May 1, 2017

In This Issue
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
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
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
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MMA Board Withdraws Opposition to Death with Dignity Legislation

The Board vote came in response to a membership survey in which nearly 600 members voted on the question of whether MMA's standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity should stand. The question also noted that opposition was consistent with the current provisions of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. The results of the survey showed a sharp division within the membership on the question, with only three votes separating those members wishing to maintain opposition vs. those members supporting a change in the position. Given the division in the membership, with that division of opinion also replicated at the Board, the Board voted to withdraw its opposition but not to support the bill. Instead, MMA will remain neutral this session and review the issue through an ad hoc task force to be appointed by MMA President Charles Pattavina. The task force is expected to review the issue in depth and to prepare a White Paper on the topic for consideration at the MMA general membership meeting on September at the Annual Meeting.

MMA members wishing to volunteer to serve on the task force should contact MMA President Charles Pattavina at president@mainemed.com or EVP Gordon Smith at gsmith@mainemed.com.

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