November 23, 2015

 
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Legislative Leaders and Governor LePage Spar over Approach to Opioid Crisis
Governor LePage continues to hold to a Dec. 10th deadline for the Legislature to convene in a special session to provide state funding for ten additional MDEA agents to combat the current flow of heroin and other illegal drugs into the state.  Legislative leaders have, to date, resisted the call for a special session preferring a comprehensive approach to the problem to be considered when the Second Regular Session convenes in early January.

The Legislature is scheduled to convene for its Second Regular Session on January 8.  At the Legislative Council meeting this past Thursday, among the forty nine bills approved for consideration during the session were the six following bills dealing directly with the opioid/heroin problem in the state.   

L.R. 2363 - An Act to Reduce the Trafficking of Illegal Drugs in the State - Senator David Burns

L.R. 2284 - An Act to Increase Sentences Imposed for Interstate Trafficking of Illegal drugs - Senator Scott Cyrway

L.R. 2385 - An Act to Establish the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program in Maine - Rep. Mark Dion

L.R. 2501 - An Act to Support Maine People in Recovery - Rep. Joyce Maker

L.R. 2502 - An Act to Coordinate Education and Prevention Efforts in Our Schools to Stop Harmful Drug Use - Rep. McCabe

L.R. 2407 - An Act To Increase Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment in Maine - Senator David Woodsome

(L.R. numbers are utilized during the drafting phase and should not be confused with L.D. numbers which are assigned later)

It is not clear at this point whether the legislative leadership is considering these bills, along with the Governor's request for more DEA agents, to be the comprehensive approach they prefer or whether additional bills will be considered.   The three Task Forces established by the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Public Safety (representing the Governor) continue to meet regularly (see related article elsewhere in this Update) but will have to accelerate if they are to have a comprehensive set of recommendations by January.

Legislative Council Approves an Additional 49 Bills for Consideration During Second Session

The ten member Legislative Council (consisting of five Republicans and five Democrats) met this past Thursday and considered appeals from Legislators whose proposed bills had been previously rejected for entry into the Second Regular Session.  At its previous meeting, the Council had accepted 33 of the approximately four hundred proposals submitted.  On Thursday, Council members accepted another 49 proposals, so a total of 82 new bills will be considered at the Session which opens on Jan. 8, 2016.

The Legislature also allowed 140 bills to be carried over from the first session, in addition to the approximately 20 bond proposals before the Appropriations Committee.  The Governor may submit legislation at any time and the Legislative Council can consider after-deadline bills.  But all in all, most of the work of the session has been established.

In addition to the six bills related to the opioid/heroin crisis (see related article in this Update), other bills of primary interest to physicians being considered include L.D. 622 which would require annual training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect (including all physicians), L.D. 690 licensing Certified Professional Midwives who attend home births and L.D. 1305 which would specify a list of medical services that patients would be encouraged to seek pricing information on and shop around for. MMA's legislative committee, again chaired by Amy Madden, M.D., will meet at MMA at 6:00pm on December 7 to review the bills and to discuss other legislative/public policy issues.  Any MMA member is welcome to attend but we appreciate your letting Sarah Lepoff at MMA know by e-mail to slepoff@mainemed.com.  It is particularly important for specialty society leaders to attend so that MMA and our advocacy team can be aware of any unique issues and interests the specialties may have. 

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Save the Date: December 7th, 6 p.m.

The MMA Legislative Committee will hold its first meeting for the new legislative session on Monday, December 7th at 6 p.m. at the MMA Offices in Manchester.

The Committee, chaired by Amy Madden, M.D., will review bills that will be considered in the 2016 session and  discuss other legislative/public policy issues.  Any MMA member is welcome to attend but we appreciate your letting Sarah Lepoff at MMA know by e-mail to slepoff@mainemed.com.  

It is particularly important for specialty society leaders to attend so that MMA and our advocacy team can be aware of any unique issues and interests the specialties may have.

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Clarification on Maine's Statute of Limitations for Medical Liability Claims

MMA attorneys continue to be surprised by the general lack of knowledge regarding the statute of limitations in Maine applying to medical liability claims.  The statute was amended and favorable changes made effective August 1, 1988, over 27 years ago.  Under the current law, found in 24 M.R.S.A. section 2902, actions for medical negligence must be brought within 3 years from occurrence for adults.  For minors, the action must be brought within 6 years from occurrence or 3 years from the age of majority, whichever is shorter.  There is an exception for limitation of actions involving a foreign object retained in a patient following surgery which is measured from the time of the discovery of the object. 

Compared to other states, the Maine statute is quite favorable to physicians (and all other health care practitioners) because the general civil statute of limitations is 6 years from occurrence and because of the absence of a "discovery rule":  many other states have statutes of limitation for medical malpractice actions which permit the period of litigation exposure to be expanded by measuring the period from the time the negligent act or omission is or should have been discovered, rather than from the occurrence of the negligent act or omission.

This statute and a compilation of all the laws of interest to physicians and practices can be found in the Physicians' Guide to Maine Law, now located within the MMA website at www.mainemed.com.  The Guide has recently been updated to include actions of the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature which adjourned in July.

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CompareMaine.org Website Launched by Maine Health Data Organization

The Maine Health Data Organization has 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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See the Legislature in Action as "Doctor of the Day"

During each legislative session there are opportunities each day the Legislature is in session for physicians to serve as “Doctor of the Day,” to be in the State House and assist in the event of any medical emergency. This is a unique opportunity to observe the legislative process in action and to interact with the lawmakers.  We need your help to continue our presence and to ensure the continued success of this program. The 2016 session will run from early January until early April.

Upon receipt of your registration, MMA staff will contact you to arrange and/or confirm the most convenient date for you to serve.  The House Clerk’s office staff then will mail you a packet with a legislative parking pass and confirmation letter informing you about your scheduled date.  On the day of your participation, a Maine Medical Association or Maine Osteopathic Association staff representative will meet you at the State House and will be available to guide you throughout the State House. 

This is an effective grassroots contact program for organized medicine in Maine and it has established substantial "good will" for organized medicine at the State House.  The “Doctor of the Day” program gives you the unique opportunity to observe the process in which your legislators make decisions affecting you as a physician and as a citizen of the State of Maine. 

If you have any questions regarding the “Doctor of the Day” program, please feel free to contact the MMA at docoftheday@mainemed.com. You can also register on line. We hope to see you at the State House for what is expected to be a very interesting session for the medical community.

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Leading Change: Over 400 Attend to Hear Dan Health, Janet Mills and Participate in a Dozen Breakout Sessions

MMA and the Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC) hosted over 400 employers and health professionals at the first combined annual event combining the Coalition's annual meeting and MMA's annual Practice Education Seminar.  The event, held last Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Portland marked the 25th year that MMA had put on an educational program for members and their practice staffs.  

Following welcoming comments from MMA EVP Gordon Smith and MHMC President Andy Webber, attendees were treated to outstanding and poignant keynote presentations from Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and best selling author Dan Health, co-author of three books detailing the psychology of change. Each attendee received a copy of the best-seller of the three books, "Switch".  Mills talked about her experience as a spouse and family member in the aftermath of her husband's stoke in 2014.  She closed her very personal talk with several recommendations for the health care community.  

Following lunch, Hanley Center Executive Director Judiann Smith and Gordon Smith discussed the principles of collaborative leadership and current examples of such leadership in the state.  Prior to the program opening in the morning, Nancy Morris from the MHMC presented a pre-symposium session on value-based insurance design, an important priority of the Coalition.

Watch for announcements about next year's program in the Update.

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Enrollment Opens for Hanley Center McAfee Fellows/Advanced Physician Leadership Course

Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's fifth annual Physician Executive Leadership Institute--Advanced Program.

Physicians enrolling in the program are designated as McAfee Fellows, in honor of former AMA and MMA President Robert McAfee, M.D.  Participants gain knowledge, skills and tools in the core competency areas of: systems awareness; strategic focus; key management/business skills; self-awareness; healthcare trends; and teamwork and collaboration, best enabling them to lead and transform our healthcare delivery system.

Over the past four years, nearly 120 physicians have participated in the Advanced Program.   The fifth class will begin March 10, 2016 at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern in Brunswick and continue through January, 2017.  There are six two-day sessions, each running from Thursday evening through late Saturday morning.    The Hanley Center is planning for the class to include 30 physician leaders from Maine, New Hampshire, and beyond. 

A distinguished five-member faculty team from the Heller School at Brandeis University delivers much of the program content for the Advanced Course, joining with Maine-based subject matter experts and physician leaders.  McAfee Fellows receive 80 hours of Category One CME for their participation in the full program.

Deadline for enrollments at a discounted price:  December 15, 2015

To learn more, please visit www.hanleyleadership.org or contact the Hanley Center's Judiann Smith at:  judiannsmith@hanleyleadership.org or Kathy Vezina at kathrynvezina@hanleyleadership.org 

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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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Opioid/Heroin Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force to Meet Dec. 3, 17, Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4; Treatment Group to Meet 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 Dec. 3.  Following that meeting, the Task Force will meet on Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4. The meetings will be held at the offices of the Maine Medical Association in Manchester, Maine.   The Treatment Task Force 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 the meetings will be posted on the U.S. Attorney's Website.

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Final 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule Issued

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week released the final Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2016, along with a fact sheet describing its provisions. Of particular note, the rule announces the Medicare fee schedule update for 2016 and finalizes a proposal to establish payments for advanced care planning.

The Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which was signed into law in April 2015, increased the conversion factor by 0.5 percent on July 1 and called for additional annual updates of 0.5 percent from 2016 through 2019. However, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 enacted April 1, 2014, established an annual target for reductions in Medicare payment schedule expenditures that result from adjustments to misvalued codes.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, enacted Dec. 19, 2014, accelerated the application of the expenditure reduction target, setting targets of 1 percent for  2016 and 0.5 percent for 2017 and 2018. These actions—which were opposed by the AMA—combined with other decisions made by CMS had an adverse impact on the update the MACRA established for 2016.

The Medicare fee schedule conversion factor will be adjusted by -0.29 percent in 2016. It will be reduced from $35.93 to $35.83.

CMS finalized Medicare payment for two Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT®) codes for advanced care planning services, which include conversations between patients and their physicians before an illness progresses and during treatment. The rule specifically referenced the AMA recommendations. This represents not only an achievement for CPT®, the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) and the AMA, but also a turning point toward a new approach to pay for advance care planning. [return to top]

CMS Extends Deadline to Contest 2016 PQRS and Value Modifier Results

Based on the AMA notifying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of potential problems with 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and value modifier calculations that determine 2016 PQRS results and adjustments, the agency has extended the informal review deadline to Nov. 23. The AMA strongly encourages physician practices to file a PQRS and value modifier informal review and download their PQRS feedback reports and Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR).

For groups with 10 or more PQRS-eligible professionals who are subject to the 2016 value modifier, the QRUR outlines how the value modifier will affect Medicare’s 2016 payments. All eligible professionals are subject to the PQRS payment adjustment in 2016. Value modifier cost and quality scores also will be provided in the QRURs for practices that are not yet subject to the value modifier. If physicians or group practices think an incentive payment or penalty was made in error, they must file an informal review via the quality reporting communication support page by Nov. 23.

The AMA continues to advocate for changes to the PQRS and value modifier programs and is actively encouraging CMS to automatically recalculate results.

Authorized representatives of group and solo practitioners can access the 2014 annual PQRS feedback reports and QRURs on the CMS Enterprise Portal using an enterprise identity management account (EIDM) account with the correct role.

For more information about how to access the 2014 annual QRURs, visit CMS’ Web page on how to obtain a QRUR. Additional information about the 2014 QRURs and how to request an informal review is available on the 2014 QRUR website and through the QRUR help desk at pvhelpdesk@cms.hhs.gov or (888) 734-6433 (select option 3).

For additional questions regarding the PQRS and value modifier informal review process, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at (866) 288-8912, TTY (877) 715-6222 or Qnetsupport@hcqis.org Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Job Openings

Family Medicine/ Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician

As a result of our continuous growth, Katahdin Valley Health Center is recruiting a Family Medicine/ Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician that is committed to providing quality health care services to the people in Brownville/Millinocket Maine.   Join our practice in a newly renovated facility.  KVHC is a fully electronic medical record site and offers a four day work week with a competitive salary 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. Physicians who join KVHC are eligible to apply for NHSC Loan Repayment.  

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.

2/22/16

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

Full Circle Family Medicine Seeks Family Practitioner

An opportunity awaits you in the heart of Mid-Coast Maine - you are able to live, play and work in one of Maine’s beautiful coastal villages.  Our Medical Practice is in Damariscotta, just an hour northeast of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and three hours from Boston.

Full Circle Family Medicine, is in search of a Family Practitioner to wanting join our NCQA recognized Patient Centered Medical Home practice.  We are proud to be a physician owned, independent practice which includes three MDs and three PA’s.

Job Details and Requirements:

  • Provide a full range of care including: newborn and pediatric care, adult medicine, gynecology, geriatric and nursing home care
  • Telephone Call Coverage
  • Electronic Medical Records

Benefits of practicing at Full Circle Family Medicine include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous earned time program
  • Health Benefits
  • CME time and dollars
  • Retirement plans with employer match
  • Malpractice Coverage

For more information contact Wendy Williams, Practice Manager at wwilliams@fullcirclefamilymedicine.com or (207) 563-6623 option 7.  

12/14/15

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

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

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

 

 

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