Governor Signs L.D. 1646 into Law Setting the Stage for a Change in the Culture of Prescribing for Pain
At a brief signing ceremony last Tuesday, Governor LePage signed L.D. 1646, An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. The provisions in the law have different effective dates with the first limitation taking effect 90 days after the session adjourns. That date is likely to be around August 1, 2016. Other provisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and July 1, 2017.
The provision taking effect in August limits prescribing of an opioid medication to 100 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per day. But there are many exceptions, as follows:
1. Until Jan. 1, 2017 (or on the effective date of the rules establishing exceptions, whichever is later), prescribers may prescribe in an amount greater that the limit as long as it is medically necessary and the need is documented in the patient's chart.
2. A patient who, on the effective date of the section, has an active prescription for opioid medication in excess of 100 MME per day may be prescribed an amount that would not exceed 300 MME (until Jan. 1, 2017).
In addition, there are general exceptions to the limits on daily dose and durational limits for the following:
1. Pain associated with active and aftercare cancer treatment.
3. End-of-life and hospice care.
4. Medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder.
5. Other circumstances determined in rule by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Data in the prescription monitoring program indicate that there are currently over 16,000 patients currently receiving opioid medication exceeding the 100 MME limit. Many may be currently subject to an exception (such as cancer treatment) but the PMP does not include diagnosis information so the number of individuals who are exempt is not known. Patients not currently exempt through one of the exceptions above and who are not able to be tapered to an amount no greater than 100 MME will have until July 1, 2017 to be put into another exception through rule-making.
The second phase of the law begins Jan. 1, 2017 and includes limits on the duration of a script for an opioid medication. The scripts can be renewed but again for a limited time. For acute pain, the limits in a 7 day period is a 7 day supply. In other words, a patient can receive an initial script for a 7 day supply and the patient can not receive another script until the 8th day, again limited to a 7 day supply. For chronic pain, the limit is 30 days, again renewable. Prescribers may wish to add "for acute pain" or "for chronic pain" on the script so that a pharmacist will be aware.
The durational limit effective Jan. 1, 2017 follows enactment of a similar provision in Massachusetts which also limits scripts for acute pain to 7 days.
The limits on the scripts are also subject to all the exceptions noted above.
Also on January 1, 2017, the section of the law requiring checks of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) takes effect. A prescriber must check the PMP upon initial prescription for a benzodiazepine or an opioid medication and every 90 days for as long as that prescription is renewed. Pharmacists also must check the PMP under certain circumstances. There is an exception in settings such as hospitals (inpatient) emergency rooms, and long-term care facilities when the medication is directly ordered or administered in the setting.
Next, by July 1, 2017 all opioid scripts must be prescribed
electronically. A prescriber who does not have the capability to
electronically prescribe must request a waiver from this requirement
from the Commissioner of Health and Human Services stating the reasons
for the lack of capability, the availability of broadband infrastructure
and a plan for developing the ability to electronically prescribe
On Dec. 31, 2017, the final piece of the law kicks in. By that date, all the categories of licensed health professionals who wish to continue to prescribe opioid must have completed 3 hours of continuing education every 2 years on the topic of prescribing of opioid medication.
Section 37 of the law is entitled Enhancements to the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. It requires HHS to include in its current RFP a series of enhancements to the PMP, including the establishment of a mechanism or calculator for converting dosages to and from morphine milligram equivalents and a mechanism to automatically transmit de-identified peer data on an annual basis to prescribers of opioid medication. These enhancements are seen as particularly helpful to prescribers. While there is a financial penalty that can be assessed ($250 per violation capped at $5,000 annually), Section 37 language delays any enforcement of the limits on opiod prescribing in the law until the enhancements to the PMP are implemented.
A copy of the law can be found on the MMA website at www.mainemed.com (in the spotlight section on the home page). Other documents intended to be helpful in interpreting and complying with the law will be placed on the website asap. MMA attorneys are available to answer questions and to do presentations about the law. Call Gordon Smith, Esq., MMA's EVP at 622-3374 if your practice or medical staff would like to take advantage of this opportunity (or send e-mail request to email@example.com).
MMA's Annual HIPAA Update on May 6th Features Attorneys Ken Lehman, Lori Dwyer, and Ben Townsend; Moderated by MMA's Peter Michaud, J.D., R.N.
One of MMA's most popular CME programs, our Annual Health Information Privacy Compliance Seminar ("HIPAA Update"), is scheduled for Friday, May 6th at the MMA headquarters in Manchester. The program also will be available by webinar. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The presenters for the program are:
- Peter Michaud, J.D., R.N., MMA Associate General Counsel;
- Kenneth Lehman, Esq., shareholder and Chair of the Health Care Group at Bernstein Shur, Portland;
- Lori Dwyer, J.D., General Counsel and Compliance & Risk Officer, Penobscot Community Health Care, Bangor; and
- Benjamin Townsend, Esq., shareholder at Kozak & Gayer, P.A., Augusta.
Registration materials will be posted on the MMA web site, www.mainemed.com, very shortly. For more information, please contact Sarah Lepoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 622-3374, ext. 213. [return to top]
MMA Senior Section Meets Wednesday, April 27th for Presentation, "Geriatrics: A Vision"
The MMA Senior Section, chaired by Buell Miller, M.D., next will meet in the large conference room of the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester on Wednesday, April 27th. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation will begin at noon. The topic for this meeting is Geriatrics: A Vision and the speakers are:
- Roger Renfrew, M.D., Medical Director of Geriatric Systems at MaineGeneral Health;
- Nate Harmon, D.O., Medical Director, Inpatient Geriatrics and HELP Program, MaineGeneral Health; and
- Eileen Fingerman, M.D., Geriatrician, MaineGeneral Health.
Learn how Dr. Renfrew and his collaborative team of health professionals at MaineGeneral are working to create a comprehensive geriatric program to meet the growing, age-specific medical needs of area seniors.
Please RSVP to Lisa Martin at email@example.com or 622-3374, ext. 221. [return to top]
Gov. LePage Vetoes Naloxone Bill
Last week Governor Paul LePage vetoed LD
1547, An Act to Facilitate Access to Naloxone Hydrochloride. The bill would
allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to persons at risk of experiencing
opioid related overdoses as well as to friends and immediate family members of
such persons and to first responders.
In his veto
message Governor LePage stated, “Naloxone does not truly save lives; it
merely extends them until the next overdose. Creating a situation where an
addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other
produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to
perpetuate the cycle of addiction.” He
went on to say that truly fighting the heroin crisis in Maine will require
increased interdiction, expanded education and prevention efforts, and
addressing opioid prescribing practices.
The veto has prompted reactions from Maine and around the
country. Writing in the Portland
Press Herald, Dr. Joseph Valdez, an addiction specialist from Mercy Hospital said, “There is no doubt in my mind that LePage’s decision to
veto bill L.D. 1547 will needlessly endanger the lives of Mainers. It calls
into question his ability to lead our state during a time of unprecedented
public health crisis.” MMA President Dr. Brian Pierce said, "The Governor missed an opportunity to remove needless
government regulation (a prescription requirement) from a medicine that has
proven safe, effective and lifesaving."
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen,
keynote speaker at the recent QC2016 conference in Augusta, said in a
statement, “By vetoing this Bill, Governor LePage is perpetuating a dangerous
myth: that saving someone’s life with naloxone will only foster addiction. This
is unscientific, inhumane, and ill-informed.”
In a letter
addressed to legislative leaders, the American Society of Addiction Medicine
said, “Contrary to the Governor’s objections, expanding access to naloxone in
Maine will most certainly save lives. Naloxone is a fast-acting, inexpensive,
non-addictive medication.” The Executive Director of the American Medical
Association wrote to those same legislators, “The governor’s reasons for
vetoing LD 1547 have been raised before, and thankfully, the medical and
behavioral research stands in opposition to the myths.”
Legislature is reconvening this Friday, April 29th, to consider
overriding this and other gubernatorial vetoes. MMA members who may wish to
express their views on this issue to their legislators may call their
Representatives at (800) 423-2900
and their Senators at (800) 423-6900.
Listings of Representatives and Senators for all Maine districts may be found
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New Lancet Study Questions Warnings on Anti-Smoking Drugs
A new study requested by the U.S. FDA and published recently
in The Lancet suggests that the
anti-smoking drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Wellbutrin or Zyban (bupropion)
may not increase risk of suicide and other mental health disorders. Study
results show that such issues arise during smoking cessation independently of any
medications being used.
Addiction specialist Laurie Zawertailo, quoted in the
newsletter HealthDay, stated that
smoking cessation itself can be accompanied by severe mood changes. “Clinicians
should monitor all of their patients, especially those with a current or past
psychiatric illness, for these changes.”
As a result of the study, companies marketing these drugs
hope the FDA will allow them to remove current “black box warnings” which were
based on anecdotal patient reports of psychiatric events during drug-assisted
smoking cessation. The Associated Press reports that the study may also prompt
the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider its ban against pilots and
air traffic controllers using Chantix.
The FDA says it will review the study and other scientific
evidence and “take follow-up action and update the public as appropriate.” [return to top]
Another Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 30
Many Maine communities are taking part in the next national Drug Take Back Day on this coming Saturday, April 30. Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be taken to a drop-off site for disposal between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The service is free and anonymous.
A complete list of participating sites may be found at www.dea.gov.
Individuals unable to drop off medication on Saturday may do so year-round at any of the collection sites maintained by various police departments around the state. [return to top]
CMS Open Payments Review & Dispute Period Begins
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the
beginning of the 45-day Sunshine Act, also known as “Open Payments,”
review and dispute period. After the review and dispute period
concludes May 15, CMS will publish the 2015 payment data and updates to
the 2013 and 2014 data June 30.
Physicians planning to review their 2015 Open Payments data should test their CMS Enterprise Portal (EIDM) logon credentials beforehand. Troubleshoot locked accounts and other logon issues by visiting frequently asked questions for EIDM Users.
Physicians can refer to the AMA website
or CMS guidance for step-by-step instructions on how to register to
review and dispute data. For answers to additional questions, email Medicare’s Open Payment Help Desk, or call (855) 326-8366. [return to top]
2016 PQRS group practice reporting option open until June 30
Practices consisting of two or more eligible professionals that
would like to participate in the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting
System (PQRS) under the group practice reporting option (GPRO) have
until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time June 30, to register as a GPRO.
Practices with two or more eligible professionals do not have to
participate in PQRS as a GPRO and may participate as individuals in the
program. This may be a better option for certain practices.
Upon GPRO registration, a practice must indicate whether they plan to participate in PQRS under the following options:
Qualified PQRS registry
Qualified clinical data registry—new 2016 GPRO option
Electronic health record (EHR)
Web interface—for groups with 25 or more eligible professionals only
Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for
PQRS Survey through a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) certified survey vendor (as a supplement to another GPRO
reporting mechanism). A GPRO with a 100 or more eligible professionals
must report CAHPS. See CAHPS for PQRS Made Simple for complete details.
If a practice would like to participate as a GPRO and submit data
via electronic health record (EHR), it is highly recommended that the
practice consult their EHR vendor before registration. Some EHR vendors
will not support the GPRO EHR option, only the individual PQRS EHR
option. Qualified clinical data registry participants also should check
with their vendor to determine if they will support the GPRO option.
The AMA recommends that a practice weigh all options before signing up
for GPRO in 2016, because a practice cannot change its GPRO designation
with CMS once the registration period closes. If a physician is
participating in PQRS as an individual, there is no need to register.
The registration system
can be accessed using a valid Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM)
account. Instructions for obtaining an EIDM account with the correct
role are provided on the PQRS GPRO registration Web page. Instructions for registering to participate in the 2016 PQRS GPRO are provided in the 2016 PQRS GPRO registration guide. [return to top]
CMS Announces “Largest-ever Initiative” to Improve Delivery of and Payment for Healthcare
On April 11th the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services unveiled the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus ("CPC+") model, a nationwide medical home model for
primary care that will establish regionally based multi-payer payment reform
and changes in care delivery. The model will be implemented in up to 20
regions and cover more than 20,000 physicians and clinicians and around 25
million patients. It promises to let doctors care for their patients the way
they think will work best and to reward them for achieving results and
improving care. An ambitious five-year plan, the CPC+ is intended to help
primary care providers:
- · Help patients with serious or chronic diseases
achieve their health goals;
- · Give patients 24-hour access to care and health
- · Deliver preventive care;
- · Engage patients and their families in their own
- · Work with hospitals and other clinicians,
including specialists, to provide better coordinated care.
Primary care practices will be required to give patients
around-the-clock access to care and health information, and they will be
required to meet various requirements for managing and coordinating care. The
plan is designed to move away from dependence on following certain treatment protocols
or administering particular tests. The hope is that the new plan will encourage more communication between doctor and patient and an increased use of telehealth techniques.
There will be two tracks in the program, one similar to the existing CPC and designed for
practices “ready to build the capabilities to deliver comprehensive primary
care,” and the other for practices “poised to increase the comprehensiveness of
care through enhanced Health IT, improve care of patients with complex needs,
and inventory of resources and supports to meet patients’ psychosocial needs.”
Track One will continue with a form of fee-for-service payment, while Track Two
will move to “Comprehensive Primary Care Payments", a combination of Medicare
fee-for-service and a percentage of the practice's expected Evaluation and Management
reimbursements. Both tracks will receive up-front incentive payments.
CMS will first invite selected practices to participate in regions where there is sufficient interest from multiple payers, responding to proposals filed from now through June 12, 2016.
Then it will publicize the regions involved and accept applications beginning
July 15, 2016 from practices within those regions.
A set of frequently asked questions is available from CMS here. Also
available are a Press
Release and a Fact
Sheet. [return to top]
MMA Celebrates 163rd Anniversary on Thursday, April 28
The Maine Medical Association was founded on April 28th, 1853 when a handful of Maine physicians gathered at the Tontine Hotel (now the site of the Tontine Mall) in Brunswick and voted to establish a state medical society. Earlier attempts to organize the physicians of Maine had been attempted but had not succeeded over a long period of time. A commemorative plaque was placed at the Tontine Mall listing the names of the several physicians who attended the meeting. The first Annual Meeting was held later in the year in Augusta and an Annual Meeting has been held each year since that time.
MMA celebrated the 150th Anniversary in 2003 with a Gala event in Portland attended by nearly 400 guests including the entire AMA Board of Trustees. A similar event was held in 2013 commemorating the 160th Anniversary. [return to top]
FALMOUTH ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER - Falmouth, Maine
Seeking a BE/BC general or fellowship trained surgeon to join our expanding group. Falmouth Orthopaedic Center is a well respected private practice in a vibrant orthopedic community. You will be partnering with 3 experienced surgeons each with an outstanding reputation in the area.
Located in Falmouth Maine (approximately 10 minutes from Portland, 2 hours from Boston) we pride ourselves on our four beautiful seasons, unlimited recreation, and top-ranking schools all within 10 minutes of the magnificent Maine coast. Falmouth is an excellent place to raise a family and offers a great quality of life with easy access to all the cultural amenities of the city of Portland.
This opportunity offers minimal ER call at a Level 2 community hospital with a competitive compensation package. Our ideal candidate is a well trained general orthopedist or an orthopedist who is fellowship trained in foot and ankle, hand, pediatrics, sports medicine or adult reconstructive surgery.
Please send cover letter, CV, and inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com or by phone at: 207-487-4085.
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN - Maine Medical Partners Internal Medical Clinic
Maine Medical Partners is seeking a PT BC/BE internal
medicine physician for their Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic at Maine
Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
The Clinic is the
primary outpatient teaching site for Maine Medical Center’s Internal Medicine
Residency Program and is the medical home for a culturally diverse
population. The ideal candidate
will have an interest in residency education and international/immigrant patient
care. The clinical portion of the
position involves a mix of direct patient care and the precepting of Internal
Maine Medical Center has 637 licensed beds and is the state’s
leading tertiary care hospital, with a full complement of residencies and
fellowships and an integral part of Tufts University Medical School.
For more information please contact Alison C.
Nathanson, Director, MaineHealth Physician Recruitment Center at (207) 396-8683
PHYSICIAN/MEDICAL DIRECTOR - Nasson Health Care
Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.
The Physician/Medical Director:
- Provides advice and counsel regarding a broad range of clinical, clinical policy, programmatic and strategic issues required to achieve the short and long-term strategies and objectives of Nasson Health Care;
- Provides direct clinical services and oversees physicians and advanced practice nurses; works in partnership with members of the practice team to manage the care of patients, assuring a high standard of medical care;
- A minimum of three years’ experience as a Medical Director of a primary care medical practice; A degree from an accredited medical school in the U.S.,
- Board certification in Family or Internal Medicine; An unrestricted Maine license to practice medicine, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license;
- Working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.
Visit http://www.nassonhealthcare.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and employment application will be accepted until position is filled.
HOSPITALIST - Brunswick, ME
Mid Coast Hospital is seeking a full time Hospitalist to join its established hospitalist service, which is expanding due to growth. The candidate should be BC/BE in internal medicine or family practice. New graduates and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. Procedures are not required. Excellent Intensivist and subspecialist support is available. Part-time and per diem applications will be considered.
Part of the Mid Coast–Parkview health family of services, Mid Coast Hospital offers competitive benefits and compensation package, along with an excellent work environment. Please send CV to Melanie Crowe, Physician Recruiter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 406-7872, for more information.
OUTPATIENT FAMILY MEDICINE - Brunswick, ME
Mid Coast Medical Group is
seeking a BC/BE Outpatient Family Practitioner to join our multi-specialty
group. 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.
Part of the Mid
Coast–Parkview health family of services,
Mid Coast Medical Group offers competitive benefits and compensation package,
along with an excellent work environment. Please send CV to Melanie Crowe,
Physician Recruiter, at email@example.com or call (207) 406-7872, for more information.
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN
Sacopee Valley Health Center has a position available for a full-time family practice physician for our multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved area. Services on site include integrated primary care, dental services, family planning, mental health counseling, psychiatry, nutritionist, optometry, podiatry, social services support, sliding fee coverage, care management, radiology and lab services. NextGen EMR. Practice is outpatient only with no OB. On-call rotation is 4-5 times per month. NCQA Level III PCMH. Competitive salary and benefits package; physicians are eligible to apply for NHSC loan repayment. Located in Porter, ME, between Portland and the White Mountains. Area is known for terrific four season recreational activities. Just two and one-half hours from Boston. Submit CV to: Nancy Buck, Human Resources Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068. EOE. www.svhc.org. Sacopee Valley Health Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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 email@example.com
FAMILY MEDICINE/OUTPATIENT INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
The Maine Highlands offers great outdoor adventures, historic and cultural experiences, many culinary delights and unexpected entertainment opportunities. KVHC’s newest clinic, Brownville, is located in the Maine Highlands and Katahdin Region. As a result of this 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 the Brownville/Millinocket Maine regions. KVHC’s clinics are outpatient only 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.kvhc.org. KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.
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Building Connections to Serve Maine Children:
Critical Topics in Pediatrics and Behavioral/Mental Health
Joint Conference - Maine
Chapter, AAP & Maine Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
April 30 – Sunday, May 1, 2016 - Sable Oaks Marriott, Portland
Attention medical, behavioral and allied health
providers, community and educational organizations, and family members: please
join the Maine Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics and the Council of Child
Psychiatrists for a Sat/Sun program featuring local, regional and national
experts in pediatrics and child/adolescent mental health. Key topics include:
ADHD and behavior management, Concussions, Advanced Oral Health, Psychosis,
Care Transitions with a focus on ID/DD kids, Youth
Suicide/Depression/Anxiety/Self Injury, CBT+, Opioid Addiction, Adolescent
evening there is a showing of the acclaimed movie addressing ACE's, 'Paper Tigers', with dinner and facilitated
discussion to follow.
the full agenda and register:
Beyond the Basics: Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Hope Across the Lifespan
Beyond the Basics conference serves as a “best practice” conference offering
participants in-depth and progressive information and the latest research in
the field of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is designed for an
adult audience that has attained basic training and knowledge in suicide and
suicide prevention, and wishes to expand their knowledge and ability to engage
in suicide prevention in Maine. The 2016 theme, “Prevention, Intervention and
Hope Across the Lifespan,” guides a program of the most up-to-date research on
suicidology and evidence-based tools affecting various populations across
generations, and provides participants with information to use in everyday
practical applications. Target Audience includes:
School personnel, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health
professionals, alcohol and drug counselors, public safety professionals,
military personnel, public health professionals, primary care physicians,
physician assistants, nurses, families and community members. The keynote
address is ‘Suicide Prevention: It’s All About Connection; by Susan Wehry, MD
and is about self-directed violence, including fatal and non-fatal suicidal
behavior, is a serious public health problem affecting all ages, and exacts a
high toll on everyone it touches. Populations with high rates include youth,
veterans and people over the age of 65.
To register: https://msppconference2016.eventbrite.com
MCMI Training Programs – Level 1 and Level
General Information for 2016
When and where
April 8, 2016 in Presque Isle at UMPI
June 10, 2016 in Waterville at Colby
October 25, 2016 in Portland
in conjunction with the Maine Brain Injury Conference
(Registration and fees will be through the
Maine Brain Injury Conference for October 25)
March and April programs will be morning only
with Level 1 and Level 2 at the same time.
June and October programs will be Level 1 in
the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon.
Level 1 – An Introduction to Concussions
and Concussion Management
Speaker: Deb Nichols, CPNP or
Peter Sedgwick, MD or Bill Heinz, MD
of Difficulty: beginner
The Diagnostic and Return to Play Dilemma
How Concussion Occurs and Pathophysiology
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
Concussion Evaluation Tools
Return to Function – Academics and Play
Risk Factors and Protective Equipment
Short and Long Term Sequelae
Concussion Sideline Assessment
Level 2 – Advanced Concussion Management (Level 1 is a prerequisite for taking Level 2)
Mike Rizzo, FNP-C, CIC or Paul Berkner, DO
of Difficulty: intermediate
Updates from Zurich 2012
Using ImPACT Testing in Concussion Management
Interpreting ImPACT Test Results
Concussion Case Reviews
March and April – Level 1 and
Level 2 (Offered at same time)
– 8:15am Registration
– noon Training Program
June – Level 1:
7:45am – 8:00am Registration
– noon Training Program
– 4:30pm Training Program
For morning only training
programs: March 11 and April 8
$100 for Health Care Professionals (MD, DO, NP, PA, Neuropsychologist, AT, RN, PT,
$40 for school personnel and all other attendees
(School nurses, coaches, school athletic
directors, administrators, parents, etc.)
$20 for students – currently enrolled
in a college program
For morning and afternoon training program:
$100 for Health Care Professionals (MD, DO, NP, PA, Neuropsychologist, AT, RN, PT,
$175 for Health Care Professionals
taking Level 1 and Level 2 - Only June 10
$40 for school personnel and all other
attendees (School nurses, coaches, athletic directors and administrators, etc.)
$70 for school personnel taking Level 1 and Level 2 - Only June 10
$20 for students currently enrolled in
a college program
$35 for students taking Level 1 and
Level 2- Only June 10
Confirmation will be sent by email.
Refund / Cancellation
Policy: If you need to cancel contact Jan Salis, PT, ATC. You can choose to
apply your registration fee to another training program or have your check
Salis, PT, ATC
Membership and Education Committee - Chair
Maine AG's Office Bidrigging Training
For those of you who may be involved in competitive bidding for government service agreements, the Maine Office of the Attorney General is providing a training opportunity to avoid problems in the contracting process. The training is scheduled for April 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. The training is expected to last about 90 minutes, depending on the level of audience engagement.
The training will show what to look for in detecting an antitrust violation: i.e., bid-rigging, price fixing, and market allocation. It will explain how these conspiracies are prosecuted and give tips on how to detect and prevent these schemes. It will highlight common pitfalls and walk through what to do if you run into these red flags.
Bryan Serino is a Trial Attorney in the New York Office of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. At the Antitrust Division, he investigates and prosecutes criminal international and national conspiracies involving bid-rigging, price-fixing, and market allocation. Prior to his time with the Department of Justice, he was an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office where he investigated complex frauds and international narcotics conspiracies.
The Governor Hill Mansion
136 State Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone: (207) 629-4052
Conveniently located close to the Capital Building and Western Avenue in Augusta, we are only a mile off Exit 109 on I-95. The Governor Hill Mansion is at 136 State Street, on the corner of State and Green.
If you are interested in attending this training, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel, at email@example.com or 622-3374, ext. 214. While not asking for a commitment, the AG's Office has asked MMA to provide them with some indication of the level of interest in the program.
Maine Hospice Council and Center for
End-of-Life Care to hold their 19th Annual Maine Pain Symposium:
"Palliative Care & Pain Management: A Responsibility to Do Better”
Join us April 15th at the beautiful
Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center in mid-coast Maine. Our keynote
speaker Dr. Betty Ferrell will speak on "The Challenge of Compassionate
Care for Someone with Serious Illness." Other presentations and breakout
- Emerging Concepts in Pain Management
- Existential Suffering
- The Science of Pain Management
- Pain in the Pediatric Population
- Panel Discussion on Addiction
- Integrative Therapies: Acupuncture, Imagery &
Hypnotherapy, Massage Therapy
Registration is $115 for General
Admission, $90 Maine Hospice Council Members & Affiliates, $30
To learn more or to register, click here.
Hanley Center for Health Leadership Health Equity & Cultural Competency Trainings
Positive health outcomes are not evenly distributed across the public. Some populations face much greater challenges in achieving and maintaining good health. Public Health Leaders can play a crucial role in understanding the reasons for these differences and leading strategies to promote greater health equity. In this workshop, we will explore the concepts of health and healthcare disparities, build greater insight into unconscious/implicit bias, and delve into models for developing individual and organizational cultural competence.
Below are links to the EventBrite pages with additional information and tickets:
Ellsworth Training – May 16th
Augusta Training – May 17th
Additional questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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