August 12, 2013

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Make Your Reservations NOW for MMA Annual Meeting, Oct. 4-6, in Portland

Holiday Inn by the Bay Room Reservations for the MMA 160th Annual Session October 4-6, 2013 are booking fast.  We expect the rooms to be sold out before the room block expires on September 3.  Please be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible to assure accommodations if you plan to stay at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.  We do have have a list of alternate accommodations in the Portland area, although at a much higher nightly rate.   Reservations can be secured by calling the Holiday Inn by the Bay at 1-800-345-5050. Room rates range from $189 to $209.

MMA is excited to be holding its 160th Annual Session in downtown Portland Oct. 4-6.  Most events, including the Saturday evening Anniversary Gala, will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.  Seven and one-half hours of category one CME are available and the theme of the Session is The Changing Face of Medical Education.

The Association has not held its Annual Meeting in Portland in many years and this Anniversary Meeting is shaping up to be one of the most popular meetings in several years.  Being close to many of Maine's medical education facilities made the topic for this year's meeting relatively simple.  We will be looking at the changes in all aspects of medical education, including undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate.  We will also be offering tours of the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at the Brighton Campus of the Maine Medical Center. 

The CME portion of the meeting begins at 1:15pm on Friday afternoon, Oct. 4, with a keynote presentation by Edison Liu, M.D., PhD., President and CEO of Jackson Laboratory.

The Saturday evening Anniversary Gala will begin at the Portland Museum of Act and then move to the Holiday Inn for dinner.  Music for dancing after the dinner will be provided by the popular Bob Charest band.

Registration for the meeting and a full schedule of events is available on MMA's website. Registration materials were also mailed to each member in July.

New Laws Impacting Your Practice: LD 727, Health Practitioner Transparency; Corrective Legislation Expected

Each week MMA will be running weekly articles highlighting new laws passed by the 126th Legislature that impact the practice of medicine in Maine.  We are also happy to present an overview of new laws to your medical staff, practice or specialty society and have posted a summary of laws and explanatory slide presentation on the MMA website. 

Central to MMA's advocacy agenda this session was supporting LD 727, An Act Establishing Health Care Practitioner Transparency Requirements.  Based on a model act prepared by the American Medical Association, the intent of the bill is to ensure that patients are accurately informed about the type of practitioner who is caring for them.  As more health care is provided in teams and more practitioners are granted the ability to practice independently, it is critical that patients are making informed choices about where and from whom to receive their care.  MMA was supported in its advocacy on this bill by the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists and the Scope of Practice Partnership (a partnership between the AMA and several national specialty societies). 

The bill contains three basic requirements: 

  1. A health care practitioner who advertises health care services must disclose in an advertisement the health care practitioner's name, the type of license the practitioner holds and the common term for the practitioner's profession.  The advertising cannot be deceptive or misleading (defined as including, but not limited to, use of an advertisement that misstates, falsely describes, falsely holds out or falsely details the health care practitioner's professional skills, training, expertise, education, board certification or licensure). Advertising means any communication, whether printed, electronic or oral, that names a health care practitioner and the practice, profession or institution in which the practitioner is employed, volunteers or otherwise provides health care services, and includes business cards, letterhead, patient brochures, e-mail, Internet, audio and video communications and any other communication used in the course of business.
  2. A health care practitioner seeing patients on a face-to-face basis must wear a name badge or some other form of identification that clearly discloses: (1) The health care practitioner's name; (2) The type of license, registration or certification the health care practitioner holds, including the common term for the health care practitioner's profession; and (3) The health care practitioner's medical staff position, if applicable.
  3. A health care practitioner who has direct patient care must display a copy of the practitioner's license in a prominent place in an office area visible to current and prospective patients. If the health care practitioner sees patients in a setting outside of a licensed health care facility, the copy must be of sufficient size to be visible and apparent to patients, except that a copy no smaller than the original license is deemed to be sufficient.

A health care practitioner who violates the law is subject to disciplinary action by a licensing board for unprofessional conduct. 

Since enactment of the legislation several questions have arisen regarding the requirement for a licensee to display a copy of their professional license.  Because of the breadth of the law (impacting on over twenty types of health professionals including nurses, social workers etc), the burden of displaying all the licenses is significant.  Also significant is the intent of many of the licensing boards to eventually move to electronic licenses.  Upon review, MMA has determined that simply removing this section (3. A) from the law is the best way to deal with the concerns raised.

The original sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D. of Bangor, has graciously agreed to sponsor corrective legislation this coming session to remove the posting requiring from the law.  In addition, the Commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Anne L. Head, J.D. has agreed to communicate with the various health-related boards to ask that this particular section of the law not be enforced until the corrective bill is considered during the Second Regular Session.

This new law (with the exception for postponing enforcement of the license display provision) goes into effect on October 9th, 2013.  You can find the full text of the law here[return to top]

MMA Board Action at Meeting on August 7

The MMA Board of Directors met last Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the home of MMA President Dieter Kreckel, M.D. and his wife Jennifer Kreckel, J.D., in Rumford.  

Actions taken by the Board included the following:

  • Approved a proposed budget for 2014 for presentation to the membership at the Annual Meeting (Oct. 5,2013).  The proposed budget projects a budget in the black with a positive gain of $4,471.
  • Approved a new six year employment contract for Executive Vice President Gordon Smith, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Approved sending one officer and one member chosen at large to two Maine Hospital Association Board meetings in the next twelve months.
  • Approved sending a survey regarding the value of MMA services to 300 members.
  • Reviewed the top five priority services selected by the group working to promote the Choosing Wisely Initiative in Maine.

The Board meets next on Friday, Oct. 5, 2013 in connection with the Annual Meeting.  The meeting will begin at 8:30am with a tour of the Simulation Lab at the Brighton Campus of Maine Medical Center.

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David McDermott, M.D. Named Interim CEO at Mayo Regional Hospital

Board of Trustees of Mayo Regional Hospital has recently accepted the resignation of Edward J. Hannon as CEO. Citing purely personal reasons, Mr. Hannon will be working out his thirty day notification period before departing for a new position out of state that better meets the needs of his family.

The Maine Medical Association is pleased to inform you that the Board also acted to appoint former MMA President David McDermott, MD to serve as Interim CEO effective August 31, 2013. Along with being active in the MMA, Dr. McDermott is a board certified Family physician who has been on staff at Mayo Regional Hospital serving the community since 1993.  He currently holds the position of Medical Director of Inpatient and Emergency Services, is a certified physician executive, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. Please join the MMA in congratulating Dr. McDermott and his family.  [return to top]

Bureau of Insurance to Hold Public Info Sessions Regarding ACA, Public Comment on Anthem Network

Superintendent Eric Cioppa has announced that the Maine Bureau of Insurance will be holding public information sessions regarding the federal health care reform law (ACA). 

Individuals seeking information about the new federal health insurance exchanges, newly proposed plans for offering on the exchanges, or other aspects for the health insurance portions of the ACA are invited to attend. Questions about all other types of insurance are also welcomed. The Bureau will address all insurance-related questions or concerns. Informational materials will be available. Dates, locations and times are listed below:

-- August  15th: 6 pm, USM, Portland (Talbot Lecture Hall) 

-- August 16th: 6 pm, Husson University, Bangor (CFB Conference Room)

-- August 29th: 6 pm, Central Maine Community College, Auburn (Kirk Hall)

-- August 30th: 6 pm, University of Maine, Presque Isle, (Allagash Room)

Each session will be preceded at 5:00 p.m. with a public session for individuals wishing to comment on Anthem's request to discontinue its current plans in the individual market and offer people with those plans the option of selecting one of Anthem's newly proposed plans. 

Approximately 17,500 people in Maine are covered by one of Anthem's current individual plans. Some of those people would be ‘grandfathered' and able to maintain their present coverage, because they signed up for the policy prior to the ACA becoming federal law. The Bureau will hold a formal hearing on this matter on September 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 208 of the Burton M. Cross State Office Building in Augusta.  [return to top]

Take action this August! SGR Repeal Heats up in Congress

Congress began its traditional 5-week summer recess on Aug. 3 following recent bipartisan efforts to finally address Medicare's broken physician payment and delivery system. 

Specifically, legislation passed by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce focuses on repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and the future of physician payment policy and delivery models. While a number of AMA supported proposals have been included by the committee, significant work remains to be done in order to improve this legislation. 

Click here to view the AMA's Congressional recess "Action Kit" which includes the latest talking points on SGR repeal and reforming the Medicare physician payment system.

Please take immediate action by sending an email or calling your lawmakers via the AMA's Physicians Grassroots Network (PGN) hotline at (800) 833-6354

Encourage lawmakers to continue working in a bipartisan manner and keep the momentum towards repealing the SGR and designing a new Medicare physician payment system.

Now is the time to move toward a Medicare program that supports physicians for providing high-quality, patient-centered health care, rather than the "fast-food" style system that SGR has imposed. 

As lawmakers return home to interact with constituents in August, your participation is needed to encourage the bipartisan legislative efforts over the last several weeks and build momentum towards SGR repeal as lawmakers begin a busy legislative session once returning to Washington, D.C., in September.

Email and call your representative and senators today at (800) 833-6354!

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Maine Academic Detailing Advisory Committee (ADAC) Seeks New Members

Are you interested in learning more about and supporting the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) through serving on its advisory committee?  MICIS is an innovative academic detailing service that offers independent, evidence-based clinical information directly to health care providers at their practice site in one-on-one or group educational sessions. 

MICIS is administered by the Maine Medical Association through a contract with the Office of MaineCare Services and employs two part-time, clinician academic detailers.  MICIS has detailed more than 2,500 modules on topics including antipsychotics, chronic pain and atrial fibrillation, reaching more than 1000 unique prescribers since its launch in 2009.

ADAC committee members serve on a voluntary basis and participate in 3-4 committee meetings a year at the Maine Medical Association in Manchester. The next meeting is scheduled for 3-5pm on October 22.  The ADAC is chaired Dr. Noah Nesin. Primary care providers, our intended audience, are especially encouraged to consider taking part.

If you are interested in learning more or in taking part in the ADAC, please contact MICIS Program Manager, Jennifer Reck, at   [return to top]

First Friday's Educational Programming Resumes on Sept. 6 with the Annual Risk Management Seminar

On Friday morning, Sept. 6, three senior risk managers from Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine will present three current risk management topics at MMA's offices in Manchester (also offered via webex).  

Stacey Doten, Senior Risk Manager for Medical Mutual, will present on the new risk management issues raised by the increased use of electronic medical records systems.  Nancy Brandow, Senior Risk Manager for Medial Mutual will discuss how to improve patient safety through effective medication reconciliation.  And Lou Anne McLeod, Senior Risk Manager at Medical Mutual will give a talk entitled, "Are Your Office Systems Putting Your Practice in Jeopardy." MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Esq., will moderate the morning session.

The last two First Friday programs of 2013 will be held on Friday Nov. 1 (Annual Compliance Seminar) and Friday, Dec. 6 (Accountability, Transparency & Public Reporting).

Registration is available on the MMA website or through calling MMA at 622-3374.

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White House Unveils Health Care Wizard to Teach Business Owners About Health Reform, "Obamacare"

The White House has kicked its Obamacare outreach and education efforts into full gear, starting with a new Web site designed specifically for curious and confused business owners.

The new site let employers input their location, company size and current insurance plans to receive tailored information about changes under the law, important dates to remember, and the formulas for determining requirements and penalties.

 Dubbed the Health Care Wizard, the site is part of BusinessUSA, the administration’s interagency information outlet for employers. The new site churns out information gathered from Department of Health and Human Services, the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration.

 Officials say the goal was to bring state- and size-specific information as well as universally important facts about the law together in one place — part of a broader effort to disperse facts and dispel rumors about Obamacare.

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Health Insurance Marketplace Training: Becoming a Certified Application Counselor Organization

If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace opening October 1, you can apply to be a Certified application counselor (CAC) organization.  

What does a CAC organization do?

As a CAC organization, your staff and volunteers will help people understand, apply, and enroll  for health coverage through the Marketplace. Your organization must agree to make sure that designated individuals complete required training, and that they comply with privacy and security laws, and other program standards.

Your organization must: 

  1. have processes in place to screen your staff to make sure that they protect consumer information

  2. engage in services that position you to help those you serve with health coverage issues

  3. have experience providing social services to the community

What do we need to know about your organization?

If your organization is a health care provider, be sure to tell us what kind of health care you provide and any specific populations you serve. For example when you apply, let us know if you’re:

  • Indian Health Service, Indian tribe, or urban Indian organization
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS provider
  • Behavioral health or mental health provider
  • City, county, or municipal health department

To learn more about becoming a CAC organization, please visit

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Washington and Hancock County Workshops: Safety Net Programs for Maine’s Seniors, Sept 11

These workshops are designed for Community Service Providers and provided at no charge. Space is limited so please RSVP to Jennifer Sanborn at Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP) with your name, organization, phone number, and email address:  626-7058 x 200 or

September 11, 2013

Machias, The Kay Parker Building, 26 Hadley Lake Road 

9:00 AM—NOON 


Ellsworth, Washington Hancock Community Agency, 248 Bucksport Road

2:00 PM—5:00 PM 

Agenda includes: 

  1. An update on changes from the recent legislative session on the Medicare Savings Program, Drugs for the Elderly, and MaineCare 
  2. An overview and update on the Food Supplement Program – formerly known as Food Stamps 
  3. An overview and update on My Maine Connection which allows people to apply on line for many benefits administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Job Openings

Family Practice Physicians

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 Houlton locations.  KVHC is a fully electronic medical record site and offers a competitive salary ($170,000 to $190,000 annual) and benefit package which includes: a 10% of first year salary sign on bonus, generous amounts of paid time off, $2500 annually toward CME as well as a completely outpatient site.  The call schedule is 1 in 8 with additional coverage from the Open Access Clinic.  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 10 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.


Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director

The Department of Psychiatry is seeking a full time senior faculty member to serve as Medical Director of Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, Maine.

Riverview Psychiatric Center is the flagship inpatient treatment center for Maine’s public mental health system.  Riverview consists of 92 adult inpatient beds, two outpatient clinics, and a forensic ACT team.  Housed in a beautiful facility built in 2004, Riverview provides tertiary psychiatric care to civil voluntary and involuntary patients as well as forensic care.

The Riverview Medical Director will serve as the chief clinical officer of Riverview Psychiatric Center. The Medical Director works with the superintendent to help lead the facility, overseeing the quality of clinical care, and directly supervising the psychiatrists and psychologists.  The Dartmouth tie adds colleagues who are leading other public sector hospitals, educational opportunities, and access to expert consultation. The role includes promoting excellent clinical care, supporting teaching and training, and facilitating research activities that serve the mission of both Riverview and the Department.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for public sector care, a patient-centered clinical orientation, forensic experience, excellent clinical leadership skills, sound interpersonal skills, administrative experience, a strong academic background and board certified in Psychiatry and license eligible in Maine. Academic rank and salary will be consistent with experience.

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference should be addressed to:

Dr. William Torrey, Search Chair, and e-mailed to Please reference search number PS0813D.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.


Full-Time PA-C or FNP Position Available

We are searching for an experienced healthcare provider to join our supportive team-based Family Medicine Practice.  Full Circle Family Medicine is a physician owned private practice in Mid Coast Maine.

We are a full spectrum, well established practice with a focus on preventative, wellness and mindfulness based care.

Please forward CV and references to:  Full Circle Family Medicine, Attn:  Wendy Williams, 68 Chapman Street, Damariscotta, ME  04543 or via email to: Questions: please call 207-563-6623 option 7 to speak with Wendy.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Upcoming Events

Breath Easy Coalition Annual Meeting 

August 15, 2013

10 am - 2:30 pm 

Augusta, Maine 

Join us for for this FREE event! Featuring presentations and discussions around how smoke-free policies are impacted by medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes, celebration of 10 years of addressing smoke-free housing, networking, and roundtable peer-to-peer discussions around addressing tobacco-use and secondhand smoke exposure in Maine.

To register, click here.


Breasts: A Natural& Unnatural History with author Florence Williams

Thursday, August 15

7:00 p.m.

The Strand, Rockland

Book Signing follows

Tickets: $25 (General Admission)

Preferred Seating & Private Reception, 5:30-6:30 pm, 

Tickets: $50


Or call: (207) 622-0851 x22

Presented by the Maine Women's Lobby, 


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

FREE CME Credit Available

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


Attend Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training - 2 Dates/2Locations

The Maine Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce two more opportunities to complete the newly Federally required “Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (ME)” training here in Maine.

Sept. 7th in Portland

Oct. 26th in Bangor. 

This day-long program will be eligible for AMA Cat I CME credits (as well as AAFP Prescribed credits)

For more information or to register, click here.


4th Annual Patient Safety Academy

Friday, September 13th

9:00am – 4:00pm

University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus, Abromson Center

Cost: $50, with a discounted rate of $25 for students

12 workshops, including the USM School of Nursing Simulation Lab! The Patient Safety Academy is returning for its fourth year! Last year over 150 health care professionals representing Maine hospitals, physician practices, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, agencies, organizations and advocacy groups participated in knowledge and skill building workshops. Any individual interested or engaged in patient safety activity is invited to attend.

To learn more or register, click here


12th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium

Presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

September 20-22, 2013

Harborside Hotel & Marina - Bar Harbor, ME

This Symposium offering 15 hours of CME is open to ophthalmologists across the country!

For more information, visit

Additional Questions?  Call  Shirley Goggin at 207-445-2260 or


Maine Health Management Coalition’s 20th Anniversary Symposium

Getting Health Care Right: Past Successes and Future Imperatives

October 10, 2013

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

 Abromson Center (USM) in Portland

The Coalition’s annual symposium brings together employers, providers, payors and patients from across Maine’s health care market to hear from nationally recognized speakers about current trends in health care payment and delivery.  This year’s keynote is world famous geneticist, author, and professor Dr. William Haseltine.

For more information or to register, click here.  Maine Medical Association members are eligible for discounted tickets.


Maine Dental Access Coalition Fall Conference

Friday, October 18, 2013

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon, Maine

 All One Body:  Creating Optimal Health Outcomes A Symposium for Medical and Dental Health Providers

Keynote: Medical Dental Collaboration:  Why it Matters and How It Works by Dr. John R. Luther, DDS, Senior Vice President of Dental Management and Chief Dental Officer at DentaQuest

Registration information to follow.  Visit


Maine Public Health Association 29th Annual Meeting 

October 22, 2013 

8:30 am - 4 pm 

Augusta Civic Center 

For more information, click here


2013 Maine Primary Care Association Annual Conference

October 23 - October 24, 2013

Bar Harbor Club, Bar Harbor, Maine

This year's conference, "Health Care Reform: Putting the Promise into Practice" will highlight emerging trends and opportunities in the face of health reform—with specific emphasis on how Maine’s health centers can play a pivotal role in delivering on the promise of health care reform. 

For more information, or to register, click here


Maine Cardiovascular Health Council's 2013 Cardiovascular Summit

Stroke - The First 3 Hours: Bridging the Health System and the Community

   Thursday, November 7, 2013

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

In this one day event, we are combining scientific sessions with population health.  As we move into a more collaborative healthcare environment, this is the ideal conference to learn about the newest information regarding stroke care, along with resources available through our state and local programs.

For more information or to register, click here


2013 Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference

November 13, 2013 

Augusta Civic Center

 Sponsored by the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Since 1983, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Health and Human Services has organized an annual infectious disease conference targeting public health issues of emerging concern to medical practitioners throughout the State. Presentation topics will focus on a range of infectious diseases and immunizations. This year’s conference includes aspects from the Division of Infectious Disease’s Epidemiology, Immunization, HIV, STD and Viral Hepatitis Programs. 

For more information or to register, click here


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