November 2, 2015

 
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CMS to Reimburse for Discussion of End of Life Care, Effective Jan. 1, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on Friday that it would begin reimbursing physicians and other health care professionals for discussions with patients regarding end of life care, beginning Jan.1, 2016, thus ending a controversy that began six years ago when such coverage was removed from the Affordable Care Act over concerns about "death panels."
The rule announced last week was originally proposed in July and had not engendered the angst and animosity of a similar proposal made at the time of the establishment of the ACA. The coverage will apply to conversations about the type of medical care patients want when approaching the end of their life, including discussion about advance life planning.  The rule will apply to about 50 million Medicare beneficiaries and could encourage more private health plans to pay for such services, as well.  A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 80% of Americans supported Medicare and private health plans paying for end-of-life conversations.

 
At MMA's Nov. 18th Practice Education Seminar in Portland, this year held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Maine Health Management Coalition, there will be a breakout session on end of life conversations and the new Medicare Benefit.  The session will be presented by professional staff with Healthcentric Advisers, the QIO for the northeast region. Registration for the program is available on the MHMC and MMA websites.   The first 400 registrants will receive a copy of "Switch", the acclaimed book co-authored by keynote speaker Dan Health.
 
 

CompareMaine.org Website Launched by Maine Health Data Organization

The Maine Health Data Organization last week unveiled its new website intended to encourage consumers of health care to shop around and compare costs and quality data before choosing where to receive medical care.  The site, www.CompareMaine.org, has pricing information on 200 medical procedures at 170 healthcare facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic imaging centers, labs and clinics. Next year the site will be expanded to include more cost comparisons. The data come from the state's All-Payer Claims Database. The site was paid for by a $3.7 million federal grant and has been in a design and construction phase for nearly two years.  A consumer advisory panel provided feedback on the content, design and functionality of the site.

In addition to pricing information, the site includes quality data which come from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a media interview, MHDO Executive Director Karynlee Harrington noted that Maine is a leader in making health care costs transparent and the aim is to make the site as consumer friendly as possible.  "People want to know what their options are," Harrington said. "It's one tool in the toolbox, and it will allow patients to have informed discussion with their doctors." An article on the website in the Portland Press Herald on Saturday (Oct. 31) featured data on the cost of childbirth and showed variations across the state from a low of $5,402 to a high of $13,428 for a vaginal birth.

The MHDO is an independent state agency governed by a multi-stakeholder group appointed by the Governor from nominations from various interest groups.  Physicians are currently represented on the Board by Neil Korsen, M.D.  Dr. Korsen and Ms. Harrington have kept MMA staff apprised of the work on the site and have consistently asked for MMA input. While the site is only as good as the data provided through the claims and survey processes, it is a start and keeps Maine in the forefront of the effort to make the cost of medical care more transparent. MMA is interested in the feedback of members and member practices regarding the site and its use by your patients. Comments should be directed to EVP Gordon Smith at gsmith@mainemed.com.

Members are also reminded that this site should now be included in the information required to be provided to patients under the healthcare transparency law.  The law requires healthcare entities to "prominently display in a location that is readily accessible to patients information on the price transparency tools available from the publicly accessible website of the Maine Health Data Organization established pursuant to chapter 1683 to assist consumers with obtaining estimates of costs associated with healthcare services and procedures."  For healthcare entities that do not routinely provide services in an office setting, posting a link to the MHDO satisfies the law's requirements.

 
 
 

 
 
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MMA Welcomes the Employed Physicians at Calais Regional Hospital as its Newest Group Member

The Maine Medical Association welcomes the 13 physicians employed at Calais Regional Hospital as its newest group member. Following a presentation at the medical staff meeting on Oct. 1 by MMA EVP Gordon Smith, the staff unanimously voted to join as a group and the administration of the hospital has agreed to pay the group dues for one year and to leave further negotiations to a new CEO expected to be named by the end of the year.

MMA appreciates the efforts of medical staff President Cressey Brazier, M.D., interim Medical Director Guy Nuki, M.D. and interim hospital CEO Bert Whitaker in making this group membership possible.

MMA has over thirty group memberships in Maine Hospitals and group medical practices with over five physicians. A group membership, with discounted dues, is available in situations where all the physicians agree to belong to the association and where the dues are paid in one check.  If your practice or hospital is interested in a group membership, contact EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. at gsmith@mainemed.com.  An alternative membership is available for federally qualified health centers with five physicians or less.

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Open Enrollment in the Marketplace Exchange Began Nov. 1

The 2016 sign-up season for purchasing health insurance in the ACA Marketplace Exchange began yesterday, Nov. 1 and, once again, MMA is partnering with member practices to provide relevant information to patients who may qualify for subsidies in the Exchange. The enrollment period will last for three months, ending on Jan. 31, 2016. Patients who currently have a 2015 health insurance plan through the Marketplace should review their plans and either renew coverage or select another plan for 2016. The Obama administration recently announced that it expects only a small increase in enrollment this year. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell has set a target of 10 million people being enrolled and paying their premiums by the end of next year.  That is only a small increase from the number of individuals covered through the exchanges now.

Secretary Burwell stated that it will be more difficult to sign up the remaining uninsured as many are young, with limited resources, and many are not aware of their eligibility for subsidies available through the exchange. Depending on household income, consumers may be able to get lower costs on monthly Marketplace health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs.  Most people who apply will qualify for some kind of savings.

Outside of Open Enrollment, some people may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if they have certain life changes, such as having a baby, adopting a child, or placing a child for adoption; getting married; change in Immigration status; moving to a new coverage area; aging off a parent’s plan at 26; or losing health insurance (but not if lost due to non-payment or voluntarily dropping coverage).   

The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2015 for the 2016 calendar year. During this time one can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage or switch between Medicare Advantage plans.

MMA is assisting medical practices with Open Enrollment by providing informational materials that can be shared with eligible patients.  If you are interested in partnering with MMA in this important endeavor, contact Susan Kring at skring@mainemed.com.  These efforts are supported by a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF).

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Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) Scaled Back Starting In January, 2016

Health Care providers participating in Medicare received some welcome news on October 28 when CMS sent a letter to RAC contractors cutting back their scope and authority. RAC audits have long been a source of conflict with Medicare participating providers, partially because they are paid on a percentage of what they collect, thereby creating an inappropriate incentive to hassle providers unnecessarily. 

RAC audits recouped $2.4 billion in improper payments in 2014, down from $3.7 billion in 2013 before CMS limited some types of audit activities and temporarily suspended the program for several moths.

Starting in January, the auditors will be limited to reviewing only 0.5% of the claims CMS pays to each hospital or provider every 45 days.  The current threshold is 2% of claims.  These changes were made based upon stakeholder feedback, stated a Medicare spokesperson upon release of the changes.  The new rules, he said, "help strike the right balance between the agency's responsibility to ensure that Medicare claims are paid appropriately, that beneficiaries continue to have access to necessary services, and that program integrity efforts are focused on providers...who present the greatest risk to the program."

MMA has long objected to audits of Medicare and Medicaid paid upon the basis of the amount collected and was successful a few years ago in successfully supporting a change in state law which prohibited DHHS from contracting on that basis for audits of MaineCare providers. Unfortunately, based upon federal demands, the LePage administration was successful in amending the law to allow for RAC audits in Medicare.  Those audits, so far, have been largely limited to dental providers and hospitals.

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DHHS Posts RFA for MaineCare Accountable Communities Initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services has posted the RFA for its MaineCare Accountable Communities Initiative at: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/vbp/accountable.html.

Following is the Department’s press release on the event:

Key dates are listed below:

1. Application due – January 15, 2016

2. Implementation – August 1, 2016

Background

The AC program is MaineCare’s version of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), under which groups of providers can share in savings for an assigned population, with the exact amount of any shared savings payments tied to the ACs score on a range of quality measures.

Under the program, DHHS enters a three-year AC contract with the AC “Lead Entity.” The Lead Entity – which does not need to be a provider -- represents the providers that comprise the AC. 

The AC must include providers that directly deliver primary care services, but beyond that and several other requirements, the program offers broad flexibility as far as what types of providers may be part of the AC and how the AC is structured and operates.

Choice of Two Payment Models

The program offers a choice of two models (in both models, Fee for Service continues unchanged).  One model requires minimum of 1,000 members and offers a maximum of 50% shared savings with no downside risk.  The other model requires minimum of 2,000 members and offers a maximum of 60% shared savings with 40-60% shared risk in years 2 and 3. 

Shared savings (or loss) payments are paid to (or paid by) the Lead Entity, which in turn can distribute the payment or costs to AC Providers however the Lead Entity and AC Providers decide.

Data Feedback to Providers

To assist the AC in managing members, MaineCare provides ACs with a range of data reports.  MaineCare has received extremely positive feedback regarding these reports from the four ACs participating in Round 1 (which started August 1, 2014). 

Further Detail

Further detail – including further AC requirements; further detail on the payment models and data reports; the list of quality measures and how quality scoring works; how members are attributed; core and optional services that are counted in Total Cost of Care (TCOC); how the benchmark TCOC from which savings are measured are calculated; and more – can be viewed in a presentation summarizing details of the program at www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/vbp/accountable.html.


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MMA/Baystate Financial Fiscal Fitness for Life Seminar

In our continued effort to provide members with easy access to information critical to making informed decisions regarding their financial well-being, MMA in conjunction with Baystate Financial will be hosting the third of our ongoing semi-annual Financial Educational Seminars on Tuesday, November 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Saltwater Grille, 231 Front Street in South Portland. Refreshments will be served.

This seminar topic: Estate Planning 201- Beyond the Basics- is being presented in response to the previous seminar attendees, by almost unanimous request, for more information regarding Estate Planning issues. Issues addressed will include wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies and "living wills."

Baystate Financial has years of experience developing personalized financial strategies for physicians. They help medical practitioners at all stages of their careers plan the financial futures of their practices and their families.

Please respond by November 3rd to Lawrence Perry, CLU, ChFC, CLTC at (207) 775-6181 or (@07) 770-2021, or by Email to lperry@baystatefinanical.com.

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive information on the seminar topic-Estate Planning 201 Beyond the Basics, please don’t hesitate to contact Lawrence Perry at lperry@baystatefinanical.com

The Maine Medical Association is pleased to be able to offer this continued service from Baystate to you, our members.


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Opioid/Heroin Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force to Meet Nov. 12 and Dec. 3; Treatment Group to Meet Nov. 18 and Dec. 2
All three of the Task Forces of the Anti-Opiate/Heroin Initiative have now met at least once and are scheduled to meet again.   The Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force met this past Thursday and will meet again from 9:00am to noon on Thursday Nov. 12 and on Thursday, Dec. 3.  The meetings will be held at the offices of the Maine Medical Association in Manchester, Maine.   The Treatment Task Force held its second meeting at MMA on this past Friday, Oct. 30 and will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Dec. 2.  These meetings will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and will also be at the Maine Medical Association.

 
The meetings are all open to the public and it is hoped that the meeting notices, agendas and minutes can be posted on the public portion of the U.S. Attorney's website.  That is being worked on presently. 
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Last Chance to Register for MMA-MHMC Nov. 18th Program, LEADING CHANGE: How To Make the Switch from Volume to Value

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO MAINE? DAN HEATH!

MMA has combined its 25th Annual Practice Education Seminar with the Annual Meeting of the Maine Health Management Coalition being held on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.  In addition to the break out sessions for practice managers that members have come to expect from MMA, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from plenary speakers, such as author Dan Heath and Attorney General Janet Mills. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from one of America's most entertaining and insightful speakers. Heath will be keynoting the program, entitled, Leading Change: How to Make the Switch From Volume to ValueNot only is Heath a thrice-over New York Times best-selling author, he's also an educator, social entrepreneur, and one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the US according to Thinkers50! The first 400 persons registering for the conference will receive a free copy of his book, Switch.   Learn More


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MaineCare Seeks Medical Director

The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is searching for a new Medical Director.  This position will have a key advisory role on a variety of health care issues, policy development, utilization of resources, and clinical practice models. 

The Medical Director is MaineCare’s clinical representative with external partners, governmental departments, and stakeholders, such as pharmacy, dental, nursing, and other medical organizations and committees or associations. He or she will also play a critical role in furthering MaineCare’s value-based purchasing initiatives, which incent providers and community organizations to provide the right services, at the right time, in the right setting, with a focus on improving the health of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.  

This position is contracted through the University of Maine and is based in Augusta. The annual salary is $181,800. 

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The New EHR Rules: What Now?

The AMA Advocacy team reports that more than 1,300 pages of new regulations released earlier this month outline requirements for the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program, with several changes applying this year. These regulations are based in two new rules modifying the meaningful use program and setting out technological outlines for new EHR programs.

The good news is that the first rule eases and streamlines some of the requirements for Stage 2. Unfortunately, it also fails to hold off application of Stage 3 as requested by physicians and Congress, and it makes mandatory a previously optional public health and clinical data registry reporting objective.

Immediate improvements to Stage 2 include several that the AMA had urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to make:

  • Physicians have a shortened reporting period for 2015. Instead of the full calendar year, physicians will be required to report on any consecutive 90 days.

  • The overall number of measures physicians must report on has been reduced.

  • The measure threshold for the requirement for patients to view, download or transmit their records has been cut down from 5 percent of patients to just one patient in 2015 and 2016. (This threshold goes back up to 5 percent in 2017.)

  • The threshold for the secure messaging requirement has been scaled back from 5 percent of patients to simply having the capability to send secure messages in 2015 and doing so with at least one patient in 2016. (This threshold also goes back up to conducting secure messaging with at least 5 percent of patients in 2017.)

CMS has stated that a hardship exemption will be available for physicians who are unable to meet the meaningful use requirements due to a delay in publication of the regulations.

The AMA is encouraging physicians to apply for a hardship exemption under the “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” category, even if they are uncertain whether they will meet the program requirements this year. The exemption application will be available early next year, and CMS has approved over 85 percent of hardship exemptions requested in the past.

All physicians will be required to meet Stage 3 requirements beginning in 2018. The new rule (in its current form) will require physicians to upgrade to EHR products that meet the new certification requirements.

The AMA is intensifying its efforts to engage lawmakers and other stakeholders to reset the direction of the meaningful use program. While CMS is allowing a 60-day comment period for feedback on the final rule, a groundswell of physician responses will be needed to change the proposal, given the complexities of the lengthy regulations already issued.

Physicians can visit BreakTheRedTape.org to easily submit their comments on the new rule to CMS and ask the agency to take action so that critical problems with the program are addressed before moving forward.

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Job Openings

Medical Director

Catholic Charities Maine Behavioral Health Network in Maine has a Full Time opportunity for a Medical Director. The Medical Director's work is done primarily in office setting but may involve work in client's residences, hospitals, travel to Augusta and throughout the Greater Portland and Auburn area, some on-call availability. This person shall have completed three (3) years of post-graduate training in psychiatry approved by the American Medical Association and also have a working knowledge of American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria. All applicants shall be eligible for a physician's license issued by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or be eligible for examination. The Medical Director will have a DEA waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The applicants shall have a minimum of three (3) years of work experience with people in mental health or substance abuse treatment settings. You may submit your cover letter and resume via email (hroffice@ccmaine.org), fax (207-523-2789), or mail to Human Resources Office, Catholic Charities Maine P.O. Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104.

11/30/15

Medical Director - Scarborough, ME - Full-Time

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

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

About U.S. HealthWorks:
U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group is a leading national provider of occupational medicine and urgent care services. Operating over 200 locations in 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!
Email: providerrecruitment@ushworks.com
Online: www.ushealthworks.com Requisition Number 7688
Phone: 800-992-4442 ext. 2659

EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

11/30/15 

Primary Care - Rockport, Maine

Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking an IM/FM physician to join its hospital-employed Primary Care group. PBMC is a non-profit 99-bed, full service community hospital located on beautiful Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine.

  • Benefits include:
  • Four day work schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Generous loan repayment program
  • Competitive salary with productivity bonus
  • Relocation allowance
  • CME allowance
  • Impressive sub-specialty support

The Mid Coast region is a haven for outdoor recreation.  Whether you're a casual hiker, or a seasoned rock-climber, our landscape offers the right fit.  You can sail and kayak the world class waters of Penobscot Bay, swim, paddle, and fish in our pristine lakes and streams and bike our country lanes. Here you will find beautiful natural resources, excellent schools, unique shops, and rich cultural opportunities. Live, work, and play in a truly magnificent area, overlooking the picturesque Maine coastline.

Forward CV and confidential inquiries to: John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment at (207) 921-5894 or email jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

11/30/15

Hospitalist - Rockport, Maine

Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking a BC/BE physician to join its Hospitalist team. PBMC is a non-profit 99-bed, full service community hospital located on beautiful Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine.

Benefits include:

  • 7 on/7 off scheduling
  • Paid time off
  • Generous loan repayment program
  • Competitive salary with incentives
  • Relocation assistance
  • 148 shifts per year - Additional pay for additional shifts
  • Impressive sub-specialty support

The Mid Coast region is a haven for outdoor recreation.  Whether you're a casual hiker, or a seasoned rock-climber, our landscape offers the right fit.  You can sail and kayak the waters of Penobscot Bay, swim, paddle, and fish in our pristine lakes and streams and bike our country lanes. Here you will find beautiful natural resources, excellent schools, unique shops, and rich cultural opportunities. Live, work, and play in a truly magnificent area, overlooking the picturesque Maine coastline.

Forward CV and confidential inquiries to: John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment at (207) 921-5894 or email jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

11/30/15

Emergency Medicine - Rockport, Maine

Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking a Physician to join our Emergency Medicine staff. We have an Outstanding 12 bed Emergency Department that supports 23,000 patient visits annually with a well-rounded case mix. ABEM or AOBEM certification/qualification required and EM residency preferred.

Benefits include:

  • Equitable scheduling
  • Paid time off
  • Generous loan repayment program
  • Relocation allowance
  • CME allowance
  • Impressive sub-specialty support

Mid-Coast Maine offers some of the most spectacular natural beauty and outdoor recreation found anywhere. Sail and kayak the world-class waters of Penobscot Bay, hike the mountains that overlook the sea, swim and fish in our pristine lakes and streams, and bike on our country lanes. Enjoy rich cultural opportunities and great schools in a safe community environment. Live, work, and play in a truly magnificent area, overlooking the picturesque Maine coastline.

Forward CV and confidential inquiries to: John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment at (207) 921-5894 or email jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

11/30/15

Family Practice Physician – Bucksport Regional Health Center                                                                

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

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

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

11/30/15

FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN Sought In Oakland Maine!

Inland Hospital Family Practice is seeking a full time Family Medicine Physician without OB to join the employed practice in Oakland.

The practice has been serving the greater Waterville/Oakland area for many years. The practice provides care for infants, pediatrics through geriatric care. A competitive salary with incentives, plus full benefits is offered along with assistance with medical education debt, paid time off, paid CME, and relocation allowance. Qualifications: Board Certified/Eligible in Family Practice. This site is not eligible to sponsor a J-1 waiver.

Inland Hospital is a dynamic healthcare organization that believes in putting the patient first in every way. We are a 48-bed community hospital in Waterville; Lakewood, a 105-bed continuing care center on the hospital campus; 18 primary and specialty care physician offices in Waterville and five surrounding communities. Inland has been a proud member of EMHS since 1998. Inland patients have seamless access to a higher level of care when needed.

For further information, please contact:

Sherry Tardy, Director Business Development/Provider Recruitment, Inland Hospital by email at: stardy@emh.org or by phone at: 207-487-4085.

1/25/16

Direct Care Boston Family Physician

Opportunity to join a solo practicing Family Physician in direct care, concierge practice in the heart of Boston with a founding physician trained and practiced in Maine 15 years before coming to Boston. Seeking a collegial physician with highest level skills. The Harvard-affiliated practice gives full conventional as well as integrative/functional medical care.

Job Details:

  • See 2-8 patients per day
  •  Medical care of children, adults, geriatric homecare and international patients
  •  Clinical practice and/or interest in both Functional and Integrative Medicine
  •   Share weekend and vacation call

Requirements:

  •   MA license
  •   Family Medicine Board certification
  •   Internal Medicine Board certification

Compensation:

  •   Competitive compensation
  •    Health and Dental benefits
  •    Medical malpractice
  •    CME compensation

We are located 3 blocks from the Boston Common near the best-ranked schools and colleges. Harvard CME conferences are walking distance. The area offers many cultural, educational and academic opportunities.

Contact: Meghan at office@personalhealthmd.com.

Website: www.personalhealthmd.com. We would look forward to discussing this position.

11/23/15

E.M. BC/BP Physicians

St. Joseph Hospital is recruiting E.M. BC/BP physicians for its dedicated group.  Collegial, nurturing workplace with latest technology and just-completed expansion.  Members support each other and know patient satisfaction is achieved through staff satisfaction.  Leadership development and participation in policies and direction available. 

Equitable scheduling based on 1440-1472 clinical hours per year; more flexible arrangements available. 

Staffing: 51 hours per day, mostly physicians, for 27,000 visits.  We have great E.D. nurses.   

Area offers many cultural attractions, including the University of Maine, natural and organic food producers, pleasant pace, low crime, friendly people, great public schools and affordable housing.  Acadia National Park, Baxter, scenic towns and harbors, Sugarloaf,  I-95 and Bangor International Airport are right here or close.

Highly competitive package includes relocation, signing bonus, loan repayment, retirement and protected vacation and CME time with allowance.

Contact: Charles F. Pattavina, MD, F.A.C.E.P., Chief, Emergency Medicine at 207.907.3350  or cpattavina@sjhhealth.com

11/9/15 

BC/BE Family Practice Physician

Belgrade Regional Health Center seeks a BC/BE Family Practice Physician to provide primary care and preventive services to people from birth through retirement and beyond. As a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, we offer accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services focused on the patient’s care experience. Founded in 1977, we serve over 2,100 residents and travelers each year. We reside in the peaceful, picturesque, and welcoming Belgrade Lakes region in the heart of central Maine, renowned for its chain of seven sparkling lakes and abundant streams. We offer competitive compensation and malpractice coverage. Position is eligible for loan repayment. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.BelgradeCHC.org

11/9/15 

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.

12/14/15

Physician

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 @dfdrussell.org) your resume as soon as possible to Laurie Kane-Lewis, CEO.

11/16/15

Surgeon

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.

Benefits

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 GoANG.com/HP 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.

1/18/16

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.

Benefits

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 GoANG.com/HP 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.

1/18/16

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 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.StrongCHC.org | www.Mt.AbramCHC.org  

11/9/15

 

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Upcoming Events

 

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: https://secure.biasa.org 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 web.colby.edu/mcmi.  

Any questions – contact Jan Salis, PT, ATC, MCMI Membership and Education Committee at jsalis@aol.com.

 

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Join NAMI Maine for a full-day Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training on Tuesday, December 3rd in Augusta. This session will be tailored for use in a primary care setting and provides a deep overview of suicide in Maine and the US, and teaches basic intervention skills and resources.  

This training will:

Provide the fundamentals of suicide prevention

Underscore the rationale for suicide prevention in healthcare settings

Provide up-to-date information about suicide

Teach basic suicide intervention skills

Increase personal confidence and ability to effectively respond to suicidal behavior

Identify helpful resources

 

Who Should Attend? 

Primary care practice staff members including:

Practice managers,

Behavioral Health staff,

Medical practitioners,

Nurses,

And others with an interest in suicide prevention

The training is provided at NO cost however, lunch is on your own.  A one hour break will be allowed for lunch. To sign up or read more about the program, visit:  http://www.namimaine.org/events/Sessions.aspx?id=701210 

 

 

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