September 28, 2015

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MMA's 25th Annual Practice Education Symposium and MHMC Annual Meeting Combined for one Super Event, Nov. 18
MMA has combined the 25th Annual Practice Education Symposium with the Annual Meeting of the Maine Health Management Coalition.   The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.   Keynote speakers include author Dan Heath and Attorney General Janet Mills.
In addition to the keynote speakers, nearly a dozen breakout sessions are scheduled, including several that would be included in our Annual Practice Education Symposium.  The theme of the conference is "LEADING CHANGE:  How to Make the Switch from Volume to Value". 

Among the topics covered will be the following:
Value-Based Insurance Design
Wellness Trusts
Using behavioral economics to incentivize health
Employer on-site health clinics
New laws impacting medical practice from the 127th Legislature
Data reports from the Prescription Monitoring Program
ACA updates for employers and providers
Register now at MEMHC.ORG/SYMPOSIUM.    Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available.  

Two Last-Minute ICD-10 Webinars Remaining: Is Your Practice Ready for Thursday?

With only a few days before ICD-10 implementation on October 1, MaineCare is hosting two more webinars to help prepare providers.

The two September webinars will include the same materials.  They will include reviewing changes to prior authorization criteria sheets, new error messaging, examples of split billing and screen shots of the claims, referral and prior authorization screens.

The webinars will be offered on:

·         Monday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 ·         Wednesday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To register, send your name, email address, NPI, your role within the organization, and the date of the webinar attending to the ICD-10 email box <>.  You will receive an email with the registration information before the webinar. [return to top]

MMA, Maine Section of ACOG and Other Interested Parties Continue Work on Potential Licensing of Certified Professional Midwives
Tomorrow, Sept. 29, MMA and other interested parties will hold their 15th facilitated negotiating session intended to lead to a consensus legislative proposal that would license Certified Professional Midwives  (CPMs) in Maine.  Introduced as a concept draft last session by State Senator Amy Volk, (R, Scarborough), L.D. 690, An Act to Ensure the Safety of Home Birth, the bill proposes to license and regulate the approximately thirty certified professional midwives practicing in Maine utilizing the global educational standard recognized last year by several midwifery organizations, the American College of Nurse Midwives and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  

Participants in the biweekly negotiating sessions include the Maine Section of ACOG, the Maine Association of the American College of Nurse Midwives, AWHONN ME (perinatal nurses), the Maine Association of CPMs, the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maine Medical Association.  The negotiations are being facilitated by Carol Kelly, BS of Pivot Point Inc.  The work is being funded through a grant from the AMA/National Medical Societies Scope of Practice Partnership.
The bill is expected to contain provisions that will establish:
1.  Criteria for licensure and oversight;
2.  A regulatory body including certified professional midwives, clients, certified nurse midwives and physicians to oversee complaint and disciplinary processes;
3. Procedures to allow other health providers to consult with, collaborate with or accept transfer of care from a licensed professional midwife;
4.  Procedures to allow for protected peer review for licensed certified professional midwives; and
5.  Requirements for data collection and submission for quality improvement purposes.
CPM's last attempted licensure in Maine in 2007.  That attempt was opposed by the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Section of ACOG  and several other medical organizations and the bill establishing licensure did not pass.   A compromise was reached allowing access to some prescription medication in exchange for the reporting of their use, however.
Several circumstances have changed in the past eight years that may make it possible for a consensus bill to be drafted and enacted.  Among those are the development of a minimum educational standard that all CPMs would be required to meet by Jan. 1, 2020.  In addition, the successful effort last year to draft guidelines for transfer from home/birthing center to hospital created some positive relationships that heretofore had not existed among the interested parties.
Across the country, 29 states license CPMs, including New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Questions about the bill and the process may be directed to MMA's EVP Gordon Smith, Esq., at or by calling 207-622-3374 ext. 212.
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AMA website offers physician resources aimed at curbing nationís opioid misuse

New Web pages aimed at providing physicians with key education and training resources to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis now are available on the AMA website. The new content was developed as part of the robust work underway by the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse that was launched last month. The Task Force is a collaborative effort by the AMA, American Osteopathic Association, American Dental Association, and more than 20 state and specialty medical societies.

One of the task force’s main goals is to encourage physician education on effective, evidence-based prescribing.

“Voluntarily enhancing our education is a core function that all physicians should embrace,” said AMA Chair-elect, Patrice A. Harris, MD. “That’s why we are working to ensure physicians have the education, resources and training they need on effective, evidence-based prescribing. As physicians, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on managing pain and promoting safe, responsible opioid prescribing.”

In developing this new online resource, the AMA and the member organizations of the task force identified many key resources that are free or low-cost. These include continuing medical education webinars on preventing opioid abuse, opioid prescribing guidelines, perspectives on the issue and other resources for prescribers. The new section also includes a resource that allows physicians to access state-specific and specialty-specific information from more than 50 state and specialty medical societies.
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Concerned about EHRs and Stage 3 Meaningful Use Regulations? Join Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow Night

Please join the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) for a town hall meeting on Sept. 29, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. (EDT) in Waltham, Mass. You’ll have the opportunity to share your own experiences and challenges related to EHRs and hear more about EHR regulations from these national and local physician leaders:

  • MMS Vice-President Henry Dorkin, MD

  • Ken Mandl, MD, of Boston’s Children’s and SMART Pioneer

  • AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD

This event will also be streamed online starting at 7 p.m. (EDT)—Register today!

Even if you can’t participate in this event, you can still make your voice heard on this critical issue.

Visit to share your thoughts about EHR problems and solutions.

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Providers Get Help in Spotting Drug Abuse

The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services has launched a new tool to help prescribers spot drug misuse and addiction. Called "Search and Rescue", the online hub, developed by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids with support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is also designed to tell providers what to do if they suspect a patient is abusing prescribed medications.

"Search and Rescue" provides physicians straightforward information about how to identify prescription drug abuse, tools to help prescribers prevent and respond to medicine abuse among their patients, and additional local and online resources including links to CME courses that comply with the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). It is designed to supplement the Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the Diversion Alert Program. [return to top]

MMA Secures Member Discount for Disability Income

In our continued commitment to providing our members with valued benefits we are excited to announce that through Baystate Financial, our preferred provider of Financial Planning and Advisory Services, we have  negotiated an association discount for individual income insurance.

With a consistent flow of income providing the underpinning of their financial well-being, we want to provide our members preferred access to quality and cost effective individual disability coverage.

Please see below the insert that appeared in the most recent Maine Medicine newsletter.  For more information please contact Larry Perry at  Baystate Financial at 207-770-2021.

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Job Openings

Department of Psychiatry Faculty Position

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Psychiatry, in a productive collaboration with the State of Maine, is seeking psychiatrists to join our faculty for inpatient responsibilities at the Riverview Psychiatric Center.

Riverview Psychiatric Center is a 92-bed acute psychiatric facility located in Augusta, ME and is the flagship inpatient treatment center for Maine’s public mental health system.  Psychiatrists with expertise in general inpatient psychiatry or forensic psychiatry are encouraged to apply.

Academic duties can include teaching and supervision of medical students and residents. Research opportunities available and encouraged.

Candidates should be board certified or eligible in Psychiatry. This position will include a faculty appointment at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth at a rank and salary commensurate with experience. Curriculum vitae and three letters of reference, addressed to Dr. William Torrey, Search Chair, should be e-mailed to  Please reference search number PS0314D.

Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic/Geisel School of Medicine is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.



DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in beautiful Central Maine.  We are seeking a full time physician for immediate placement.  A current unencumbered Maine license and proficiency with electronic medical records are required.

Our three health centers serve a multicultural, rural population of about 10,000 patients and have a family practice focus serving pediatrics to geriatrics.  We have integrated behavioral health, care managers, a patient assistance coordinator and an excellent clinical support staff to support the candidate in delivering excellent clinical care.

Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, life insurance, 401K retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, generous paid time off and an incentive plan.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.  If you want additional information about this position, which combines making a difference in patients’ lives with a family-friendly work life, please fax (207-524-2459) or e-mail (Laurie.kane-lewis your resume as soon as possible to Laurie Kane-Lewis, CEO.



As a General Surgeon in the Air Guard, you’ll adapt the skills and knowledge you’ve gained in your civilian career to the military environment.  You’ll provide urgent treatment to Air Guard personnel sick or wounded during duty, and regular healthcare to personnel training in your unit.


The Air Guard gives you the opportunity to serve your community and country with pride, and help people in a whole new way. If you still have student loans, you may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program, or you can potentially get money for college that transfers to your dependents through the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

Besides a monthly paycheck, as a member of the Air Guard you’ll receive low-cost life insurance, a military retirement plan, and eligibility for VA home loans. With more than 140 Air Guard bases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands you’ll be able to serve where you live, without interrupting your civilian medical practice. And as an Air Guard member you’ll have access to Base Exchange and Commissary shopping as well as free available air travel.

Learn More Today

Go to or call 1-800-To-Go-ANG to find out how you can become an important member of America’s homeland defense in the Air Guard.


Orthopedic Surgeon

The Air Guard Orthopedic Surgeon examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases and injuries of musculoskeletal system by surgical and conservative means. In this role, you’ll manage orthopedic surgery services as well as oversee the administration of anesthetics and provide diet recommendations in addition to performing surgical procedures.


The Air Guard gives you the opportunity to serve your community and country with pride, and help people in a whole new way. If you still have student loans, you may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program, or you can potentially get money for college that transfers to your dependents through the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

 Besides a monthly paycheck, as a member of the Air Guard you’ll receive low-cost life insurance, a military retirement plan, and eligibility for VA home loans. With more than 140 Air Guard bases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands you’ll be able to serve where you live, without interrupting your civilian medical practice. And as an Air Guard member you’ll have access to Base Exchange and Commissary shopping as well as free available air travel.

Learn More Today

Go to or call 1-800-To-Go-ANG to find out how you can become an important member of America’s homeland defense in the Air Guard.


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:


Physician (MD/DO) – Brunswick, ME – Full-Time

We are seeking a Physician with interest in occupational medicine to work full-time at our Brunswick, Maine clinic. The Physician will provide medical treatment to work-related illnesses and injuries.

Requirements: Degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) from a U.S. accredited institution. Previous experience in Industrial Medicine, Emergency Medicine or General Practice preferred. Current license to practice medicine in the State

About U.S. HealthWorks:  U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group is a leading national provider of occupational medicine and urgent care services. Operating over 200 locations in 20 states with nearly 4,000 employees, including approximately 1,200 medical providers; U.S. HealthWorks serves thousands of patients each day.

In addition to competitive salaries we offer:

  • Occupational Medicine Focus

  • Incentive plans

  • Opportunity to grow and learn with an industry-leading healthcare organization

  • Flexible hours and excellent work environment

Benefits for full-time employees to include: health, dental, vision, 401(k)

Apply Today!

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


Online:   Requisition Number 8521

Phone:800-992-4442 ext. 2659



Winthrop Family Medicine Family Practitioner

Live and work amidst the beauty of scenic central Maine where you’re just a short drive away from ski resorts, lakes and rivers, award-winning golf courses, abundant hiking, and the beautiful Maine coast. 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.

MaineGeneral Medical Center, Central Maine's premier integrated health delivery system, is seeking a BC/BE Family Practitioner to join our nationally recognized Advanced Medical Home practice that delivers care in a team model.

Job Details and Requirements:

·        Join a collaborative group made up of 11 MDs, DOs, NPs and PAs

·        Provide a full range of care including: newborn and pediatric care, adult medicine, gynecology, geriatric and nursing home care

·        Outpatient opportunity

·        Technology includes an electronic medical record, online digital radiology program, and online hospital records and ordering

Benefits of practicing at MaineGeneral include:

·        Competitive salary

·        Loan repayment opportunities

·        Generous earned time program

·        Full health, vision and dental benefits

·        Relocation allowance

·        CME time and dollars

·        Retirement plans with employer match

For more information or to apply, contact Tiffiny Lamarre, Physician Recruiter at 207-621-4636 or


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


BC/BE Family Practice Physician

HealthReach Community Health Centers seeks a BC/BE Family Practice Physician to provide primary care at both Strong Area and Mt. Abram Regional Health Centers. Both practices hold NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home certification and offer accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services to people of all ages. Strong also offers general dentistry. Strong and Kingfield which are 13 miles apart are located in Franklin County. They are close to Farmington with Sugarloaf and Saddleback Mountains nearby, and together serve 5,000 area residents annually. We offer competitive compensation and malpractice coverage. The sites are eligible for loan repayment. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | 207-660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | | |  


Medical Director/Psychiatrist - Woodfords Family Services

Woodfords Family Services, 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 ( 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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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:


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 Coalition Trainings

The last Maine Concussion Management Initiative training program for 2015, will be held on October 20th as the Youth Concussion Track at the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine conference at USM-Portland campus. Level 1 – Introduction to Concussion and Concussion Management will be from 9:30am to1:00pm. Level 2 – Interpreting Neurocognitive Testing will be from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Level 1 is a perquisite to taking Level 2.

To register, go to: and click on BIAA-Maine Conference (in menu on left).

MCMI training for 2016 will be held in March, June and October with a possible fourth training in Aroostook County in the spring. Details, when available, will be posted at  

Any questions – contact Jan Salis, PT, ATC, MCMI Membership and Education Committee at



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


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 or contact Shirley Goggin at 207-445-2260 or


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