October 31, 2016

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MMA Board of Directors To Hold President's Retreat Nov. 4-6

MMA President Charles Pattavina, M.D. will lead the 26 member MMA Board in a priority setting exercise this coming weekend at the annual President's Retreat.  The session will be held this year at the Press Hotel in Portland.

For nearly twenty-five years, the MMA Board has held an annual retreat with the dominant themes over the years being related to strategic planning and priority setting. While the retreats have previously been held in January, the Board determined at the retreat this past January to move the annual retreat up to November so that the new officers elected at the Annual Meeting in September could use the retreat to prioritize the work items for the year. Once the external and internal issues are prioritized, staff will prepare action plans for each of the items and share them with the Board at the Dec. 7 Board meeting.

The retreat this year will again be facilitated by Carol Kelly of Pivot Point, Inc.  


Bureau of Insurance Convenes Stakeholder Meeting on Chapter 488, Sec. 38 Study

The Maine Bureau of Insurance this morning (10/31) convened a group of stakeholders to discuss the language in Chapter 488 requiring the Bureau to evaluate the effect of the limits on prescriptions for opioid medication on the claims paid by health insurers and the out-of-pocket costs, including co-payments, coinsurance and deductibles, paid by individual and group health insurance policyholders. In enacting this provision, legislators this spring were particularly concerned about consumers having to pay multiple co-payments for the same amount of medication they are receiving now, once the durational limits on opioid scripts are in effect (Jan. 1, 2017).

Section 38 of the law requires the Bureau to submit a report by Jan. 1, 2018 on the evaluation, along with any recommended policy and regulatory options that will ensure costs for patients are not increased as a result of the new prescribing limits. The report is to be provided to the legislative committees having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and over insurance and financial services matters.

MMA staff attended the stakeholders meeting along with Lisa Letourneau, M.D., MPH, Executive Director of Quality Counts. Several health plans were present along with Bureau staff and advocates from the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network and Consumers for Affordable Healthcare. David Sorensen, the Governor's senior policy adviser and a principle architect of the new law, was also present. Karenlee Harrington, Executive Director of the Maine Health Data Organization was present by phone and presented the options around data review that MHDO could provide. The balance of the 90 minute meeting was spent thinking about how baseline data from some period could be compared to data after the law takes effect. Because of the aggressive deadline for the study (only 14 months from now for it to be completed, with recommendations), several challenges were discussed and the possibility of asking the legislature to extend the period of the study was considered.  

The meeting concluded with Ms. Harrington agreeing to furnish to the Bureau an outline of options with those options then being shared with the stakeholders group for comment. Another meeting of the group is also anticipated once the comments have been reviewed by Bureau staff.

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MMA Welcomes the Employed Physicians at Houlton Regional Hospital as Group Members

The Maine Medical Association is pleased to welcome to MMA membership the employed physicians at Houlton Regional Hospital as the latest addition to MMA's group membership program. These twenty-four physicians will now all receive the benefits of MMA membership at a discounted membership rate paid for by the hospital. A special thanks to Thomas Moakler, CEO of the Hospital and Brian Griffin, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs, for their support of the group membership. The new group now joins the following groups already in the program.

Spectrum Medical Group and Specialty Solutions


Martin's Point Health Care

New England Cancer Specialists

Employed physicians at the following hospitals:  

Northern Maine Medical Center, Cary Medical Center, Calais Regional Hospital, Downeast Community Hospital, Inland Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Mayo Regional Hospital, Mount Desert Island Hospital, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Central Maine Healthcare (all campuses), MidCoast Hospital, Maine Medical Center (Maine Medical Partners), Southern Maine Medical Center.  

If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a group membership for your group of five or more physicians, contact EVP Gordon Smith at 622-3374 ext. 212 or via e-mail to gsmith@mainemed.com.

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Dr. First Offers Nov. 1 Webinar on Electronic Prescribing Mandate Effective July 1, 2017

Join a Webinar to Learn About Electronic Prescribing of Opioids

The legal requirement to prescribe opioids electronically is fast approaching (July 1, 2017). Will you be ready?

The Maine Medical Association has selected DrFirst as its exclusive partner in providing electronic prescribing of controlled substances solutions to MMA members. 

DrFirst will provide an educational webinar on how to get started e-prescribing controlled substances, along with a demo of their EPCS Gold software, on November 1st from 12 noon to 1 pm ET. Even if that time isn’t convenient, register anyway and receive a recording of the event.

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Eight Physicians Compete for Seats in the 128th Maine Legislature

Eight Maine physicians are candidates for the 128th Maine Legislature:

  1. Senate District 9, Penobscot County:  Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D. (Incumbent D) v. N. Laurence Willey, Jr. (R)
  2.  House District 4, Ogunquit, parts of York, Wells, & Sanford:  Patricia Hymanson, M.D. (Incumbent D) v. Bradley Moulton (former House R)
  3. House District 61, part of Lewiston:  Heidi Brooks, M.D. (Incumbent D) v. Stephen Miller (R)
  4. House District 89, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, Southport, Westport Island, & part of South Bristol:  Wendy Wolf, M.D., M.P.H. v. Stephanie Hawke (Incumbent R)
  5. House District 91, Waldoboro, Friendship, Washington, & part of Union:  Emily Trask-Eaton, D.O. (D) v. Abden S. Simmons (R)
  6. House District 111, part of Madison, Solon, & Norridgewock:  Ann Dorney, M.D. (Former House D) v. Bradlee Farrin (Incumbent R);
  7. House District 120, Dover-Foxcroft, Atkinson, Brownville, Medford, Milo, Lakeview Plantation, & the unorganized territory of Orneville Township:  Richard Evans, M.D. (D) v. Norman Higgins (Incumbent R)
  8. House District 132, Ellsworth & Trenton: David Edsall, M.D. (R) v. Louis Luchini (Incumbent D)

These are eight of 186 Maine House and Senate seats on the Maine ballot on Election Day, November 8, 2016. MMA thanks these physician candidates for stepping in to the public policy arena and encourages all physicians to get to know these physician candidates.
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"Joining Forces" offers 2016 Wellness Week Webinars for Health Professionals

In honor of Veterans Day, the Joining Forces initiative is hosting its 2016 Wellness Week on Nov. 7 – 11. The AMA was an early supporter of efforts to engage physicians to improve the health of service members, veterans and their families. This will take the form of daily webinars aimed at health professionals during Wellness Week.

Each webinar is worth one continuing medical education credit and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. EDT daily:

  • Nov. 7 — Joining Forces to address suicide in the military and veterans

  • Nov. 8 — Caring for caregivers

  • Nov. 9 — Pain management: Nuances for the military and veteran patient population

  • Nov. 10 — The deployment life cycle of the military family: Implications for healthcare providers

  • Nov. 11 — What veterans want their healthcare providers to know and how academic medical centers can contribute

The AMA continues to work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that veterans receive timely access to high-quality care through the Veterans Choice Program. Read more about the AMA's efforts to support veterans' health.

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Physician Voice Shapes Medicare Pay Reform Final Rule; Now You Can Pick Your Own Pace

[From the AMA Wire®]

AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD

From AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD

With the issuance of its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has created a new Medicare payment system called the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

CMS issued its final rule last week and our initial review shows Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt was true to his comments, first made in January, that CMS would be listening to physicians as development progressed. I would like to thank him for being a sincere partner during the process.

Through comment letters and conversations with CMS, the AMA recommended many changes that would create a more flexible transition to the updated Medicare program, and CMS has adopted a majority of those recommendations in its final rule.

There is still work to be done to improve the QPP, but it appears that we are off to a strong start. CMS' revisions will allow for a reasonably paced progression into the program so that physician practices can learn and adjust over time.

The key elements of the proposed rule that CMS changed based on our recommendations are:

  • A transition period and avoiding the QPP penalty. The proposed rule stated that physicians would have to successfully report in all four Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) categories to avoid a negative payment adjustment. The AMA advocated for a transition year with lower reporting burdens. In the final rule, the only physicians who will experience a negative 4 percent penalty in 2019, the first year of the program, are those who choose to report no data.

    Participating in one of four options under "Pick Your Pace" will help you avoid penalties. At the very least, if you choose to report for only one patient on just one quality measure, one improvement activity, or the four required Advancing Care Information (ACI) measures you will avoid a negative payment adjustment.

    We recommended that CMS create a transition period to allow enough time for physicians to prepare for the QPP. The final rule establishes a 90-day reporting period, a significant change over the proposed rule's full calendar-year requirement for most reporting. If you report for at least 90 continuous days in 2017, you will be eligible for a positive payment adjustment. This revision allows you to start later so that you will have more time to prepare your practice.
  • An increase in the low-volume threshold. Initially, the proposed rule set the threshold for exemption for QPP participation for physicians with less than $10,000 in Medicare payments and fewer than 100 Medicare patients per year.

    The AMA recommended increasing the threshold to $30,000 or fewer than 100 Medicare patients and CMS opted for that baseline in the final rule, estimating the provision will exempt 32.5 percent of eligible clinicians from MIPS reporting.
  • A reduction in the programwide reporting burden. One of the leading causes of our frustration as physicians is Medicare's overwhelming reporting burden.

    For example, under the ACI category that replaces the electronic health record (EHR) Meaningful Use program, the number of required reporting measures was cut from 11 in the proposed rule to four in 2017 and five thereafter.
  • Further flexibility for small, rural, health professional shortage area (HPSA) and non-patient facing physicians. In the proposed rule, physicians who do not have bedside interactions with patients and doctors practicing in small, rural and HPSA settings were required to report two activities under the Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) category. We called on CMS to create flexibility for these practice types—and CMS listened.

    The final rule allows these physicians to report on just two medium-weighted or one high-weighted activity to achieve full credit in the CPIA category.
  • A zero percent weight for resource use. One of the four categories of the MIPS is resource use. The final rule sets resource use at a zero percent weight toward your score in the first year. However, CMS will provide feedback on how you performed on those measures.
  • A reduction in reporting thresholds. In the first year of the program, 2017, you will only have to report successfully on a measure on 50 percent of patients, and 60 percent of patients in 2018. This threshold was set in the proposed rule at 90 percent for those who report electronically and 80 percent for those who report via claims.

These are only a few of the changes that CMS made in the final rule based on our recommendations. As a physician who will be undergoing this transition at the same time as you, I want to do whatever I can to make sure we are all prepared, educated and set up to succeed under this new program.

There will be further developments as other provisions of MACRA are implemented and we will continue to work with CMS to make sure the QPP is positioned to work for all physicians.

We need to educate ourselves and prepare now
Over the next few months, it is critical that all of us educate ourselves and prepare our practices for the first year of the program in 2017. The AMA's Understanding Medicare Reform collection of educational materials, resources and tools will be continually updated as we learn more.

The AMA will be hosting two webinars on the QPP: Nov. 21, 7 p.m. Eastern Time and Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Eastern Time. We will also hold regional meetings Dec. 1 in Atlanta and Dec. 10 in San Francisco. The regional meetings can be attended in person or online. More details on how you can register will be available soon.

This is a monumental change to the practice of medicine. The repeal of the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was the first step. Based on the changes we have seen in the final rule, we know that CMS is listening to physicians. The AMA is in a unique position to make recommendations and will continue to do so. If you have not joined us already, now is the time to get off the sidelines and help us make sure this historic Medicare payment transformation sets us all up to provide the high-quality care we know our patients deserve and that we know we can give them.

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U.S. House and Senate to Re-Convene in Lame Duck Session Nov. 14 and Nov. 15

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate will re-convene for a lame duck session on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 respectively. Congress has until Dec. 9 to come up with a plan to avert a government shut down. House and Senate Republican leadership will try to reach an agreement with Democrats on an omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2017. Republican leaders have also stated that medical innovation legislation could be taken up during the session.

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Over 300 Attend Annual MMA/MHMC Symposium Oct. 27

Over three hundred individuals attended the 2nd Annual MMA/MHMC Symposium which featured plenary presentations by David Blumenthal, M.D., President of the Commonwealth Foundation, U.S. Senator Angus King and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. Opening the morning session, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills spoke mostly of the opioid/heroin problem in the state and highlighted some of the work being done to address it. She expressed appreciation to MMA for its support of the Maine Opiate Collaborative formed in 2015 by herself, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty and Commissioner of Public Safety John Morris. Keynote presenter Dr. Blumenthal presented an overview of the ACA and included a series of slides that showed the status of coverage across the nation. Senator King closed the conference with a plea for help with the opioid/heroin problem and with a call for a more civil discourse as this contentious campaign season comes to an end.

Thirteen breakout sessions offered topics such as transparency, worksite wellness, MACRA implementation and the chapter 488 limits on prescribing opioids for pain.  

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Job Openings


The Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS or Retirement System) administers a disability retirement program for eligible members of the Retirement System.   The Board of Trustees engages physicians as independent contractors to serve on a Medical Board.  That Board evaluates medical records and provides written consultations to MainePERS and its hearing officers regarding the existence of diagnosable conditions and the presence and permanency of functional limitations in disability cases.

MainePERS seeks to engage additional physicians for the Medical Board.  Physicians of the Medical Board must hold a Maine Physician’s license in good standing and be Board Certified in their area of practice.  Preferred candidates will have experience in one of the following disciplines: Psychiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Physiatry, Occupational Medicine, and case review.  Medical Board physicians work under contract in an advisory capacity on an hourly fee basis.  Typical time commitment is 10-25 hours per month with flexibility of scheduling.  Some case file review and discussion can be done via videoconferencing.    This is a contract position and not eligible for benefits.

To apply, please forward your Curriculum Vitae and introductory letter to HR@MainePERS.org or via mail to:

Maine Public Employees Retirement System

Human Resources Department

P.O. Box 349

Augusta, Maine  04333-0349



Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full time General Surgeon. This is a community hospital oriented job with needed skills in all core aspects of general surgery.  The surgeon will be part of a long standing 4-5 provider general surgery group. The office is conveniently located adjacent to Mid Coast Hospital. New graduates and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply.

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 mcrowe@midcoasthealth.com or call (207) 406-7872, for more information.


PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN - Eastern Maine Medical Center

Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician, board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice. Husson Internal Medicine is one of seven primary care practices operated by Eastern Maine Medical Center. Our practice was the second in the nation to achieve “Patient-Centered Medical Home” status with NCQA. All physicians are NCQA-certified in diabetes and cardiac care. Our primary care network, largest in our area, has adopted a new practice model to include teams of one physician, one nurse practitioner, two registered nurses, and two medical assistants.  
Eastern Maine Medical Center is a 411-bed, regional, tertiary care and level II trauma center serving the more than 500,000 residents living in central, eastern, and northern Maine We offer a collegial atmosphere, cutting-edge EMR, generous vacation and CME benefit, flexible work schedule, and reasonable call schedule. No hospital call required. Candidates in need of J-1 visa waivers welcome to apply. 
For confidential consideration, please contact: Amanda Klausing at Eastern Maine Medical Center Phone: 207-973-5358 emmccvs@emhs.org.


PEDIATRICIAN - Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway, Maine  

Western Maine Pediatrics, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE Pediatrician to join our exceptional team of providers. Western Maine Pediatrics is a NCQA recognized Level Three - Patient Centered Medical Home committed to providing high quality care to our patients and families.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that has been recognized by the Leapfrog Group as one of the top rural hospitals in the nation three times in the last six years. Our Pediatricians provide care to newborns in the level one newborn nursey and provide pediatric ER consult service and inpatient care to low risk pediatric patients.

This position offers an opportunity to teach and mentor Medical Students and Pediatric Residents from Maine Medical Center.  Stephens Memorial Hospital, a member of MaineHealth, the premier healthcare system in Maine which includes Maine Medical Center, is a teaching site for the Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Rural Medicine Clerkship Program. 

We are currently in the process of remodeling our practice and will move into our brand new office space at the end of 2016. Our new space will offer state of the art surroundings and will be designed as a Patient Centered Medical Home.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, to include student loan repayment.  For more information, please contact: Abbie Graiver, Stephens Memorial Hospital Phone: 207-744-6052 or graiverab@wmhcc.org.


BC/BE FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN - Sheepscot Valley Health Center

Sheepscot Valley Health Center (Cooper Mills - between Augusta and the Maine coast) seeks a BC/BE Family Practice Physician to provide primary care and preventive services in an outpatient family practice. Join two physicians, three family nurse practitioners and a physician assistant serving 3,700 people annually. Integrated behavioral health, psychiatric medication management, podiatry, and care management are also provided on site.

The practice has been a vital part of the community since 1980 and is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a group of eleven Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine serving 28,000 residents in 80 Maine towns each year.

We offer competitive compensation and malpractice coverage. The site is eligible for loan repayment. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901. (207) 660-9913. Fax: (207) 660-9901. 

Communications@HealthReach.org  -   www.SheepscotCHC.org.



Dynamic multi-subspecialty physician-owned and -led orthopaedics group seeks a fellowship trained, board certified or board eligible Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician to join Maine’s premier orthopaedic practice - OA Centers for Orthopaedics.  We are an established group with our own surgery center and all ancillary services (PT, MRI, and Imaging).  If you are interested in joining a growing, high volume, quality-focused group practice with no call, then this is the opportunity for you!

The ideal candidate will have substantial orthopaedic experience and comfort with acute orthopaedic conditions. We are searching for a physician leader to be part of a growing acute walk-in clinic, OrthoAccess, with a full spectrum of surgical subspecialty support. We offer a generous compensation and benefits package, including vacation, CME stipend, relocation allowance, and 401(k) plan with profit sharing.  Partnership-track position with eligibility after 5 years for full-time physicians. Walk-in clinic hours are Monday – Friday, 1:00PM – 8:00PM; Saturday, 9:00AM – 2:00PM. Rotating Saturday coverage required; approximately 5 shifts per year. Flexible part-time or full-time weekday schedule, between the walk-in clinic and routine clinical days.

Send inquiries or CVs to:

Aileen Kiwior, PHR, Senior HR Generalist

OA Centers for Orthopaedics
33 Sewall Street
Portland, ME 04102

EMAIL: hr@orthoassociates.com





Dynamic multi-subspecialty physician-owned and -led orthopaedics group seeks a board certified or board eligible Orthopaedic Surgeon who has completed a Foot & Ankle fellowship to join Maine’s premier orthopaedic practice - OA Centers for Orthopaedics.  We are an established group with our own surgery center, all ancillary services (PT, MRI, and Imaging).  If you are interested in joining a growing, high volume, quality-focused group practice with minimal call, then this is the opportunity for you!

OA Centers for Orthopaedics is searching for a surgeon to join our established Foot & Ankle Center to help meet the needs of this growing service line.  We offer a generous compensation and benefits package, including 6 weeks of vacation, CME stipend, relocation allowance, and 401(k) plan with profit sharing.  Partnership-track position with eligibility after 2 years.

Send inquiries or CVs to:

Aileen Kiwior, PHR, Senior HR Generalist

OA Centers for Orthopaedics
33 Sewall Street
Portland, ME 04102

EMAIL: hr@orthoassociates.com




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 Medicine Residents. 

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) 661-7383 or nathaa@mainehealth.org.



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Upcoming Events

12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the Twelfth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for October 22, 2016 for the disposal of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription controlled substances.  These take back days over the last five years were overwhelmingly successful and resulted in the collection and disposal of over 3,236 tons of pharmaceuticals.

Collection locations staffed by duly authorized law enforcement officials are planned from 10am to 2pm at community sites.  Destruction will be accomplished in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.  For more information go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/



 MCMI Training Programs - Level 1 and Level 2

October 25, 2016

When and where held:  On October 25, 2016, the Maine Concussion Management Initiative will present Level 1 and Level 2 Training as the Youth Concussion Track at the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter's 7th Annual Conference on Defining Moments in Brain Injury in Portland at USM.

Training Programs:             

Level 1 – An Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management

Speaker: Deb Nichols, CPNP or Peter Sedgwick, MD or Bill Heinz, MD

Level of Difficulty: beginner

Content:  The Diagnostic and Return to Play Dilemma, How Concussion Occurs and Pathophysiology, Concussion Signs and Symptoms, Concussion Evaluation Tools, Concussion Treatment, Recovery Epidemiology, Return to Function – Academics and Play, Risk Factors and Protective Equipment, Short and Long Term Sequelae, Neurocognitive Testing, Concussion Sideline Assessment, Key Points

Level 2 – Advanced Concussion Management (Level 1 is a prerequisite for taking Level 2)

Speaker: Paul Berkner, DO

Level of Difficulty: intermediate

Content: Updates from Zurich 2012, Using ImPACT Testing in Concussion Management, Interpreting   

ImPACT Test Results, Concussion Case Reviews

Schedule: Conference - 7:30pm to 4:30pm

MCMI Level 1: 9:30am to 1:00pm

MCMI Level 2: 1:30pm to 4:30pm                                                   


Fee: $100 for all participants for the entire day

How to register: online atwww.biausa.org then click on BIAA-Maine (in the menu on the left)

CMEs will be provided. Exact contact hours not determined at this time

For more information contact:

Jan Salis, PT, ATC, MCMI - Membership and Education Committee - Chair

jsalis@aol.com or (207) 577-2018




Personal Financial Planning & Understanding MACRA, MIPS, and APMs

October 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Personal Financial Planning
Understanding MACRA, MIPS, and APMs

Presented By:
Michael Genetti, CLU, ChFC, Financial Planner Financial Services Representative – Baystate Financial
Speaking from 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Andrew Finnegan, Health Insurance Specialist – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dr. Dan Mingle, MD, CEO – Mingle Analytics

Speaking from 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

October 25, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn
Downtown Freeport
5 Park Street
Freeport, Maine 04032

Registration opens at 7:30 am
Seminar 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Breakfast Included)


Please send registration form and payment method to:

Mail: PO Box 3403, Mercerville, NJ 08619

Fax: 866-648-5913

Email: mainemgma@gmail.com


Maine Health Management Coalition and Maine Medical Association's 2016 Symposium

Thursday, October 27 

Holiday Inn By The Bay, Portland

About the Symposium

For this year's symposium we will be continuing to highlight and explore actionable strategies that each of us can take to help improve health and lower costs.  Our keynote speaker, David Blumenthal, MD, President of The Commonwealth Fund, will share examples of how organizations around the country are getting more value from their health care dollars, and breakout sessions will dive into the details to highlight individual efforts that organizations in our state can emulate.  There will be presentations on tackling prescription drug abuse for providers and employers, alternative payment arrangements being tested through employer/provider partnerships, an overview of how MACRA will impact the payment landscape in our state, and more!

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8am - 5pm

Where: Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland ME 04101

Register Here!



"Integrative Health in Athletic Performance”


Maine’s Top Integrative Physicians, Olympians and Professional Athletes Host the State’s First Complementary Health Symposium

How complementary and alternative therapies enhance athletic performance, reduce injuries and improve mental focus


WHAT:            The Center for Wellness Leadership (CWL), a Portland-based nonprofit will host its first signature event to explore how adding alternative modalities to a conventional medical approach can improve athletes’ overall health and performance. The symposium will explore topics including acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga and osteopathy.

                        Maine physicians and professional athletes will share first-hand accounts of how integrating complementary and alternative therapies have been successful when conventional methods alone have not.            

Attendees will hear from the head physician of Maine’s Red Claws, the director of Integrated Medicine at Maine Medical Center and professional athletes and Olympians.

Formed in 2014, the nonprofit hosting the event aims to increase mainstream awareness for the benefits of using Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. CWL plans to fund research, produce a regular television show, offer comprehensive resources and research – including a provider directory and event calendar. All accessible on wellnessleadership.org

Guests will be personally welcome by University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings. The symposium will be held USM’s Hannaford Hall from 8:15am to 2:30pm, Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Athletes, yogis, coaches, practitioners, physicians and the general public are encouraged to attend. For ticket information, register here

WHERE:           University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Hall

                        88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine

WHEN:             Saturday, October 29, 2016

                        8:15am to 2:30pm

WHO:               Alban Maino, Executive Director, Center for Wellness Leadership

Dr. Craig Schneider, Maine Medical Partners

Dr. Heather Gillespie, Head Physician, Maine Red Claws, Maine Medical Partners

Dr Diane Hayden, Essential Living Maine

Dr. Nancy Frederick, CCH(NA)

Dr. Sarah Kotzur, ND

Dan Katz, PT LA.c, Wildwood Medicine

Dr Tom Gilson, D.O.

Julia Clukey, Olympic Ice Luger

Dave Cowens, NBA Hall of Famer, Boston Celtics (1970-1980)
Roberto Forleo (Intl Ballet Dancer)

Hosted by Dr Lisa Belisle, Love Maine Radio             


Established in 2014, Center for Wellness Leadership is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit providing communities with educational resources and research to empower individuals to reach optimal wellbeing through the application of Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. CWL is home to an online, searchable database, media vault, event calendars and resources.



Webinar on Electronic Prescribing of Opioids on November 1

The Maine Medical Association has selected DrFirst as its exclusive partner in providing electronic prescribing of controlled substances solutions to MMA members. 

DrFirst will provide an educational webinar on how to get started e-prescribing controlled substances, along with a demo of their EPCS Gold software, on November 1 from 12-1pm ET. Even if that time isn’t convenient, register anyway and receive a recording of the event.

In 2017 Maine will follow in New York’s footsteps and require e-prescribing of opioids. Legal compliance aside, making the switch to electronic prescriptions can save your practice time and improve patient safety.  

You may register for the webinar here.


A Message from the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership

We are pleased to invite you to attend our 2016 Hanley Forum, Community Innovations to Address Stress & Depression In Our Young Adults on November 2nd at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Far too many of Maine’s adolescents and young adults are in need.  Far too many won’t ask for help.  Please join us and lend us your experience, perspective, time and hope.

WHO:  Primary Care, Emergency Medicine and Behavioral Health Providers

WHAT:  Hanley Forum 2016

Register Today at: www.hanleyforum.eventbrite.com

WHEN:  November 2, 2016, 9:30am-4:00pm

WHERE:  Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport

As with all Hanley initiatives, the spirit of collaboration in creating positive change will be key to the success of the day!  We hope you will join us as we bring together primary care & other providers, health leaders, educators, parents, consumers, law enforcement, behavioral health professionals, and community & business leaders for a day of learning, networking and innovating.

At the end of the day, we hope to have 3-5 concepts that either attempt something new or expand upon a current community collaboration to better support Maine’s high school and college age young adults challenged by anxiety and/or depression.

Keynoting the day will be Dr. Gene Beresin, MD, MA, Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds.  Dr. Beresin will ground us in this work and energize us to come together as a community to share perspective and generate new ideas to support Maine’s young adults.  We will also hear from a few consumers, parents and community collaborators.

We know that this challenge touches the lives of each and every one of us in some way through our work, our families, our friends and neighbors and our communities.  We also know that you can help.  Please join us and register today at: www.hanleyforum.eventbrite.com .  To learn more or support the Forum through corporate sponsorship, please call Judiann Smith at 207-553-9852.


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