May 19, 2014

 
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New Laws Impacting Your Practice: LD 1642, Price Disclosure - Sample Forms Available

 Transparency of prices for health care services in Maine has been a matter of considerable debate in the Maine legislature in the context of heatlh care reform and Maine has had statutes in place requiring both individual health care practitioners and institutions to disclose prices to patients in order to facilitate "comparison shopping" and to educate patients about the cost of their health care.  The first laws were enacted as part of the Dirigo Health Program initiative in 2003 and the legislature has revisited the issue every legislature since that time.  Senator Dick Woodbury (I-Cumberland) and Senator Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D. (D-Penobscot) worked closely with the MMA, Spectrum Medical Group, the MHA, and other interested parties on the two bills that became law this year.

Each week MMA will be running 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 slide presentation overview of all health care-related legislation enacted by the 126th Legislature on the MMA website. 

In an effort to increase price transparency in health care, the legislature enacted LD 1642 this session, along with LD 1760, the bill highlighted in last week's Update. LD 1642 is largely an update of LD 990, a bill passed last year and in effect since January 2014.   MMA worked with the sponsor of the bill, Senator Woodbury, to submit LD 1642 in response to several areas of concern for physician practices in LD 990.  The final version of LD 1642 (which will completely replace LD 990) includes the following requirements: 

  •  A health care entity (all health care professionals and facilities) shall have available to patients the prices of the health care entity's most frequently provided health care services and procedures. This is defined as any health care service and procedure that was provided by the entity at least 50 times in the preceding (2013) calendar year. Note that unlike previous price posting laws, this does not mean prices for your 50 most common services but any service provided more than 50 times. This could be 10 services or over 1,000, depending on your size and type of practice.  
  • The prices stated must be the prices that you charge patients directly when there is no insurance coverage for the services or procedures or when reimbursement by an insurance company is denied. This means that the prices stated must be the full price that you would charge patients directly when there is no insurance coverage for the service – before taking into account any discount or charity care policy.  You are free to inform patients of any discounts.
  • The prices stated must be accompanied by descriptions of the services and procedures and the applicable standard medical codes or CPT code.
  • A health care entity must inform patients about the availability of prices for the most frequently provided health care services and procedures. Note that the law does not require your practice to post a list of services and prices, it requires your practice to have prices available and to post information about the availability of prices. 
  • A health care entity must also prominently display in a location that is readily accessible to patients information on the price transparency tools available from the publicly accessible website of the Maine Health Data Organization.  This does not require you to provide any pricing or other information to MHDO - simply that you inform patients of one of the cost comparison websites available. 
  • A health care entity that does not routinely render services directly to patients in an office setting (e.g. pathology, radiology) may satisfy the requirements to inform patients of the availability of prices and MHDO tools by providing the information on its publicly accessible website.
  • Health care entities can chose to comply by compiling prices by practitioner, group of practitioners or facility. 
MMA has made available a sample price list and notification for patients.  It is available on the MMA webpage here
    This law will go into effect on August 1, 2014.  You can find the full text of the law here

    With questions or concerns about this law or sample documents, please contact MMA Attorneys Gordon Smith, Andrew MacLean or Jessa Barnard via email or at 622-3374.  

    Let MMA Do Your HIPAA Annual Staff Training: June 6, 2014

    The Maine Medical Association will present its annual HIPAA Seminar on Friday morning, June 6th from 9:00 am to noon as part of the regular First Friday's Educational Series.  The program is available live at the Association offices in Manchester or via webex on line.  This program is ideal for practice staff responsible for privacy issues in the office although newly hired staff are welcome as well.

    The program will provide staff training on health care practitioners' and practices' ethical and legal obligations to maintain the confidentiality of patient information, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the state confidentiality statute.  It will also highlight changes in the law resulting from the HITECH amendments.

    The specific objectives are:

    1.  To explore the practical implications to medical practices of the changes to HIPAA included in the final HITECH rules, including the regulations and obligations regarding breach notification.

    2.  To discuss the impact of HIPAA and HITECH regulations on mental health providers, care for minors and other specific clinical situations.

    3.  To prepare medical practices for potential HIPAA audits and other compliance activities.

    Faculty includes MMA attorneys Andrew MacLean and Jessa Barnard and health lawyers Kenneth Lehman, Esq. and Steven Johnson, Esq.  In addition, a practice manager will discuss her experiences in a breach notification case and the lessons to be learned from it.

    The registration fee is $70 and CME is provided for physicians and physician assistants.  Registrations materials are included with the most recent issue of Maine Medicine and you may also register on line. [return to top]

    Review Your Sunshine Act Information Before CMS Publishes It

    Starting June 1, physicians and teaching hospitals can register with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review information about payments or other transfers of value given to them by the drug or device industry prior to public posting of the data under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

    Educational materials about the Sunshine Act are available on the AMA's web page. Registration in the CMS Enterprise Portal (the gateway to CMS’ Enterprise Management system) is voluntary; however, it is required if physicians or teaching hospitals want to review and dispute any of the data reported about them. Any data that are disputed, if not corrected by industry, will still be made public but will be marked as disputed. Learn more about the review and dispute process.

    In the coming weeks, CMS will provide additional guidance about how to complete the CMS registration process, and when Phase 2 registration and the review and dispute process will begin for physicians and teaching hospitals.

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    Next Steps for Physicians Affected by Identity Theft IRS Scam

    Since beginning to report on the problem that several physicians were having filing their 2013 tax returns because of a previously unknown breach of their social security number and address, MMA has learned of dozens of cases in Maine and of hundreds of cases across the country.  Most of the physicians in Maine are from the Portland area although there have also been reports from physicians in Bangor, Lewiston, Brunswick and Farmington.  The MMA would like to understand the full scope of the problem in Maine, so if you have been victimized in this way, please contact Gordon Smith, EVP, at gsmith@mainemed.com or 622-3374, ext. 212. 

    Because of the large number of cases across the country, it is likely that the breach of data was at a national level.  This is a very sophisticated scam and likely global in its scope.  Similar scams have been perpetrated in previous years but most were aimed at employees of large corporations where it was assumed that human resources files were breached and then returns fraudulently filed in the names of many of the employees. The scam this year aimed at physicians and other health professionals is much broader and while some of the physicians are employed by large groups or hospital owned practices, others affected were in small private practices. Therefore, it is the opinion of MMA's attorneys that likely source of the breach was a large national database with physician names, addresses and social security numbers.  Many such databases exist at national pharmacy chains, national health plans, the federal government itself (CMS, IRS) and professional associations.  Because of its sophistication and likely global implications, it may never be known where one or more breaches may have occurred.  It is also likely that the information that was stolen was then sold to criminal elements who then perpetrated the second crime of filing the false returns.

    Many of the physicians were not aware that elements of their identity had been stolen for the purpose of filing a tax return and seeking a tax refund in the name of physician.  Most did not know anything was amiss until filing a return and receiving information from the IRS that a return had already been filed.  In some cases, refund checks were received before a return had been filed.  An investigation is underway by the IRS, the Secret Service and other agencies but to date there have been no arrests or charges filed. The Secret Service has asked MMA to furnish the investigating office with the names of physicians who have been impacted and we intend to do so this coming week.

    MMA encourages all Maine physicians to be alert to this problem during this tax-filing season.  You’ll find more information about the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’) recommendations to address this threat here: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft.  We will be continuing to gather information and making suggestions as the investigations continue.  The consumer protection division of the Maine Attorney General's Office will be weighing in on the matter this week.  That division is responsible for crimes involving identity theft.

    Physicians who are concerned that they have been or may be targeted by this scam are encouraged to visit www.experian.com/fraud and place themselves on a 90-day credit fraud alert.  This could potentially slow or halt further attempted identity theft activities. This is recommended as a precaution - at this time we have no reason to believe that every physician is at risk.  We understand that Experian will feed this information and fraud alert to the other two major credit reporting agencies.  If you remain concerned, investigators suggest that you go back to the Experian fraud page after 89 days and initiate a subsequent 90-day credit fraud alert.

    NEXT STEPS FOR AFFECTED PHYSICIANS

    We realize that many physicians affected have already taken some or all of the following steps but for those physicians who may be new to this issue but affected, the following are some recommendations based on our conversations with investigators and theft identity experts.

    1.  Contact the IRS.  If you are impacted, be sure to follow up directly with the IRS in order to verify your identity and avoid penalties for the fraudulent filing.  Call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.  You will need to file a paper copy of your tax return, along with  completed IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, which should be faxed to the IRS at 1-855-807-5720.  Ask your accountant if you need an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) for the paper return.

    You can also contact Special Agent Rodney Giguere who works out of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in South Portland.  He is seeking to hear from Maine physicians who have been impacted to assist with an investigation into the issue.  His contact information is (207) 253-6479 or rodney.giguere@ci.irs.gov

    The U.S. Secret Service recommends accessing some of the information available on the IRS identity protection information page.  Tax-related identity theft information is also available on the Federal Trade Commission website.

    2.  Contact the Social Security Administration.  Call the Social Security Administration's fraud hotline at 800-772-1213 to report fraudulent use of your Social Security number.  

    3.  File a report with local police.  Bring all documentation available, including state and federal complaints you filed.  This will likely be necessary if there is financial account fraud as a result of the identity theft.  However, if the only fraud is tax fraud, the police report would only be necessary if requested by the IRS.  There is some risk that once your social security number has been stolen with perhaps other elements of your identity, that criminals will attempt to open up credit card accounts or other accounts in your name.

    If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Gordon Smith, Esq., MMA's Executive Vice President at gsmith@mainemed.com or by calling 207-622-3374 ext. 212. 

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    Registration Now Open: MMA's 23rd Annual Practice Education Seminar, June 18

    The Augusta Civic Center will once again be the site of the Association's 23rd Annual Practice Education Seminar which is intended to present physicians and practice managers with the information and trends in medical practice in Maine and across the country.  The program will be held on Wednesday, June 18 from 8:15am to 4:00pm.

    The theme of this year's program is "Preparing Your Practice for the Rough Road Ahead."  The focus will be on payment reform and best practices.  Carol Vargo from the American Medical Association will present data from the Rand survey conducted for the AMA which asked physicians questions about their level of satisfaction with their work and also elicited opinion about practice sustainability.  Kevin Flanigan, M.D., Medical Director for MaineCare will present a keynote luncheon talk on the State Innovation Model grant and its role in reforming the payment and delivery system in the state.  

    The full agenda, speaker list and registration are now available on the MMA website

    This year's program is supported by a Payment Reform grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF). [return to top]

    Hanley Center to Begin Search Process for Executive Director

    The Hanley Center for Health Leadership's Board of Directors announced last week that it will begin a leadership search process this spring to identify a successor to James A. Harnar, the Center’s longtime Executive Director who will retire in May 2015.

    Although Harnar expects to remain involved in the Hanley Center beyond 2015, he will to step away from his day-to-day management responsibilities by this time next year. 

     “Jim was instrumental in the creation of the Hanley Center in 2002. His passion, energy, relationships and professionalism have been critical to our success,” said the Center’s Board Chair, Sean Hanley, M.D.  

    “Just this month the Hanley reached an important milestone, exceeding 500 enrollments in our statewide Health Leadership Development (HLD) and Physician Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) programs. 

    “We also learned last week that the Hanley Center has been selected to lead a new national effort to develop leadership curricula that can be used in physician residency programs across the country.  This represents the second substantive national project the Hanley Center has undertaken in the past year.”

    Both HLD and PELI are unique programs nationally and the Center’s physician leadership program alone has enrolled 280 providers in substantive, year-long executive leadership courses since late 2011.  The Center’s 8th annual HLD class will convene in September in Hallowell, Maine.

    “We are deeply indebted to Jim for his key role in bringing the Center to this point,” Hanley said.

    A Search Committee is now being formed and will work on a parallel path with the Hanley Center’s strategic planning process which will soon be under way.

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    MMA & Baystate Financial to Launch “Fiscal Fitness For Life” Initiative

    In response to the ever present challenges to our member's financial well-being, MMA has entered into a non-exclusive preferred provider agreement with Baystate Financial Services.  Baystate has been a member of the Association's Corporate Affiliate program for a number of years and is one of New England's oldest and largest privately held financial services firms offering comprehensive, individualized financial strategies for clients.  It has over 200 associates throughout New England and has been in business for over 100 years.

    Baystate will be partnering with MMA to implement a "Fiscal Fitness for Life" initiative which will include: 

    • Educational seminars, workshops and webinars addressing:
      • The needs of residents entering practice.
      • The mid-career physicians' attempts to balance multiple financial priorities.
      • The concerns of physicians looking toward retirement.
      • The senior physicians focusing on their estate and charitable interests.
    • Individual financial planning services to assist physicians in focusing their attention on specific situations and financial priorities
    • Providing members access to high quality expertise, services and products necessary to implement their planning objectives.

    In the weeks ahead MMA and Baystate will be creating communication strategies and schedules for on-site meetings, webinars, and the release of 5-minute Brain Shark presentations.  [return to top]

    Free Webinar Series on Payment and Delivery System Reform

    To improve health care quality and contain costs we must reform both payment and delivery systems, but can every initiative overcome the challenges of operationalizing dual reforms?

    Join a free webinar series, which will continue these discussions from a meeting hosted by AcademyHealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This series will examine the integral connection between payment and delivery system reform by looking at on-the-ground approaches for transforming systems through innovative models of care management, clinical infrastructure redesign, and data sharing. 

    You must register for each webinar individually. 

    Webinar I: Population-Based Approaches to Care Management 
    Date: May 29, 2014 
    Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT 
    Faculty: Ken Coburn, CEO and Medical Director, Health Quality Partners; Joann Sciandra, Associate Vice President, Geisinger Health Plan

    Webinar II: Harnessing Your Organization's Big Data to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs, and Improve Service 
    Date: June 16, 2014 
    Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT 
    Faculty: Vivian Lee, Senior Vice President, University of Utah Health Sciences, CEO, University of Utah Health Care, and Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine 

    Webinar III: Unlocking Capacity for Health Care Transformation 
    Date: July 9, 2014 
    Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT 
    Faculty: Linda Thomas-Hemak, President and CEO, The Wright Center

    For more information or to register for any of the webinars, please click here[return to top]

    This Year's MMA Golf Tournament on July 21st to Honor John B. Makin, Jr., M.D.

    The MMA's 11th Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, July 21st at the beautiful Augusta Country Club in Manchester, Maine.  This year's tournament will honor Past President and avid golfer John B. Makin, Jr., M.D. who died unexpectedly late last year.  The two beneficiaries of the tournament this year are the Maine Medical Education Trust Scholarship Fund and the Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue, Dr. Makin's favorite charity.  We welcome players and sponsors both and you will find registration details and online registration on the MMA web site here. [return to top]

    MMA Encourages You to See How the Small Business Growth Alliance (SBGA) Can Help Your Practice

    86% of Businesses Are Not Aware of the 8-16 Potential Overcharges They Face Every Month.

    Running a business costs money, but you shouldn’t have to overpay to receive the services you need. The Small Business Growth Alliance (SBGA), an endorsed corporate affiliate of MMA, is providing complimentary reviews of your back office systems to see where you’re being overcharged.

    Did you know there are over 200 different credit card processing fees?
    The rate you pay depends on the type of card your customer uses, and how it is processed.

    Rates for rewards cards are higher than typical cards

    Swiping a card versus manually entering a card impacts the fees you pay

    Entering a customer’s ZIP code can affect your overall processing costs

    These are just a few of the hundreds of examples that can cause your monthly credit card processing fees to change. The Maine Medical Association has endorsed the Small Business Growth Alliance (SBGA) to help you navigate the sea of credit card processing, as well as other back office hazards that impact your bottom line.

    SBGA’s Electronic Payments partner, Merchant Services, is one of the top performing processing companies in the nation. Membership with SBGA gives you access to an array of cost cutting and profit increasing offerings, as well as other essential services designed to grow your business.

    86% of business owners are not aware of the 8-16 overcharges on their credit card processing statement.  SBGA's business consultants will walk you through your statement step-by-step and introduce the total back office solutions SBGA provides.  Bundle your business products to secure even greater savings!

    Credit card processing doesn't have to be confusing - let SBGA go to work for you.

    Contact Scott Norris at 602-568-1417 or by emailing Member.Benefits@SBGA.com. [return to top]

    Job Openings

    BC/BE Family Practice Physician

    Lovejoy Health Center (Albion, ME) seeks a BC/BE family practice physician to provide primary care including obstetrics (optional) to patients of all ages. As a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, we offer accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services focused on the patient’s care experience. Founded in 1978, we serve over 4,000 residents and visitors each year. We reside in the peaceful, picturesque, and welcoming central Maine region near four-season recreational opportunities and the Maine coast. We offer competitive compensation, incentive plan and malpractice coverage. Position is eligible for loan repayment. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME  04901 ~ 207.660.9913 ~ Fax 207.660.9901 ~ Communications@HealthReach..org ~ www.LovejoyCHC.org.

    6/2/14

    Department of Psychiatry Faculty Position

    The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Psychiatry, in a productive collaboration with the State of Maine, is seeking psychiatrists to join our faculty for inpatient responsibilities at the Riverview Psychiatric Center.

    Riverview Psychiatric Center is a 92-bed acute psychiatric facility located in Augusta, ME and is the flagship inpatient treatment center for Maine’s public mental health system.  Psychiatrists with expertise in general inpatient psychiatry or forensic psychiatry are encouraged to apply.

    Academic duties can include teaching and supervision of medical students and residents. Research opportunities available and encouraged.

    Candidates should be board certified or eligible in Psychiatry. This position will include a faculty appointment at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth at a rank and salary commensurate with experience. Curriculum vitae and three letters of reference, addressed to Dr. William Torrey, Search Chair, should be e-mailed to psychiatry.jobs@dartmouth.edu.  Please reference search number PS0314D.

    Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic/Geisel School of Medicine is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

    6/23/14

    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

    6/9/14

    BC/BE Family Practice Physician

    We are seeking a BC/BE Family Practice physician to provide medical care one-day-per-week on the day off of the permanent provider.

    Rangeley Family Medicine, located in a medically underserved community, serves 1,700 people ranging from newborns to retirees. As a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, we offer accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services focused on the patient’s care experience. One of eleven practices of HealthReach Community Health Centers, we are located in the popular Rangeley Lakes Region, which features plentiful lakes and streams, thousands of acres of wild forests, and abundant wildlife. We offer competitive compensation and malpractice coverage. EOE. Contact: HRCHC Recruiter, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 ~ (207) 660-9913 ~ Fax: (207) 660-9901 ~ Communications@HealthReach.org ~www.RangeleyCHC.org

    6/16/14

    Attention BC/BE FP doctors!

    Ready for a change?

    Bingham Area Health Center offers a one-day-per-week opportunity throughout the year for a physician to provide medical care on the regular provider’s day off. The health center serves 2,500 people of all ages and also offers on-site dental care and behavioral health services. A committed community board provides ongoing support and local feedback. A Level-Three Patient-Centered Medical Home, Bingham is one of eleven practices of HealthReach Community Health Centers. It is located in Somerset County along the Kennebec River. We offer competitive compensation and malpractice coverage. EOE. Contact: HRCHC Recruiter, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 ~ 207.660-9913 ~ Fax 207.660-9901 ~ Communications@HealthReach.org  ~www.BinghamCHC.org

    Considering retirement, but not quite ready?

    6/16/14

    Associate Medical Director - Maine Medical Partners Internal Medical Clinic

    Maine Medical Partners is seeking an Associate Medical Director for their Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic at Maine Medical Center. 

    The Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Clinic is the primary outpatient teaching site for Maine Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.  The Clinic, located in Portland, Maine, is the medical home for a culturally diverse population, in addition to providing specialty clinics in cardiology, dermatology and international medicine. 

    This fulltime position is an excellent opportunity for motivated Internal Medicine physicians interested in pursuing a career balancing clinical, academic and leadership roles.  The candidate will need to work well in a team environment, relate effectively with culturally diverse patients, and possess strong teaching, clinical and leadership skills.  The clinical portion of the position involves a mix of direct patient care and the precepting of Internal Medicine Residents.  Candidates must be BC/BE in Internal Medicine.

    Maine Medical Center has 637 licensed beds and is the state’s leading tertiary care hospital, with a full complement of residencies and fellowships and an integral part of Tufts University Medical School. 

    For more information please contact Alison C. Nathanson, Director, MaineHealth Physician Recruitment Center at (207) 396-8683 or nathaa@mainehealth.org.

    6/19/14

    State Epidemiologist Opening 

    Job Duties

    As State Epidemiologist in the Division of Infectious Disease, you will provide guidance and support to approximately 12-15 epidemiologists in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program for disease investigations and outbreak control, surveillance activities, and planned epidemiologic studies. Additionally, you will provide medical guidance, as needed, to all other programs within the Division; the Maine Immunization Program and the HIV, STD and Viral Hepatitis Program. You will be involved in formulation of statewide public health policy including providing legislative testimony by request for the Department. You will participate in the development of disease investigation protocols and the review of case investigations. You will consult with physicians and other health care professionals on disease prevention and control measures. You will respond to inquiries from the public and will coordinate response to media inquiries as directed by the Director of Maine CDC. You will interact with staff in the Division of Public Health System's, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, and the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory, as well as the Division of Environmental Health's Health Inspections Program and other programs as requested. You will be part of the on-call rotation for nights and weekends (for telephone consultation, not on-site work) and provide technical support to other staff as needed when they are on call. As State Epidemiologist, you will supervise the medical epidemiology team which includes the Deputy State Epidemiologist and the Healthcare Associated Infections Coordinator. You will also provide medical guidance and oversight to the Tuberculosis Control Coordinator. You will serve as a liaison between federal CDC and Maine CDC on issues related to infectious disease. The State Epidemiologist will report to the Director, Division of Infectious Disease.

    Requirements

    Graduation from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy with board certification in an appropriate medical specialty. A twelve year combination of training and experience in medicine and public health, to include a minimum of four years experience as an epidemiologist, OR a Masters Degree in Public Health or a related field and six years experience in the field of medicine and public health, to include a minimum of four years of experience as an epidemiologist.  SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Current license to practice medicine in the State of Maine. 

    Agency Information

    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is driven by its vision of Maine people living safe, healthy and productive lives. Its goal is to assist the people of Maine in meeting their own needs, as well as the developmental, health and safety needs of their children. It serves the public in an environment that reflects a caring, responsive and well-managed organization. The Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Infectious Disease Division, is charged with decreasing morbidity and mortality through the prevention and control of infectious disease. Program areas within the Division include Infectious Disease Epidemiology, the Maine Immunization Program and the HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis program. 

    More information: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=dhhs_direct_hire_jobs&id=620082&v=dhhs

    For questions, contact: 

    Lori Wolanski, MPH
    Director Division of Infectious Disease
    Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    286 Water Street- 8th floor
    Augusta, ME 04330
    office: 207-287-6448
    cell:     207-592-3758
    lori.wolanski@maine.gov

    6/9/14

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    Upcoming Events

    Inter Professional Collaborative Practice Summit 

    May 28, 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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    Maine Cancer Consortium Community Meetings 

    Thursday, May 29, 10 am - 12 noon, Portland

    Thursday, June 5, 12 noon - 2 pm, Brewer

    To share information and get your thoughts and suggestions about the the next version of the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and to prioritize how to best address cancer issues in Maine. Refreshments will be served.

    Please click here for more information or to register.

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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

    June 3, 2014, 2:00 pm 

    Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/553284137

    For more information, visit: http://www.mainepublichealth.org/events/event/ 

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    MaineGeneral's 2014 Spring Coding Conference

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Regional Hospital Education Pavilion, Augusta, ME

    7:30 am - 4:00pm

    Topics include: CPT Combined Coding Changes, Transitional Care Management, Engaging Physician’s in ICD 10 and Next Steps with ICD 10

    Contact: Lisa Beeckel, Practice Administrator, 621-9537 or Lisa.Beeckel@MaineGeneral.org

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    Maine Concussion Management Initiative Trainings 

    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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    Maine Association of Physician Assistants Summer CME Conference

    June 20 & 21, 2014 

    Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, So Portland, ME 

    Friday June 20 - ED Primer and Potpourri for the PCP 

    Saturday June 21 - Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Workshop - open to all medical professionals

    For more information and to register, visit http://www.mainepa.com/conference

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    NAMI Maine Fundraiser: "Our Boy Hubert and the Wolf" Performance

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    3:00 pm

    Franco Center, Lewiston

    Tim Sample’s playful re-imagining of this children’s classic (including three outta-state hunters and a celebrity quacking wolf) is guaranteed to provide laughter and musical fun for your entire family. 

    For tickets or more information, click here

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    Save-the-date! 

    The Maine Public Health Association’s (MPHA) 30th annual 2014 Fall Conference

    October 7, 2014

    Augusta Civic Center

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    Free Colorectal Cancer Webinars

    Maine CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program offers three educational webinars with opportunity for FREE CMEs!

    Office Strategies for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in the Primary Care Practice
    Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve Colon Cancer Screening Quantity and Quality in Maine
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