April 27, 2015

 
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Tax Identity Theft Scam Continues to Target Physicians Nationwide

Since asking physicians to notify MMA if they have been victimized by the nationwide scam, nearly thirty physicians have responded affirmatively.  We suspect that we still do not have a complete list of all the physicians impacted, so please continue to call MMA and encourage your colleagues as well to help MMA determine the extent of this year's problem.

As the tax filing deadline neared, MMA heard from many members that they had been the victim of the stolen identity scam that involves filing a tax return in the name of a physician using stolen social security numbers and other information.  Many times, the physician does not become aware of the scam until he or she files the tax return, only to receive a message from the IRS that a return had already been filed in the name of the physician. While the physician (and spouse if a joint return) are ultimately held harmless from the point of view of the tax return, there is considerable inconvenience in dealing with the stolen identity.

 During the 2014 tax season, MMA heard from nearly 100 physicians and a handful of other health professionals that they had been impacted by this scam.  Many other state medical societies received similar reports, particularly New Hampshire.  The state medical societies collected information to share with the IRS and FBI and connected with the officers leading the investigation.  To our knowledge no arrests have been made despite indications last year that progress was being made in the investigation.

If you or a colleague have been impacted this year, please take a moment to contact MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. know so that MMA can continue to monitor this illegal and most unpleasant activity.  Gordon can be reached by calling his cell at 207-215-7461 or via e-mail to gsmith@mainemed.com.

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.  

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 a victim of this scam, you'll note the IRS 5071C letter provides instructions about contacting the IRS through its identity theft website guide or by phone at (800) 830-5084 to let officials know you did not file the return referenced in their letter.  If you are a victim, you will not be able to electronically file your return this year since a return with your Social Security number has already been filed. You will need to file a paper return and attach an IRS 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit to describe what happened.  Attach copies of any notices you received from the IRS, like the 5071C letter.  Be sure to let your tax preparer know if this happens to you. Verify with the IRS and your tax preparer where to mail your paper tax return, based upon the type of return you are filing and your geographic area.  Work with your tax preparer to file paper returns with Form 14039 (identity theft affidavit) and Form 8948 (e-file opt-out).  You will also need an affidavit and a government issued ID (driver's license or passport).  The process of an individual filing the paper return with the Form 14039 notifies IRS that the paper return is the correct filing.  IRS then removes the fraudulent filing from the taxpayer's account, posts the correct tax return and if due a refund, issues the refund.  The major way it impacts someone due a refund is that the process takes longer than it would otherwise. 

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.  Call the Social Security Administration's fraud hotline at (800) 269-0271 to report fraudulent use of your social security number.  In case your number is also being used for fraudulent employment, you can also request your Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimates Statement at www.ssa.gov/or call (800) 772-1213.  Check your statement for accuracy.  

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.

4.  If you have not received a notification from the IRS but believe your personal information may have been used fraudulently or are concerned about whether you may have been victimized, call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at (800) 908-4490.  

Additional questions can be addressed to Gordon Smith, Esq., MMA's EVP available at the number and e-mail address noted earlier in this article.

 


 

 

Let MMA Train Your Staff at Annual HIPAA Update this Friday, May 1st

MMA's next First Friday educational presentation is the Annual HIPAA Update which will be presented Friday morning, May 1st from 8:30 am to noon at the MMA offices in Manchester.  The program is also available online through Webex.  An exceptional faculty has been recruited to present at this year's program including attorneys Michael Duddy, Kenneth Lehman, Jennifer Riggle, and Elizabeth Olivier.  MMA attorneys Andrew MacLean and Peter Michaud will also participate.  This once a year program is always the most popular First Friday program of the year.  Register now and learn what is new in the HIPAA privacy world and how to ensure that your practice is in compliance with both state and federal privacy laws.

Register now online at www.mainemed.com or call Ashley Bernier at MMA at 622-3374, ext. 213 to reserve a slot.

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MMA Nominations Committee Seeking Member Engagement

The Maine Medical Association Nominations Committee will be meeting throughout the Spring and Summer to complete the slate of officers and committee membership for the Association in advance of the Annual Meeting in Bar Harbor from September 11-13, 2015.  The Committee is chaired by Kenneth Christian, M.D. of Holden.  If you are interested in engaging with the Association in any of the following activities, or know of a colleague who is interested, please communicate with Dr. Christian via e-mail to christianken@yahoo.com or to MMA's Executive Vice President Gordon Smith at gsmith@mainemed.com.  Gordon can also be reached on his cell phone at 207-215-7461.

  •  Board of Directors
  • Physician Quality Committee
  • Public Health Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Committee on CME and Accreditation
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Annual Session Committee
  • Maine Medical Education Trust (3 at large members elected annually)

The Committee will also nominate members for the officer positions of President-elect and Secretary-Treasurer.

A voluntary membership association is only as strong as its membership and the engagement of its members. Committee membership does not normally require a great deal of time or travel and most, if not all, meetings have a telephone call-in option.  Please consider whether you are in a position to assist MMA and your profession in this way.

 
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Kennebec County Members Invited to Next MMA Members' Listening Session April 29th

All MMA members in Kennebec County should have received an invitation to the Association's next Member Listening Session to be held this coming Wednesday evening, April 29th, at the Gin Mill on Water Street in Augusta.  The informal gathering will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and will be attended by all MMA officers and several Board members. 

Appetizers and drinks will be provided by the Association.  The Listening Sessions are intended to provide MMA officers and senior staff with an opportunity to talk with MMA members about the environment for medical practice in the state and to hear of any concerns the members have about MMA and to consider any opportunities MMA may have to assist the members.

There is no cost to attend the event but we would appreciate your RSVP to Gordon Smith via e-mail to gsmith@mainemed.com or by phone to 622-3374, ext. 212 (O) or 215-7461 (Cell).

 
 
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PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option Available Until June 30th

Practices consisting of two or more eligible professionals (EP) that would like to participate in the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) under the group practice reporting option (GPRO) have until June 30th to register as a GPRO.

Practices with two or more EPs do not have to participate as a GPRO and may participate as individuals in PQRS.

Upon GPRO registration, a practice must indicate whether it plans to participate in PQRS under the following options:

  • Qualified PQRS registry.
  • Electronic health record (EHR).
  • Web interface (for groups with 25 or more EPs only).
  • Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems for PQRS survey via a CMS certified survey vendor (as a supplement to another GPRO reporting mechanism). A GPRO with a 100 or more EPs must report through this system.

If a practice would like to participate in PQRS through a qualified clinical data registry, it should not register as a GPRO (the qualified clinical data registry option is only available to EPs participating as individuals).

In addition, if a practice would like to participate as a GPRO and submit data via its EHR system, the practice should consult with its EHR vendor before registration because some EHR vendors will not support the PQRS GPRO EHR option.

A practice cannot change its GPRO designation with CMS once the registration period closes, so it is important for practices to consider all the options. If a practice is participating in PQRS as an individual, it does not need to register.

Practices can access the registration system using a valid Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. Step-by-step instructions for obtaining an IACS account with the correct role are provided on the PQRS GPRO registration Web page, as are instructions for registering to participate in the 2015 PQRS GPRO option.

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POLITICAL PULSE: Bill on Lyme Disease Treatment Receives Closely Divided Report

LCRED COMMITTEE SPLITS ON BILL DEALING WITH LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT FOR LYME DISEASE

On Thursday, April 23rd, the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development held its third and final work session on L.D. 422, the Lyme bill.  The Committee considered two potential amendments to the original bill.  One, based upon one of the proposed Resolves drafted  by MMA with language developed by BOLIM Executive Director Dennis Smith, was offered by the Co-Chairs of the Committee.  The other, essentially adopting the Massachusetts law on Lyme disease treatment, was offered by Committee member Rep. Ryan Fecteau and the bill’s prime sponsor Rep. Deborah Sanderson.  With two members absent when the vote was taken, the vote was 7-4 “ought to pass as amended” with the majority report being the Massachusetts language and the minority report being the Resolve.  Members present and voting in the majority were Patrick, Lockman, Austin, Gilbert, Campbell, Fecteau, and Stetkis.  Members present and voting in the minority were Volk, Herbig (the Co-chairs), Bates, and Ward.  Senator Cushing was not present at the vote, but after the work session he indicated he would be voting in the minority.  Rep.  Mastraccio was not present for the vote and we have not yet spoken with her about her position.  So, the final vote likely will be either 7-6 or 8-5.  While the MMA would prefer no legislative action in this area, we believe the Resolve approach of the minority report is preferable.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE CONSIDERS MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN SCHOOLS AND SCOTOPIC SENSITIVITY SYNDROME

The Education Committee last week unanimously favored science over anecdote in defeating a bill, LD 1229, that would have required screening for Irlen Syndrome, also called scotopic sensitivity syndrome, in the schools. This claim involves the use of tinted glasses or colored glasses to "cure" learning disabilities. The same committee, though, struggled with LD 557, which would allow parents to bring "medical marijuana" onto school grounds to administer to their children.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE ADDRESSES BILL ON SHACKLING OF PREGNANT PRISONERS

All members of the Criminal Justice Committee seemed to agree that shackling pregnant prisoners (LD 1013) is not a good idea, but they disagree on whether such a limitation should be by statute or by Department of Corrections policy.

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DEVELOPS "PAIRING" OR "BUDDY" SYSTEM FOR NEXT PHASE OF BIENNIAL BUDGET WORK

As the Appropriations Committee has completed accepting reports back from policy committees, it now enters a phase of work sessions that will take up much of the rest of the session.  In a new approach, the Committee apparently has broken the budget into sections and assigned a pair of legislators, one Democrat and one Republican, to consider that section of the budget and make recommendations to the whole Committee.  You can find all budget documents, including the HHS Committee report, on the Office of Fiscal & Program Review web site here.  The biennial budget negotiations likely will occupy much of the rest of the session, some time in June.  The MMA continues its advocacy on behalf of Maine physicians and patients on various aspects of the budget proposal.

 You can find the documents on the Governor's proposed biennial budget on the Bureau of the Budget web site.

The following are high points from the “Medical Care - Payments to Providers” or “MAP” account, the primary account dealing with physician & hospital reimbursement:

  • Provider-base reimbursement, p. A-336.  Total cut in each year is $7.3 M state & federal.  Description says, “Reduces funding by eliminating the separate facility fee payments that are billed on a UB-04 claim form and paid to hospitals for the services of hospital-compensated physicians, and provides funding to equalize reimbursement rates of hospital-compensated physicians and non-hospital-compensated physicians and eliminates the cost settlement component of hospital-compensated physician reimbursement.  This would eliminate the two separate fee schedules of reimbursement and ensure all physicians billing under Section 90 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual would be reimbursed on the non-facility fee schedule.” There is no separate language in Part C, the language section of the budget.
  • Health Homes, p. A-336. Replaces lost federal funding, so GF amount is $5.6 M/$7.8 M in the first & second years of biennium respectively.  Description says, “Provides funding for Health Homes for adults with serious and persistent mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance (Stage B) and Health Homes for individuals with one or more chronic conditions (Stage A) due to the elimination of the enhanced federal match of 90/10 under the ACA.”
  • Primary care fee increase, p. A-336.  The amount is $7.4 M GF, $12.5 state & federal funds in each year of biennium.  Description says, “Provides funding for the reimbursement of primary care physicians at an enhanced rate which replaces expiring funds provided through the ACA.”
  • Community-based behavioral health services provided by hospital-affiliated entities, p. A-337.  Reduces funding by $1.3 M in each year of biennium.  Description says, “Reduces funding by requiring all community-based behavioral health services, including those that are operating as part of a hospital or in an administrative unit of a hospitality to bill and receive rates of reimbursement under Section 65 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual.”
  • Critical Access Hospital (CAH) reimbursement, p. A-337.  Saves $4.2 M in each year of biennium by reducing reimbursement from 109% to 101% of costs.
  • Methadone treatment coverage eliminated, p. A-339. Savings is $1.2 M/$1.5 M state & federal.
  • ER rates, p. A-339. Savings is $1.9 M/$2.6 M state & federal.  Description says, “Reduces by changing reimbursement on non-emergent use of emergency services to be paid at an office visit rate.”
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program cuts, p. A-339.  Savings is $29 M/$34 M state & federal.  Description says, “Reduces funding by reducing the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) to the federal minimum.”
  • Section 65 BH services 10% reimbursement cut, p. A-337. Savings in this line is $10.4 M in each year of biennium state & federal.  There's also at least one line on this cut in the BDS part of the DHHS budget.  FYI, despite the merger in the Baldacci years, the BOB still breaks the DHHS budget down into 2 parts, “DHHS, formerly BDS” (behavioral & developmental services) & “DHHS, formerly DHS” (human services).

 



 

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MMA Legislative Committee Weekly Conference Call, Tuesday, April 28th at 8 p.m.

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th 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. 

LD 1352, An Act To Facilitate the Delivery of Health Care Services through Telemedicine and Telehealth (support)*

LD 1356,  Resolve, To Create a Working Group To Ensure a Stable Continuum of Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (monitor; psychiatrists)

LD 1365,  An Act Regarding Licensed Children's Programs (monitor; pediatricians)*

 

 

 

 


 

 

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New Online CME: Preparing Patients for Cancer Genetic Testing

The Jackson Laboratory is pleased to announce a new web based CME series on cancer genetic testing. The first module, now available, focuses on preparing patients for cancer genetic testing.

For patients at high risk for having a hereditary cancer syndrome, genetic testing may be appropriate. This online CME focuses on the benefits and limitations of testing and provides the opportunity to practice deciding whether testing is the best choice for a specific patient.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Practice identifying the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing by working through cases.
  • Watch a real patient and provider discuss important issues to consider in shared decision-making around genetic testing.
  • Learn through 15-minute interactive Web cases and downloadable point-of-care tools that can be used in the clinic.
  • Free CME.

Visit Pre-Test Decisions & Considerations to explore the program and access point-of-care tools to use in your clinic!

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Marketplace Tax Penalty Special Enrollment Period Ends on Thursday, April 30th

Open Enrollment for 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace health coverage has ended, but consumers may still be able to get covered and avoid a tax penalty next year.  There is a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for consumers who find out they must pay a tax penalty because they did not have coverage in 2014.  You are eligible for this SEP if you:

  • are not currently enrolled in 2015 Marketplace coverage,
  • attest that when you filed your 2014 tax return you paid the fee for not having health coverage in 2014, and
  • attest that you first became aware of, or understood the implications of, the Shared Responsibility Payment after the end of open enrollment (February 15, 2015) in connection with preparing your 2014 taxes.

Consumers who qualify must complete the entire enrollment process, including selecting a plan, by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, April 30th.

Other life events that may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period include:

  • Getting married, having a baby, adopting a child or placing a child for adoption or foster care
  • Losing other health coverage
  • Permanently moving outside your plan’s coverage area
  • Gaining citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Gaining or continuing status as a member of an Indian tribe or an Alaska Native shareholder.
  • Leaving incarceration
  • For people already enrolled in Marketplace coverage: Having a change in income or household status that affects eligibility for premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions

If you think you my qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you can apply at healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596. For free in-person help with your application go to www.enroll207.com to find an assister near you. More information about Special Enrollment Periods is available at www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outside-open-enrollment/special-enrollment-period/.

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OIG Publishes New Guidance Document for Health Care Boards

On April 20th, the US DHHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a new guidance document for the governing boards of health care entities that focuses on oversight of a compliance program and fostering a corporate culture of compliance.  The new document is entitled, Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight.   [return to top]

Rural Medical Access Fund Applications Due on May 1st

For more than twenty years, the state's Rural Medical Access Program has made funds available to eligible physicians who practice obstetrics in federally designated Medically Underserved Areas/Populations and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas.  To be considered eligible, physicians must be practicing in Maine, have performed deliveries and/or provided prenatal care, and have malpractice for prenatal care and/or obstetrical services for at least the period of July 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014.

Priority is given to those physicians who practice at least 50% of the time in underserved areas, and whose practice includes at least 10% MaineCare patient visits.  To find out if your practice site may qualify, you can refer to the maps on the state's Maine CDC web site.      

Applications are available from the Maine Rural Health and Primary Care Program which jointly operates the program with the Bureau of Insurance.  Applications must be completed and returned to the program by Friday, May 1, 2015.  Late applications cannot be accepted.  PLEASE NOTE:  MMA WAS ADVISED THIS WEEK THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015.

For questions or applications, contact the Program staff at 287-5524.

 

 
 
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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

5/25/15

Family Medicine and Outpatient Internal Medicine Physicians

Katahdin Valley Health Center is recruiting dedicated Family Medicine and Outpatient Internal Medicine Physicians that are committed to providing quality health care services to the people in Central/Northern Maine.  Join our practice in one of the newly expanded facilities.  We are seeking physicians for our Millinocket and Brownville outpatient only practices.  KVHC is a fully electronic medical record site and offers a Four day work week with a competitive salary ($170,000 to $190,000 annual) and benefit package which includes: a 10% of first year salary sign on bonus, generous amounts of paid time off and $2500 annually toward CME.  The call schedule is 1 in 9 with additional coverage from the Open Access Clinic.  Physicians who join KVHC are eligible to apply for NHSC Loan Repayment.  HPSA scores at the KVHC sites increased in 2015.

To learn more about KVHC and Practitioner Opportunities, please contact Michelle LeFay at mlefay@kvhc.org or visit our website at www.kvhc.org.  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.

06/01/15

Family Practice Opportunity:  Lincoln, ME Lakes Region·    

  • Prenatal skills preferred, but not required
  • BE/BC in Family Medicine
  • Flexible schedule/4-day work week, if desired
  • Typically 36 clinical hours/4 administrative
  • Average 18-22 patients per day; Light phone call of 1:8
  • Potential for leadership growth
  • Join 8 well-established  physicians and a podiatrist with superb support from multi-disciplinary team including LCSWs, NPs and Pas  in Federally Qualified Community Health Center with 6 locations
  • Practice at busy main FQHC site in Lincoln - modern facilities, up-to-date technology, on-site radiology/lab and integrated EMR
  • Help build and lead vital primary care services for under-served populations supporting 19 small, rural towns in North Central Maine; Service area population +/- 24,000
  • Work collaboratively with two local Critical Access Hospitals
  • Excellent salary and benefit package
  • Generous paid time off and CME benefits, recruitment bonus, paid moving expenses, as well as medical school loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps, and/or other student loan repayment programs
  • J1 visa candidates welcome

Lincoln, Maine: Home of 13 Lakes.  45 minutes from the Bangor Metro area with international airport. Maine’s border with Canada is only a little more than 1 hr away, and Quebec City is just a 5-hour drive. 2 hours to the Coast!  

Contact Jamie Grant at Health Search New England at JGrant@nehs.net or 207-745-7059.  www.HealthSearchNewEngland.com

5/4/15

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.

6/01/15

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

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

General Information for 2015

When and where held:

                           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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On the Path of Well-Being:  Adversity, Poverty and Resilience

MAAP Annual Conference – May 1-3, 2015

MaineHealth – Free Street Location

Have you pondered any of the following questions:  What adverse events do Maine children face and how can we collaborate to provide solutions for children facing adversity or living in poverty?  How do poverty and abuse impact a child's growth, potential, and resiliency?  How can we support the providers who care for our children?

This conference features two national leaders on children's issues:  Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, pediatrician with University Hospitals Medical Practices in Westlake, OH, President of the Ohio AAP and national expert on adversity and resilience and Robert Sege, MD, PhD, FAAP, practicing pediatrician, Chief of the Division of Family and Child Advocacy and Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University and national expert on child abuse and neglect. We also feature nationally renowned economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs speaking on Poverty Issues and how they affect children.

Additional plenary talk on physician wellness by Joe Dreher, MD, frequent speaker on mindfulness and physician resilience and the founder & co-chair of the Medical Staff Provider Health and Resiliency Committee at Maine Medical Center, and by social worker and author Amy Morin, LCSW, who wrote the bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do.

Breakouts topics include ACES and Resilience, Primary Care Payment Reform, Physical and Behavioral Health Integration and Clinical Roundtable topics include Pediatric Urology, Adolescent Vaccinations/HPV/Gardasil 9, Care Coordination for Autism & Developmental Disabilities and New Treatment Recommendations for Bronchiolitis.

To view the full agenda, read speaker bios, and access registration information, go tohttp://www.cvent.com/d/rrqllh

 

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OPHTHALMOLOGISTS TAKE NOTICE

Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Meeting

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME

CODEquest:  The Ultimate Course for Combating Ophthalmic Coding Challenges

7:00am – 12:00pm

7:00 – 8:00 – Registration & Breakfast for CODEquest Program

8:00 – 9:30 – CODEquest Course

9:30 – 9:45 – Break

9:45 – 12:00 – CODEquest Course

REGISTER FOR CODEquest:  http://www.aao.org/codequest-maine.cfm

After the morning CODEquest program, we will begin the afternoon program (Staff are welcome to join us for the 12:15pm – 2:15pm portion of the afternoon, but MUST contact Shirley Goggin by 4/22 to indicate plans as we need accurate headcounts for the Harraseeket.  Please be sure to communicate this to your staff.)  The afternoon program will be as follows:

MSEPS Educational Program & Business Meeting

12:00pm – 4:30pm

12:00 – 1:15 – Lunch/Visit Exhibitors (Please Note:  We ask that everyone please take time to visit with the exhibitors during this time as they are showing their support of our Society and this will be the only time they get with you.)

1:15 – 2:15 –  Electronic Health Records:  The Promise and the Pitfalls (Presented By Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company) – Presenter:  Mark Lavoie, Esq., Norman Hanson & DeTroy 

NOTE: 10% discount on OMIC premium for current Maine Society Members who attend this risk management talk.  5% discount for non-Maine Society Members.  One discount per year applied upon renewal with OMIC.

2:15 – 4:30 –   MSEPS Business Meeting

A finalized agenda and form regarding your attendance plans for the OMIC Presentation and Business Meeting will be sent out next week. Make sure you plan accordingly.

OVERNIGHT ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE – The Harraskeet Inn has set aside a block of rooms for our group at a rate of $150 for Thursday evening, 4/30/15 based on the early start time and travel distance for some.  In order to reserve one of these rooms, please call the Harraseeket Inn at 207-865-9377 and tell them you are with the CODEquest or MSEPS Meeting taking place on May 1st.  If you run into any issues, contact Shirley at 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.comI WOULD RECOMMEND YOU MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!

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Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention 2015
Pathway To Prevention: Working Toward Zero Suicide in Maine

Thursday, May 7 – 8:30am – Abromson Center, USM, Portland

Keynote Speaker:  Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Health and Behavioral Health Consultant,
past Commissioner of Mental Health, State of New York

The Beyond the Basics conference serves as a “best practice” conference offering participants in-depth and progressive information and the latest research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is designed for an adult audience that has attained basic training and knowledge in suicide and suicide prevention, and wishes to expand their knowledge and ability to engage in suicide prevention in Maine. The 2015 theme, “Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention: Pathway to Prevention — Working Toward Zero Suicide in Maine” guides a program of the most up-to-date research on suicidology and evidence-based tools, and provides participants with information to use in everyday practical applications. This year’s conference features national leading experts on suicide assessment and prevention, a learning experience not to be missed. 

Please click here to see the agenda and to register.

 

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MEDICAL GROUP MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CONFERENCE

The Tides of Change in Health Care

Don't miss the boat to ride the tide!!!

Registration is now open for our New England Regional Conference being held at the beautiful Samoset Resort in Rockport Maine, May 13-15, 2015.

The 2015 New England MGMA Regional Conference features a wide range of speakers who will provide you with the insight and tools you need to help your practice thrive.

In addition to our great keynote and breakout speakers, we have pre-conference activities including ACMPE, Fellowship and Excel workshops and we are also holding a pre-conference golf tournament!   Won't it be nice to walk on grass instead of snow?

This is a great event for you and your colleagues to meet and network with members of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts/Rhode Island MGMA and our vendor sponsors.  On Wednesday evening we will be providing  a gift card so you can have an opportunity to visit the local restaurants.

Please go to the following link to begin your registration and review the conference agenda: http://www.newenglandmgma.com/registration-information/.

We accept all Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.  If paying by check, please make check out to NERC/NHMGMA.

If you have any questions please contact Pam Beaule at PBeaule@StMarysMaine.com.

We hope you will join us and help make this conference a success!

Denise Andrade, FACMPE, Marketing Chairperson

 

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The 3rd Annual Maine Harm Reduction Conference!

The conference will be held on Thursday, May 14th at the Portland Public Library in Portland.

We've got a lot of exciting presenters and workshops lined up for you this year, including a workshops on the Cutting Edge of Harm Reduction, Housing in Harm Reduction and Recovery, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, and Updates in Treatment and Recovery.This year's keynote will be delivered by Mark Kinzly, Harm Reduction Coalition Board Member, Evaluation Specialist with Street Works and former Site Coordinator for NIDA Funded Research with Yale School of Medicine

To view the program and/or register follow the link below!

https://www.mainehealthequity.org/events/mehra-sec/


 

 

 

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