May 27, 2014

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

Meet your annual HIPAA staff training requirements by participating in MMA's June First Fridays Program.  This year's HIPAA training will have an emphasis on the new risk assessment and breach notification requirements and will include practical examples from a practice manager who has walked through the risk assessment process. With news of increasing fines and audits based on HIPAA, it's more important than ever to understand your practice's obligations under the regulations. 

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.  

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.

New Laws Impacting Your Practice: LD 1686, Increased Access to Naloxone for Drug Overdose Prevention

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 curb the increase in deaths due to opioid-related overdoses, the Maine Medical Association and a number of health and public health entities worked this session to pass LD 1686, increasing the availability of naloxone.  Naloxone hydrochloride prevents death by reversing the side effects of a narcotic, such as sedation and decreased breathing rate.  

The new law, which took effect immediately, contains the following provisions: 

  • A health care professional may prescribe naloxone hydrochloride to an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose. The individual at risk of overdose is then authorized to provide the naloxone to an immediate immediate family member to possess and administer to the individual if needed in the case of an opioid-related overdose. 
  • A health care professional is also authorized to prescribe naloxone to an established patient's immediate family member for administration to the patient in the event of an opioid-related drug overdose, if the patient is at risk of experiencing an overdose.  If a health care professional prescribes naloxone in this way, the professional must document in the patient's medical record the name of each family member who receives the prescription and the health care professional's intention that the naloxone hydrochloride be administered to the individual.  The family member may then administer the naloxone hydrochloride to the individual in the case of an opioid-related drug overdose.
  • The law also authorizes law enforcement officers and municipal firefighters to administer intranasal naloxone hydrochloride as clinically indicated if the officer or firefighter has received medical training in accordance with protocols adopted by the Medical Direction and Practices Board. 

"Immediate family member" is defined broadly to mean a person's spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sister, half-sister, brother, half-brother, stepparent, stepgrandparent, stepchild, stepgrandchild, stepsister, stepbrother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, guardian, former guardian, domestic partner, the half-brother or half-sister of a person's spouse, or the spouse of a person's half-brother or half-sister.

Nothing in the new law changes the law on patient confidentiality. So, for example, if a patient has asked that you not discuss his or her history of drug use/addiction, you cannot share any information with a family member seeking a prescription for naloxone to administer to the patient.  

The full text of the law can be found here

With questions or concerns about this law, please contact MMA Attorneys Gordon Smith, Andrew MacLean or Jessa Barnard via email or at 622-3374.   [return to top]

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

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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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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

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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]

CMS Announces Final Exchange Rule for 2015 and Beyond

On May 16th, CMS released the final rule entitled, Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond that is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register today.  The final rule addresses a wide range of ACA health insurance marketplace policies, including premium stabilization policies for insurers, small-business health coverage, and standards for consumers to get drugs not covered by s plan.  Mandy Cohen, Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within CMS, posted in a blog on the final rule that it "builds on the lessons learned from this year's first open enrollment period and provides the certainty stakeholders need in order to prepare for next year's open enrollment period."  She continued, the rule will "help to improve consumer protections, keep premiums affordable, and make additional information available to consumers in the future, such as quality ratings that will help them to better compare and choose plans."  You can find more information about the final rule on the CMS web site. [return to top]

Physician's Defamation Claim Based on Patient Internet Postings Dismissed

In an opinion handed down on May 13, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, a plastic surgeon's defamation claims against a patient for negative postings on three opinion web sites were dismissed.  The Court dismissed the defamation claims because it found the patient's postings to be her opinions and were not supported by allegations of undisclosed defamatory facts as required under Kentucky law.  The Court also dismissed the physician's claim of tortious interference with business relations and the patient's counterclaims for defamation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and malicious prosecution.  The case is Loftus v. Nazari, No. 2:10-cv-279, 5/13/14). [return to top]

RFA Released - Medication Decisions in Behavioral Health Patient-Provider Partnership Pilots

A Request for Applications has been released by Maine Quality Counts, as part of the Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative for Patient-Provider Partnership (P3) Pilots – Shared Decision Making: Medication Decisions in Behavioral Health.  The P3 Pilots are designed to:    

  • Improve health care quality and reduce avoidable costs by engaging patients more actively in decisions about their health care. 
  • Promote more effective communication between patients and their health care providers to make more informed decisions. 

QC will select and sponsor three provider practices or organizations as pilots for shared decision making for medication decisions in behavioral health.  We encourage all organizations, such as primary care offices, pediatrics, or community mental health agencies, to apply to pilot the use of shared decision making.

To find out more about this opportunity, click here.  Only On-Line Applications will be accepted. 

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CMS to Allow Use of 2011 Edition EHRs in Meaningful Use Program in 2014

On May 20th, CMS proposed a rule, published in the Federal Register on May 23rd, to allow providers to use EHR systems certified under the 2011 Edition certification program to qualify for meaningful use program incentive payments in 2014.  The proposed rule also carries through on CMS' December 2013 promise to delay the start of Stage 3 of the program until 2017.  You can find more information about the meaningful use program schedule on the CMS web site. [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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5th Annual Patient Safety Academy

Friday, September 5, 2014

 9 am – 4 pm

University of Southern Maine, Portland campus, Abromson Center

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

Registration is now open. To register, click here or visit the Patient Safety Academy webpage at usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa
 
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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
There is No One "Best" CRC Screening Test: The Proof and the Benefits of Getting FIT

 Viewing each webinar and completing the pre- and post-tests will grant the participant one free CME. Click here to get started.

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