April 15, 2013

 
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Happy Patriots Day. MMA Office is Open for Business

MMA wishes its members, their staffs and its Corporate Affiliates a happy Patriots Day, an unusual holiday recognized only by the states of Maine and Massachusetts.  Not being a federal holiday, the MMA office is open today from 7:00am to 5:00pm (its normal hours) recognizing that most physician offices are open.  Corporate Affiliates and Senior Section members are reminded of our upcoming Annual Corporate Affiliate Breakfast on Thursday, April 18 at the Portland Country Club featuring former Olympic champion Jenny Thompson, M.D., as speaker.

Dr. Thompson is a pediatric anesthesiologist with Spectrum Medical Group.  As a world class swimmer, she was the winner of 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals over four different Olympics.  No American female athlete has won more medals in the Olympics.  MMA is proud to have her as a member and she will talk at the breakfast about her experiences in the Olympics and in medicine.  The annual breakfast is open to Corporate Affiliates, Senior Section Members, the MMA Board and members of the MMA Membership and Member Benefits Committee.

If you plan to attend and have not yet responded to the invitation, communicate ASAP with Lisa Martin at lmartin@mainemed.com or call her at 622-3374 ext. 221.  There is no fee for the event which is held yearly to thank our Corporate Affiliates for their on-going support of MMA and its activities.

MMA President Dieter Kreckel, M.D. Named MAFP Family Physician of the Year

MMA President Dieter Kreckel, M.D. was honored last Thursday as the Family Physician of the Year by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians.  The award was presented at the MAFP Annual conference held at Sunday River.  During the presentation it was noted that Dr. Kreckel has volunteered hundreds of hours to serve both MMA and the MAFP in leadership positions.  In addition to serving as President-elect and President of MMA (and as a Board member for more than a decade), Dr. Kreckel also served as President of the MAFP and continues to serve that organization as a Delegate from Maine to the Congress of the AAFP. 

Dr. Kreckel practices family medicine at Swift River Family Medicine in Rumford where he also teaches residents as Director of the Central Maine Medical Center  Rural Track Residency Program.  He holds active privileges at Rumford Community Hospital where he has also served in a variety of leadership positions, including Medical Staff President.  He is active in his church and community and for several years has chaired the Finance Committee of the City of Rumford. Dieter and his wife Jennifer, an attorney, are the proud parents of two children and two grandchildren.

Dr. Kreckel is a graduate of Edinboro State University and received an MS in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University.  He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse.  He remains Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  He is a lifelong learner and in May will begin the Hanley Center's Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI).

MMA was proud to nominate Dr. Kreckel for the award and the Board and staff extend our heartiest congratulations and heartfelt thanks for all he has done for his patients, his community and medicine in Maine.  It is an honor well deserved. [return to top]

POLITICAL PULSE: Legislative Highlights from the Week

Here are some highlights of what MMA's advocacy team followed at the State House the week of April 1st: 

WORK CONTINUES ON BUDGET, HOSPITAL DEBT 

Last week, Committees including the Health and Human Services Committee held work sessions on the biennial budget.  HHS discussed hospital payment issues last Friday and will continue to hold work sessions this week to decide their positions on DHHS aspects of the budget.  They plan to finish voting on their recommendations by April 19th and report back to the Appropriations Committee the week of April 22nd.   In the meantime, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee held four work session last week on the proposals to pay the Medicaid debt owned to Maine hospitals.  They reviewed various models of structuring the state liquor contract to determine what would provide the most benefit to the State.  

HHS HOLDS WORK SESSION ON EXPANSION OF MAINECARE

HHS did take some time out of discussing the budget to hold a work session on LD 1066, the bill to accept federal funds to cover more people with MaineCare, and to review various amendments to bills they have voted on over the past several weeks.   The Committee spend a majority of the time in the work session on LD 1066 questioning the Office of Fiscal and Program Review and MaineCare staff regarding their estimates for the costs of increasing the coverage. 

One bill the Committee reviewed was LD 390, the MMA bill to reinstate MaineCare reimbursement for ambulatory surgical centers.  Unfortunately, the bill came back to the Committee with a $93,000 cost to the state per year.  Several members of the Committee questioned how there could be a cost to the bill when the measure should be a cost savings.  The Committee staff agreed to ask the fiscal office to review their analysis.  

MMA TESTIFIES ON GUN CONTROL BILLS 

Last week, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held public hearings on dozens of gun control bills, on issues ranging from issuing concealed weapons permits to allowing employees to carry weapons onto employer property.  Dr. Ted Walworth delivered MMA testimony last Monday, focusing on LD 997, Senator Justin Alfond's bill to limit magazine capacity, and LD 1240, Rep. Mark Dion's bill to increase background checks.  Dr. Walworth testified in favor of both measures, consistent with the policy on gun possession passed by the MMA's Board this winter.   He did caution that people with mental illness should not be unnecessarily targeted, citing the provision in LD 1240 that would prevent anyone who has been so-called blue papered from owning a weapon.  Dr. Jim Mainer mentioned the same concern in testimony on behalf of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians. The work sessions on the bills have yet to be scheduled. 

GOVERNOR VETOS YOUTH TANNING BILL   

The MMA worked with pediatricians, dermatologists, cancer survivors, public health advocates and others to support LD 272, a bill that would ban minors from using tanning beds.  The MMA sees this is a basic public health measure that protects teens from a known carcinogen. The bill had bipartisan cosponsorship received majority votes in both the House and Senate.  Governor LePage announced that he was vetoing the bill, citing it as an issue of parental choice.  Last Tuesday, the Senate voted 19-16 to override the veto, failing to achieve the 2/3 vote necessary to override, thereby sustaining the veto. 

IFS COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE BILLS 

The Insurance and Financial Affairs Committee held a public hearing last week on a number of bills related to health insurance practices, including several that would establish a state-run health insurance exchange in Maine.  Some would create an exchange outright, to begin in 2015, while others took the approach of creating an advisory committee to study the federal exchange, which will be set up in Maine beginning in 2014, and recommend whether Maine should pursue a state- or partnership exchange.   MMA testified in favor of the bills, stating that a state-run exchange will likely be better for Maine, however supported taking time to study the federal exchange rather than moving directly to setting up a state exchange.  The Committee also heard testimony on bills related to the high risk reinsurance program.  

On Thursday, the Committee held a work session and voted unanimously to support LD 645, a bill that lowers the assessment on medical malpractice coverage, which has been used to keep obstetricians in rural areas by subsidizing their premiums.  The Bureau of Insurance testified that they have not been able to use all of the available funds so the program can continue with a lower assessment.   

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE CONSIDERS TOXINS BILLS 

The Environment and Natural Resources Committee held two hearing last week on a number of bills dealing with the Kid Safe Products Act and regulating BPA in children's products.  On Wednesday, the Committee held a hearing on LD 902, to adopt the rule supported by the Board of Environmental Protection that would eliminate BPA from infant formula and baby food containers.  On Thursday, the Committee considered a number of bills, including LD 1181, which would close a number of loopholes in the Kid Safe Products Act.  MMA testified in favor of both provisions. 

COMMITTEE OPPOSES BILL TO INVALIDATE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT   

The MMA testified two weeks ago in opposition to LD 680, which would ban state or federal officials located in Maine from implementing the Affordable Care Act.  The MMA emphasized that the Supreme Court has already found the ACA to be constitutional so state and federal employees are obligated to uphold the law.  Last week, the Judiciary Committee held a work session on the bill and a majority voted that the bill ought not to pass. 

LABOR COMMITTEE HEARS BILL ON DENTAL THERAPISTS 

The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee held a public hearing last week on LD 1230, a bill to create a mid-level dental therapist.   The hearing drew hundreds of attendees, including dental hygienists and dentists.  The Maine Dental Association is opposing the bill.  MMA is monitoring LD 1230.  [return to top]

MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call, Tuesday, April 16th, 8 p.m.

The MMA Legislative Committee weekly phone calls will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2nd 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 1362, Resolve, To Establish a Moratorium on the Transportation of Tar Sands (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)

LD 1364, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Hospital Leave Days for MaineCare Recipients (monitor)

LD 1366, An Act To Require Students To Receive Instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated External Defibrillator prior to Graduation (monitor; Public Health Committee; pediatricians)*

LD 1367, An Act To Require Health Insurance Carriers and the MaineCare Program To Cover the Cost of Transition Services To Bridge the Gap between High School and Independence (monitor; psychiatrists)*

LD 1368, An Act To Temporarily Restore Boxing Rules (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)*

LD 1376, An Act To Ensure the Choice of a Pharmacy for Injured Employees under the Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 (monitor or support; psychiatrists)*

LD 1388, An Act To Clarify Civil Liability of Persons Making False Claims to the Department of Health and Human Services (monitor)

LD 1394, An Act To Make Parents More Aware of Eating Disorders (monitor or support; pediatricians; Public Health Committee)*

LD 1401, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Issuance of and Access to Birth Certificates and Certain Medical Information (monitor; pediatricians)

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MMA Bill on Delegation Becomes Law

In one of the Association's victories of the legislative session, the Association's bill on delegation of medical acts became law without the Governors signature last week, on April 9th.  The change in law will take effect 90 days after the session adjourns, or mid- to late-September.  

The bill modifies the section of state statute dealing with when osteopathic and allopathic physicians can delegate activities.  The current law required that the physician remain remain physically present when a task was delegated and also limited delegation to the physician's "employees."  The change in law accomplishes two things: 

  • eliminates the requirement that the physician must remain on site when a task is delegated, although the activities must still be under the control of the physician and the physician remains liable for the activities; and 
  • allows the physician to delegate to all "support staff" not only employees of the physician, in recognition that more physicians and staff are now employees of the same practice or facility.  
The full text of the new law can be found here.   Thank you to Representative Ann Dorney, MD, for sponsoring the bill, LD 198.  
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New Educational Series Begins April 24 from Maine Center for Cancer Medicine - Free CME Offered

Maine Center for Cancer Medicine Presents Educational Lecture Series:  Screening & Treatment

4th Wednesday of Each Month (with exceptions), 6 PM – 7 PM

100 Campus Drive, Conference Room

Scarborough, Maine

Note: To attend the live presentation or join a lecture via Webex, contact Betsy Chase

at 207-396-7634 or chasee@mccm.org.

April 24, 2013:  Prostate, PSA Screening   Dr. Aronson

May 22, 2013:  Prostate, Treatment Update  Dr. Aronson

June 26, 2013:  Lung, Screening & Treatment Update  Dr. Thomas

July 24, 2013:  Breast, Screening Update  Dr. Weisberg

August 28, 2013:  Breast, Treatment Update  Dr. Weisberg

September 18, 2013:  GI, Screening Update   Dr. Benton

October 23, 2013:  GI, Treatment Update   Dr. Dugan

November 13, 2013:  Melanoma Review and Update for the PCP   Dr. Aronson

December 18, 2013:  Palliative Care Review  Dr. Keating

January 22, 2014:  Brain, Screening and Treatment Dr. Evans

February 26, 2014:  Clinical Research Overview  Dr. Thomas

March 26, 2014:  Hematologic, Treatment Update  Dr. Ryan

FREE CME Credit Available

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Faculty Announced for Prescription Drug Abuse Programs in Millinocket May 8 and Wells June 8

Watch your e-mail and the Weekly Update for two CME programs recently scheduled on the topic of pain management and prescription drug abuse.  With funding from the AMA and the state Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, MMA has put together an outstanding faculty for three hour programs in Millinocket and Wells.  The Millinocket program will be held May 8 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pelletier's restaurant.  Dinner will be available at 5:30 pm.  The southern Maine program will be held at the Coastal House on Rt. 1 in Wells on Saturday morning, June 8 from 9:00 am to noon with a continental breakfast being available at 8:00 am.The cost per attendee is just $20 and three hours of category one CME is available.

Faculty in Millinocket includes Tamas Peredy, M.D. of the Northern New England Poison Center, Kevin Flanigan, M.D., MaineCare Medical Director, David Dumont, M.D. representing the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, Gordon Smith, Esq, from MMA and a representative of the Prescription Monitoring Program.  

Faculty in Wells includes Cyrus Jordan, M.D, MPH, Director, Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation, Kevin Flanigan, M.D., MaineCare Medical Director, Noel Genova, PA-C of the Chronic Pain Project, Gordon Smith, Esq., from MMA and a representative of the Prescription Monitoring Program.

Additional faculty may be added.

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MMA Senior Section Meeting April 24, What Health Reform Means for Medicare

The Maine Medical Association's Senior Section will be meeting on Wednesday, April 24th for a presentation on the next steps in implementing the Affordable Care Act health reform law in Maine and also the implications of health reform for Medicare. Speakers will include MMA's Gordon Smith, Esq. and Jessa Barnard, Esq. as well as Anne Smith, the Medicare Right Advocate for Legal Services for the Elderly.  Any MMA member is welcome to register. 

The meeting will take place in the Large Conference Room at MMA. Lunch will be available at 11:30am and the meeting will begin at 12:00pm.

For more information or to register, contact Lisa Martin at 207-622-3374 ext: 221 or lmartin@mainemed.com. [return to top]

CMS Now Accepting 2014 ePrescribing Hardship Requests to Avoid Penalties

Physicians will receive a 2% penalty in 2014 if they do not meet the requirements of the Medicare ePrescribing (eRx) program this year, meet one of the limited exemption categories, or obtain approval for a hardship exemption.  From March 1st through June 30, 2013, CMS has re-opened the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page to allow physicians to request a hardship exemption for 2014.  Physicians who do not meet one of the exemption or hardship categories must:

 

  1. report the eRx measure via claims (10 eRx events for individual physicians and larger numbers for groups using GPRO); or

  2. register for the meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR) incentive program by June 30, 2013; or

  3. achieve MU under the EHR Incentive Program during one of the reporting periods needed to avoid an eRx penalty in 2014.  

For additional information on the 2014 eRx penalties and how to avoid them, reveiw CMS' 2014 eRx Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet and visit the AMA's web site.

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Medicare Providers Say Obama Budget Plan Would Further Exacerbate Payment Problems

The budget proposal would reduce Medicare spending $371 billion over 10 years, taking money from numerous provider groups, including hospitals, managed care plans, nursing homes, and home health agencies.

It also would reduce Medicaid spending about $22 billion over 10 years, less than half of the $56 billion proposed in the FY 2013 plan. But the proposal would increase Medicaid spending in FY 2014. 

Providers said the White House proposal, if it were to become law, would harm patient access to care and negatively impact providers who already are reeling from ACA and the so-called fiscal cliff deal provisions.

“The cumulative weight of these painful, piecemeal reductions coming on top of so many other cuts is affecting access to care for seniors and disabled Americans,” the Federation of American Hospitals said in an April 10 statement.

In contrast, the American Medical Association's response led with positives: 

"We are pleased that President Obama's 2014 budget recognizes the need to eliminate the broken Medicare physician payment formula known as the SGR and move toward new ways of delivering and paying for care that reward quality and reduce costs. The president's proposals align with many of the principles developed by the AMA and 110 other physician organizations on transitioning Medicare to include an array of accountable payment models. It is critical for physicians to have a period of stability and the flexibility to choose options that will help them lower costs and improve the quality of care for their patients. We are encouraged that the president and members of Congress are focused this year on eliminating this failed formula and strengthening Medicare for patients now and in the future.

"While eliminating the SGR would be a step forward, the budget takes a step backwards by aiming to achieve more savings through the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which would set another arbitrary spending target and rely solely on payment cuts to reach it. The AMA strongly supports bipartisan proposals to eliminate this panel.

"We are also concerned with other proposals in the president's budget, including cuts to graduate medical education (GME) programs known as residencies. In 2013, 528 U.S. medical school seniors failed to match to a residency program. As the nation deals with a physician shortage, it is important that all medical students can complete their training and care for patients.

"The AMA is pleased that the president's budget includes funding for expanding mental health services, identifying mental illness in children and researching the causes and prevention of gun violence in our country, and that it would expand the availability of Medicare data for physicians."

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Upcoming Events

A Community Conversation about Domestic Violence  

led by Outside the Wire, a Nationally Acclaimed Theater Company

 

Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets now.

 

Tuesday, April 16

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

John Ford Theater, Portland High School

 

Wednesday, April 17

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston 

 

Thursday, April 18

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Gracie Theater, Husson University, Bangor 

 

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10. FREE FOR STUDENTS.

Click here to learn more.  

 

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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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Muskie School of Public Service Health Policy Colloquia

Global Budgets, Payment Reform and Single Payer: Understanding Vermont's Health Reform

Monday, April 22, 2013

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Lee Community Hall, USM Portland Campus- remote viewing is also available in Orono Augusta

Speaker: Anya Rader Wallack, PhD, Chair of Green Mountain Care Board

Dr. Wallack will join a panel of Maine leaders who will react to the presentation and engage in a facilitated discussion about lessons for Maine. 

For more information or to register, click here.

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You are cordially invited to attend a MedImmune Speaker Program on: 

FluMist Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine Line, Intranasal) 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 

6:00 pm 

DiMillo's Floating Restaurant, 25 Long Wharf, Portland 

Speaker: Michael Marcus, MD, Dir. of Allergy/Immunology and Ped. Pulmonology, Maimonides Medical CEnter, Staten Island, NY 

Please rsvp by April 25 to demersL@medimmune.com or 508-341-2709. 

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AMDA Maine State Chapter 2013 Medication Safety Conference 

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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Advancing Change:  Healthcare System Transformation in Northern New England 

Keynote Speaker:  Jay Want, MD, Center for Improving Value in Health Care

May 21, 2013

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of New Hampshire, 75 Main Street, Durham, NH

For more information or to register, click here

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Save the Date: Enhancing Healthcare for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

June 11, 2013

Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland

This one-day program will provide information valuable for improving clinical and systemic capabilities for the effective delivery of healthcare to persons with intellectual disabilities.

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Job Openings

DFD Russell Medical Centers seeking NURSE PRACTITIONER / PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

The DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in central Maine.  We are looking for a full-time NP or a PA for immediate placement.  A current unencumbered Maine license and proficiency with electronic medical records are required.

Excellent benefits, including medical, dental and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, a generous paid time off plan and incentive plan.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.  If you want more information about this position, please fax or e-mail your resume to Laurie Kane-Lewis, CEO at Fax 524-2549 or E-mail laurie.kane-lewis@dfdrussell.org.

4/22/13 

PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER and/or PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT 

Assistance Plus is seeking two (2) full time psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants for the Medication Management Program in Benton and Wilton. The professional team is overseen by Robert Gordon, medical director. Our primary focus is to assist those with behavioral health disorders.

Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited degree program and licensed to practice in the State-of-Maine. A minimum of three years experience required.

We offer a generous benefit package of full coverage for health, dental, and 401K along with a sign on bonus of $5,000. This position is Monday through Friday and no on call coverage is required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Jillian Jolicoeur 453-4708 ext 408 or email jjolicoeur@assistanceplus.com.

4/22/13 

DOCTOR SOUGHT (Full or Part-time)  in Falmouth, ME Practice

A progressive integrative medicine practice located in Falmouth, ME, is now hiring Doctors (MD or DO) for a full or part time position. This is a rare opportunity to break free of the limitations of the conventional medicine paradigm and begin a new, ideal practice. Are you tired of fast, poor quality patient interactions, stressful work environments, lack of autonomy in your practice, too much time dealing with insurance companies or frustrating EMR?  Imagine a practice where you can spend as much time as you want with each patient, establish real therapeutic relationships, work in a healing-oriented, emotionally mature, low-stress environment, learn new healing arts skills that actually help your patients, and customize your practice based on your own interests and strengths.

We offer competitive pay based upon experience level.  Compensation package include: hourly or daily rates, bonuses, health benefits, CME, and paid time off.   We see an exciting variety of conditions in patients that are motivated to heal, open minded, and deeply appreciative. Imagine a level of trust and rapport that reminds you why you chose to be in the medical field. Collaborate with practitioners of osteopathic manipulation, energy medicine, hypnotherapy, and more.  We take the time to learn from each other and from our patients for the mutual benefit of all involved.  Practitioners need to have genuine desire and experience in Integrative Medicine.  Examples would be trained in integrative medicine or other holistic modalities such as reiki, acupuncture, supplementation, hypnotherapy and other modalities.  Primary/Family care experience would be plus. We are growing and need full or part time, MD’s and DO’s statewide.

If you are interested in learning more, please send a cover letter and copy of your curriculum vitae to brad@Integr8Health.com.

4/22/13  

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER Sought - Katahdin Valley Health Center

Katahdin Valley Health Center located in the heart of the Katahdin Region announces our search for a new Chief Operations Officer.  The incumbent will report to the Chief Executive Officer and oversee the day to day operations of this group of Federally Qualified Health Centers.  With an $8 million operating budget, 4 clinics, and a strong commitment of providing access to quality health care, KVHC offers an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned executive.  The KVHC Administrative office is located in Patten, ME.  The Katahdin Region is a recreational paradise with trout fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and more than 2,000 lakes, streams and ponds.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience leading a Health Care management team, working knowledge of a federally qualified health center and experience working with regulatory agencies.  Core competency in financial operations, grant writing/management, provider relations and strategic planning are desired.   Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in years of experience in a health care setting, management experience, provider relations experience, excellent communication skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, experience with an Electronic Medical Records system, and 2 years in an executive leadership position.  

Qualified candidates should submit a CV with cover letter to mlefay@kvhc.org or mail to KVHC, P O Box 500, Patten ME 04765 – Attention: Human Resources.  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.

5/6/13

FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIANS Sought - Katahdin Valley Health Center

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.

5/6/13  

INTERNIST - Coastal Maine

Seeking a BC/BE Internist to join a Mid Coast Medical Group practice of seven internists in Bath, Maine.  Mid Coast Medical Group is a department of Mid Coast Hospital and is a NCQA-qualified Patient Centered Medical Home.  It practices high quality internal medicine supported by an excellent EMR.  Our "outpatient only” call is 1 in 7.

Bath is a beautiful, small, historic city on the coast of Maine.  Nearby Mid Coast Hospital, built in 2001, is the newest full-service, stand-alone hospital in New England.  Mid Coast Hospital combines the newest medical technology with skilled medical professionals and Maine’s natural beauty, to meet the psychological as well as the physiological  healing needs of their patients.

This 92-bed hospital has an active medical staff of 160 physicians serving a population of 90,000 area residents.

Mid Coast offers a competitive benefits and compensation package and an excellent work environment.

Contact Jill Rose, Physician Recruiter, at jrose@midcoasthealth.com or call (207) 373-6888.

5/6/13 

Emergency Department PA

Full time summer position, mid-May to mid-October.  Emergency Department practitioner.  Primary duties are direct patient care in the emergency room setting; diagnosis and treatment; meeting with physician supervisor in a timely manner.  Graduate of approved Physician Assistant's program.  Certification in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and ATLS or equivalent.   Current Maine licensure.  Medical Practice maturity as evidenced by at least two years of mid-level practitioner experience within an emergency department setting or by completion of an ER specific residency training program.

For more information or to apply please visit us at http://www.mdihospital.org or contact Charlotte Skiff at 207-288-5081, ext. 1165 or Charlotte.Skiff@mdihospital.org

5/13/13 

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