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March 6, 2017

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Lead Article
AMA National Advocacy Conference
Maine Medicine Weekly Update's New Look & Feel
128th Maine Legislature
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
MMA Legislative Committee Forum on "Death with Dignity" is Next Tuesday, March 14th
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician Assistant - Newcastle
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist - Full Time or Per Diem, Bridgton Hospital
Family Medicine Physician - Maine Medical Partners Primary Care
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Family Practice Physician - Machias, Maine
Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence Course Offered by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, Maine
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FNP/NP Monmouth
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Part-time Clinical & Part-time Research Position in Central Maine
Part-Time MD/DO/NP/PA
UPCOMING EVENTS
Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Spring Meeting
Calling All OB-GYN Physicians!
DrFirst Offers Presentations on E-Prescribing Mandate
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting

 
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128th Maine Legislature

Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information

 MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Katherine Pope, M.D. and Stephen Meister, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7th, 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:  207-480-4790
Passcode:  057614#

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 480-4187, or Peter Michaud, Associate General Counsel at pmichaud@mainemed.com or 480-4199.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.
This year is marked by two topics that have been the subjects of an inordinately large number of bills: recreational marijuana legalization and opioids. In order to allow clearer discussion of all the bills on each topic together during the legislative calls, the marijuana bills will be marked with a superscript "m" and the opioid bills with a superscript "o". We welcome your comments on whether this makes things easier or more difficult for you. Following are the bills of the week: 

*LD 717: An Act To Protect Maine School Children from Lead and Arsenic Exposure (Pediatrics, Public Health) (Support)

LD 718: An Act To Reinstitute the Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee (All) (Monitor)

*LD 720: An Act To Provide Lung Cancer Screening for MaineCare Recipients (Radiology, Public Health) (Monitor)

*LD 725: An Act To Recognize Local Control Regarding Food and Water Systems (Public Health) (Monitor)

LD 729: An Act To Make Maine's Public Boat Launching Ramps Accessible by Persons with Physical Disabilities (Public Health) (Monitor)

mLD 734: An Act Extending the Time Period for Municipalities To Approve Marijuana Businesses (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Monitor)

*LD 745: An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation (OB/GYN, Family Practice, Pediatrics) (Support)

LD 748: An Act To Require at Least a 30-minute Lunch Period for Students (Pediatrics) (Monitor)

*LD 761: An Act To Increase Access to Hearing Aids (ENT) (Monitor)

mLD 762: An Act To Allow a Percentage of Funds from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund To Fund Health Care Research (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Monitor)

LD 763: An Act To Support Individuals with Disabilities by Exempting Certain Wages from Consideration for MaineCare (All) (Monitor)

mLD 764: An Act To Prohibit the Exclusion of a Patient from Eligibility for an Organ Transplant Based on Medical Marijuana Use (Psychiatry, Surgery) (Monitor)

LD 766: Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Recalculate the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Services for Persons with Disabilities (All) (Monitor)

*LD 769: An Act To Eliminate Insurance Rating Based on Age, Geographic Location or Smoking History and To Reduce Rate Variability Due to Group Size (All) (Monitor)

*LD 770: An Act To Clarify Insurance Coverage in School-based Health Centers (Pediatrics) (Monitor)

LD 771: An Act To Protect Political Speech and Prevent Climate Change Policy Profiling (Public Health) (Monitor)

LD 777: An Act To Establish a Conditional Presumption of Compensability for Corrections Employees in Cases of Impairment from Hypertension or Heart Disease (Cardiology, Occupational Health) (Monitor)

mLD 798: An Act To Clarify the Intent of the Licensing Provisions in the Marijuana Legalization Act (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Monitor)

mLD 799: An Act To Protect Landlords and Tenants from the Deleterious Effects of Marijuana Use (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Monitor)

mLD 800: An Act To Prohibit Marijuana on the Campuses of Maine's Public Postsecondary Institutions (Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health) (Monitor)

*LD 801: An Act To Allow a Physical Therapist To Administer Certain Coagulation Tests in a Patient's Home (Geriatrics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine) (Support)

LD 804: An Act To Establish Long-term Memory Care Facilities and To Provide Adequate Staffing and Reimbursement (Geriatrics, Family Practice, Psychiatry) (Monitor)

* mLD 806: An Act To Provide Tax Fairness and To Lower Medical Expenses for Patients under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Oppose)

LD 807: An Act Regarding Guardianships (Pediatrics) (Monitor)

*LD 808: An Act To Restore Community Support Services for Adults with Mental Illness (Psychiatry) (Monitor)

LD 809: An Act To Address Student Hunger with a "Breakfast after the Bell" Program (Pediatrics) (Monitor)

oLD 812: Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Save Lives and Support People with Substance Use Disorder in Washington County (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Support)

LD 816: An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children (Pediatrics, Public Health) (Monitor)

*LD 817: An Act To Promote Early Detection of Breast Cancer (Radiology, Family Practice, Oncology) (Oppose)

oLD 824: An Act To Curb Drug-impaired Driving (Public Health, Psychiatry) (Monitor)

LD 829: An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief for Maine Small Businesses By Increasing the Income Tax Surcharge Threshold (All) (Monitor)

* oLD 839: Resolve, To Address Substance Use and Addiction in County Jails (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Support)

LD 841: An Act To Provide Stability in MaineCare Payments for Educational Programming (Pediatrics) (Monitor)

LD 842: Resolve, To Support Home Health Services (Geriatrics, Public Health) (Monitor)

LD 851: An Act To Repeal and Subject to Referendum in 2018 the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education and the 3 Percent Income Tax Surcharge (All) (Monitor)

mLD 854: An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Marijuana Legalization Act as Approved by the Voters (Psychiatry, Public Health) (Monitor)

* mLD 855: An Act To Protect Children from Edible Cannabis Products (Pediatrics) (Support)

*LD 859: An Act To Ensure Thorough Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Assault (Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN) (Support)

LD 872: An Act To Establish Requirements Related to the Practice of Dry Needling (Orthopedics, Physiatry) (Monitor)

*LD 889: An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk (Pediatrics, Oncology, Dermatology) (Support)

LD 898: An Act To Address Mandatory Overtime for Hospital Professionals (All) (Monitor)

*LD 902: Resolve, To Increase Access to Evidence-based Psychosocial Treatment for Children in the MaineCare Program (Pediatrics, Psychiatry) (Support)

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