May 4, 2015

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Maine Track Program Celebrates Graduation of Class of 2015

"These are powerful indicators that the Maine Track is on the Right Track."  With this phrase,  U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Saturday recognized thirty-six fourth year medical students who will be graduating in two weeks from the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track Program.  The recognition ceremony was attended by hundreds of proud family members, preceptors, and supporters of the eight-year-old program.

In noting that the program was on the "right track," Maine's senior senator cited statistics showing that approximately one-third of the graduates were completing their medical education at residencies in Maine.  Of the 36 graduates, twenty or more either grew up in Maine or came to Maine for college.  It will be another two years before it can be determined how many of the program graduates will ultimately practice in the state, a full ten years following establishment of the program.

In an inspiring talk that brought the audience to its feel for a standing ovation, student speaker Caleb Swanberg of Caribou exhorted his classmates to pass on what they had learned and a bit more.  Caleb was also featured in a Maine public radio story earlier in the week.  He will enter a family practice residency in Ogden, UT but has expressed firm intentions to return to Caribou and practice family medicine.

In her remarks, Senator Collins spoke fondly of her uncle, Douglas Collins, M.D., a family physician who also returned to his hometown of Caribou to practice - returning twice, in fact, first upon completing his medical education and then again after founding the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program in Augusta.  

Peter Bates, M.D., Senior Vice President, Medical & Academic Affairs, at the Maine Medical Center and Jeff Sanders, EVP and COO of the Medical Center presented opening remarks, along with Henry Klapholz, M.D., Dean, Clinical Affairs, Tufts University School of Medicine.  Also participating in the ceremonies were Jo Linder, M.D., Director of Student Affairs, Medical Education, MMC and Robert Bing-You, M.D., Vice President, Medical Education, MMC.  Dr. Linder is a former President of MMA.  In introducing Senator Collins, Dr. Bates acknowledged her strong support for both medicine and for Maine's seniors through her role as Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee.

The Maine Track Program was established through an educational partnership between Tufts University School of Medicine and the Maine Medical Center with three primary goals in mind:  to address the shortage of doctors in Maine, especially in our rural areas; to offer Maine's brightest students the financial means to pursue a career in medicine; and to develop an innovative curriculum focused on community-based education.  This unique partnership offers a rigorous training program focused on the needs of Maine while also giving students firsthand experience providing care in local communities throughout the state. 

The Maine Medical Association congratulates the following graduates, several of whom the Association supported financially through low-cost loans available to medical students from Maine through the Maine Medical Education Foundation.  The student's hometowns are also included.

  • Meriam Alam, Greenwich, CT
  • Kevin Baier, Bow, NH
  • Erica Brown, Durham 
  • AmyLouise Case, Brunswick 
  • Kenneth Chin, Portland 
  • Margaret Clukey, Portland
  • Margaret Curran, Falmouth
  • Jessica Dietz Daley, Yarmouth
  • Bethany Darling, Fayette
  • Rachel Eliason, North Yarmouth
  • Lindsey Fitzgerald, Pembroke, NH
  • Emily Frank, Brunswick
  • Samuel Giles, Bath
  • Sarah Gilligan, Steuben
  • Sarah Gray, South Portland
  • Anne Cuttler Hicks, Falmouth
  • Randy Kring, Bedford, MA
  • Elyse LaFond, Falmouth
  • Cortney Lyford, Newcastle
  • Benjamin Martin, Yarmouth
  • Anna Meader, Westford, MA
  • Kristen Meyers, Methuen, MA
  • Adam Normandin, Augusta
  • Jonathan Pelletier, Scarborough
  • Aaron Perreault, Northfield, NH
  • Daniel Schupack, Chesire, CT
  • Sarah Scott, Orono
  • Lisetta Shah, Weston, MA
  • Daniel Shubert, Bangor
  • Jessica Stephenson, Lyman
  • Caleb Swanberg, Caribou
  • Meagan Tilton, Holden
  • Heidi Walls, Bar Harbor
  • Deborah Witkin, Waterville



Tax Identity Theft Scam Continues to Target Physicians Nationwide

Following last week's front page article in the Bangor Daily News, another fifteen or more physicians have identified themselves to MMA as victims this year of the scam.  MMA has now heard from nearly forty members that they have 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

MMA encourages all Maine physicians to be alert to this problem.  You’ll find more information about the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’) recommendations to address this threat here:  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 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.


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 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.




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FSMB to Revise Guidelines for Using Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) last week adopted a resolution at its 2015 Annual Meeting that will ultimately lead to the group updating its model policy on the use of opioid analgesics in the treatment of chronic pain.

The resolution calls for the FSMB to “establish a workgroup, comprised of state medical and osteopathic boards, and other key stakeholders,” including the AMA,  American Osteopathic Association, specialty societies, and state medical associations that will review the current science and revise the policy.

Patrice Harris, MD, secretary of the AMA Board of Trustees, joined several physicians testifying in support of the FSMB re-opening the model guidelines to help ensure that there is an appropriate balance between detecting potential abuse and misuse with protecting patients’ access to care, which may include opioids.

“Treating a patient who experiences pain requires evaluating, diagnosing, and developing a treatment plan that is unique to each patient,” said Dr. Harris.  “One-size fits all solutions raise many concerns not only for physicians, but also for patients.”

Please contact Daniel Blaney-Koen of the AMA for more information about the FSMB model guidelines.
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Telemedicine Bills Make Headway in States

With bills signed into law in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho and North Dakota in recent weeks, legislation promoting the use of telemedicine continue to find success in state legislatures.

Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota’s bills set the stage for physicians to be reimbursed by private insurers for telemedicine services, with Colorado’s bill also removing the state’s geographic site restrictions.  Arkansas’ and Idaho’s bills clarify how to establish a patient-physician relationship via telemedicine, and provide guidance to physicians on appropriate prescribing via telemedicine, obtaining informed consent and maintaining medical records following a telemedicine encounter.

Legislation addressing various aspects of telemedicine practice, reimbursement and licensure continues to progress in more than a dozen states, with bills in states including Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington having passed the first house of jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Patrice Harris, MD, secretary of the AMA Board of Trustees, participated in a panel at a recent Federation of State Medical Boards meeting focused on a new interstate compact designed to facilitate a speedier medical licensure process for physicians seeking licensure in multiple states.  Dr. Harris highlighted AMA policy in support of the compact, as well as AMA advocacy in partnership with interested state medical associations, focused on expeditious adoption of the compact.

Read more about the compact at AMA Wire, and visit the AMA Web page on state telemedicine advocacy for more information.
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Rural Medical Access Fund Application Deadline Extended to May 8th

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 December 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 8, 2015.  Late applications cannot be accepted.  

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


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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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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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MMA Legislative Committee Weekly Conference Call, Tuesday, May 5th 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, May 5th 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 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 1368,  An Act To Require the Documentation of the Use of Seclusion and Restraint at Mental Health Institutions in the State (monitor; psychiatrists)*

LD 1380, An Act To Legalize, Tax and Regulate Marijuana (monitor; Public Health Committee)*

LD 1384, An Act To Improve Workplace Safety by Simplifying and Improving Employers' Substance Abuse Policy Requirements (monitor; Public Health Committee; physiatrists)








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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 or to MMA's Executive Vice President Gordon Smith at  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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POLITICAL PULSE: Cover Maine Now Coalition Members Make the Case for ACA Medicaid Expansion


 Last Thursday afternoon, the Health & Human Services devoted the afternoon to hearing legislative sponsors of four bills (LDs 854, 808, 633, and 798) and advocates from the Cover Maine Now Coalition  make the case for accepting the federal funds available under the ACA to expand access to health care coverage for nearly 70,000 low income Mainers and provide a boost to the health care sector of Maine's economy.  MMA Legislative Committee Chair, Amy Madden, M.D., a family physician at the Belgrade Health Center, presented the MMA's testimony in favor of the bills and was a key witness speaking second among Coalition members.  The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics also submitted testimony in favor of the bills.  Many advocates, patients, and family members gave compelling testimony and were well received by the Committee.  The only opposition testimony at the end of a long afternoon was that of DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew delivered by DHHS Legislative Liaison Nick Adophson.


Last Monday, the members of the Health & Human Services Committee spent most of the day hearing a series of bills addressing various aspects of the medical marijuana law.  MMA testified in opposition to LD 23, a bill that would authorize a physician to certify a patient for medical marijuana for any medical condition, eliminating any defined "qualifying conditions."  MMA pointed out that the current law includes a process to add medical conditions to the list of "qualifying conditions," if sufficient evidence exists.  MMA also observed that there likely would be an inadequate number of physicians to respond to patient demand under an expanded law because many physicians are not willing to take on the added compliance obligations that come with developing a medical marijuana practice. In a very recent Survey Monkey poll of members conducted by MMA, respondents voted 72.3% (154 responses) NO to 27.7% (59 responses) YES to the question, "Would you support legislation eliminating the list of qualifying medical conditions in the state's medical marijuana law, allowing a physician to prepare a certificate for any condition or disease he or she believes appropriate?"


During a work session last Friday, the Health & Human Services voted "ought not to pass" on LD 84, a bill that would have required testing for the rare genetic disorder, Krabbe disease.  Instead, the committee is suggesting a Joint Resolution recognizing Addilyn Davis, the child of Krabbe activists Jamie & Kyle Davis.  


Last Tuesday, MMA EVP Gordon Smith testified on behalf of MMA and the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MAAP) in opposition to a bill (LD 1218) that would amend current law permitting pharmacists to administer vaccines to minors.  Current law allows pharmacists to give the flu vaccine to minors beginning at age 9.  LD 1218 would have reduced the age to 7 and expanded the permissible vaccines to all those approved by the CDC.


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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Upcoming Events


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


              (207) 577-2018


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.




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:

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

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

Denise Andrade, FACMPE, Marketing Chairperson



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!




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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:


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 or visit our website at  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.


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 or 207-745-7059.


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  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.









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