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May 1, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Board Withdraws Opposition to Death with Dignity Legislation
Appeals Court Upholds Rejection of Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger
MMA, Lown Institute and Colleagues Present Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change, in Portsmouth, June 17
Watch for the Upcoming Issue of Maine Medicine Arriving this Week
MIPS Web-interface and CAHPS for MIPS Registration Open Until June 30
May is Lyme Disease Month
Maine DHHS Now Accepting Applcations for Opioid Health Homes
Physician-focused Payment Models Recommended to Secretary Price
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Save the Date! Physicians' Day at the Legislature, May 31st
L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Poses Threat to Physician Practices
UPCOMING EVENTS
MPHP Medical Professionals Conference - May 5
Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Spring Meeting May 6-7
Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Free Webinars on May 10, May 24, and June 7
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting - May 12
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting - May 19-21
How Can I Choose Wisely? A Community Conversation on Healthcare Changes and Rising Costs June 8
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Ship's Physician for Transatlantic Cruise
Physician Assistant - Newcastle
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist - Full Time or Per Diem, Bridgton Hospital
Family Medicine Physician - Maine Medical Partners Primary Care - Standish, ME
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Part-time Clinical & Part-time Research Position in Central Maine
SALES - Regional Representative for Maine Rx Card
Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Family Medicine Physician - Waterville, ME

 
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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, May 2nd, 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.

NOTE: The MMA positions stated in parentheses after the bill titles are simply staff suggestions. They are not necessarily the positions taken by the Legislative Committee or the MMA.

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 these bills 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 1537: An Act To Replace the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit with the Student Loan Repayment Credit for Maine Residents (All) (Monitor)

* m LD 1539: An Act To Amend Maine's Medical Marijuana Law (All) (Oppose)

LD 1542: An Act To Support Lead Abatement in Older Residential Properties (Public Health, Pediatrics, Family Medicine) (Monitor)

LD 1545: An Act Regarding Disclosure of Health Care Information of a Deceased Person (All) (Monitor)

* o LD 1546: An Act To Clarify the Language Defining Schedule W Drugs and To Add Drugs to the List of Schedule W Drugs (Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine) (Oppose)

LD 1550: An Act To Tax Sugar-sweetened Beverages To Fund Programs To Provide Resources for Veterans and Others (All) (Monitor)

* o LD 1556: An Act To Protect Children from Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure (OB/GYN, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Public Health) (Monitor)

*LD 1557: An Act To Protect Maine Consumers from Unexpected Medical Bills (All) (Monitor)

o LD 1558: An Act To Require That Municipalities and Counties Recover the Cost of Opioid Antagonist Treatment from Repeat Recipients (Psychiatry, Public Health, Family Medicine) (Monitor)

*LD 1563: Resolve, To Establish the Maine Health Advisory Committee (All) (Monitor)

 

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