June 15, 2015

 
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POLITICAL PULSE: In Close Votes, Senate Defeats Bills on Assisted Suicide and CRNA Prescriptive Authority

The House and Senate continue to caucus and debate the many divided committee reports on their calendars as leadership discussions continue in efforts to reach compromise on the biennial budget, LD 1019.  Since late last week, the Majority (Democrats and Senate Republicans) report and Minority (House Republicans) report have been printed and await debate.  No one expects the legislature to complete work by its "statutory adjournment date" of this Wednesday, June 17th.  Furthermore, the legislature must enact a budget by this Friday, June 19th in order to give the Governor 10 days in which to act upon it, presumably veto it, and give the legislature time to consider the veto and finally enact the budget before the end of the fiscal year June 30th.  In the absence of a biennial budget passing by a 2/3 vote in the legislature or some sort of continuing budget resolution, the State will shut down on July 1st.

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS SHIFTS FROM COMMITTEE TO FLOOR

 The 127th Maine Legislature has reached the point of its First Regular Session when the joint standing committees have completed their work on bills assigned to them (except for the Appropriations Committee as noted in the lead article) and have reported those bills out.  Bills voted unanimously, either "ought to pass" or "ought not to pass," will receive their several readings on the floor of the House and Senate, but will not be debated.  Divided committee reports start piling up on the House and Senate calendars and legislative leadership plan caucuses and debates on those divided reports.  MMA will send legislative alerts advising physicians how they can influence floor debate, should they wish to do so.  

You can find your legislators and their contact information here.

You also can leave a message for your legislators asking them to call you back as follows:

  • For Senators:  1-800-423-6900
  • For Representatives:  1-800-423-2900

SENATE ACTION THIS AFTERNOON ON CRNA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE BILLS

In Senate action this afternoon, members voted 17-18 against engrossment (addition of an amendment) of LD 970, the bill to allow CRNAs to prescribe independently.  Nursing interests have lobbied the bill very heavily and have been putting substantial pressure on legislators.  While Senators Amy Volk (R-Cumberland), the Senate Chair of the LCRED Committee that handled the bill, and Geoff Gratwick, M.D. (D-Penobscot) did a very good job of representing the physician position, the Senate debate was largely unfavorable to the physician point of view.  Focus now shifts to the House where grassroots contacts from the physician community will be critical.  The MMA staff continues to work with Maine Society of Anesthesiologists and Spectrum representatives to defeat LD 970.

The tone in the Maine Senate on Monday morning was somber as the Senators debated LD 1270, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide.  This bill is opposed by the MMA, which cites the AMA Code of Ethics in support of our position.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Roger Katz of Augusta, presented a thoughtful and thorough review of all the arguments for and against the bill.  He stressed that physician-assisted suicide and hospice or palliative care are not mutually exclusive.  Eleven Senators spoke, and most of the speakers favored allowing physicians to prescribe drugs that a patient could use to end life after significant consultation and numerous procedural safeguards.  Among the points made by the bill’s proponents were the difficulty of controlling pain associated with some fatal conditions, the focus on the patient’s control over his or her own life, the lack of abuse of the process in other states which allow it, and the idea that physicians are not asked to sanction the patient’s choice.

Opponents of the bill approached the debate from a variety of perspectives as well.  They spoke of the sanctity of life, the risks of a cost-saving motivation, and the concern that some patients might choose suicide as a way to spare their loved ones of having to watch them suffer.

The entire debate was very respectful, subdued and well-considered.  In the end, the vote was 18-17 against the bill.  It goes next to the House.

BY STRONG MARGIN, HOUSE REJECTS ANTI-VACCINE BILL

This morning, LD 950, a bill from the Judiciary Committee that would give unvaccinated individuals "protected class" status under the Maine Human Rights Act, appeared on the House calendar and was debated.  MMA testified before the Judiciary Committee in opposition to the bill.  Following a brief debate involving 6 members, the House voted 102-42 in favor of the Majority "Ought Not to Pass" report (10-3) from the Committee.  MMA is very concerned about the implications of this legislation for employers, particularly in education or the health care sector as it would protect an unvaccinated person from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, credit, and education.

A Story of Hope: New AMA President Points to Power of Physicians

Kentucky physician Steven J. Stack, MD, assumed the AMA presidency last Tuesday night, the first emergency physician to hold the post and the youngest president in 160 years.

Dr. Stack’s emergency medicine experience has given him the opportunity to witness many life-changing moments—“the moments we went to medical school for …. the moments for which we forego nights with our families,” he said during his inaugural address.  “These are the moments that sustain us.”

However, physicians often find that day-to-day challenges overshadow these moments, from government regulations and health system changes made without physician input to payers questioning procedures and medical liability concerns.

“But for each story of frustration, there is a story of vision, perseverance and success,” he said. “There is a story of hope.”

That hope comes from joining together, similar to how lives are saved in the emergency department.

“Above all, it takes a team,” Dr. Stack said.  “Each one of us has a role to play.  Each one of us contributes something the other cannot.  The same can be said of health care in this country. When it comes to something as important as shaping a better, healthier future, it will take every single one of us.”

A Classics scholar, Dr. Stack points out that history offers valuable insight.  He reflected on challenges in the AMA’s history—“medical quackery, insufficient standards in medical education, ethical dilemmas, the perils of smoking”—that physicians overcame together.

“Rather than waiting for tomorrow, we’re creating the future of health care today,” he said.

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From MOC to Vaccines: Top 10 Stories from AMA Annual Meeting

The 2015 AMA Annual Meeting took place this week. See full coverage of the meeting at AMA Wire®.

1. More transparent, physician-friendly MOC focus of new policy

Physicians took on the maintenance of certification (MOC) process at the 2015 AMA Annual Meeting Monday, calling for more transparency and education surrounding the process.

2. “Innovation ecosystem” shaping medicine’s future

The AMA is improving the health of the nation by crafting an “innovation ecosystem,” AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, said in his address.  This includes the launch of the AMA’s STEPS Forward website, which offers a free series of physician-developed, proven solutions to make physician practices thrive.

3. Doctors call for two-year grace period for ICD-10 implementation

With less than four months to go before the deadline for implementing the ICD-10 code set, physicians agreed to seek a two-year grace period to avoid financial disruptions, facilitating a smoother transition that would allow them to continue providing quality care to their patients.

4. From Rx monitoring to treatment: Solutions for overdose epidemic

As the nation continues to grapple with its epidemic of opioid misuse, overdose and death, physicians supported additional steps to address this pressing public health issue.

5. Facing challenges strengthens physician-patient bond: AMA president

In his final address as AMA president, Robert M. Wah, MD, congratulated physicians on undertaking numerous challenges this year, including accelerating change in medical education and improving health outcomes for patients with prediabetes and high blood pressure.

Many of today’s precautions for public health and safety had their start with physicians at the AMA.  Public health issues that doctors want to tackle next range from barring people younger than 21 from purchasing e-cigarettes to protecting youths with concussions.

7. GME funding, doc shortage tackled in new policy

Physicians passed policy to address insufficient funding for graduate medical education (GME) ahead of a predicted shortage of 46,000-90,000 physicians over the next decade.

8. A story of hope: New AMA president points to power of physicians

For each story of frustration in the medical profession, “there is a story of vision, perseverance and success,” AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, said in his inaugural address.  “When it comes to something as important as shaping a better, healthier future, it will take every single one of us.”

As the debate around vaccinations continues to rage in the public, outbreaks of dangerous preventable diseases have continued to increase.  For public health experts, the question has become, “Should individuals be given exemptions from required immunizations for non-medical reasons?”  Physicians provided some answers with policy passed Monday.

10. New AMA policy calls for research on violence against physicians

Policy adopted Tuesday supports a new study on methods that will prevent violence against health care professionals while in the workplace.  Attacks at hospital and social service settings account for almost 70 percent of nonfatal workplace assaults.

   
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Maine CDC Announces Appointment of Siiri Bennett, M.D. as State Epidemiologist

In a letter dated June 10th to Public Health Partners of the Maine CDC, the agency announced that Siiri Bennett, M.D. has accepted the position of State Epidemiologist.  Dr. Bennett is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard University.  She obtained her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Dr. Bennett currently is a senior research scientist and medical data consultant in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle where she is co-principal investigator for an NIH-funded Data Coordinating Center for a multi-study collaboration looking at tuberculosis latency and reactivation and also serves as project director for a multi-study consortium looking at cardiovascular disease in patients with HIV.

Dr. Bennett is trained in applied epidemiology and research, preventive medicine and public health with well-developed skills in project planning, collaboration and project and team management.  She completed the U.S. Centers for for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program and the CDC's Preventive Medicine Residency Program in the Hospital Infections Program and went on to work as a medical epidemiologist for US CDC and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Research (ESR) in New Zealand.  During her time with CDC, she gained experience in infectious disease outbreak investigation and control of communicable disease.  Dr. Bennett also worked as a staff medical epidemiologist in the National Immunization Program where she was responsible for coordinating the division's vaccine-preventable disease surveillance activities.  While in New Zealand, she served as project lead for a number of projects including the design and management of a national sexually transmitted infection surveillance system and provided infection control expertise and guidance to ESR on nosocomial infection surveillance.  

Dr. Bennett has published in peer review journals, presented at national and international meetings and conducted training workshops and courses in both the US and overseas.  She has collaborated with public health leaders across the world and brings with her the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and agencies.

Dr. Bennett's broad skill set and enthusiasm will serve the Maine Department of Health and Human Services well.  She and her husband will be relocating to Maine from Seattle.  Dr. Bennett will begin her new role as State Epidemiologist for Maine CDC on July 20, 2015.

 

 

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MMA Legislative Committee Weekly Conference Call, Tuesday, June 16th 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, June 16th 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. 

There are no new bills for review this week, but we will hold the call for updates on the latest action at the State House.


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INVITATION: Maine's Community Health Needs Assessment Stakeholder Survey

MMA invites you and your networks to participate in Maine's Community Health Needs Assessment Stakeholder Survey that is currently being undertaken by Maine’s four largest health care systems (Central Maine Healthcare Corporation, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth) and the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC). 

The web-based survey is designed to collect input from stakeholders across the state to help the health systems and the state set priorities for community health planning.  Once completed, the findings will be available for all local partners to use and will be shared widely.

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  Please click on this link to take the survey:  

www.mainechna.org

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Make Plans Now to Attend 162nd MMA Annual Meeting, September 11-13, 2015 in Bar Harbor

Registration material for MMA's upcoming Annual Session in Bar Harbor, from September 11-13, 2015 is in the mail to each MMA member this week.  The meeting once again will be at the Harborside Hotel & Marina and opens with a reception on Friday evening, September 11th.  Three hours of category one CME has been applied for and the focus of the meeting will be "Advocating for the Profession."  Please make plans soon to join your professional colleagues to discuss issues of common interest and to conduct the annual business of your association.  Anyone wishing to submit a Resolution for consideration should send it to EVP Gordon Smith via e-mail to gsmith@mainemed.com no later than August 15th.

On Saturday evening, September 12th, MMA President Lisa Ryan, D.O. will pass the President's gavel to Brian Pierce, M.D.  Dr. Pierce is a family physician practicing in Rockport.

Any questions about the meeting may be directed to Diane McMahon in the MMA office.  Her phone number is 207-622-3374, ext. 216 and her e-mail address is dmcmahon@mainemed.com.   Potential exhibitors and sponsors should contact Lisa Martin at 622-3374, ext. 221 or via e-mail to lmartin@mainemedcom.

 

 
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Save the Date: MMA's 25th Annual Practice Education Seminar, November 18th in South Portland

The Double Tree Hotel across from the Maine Mall will be the site of this year's Annual Practice Education Seminar on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  This year's program will be the 25th annual educational program that the Maine Medical Association has presented for the benefit of physicians and practice managers.  This year's program will include presentations from experts on the following topics:

  • Medicare in the post-SGR era
  • Payment models beyond fee for service
  • New laws from the 127th Legislature
  • Current issues in regulatory compliance 
  • Prescribing for pain while being cognizant of the state's opiate problems
  • Enhancements to the Prescription Monitoring Program
  • New obligations regarding Child Abuse reporting
  • Update on State Innovation Model (SIM) grant
  • Medicaid and Medicare update
  • Quality Improvement Initiatives for the Private Practice
Other topics may be added between now and the date of the program.  Registration materials for the conference will be available later this summer.  Information for interested attendees or exhibitors/sponsors are available from Gail Begin, Lisa Martin, or Gordon Smith at MMA.
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VA Announces Information about the Veterans Choice Program

                          DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VA Maine Healthcare System

1 VA Center

Augusta, Maine 04330

 

                                                                                                                   January 10, 1996

In Reply Refer To:  BSL4B

Dear Community Medical Care Provider,

On August 7, 2014, the President and Congress enacted the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, which established the Veterans Choice Program (Choice) to improve access to care for our nation’s Veterans by allowing Veterans who qualify for this program to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) appointment or traveling to a VA facility.

VA is pleased to let you know that we have partnered with Health Net Federal Services to serve Veterans who qualify for the Choice program.  Health Net is working with providers to establish network capacity to provide eligible Veterans access to covered medical care when the local VA medical facility cannot readily provide the care due to lack of available specialists, long wait times, geographic inaccessibility, or other factors.  

I realize that you provide non-VA medical care to Veterans through programs other than our Choice network arrangement with Health Net and I greatly appreciate your willingness to provide medical services to our nation’s Veterans.  Moving forward, VA asks you to join the Health Net network to continue to provide services covered under the Choice Act.  In the future these networks will be the primary vehicle through which VA will authorize and pay for care for services covered under Choice.  

Reimbursement for medical services provided under the Choice program is 100% of Medicare rates. Claims and reimbursement are handled by Health Net and will be processed within 30 calendar days of receipt of claim and medical documentation per the agreement.

If you are a Medicare provider, it is easy to become a network provider for the VA Choice program. Simply go to Health Net’s website at: https://www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/va/home/provider/options-for-providers/become-a-veterans-choice-participating-provider.html to complete and submit the provider agreement template found on the website.  If you have any additional questions for Health Net, please visit the website above or call 1-866-606-8198 and select option 2. 

I appreciate your support of our mission and look forward to continuing our relationship through these arrangements.

Sincerely,

Ryan S. Lilly, Director, VA Maine Healthcare System

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Build Your Genetic Testing Skills in New CME Courses from The Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory is pleased to announce two new free CME modules in a series on cancer genetic testing: Interpreting Genetic Testing Results & Genetic Testing Technology.

Interpreting Genetic Testing Results CME course

Accurately interpreting the results of genetic testing can identify patients who are at increased risk and would benefit from earlier or more frequent screening.  For some patients, genetic testing results can reduce their cancer risk, making additional interventions unnecessary.  Whether or not you are the ordering provider, you may be offering additional guidance and coordinating management changes based on the results.

In this CME course, you will practice making management decisions based on genetic testing results for breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancers.  Highlights of the program include:

  • Practice interpreting results and managing patients based on variants in the BRCA1, BRCA2, APC, and Lynch syndrome genes.
  • Explore genetic testing reports.
  • Downloadable point-of-care tools that can be used in the clinic.

Genetic Testing Technology CME course

Genetic testing technologies vary widely in the type of variant detected and the scope of analysis.  Cost-effective testing relies on the provider’s ability to select the right test for the clinical question.

In this CME course, you will practice weighing the benefits, risks, and limitations of different tests within specific patient contexts. Highlights of the program include:

  • Navigate targeted mutation, single gene, multi-gene panel, and whole genome sequencing testing options for patients with breast, colon, and ovarian cancers.
  • Identify strategies for efficient and cost-effective genetic testing.
  • Downloadable factsheets and point-of-care tools.

Visit Interpreting Genetic Testing Results and Genetic Testing Technology 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.

For more information, contact Emily Edelman: emily.edelman@jax.org

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Job Openings

Medical Director - Physician III - Maine Office of Child & Family Services  (click to link to full job description)

Recruitment efforts are underway for the position of Medical Director/Physician III within the Office of Child and Family Services at the Maine Department of Health & Human Services. 

Description:  As the Medical Director you will be part of a talented team responsible for behavioral health services in Maine. The Medical Director is the liaison that provides oversight and technical assistance in the area of behavioral health services for children to the Office of Child and Family Services, the Office of MaineCare Services and other DHHS Offices, as well as statewide contractors, acute psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, and crisis centers. As Medical Director you will evaluate and assist in determining policy criteria for the eligibility of services for those who have behavioral health needs; oversee the provision of services and second level reviews regarding the provision of services; oversee and provide consultation related to the delivery of home and community based treatment, Early Childhood Autism Specialized Habilitation Services and Habilitation Consultation Services. You will also evaluate and approve out-of-home placements for members under 18 years old and perform utilization and review of out-of-state placements in Residential Treatment Centers; and develop and implement Clinical Guidance documents, policies, procedures and plans. 

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.

09/07/15

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.

9/7/15

Falmouth Orthopaedic Center - Falmouth, Maine

Seeking a BE/BC general or fellowship trained surgeon to join our expanding group.  Falmouth Orthopaedic Center is a well respected private practice in a vibrant orthopedic community. You will be partnering with 3 experienced surgeons each with an outstanding reputation in the area.

Located in Falmouth Maine (approximately 10 minutes from Portland, 2 hours from Boston) we pride ourselves on our four beautiful seasons, unlimited recreation, and top-ranking schools all within 10 minutes of the magnificent Maine coast. Falmouth is an excellent place to raise a family and offers a great quality of life with easy access to all the cultural amenities of the city of Portland.

This opportunity offers minimal ER call at a Level 2 community hospital with a competitive compensation package.  Our ideal candidate is a well trained general orthopedist or an orthopedist who is fellowship trained in foot and ankle, hand, pediatrics, sports medicine or adult reconstructive surgery.

Please send cover letter, CV, and inquiries to:hsgentile@maine.rr.com

6/15/15  

Medical Board Physician

The Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS or Retirement System) administers a disability retirement program for eligible members of the Retirement System.   The Board of Trustees engages physicians who serve as independent contractors as part of a Medical Board to provide medical consultations to the System and the System’s hearing officers on the existence of conditions and the presence and permanency of functional limitations on disability cases.

MainePERS seeks to engage additional physicians for the Medical Board.  Physicians of the Medical Board must hold a Maine Physician’s license in good standing and be Board Certified in their area of practice.  Preferred candidates will have experience in one of the following disciplines: Psychiatry, Neurology, Orthopedics, Physiatry, Occupational Medicine and case review.  Medical Board physicians work under contract in an advisory capacity on an hourly fee basis. Typical time commitment is 10-25 hours per month with flexibility of scheduling.  Some review can be done via videoconferencing.    This is a contract position and not eligible for benefits.

To apply, please forward your Curriculum Vitae and introductory letter to HR@MainePERS.org or via mail to:

Maine Public Employees Retirement System

Human Resources Department

46 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333-0046

6/15/15  

Medical Director - Scarborough, ME - Full-time 

We are seeking an experienced Medical Director with interest in occupational medicine to work full-time at our Scarborough, Maine clinic. The Medical Director will be able to practice medicine in a supportive environment while providing oversight to mid-level practitioners.

Requirements:

Candidates must be either a MD or DO. Experience in either Industrial Medicine, Emergency Medicine or General Practice is preferred.

About U.S. HealthWorks:

U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group is a leading national provider of occupational medicine and urgent care services. Operating over 200 locations in 19 states with nearly 3,300 employees, including approximately 1100 medical providers; U.S. HealthWorks serves thousands of patients each day.

In addition to competitive salaries we offer:

  • Occupational Medicine Focus
  • Incentive plans
  • Opportunity to grow and learn with an industry-leading healthcare organization
  • Flexible hours and excellent work environment
  • Benefits for full-time employees to include: health, dental, vision, 401(k)

Apply:

If you’re interested in joining a company that is dedicated to your professional growth — look no further than U.S. HealthWorks!

Email: providerrecruitment@ushworks.com

Online: www.ushealthworks.com

Phone: (661) 678-2659

EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

6/15/15

Waterville Pediatrics - Waterville, ME

Seeking both a Pediatrician and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to join our expanding practice.  We provide pediatric care to thousands of Maine children of all ages.

Waterville Pediatrics is a well established practice with locations in Waterville and Madison.

Minimal call, competitive salary and benefits.

Please send letter of interest and CV to hsgentile@maine.rr.com

6/22/15

Winthrop Family Medicine Family Practitioner

MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Maine is seeking a full-time, outpatient BC Family Practitioner to join our nationally recognized Advanced Medical Home practice that delivers care in a team model. Join a collaborative group made up of 11 MDs, DOs, NPs and PAs and practice in an “Open Access” model of scheduling. Provide a full range of care including: OB, newborn and pediatric care, adult medicine, gynecology, geriatric and nursing home care. Technology includes an electronic medical record, online digital radiology program, and online hospital records and ordering. MaineGeneral offers a comprehensive benefits package. The brand new, state-of-the-art, 192-bed MaineGeneral Medical Center at the Alfond Center for Health offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for the surrounding communities. We’re located just an hour north of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and three hours from Boston. Contact Tiffiny Lamarre, Physician Recruiter at tiffiny.lamarre@mainegeneral.org.

6/29/15

Family Medicine Physician

Oakland Family Medicine, a hospital-employed outpatient Family Medicine practice located in Oakland, Maine, is recruiting for an experienced Family Medicine Physician to join our growing team. Responsible for providing care for pediatric through adult patients while working in collaboration with our practice administrator, providers and senior management team as Oakland continues the transition to Patient Centered Medical Home. Join our team of four family medicine physicians and one physician assistant and collaborate with a unique mix of seasoned physicians who have practiced in the area over 10 years, and new team members who have recently joined our group. Weekly schedule will be 32 hours of patient contact time and up to 8 hours of administrative time. MaineGeneral offers a comprehensive benefits package. We’re located just an hour north of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and three hours from Boston. Contact Tiffiny Lamarre, Physician Recruiter at tiffiny.lamarre@mainegeneral.org.

6/29/15

Family Practice Physician – Bucksport Regional Health Center                                                                

The Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has a unique opportunity for an experienced Family Practice Physician to work at a small, independent, community-based primary care facility that offers great quality indicators, a team atmosphere, and excellent working conditions.  Responsibilities will include the diagnosis, treatment, coordination of care, preventive care and provision of health maintenance services to patients of all life cycles. 

Candidates must have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed a residency in Family Practice or Med/Peds, have a current State of Maine Medical License and D.E.A Certificate, and at least five years of experience in the practice of family or internal medicine. The successful candidate will be offered a generous compensation package, including a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

The Bucksport Regional Health Center has been offering easy access to quality, affordable care for persons of all ages since 1974.  Interested applicants should apply with a resume and cover letter to Carol Carew, Executive Director, 110 Broadway, Bucksport, ME 04416 or via email at ccarew@brhc.info (or call 207-469-7371).

7/13/15

Physician/Medical Director – Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.  

The Physician/Medical Director: 

  • Provides advice and counsel regarding a broad range of clinical, clinical policy, programmatic and strategic issues required to achieve the short and long-term strategies and objectives of Nasson Health Care; 
  • Provides direct clinical services and oversees physicians and advanced practice nurses; works in partnership with members of the practice team to manage the care of patients, assuring a high standard of medical care.

Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a Medical Director of a primary care medical practice;  A degree from an accredited medical school in the U.S.,
  • Board certification in Family or Internal Medicine;  An unrestricted Maine license to practice medicine, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license;
  • Working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.
Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and employment application will be accepted until position is filled.

8/10/15

Emergency Room Position at Sebasticook Valley Health in Central Maine

Sebasticook Valley Hospital is a 25-bed modern critical access hospital located in Pittsfield which is 20 minutes north of Waterville, home of Colby College, and 45 minutes south of Bangor, Maine’s second largest city. The hospital serves a population of 30,000 in this central Maine area of beautiful rolling hills. The ER is staffed by an Emergency Medicine trained Director and three other physicians. This is an experienced staff. ER volume is 15,000. Physicians have a flexible schedule working 12 `hr shifts. We are seeking either an emergency residency trained physician, can be resident, or board certified FP with ED experience. The hospital has EMR, and is CPOE. The compensation and fringe benefits package is highly competitive. Sebasticook Valley is an affiliate of Eastern Maine Medical Center, the tertiary care center in Bangor. The hospital has a helipad for transporting trauma cases by Life Flight.  For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Sherry Tardy, AASPR, 207-487-4085 or email stardy@emhs.org

Sebasticook Valley Health is an integral member of the communities it serves. SVH takes a proactive approach in helping people in the Sebasticook Valley improve the quality of their lives. The hospital works with local businesses, schools, the religious community, other healthcare providers, area organizations, and private individuals to make the Valley a healthy place to live. SVH serves has a wide range of outpatient services, including over 20 specialty services. 

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

General Information for 2015

When and where held:                           

              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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