testimony in opposition to the bill. 

The Committee held work sessions on a number of bills including

  • LD 162, An Act To Repeal the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002.  The bill would eliminate the CON process.  A majority of the committee voted that the bill ought not to pass, with the Democrat majority opposing repeal.
  •  LD 230, An Act To Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality.  A majority of the Committee voted that an amended version of the bill ought to pass.  The bill would establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality to monitor the accessibility, cost and quality of health care in the State. The bill also reestablishes the State Health Plan and requires the commission to develop the plan on a biennial basis.
  • 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.  The Committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill, which directs DHHS to amend its rules governing the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs by children enrolled in MaineCare to require that the prescriber of a drug beyond the recommended period provide documented justification and perform a timely assessment and ongoing monitoring of metabolic and neurologic variables.
  • LD 447, An Act To Increase Patient Choice in Health Care Facilities and Health Care Settings, a bill that requires the disclosure of information to a patient who is being discharged from a hospital to a nursing facility, hospice provider or home health agency regarding the patient's health care options.  The Committee tabled the bill.  
  • LD 468, An Act To Protect Public Health at Public Institutions of Higher Education, which would prohibit smoking on all public university and community college campuses in Maine.  A majority of the Committee voted that the bill ought to pass. 


The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee last week took up LD 559, An Act To Modernize the Statutes Governing Physician Assistants.  The bill makes a number of changes to the Physician Assistant licensing laws, including: adding a physician assistant member to the Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Licensure; permitting physician assistants to delegate medical acts to medical assistants; repealing a provision in the laws governing licensing by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure that prohibits a physician assistant from employing a supervising physician; and requiring the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine to do joint rulemaking and issue a single license to a PA.   The Downeast Association of Physician Assistants, Maine Medical Association, Maine Academy of Family Physicians and others testified in favor of the bill.  The Board of Licensure in Medicine testified Neither for Nor Against.  The Committee also took up and then, at the request of the sponsors, pulled two bills, LD 348, An Act Concerning the Scope of Practice of Cardiovascular Technologists and LD 509, An Act To Exempt Certain Supervised Medical Assistants from Licensing under the Medical Radiation Health and Safety Laws.  They will not proceed this year. 


Last Monday, the Education Committee held a public hearing on LD 672, An Act Relating to Exemption from Immunization for Schoolchildren.  The bill would require that a school health care provider (school nurse or school physician) provide to the parent of a child excepted from the immunization requirements information about the benefits and risks of immunization and sign a statement that the information has been provided to the parent. The Maine Medical Association, Maine Immunization Coalition and Maine Osteopathic Association all testified neither for nor against the bill, stating support for reducing exemptions from vaccination requirements but concerns with the actual language proposed in this bill.  


The Insurance and Financial Affairs Committee held public hearings last week on three bills that would create new health insurance coverage requirements.  LD 347 would require coverage of autism spectrum disorders for those up to 21 years old.  LD 627 requires health insurance policies that cover cancer chemotherapy to include coverage for orally administered anticancer medications.  Mr. Steven D'Amato with the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine offered testimony in favor of the bill, including MMA's support.  Andrew MacLean, MMA Deputy EVP, testified in opposition to LD 682, An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Illness Prevention Measures and Products.


Last week, the Tax Committee held a work session and tabled LD 440, An Act To Support Community Health Centers through Tax Credits for Dentists and Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas.  The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to certify up to 5 eligible primary care professionals who have unpaid student loans and practice full time for at least 5 years in an underserved area for primary care access credits in each tax year.  


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 or 622-3374 x 211.  For a full list of events taking place at the State House, visit the Legislative Calendar.

Tues, March 19, 8 am - 4 pm, Hall of Flags, Physicians' Day at the Legislature *POSTPONED* 

MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call, Tuesday, March 19th, 8 p.m.

The MMA Legislative Committee weekly phone calls will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19th 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 951, An Act To Repeal the 2-year Limit on Methadone and Suboxone Treatments under MaineCare (monitor or support; psychiatrists; addiction medicine specialists)*

LD 958, An Act To Establish a Database To Prevent Individuals Involuntarily Admitted or Committed to a Mental Health Institution from Being Issued Concealed Handgun Permits (support; psychiatrists)*

LD 968, An Act To Provide Needed Psychiatric Hospitalization for Persons with Mental Illness (support; psychiatrists)*

LD 969, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Reduce and Limit the Adult Developmental Services Waiting Lists by Implementing a More Efficient, Responsive and Individualized Model of Service Delivery (monitor; psychiatrists)

LD 971, An Act Regarding Exemptions under the Maine Insurance Code (monitor)

LD 972, An Act To Educate Women on the Medical Risks Associated with Abortion (oppose; OB-GYNs)*

LD 976, An Act To Reform Employer-provided Benefits (monitor or oppose)*

LD 984, An Act To Amend the Health Plan Improvement Law Regarding Prescription Drug Step Therapy and Prior Authorization (MMA bill; support)*

LD 990, An Act To Require Public Disclosure of Health Care Prices (support bill in concept; sponsor has asked for MMA input)

LD 991, An Act To Promote Wellness and Prevention through Health Plans (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)*

LD 993, Resolve, To Amend Maine Board of Pharmacy Rules Regarding Automated Pharmacy Systems in Hospitals (monitor)

LD 997, An Act To Establish Restrictions on Ammunition Feeding Devices (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 1006, An Act To Clarify Transparency of Medical Provider Profiling Programs Used by Insurance Companies and Other Providers of Health Insurance (MHA bill?; support)

LD 1013, An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act (monitor; pediatricians; Public Health Committee)

LD 1014, An Act To Improve Law Enforcement Access to Prescription Monitoring Program Data (monitor or oppose)

LD 1022, An Act To Improve Training Requirements for Obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 1024, An Act To Enhance Enforcement of the Mandatory Reporting of Abuse and Neglect (oppose)*

LD 1029, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules Pertaining to a Request for Mental Health Records (oppose; psychiatrists)

LD 1031, An Act To Require a Mandatory Peer Review Process for the Restraint and Seclusion of Children in a Hospital or Children's Home (monitor or oppose; pediatricians; psychiatrists)

LD 1032, Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Convene a Task Force To Study the Incidence of Cancer in the State (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 1037, An Act To Provide Access to Affordable Health Care for All Maine Residents by 2020 (monitor)

LD 1044, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Prosecution of Individuals Possessing a Controlled Substance under Certain Circumstances (MMA bill; support; addiction specialists; psychiatrists)

LD 1045, An Act To Establish the Forensic Advisory Committee (monitor or oppose)*

LD 1046, An Act To Provide Immunity for Prescribing and Dispensing Intranasal Naloxone Kits (MMA bill; support; addiction specialists; psychiatrists)

LD 1049, An Act To Establish an Insurance Exchange (monitor or support)

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New Report Released, Coalition Launching to Highlight Benefits of Maine Accepting Federal Funds for Health Care

Accepting federal funds under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will create jobs, boost Maine's economy and provide health coverage to thousands of Maine people. These are among the findings from "Federal Health Care Funding Makes Dollars and Sense for Maine," a new report released last Tuesday by Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP) and the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP).

"Too many of our family members, neighbors and friends are one illness or one accident away from financial ruin because they lack health care coverage despite working hard," said MEJP Executive Director Sara Gagné-Holmes. "It doesn't have to be this way. If Maine accepts the federal funds available under the Affordable Care Act, then we can cover more people and save money by providing preventive services and reducing the cost associated with treating uninsured people in emergency rooms."

The report finds that the new federal funds will: 

  • Provide health coverage to as many as 69,500 Maine people, a majority of whom are working; 
  • Create approximately 3,100 new jobs and stimulate more than $350 million in economic activity annually; 
  • Improve worker productivity and promote a competitive business climate; and
  • Generate $16 million - $18 million in state and local revenue annually.

"Many people who are uninsured or underinsured avoid seeking health care due to cost. They then don't have access to their own healthcare provider when a problem arises," said Dr. Amy Madden, a family physician at the Belgrade Regional Health Center representing the Maine Medical Association at the release of the report. "So in addition to not having a medical home for recommended preventive care along with treatment of chronic and acute health problems, people end up receiving health care in a very expensive setting - the emergency department. Clearly, that's not a good solution for the individual, and we see costs being shifted to those with insurance when hospitals provide more and more charity care."

To obtain a copy of the report summary, click here. For a copy of the full report, click here.

This week, the Cover Maine Now! Coalition is launching a campaign to pass legislation bringing more federal Medicaid funds to Maine.  

All interested MMA members are invited to show their support for accepting federal funds to cover 69,500 more Mainers by coming to the press conference.  

What: A press conference to launch the Cover Maine Now! Coalition 

When: Thursday, March 21st at 10 am

Where: The Opportunity Alliance's Family Center lobby, 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, ME (directions below)

RSVP: If possible, please let our Coalition Coordinator know you can make the event by emailing

DIRECTIONS to the press conference at the Opportunity Alliance in South Portland:

From North: I-95 South to I-295 South through Portland. Take Exit 3. Bear RIGHT at the end of the exit. At the next light take a RIGHT onto Westbrook Street. Continue until you see the Brick Hill Sign on right. Turn RIGHT onto Brick Hill Avenue and continue to the last RIGHT onto Lydia Lane. Turn LEFT in parking lot and park across from the Family Center.

From South: I- 95 North (do not exit onto I-295), Exit 46 off Maine Turnpike and turn RIGHT. At traffic light turn RIGHT. At next light turn LEFT onto Jetport Plaza Road and continue until the end. Turn RIGHT onto Westbrook Street (past Longcreek Youth Center) and turn LEFT onto Brick Hill Avenue. Go to the last RIGHT onto Lydia Lane. Turn LEFT in parking lot and park across from the Family Center. [return to top]

Maine's CO-OP, Maine Community Health Options, Receives Insurance License

Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) on Feb. 28, 2013 received a license to operate a health insurance plan in the state.  The license paves the way for the Lewiston-based company to become the first non-for-profit, consumer operated and oriented (CO-OP) health plan to operate in the state. MCHO intends to be offering health insurance products to small businesses and individuals in the state by the fall of this year.  These products will be available through the health insurance exchange, as well as outside of the exchange.  Coverage would be effective Jan. 1, 2014.

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorized the establishment of consumer-directed CO-OP's, designed to increase competition among health insurers.  MCHO received a five-year, $7 million loan from the federal government to help fund start-up costs.  The organization received a second, $55 million, 15-year loan to capitalize the CO-OP.

More information about Maine Community Health Options can be found at  For more information about CO-OPs, visit
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CMS Tells MedPAC 2014 Medicare SGR Cut Will Be 24.4%

In its annual letter dated March 5th, CMS has advised the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) that a reduction in the physician fee schedule conversion factor will result in a 24.4% cut in Medicare physician payment rates because of the SGR formula.  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 canceled the expected 26.5% SGR cut for 2013 and allowed the conversion factor to remain at $34 through 2013.  CMS' estimate of the conversion factor for 2014 is $25.7 representing a 24.4% cut.

AMA President Jeremy Lazarus said in a statement, "Physicians are already facing an enormous gap between what Medicare pays and the actual cost of caring for seniors.  A two percent cut from sequestration makes this even worse, and a cut of 24.4% is simply unfathomable."

The proposed 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule is due out this summer.

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Comments Due by March 21 on MaineCare Opiate Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting written comments through March 21 on the rule (found here) that will limit the length of time MaineCare will pay for opioid medications. 

The rule change was necessitated by a provision in the 2012 Supplemental Budget law.  The rule includes definitions of acute and non-acute pain, establishes certain exclusions as described in the legislation, mandates the use of a pain management care plan when a MaineCare patient requires the use of opioid medications for the treatment of pain beyond the prescribed limits, and identifies therapeutic treatment options that must be utilized for MaineCare patients who are prescribed opioid medications to treat non-acute pain.

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National Incentive Programs Webinar March 19

The Boston Regional Office of CMS invites you to attend the CMS 2013 Medicare Incentives Programs webinar on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  The webinar will review activities that eligible professionals need to take in 2013 to earn incentives and avoid payment adjustments associated with PQRS, e-Prescribing, and the EHR Meaningful Use incentive programs.  This call is intended for eligible professionals, practice managers, office staff, and all other interested parties who deal with the programs listed above.  We are asking that you register for this call at the link below so that we can easily disseminate additional information via email if it is needed:

The dial in number and link to the webinar will be given upon registration. 

Please note: Registration closes one hour prior to start time; i.e. 10:30 AM on the day of each call.  If we maximize attendance on these calls, there may be additional calls scheduled soon. Please share this meeting invitation with partners or members who would benefit from this information. 

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Medicare to Host Call on Enrollment Requirements for Ordering and Referring Physicians March 20

On Wednesday, March 20 at 3pm ET, CMS will host a call on the enrollment requirements for certain ordering and referring physicians.  Effective May 1, 2013, CMS will turn on the edits to deny certain claims if the ordering or referring physician listed on the claim is not enrolled in Medicare, or has not validly opted-out of the Medicare program.  CMS has published an article on the requirement, and the AMA website includes additional information.  Following AMA advocacy, including formal comments submitted by the AMA and 42 medical specialty societies, CMS significantly delayed the edit implementation date.  The AMA has been fielding a number of inquiries from state and specialty medical societies on this requirement, and we wanted to be sure you were aware of this call and the below information provided by CMS.

National Provider Call: Implementation of Edits on the Ordering/Referring Providers in Medicare Part B, DMEPOS, and Part A Home Health Agency Claims — Registration Now Open

CMS will hold a national provider call on March 20 from 3-4pm ET on the “Implementation of Edits on the Ordering/Referring Providers in Medicare Part B, DMEPOS, and Part A Home Health Agency Claims.” 

Effective May 1, 2013, CMS will instruct contractors to turn on Phase 2 denial edits on the following claims to check for a valid individual National Provider Identifier (NPI) and to deny the claim when this information is missing:

Medicare Part B laboratory and imaging claims and Durable Medical Equipment, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) claims that require an ordering or referring physician/non-physician provider; and

Part A Home Health Agency (HHA) claims that require an attending physician provider.


  • Provider Types Eligible to Order/Refer
  • Action Steps for Billing Providers
  • Action Steps for  Providers Who Order/Refer
  • Resources

Registration Information:  In order to receive call-in information, you must register for the call on the CMS Upcoming National Provider Calls registration website. Registration will close at 12pm on the day of the call or when available space has been filled; no exceptions will be made, so please register early.

Presentation:  The presentation for this call will be posted prior to the call on the FFS National Provider Calls web page. In addition, a link to the slide presentation will be emailed to all registrants on the day of the call.

Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain CMS National Provider Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Notification web page to learn more.

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MAFP Offers Local Live Training in April for new DOT Physical Requirements

Effective May 2014, ALL medical examiners of commercial drivers (including school bus drivers) MUST complete FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) mandated training every 5 years and pass a certification examination every 10 years. This training is offered both in-person and on-line by a variety of organizations.  In fact, chiropractors (who are eligible to perform these exams) are among the groups most actively promoting training courses.

The Maine Academy of Family Physicians is the only physician organization that will be offerring this day-long training conveniently here in Maine on April 13, 2013, at Sunday River.  For more information, click here or contact Deb Halbach at MAFP, 938-5005. 

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U.S. Senate & House Panels Pass Vastly Different Budget Plans

On March 13th, the House Budget Committee voted 22-17 in favor of a FY 2014 budget plan offered by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on March 12th.  The Ryan House plan would make Medicare a premium support system, turn Medicaid into a block grant program, and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  On March 14th, the Senate Budget Committee passed its own FY 2014 budget outline that rejects the House approach and instead builds upon the ACA's efforts to lower the cost of health care and to improve the efficiency of the health care system.  The Senate plan, developed by Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) would cut health care spending by $275 billion over 10 years but does not include comprehensive entitlement reforms.

Each chamber is expected to consider its respective budget plan on the floor this week, but neither is expected to progress in the other chamber.  The budget resolutions will, however, provide a framework for legislative action. President Obama plans to release his budget proposal during the week of April 8th.  On March 14th, the President went to Capitol Hill for the third consecutive day to meet with members of Congress and to seek common ground on a budget agreement.

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Job Openings


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: 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 for assistance.


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,


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 or visit our website at  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.



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.

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 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.



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.

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 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.


University of Vermont - Burlington, Vermont

The Division of Urology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in alliance with Fletcher Allen Health Care is seeking a board certified/board eligible Urologist to work at our free-standing, fully-equipped Continence Center.  The successful applicant must have completed a board approved Urology residency, be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Vermont and be eligible to work in the United States.  Advanced training in Female Urology, Neuro-Urology and Reconstructive Urology is preferred. Duties will include general urologic patient care opportunities aligned with the teaching of medical students and urology residents.  Candidates should have broad experience in all aspects of Urology.  This is a full-time, 12-month, salaried position with attending staff privileges at Fletcher Allen Health Care and possible leadership opportunity.  The academic appointment at the University of Vermont will be at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level (Clinical Scholar Pathway) and will be determined by the candidate’s background and experience.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.  The University of Vermont is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications from women and people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested individuals should submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter and a list of four references electronically to:  Scott Perrapato ( or apply on-line at:

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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 



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.


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 (Remote Locations Available in Augusta & Orono)

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.


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 or by contacting Tammy Wing directly at (207) 780-6565 or email


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 or 622-7743 


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