August 31, 2015

 
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Stories of Heartbreak Emerge from Heroin Roundtable and Summit

Last Tuesday, U.S. Senator Angus King and Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli held a Roundtable discussion at EMHS offices in Brewer focusing on the heroin abuse problem in Maine and across the country.  More than 60 individuals involved in treatment, prevention, and law enforcement, and including patients and families attended the Roundtable to offer comments and proposed solutions to the problem.  

The event was held at the corporate offices of Eastern Maine Health System in Brewer and was entitled, "Opioid Abuse in Maine:  Federal response to a public health and safety crisis."  The discussion focused on how federal policies can be improved to better address the serious threat that opioid abuse poses to personal and public health and safety in cities and towns across Maine.  Individuals participating, including MMA representatives, came from a range of treatment professionals and agencies and included patients and family members as well.  Director Botticelli has a summer property in the central Maine area and has a genuine interest in the state where he has spent substantial time.

"Drug abuse has torn families apart, ruined lives and far too many times robbed us of those we love and care about," Senator King said in a prepared statement.  "It's a serious and tragic problem that's taken a turn for the worse in Maine, which is why we must have this important discussion to see how we can begin to do better by those who are struggling with drug addiction."

The goal of Tuesday's forum was to bring together people from around the state - both rural and urban - who are on the front lines of this crisis to discuss ongoing challenges and potential federal solutions in the effort to combat this dangerous trend.  The event was widely covered by the media and was followed a day later by the Governor's summit on the same topic.  Although the summit was closed to the public and the media, several participants joined in a press event following the summit.  Of particular significance, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty, who attended both the Roundtable and the Summit, announced that as a result of the summit, he would be calling together three task forces, focused respectively on prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.

Notes from the Roundtable discussion are being prepared and MMA will make them available to members and interested parties as soon as we have them.

The heroin issue will likely be one of the primary topics addressed at the Annual Session next week in Bar Harbor as both Governor LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills will be speaking on Saturday morning, September 12th.

 
 
 
 
 

Register Today for MMA Annual Meeting September 11-13, 2015 in Bar Harbor

Members and guests intending to attend the Association's 162nd Annual Meeting in Bar Harbor from September 11-13 need to register soon and make hotel reservations if they are intending to stay in the area.  While few, if any, rooms are left at the Harborside, several other accommodations are available within walking distance of the meeting.

Highlights of the meeting include presentations by Governor LePage and Attorney General Mills on Saturday and the awards dinner on Saturday evening.  Three hours of CME are available.  Members and guests are also encouraged to sign up for the 35th Edmund Hardy, M.D. Road Race.  The race is approximately three miles and includes the path along the ocean before proceeding through residential areas.  

Specialty society meetings on Saturday afternoon include the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists, the Maine Urological Association, and the Maine Radiological Society.

Registration is available on the MMA website at www.mainemed.com.

 
 
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Maine Vaccination Rate Now the Best in the Nation for Children 19 to 35 Months Old

In 2014, Maine outperformed all the other states in getting recommended vaccines to children ages 19 to 35 months, according to a report released last week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The vaccination rate for the series of seven vaccines protecting against 11 diseases was 84.7 percent, representing a 16.7 percentage point increase of the state's 2013 rate which was below the nation's average.

Most observers interviewed about the marked improvement attributed the change to several sustained projects going on in the state addressing the issue.  Much of the effort has been led by Quality Counts which for four years has worked with more than twenty pediatric and family practice settings in the state.   Congratulations to the many physicians and the parents who have protected their patients and children against many diseases that in the past have been common childhood occurrences.

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General Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon, and Psychiatrist Available; No Finder's Fee Required!

From time to time MMA hears from physicians of their interest in practicing in Maine or in staying in Maine if there has been a change in their practice setting.   While we do not operate a recruitment center, the Association does certainly have an interest in assisting its members in finding available positions and conversely in helping practices, hospitals, FQHCs, and other health care organizations in filling available positions.  With the Maine Hospital Association no longer operating the Recruitment Center, there is no longer a centralized resource for us.  So, occasionally we will use the Weekly Update as a means to communicate the availability and interest of physicians looking for positions in Maine.

In this regard, we are aware of a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who will be available in the summer of 2016. She is very interested in practicing in Maine.  We are also aware of a board certified general surgeon with an active Maine license who is available immediately for full-time work.  Finally, we are in touch with a board certified psychiatrist who is interested in part-time work (two days a week or less) in the Portland area.

If you are interested in reviewing CVs or in otherwise considering any of these individuals, please contact Gordon Smith via e-mail to gsmith@mainemed.com.

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In Memory of Richard T. Chamberlin, M.D., 1930-2015

The MMA family this past week was sorry to learn of the death of long-time member Richard Chamberlin, M.D. of Belgrade.  While born in Vermont, Dr. Chamberlain's roots in Maine were strong and he will be greatly missed.  He was a graduate of Waterville High School and Colby College before moving on to Tufts University School of Medicine.  Upon graduating in 1956 from Tufts, he completed an internship at the University of Indiana Hospital, served in the U.S. Navy, and then completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and the Boston VA Hospital.

Dr. Chamberlin returned to Waterville to practice internal medicine and held a number of positions at Thayer Hospital.  From 1977-1985, he served as Medical Director of the Bingham Associates Fund and several academic positions at Tufts.  In l985, he moved back to Maine to serve as Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine.  He held a number of positions at the company until his first retirement in 1999.  Returning to the Central Maine area, he lived with his wife Shirley for the last several years on Salmon Lake in Belgrade.  He also continued to work part-time, provided valuable services to the Social Security Administration and its Disability Determination Services right up until the time of his death.

Dr. Chamberlin was an active AMA and MMA member for more than forty years.  At MMA, he was particularly active on the Loan & Trust Committee which provided low interest loans to medical students from Maine.  Our condolences go out to his wife Shirley Luce Chamberlin and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Maine's medical community has lost another giant but his positive influence will continue to impact the profession for many years to come.

Dr. Chamberlin designated Carrabasset Valley Academy as the preferred recipient of any remembrances in his memory.

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Donations Sought for MMA Silent Auction Held at Annual Session

For the past few years, MMA has held a silent auction at the Annual Session benefiting the medical school scholarship fund which is within the Maine Medical Education Trust.  We have always relied primarily on donations from the members and this year will be no exception.  If you are able to donate an item to the auction, such as a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant, tickets to an upcoming event, or a weekend at your winter or summer vacation home, please contact Dee deHaas at MMA (622-3374, ext. 219 or e-mail ddehaas@mainemed.com).  And thank you! [return to top]

Attorney General Mills Reports on 2015 Drug Overdose Deaths

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills recently released statistics on overdose deaths from heroin or fentanyl this year and noted that they are on a pace to exceed the record numbers from 2014.  Through June 30, 2015, sixty-three deaths have occurred from overdoses of either heroin or fentanyl.  In 2014, 100 deaths were associated with the two drugs with 57 from heroin and 43 attributable to fentanyl.  Of the sixty deaths this year, 37 deaths were primarily caused by heroin and 26 from fentanyl.  

"These numbers are terribly distressing," Attorney General Mills said in a released statement.  "The first six months of 2015 show that this crisis continues unabated and we - everyone in the state of Maine - still have a great deal of work to do to get this under control."

In 2014, 208 people overdosed and died in Maine, with many of the drugs still prescription opiates and not street drugs.  

Attorney General Mills will speak at the upcoming MMA Annual Session.  Her talk will be at noontime on Saturday, September 12th at the Bar Harbor Club adjacent to the Harborside Hotel.  For registration information, see www.mainemed.com or call Diane McMahon at MMA at 622-3374, ext. 216 or via e-mail to dmcmahon@mainemed.com.  Potential exhibitors should contact Lisa Martin at MMA at 622-3374, ext. 221 (e-mail is lmartin@mainemed.com).

 

 
 
 
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Notes on SIM Steering Committee Meeting of August 26th

Many thanks to Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP and Rhonda Selvin, APRN who serve as the two healthcare practitioner representatives on the SIM (State Innovation Model) Steering Committee which meets monthly to oversee the work related to the $33 million federal grant.  Rhonda prepared the notes for the meeting last Wednesday and offered these points:

  1. With Dr. Flanigan departing for California, MaineCare Director Stefanie Nadeau will service as the interim Chair of the Committee.
  2. SIM communications.  State leadership continually tries to improve how the SIM work is communicated and determine if it is effective.  There is now a quarterly report and a monthly newsletter available on-line.
  3. There were several subcommittee reports, as follows:
  4. Frank Johnson provided updates for the PTE (Pathways to Excellence) Behavioral Health and Provider groups, Value Based Insurance Design, Accountable Care Implementation and Payment Reform.  Reports are included in the minutes on the website.
  5. Lisa Tuttle reported on Delivery System Reform.  Of particular note, a small but effective care coordination pilot and integration with CCT work tracking visits from the hospital at first contact seems to have positive experience.  Patients found the intervention favorable and readmissions in this small sample were reduced in those accepting services with those that declined going up.  But some of the trend in readmissions is going the other way and Randy Chenard, SIM Grant Director pointed out that this trend needed to be watched closely.  The Patient Centered Medical Home/Health Home learning collaborative work will focus on reducing readmissions this year.
  6. A summary from the Lewin organization reviewed dashboard and consumer surveys.  MaineCare leadership believes the targets are achievable and will move forward with MaineCare data only at this point. Jay Yoe described the MaineCare targets once again.  The methodology went to the evaluation subcommittee for discussion.  Targets were based on data and trends the group found appropriate.  The targets have been defined as achievable, not merely aspirational.  This statement led to some discussion and pushback by committee members.  Concern was expressed that the data could be misconstrued as it will be reported as MaineCare data and not be broken down at the provider level.  Data coming from the Maine Health Management Coalition will be publicly reported at the provider level.  Mr. Chenard will draft a memo for the committee members to review prior to the next meeting.
  7. Lewin group evaluators walked members through the SIM Core Measure Dashboard and discussed how it will be displayed publicly.  The data will be updated quarterly.  A committee member asked that the denominator be shown in the build out.  Questions were asked about ACO data and how it would be shown through commercial data.
  8. Kris Ossenfort from Anthem presented an update on commercial targets.  The SIM leadership team met recently with the Association of Health Plans. 
  9. Fran Jensen, CMMI, updated members on the effort to include develop target for Medicare and include in the core evaluation measures.  Fran reminded members that identifying targets, reporting and sustainability are all requirements of the SIM grant funding.  The federal government does not set a state target for Medicare, but the SIM steering committee or leadership team could do so.
  10. Risk Mitigation review.  Item 24 involving payment reform was discussed.  It was acknowledged that without aggressive payment reform, much of the system delivery changes will be stuck.  Bailit Health has been retained to hold discussions with providers to identify what would be needed to reach the tiers of investment, partial integration and full integration.

Discussion was prompted by a consumer representative questioning how much integration the Health Homes have been able to achieve.  Is it an issue of failure to transform, a too aggressive timeline, or is the support not deep enough.  You can find more information about the SIM Grant work on the web here.

 
      
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2014 PQRS Quality Measures May be Publicly Reported

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publicly display a subset of individual 2014 PQRS measures through star ratings on physicians’ individual profile pages in late 2015.  Since 2014, CMS has publicly reported PQRS quality information on group practices participating under the group practice reporting option through star ratings.

In response to AMA advocacy, CMS will only report information through star ratings on physicians and group practice that were successful with 2014 PQRS.  Physicians and group practices will also have the opportunity to review the information before it goes live and flag problematic information.  The preview period will last 30 days and is expected to start Oct. 5. In order to review a preview report, a physician will have to access the report through the PQRS Portal and have an EIDM account.

The AMA will continue to advocate for a longer preview period and ensure that displayed information is accurate and statistically valid and reliable.

CMS will host three one-hour webinars where physicians and stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions about public reporting on Physician Compare and the 2014 quality measure preview period. All sessions will present the same information and will be offered at:

  • 1 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 22
  • 4 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 23
  • 11 a.m. Eastern time Sept. 24

Register today for a session.

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CMS Discovers PQRS Data Errors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that various errors were discovered in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data submitted by vendors on behalf of physicians and group practices that reported via electronic health records (EHR) and qualified clinical data registries (QCDR).  Physicians who participated and reported in 2014 PQRS through claims and clinical registries are not affected.

Because of the errors, the EHR and QCDR data is inconsistent and cannot be used to calculate quality performance for the 2016 value modifier, nor can PQRS performance information be included on Physician Compare.  For PQRS and the meaningful use EHR incentive programs, there is no impact because physicians are judged on whether they successfully reported rather than on their actual performance—simply receiving the data will allow CMS to deem a physician or group practice as successful for purposes of avoiding a payment adjustment in 2016 or for receiving a 2014 incentive.  There will be no need for physicians or group practices to submit a PQRS informal review request.

For the value modifier, which involves calculating actual quality scores in addition to determining whether quality measures were reported, CMS has acknowledged the vendor data errors may create problems.  Specifically, CMS will not be able to accurately calculate the PQRS portion of the Quality Composite Score.  Instead, the score will be based solely on the claims-based outcomes measures and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey, if applicable.

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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.

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

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.

9/7/15

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.

9/7/15 

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.

9/14/15

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.

9/14/15

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 be available.

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.

For more information contact John Poulin: john.poulin@va.gov

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.

9/14/15

Primary Care Physicians Needed

An all-service 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 techniques.

Disabled 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 this position.

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 Aroostook County, Maine has to offer.

VA 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.

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 be available.

For more information contact John Poulin: john.poulin@va.gov

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.

9/14/15

 

 

 

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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

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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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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

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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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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:sgoggin@mainemed.com.

 

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