March 3, 2014

 
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Maine Health Management Coalition Announces Support for MaineCare Expansion; Your Calls Needed

The Maine Health Management Coalition announced its support last week for the expansion of MaineCare to the 70,000 Mainers who would qualify under the provisions of the ACA. Floor votes on the proposal, which has now been combined with a managed care proposal, are expected this week.  The L.D. # is now 1487 and a summary of the managed care provisions are set forth below.  During a work session this afternoon, the HHS Committee voted 7-5 "ought to pass as amended" along party lines with one Democratic representative absent.  So, the final committee vote going to the floor should be 8-5.

The Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC), a purchaser-led partnership of employers, health plan sponsors, health care providers, advocacy groups, and health insurers working to improve the value of health care services delivered in Maine, announced the group’s support for Medicaid expansion.

“Accepting the $350 million dollars the federal government has earmarked for Maine will provide needed care to thousands of Maine residents while reducing the burden on the business community of paying for uncompensated care,” said MHMC’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Webber.  “We agree that we have what Commissioner Mayhew called a broken health care system and we urge that Medicaid expansion be coupled with a fundamental shift in the way we deliver and pay for health care.  By emphasizing earlier high quality treatment, robust patient support and a new payment system that rewards outcomes, we believe we will reach a point where health care treatments and prevention will be significantly more affordable for both businesses and patients alike” he continued.

“Maine has already begun to employ progressive initiatives to improve treatment results and reduce the costs of current Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries” Webber noted “and we at the Coalition are committed to working with the State to align efforts of all payers to transform health care delivery.  Resources from the federal government will be helpful in assisting us move to this new system while in the interim providing coverage for to up to 70,000 needy Maine residents.”

Summary of Proposed Amendment to LD 1487 

As stated above, the Health & Human Services Committee is now advancing LD 1487, which combines the elements of LD 1578 increasing MaineCare coverage with a proposal to transition all MaineCare recipients to managed care.  

Part A:

Lays out a process for Maine to move to Medicaid Managed Care as the majority of states have done.  Contains significant consumer protections; a broad and comprehensive stakeholder process; and major substantive rulemaking, which allows for both public comment and legislative review.

MaineCare members would not be enrolled in managed care plans until the 4th quarter of 2016 at the earliest.

Part B.

Accepts federal funds to increase access to Mainecare for nearly 70,000 Maine people; coverage would begin 90 days after session ends.

Part C

Provides for two studies to determine:  1.  the savings to the General Fund from Medicaid Expansion; and 2. whether covering MaineCare members through the Marketplace, similar to Arkansas and Iowa, is more cost effective than providing coverage through traditional MaineCare.

Requires that savings from MaineCare expansion, above and beyond those identified in the fiscal note, be reported to the committees of jurisdiction (HHS and Corrections/Public Safety) and that these additional savings be deposited into the MaineCare Stabilization Fund.

Part D

Appropriations and allocations to be completed by the Office of Fiscal and Program review.

Part E

Notification requirement that would inform new enrollees that coverage ends Dec. 31, 2016 unless the legislature acts and new MaineCare members must sign up with a primary care provider.

Part F

Sets up a task force to identify policies in MaineCare that penalize or create disincentives for members to increase earnings or hours of employment

Part G

Implements reforms in programs for adults with intellectual disabilities and uses savings to reduce waiting lists for services.

Part H

Strengthens the Attorney General's ability to investigate fraud in the MaineCare program and prosecute crimes related to misuse of all public funds.

Please act now to tell your legislators to accept federal funds for health care

Please call the legislative answering service and leave a message for your representative and senator TODAY! Legislators need to know that, like the majority of Mainers (nearly 70%), you think accepting these funds is the smart thing to do.  

It'll only take a few minutes & you can leave a message 24 hours-a-day. 

Representatives: 1-800-423-2900

Senators:  1-800-423-6900 

When you call, state:

  • Your name,
  • Town that you live in,
  • Your legislator's name, and  
  • A brief message. For example: "Please accept the federal funds for health care.  It's good for the health of Maine people and for our economy."  

If you would like to talk with your legislator, be sure to leave your number and the best time for her/him to call you back.  

Not sure who your State Legislators are?  Look them up here.

MMA Legislative Committee Weekly Conference Call, Tues., 3/4/14, 8 p.m.; Doctor of the Day Opening

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call will take place tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 4th at 8:00 p.m. 

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:  1-619-326-2772 

Passcode:  729-7185

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

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

We will discuss the following new bills printed last week.

L.D. 1794An Act To Cancel the No-bid Alexander Group Contract To Produce Savings in Fiscal Year 2013-14 (monitor)

L.D. 1795, An Act To Remove Medical and Dental Expenses from the Itemized Deduction Cap (monitor or support)

I also wanted to bring to your attention alternative language to Section 3 of L.D. 1760 that the Insurance & Financial Services Committee will consider tomorrow afternoon.

§1718-B.   Estimate of the total price of a single medical encounter for an uninsured patient

            Upon request of an uninsured patient, a health care entity as defined in §1718-A shall provide within a reasonable time of the request an estimate of the total price of medical services to be rendered directly by that health care entity during a single medical encounter.  If the health care entity is unable to provide an accurate estimate of the total price of a specific medical service because the amount of such medical service to be consumed during a medical encounter is unknown in advance, then the health care entity shall provide a brief description of the  basis for determining the total price of that particular medical service.  If a single medical encounter will involve medical services to be rendered by one or more third-party health care entities, the health care entity shall  identify each third-party health care entity to enable the uninsured patient to seek an estimate of the total price of medical services to be rendered directly by each.  At the time it provides the estimate, a health care entity shall notify the uninsured patient of any charity care policy it may have adopted.

The MMA staff has been hard at work scheduling Doctor of the Day volunteers for the second session of the 126th Legislature.  In March, we have the following date available: March 12.  If you have any questions regarding the “Doctor of the Day” program, please feel free to contact the MMA at docoftheday@mainemed.com. You can submit your registration on line. We hope to see you at the State House for what is expected to be a very interesting session for the medical community. [return to top]

MMA Officers to Hold Listening Session in South Portland on Saturday, March 8

MMA officers will hold an informal "listening session" with MMA members on Saturday, March 8 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the SeaDog Brewery in South Portland.  All members are invited to stop by for appetizers and beverages and share their concerns whether they be local, state or federal.  

While any MMA member is welcome, an individual invitation is being sent to each member in Cumberland County.

There is no cost to attend but an RSVP would be appreciated to Ashley Bernier at abernier@mainemed.com or call Lisa Martin, MMA Membership Coordinator at 622-3374 ext. 221. [return to top]

POLITICAL PULSE: Weekly Activities at the State House

Health and Human Services Committee Considers MaineCare Coverage, Supports Naloxone Access 

The Health and Human Services Committee spent significant energy last week considering the final form of a bill to expand access to health care through the MaineCare program, as outlined in the lead article in this issue.  The Committee also heard from the Office of Fiscal and Program Review regarding the cost of the bill, with OFPR stating that the bill will have a cost to the state of under $5 million for the next three years. 

On Monday, the Committee held its second work session on LD 1686 and voted 7-4 to support the measure, which authorizes the prescription, possession and administration of naloxone - an opioid antagonist that counteracts the effects of a drug overdose - and provides criminal and civil immunities for the prescription, possession and administration of the medication.   Please consider reaching out to your Senator and Representative urging them to take action in favor of the proposal when it hits the Senate and House floors.

The Committee also held a public hearing and work session on LD 1759, An Act Implementing The Recommendations Of The Commission To Study The Incidence Of And Mortality Associated With Cancer.  MMA Legal Intern Kimberly Sampson offered MMA's testimony in favor of the measure, which will extend the work of a Commission created last session.  MMA also supports implementing the recommendations the Commission has already released, such as increasing access to health care and funding for tobacco cessation programs. The Committee voted that the bill ought not to pass but is working to gather more information regarding what the MeCDC is doing to address cancer prevention and treatment. 

The Committee also held a work session on LD 1740, An Act To Amend Laws Relating to Health Care Data.  The bill would permit the Maine Health Data Organization to release identified patient health information for certain specific purposes, such as back to a health care provider. Interested parties are currently discussing an amendment to the bill that would limit the type of clinical data the MHDO can require health care providers to report.  The Committee will continue work on the bill this week.  Last week the Committee also heard reports on PMP enrollment and opiate limits in the MaineCare program.  

Insurance Committee Continues Work on Price Transparency, Narrow Networks

The Insurance and Financial Services Committee held a work session last week on LD 1760, a bill that would implement several recommendations of the Commission to Study Transparency, Costs and Accountability of Health Care System Financing that met over the fall.  MMA initially testified in opposition to the bill and particularly objected to a section that would require physician practices to provide an individualized health care estimate for any service or procedure to be provided to a patient, taking into account any insurance coverage and out of pocket costs.  The MMA continues to work with the sponsor of the bill to draft an amendment to the bill that will support providing meaningful cost information to patients but not be overly burdensome on practices.   The Committee also continued their work on LD 1676 and 1629 dealing with insurance company narrow networks and whether carriers should be required to disclose their criteria for including providers or contract with any willing provider.  The Committee also held another work session on LD 1345, the bill to create a single payer health care system, and tabled the bill for further discussion.  

Judiciary Committee Turns Involuntary Commitment Bill into Study

The Judiciary Committee held a work session last week on LD 1738, An Act To Improve Maine’s Involuntary Commitment Process.  The bill intends to address problems arising from the fact that the state does not have enough mental health beds and so often patients are held longer in emergency rooms than current involuntary commitment laws envisioned when drafted.  The bill was spearheaded by the Maine Hospital Association.  After discussing the proposal, the Committee decided to turn the bill into a Resolve to study the issue and not take direct action this session.  The Committee will clarify the exact nature of the study in the coming weeks.  

Education Committee Supports Increased Access to Epinephrine in Schools

The Education Committee held a work session on LD 1727 last Monday and voted to support the proposal, which would allow unlicensed school personnel after undergoing training to administer epinephrine to a student suspected of having an allergic reaction.  The MMA submitted written comments in favor of the proposal, stating that the risk of harm from administering the medication incorrectly was outweighed by the potential benefit.  The Education Committee has also asked the Judiciary Committee to weigh in on a section of the bill that would provide immunity for health care providers who write a standing protocol for school epinephrine autoinjectors.   [return to top]

Your Calls to Congress Needed to Help Put SGR Repeal over the Goal Line

Please take action to support legislation (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) that will repeal the SGR by sending an email and calling your lawmakers via the AMA's Physicians Grassroots Network (PGN) hotline at (800) 833-6354. 

The three primary committees of jurisdiction reached agreement in February on a proposal to permanently repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate formula controlling physician compensation for Medicare.  The bill, H.R.4015, must be enacted by the Congress by March 31 when another 24% reduction is scheduled.  Most medical associations, including the AMA, have expressed positive comments about the bill.  The biggest issue remaining is how to pay for the $128 billion cost of the permanent fix and some members of Congress would rather provide another patch to get through 2014 rather than do the hard work required to find the offsets to provide for a permanent repeal.

MMA officers and staff will be communicating with all four members of Maine's Congressional delegation asking them to support the proposal.  While certainly not perfect, the new proposal is a significant improvement over the existing formula which is producing double-digit reductions in reimbursement every year, resulting in the Congress delaying these cuts on a regular basis but also partially paying for them with even more significant cuts in the future. With a higher than average number of Medicare patients in the state, Maine physicians will receive a considerable benefit from enactment of the bill.  Positive updates are proposed for the first five years of the new formula, although the updates are only one-half of 1%.  Earlier versions of the repeal bill provided only a freeze in rates for the next ten years.

The 195 page bill (H.R. 4015) does not include financial offsets needed to pay for the cost of the repeal over ten years, a cost estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to be $128 billion. The three committees intended to first get agreement on the policy issues and then move onto how to pay for the repeal.

By phasing in new payment models over a period of years, the legislation attempts to better align Medicare provider payments with medical outcomes moving away from the current fee-for-service system. Beginning in 2018, physicians participating in Medicare would be eligible to receive bonuses by participating in a new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which would consolidate three existing incentive programs:  The Physician Quality Reporting System; the Value-Based Modifier, which adjusts payments based on quality and resource use; and meaningful use of electronic health records. Under the new MIPS, physicians would receive pay adjustments depending upon how well they met newly established quality measures set by HHS, in consultation with physician groups, through appropriate rule-making processes.

Beginning in 2018, the bill also provides bonuses to Medicare participating physicians who receive a significant share of their revenue by using alternative payment models, such as medical homes. The bonuses would begin at 5% in the first year.

AMA President Ardis Hoven, M.D. reported in a released statement, "Continuing the cycle of short-term patches by merely addressing the 2014 cut that is imminent on April 1 without solving the underlying problem would be fiscally irresponsible and further undermine the Medicare program. It is time for action to repeal the SGR and establish a transition to a new more stable Medicare physician payment policy to better serve America's senior citizens." [return to top]

Health Insurance Marketplace Resources for Patients and Staff - Enrollment Closes March 31

Do you or your patients have questions about Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps uninsured individuals find health insurance.

There is one month left in the 2014 Open Enrollment period.  The deadline for uninsured individuals to sign up for health insurance through the Marketplace is March 31, 2014. 

How can someone learn about their options through the health insurance Marketplace?

  • Find out about health insurance options for Maine individuals, families and small businesses at www.enroll207.com or by calling 1-800-318-2596.
  • Certified Application Counselors are available throughout Maine to answer questions and help with health insurance applications.  Visit www.enroll207.com/locator to find assistance.
  • Walk-in sessions for application and enrollment assistance are scheduled at several Maine locations.  Search for dates and locations at www.enroll207.com/events.

Interested in learning more about the ACA? 

Susan Kring is the new ACA Outreach Coordinator at the Maine Medical Association, and can provide your practice, unit or office with information about the health insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.   Call 662-2364 or email Sue for more information. [return to top]

Obama Budget Proposes Increased Funding for New Doctors, Primary Care

President Obama will propose boosting the National Health Services Corps from 8,900 a year to 15,000 a year over the next five years, as well as spending $5.23 billion to train 13,000 primary care residents over the next 10 years, in his budget this week.

The budget, which Obama will reveal Tuesday, marks the first time Medicare funds will be used to increase the number of medical residents, and it's the largest-ever proposed increase of the corps, officials said.

The administration hopes to boost both team-based care, as well as send residents out to rural areas and areas with lower access to care, officials said.

The president's budget proposal:

  • Adds $5.23 billion over 10 years to train 13,000 primary care residents in high-need communities, and in team-based care, such as an accountable care organization.
  • Extends higher payments to Medicaid providers, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners, by one year at a cost of about $5.44 billion.
  • Adds $3.95 billion over the next six years in the National Health Services Corps to support growing the program from 8,900 primary care providers in 2013 to at least 15,000 annually starting in the 2015 fiscal year.

The proposal also addresses a shortage of mental health providers by offering residencies for psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and other mental health providers as part of the team-based approach. [return to top]

Required as of March 1, 2014: Prior Authorizations (PA) for CT and PET Scans

MaineCare services date on or after March 1, 2014 will require a PA for CT and PET scans. This change applies to all MaineCare Members between ages 21 – 64.

A live webinar demonstration on how to request PAs for these services will be available for Pathways Radiology. Training will include information about pended PAs and what information is required for a PA decision. There will also be a question and answer session after the demonstration.

Below are the dates of the webinars. Each webinar will be take place from 3:00 – 4:00 PM.

Prescribing Physicians:

03/05/14

03/12/14

03/19/14

Radiologists:

03/07/14

03/14/14

Please email: Hilary.McIntire@MolinaHealthCare.Com to register for a webinar.

The Pathways Radiology PA Request Guide, which gives you instructions on the portal enhancements, can be found in the Health PAS Online Portal, in the Authorizations Pathways folder

  • Portal enhancements will allow PA requests for these CT and PET scans. With the enhancements, you will receive an immediate response to your PA request, resulting in a PA auto approval or pend.
  • Appropriate documentation is required with all CT and PET PA requests.
  • If your PA request results in a pend status, please upload a copy of the Radiology Supplement form titled “P.A. Request Form – Pathways Radiology.” You do not need to have the member’s demographic section completed. See section 16 of the Pathways Radiology PA Request Guide.

If you have trouble uploading the document, or have any questions, please call Provider Services at 1-866-690-5585. [return to top]

New Report: Making the Business Case for Payment and Delivery Reform

The Maine Medical Association’s Payment Reform Resources webpage now offers a new report, “Making the Business Case for Payment and Delivery Reform,” by Harold Miller of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The report describes ten steps to improve outcomes and reduce costs without compromising patient care or provider reimbursement. This can be achieved by avoiding unnecessary tests, procedures, emergency room and hospital care. The report also contains a hypothetical case study of a physician practice initiative to improve care for patients with chronic disease. Visit the Payment Reform Resources webpage to view this report as well as many other relevant resources. [return to top]

March 2014 ICD-10 Regional Forums Provided by MaineCare

MaineCare will be hosting regional forums for providers about ICD-10 during the week of March 10th. The purpose of the forums are to help Maine’s provider community get ready for the ICD-10 transition and answer questions you may have. Each forum will consist of a presentation about ICD-10. Topics include explanation of ICD-10, how it will impact providers, what providers can do to prepare, and a Q&A session.

All providers, including administrators, billing staff, and clinicians, as well as other members of the health care community seeking information about ICD-10, are encouraged to attend.

Locations, dates, and times are listed below:

  • Monday, March 10th, 2-4 PM: Presque Isle Hampton Inn, Katahdin Room (Presque Isle)
  • Tuesday, March 11th, 10 AM-12 PM: Ramada Inn, Theater Room (Lewiston)
  • Wednesday, March 12th, 10 AM-12 PM: Lucerne Inn, Overlook Building (Dedham)
  • Thursday, March 13th, 10 AM-12 PM: Augusta Civic Center, Penobscot Room (Augusta)
  • Thursday, March 13th, 10 AM-12 PM: Webinar option (details will be sent upon registration)
  • Friday, March 14th, 10AM-12PM: Fireside Inn & Suites, Sebago Room (Portland)

Register Now! Because space is limited, please register by March 7th by clicking here. You will have several forums and a webinar option to choose from. You will be asked to provide your name, role, contact information, the name of your organization, NPI, and provider type. You will also have an opportunity to submit questions about ICD-10. Those selecting the webinar option will receive an email with the link after registration. If you have questions about registration, please send them to Mainecaretng.DHHS@maine.gov.

For more information about ICD-10, go to MaineCare’s ICD-10 webpage or CMS’s ICD-10 Provider Resources’ webpage. Please send questions about ICD-10 to MaineCare’s ICD-10 email box. [return to top]

Upcoming Events

CODEquest 2014 - Conquering ICD-10

Sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives, a division of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

11:00am - 4:15pm

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME

Details and Registration are available at:  http://www.aao.org/aaoe/coding/codequest-maine.cfm or contact Peggy Coakley at pcoakley@aao.org or 415-561-8561.

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athenahealth Webinar: Patient Engagement: Improving Care and Reducing Costs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

12:15 p.m.

 In this free webinar, learn how you can use patient engagement services to meet your patients' demand, your bottom line needs and Meaningful Use Stage 2 requires.

Click here to register.

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Maine Concussion Management Initiative Trainings 

March 14, 2014 in Bangor at Husson University
June 13, 2014 in Waterville at Colby College (Date tentative)
October 21, 2014 in Portland in conjunction with the Maine Brain Injury Conference

All sessions 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Includes An Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management & Interpreting Neurocognitive Testing (including using ImPACT)

$100 for Health Care Professionals  (CEUs/CME available); $40 for school personnel and all other attendees

For more information or to register, contact Jan Salis, jsalis@aol.com, (207) 577-2018

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University of Maine School of Law

3rd Annual Justice for Women Lecture

Dr. Sima Samar, physician and Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. 

Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland

Please register online or by calling 207-780-4344.

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athenahealth Webinar: What Health Care Can Learn From Amazon

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:15 p.m. 

athenahealth EVP and COO Ed Park will discuss how health care can apply Amazon's pioneering philosophies and cloud technology to activate big data at a national scale, and to embrace collaboration in the face of competition—all to help deliver greater value to patients and caregivers.

Click here to register. 

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The Maine Immunization Coalition cordially invites you to:

Preventing Meningococcal Disease

Presented by: Dr. Sydney R. Sewall, MD MPH, Pediatrician Kennebec Pediatrics and Jeri Brooks Greenwell, National Meningitis Association Advisory Committee

Thursday March 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Maine Health, 110 Free St, Portland

Or call in: 1-866-788-1033;Conference ID Number: 5210677

RSVP to Caroline Zimmerman at czimmerman@mepca.org 207-621-0677  Ext. 222

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Effective Delivery of Buprenorphine Services In Maine

Thursday, March 20, 2014, Portland

Thursday, March 27, 2014, Bangor

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$20 Registration fee 

Please join the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc. for a training on the medication, Buprenorphine.

To learn more or register, please click here

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The Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) Tobacco Webinar Series  

Consider the Source: The Intersection Between the
Fund for a Healthy Maine and Tobacco Prevention and Control

March 20, 2014, 2:00 pm 

Register Now 

Speakers: Friends of the Fund for a Healthy Maine and MPHA

Sex Sells: the Wild, Wild East—Emerging Tobacco Trends

May 15, 2014, 2:00 pm 

Register Now  

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ICD-10 CM Training Session for Coders, March 25 & 26

Maine Medical Association Offices, Manchester, ME 

Registration fee: $545 per person and will include a training manual and a 2014 ICD-10 Manual.

For more information or to register, click here.

This two day multi-specialty training session for coders will be presented by Laurie Desjardins, PCS, CPC-1 and others from CSI Coding Strategies.  The training will cover ICD-10 CM coding fundamentals and ICD-10 code assignment.

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Registration Now Open! 

Quality Counts 2014 Annual Conference 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Augusta Civic Center

Click here to register.

This year's conference, a collaborative effort of Maine Quality Counts, the Maine Primary Care Association, and the Maine Public Health Association, is titled, Innovation to Transformation:  What Will it Take?

As health care providers, payers, and consumers increasingly effectively work collaboratively as communities to bring together "medical neighborhoods" as private-public partnerships that align efforts to transform health care delivery and payment systems.  QC 2014 will help inform and advance these efforts.

More information can be found on the QC website.

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Save the Date & Call for Nominations: 

2014 Hanley Center Honors for Leadership in Health Equity & Health Disparities

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 Reception & Dinner

 Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland

The keynote speaker at the recognition dinner will be Dr. Lori Alviso Alvord, the first Navajo Woman Surgeon and author of "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear."

CALL For Nominations

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership will recognize Maine-based organizations and individuals who have provided outstanding leadership in health equity & health disparities in Maine. Go online and nominate an Individual, an Organization or a Collaborative Project.  Deadline for nominations is March 14, 2014.

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Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program and Business Meeting

Friday, May 2, 2014

12:00pm - 4:45pm

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME

For more information, please contact Shirley Goggin at sgoggin@mainemed.com or 207-445-2260.

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Inter Professional Collaborative Practice Summit 

May 28th, 2014

University of New England Harold Alfond Forum, Biddeford, Maine

Funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation and the Maine AHEC network, the summit will host national experts to address the relationship between health professions education, clinical practice, and national healthcare reform. 4.25 hours CME credit expected.

Click here for more information.

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Job Openings

Part-time BC FP Physicians

Provide modern medicine in a traditional Maine town at Bingham Area Health Center.  

  • Serve patients ranging from newborns to retirees.  Discover a unique opportunity for a BC FP physician one-day-per-week, year-round.
  • Join a NCQA-PCMH level-3 certified community health center.
  • Practice in a facility that offers dental services and counseling within one medical practice.
  • Work alongside a committed clinical and administrative support team.
  • Enjoy a network of 11 practices and a dedicated local board.
  • Receive  competitive compensation and malpractice coverage.

Contact: Recruiter, HealthReach Community Health Centers, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME  04901

Phone:  207.660.9913 ~ Fax207.660.9901 ~ Email:  Communications@HealthReach.org

Website: www.BinghamCHC.org

3/17/14

Physician - Wound Care, part time

Mercy, a member of the Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS), is the Greater Portland regional health care system representing the highest standards of clinical excellence and compassionate care.  We are seeking a Physician to join our Wound Healing Center. This is a part-time, 20 hour per week benefited position.

Mercy's Wound Healing Center provides advanced wound healing techniques, two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and state-of-the-art assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic wounds. The successful candidate must be an MD, DO or DPM, eligible to be licensed in the State of Maine and board certified or eligible in the physician’s specialty. Broad and in-depth technical knowledge and skills related to the practice of medicine and wound care and relevant training and experience in hyperbaric medicine is desirable. 

Mercy offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The beautiful Greater Portland area is a community rich in cultural resources with an active, working waterfront, in a region that abounds in year-round outdoor recreation from the ocean to the mountains.  E.O.E.

FMI, and to apply for this position, please visit our website at www.mercyhospital.org or contact Alison Salerno, Provider Recruiter at salernoa@emhs.org , or 207-879-3804.

3/31/14

ED Provider Jobs

Challenging, Lucrative, ED Provider jobs in central Maine - honoring and serving Veterans.  ED Physicians are needed in Augusta. Must-have an unrestricted medical license (from any U.S. state), and current ACLS certification. This is your opportunity to use and develop your skills of diagnosing, treating, and managing patients according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques.

B/C or B/E specializing in EM, IM, or FP by the appropriate accrediting agencies (EM preferred).

This is the opportunity for you to receive a competitive salary, a generous leave package, excellent health & life insurance benefits, and retirement benefits. You'd be eligible to participate in a pension program as well as a matching Thrift Savings Plan which is similar to a 401K. If you are a veteran, you may be able to combine accrued military retirement credit with VA pension benefits.

Your salary will be determined by local Physician/Dentist Compensation Panel (commensurate with education, experience and qualifications). By law, U.S. Citizens will be given 1st preference but non-citizens will be considered in the absence of qualified citizens. A signing bonus may be available.  Equal Opportunity Employer. Disabled persons and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

FMI, call John Poulin at (877) 421-8263 x6913, or email him at john.poulin@va.gov

To apply, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/328066200

3/31/14

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