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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Republicans Abandon ACA Repeal and Replace Effort

On Friday, March 24, President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders acknowledged they were short of votes necessary to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the scheduled vote in the U.S. House of Representatives was canceled. The AHCA had been widely criticized by both conservatives and moderates and a recent national poll showed public support for it had dipped to 17%. Read More


Pains of Prior Authorization Create Pressure for Reform

The burdens of prior authorization (PA) are becoming a high-priority item for physicians and payers alike, according to several organizations gathered at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference in Orlando. Discussion  appeared to reflect a new interest in improving the PA process for patients, clinicians and payers. Read More


As Physician Well-being Falls, Rewards of Medicine Fade

Researchers found physicians who experience burnout are, indeed, less likely to view medicine as a calling, as measured by true-false responses to six survey items, including “I find my work rewarding,” “My work is one of the most important things in my life,” and “If I were financially secure, I would continue with my current line of work even if I were no longer paid.” Read More


Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Raising Grandchildren in the Opioid Crisis

On March 21, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, chaired by Senator Susan Collins, held a hearing title "Raising Grandchildren in the Opioid Crisis and Beyond". Read More


Legislative Task Force on Opioids to Meet on April 7 and April 21, 2017

The Legislature's Opioid Task Force, appointed two weeks ago, will meet for the first time on Friday, April 7 at the State House. Read More


CMS Awards MACRA Quality Payment Program Grant to Healthcentric Advisors and Qualidigm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a five-year federal contract to Healthcentric Advisors and its partner organization, Qualidigm, to help New England-based small physician and other eligible clinical practices to prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program. Read More


HHS Report on Open Enrollment Results in the Exchange

12.2 million people across the country enrolled in coverage during open enrollment, the HHS open enrollment report shows.   Read More


April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month is a time to increase everyone’s awareness and knowledge of alcohol use and risks, treatment options and recovery. Read More


Does Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Use Eliminate "Medical" Marijuana?

Maine has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Does that mean nobody will be using the drug for ostensibly medical purposes? Read More


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. Featured this week will be the two "Death with Dignity" bills, along with the usual consideration of recently printed bills. Read More


Legislative Highlights of the Week

The Committee on Health and Human Services has begun public hearings at a fast pace, and LCRED held a series of hearings of interest to medicine. Read More


MMA Legislative Committee Forum on "Death with Dignity" Scheduled for March 28th

The focus of the discussion will be a bill submitted for consideration in the 128th Legislature by Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec):  L.D. 347, An Act to Support Death with Dignity, and a similar bill submitted by Representative Jennifer Parker (D-Berwick): LD 1066, An Act to Promote Life With Dignity. Read More


UPCOMING EVENTS

Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence Course Offered by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry - April 8

This is the FREE American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry program that combines the completion of 3.75 hours of online training that provides background on the treatment of opioid dependence and substance use disorders and 4.25 hours of face-to-face/in-class instruction with Richard Fein, D.O. on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Read More


Learn the Latest in Cannabis Medicine and Earn CME credits at the CannMed Conference April 9-11 in Boston, MA

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Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Free Webinars on Monday, April 10 at noon and Thursday, April 27 at 7pm

Join the Maine Medical Association and DrFirst as we discuss what you need to know to become compliant with opioid prescribing legislation by the July 1st deadline. Read More


Two-Day Risk Adjustment Documentation & Coding Seminar - April 13-14

Join the Baker Newman Noyes (BNN) revenue cycle team, including certified risk adjustment coders (CRC™), for a two-day seminar for healthcare professionals interested in risk adjustment documentation and coding. Read More


Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Spring Meeting May 6-7

SAVE THE DATE - May 6 & 7, 2017 Read More


Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting - May 12

SAVE THE DATE - Friday, May 12th Read More


Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting - May 19-21

SAVE THE DATE - May 19-21, 2017 Read More


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Family Medicine Physician - Oakland, ME

Oakland Family Medicine, a hospital-employed outpatient Family Medicine practice located in Oakland, Maine, is recruiting for an experienced Family Medicine Physician to join our growing team. Read More


Ship's Physician for Transatlantic Cruise

Ship’s Physician needed for 45-day transatlantic cruise aboard Maine Maritime Academy’s Training Ship State of Maine (TSSOM).  Read More


Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME

Winthrop Family Medicine in Winthrop, Maine is recruiting a Family Medicine Physician! Read More


DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME

Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency (MDFMR), a community of allopathic and osteopathic physicians in Augusta, Maine who love to teach, is seeking a DO or MD Physician to join our faculty. Read More


Family Medicine Physician - Waterville, ME

Waterville Family Practice, a five provider private practice in downtown Waterville, Maine, is seeking a Family Medicine Physician to join the all outpatient practice. Read More


Physician Assistant - Newcastle

Lifespan Family Healthcare is seeking a part-time Certified Physician Assistant, with full-time potential in the area. Read More


Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist - Full Time or Per Diem, Bridgton Hospital

Bridgton Hospital, part of the Central Maine Medical Family, seeks a physician assistant or nurse practitioner to join its well-established hospitalist program. Read More


Family Medicine Physician - Maine Medical Partners Primary Care

Maine Medical Partners Primary Care is seeking a Family Medicine trained physician for their new outpatient practice located in Standish, just outside the greater Portland, Maine area.  Read More


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.  Read More


Family Practice Physician - Machias, Maine

Down East Community Hospital would like to find a quality focused Board Certified Physician to join our Outpatient Clinic team in Machias, Maine.  Read More


Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, Maine

Sebasticook Valley Hospital is seeking a full time Family Medicine physician to join Sebasticook Valley Family Care a modern practice located just off I-95 in Pittsfield.  Read More


Physician Monmouth

DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in central Maine.  We are seeking a full time Physician, for our Monmouth location. Read More


FNP/NP Monmouth

DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in central Maine.  We are seeking a full time FNP/NP, for our Monmouth location. Read More


Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus

The Central Maine Medical Group seeks BE/BC Internal Medicine physician to join cohesive, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Lewiston, Maine.  Read More


Part-time Clinical & Part-time Research Position in Central Maine

Central Maine Medical Center and Maine Research Associates seek a physician to work 50% in your specialty and 50% as medical director of its clinical research company.   Read More


Part-Time MD/DO/NP/PA

Providers at Groups will oversee patient care, supported by our full-time staff of clinic coordinators and licensed counselors. Manage 30, 100 or 275 patients (based on DATA 2000 waiver status).  Read More


Clinical Director, Oasis Free Clinics

The Clinical Director (CD) of the Oasis Clinics oversees the clinical operations of the Oasis medical, dental and prescription assistance programs. Read More


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