March 10, 2014

 
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MMA Board to Meet on Wednesday, March 12

The MMA Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday at 4:00 pm at the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester.  Priority items for the meeting include the Medicare SGR fix pending in Congress, the MaineCare Expansion pending in Augusta, and several internal items following up on the Board's retreat this past January.  The Board will also welcome Kenneth Lombard, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist with Maine Medical Partners, as a new Board member.

The MMA Board of Directors is made up of twenty-four volunteers elected by the general membership at the Annual Meeting and nominated by a Committee on Nominations.  The Board meets eight times per year and holds a planning retreat each January over a weekend.  Meetings of the Board are open to any MMA member.  The current Board chair is Brian Pierce, M.D., a family physician practicing in a private practice in Rockport.

This week, the eight-member Executive Committee will meet at 3:00 pm in advance of the Board meeting.  That meeting is also open to any MMA member who would like to attend and observe the governance of the Association.

Additional items on the Board agenda include consideration of a proposal to conduct a digital marketing plan for the Association and a discussion of the membership survey recently completed.  A financial report for January and February will also be reviewed.

Current membership is at 2534 for active members and 4205 for overall membership.  Both numbers represent historic highs for the Association.

 

Membership Survey Shows Strong Support for a Medicare for All, Single Payer Approach to Reform

 A recent survey of MMA members showed an increase in the percentage of members supporting a single payer approach to health system reform.  The survey, completed by more than 450 respondents included the following question:

        When considering the topic of health care reform, would you prefer to make improvements to the current public/private system or a single-payer system such as a "Medicare for all" approach?

 Sixty-four and three tenths percent (64.3%) of respondents indicated that they preferred the single-payer option compared to the alternative "Improvements to the current public/private system" which garnered support from 35.7% of those respondents who answered the question.  The nearly two-thirds who indicated the single-payer preference represents an increase from the previous membership survey in 2008 in which just over half (52.3%) indicated preference for the single-payer option while 47.7% preferred improvements to the current system.

The question presented was worded precisely the same in each of the surveys.

In the recent survey, conducted in January, there was little to no difference in response to the question based upon age, geographic location, or MMA membership status.  There was, however, a significant difference based upon specialty with primary care physicians and psychiatrists tending to more heavily favor the single-payer option than physicians in other medical specialties.  Respondents from practices that were owned by the physicians themselves were less likely to prefer the single-payer option and more likely to prefer improving the current system.  

The survey had a total of 462 respondents of whom 85% were physicians and 15% were medical students.  87% of the respondents were MMA members. The respondents make up approximately 13% of MMA members. The survey was conducted by Crescendo Consulting Group in Portland on behalf of MMA as part of the Payment Reform grant awarded by the Maine Health Access Foundation.  The survey was also requested by a group of members who presented a Resolution at the 2013 Annual Meeting asking for the survey to be updated from 2008.

More details of the survey will be placed on the Association's website at www.mainemed.com by the end of this week.

While the survey demonstrates strong support for a single-payer system by those members who responded to the survey, MMA's formal policy position on health system reform, developed originally in 2003 and updated in 2010, is in support of universal coverage for all Mainers to be achieved through a combination of public and private health plans.

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POLITICAL PULSE: Weekly Activities at the State House

With the deadline approaching this Friday for Committees to complete work on bills, it was a busy week with Committees holding many votes on bill proposals.  

Health and Human Services Committee Votes Second Medicaid Expansion Bill

As reported last week, the Health and Human Services Committee has spent significant energy considering the final form of a bill to expand access to health care through the MaineCare program.  Last Monday, the Committee voted along party lines to support L.D. 1487, which combines the elements of LD 1578 increasing MaineCare coverage with a proposal to transition all MaineCare recipients to managed care.  Floor votes on the proposal did not occur last week but are expected for this week, beginning in the Senate.  The Committee also took back up House Speaker Mark Eve's bill, LD 1578, and also voted along party lines in favor of the bill, which contains several of the compromises included in LD 1487 but not managed care.  That bill would be voted first in the House.  

On Wednesday, the Committee held a public hearing and work session on LD 1794, a bill to cancel the contract with the now-controversial Alexander Group, which released a study last month on the cost of increasing MaineCare coverage.  The report has been criticized for ignoring savings that would be possible by transitioning some MaineCare beneficiaries to programs with a higher federal match rate and for other flaws.  The Committee moved immediately into work session after the hearing and passed the bill along party lines. 

The Committee also held a final work session on LD 1740, An Act To Amend Laws Relating to Health Care Data.  The bill will 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 including the MMA and Maine Hospital Association also worked on an amendment that would require rule making before the MHDO can require health care providers to report clinical data as well as claims data.  

The Committee also heard from MMA EVP Gordon Smith regarding the Prescription Monitoring Program and voted unanimously in favor of drafting legislation that will allow automatic enrollment in the PMP when a prescriber applies for or renews his or her professional license. 

MMA Testifies in Opposition to Supplemental Budget Proposals, In Favor of Others

The Appropriations Committee began public hearings last week on the Committee's proposals to balance the state fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budget.  While the Committee typically begins working off of a proposal submitted by the Governor, Governor LePage has refused to put forth a supplemental budget.  The Maine Medical Association weighed in on several of the budget proposals: 

  • Opposed to a 6-month limit on Suboxone and methadone 
  • Opposed to transfers out of the Fund for a Healthy Maine
  • In favor of increasing the cigarette tax and equalizing the tax on other tobacco products to that on cigarettes

The Committee will continue discussions on the budget this week.  

Insurance Committee Supports Compromise on Price Transparency, Narrow Networks

The Insurance and Financial Services Committee held a final 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 worked 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 version adopted by the Committee would require that:  

  • Upon request of an uninsured patient, a health care entity 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.  

 The Committee also held final votes 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 voted in favor of an amended version of LD 1676 that will require that carriers provide notice to enrollees regarding whether there are any hospitals health care facilities, physicians or other health care providers excluded from the plan networks.  It will also require that carriers provide to hospitals a written explanation if they are not provided an opportunity to participate in the carrier's networks.  The Committee voted ought not to pass on LD 1629, an any willing provider bill.    

LCRED Considers Delegation to Nurses, Witnesses at Workers' Compensation Exams 

The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee held work sessions this week on two bills being monitored by the MMA.  LD 1766 would allow registered nurses to follow orders entered by any licensed health care provider with prescribing authority.  Current statute only allows RNs to follow the orders of a physician, podiatrist or dentist.  The intent is to allow nurses to also follow orders of prescribers such as naturopathic doctors and to ensure that advanced practice registered nurses can delegate to RNs (the law is currently in conflict on this point).  OMNI Maine, representing RNs, expressed concern that the bill would place registered nurses in the position of having to reconcile many competing orders, however the Committee voted to pass an amended version of the bill that will apply to all prescribers. MMA testified neither for nor against the bill, stating that the statue should clearly define who is able to delegate to an RN.  

The Committee also voted in favor of LD 1641.  The original bill would have allowed employees to have a representative in a Section 207 exam completed by a physician of the employers choosing.  The Committee passed an amended version of the bill that will allow an injured employee to have a representative of their choosing at any questioning of the employee by an employer or the employers's representative.  It is likely that the Governor will veto the bill.  MMA has testified neither for nor against the original proposal and mentioned pros and cons of having a third party in a physician exam. [return to top]

MMA Legislative Committee Weekly Conference Call, Tues., 3/11/14, 8 p.m.

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call will take place tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 11th 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.

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House of Representatives to Vote on SGR Repeal by End of this Week

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 House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 4015 by the end of this week. Unfortunately, one of the vehicles being offered by the House Republican leadership in order to pay for the approximately $130 billion ten-year cost is repeal of the individual mandate for individuals to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  As repealing the mandate is a non-starter for the Democrats and President Obama, the repeal effort is likely to get mired down into the partisanship that seems to dominate Washington and Augusta currently.  If permanent repeal is not achieved, another patch is likely to get us through 2014.  That patch alone would cost nearly 10 billion dollars.

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.  Over 600 national, state and county medical organizations, 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 have contacted 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.

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]

CMS Announces Another Extension of Non-Compliant Individual and Small Group Health Plans

On last Wednesday, March 5, CMS announced its decision to allow insurers offering coverage in the individual or small group market to renew coverage into 2016 that does not comply with certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  A one-year extension through 2015 had already been announced.  Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa had previously allowed these non-compliant plans to continue to be offered in Maine while some states had made their own decision to terminate such plans.  Other changes announced included the following:

1.  The open enrollment period for 2015 will run from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, one month longer than previously anticipated.

2.  The threshold for the federal government's reinsurance program will be reduced from $60,000 to $45,000 per beneficiary.

3.  The risk corridor program for providing subsidies to insurers that lose substantial sums on exchange customers and collecting premiums from companies that make significant profits will be adjusted on a state-by-state basis; and

4.  States will have until June 15 (extended from Jan. 1) to have their plans to establish and run exchanges approved by CMS.

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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]

Improving Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care Practices - Application Deadline Mar. 19

A Request for Applications has been released for participation in the "Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative", a partnership between Maine Quality Counts, the Maine Primary Care Association, the Maine Medical Association, and Penobscot Community Health Care. Like many states, Maine faces enormous challenges with supporting the effective management of chronic pain and the safe prescribing of prescription opioids. In order to expand the adoption of evidence-based best practices, this initiative looks to provide structured quality improvement support for up to ten (10) NCQA-recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice sites to implement standardized, patient-centered and team-based processes to improve comprehensive chronic pain management. Interested practices must complete an online application by Wednesday, March 19.  Additional information is available at the Quality Counts website by clicking here. [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]

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

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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Bangor-area ACA Small Business Forum

March 19, 2014

7:00 - 9:15 am 

Jeff's Catering, Brewer

Will include general information on ACA issues relevant for small businesses, followed by a summary of the key features and differences between the plans offered by the three Marketplace insurers (Anthem, Maine Community Health Options and Northeast Delta Dental) 

Free to attend but please register here

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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: 1-877-273-4202, conference ID 8187268

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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Transforming Health Care:  Patients as Partners

March 31, 2014

5:30-7:30 pm 

On March 31st, Maine Quality Counts and its partners will present free “Health Care Town Hall Meetings” throughout Maine to discuss how patients and providers can Choose Wisely.  John Santa, MD, MPH will be presenting live at Maine General Medical Center’s Alfond Center for Health, Education Pavilion with live stream webcast out to the following locations:

Brewer - EMHS, Cianchette Auditorium
Lewiston - University of Maine campus
Machias - University of Maine campus
Presque Isle - University of Maine campus
Portland - University of Maine, Wishcamper Center
Waterville -Thayer Center for Health, Dean Auditorium

 For more information on the event and to register, click here.  Or call Judy Ward at 207.620.8526, ext. 106 or email: jward@mainequalitycounts.org

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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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