July 27, 2015

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MaineCare Medical Director Kevin Flanigan, M.D., M.B.A. Named to New Position in CA

MaineCare Medical Director and former MMA President Kevin Flanigan, M.D., M.B.A. has accepted a position as Chief Medical Officer/Chief Operations Officer/Chief Information Officer for Northern Inyo County Hospital in Bishop, California.  His last day at MaineCare will be August 14th.

Dr. Flanigan has served as the Medical Director of MaineCare for the past four years following a career primarily in private practice as a med-peds physician.  During this time, he was responsible for the implementation of legislatively established limits on opiate medication which resulted in a 43% decrease in the amount of opiate-based medication prescribed to MaineCare recipients.  He is a former MMA President (2006-2007) and continued to serve as chair of the MMA Committee on Finance until the present time.  He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues at MMA and at MaineCare.

In announcing his resignation to her staff at MaineCare, Director Stephanie Nadeau thanked Dr. Flanigan for his dedication and commitment to MaineCare during the four year period.  "He has been an advocate for important changes to the healthcare delivery system that aim to improve not only the quality of services provided to our members, but their long-term health outcomes as well," she noted.

Since moving to Maine from Virginia more than twenty years ago, Dr. Flanigan has resided in Pittsfield with his wife Kelly, a CRNA, and their three children.

We wish Kevin and his family only the best as he moves across the country in August to assume his new position.

Androscoggin County Medical Association Offers Sponsorship to MMA Annual Session

The Androscoggin County Medical Association is again sponsoring physician members for one night at the MMA Annual Meeting being held this year September 11-13 at the Harborside Hotel & Marina in Bar Harbor.  The theme of this year's meeting is "Advocating for the Profession."  Details on the meeting and registration materials are available on the MMA website at www.mainemed.com.   Details regarding the ACMA sponsorship are available from Gregory D'Augustine, M.D. at 784-2903.

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NEW LAWs: Two New Laws Impact Child Abuse Reporting Process

The role of health professionals in reporting suspected child abuse or neglect was an area of legislators' interest in the recently concluded First Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature.  Most of the interest originated with the tragic death of a six-month-old infant in Southern Maine who had been abused and beaten by his father.  The grandparents of the infant, Ethan Henderson, requested sponsorship of two of the bills, L.D. 199 and L.D. 622, each presented by Senator G. William Diamond of Windham.  The other bill, L.D. 483, was sponsored at the request of MMA to clarify a new law enacted in 2014. 

L.D. 483, An Act Regarding the Reporting Standards for Child Abuse, was drafted by MMA advocacy staff and presented to the Legislature by State Representative Dillon Bates (D-Westbrook).  MMA is very appreciative of Representative Bates' positive work on the legislation which was enacted as amended.  The legislation was drafted to clarify a law previously enacted in 2014 which required all mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect to report injuries to a child under 6 months of age, even if child abuse or neglect was not suspected.  The list of reportable injuries included bone fractures, substantial bruising, subdural hematoma, burns, poisoning, or any injury resulting in substantial bleeding, soft tissue swelling, or impairment of an organ.

Unfortunately, the law did not contain any exemption for injuries occurring during the birthing process, resulting in confusion for hospitals and OB and pediatric providers.  L.D. 483 as enacted adds language to the law, as follows:

           "This subsection does not require the reporting of injuries occurring as a result of the delivery of a child attended by a licensed medical practitioner or the reporting of burns or other injuries occurring as a result of medical treatment following the delivery of the child while the child remains hospitalized following delivery."

The law will take effect on October 15, 2015 although there remains a cloud over the effective date of the new laws because of the controversy between the Governor and the Legislature regarding when the date of final adjournment occurred.  MMA will keep members appraised of the final decision regarding the effective date.

L.D. 199, An Act to Improve the Reporting of Child Abuse, which dealt with the obligation to report within an institution or facility, was amended from its original language which would have required all mandated reporters to file a report even if multiple reports were received from the same facility.   The purpose behind the legislation was to improve reporting in those situations where a report may not have been filed because of a belief that another individual had made the report.  Following work by MMA, MHA, and other advocates with members of the Judiciary Committee, the language was amended to allow one report by an institution or facility so long as each mandated reporter received written confirmation that a report had been made.  The confirmation must include, at a minimum, the name of the individual who notified the state, the state and time of the report, and a summary of the information conveyed to the State.  If the mandated reporter does not receive this confirmation within 24 hours of advising his/her facility, institution, or agency of the suspected abuse or neglect, the reporter must immediately make his or her own report directly.  The law also prohibits an employer from taking any action to prevent or discourage an employee from making such a report. 

As with L.D. 483, this law will take effect 90 days after the final adjournment of the session which MMA believes is likely to be October 15th.

The  third bill concerning child abuse and neglect reporting, L.D. 622, has been held over for consideration next session.   It would require annual training for all mandated reporters.  MMA opposes the bill as written.

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Anthem to Purchase Cigna

Anthem announced this past week that it would purchase rival health insurer Cigna in a transaction valued at more than $50 billion.  Anthem is the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine and the combination of the two companies will further consolidate the health insurance market in Maine and in many other areas of the country.  The purchase is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.  The merger reduces the "big five" U.S. health insurers down to three as Aetna recently agreed to buy Humana for $37 billion just weeks ago.

Recently, both the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have become more assertive about challenging merger combinations.  The two companies would have combined revenue of $115 billion.

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Peter Michaud, J.D., RN Named MMA Associate General Counsel

Attorney Peter Michaud, J.D., R.N., of Readfield has been named Associate General Counsel of MMA, effective July 1, 2015.  Peter began employment with MMA in January following a successful legal career, leaving a nursing position in New Hampshire to return to his native state to resume legal and advocacy work with MMA.  

Peter grew up in Madawaska, Maine and is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Maine School of Law and the CMMC School of Nursing (now the Maine College of Health Professions).  He has previously served as a Workers' Compensation Hearing Officer in Maine and was a frequent chair of medical malpractice pre-litigation screening panels when he was in private practice in Portland.

At MMA, Peter is responsible for public health advocacy, including staffing the Public Health Committee, and also assists with the Legislative Committee work, advocacy at the State House, the MeHAF outreach grant, and the Academic Detailing program.

Peter can be reached at MMA at 622-3374, ext. 211 or via email to pmichaud@mainemed.com.

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Annie E. Casey Foundation Publishes Good News on Maine Children’s Health

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released its 2015 Kids Count Data Book.  In it, Maine ranks 12th in the nation in children’s overall well-being, a measure of economic well-being, health, education, and family and community.

In the subcategory of health, Maine children rank 10th.  That ranking is based in part on a best-in-the-nation ranking in self-reported teen substance abuse, a thirty-eight percent decrease from 2008 to 2013.  The child and teen death rate improved from 27 deaths per 100,000 in 2008 to 25 in 2013.  Ninety-four percent of Maine’s children were covered by health insurance.  Between 2008 and 2013, Maine's teen birth rate decreased significantly, from 25 births to 17 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19.

But the news is not all good.  The percentage of low birth weight babies born in Maine increased from 6.7 percent to 7.1 percent of live births, which translates to a decline in rank from 9th to 18th.  The national average is 8 percent. Also, 18 percent of Maine children, a total of 45,000, still live in poverty, according to the Data Book.

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CMS to Make ICD-10 Transition Less Disruptive

The October 1st hard deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set is just around the corner, but many physicians are concerned about potential claims disruptions that could result when implementing the code set into their practices. In response, the AMA worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ease the transition.

The AMA and CMS released a joint statement July 6th announcing a 12-month transition period during which time Medicare claims will not be denied solely based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes, as long as they are from the appropriate ICD-10 code family.

The changes address:

  • Claim denials.  For the first year ICD-10 is in place, Medicare claims will not be denied solely based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of ICD-10 codes.

    This means that Medicare will not deny payment for these unintentional errors as practices become accustomed to ICD-10 coding.  In addition, Medicare claims will not be audited based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes. This transition period will give physicians and their practice teams time to get up to speed on the more complicated code set.

    Both Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors will be required to follow this policy.

  • Quality-reporting penalties.  Similar to claim denials, CMS will not subject physicians to penalties for the Physician Quality Reporting System, the value-based payment modifier or meaningful use based on the specificity of diagnosis codes as long as they use a code from the correct ICD-10 family of codes.

    In addition, penalties will not be applied if CMS experiences difficulties calculating quality scores for these programs as a result of ICD-10 implementation.

  • Payment disruptions.  If Medicare contractors are unable to process claims as a result of problems with ICD-10, CMS will authorize advance payments to physicians.

  • Navigating transition problems.  CMS said it will establish a communication center to monitor issues and resolve them as quickly as possible. This will include an “ICD-10 ombudsman” devoted to triaging physician issues.

The AMA will continue to work with CMS as the deadline approaches and following the implementation to address issues as they arise. Get eight must-have ICD-10 resources at AMA Wire®.

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CMS Issues New Medicare Payment Proposals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2016 Medicare physician payment schedule proposed rule as well as a proposal for a new bundled payment program for hip and knee procedures.

In the rule, the agency proposes to adopt Current Procedural Technology (CPT®) codes and recommended values from the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) to pay for advance care planning services.  It also seeks comments on potential coverage of collaborative care services and expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative.  The proposed rule also includes policy changes on misvalued codes, physician self-referral, appropriate use criteria for advanced diagnostic imaging and the value-based payment modifier.

The hip and knee bundled payment proposal would initiate a five-year mandatory test in which fee-for-service claims for inpatient, post-acute care and physician services for joint replacement procedures would continue to be submitted, but the hospitals would be responsible for reducing the total cost of these episodes up until 90 days after discharge, including physician and post-acute services.  The program would be mandatory for hospitals in 75 regions throughout the country.  After a reconciliation process, the hospitals could share in savings for the episodes or, if spending is above the amount set by Medicare, would have to repay the program for a portion of the overage.

The AMA is in the process of reviewing and analyzing both proposals and will submit public comments on them. Watch AMA Wire for more details.
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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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New Online CME: Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Genetic Testing CME courses: Content for MMA Weekly Update

The Jackson Laboratory is pleased to announce a new free CME module in a series on cancer genetic testing: Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk

If you have determined that a patient has an increased risk for hereditary breast cancer, he or she may be a candidate for genetic testing. There are numerous options for breast cancer genetic testing, with different strengths and limitations depending on the patient’s personal and family history. This online education program gives clinicians an opportunity to practice evaluating how well a particular genetic test assesses breast cancer risk and the potential impact of testing on patient outcomes.

In this CME course, clinicians can practice identifying patients for breast cancer genetic testing and selecting the best testing option. Highlights of the program include:

·         Practice identifying candidates for single gene and multi-gene panel testing for hereditary breast cancer.

·         Strategies for efficient and cost-effective genetic testing.

·         Tips for discussing BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing with patients.  

·         Downloadable point-of-care tools that can be used in the clinic.

Visit Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Risk 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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Job Openings

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.  KVHC has sites in Ashland, Houlton, Island Falls, Patten and Millinocket.  Join our practice in one of the newly expanded facilities.  We are seeking physicians for all of our 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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).


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.


Assistant Medical Director

The Assistant Medical Director is responsible assisting the Chief Medical Officer with all areas of medical and behavioral treatment policy, pharmacy, utilization review and management, disease / case management and quality management and for the medical oversight of daily case management and utilization management activities and decisions.

MD or DO with unrestricted medical license in Maine or New Hampshire required. Board certification in primary or specialty care. 

Minimum of five or more years of direct clinical experience in area of clinical practice, participation in a leadership role in medical staff organization activities, and management experience within a health care delivery system.  Minimum of three years’ experience in medical management in a managed care setting or the equivalent.

Apply online at http://www.jobsinme.com/seek/resultdetail.aspx?JOBNUM=1118778 or email your information to blovejoy@maineoptions.org


Medical Director/Psychiatrist - Woodfords Family Services

Woodfords Family Services http://www.woodfords.org, a not-for-profit social service agency serving individuals with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses since 1967 has an immediate opening for a Medical Director/Psychiatrist for 2-3 days/week contractual basis to support a program serving children, adolescents and adults.

The Medical Director/Psychiatrist is responsible for clinical oversight, supervision for a full-time Physician Assistant-C and consultation with Agency programs. Opportunities are available to provide assessment and medication management. Hours are flexible. Some on-call hours may be required. Job/Educational Requirements include:

  • Board Certification and a Maine license to practice medicine
  • DEA registration
  • Professional malpractice insurance certificate
  • Graduation from an accredited program
  • Certificate of completion from an accredited psychiatric residency training program or from a child psychiatry fellowship program

Candidates should mail or e-mail (dpatrick@woodfords.org) a letter of interest/resume to: Woodfords Family Services; P.O. Box 1768; Portland, ME  04104-1768; ATTN: Douglas Patrick; Medical Director/ Psychiatrist Search; EOE 

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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.


Nurse Practitioner

Bath Iron Works is currently hiring a Nurse Practitioner.  If interested please apply at: https://www.gdbiw.com/careers.   

Job Description:

  1. Diagnose, treat and medically manage work-related injuries and illnesses for employees.
  2. Collaborate with on-site medical, nursing and workers' compensation personnel concerning work-related injury case management activities.
  3. Perform routine medical surveillance physical examination and case review for a variety of programs: exposure from asbestos, heavy metals, various environmental toxins and noise, DOT, fire brigade and other programs.
  4. Works within current nurse practice act of the State of Maine.
Required Education/Training:
  1. Master's degree in nursing required
  2. Certified nurse practitioner required
  3. Current State of Maine APN license required
  4. Occupational health experience is highly desirable
  5. BLS/ACLA certification required

NP III:  Minimum 3 years’ experience as an NP in family or adult practice required.                                                 

Sr. NP:  Minimum 5 years’ experience as an NP in family or adult practice required.

Questions should be directed to Jessica Galluze at 207-442-5048 or jessica.galluze@gdbiw.com


Emergency Medicine Physician at Sebasticook Valley Health in Pittsfield, Maine

Sebasticook Valley Hospital (SVH) is a 25-bed modern critical access hospital located in Pittsfield which is 20 minutes north of Waterville, and 40 minutes south of Bangor, Maine’s second largest city. The hospital serves a population of 30,000 in this central Maine area.

An excellent opportunity is available for a full time Emergency Medicine Physician.  The Emergency Medicine Physician is responsible for the evaluation and management of patients who seek emergency care for a broad range of illnesses and injuries. 

This is an experienced ED staff treating approximately 13,000 patients annually. Flexible schedule working 12-14 12-hr shifts. We are seeking either an MD/DO board certified/eligible emergency medicine trained physician, or board certified/eligible 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.  SVH serves has a wide range of outpatient services, including over 20 specialty services.

For more information, please contact Sherry Tardy, PHR, AASPR, at 207-487-4085 or stardy@emh.org.





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Upcoming Events

 American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter (MAAP) and the Atlantic Pediatric Society (APS) 

Joint Conference

September 25 – 27, 2015,  Friday 5pm through Sunday 12:30 pm

Algonquin Resort, St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick

Agenda and information about the venue:  http://maineaap.org/conferences/

Registration:  http://atlanticpediatricsociety.ca/register

Key Topics include: Child Death Review, Transitions of Care Adolescent to Adult, Cystic Fibrosis Screening, Child Advocacy, Child Protection, Hot Topics in Pediatric Medicine, and Pediatrics and Population Health


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


              (207) 577-2018


6th Annual Patient Safety Academy
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm
USM Abromson Center

At the 6th Annual Patient Safety Academy this year, Dr. Bryan Sexton, Director of the Duke Patient Safety Center, will present a 2-part seminar on the science of enhancing resilience. Dr. Sexton's research on safety culture, teamwork, and resilience have resulted in assessment tools used world wide. He will discuss practical strategies to manage stress in the healthcare workplace, cope with change, and manage fatigue.

For more information, visit www.usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa


Enhancing Cultural Competence

The Hanley Center for Health Leadership is offering two opportunities to participate in a Health Equity and Cultural Competency Training in Augusta on August 31and Portland on September 1.  Workshop participants will to explore the concepts of health and health care disparities, build greater insight into unconscious/implicit bias, and delve into models for developing individual and organizational cultural competence. 

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For more information or to contact us directly, please visit www.mainemed.com l ©2003, Maine Medical Association