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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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Legislative Highlights of the Week

Health & Human Service

The HHS Committee held several work sessions this past week, on a variety of topics. On two bills dealing with obesity, LD 1111 and LD 1162, they tabled the broader bill for further discussion and voted "ought not to pass" (ONTP) on the one oriented to children. They also tabled LD 1108, which would mandate a full complement of public health nurses. LDs 1031 and 1363, dealing with opioids, were tabled, and LD 1325 (palliative care exemption) was voted ONTP. (This action does not affect the existing palliative care exemption, which remains in the statute and rules.) LD 479, which would have enacted a new law concerning informed consent for opioid prescribing, was amended and will, in its eventual form, require practices to establish policies for warning patients of the risks of opioids. 

DHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Education, held a hearing on a proposed rule change to add the meningococcal vaccine to the list of required vaccinations. Testimony in favor of the rule change, with suggested amendments, was provided by the Maine Immunization Coalition, the National Meningitis Association, and a vaccine manufacturer. All suggested that a 12th grade booster be added to the required 7th grade vaccination. There was no testimony in opposition to the rule.

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