February 2, 2015

 
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First Friday's Educational Programming Resumes on Friday with Physician Payment Reform

Few issues are as important to physicians and medical practices today as payment reform.  MMA's first educational program of 2015 addresses the intricacies of this issue with three experts who follow the issue in Maine and nationally.  Register today for the program this coming Friday, Feb. 6th, offered at the MMA office or remotely.

MMA resumes its educational programming on Friday, Feb. 6th with a presentation on physician payment reform. Faculty includes attorney Benjamin Townsend of Kozak & Gayer, Frank Johnson of the Maine Health Management Coalition, and Lisa Letourneau, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director of Quality Counts.  Attorney Townsend will review the toolkit on payment reform he prepared for MMA and Mr. Johnson and Dr. Letourneau will review the various initiatives of their organizations, many of them supported by the state's SIM (State Innovation Model) grant.  The program will be held from 9:00 am to noon at MMA's offices in Manchester but is also available for remote participation.  Category one CME has been applied for and there is a $70 fee.  Registration is available on the MMA website or by calling Lisa Martin at 622-3374, ext. 221.

MMA will present four First Friday presentations in 2015.  The Annual Coding Seminar will be held on Friday, April 3rd and the Annual HIPAA Training will be on Friday, May 1st.  

HHS Announces New Payment Models

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) goal for 30 percent of Medicare payments to be in alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and 50 percent by the end of 2018. 

HHS’ commitment to alternative payment models, like Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments, as well as innovative care delivery models, like the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), signifies a positive shift in payment reform policy that moves away from the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) system.

The broad and diverse membership of the PCPCC advocates for advanced models of primary care that are critical to improving population health and quality, which are not financially sustainable using the traditional FFS payment structure.  The PCMH is an ideal foundation for primary care delivery within ACOs and other alternative payment models in that the PCMH coordinates care with health providers within the medical neighborhood and prioritizes the role of the patient and their family as central.

Recent announcements about advanced primary care models, especially in multi-payer environments, have had a positive impact on Triple Aim outcomes.  Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released first-year results from both the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration that showed reductions in health care cost and unnecessary utilization.  This Friday, the PCPCC will release its annual report on the evidence from recent peer-reviewed studies, state government evaluations, and industry generated literature on the impact that PCMH has on health care costs, utilization, and quality - the encouraging news will underscore the promising results associated with investing in advanced primary care.

We are encouraged by HHS’ announcement for a new "Learning and Action Network" that will accelerate the transition to more advanced payment models by fostering collaboration between HHS, private payers, large employers, providers, consumers, and state and federal partners. Since its inception in 2006, the PCPCC, has sought to create just this kind of broad and diverse collaboration and we will continue to push for advanced primary care as the key to successful advanced payment models. We anticipate participating in and supporting primary care as part of the Learning and Action Network. [return to top]

2015 Measles Outbreak Spreads; Prompts Call for Tougher Immunizations Laws

The recent measles outbreak has spread to nearly 100 people the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.  Most of the cases are traceable to an outbreak at Disneyland and another theme park in Southern California but there have now been cases in thirteen additional states.  

The outbreak has generated support for laws, such as one proposed in Maine which would help ensure that parents have all the necessary information regarding the benefits and risks of vaccination.  State Representative Linda Sanborn, M.D., a retired family physician from Gorham, has submitted a bill prepared by MMA and supported by the Maine Immunization Coalition (MIC), the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricsj (MAAP) and other public health organizations.  The legislation would amend the philosophical exemption part of the state's vaccination law by having a physician or other health care practitioner sign a form along with the parent indicating that the parent has been informed of the risks and benefits of vaccination.  Other legislators, including Rep. Richard Farnsworth and Rep. Ralph Tucker, also have submitted bills which are designed to increase Maine's vaccination rates.

Watch future issues of the Maine Medicine Weekly Update to see when these bills are printed and scheduled for public hearing.

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New England QIN-QIO Announces Diabetes and Cardiac Health Projects

  • Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) Project.  The project will improve the quality of life for your patients with diabetes and help them avoid complications.  Collaborate with key stakeholders in your community to identify and increase opportunities for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) among under-served populations.
  • Improving Cardiac Health and Reducing Disparities in Care Initiative.  The initiative will help improve the quality of care for your patients with cardiac disease and position your practice for financial incentive programs including Meaningful Use and value-based payment programs.

The New England Quality Improvement Network – Quality Improvement Organization (NE QIN-QIO), CMS’s new Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the state of Maine and the six New England States region, will be working with a small number of provider practices on Medicare’s latest quality improvement initiatives to improve the quality of care for your patients with cardiac disease and diabetes.

Goal: The primary objective with these initiatives is to reduce disparities in diabetes and cardiac care and improve the quality care by partnering with providers to promote health literacy, engage patients and families in diabetic self-management, improve targeted clinical outcome measures and optimize the use of electronic health records. 

Benefits to your practice:   At no cost, the NE QIN-QIO will support eligible practices by offering training and technical assistance with important QI initiatives such as Meaningful Use, PQRS, and Value-Based Modifier, Everyone With Diabetes Counts and Million Hearts ® Initiative.

Healthcentric Advisors, is a Rhode Island-based not-for profit company that was recently awarded the CMS contract to provide healthcare quality improvement services in Maine.  It is the prime contractor, in partnership with Qualidigm (the former QIO for Connecticut), and serves as the CMS Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (NE QIN-QIO) for all 6 New England States.  Healthcentric Advisors opened a state office in Brunswick, Maine, with a team of quality improvement staff, who will be accessible to work with providers in all settings of care throughout Maine. 

To discuss how your practice may take advantage of this opportunity and participate in one of these initiatives, call Doreen Bedaw, Program Coordinator, NE QIN-QIO, at 877-904-0057 x3105 or email her at: dbedaw@healthcentricadvisors.org.

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MMA Legislative Committee Weekly Conference Call, Tuesday, February 3rd at 8 p.m

The first MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3rd 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 the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week.  The calls rarely last longer than an hour.  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 & General Counsel at amaclean@mainemed.com or 622-3374, ext. 214.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week.  We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first.  This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.

LD 150, An Act To Provide Anger Management Courses or Additional Imprisonment for Domestic Violence Offenders (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)

LD 151, An Act To Protect Public Health in the Maine Community College System (support; Public Health Committee)

LD 152, An Act To Encourage Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation To Be Taught in High School (monitor or support; Public Health Committee; pediatricians)*

LD 154, An Act To Promote Greater Flexibility in the Provision of Long-term Care Services (monitor or support)

LD 155, An Act To Expand Housing Opportunities for Patients with Complex Medical Conditions (monitor)

LD 167, An Act To Prohibit a Municipality from Holding a Referendum To Legalize the Recreational Use of Marijuana (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 171, An Act To Provide a License Plate Decal for Emergency Medical Services Providers (monitor; emergency physicians)

LD 177, An Act To Protect Farm Animals from Noise from the Discharge of Fireworks and Explosives (monitor or support; ophthalmologists; pediatricians)

LD 179, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Coverage under the MaineCare Program for Routine Male Newborn Circumcisions (support; pediatricians)

LD 180, An Act To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Choose To Use Experimental Treatments (oppose)*

LD 185, An Act To Prohibit the Use of a Mobile Telephone When Operating a Motor Vehicle Except in Hands-free Mode (monitor; Public Health Committee)

LD 187, Resolve, To Expand Dental Care in the State by Extending the Pilot Program for Dental Hygienists (monitor; Public Health Committee)*

LD 193, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects (support; Public Health Committee)

LD 194, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage Access to Workforce Training and Job Creation (monitor)

LD 199, An Act To Improve the Reporting of Child Abuse (monitor)*

 

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POLITICAL PULSE: Judiciary Committee Receives Report of Mental Health Working Group

The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary received the report and recommendations of the Mental Health Working Group last Thursday, Jan. 29th.  Established by the Judicial Branch, the Working Group was formed following the second session of the 126th Legislature to make improvements in the involuntary commitment process.  Specifically, the group was charged with looking at the emergency detention, examination, and treatment of patients experiencing psychiatric crisis who are in community hospitals awaiting an inpatient psychiatric bed or community-based services.  Secondly, the group was also asked to review the recruitment, appointment and compensation of independent examiners at the judicial stage of the involuntary commitment process. 

The working group was appointed by Chief Justice Leigh Saufley and was co-chaired by the Chief Justice of the Maine Superior Court Thomas Humphrey and the Chief Judge of the Maine District Court Charles LaVerdiere. Other members included MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. and MHA's Jeffrey Austin, Esq.  Psychiatrist Michelle Gardner, M.D. represented the mental health institutions in the state. 

Judge LaVerdiere presented the report on Thursday and noted the following recommendations:

Amend Title 34-B M.R.S.A. in order to:

  • authorize hospitals to extend the current 24-hour emergency hold when an appropriate placement and resources for a patient are unavailable, by up to 48 hours when heightened standards are met; and for one additional 48-hour period provided that the heightened standards continue to be met and DHHS agrees to assist the hospital with securing an appropriate placement and resources for the patient;

  • authorize hospitals to provide involuntary treatment to patients awaiting appropriate placements in specific. limited circumstances;

  • permit the use of telemedicine when conducting mental health examinations;

  • explicitly permit family input in certifying examinations; and

  • provide independent examination services through a public entity either located in or modeled upon the state forensic service.   

 The Judiciary Committee may conduct a work session on Report as early as this coming Thursday.  

BIG WEEK FOR FEDERAL & STATE BUDGETS

The President will release his proposed federal budget today and Governor Lepage will highlight his proposed tax reform proposal tomorrow evening in his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the Legislature.

Federal law requires the President to submit a budget to Congress by the first Monday in February.  The President is expected to propose spending in the vicinity of $4 trillion for the federal fiscal year beginning in October. Previewing the budget last week, the White House said it would include additional spending to make up for the unpopular cuts brought about by sequester.  The approximately $74 billion in additional spending would be divided between the military and domestic programs.

On the state side, the Governor is expected to advocate for his proposed tax reform which would reduce the income tax and increase the sales tax and broaden its application to a number of services.  The budget also eliminates revenue sharing with towns and cities and would allow local taxes on non-profit organizations, including hospitals.  The Appropriations Committee is expected to begin hearings on the Governor's proposed biennial budget within the next couple weeks.  The legislature also will have to address a series of supplemental budget bills to ensure that the state budget for the fiscal year ending June 30th remains in balance.

 

 

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Brief of the Week: Medical Homes

Each week through mid-February, the Weekly Update is featuring one from a series of policy briefs featuring content covered in the document Payment Reform Update: Current Context and Emerging Issues, prepared by health care attorney Ben Townsend for the Maine Medical Association. This week's topic is:

Medical Homes

A complete set of the payment reform policy briefs can be accessed on the Payment Reform Resources webpage

Come and learn more when Ben Townsend speaks at the February 6 First Friday program on "Current Issues in Payment Reform" along with Frank Johnson, Director of System and Payment Reform, Maine Health Management Coalition and Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Maine Quality Counts. To register, email Lisa Martin at lmartin@mainemed.com or complete this form. [return to top]

Two Weeks until Open Enrollment Ends for Health Insurance Marketplace

The Open Enrollment period to get health insurance for 2015 through the Marketplace ends on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Patients may be able to get help paying for insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs for Marketplace health insurance.  

  • Consumers can apply online and get more information at www.healthcare.gov, and can ask questions and get enrollment help by calling the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.
  • Free in-person enrollment help is available in Maine.  Search for local assistance at www.enroll207.com.
  • Free brochures are available at enroll207.  Go to www.enroll207.com/material-order-form/ for free materials to help patients get covered and use their new insurance plan.

More information and links to Marketplace resources, including upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace 101 webinars, are available at the Maine Medical Association website.  For additional resources for your patients and updates or training for your practice, contact ACA Outreach Coordinator Sue Kring at skring@mainemed.com or 662-2364.

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Enrollment Opens For McAfee Fellows/Advanced Physician Leadership Program

Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's fourth annual Physician Executive Leadership Institute--Advanced Program.

Physicians enrolling in the program are designated as McAfee Fellows, in honor of former AMA and MMA President Robert McAfee, M.D.

Over the past three years nearly 90 physicians have participated in the Advanced Program.   The fourth class will begin April 9 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport and continue through January, 2016.  After the opening session, the remainder of the residential  program will take place in Brunswick.  There are six two-day sessions, each running from Thursday evening through late Saturday morning.    Sixteen physicians already have enrolled in the upcoming class.  The Hanley Center is planning for the class to include about 30 physician leaders from Maine and New Hampshire. 

More than 200 other providers have participated over the past three years in the Hanley Center's Foundational programs at 12 sites across Maine and New Hampshire. Programs are now under way at Mercy Hospital and York Hospital.  A program begins on January 28 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.  A pilot program aimed at physician-administrator Dyads was launched late last year at St.Mary's Regional Medical Center, also in Lewiston.

A distinguished five-member faculty team from the Heller School at Brandeis University delivers much of the program content, joining with Maine-based subject matter experts and physician leaders.  McAfee Fellows receive 80 hours of Category One CME for their participation in the full program.

Two important dates are coming up:

- 7 a.m.  Tuesday, February 10:                  Information Call/Webinar   866-740-1260, Code 5231501#

- Friday, March 6                                              Deadline for enrollments

To learn more, please visit www.hanleyleadership.org or contact the Hanley Center's Jim Harnar at jamesharnar@hanleyleadership.org or Kathy Vezina at kathrynvezina@hanleyleadership.org 

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Maine Medicine Newsletter - January/February/March 2015 Issue Now Available

Your advance copy of the January/February/March 2015 issue of Maine Medicine is NOW available!!  Click here to view it online now.

This issue of Maine Medicine will be in the mail Tuesday, 2/10 if you prefer to read the hardcopy.

In this issue:

  • Legislative Update

  • MMA Announces Hiring of Peter Michaud, Esq., RN

  • AMA 2015 State Legislative Strategy Conference

  • President's Corner

  • Maine Quality Counts:  Delivering Health Care or Health?  Time for a New Conversation!

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Resources for Patients and Physicians

  • Notes from the EVP

  • Fiscal Fitness for Life

  • Upcoming at MMA

  • Welcome New MMA Corporate Affiliate

  • The Medical Professionals Health Program:  The Upcoming Conference for Medical Professionals

  • Thanks to Sustaining Members

  • Stroke Recovery from the Family Perspective

  • Thank you Prelitigation Screening Panel Participants

  • Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

  • Public Health Spotlight - Increasing Mainers' Access to Healthcare

  • Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine Risk Management Practice Tip: Brochure/Practice Information Handout

  • Sovaldi, Hepatitis C and the Cost of Specialty Drugs

  • 2014 Maine Physicians Action Fund (MPAF) Contributors

Please give us your feedback on the newsletter at anytime by emailing Shirley Goggin at sgoggin@mainemed.com or calling 207-445-2260.

 
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Upcoming Events

MMA First Friday Forum

 February 6, 2015  "Current Issues in Payment Reform" 

8:30am Registration, 9am-12pm Program

 

FACULTY: 

 Benjamin Townsend, JD, Kozak & Gayer

Frank Johnson, Director of System and Payment Reform, Maine Health Management Coalition  

Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Quality Counts  


REGISTRATION: 

Available on the MMA website or by calling Lisa Martin at 622-3374 ext. 221. 

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February 6, 2015 - DOT Physical Exam Certification Training for Health Professsionals: MD, DO, PA, NP & Chiropractors available at the Maine Association of Physician Assistants 25th Annual Winter CME Conference at Sunday River Resort

WHY WAIT WHEN YOU CAN SKI & LEARN??   Your Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Exam Certification program is just around the corner!  Join us for comfortable, affordable, live, DOT physical exam training event in February of 2015, at the Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center.   National guidelines now require all providers of DOT Exams to be certified, and we are here to assist.  Our program combines years of occupational DOT experience with the current National Guidelines for Certification in an enjoyable, interactive educational setting.  Our providers, Howard Jones, MD and Lisa Gordon, PA-C facilitate an excellently received day of learning for all providers able to perform DOT Physicals under  the National Regulations, including Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistants (PA) , Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Chiropractors.  They are also available as a continued resource for those who need information on sleep study facilities and much more.    

This enjoyable day of learning is slated for Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine. Wonderful skiing, local eateries and entertainment abound.  BRING YOUR FAMILY and BRING YOUR FRIENDS!   We are happy to be able to include additional CME offerings at the time of this event.   

A certificate of completion is provided at the end of the day, which will allow attendees to sit for the exam.  Details of this process will be discussed and reviewed at the time of the education. Visit www.mainepa.com/conference for more information or contact Diane McMahon at dmcmahon@mainemed.com or 207-622-3374 ext. 216.

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Webinar: Tackling Self-Pay: Strategies for Your Practice and Patients

When: Wednesday, February 11th at 12:00 p.m. ET


Description: Today, your patients are facing higher premiums, larger

co-payments and bigger deductibles than ever before. And with greater

financial burden for your patients means a greater collection burden for

your practice. But your first step towards thriving through the rise of

self-pay can begin right now. But your first step towards thriving through

the rise of self-pay can begin right now. In this free webinar, self-pay

expert Wendy Jacobs will discuss:

  • How to create a self-pay policy-and what every strategy should

include

  • The immediate need to implement a self-pay policy and train staff
  • Tactics, tools and technologies to improve self-pay patient

payments and reduce DAR

  • How a health care IT services partner can help you achieve your

self-pay goals

Register Today!


Registration link:

http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=934399&s=1&k=90FF69D9C0204614C1F2DBFABD3E000D&part

nerref=mainemed

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Dementia Care in Primary Care

Friday, March 13, 2015 

Join us to learn about, and work with colleagues, on the implementation of best practices for Dementia Care in Primary Care.  This symposium will be offered on Friday, March 13.  The focus of this symposium is on implementation of a standardized approach to memory related problems in Primary Care.  The symposium will be useful to all providers working in Primary Care.  It will be an all-day event, offering CME as well as an opportunity to engage in an office based Quality Improvement process.

The symposium is sponsored by the Office of Aging and Disability Services and is free to participants.  We encourage bringing a member of your support staff who might be integral to implementation of process improvement.

 The primary site will be at MaineGeneral in Augusta, but work is in progress to transmit to both EMMC in Bangor and MMC in Portland.

Cliff Singer, MD                                                                           Roger Renfrew, MD, FACP

Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry                     Facilitator Clinical Geriatrics

Acadia Hospital and EMMC                                                   MaineGeneral Medical Center

207-973-7026                                                                         207-621-3699

 

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Maine Concussion Management Initiative Training Programs – Level 1 and Level 2

General Information for 2015

When and where held:

              March 13, 2015 in Bangor at St. Joseph’s Hospital  

              May 1, 2015 in Machias at DownEast Community Hospital                       

              June 12, 2015 in Waterville at Colby College

              October 20, 2015 in Portland in conjunction with the Maine Brain Injury Conference

                             (Registration and fees will be through the Maine Brain Injury Conference for October 20)

                            

Training Program: Training programs in 2015 will be updated.

              Level 1 - An Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management

              Level 2 – Interpreting Neurocognitive Testing (Level 1 is a prerequisite for taking Level 2)

              8:00am – 8:15   Registration and Continental Breakfast (Level 1 and Level 2 are run simultaneously)

              8:15am-12:00pm            Level 1 – An Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management

                                                          ○            The Diagnostic and Return to Play Dilemma

                                                          ○            Sport Related Concussion: Short and Long Term Sequelae

                                                          ○            Concussion Sideline Assessment

                                                          ○            Concussion Risk Factors, Treatment and Return to Function

                                                          ○            Tools in Concussion Management

                                                          ○            Concussion Case Studies

                                                          ○            Review and Wrap-up

              8:15am-12:00pm            Level 2 – Interpreting Neurocognitive Testing             

                                                          ○            Using ImPACT Testing in Concussion Management

                                                          ○            Interpreting ImPACT Test Results

                                                          ○            Case Reviews

                                                          ○            Review and Wrap-up

              Registration Fee:

              $100 for Health Care Professionals (MD, DO, NP, PA, Neuropsychologist, ATC, RN, PT, OT, SLP)

                                          

              $40 for school personnel and all other attendees

                             (School nurses, coaches, school athletic directors, administrators, parents, etc.)

              $20 for students – currently enrolled in a college program

Registration Fee Includes:

              1. Handouts

              2. Continental Breakfast and mid-morning break

              3. CEU/CME credits for Health Care Professionals

Registration Confirmation will be sent by email and will include:

              1. Directions to training location.            

              2. Training agenda.

For more information contact:

              Jan Salis, PT, ATC

              MCMI - Membership Committee Chair

              jsalis@aol.com

              (207) 577-2018

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SAVE THE DATE:  Maine Academy of Family Physicians Spring Events

23rd Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update – April 8-10, 2015, at the Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor

April 11th (tentative) Certified Medical Examiner Training (for DOT Exams) – dependent on registration minimum met

For more information check our website:  http://www.maineafp.org/cme/mafp-cme-meeting

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Job Openings

Gastroenterologist Job in Central Maine

Challenging, Lucrative, Gastroenterologist job in central Maine - honoring and serving Veterans.  An experienced Gastroenterologist is needed in Augusta.  Develop your skills of diagnosing, treating, and managing patients, while living in an all-season recreational getaway!

Must-haves: Fellowship-trained and B/C specializing in Gastroenterology, fellowship-trained in Transplant Hepatology, and fellowship-trained in Advanced Endoscopy; experience in Upper Endoscopy (including EGD, Barrett's Esophagus diagnosis and treatment, vatical bleeding, bleeding ulcers, dilation, stent placement for esophageal strictures, and treating food impactions); experience in  Colonoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic), ERCP, EUS with FNA (for both solid and cystic lesions), Push enteroscopy, Deep small bowel enteroscopy, Capsule endoscopy, and Combined Interventional and Endoscopic interventions (Rendezvous procedures); experience in hepatology and liver diseases; lastly, an unrestricted medical license and current BLS certification.

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.

Salary will be commensurate experience, using VA’s market-based physician pay system. 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.  Relocation expenses are not authorized.  Equal Opportunity Employer.  Disabled persons and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

For more information contact John Poulin: john.poulin@va.gov

2/9/15

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.

2/9/15

Rockport, Maine - Internal Medicine - Primary Care

Located directly on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Pen Bay Medical Center seeks BC/BE IM physician to join one of its hospital-employed Primary Care groups.  We offer:

  • Competitive salary with productivity bonus
  • Four day work schedule
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Generous Paid time off
  • CME Allowance
  • 1:7 outpatient only call
  • Impressive sub-specialty support
  • Relocation allowance
  • Loan repayment program

Come work and live where others go to vacation!

Please forward CV and confidential inquiries to:

John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment

Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport, ME  04856

(207) 921-5894    jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

3/2/15

Lincoln, ME:  Family Medicine Opportunity with Leadership Option

  • Federally Qualified Community Health Center with 6 Locations
  •  Medical Director opportunity if desired
  • Serves 19 small, rural towns in North Central Maine with over 14,000 active patients
  • Focused mission to serve/support underserved populations
  • Service area:  +/- 24,000
  • 4-day work week
  • Phone call 1:8
  • Excellent salary and benefit package, including FTCA malpractice insurance
  • Superb team of 25 multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, with collegial professional environment
  • On-site lab and radiology services
  • Work collaboratively with two local Critical Access Hospitals
  • National Health Service Corps, and/or other student loan repayment programs
  • J1 visa candidates welcome

Home of 13 Lakes. Thousands of miles of accessible recreational woodland and waterways appeal to those seeking nature, but this region is also within 45 minutes of Bangor, Maine’s third largest city, and UMaine’s flagship campus in Orono.

Contact:  Jamie Lynn Grant at JGrant@NEHS.net or (207)745-7059

2/23/15

 
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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