Sharp Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths Leads to Summit August 26th
Governor LePage announced that he will bring together law enforcement officials and drug treatment advocates at a summit on August 26th to address the state's drug abuse epidemic. The announcement was made following a report of 14 heroin overdoses that recently occurred in Portland during a 24-hour period. Today, the White House is expected to announce a new initiative involving public health and law enforcement officials in up to 15 states aimed at collecting more data on the supply and distribution of heroin.
Governor LePage also has recently sent a letter to Legislative leaders asking that they reconsider his request to increase funding for more MDEA agents. The Legislature during the recently concluded session filled only four of the 14 additional MDEA agents the Governor requested in his proposed budget. The attention focused on the recent increase in overdose deaths is certain to renew the debate on whether the answer to Maine's drug problem is more law enforcement to stop the flow of heroin and other illicit drugs into the state or more prevention and treatment resources.
The number of heroin users in Maine seeking treatment has tripled from 1115 in 2010 to 3463 in 2014, according to state data published in the Portland Press Herald recently. And similarly, the number of deaths from overdose from heroin has increased dramatically in the last three years.
Portland officials have also announced a new public awareness campaign including public service announcements and an overdose education website. Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck stated that addressing drug abuse takes a three-pronged approach including prevention, rehabilitation, and law enforcement. Asked about addiction treatment services, Sauschuck responded that there were not enough in the city of Portland or in the nation.
The past two weeks have also seen comments by state officials about funds being available for treatment that were going unused. But, many providers in the addiction recovery field have expressed frustration with these comments noting that if such funds are available, the provider community has not been made aware of them. The controversy also raises again the failure of the State to expand Medicaid as provided for in the Affordable Care Act. Many of the individuals seeking recovery from addiction are young adults who are single and ineligible for MaineCare without the expansion. So, even if treatment facilities were available, many of those seeking treatment could not pay for the care.
The MMA Board of Directors reviewed the Association's efforts in the area of education and prevention at the Board meeting on August 7th. While much has been done since the Association presented its first CME program on preventing drug diversion, abuse, and addiction in 2001, members agreed that more needs to be done and a plan will be created to enhance the activities of the Association in the drug abuse area. An op ed piece is being prepared for the Portland Press Herald by Association President Lisa Ryan, D.O. Governor LePage and Attorney General Mills are both speaking at the upcoming MMA Annual Meeting on September 12th in Bar Harbor. All members are encouraged to attend and lend their voices to assist public policy makers in this difficult and controversial topic.
How Physicians are Leading the Fight Against Opioid Overdoses
Opioid overdose is a serious public health problem that has reached crisis levels across the United States, with 44 people dying each day from overdose of prescription opioids, and many more becoming addicted. No community is untouched.
That’s why the AMA has convened a task force with the American Osteopathic Association, the American Dental Association, and more than 20 state and specialty medical associations to work collaboratively to address the opioid public health epidemic by identifying best practices and implementing them across the country.
“This epidemic is complex, and the remedy won’t be simple. It will require a sustained, comprehensive approach,” said Patrice A. Harris, MD, chair-elect of the AMA Board of Trustees, in an AMA Viewpoints post. “As a group, we have developed a strong roadmap that we hope will bring America’s physicians, other health care professionals and patients together as partners on the path to eliminating this public health epidemic.”
The task force’s initial focus is on steps physicians can take now to help their patient populations:
- Register for and use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP). Physicians should register for and consult these databases to identify patients at risk for opioid misuse and help patients with substance use disorders get appropriate treatment.
- Discuss with patients available treatment options. When caring for patients with pain, physicians need to understand the best possible course for managing that pain with the tools available.
- Take advantage of educational opportunities. Engaging in robust education activities that meet the needs of specialties, practices and patient populations is key to delivering appropriate care for each patient. The AMA encourages physicians to access resources that can enhance their education and promote comprehensive, appropriate pain treatment while safeguarding against opioid overdose. Resources also support treating patients with substance use disorders and expanding access to naloxone.
The AMA also is calling on states to make sure their PDMPs are truly valuable tools. These databases need to protect patient privacy, contain relevant and reliable data, allow care teams to seamlessly integrate that data into their work flows, and enable data sharing across state lines.
Robert Rich, MD, chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Health of the Public and Science and the academy's representative on the task force, stressed the importance of useful PDMPs.
“I practice in a state that has had a functioning PDMP for several years, and on more than one occasion, I have been surprised by the information contained in that PDMP,” Dr. Rich said in a news release. “[That includes] the patient who was obtaining opioid pain relievers from several providers in violation of my pain contract with that patient as well as the patient that I was convinced was obtaining opioids from several providers but who was compliant with the terms of their pain contract when the PDMP was accessed on serial visits.”
Addiction medicine specialist Richard Soper, MD, who represents the American Society of Addiction Medicine on the task force, echoed Dr. Rich’s comments.
“The help of every clinician in every treatment setting is needed to help bring an end to this public health epidemic,” Dr. Soper said in a news release. “The sad truth is that every death related to opioid misuse could have been prevented with effective treatment. In forming this task force, the AMA takes a leadership role in [preventing] the devastating consequences associated with the disease of addiction.”
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ICD-10 Update: Only Weeks to Go; CMS Call on August 27th to Help Prep
Fewer than 50 days
remain before the October 1st deadline to adopt ICD-10. Is your practice ready? Do
you know how to handle claims that span the implementation date? If you are not
sure of the answers to these questions, make sure to participate in a provider call
with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Eastern time August 27th. Experts from the American Health
Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Hospital
Association (AHA) will offer coding guidance and tips, along with updates from
CMS. The call also will cover:
to get answers to coding questions
to do with claims that span the implementation date
from acknowledgement and end-to-end testing weeks
for physician practices
CMS has already expanded
registration for this call once, so register
now to secure a spot. Additional important resources that can
help you get ready over the next seven weeks include:
is offering free assistance, including its "Road to 10" website aimed
specifically at smaller physician practices. This collection includes
primers for clinical documentation, clinical scenarios and other
specialty-specific resources to help with implementation. Read
more about the agency's resource
things you should know about the ICD-10 transition and the
flexibilities the American Medical Association (AMA) secured for physicians.
- A special
series at AMA
Wire® examines what you need to do each month to prepare for
the transition, whether you're an ICD-10 expert or just getting started.
AMA's ICD-10 Web page offers important information
and resources on implementation planning, from
cross-walking between ICD-9 and ICD-10 to testing your readiness.
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Choosing Wisely the Focus of MMA Senior Section Luncheon August 26
The MMA Senior Section quarterly luncheon will be held on Wednesday, August 26 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the MMA offices in the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester. The presentation will be by Quality Counts Executive Director Lisa Letourneau, M.D., MPH who will bring Section members up to date on the very popular Choosing Wisely initiative. The Choosing Wisely initiative is designed to better engage patients by educating them about questions they should be asking as they face a medical encounter, procedure or course of treatment.
Any MMA member is welcome to attend the Senior Section luncheon but please let us know you are coming as we have a terrific lunch available through our favorite caterer. You may RSVP to Lisa Martin at 622-3374 ext. 221 or via e-mail to email@example.com. The Section continues to be ably chaired by Buell Miller, M.D. [return to top]
Governor LePage and Attorney General Mills to Speak at MMA Annual Session
Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills have both confirmed their availability to speak at the MMA's 162nd Annual Session. Governor LePage will speak at 10:00 am Saturday morning, September 12th and Attorney General Mills will speak at noon on the same day. The Governor will speak for twenty minutes and will take fifteen minutes of Q & A following his remarks. The Attorney General will speak for approximately a half hour and also is willing to take questions from attendees. The Governor and Attorney General will not be speaking together, which is no surprise to any MMA member who keeps current with Maine's political scene.
Registration materials for the meeting in Bar Harbor, from September 11-13, 2015 has been mailed to each MMA member and will also be included in the next issue of Maine Medicine which will be arriving in offices around August 12th. Registration is also available on the Association's website at www.mainemed.com. The meeting once again will be held 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. In addition, the Mary Cushman, M.D. Award for Humanitarian Service and the MMA President's Award for Distinguished Service will be presented. Several MMA members will also be present to receive a fifty-year pin recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of their graduation from medical school.
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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 email@example.com. Potential exhibitors and sponsors should contact Lisa Martin at 622-3374, ext. 221 or via e-mail to lmartin@mainemedcom.
Senator King Convenes Roundtable on Telemedicine
Angus King on Thursday convened a roundtable – which brought together health
care experts, broadband providers, representatives from
the University of Maine, University of New England, and Husson
University, the Maine Medical Association, state representatives,
and innovative telemedicine businesses – to discuss the benefits
of telehealth technology, its implications for the future
of Maine's workforce, and how its delivery can be improved across the
state and country.
King called for greater federal investment in telehealth technologies and
regulatory changes that can help improve access to vital health care
services for people, especially the elderly, in rural states like Maine. “Telemedicine
has the potential to revolutionize the way we deliver health care
in America. Right here in Maine, we have seen how new telehealth
technologies are helping to connect people to their doctors without even
leaving their home,” Senator King said.
“Through collaboration and collective public-private efforts, we
can harness the potential of telemedicine to make health care more
accessible, lower costs, and improve care all at the same
the topics covered in the discussions were the benefits of telehealth
technology, its implications for the future of Maine's workforce, and how its
delivery can be improved across the state and country. Challenges to
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Some New Laws Affecting Medicine
Several of the bills that are now clearly part of Maine law
under the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s recent opinion in the “veto” case are of
interest to the medical community. They affect such matters as Medicaid,
opioids, smoking, prison health care, and mental health care.
Physicians will be affected by some or all of the following:
- LD 582 (Public Law 359), An Act to Establish a
State Educational Medicaid Officer;
319 (Public Law 356), An Act to Strengthen the Economic
Stability of Qualified Maine Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive
Health Care and Family Services;
140 (Public Law 351), An Act To Expand Access To
Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Medication;
1246 (Public Law 346), An Act To Strengthen Laws
Regarding the Manufacture and Sale of Methamphetamine and Other Drugs;
787 (Public Law 340), An Act To Provide Tax Credits for
Adult Day Care and Respite and Hospice Care;
729 (Public Law 330), An Act To Add Acetylfentanyl and
Methylfentanyl Derivatives to the List of Schedule W Drugs;
91 (Public Law 326), An Act To Allow Dental Hygienists To
Prescribe Fluoride Dentifrice and Antibacterial Rinse;
1391 (Public Law 325), An Act Regarding the Treatment of
1108 (Public Law 318), An Act To Protect Children and the
Public from Vapor from Electronic Smoking Devices;
1013 (Public Law 315), An Act To Prevent the Shackling of
Pregnant Prisoners and Pregnant Juveniles; and
1145 (Public Law 309), An Act To Improve Maine's
Involuntary Commitment Processes.
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Nearly An Additional Million Americans Enroll in Exchanges After Open Enrollment
Based on changes in work or life circumstances allowing for enrollment at any time, nearly a million people enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act after the February 15th enrollment deadline. The Obama administration said this past Thursday that between February 23rd and June 30, 2015, 943,934 Americans enrolled for coverage. The Administration also announced that the rate of uninsured has fallen by 15% since 2013. [return to top]
CME on Opioid Prescribing
SAMHSA is sponsoring a free CME course entitled “Clinical
Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety and Efficacy” on September
3rd, at the Double Tree in South Portland, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course,
designed for all clinicians practicing in primary care settings, will provide
specific knowledge and skills associated with safe prescribing of opioids,
including balancing optimal pain relief and preventing inappropriate use of
This program is provided by the Postgraduate Institute
for Medicine and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Maine Behavioral Health Workforce
Development Collaborative. It carries a maximum of 8.5 Category 1 CME credits. Faculty include Ted Parran, Jr., MD, FACP,
Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, and Stephen Wyatt, DO,
Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC
For more information, or to register for the program,
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9 Key Health Care Issues States May Face in 2016
More than 100 national, state and specialty society lobbyists, general counsel, health policy experts, and key staff gathered recently to exchange information and strategies on critical state health care issues, and participate in an informal format that supports open dialogue and idea-sharing.
The 9 items that came up for discussion at the AMA State Advocacy Roundtable Conference included:
- 1. Physician leadership in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic
- 2. The future of Medicaid managed care
- 3. Strategies for protecting the patient-physician relationship
- 4. Winning the hearts and minds of employed physicians
- 5. Protecting physicians from anticompetitive health insurance and hospital market consolidation
- 6. The next chapter in network adequacy and out-of-network care
- 7. Protecting your medical board from antitrust liability
- 8. Navigating a safe path to promoting modern medicine
- 9. Emerging trends in scope-of-practice advocacy
Staff in the AMA Advocacy Resource Center moderated the sessions and discussed how AMA model legislation, national data and other key resources could be adapted for state- and specialty-specific needs. MMA attorneys Gordon Smith, EVP and Peter MIchaud, Associate General Counsel participated in the roundtable meeting.
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Family Medicine and Outpatient Internal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.kvhc.org.
KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.
09/07/15Department 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.
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 email@example.com. Please reference search number PS0314D.
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
Winthrop Family Medicine Family
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Practice Physician – Bucksport Regional Health
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 email@example.com (or call 207-469-7371).
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:
Certification and a Maine license to practice medicine
malpractice insurance certificate
from an accredited program
of completion from an accredited psychiatric residency training program or from
a child psychiatry fellowship program
Candidates should mail or e-mail
(firstname.lastname@example.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
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: email@example.com.
Bath Iron Works is currently
hiring a Nurse Practitioner. If
interested please apply at: https://www.gdbiw.com/careers.
- Diagnose, treat and medically manage work-related injuries and illnesses for employees.
- Collaborate with on-site medical, nursing and workers' compensation personnel concerning work-related injury case management activities.
- 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.
- Works within current nurse practice act of the State of Maine.
- Master's degree in nursing required
- Certified nurse practitioner required
- Current State of Maine APN license
- Occupational health experience is highly desirable
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Medicine Physician at Sebasticook Valley Health in Pittsfield, Maine
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Urologist – Augusta, Maine
An all-service VA
Medical Center in an all-season recreational getaway! A Urologist is needed in
Augusta, Maine. Must-have an unrestricted state medical license. This is your
opportunity to use and develop your skills of diagnosing, treating, and managing
patients according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques.
B/C in Urology preferred. Qualified candidate will
have a current ACLS certification. Disabled persons and/or veterans are
encouraged to apply.
Most-importantly, you could experience the sense of
patriotism and pride associated with working with veterans. 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 have prior military experience, you may be able
to combine accrued military retirement credit with VA pension benefits.
Live in Augusta, or within easy commuting distance,
in the mid-coast region, in the mountains, or lakeside. Safe communities with
highly rated school systems. Variety of outdoors recreational destinations,
near-by college and university campuses, and other cultural events are some
examples of what central Maine has to offer. Living in Maine offers excellent
quality of life and access to many cultural and recreational activities.
Your salary will be determined by local
Physician/Dentist Compensation Panel (commensurate with education, experience
and qualifications). By law, U.S. Citizens will be given 1st preference but
non-citizens will be considered in the absence of qualified citizens.
Recruitment Incentive (or Relocation Incentive for a current VA employee) may
You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt
Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and
speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional
For more information contact John Poulin: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise
"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and
his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's
Primary Care Physicians Needed
VA Medical Center in an all-season recreational getaway! Primary Care
Physicians are needed for what could be a fulfilling, secure career caring for
grateful patients from Caribou, Maine, and the surrounding communities. Must-haves; B/C or B/E specializing in
Primary Care, Family Practice, or Internal Medicine by the appropriate
accrediting agencies, unrestricted state medical license. This is your
opportunity to use and develop your skills of diagnosing, treating, and
managing patients according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and
persons and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.
This is the opportunity for you to
receive a competitive salary, a generous leave package, excellent health &
life insurance benefits, and retirement benefits. Additionally, you could
experience the sense of patriotism and pride associated with working with
veterans. 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 have prior
military experience, you may be able to combine accrued military retirement
credit with VA pension benefits.
You may be
eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact
Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt
Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information. Relocation expenses are not authorized for
communities with highly rated school systems. Variety of outdoors recreational
destinations, near-by college and university campuses, and other cultural
events are some examples of what Aroostook County, Maine has to offer.
Maine Healthcare System (formerly Togus VA Medical Center) proudly serves
Maine's veterans at a main campus in Augusta or any of nine outpatient clinics.
It's a modern 67 bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and
mental health beds, as well as 40 Skilled-Longer Stay beds, a 25-bed Dementia
Unit, and a hospice unit. Living in Maine offers excellent quality of life and
access to many cultural and recreational activities.
will be determined by local Physician/Dentist Compensation Panel (commensurate
with education, experience and qualifications). By law, U.S. Citizens will be
given 1st preference but non-citizens will be considered in the absence of
qualified citizens. Recruitment Incentive (or Relocation Incentive for a
current VA employee) may be available.
For more information contact John
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who
shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving
and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
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American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter (MAAP) and the Atlantic Pediatric Society (APS)
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/
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
General Information for 2015
When and where
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)
– 8:15 Registration and Continental
1 and Level 2 are run simultaneously)
1 – An Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management
- The Diagnostic and Return to Play
- 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
2 – Interpreting Neurocognitive Testing
- Using ImPACT Testing in Concussion
- Interpreting ImPACT Test Results
- Case Reviews
- Review and Wrap-up
for Health Care Professionals (MD, DO, NP, PA, Neuropsychologist, ATC, RN, PT,
for school personnel and all other attendees
nurses, coaches, school athletic directors, administrators, parents, etc.)
for students – currently enrolled in a college program
- Continental Breakfast and mid-morning break
- CEU/CME credits for Health Care Professionals
Confirmation will be sent by email and will include:
- Directions to training location.
- Training agenda.
Salis, PT, ATC
Membership Committee Chair
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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.
14th Annual Downeast Ophthalmologgy Symposium
October 2-4, 2015
Harborside Hotel & Marina - Bar Harbor, ME
The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons will be hosting the 14th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium October 2-4, 2015 at the Harborside Hotel and Marina in Bar Harbor, Maine for ophthalmologists across the country to attend.
For more information, please visit http://www.maineeyemds.com/symposium-home or contact Shirley Goggin at 207-445-2260 or mailto:email@example.com.