January 11, 2016

 
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POLITICAL PULSE: Second Regular Session of 127th Maine Legislature Convenes

The 127th Legislature convened on Wednesday, January 6th for its Second Regular Session.  Of special interest to physicians this session will be the bills dealing with the opioid/heroin problem; L.D. 622 dealing with mandated training in child abuse reporting; L.D. 1311 threatening our medical liability system; L.D. 690 regarding the licensing of Certified Professional Midwives; and L.D.1305 allowing consumers to "shop" for a specified list of medical services.  The Second Regular Session is scheduled to last until mid-April.  NOTE that Legislative Committee conference calls begin this week - see below!

MMA joined other advocates last Tuesday before the opening day of the session in testifying in favor of L.D. 1537, which would fund ten new MDEA agents and funnel a similar amount of money into treatment.  The Appropriations & Financial Affairs Committee conducted the hearing along with the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee for the law enforcement part of the bill and with the Health & Human Services Committee for the prevention/treatment portion of the bill.  Surprisingly, the Department of Health & Human Services testified against that portion of the bill providing funds for treatment.  And equally surprising, Public Safety Commissioner John Morris testified Tuesday morning that the LePage Administration had found funding for the additional agents and no longer needed legislative approval.  Issues of particular interest to MMA raised in the day-long testimony were the extent to which over-prescribing of prescription opioids is a cause of the current heroin crisis; whether medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment for addiction; and whether Maine physicians and other prescribers are appropriately using the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) when treating patients with opioids.  In addition to MMA, the Maine Osteopathic Association, Maine Hospital Association, and MaineHealth all presented testimony on the bill.  The MMA thanks Lani Graham, M.D., M.P.H. for preparing MMA's testimony and Meredith Norris, D.O. for preparing MOA's testimony.  MMA also recognizes Mary Dowd, M.D. and W. Alan Schaffer, M.D. for presenting testimony on behalf of their organizations.  

This week, the MMA Legislative Committee will begin its weekly conference calls to consider bills of interest being presented that week.  The calls are at 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday night until adjournment of the session.  The conference call number is made available each Monday along with the bills being considered.  The Committee is again chaired by Amy Madden, M.D., a family physician practicing at the regional health center in Belgrade. The conference call number is 1-302-202-1092 and the access code is 729-7185.  Any MMA member is welcome and encouraged to participate.  Again, we will include this information in each edition of the Weekly Update.

Physicians are also encouraged to serve as Doctor of the Day at the Legislature.  To volunteer or to check on available dates, contact Sarah Lepoff at MMA at 622-3374 or via e-mail to slepoff@mainemed.com.

 
 
 
                                             
 

MMA Weekly Legislative Committee Conference Call is Tuesday, January 12th at 8 p.m.

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Amy Madden, M.D. welcomes you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The first MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12th at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate.  Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate.  It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode.  These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number:  1-302-202-1092

Passcode:  729-7185

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week.  The calls rarely last longer than an hour.  The MMA staff lists a suggested position for each bill and any medical specialty particularly affected by the bill.  

If you have an opinion about any of these bills, but cannot participate in the call, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel at amaclean@mainemed.com or 622-3374, ext. 214.

The following are reports generated through our tracking system software program called StateTrack from CQRoll Call.  Please click on each report link and you should go to the bills highlighted by MMA staff for review from the bills printed that day.  You will be able to click on a link to the text of the bill for review and you will find the same staff recommendations you have seen in the past - a suggested category or "profile," a suggested position (support, monitor, or oppose), and any medical specialty society or MMA committee that might have a particular interest in the bill.

 Report 1, including 8 bills:   http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt?report=568ad0b254f3

Report 2, including 4 bills:  http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt?report=5694034065a8

We also will discuss briefly the status of the following carry over bill in the Insurance & Financial Services Committee:  L.D. 1305, An Act To Encourage Health Insurance Consumers To Comparison Shop for Health Care Procedures and Treatment. [return to top]

Get the Latest Info on Prescribing Guidelines, PMP Updates and Diversion Alert on Jan. 20 in Portland

Inside ME's Medicine Cabinet:

What Prescription Monitoring Can Tell Us About Prescribers & Patients

The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) can be used to improve patient care by showing data trends on unsolicited threshold reports, controlled substance prescribing including tranquilizers, stimulants, and opioids. Use of the PMP web portal along with new PMP features will be identified. This session will also review prescribing trends in opioids, and specifically buprenorphine, along with trends in sedatives, benzodiazepines and stimulants.  The program will also discuss how Diversion Alert compliments the PMP.  The program will also include the prescribing guidelines that the greater Bangor medical community has agreed to implement community-wide by March 1, 2016.

DATE:                       Wednesday, January 20, 2016        

TIME:                        5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

LOCATION:             DoubleTree by Hilton, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, ME 04106

REGISTRATION:     $25 (Includes Dinner and 3 CME Credits)

This program is made possible through a grant by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

TO REGISTER

AGENDA:

5:00 – 5:30 PM           REGISTRATION AND DINNER

5:30 – 5:45                  Introductions and Opening Comments

                                                Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine Medical Association

5:45 - 6:15                  Diversion Alert Program

                                                Clare Desrosier, MSW

6:15 - 6:50                  The Prescription Monitoring Program

                                                John Lipovsky, PMP Coordinator

6:50 - 7:30                  Inside Maine’s Medicine Cabinet

                                                 Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

7:30 – 8:30                  Substance Abuse Interventions – Responses from the Addicted

                                                Karen Simone, Pharm D., Northern New England Poison Control

8:30                             Closing Comments

                                                Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine Medical Association

FACULTY

John Lipovsky, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

John Lipovsky is the Coordinator of the Prescription Monitoring Program. He joined the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in early September, 2012.  He has been working to familiarize himself with the PMP as well as the numerous related programs in Maine and across the country. Mr. Lipovsky is currently nearing the finish of earning a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management with a dual track of study in Financial Management and Policy Analysis.  He has also completed graduate certificates in Applied Research & Evaluation Methods and, Performance Measurement all from the Muskie School of Public Service in Southern Maine. His professional background is mainly in grant administration, accounting and finance.

Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine Medical Association

Gordon Smith, Esq., graduated from the University of Maine with highest distinction in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School magna cum laude in 1976.  A native of Winthrop, Maine, Mr. Smith was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Maine in 1976 and in the federal courts in 1978.  After four years of private practice in Augusta, he joined the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981.  He is a past Chairman of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, a nationwide group of 140 attorneys representing medical associations.  Mr. Smith also served as Chairman of the American Medical Association/State Medical Society Litigation Center and as Chairman of the Maine Health Data Organization.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association.  A frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical-legal subjects, Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President of the Maine Medical Association since September 1993. 

Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, Husson University School of Pharmacy

Stephanie Nichols joined Husson University School of Pharmacy in August 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, Dr. Nichols completed a Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland Maine. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP), a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a member of the College of Neurologic and Psychiatric Pharmacists, and a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Clare Desrosier, MSW, Diversion Alert

Clare Desrosiers graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Providence College in 2002 and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maine in 2006. Since 2006, she spent six years as Project Director for a substance abuse prevention coalition in Aroostook County, which launched the Diversion Alert Program in 2009 in Aroostook County and in 2011 in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock counties. In January, 2013, Clare became Program Director for the Maine Diversion Alert Program, a resource that is now available to prescribers and pharmacists in all Maine counties. Clare co-owns Sunnyside Family Farm, LLC, with her husband, Joseph, where they raise six children, all-natural chicken and u-pick blueberries.

Karen Simone, PharmD, Northern New England Poison Control Center

Dr. Karen Simone is the director of the NNEPC. She is a doctor of pharmacy, a Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. Dr. Simone oversees the day-to-day operations of the poison center, including management of calls, emergency preparedness activities, staff education, educational outreach, research and funding.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practicing physicians.

 

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L.D. 690 Licensing Certified Professional Midwives to be the subject of Public Hearing Tuesday, Jan. 12

L.D. 690 will be heard by the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee on this coming Tuesday, January 12th, at 1:00 p.m.  Following ten months of facilitated meetings, the various organizations working on L.D. 690 agreed upon a final draft of legislation in late December.  The facilitated sessions were supported financially by the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership which includes ACOG among its members.  Supporting the draft on Tuesday will be the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives, the Maine Association of Certified Nurse Midwives, the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Section of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and several other medical and nursing organizations.  

This agreement was made possible by virtue of the agreement arrived at nationally by the organizations representing obstetricians and gynecologists, certified professional midwives (who attend home births, primarily), and certified nurse midwives.  The national agreement provides for a new minimum education standard that will replace the portfolio education permitted by the national accrediting organizations. 

If enacted, Maine would be the 30th state to license CPMs but would be one of only a handful of states which would prohibit CPMs from doing VBACs at home once the law becomes effective.   As CPMs are currently not licensed or otherwise regulated in the state, the approximately 30 CPMs can attempt to deliver VBACs or even perform breech deliveries without any sanction or legal ramification.  Currently, home births represent less than 2% of the births in the state annually.  Approximately 12% of the home births in Maine involve a transport to a hospital.

State Senator Amy Volk (R-Cumberland) is the primary sponsor of the bill and is also the Chair of the committee of jurisdiction.

 
 
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Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Force Meetings: Jan. 21 and Feb. 4, 2016

Upcoming meetings of the Task Forces organized by the Maine Opiate Collaborative are as follows:

Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force

Thursdays,  January 21, and February 4, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at offices of the Maine Medical Association, 30 Association Dr., Manchester, Maine

Treatment Task Force

Thursday, January 21, 9:00 to 11:00 am, at offices of the Maine Medical Association, 30 Association Drive, Manchester, Maine

All meetings of these two task forces are open to members of the public.  Minutes of the meetings are posted on the public portion of the website of the U.S. Attorney's office.

In other Task Force news, Eric Haram has been named as the co-chair of the Treatment Task Force replacing Mark Publicker, M.D.  Eric will join Patricia Kimball who is the other co-chair for the Treatment Task Force.  Eric was serving as the co-chair of the Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force with Bill Paterson.  Scott Gagnon has been named co-chair of the Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force replacing Eric and Mary Dowd, M.D. has been added as a new member of the Treatment Task Force.

A number of Community Forums will be announced this coming week with the first scheduled in York on January 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the York Public Library.

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Results of Member SurveyMonkey Poll

Thank you to those members who took a moment to respond to the three brief questions sent recently via SurveyMonkey.  Here are the results.   The next quarterly sampling of member opinion will take place in April unless an unexpected need arises sooner by virtue of state house activity.

Do you support MMA's position opposing the proposed mergers of Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana?           

                         YES     307

                          No        18

Given the state's serious opioid/heroin problem, would you support a community wide guideline for prescribing for pain in your community?

                          YES    292

                           No       18

L.D. 622, to be considered during the upcoming legislative session would require physicians and all other "mandated reporters" of suspected child abuse and neglect to have periodic training on what it means to have this responsibility.  Do you support or oppose such a requirement?

                          YES    171

                           NO     162

The MMA Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, and advocacy staff will take the results of the survey into consideration in determining MMA's advocacy agenda and prioritization of the many issues of interest.

                           
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Maine Health Management Coalition Needs Your Ideas for a Better Plan Design!

MHMC Needs Your Ideas for a Better Plan Design!

As part of the Maine Health Management Coalition's State Innovation Model (SIM) work, we have been working with the major commercial insurance carriers in Maine to develop a new type of insurance plan.  This plan has five components designed to give clinicians a standardized benefit platform on which to do their jobs successfully. 

If you, or your staff, have specific ideas to improve current benefit plans, please jot them down here by January 15, 2016.  We will present your ideas to the members of our Value-Based Insurance Design Clinical Workgroup for coverage consideration in our VBID model on January 21, 2016.  If you prefer to present your ideas, you are welcome to join this meeting.  Please contact Robin Allen, VBID Manager for meeting details and for assistance with your brief presentation.  If you know of others who may be interested in sharing their thoughts, please feel free to share this information. [return to top]

CDC Releases Data on 2014 Overdose Deaths

The December 18, 2015 CDC MMWR contained an article on drug overdose deaths based on 2014 data.  The article can be found at http:www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm64e1218a1.htm?s_cid=mm64e1218a1_e.  A hearty thanks to Dora Mills, M.D., MPH for preparing the summary from the text of the article.

As expected, overdoes deaths have increased exponentially since 2000, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription pain relievers and heroin).  Since 2000, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate has more than doubled, from 6.2 per 100,000 persons in 2000 to 14.7 per 100,000 in 2014. Maine's rate in 2014 was 16.8 per 100,000.

States with statistically significant increases in the rate of drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014 included Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Maine saw a 27% increase in drug overdose deaths from 2013-2014; the U.S. overall saw a 6.5% increase.

In 2014, there were approximately one and a half times more drug overdose deaths in the U.S. than deaths from motor vehicle crashes.  Opioids, primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin, are the major drugs associated with overdose deaths.

The 2014 data demonstrate that the United States' opioid overdose epidemic includes two distinct but interrelated trends; a 15-year increase in overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers and a recent surge in illicit opioid overdose deaths, driven largely by heroin.

Past misuse of prescription opioids is the strongest risk factor for heroin initiation and use, specifically among persons who report past-year dependence or abuse.  The increased availability of heroin, combined with its relative low price and high purity appear to be the major drivers of the upward trend in heroin use and overdose.

To reverse the epidemic of opioid drug overdose deaths and prevent opioid-related morbidity, efforts to improve safer prescribing of prescription opioids must be intensified.  Opioid pain reliever prescribing has quadrupled since 1999 and has increased in parallel with overdoses involving the most commonly used opioid pain relievers.  CDC has developed a draft guideline for the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain to address this need.  

In addition, efforts are needed to protect persons already dependent on opioids from overdose and other harms. This includes expanding access to and use of naloxone and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, in combination with behavioral therapies. Efforts to ensure access to integrated prevention services including access to syringe service programs when available, is also an important consideration to prevent the spread of hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus infections from injection drug use.

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2015 Update of Physicians' Guide to Maine Law Now Online

The Physicians’ Guide to Maine Law, 2015 Edition, is now online at www.mainemed.com.  The guide was completely updated after the 2015 session of the Maine Legislature and now includes all the relevant laws that went into effect in October 2015.  When you have a question on what Maine law is on a particular topic, the Physicians’ Guide is the first place you should turn.  Topics are arranged in alphabetical order, and discussions are written in “non-legalese” that is easily understandable without going to law school.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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MEAPA Seeks Physician Input on New Rules

The Maine Association of Physician Assistants (MEAPA) has asked for input from MMA members on the new, unified rules governing PA practice. Following is a letter from Steven Blessington, PA-C, MHP, President of MEAPA. The MMA would appreciate your attention to his request.

Dear Maine Physicians:

As many of you are aware the Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Licensure have been working together to jointly establish a singular Chapter 2 Rule which governs physician assistant practice and how their supervising physicians oversee their practice.   Additionally, the proposed rule establishes the process and requirements for a physician assistant to obtain a license and certificate of registration with either Board. The proposed rule sets forth standards for physician supervision of PAs and establishes the scope of practice, including prescribing authority.

The Boards have provided this text for public viewing, review and comments thru Jan 22nd.  As this new Rule affects both physician assistants and our supervisory physician colleagues I urge you to review this and offer public comment as you deem appropriate.  MEAPA’s Governmental Affairs Committee has been actively involved in this process from its inception.  The Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Osteopathic Board have been receptive to our input but I cannot overstate the importance of your opinion and comments in the process.  Additionally, Physician presence and comment at the public hearing (date to be announced) will be invaluable.

The text of the proposed rule may be obtained from www.maine.gov/md/ or www.maine.gov/osteo.  We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.


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Upcoming Events
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Job Openings

GASTROENTEROLOGIST - Brunswick, Maine

Mid Coast Medical Group in Brunswick, Maine is seeking a BC/BE Gastroenterologist  who will provide superior inpatient and outpatient care.  The candidate will join a 3 physician/1 FNP practice that is conveniently located adjacent to Mid Coast Hospital, a 93-bed Joint Commission accredited hospital. Mid Coast Medical Group is a thriving group practice that provides both primary and specialty care in Mid Coast Maine.

The Coastal location, thriving downtown, historic neighborhoods and Bowdoin College campus make this part of Maine a very desirable place to live.

Mid Coast offers competitive benefits and compensation package, along with an excellent work environment.

Visit our website at www.midcoasthealth.com.

For more information or to submit CV, contact Melanie Crowe, Physician Recruiter: mcrowe@midcoasthealth.com, Phone 207-406-7872.

2/1/16

HOSPITALIST - Brunswick, Maine

Full time (1900 hr/year) Hospitalist needed to join Mid Coast Hospital, 93-bed independent, non-profit community hospital located in beautiful coastal Maine, one of Maine’s most desirable regions. Candidate will be joining an established hospitalist service which is expanding due to growth. Physician should be BC/BE in internal medicine or family practice. A competitive salary and benefits package, including CME, is offered for this position.

  • flexible schedule
  • procedures not required, including vent management
  • excellent Pulmonology/Intensivist support
  • excellent subspecialist support
  • No J-1/H1B candidates

Part-time and Per Diem candidates will be considered.

Visit our website at www.midcoasthealth.com.

For more information or to submit CV, contact Melanie Crowe, Physician Recruiter: mcrowe@midcoasthealth.com, Phone 207-406-7872. 

2/1/16

INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIST - Brunswick, Maine

Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick has an exceptional opportunity for a BC/BE Adult Psychiatrist. The position is primarily providing inpatient care within a 13-bed acute-care behavioral health unit and consults throughout the hospital, with some coverage in the outpatient setting. ECT and X-waiver certification (or a willingness to obtain upon hire) is required. Weekend call and rounding is 2 weekends per quarter, and weeknight call is 1:9.

Mid Coast Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited 93-bed community hospital. The state of the art Emergency department includes two specially designed behavioral treatment rooms, and a Behavioral Health Observation Unit to accommodate the behavioral health patients who experience longer stay in the E.D.

Mid Coast offers competitive benefits and compensation package.  New graduates and experienced candidates will be considered.

For more information or to submit CV, contact Melanie Crowe, Physician Recruiter: mcrowe@midcoasthealth.com, Phone 207-406-7872. 

2/1/16

OUTPATIENT INTERNAL MEDICINE - Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Medical Group, a division of Mid Coast-Parkview Health, is seeking a BC/BE Outpatient Internist. Admitting is through a high-quality Hospitalist service.

The Coastal location, historic neighborhoods, superior schools, and Bowdoin College campus make this part of Maine a very desirable place to live. 

Mid Coast offers a competitive salary and great benefits, all in an employee-centered environment.  The growing mid coast region offers all of the amenities of a large city in a rural setting.  Here’s your opportunity to come join our team. 

Visit our website at www.midcoasthealth.com.

For more information or to submit CV, contact Melanie Crowe, Physician Recruiter: mcrowe@midcoasthealth.com, Phone 207-406-7872. 

2/1/16

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

1/18/16

Family Medicine Physician

Growing Direct Primary Care practice in Rockport, Maine is looking for the right family medicine physician to join our practice. 

Includes pediatric and adult outpatient care without OB, but skills that add value for patients are highly desired, such as: Office orthopedics, procedures, occupational medicine, DOT & USCG exams, ultrasound and buprenorphine waiver, etc.

Emergency room or hospitalist credentials may be helpful during the start up phase. 

For more information, please email Practice Manager, Jennifer Overlock, at answers@megunticookfamilymedicine, or call 207-390-8570.

2/1/16

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 wanting to 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:

  • Flexible work schedule
  • 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 allowance
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Malpractice Coverage

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

1/18/16

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

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).

2/1/16

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

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.

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