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May 8, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
U.S. House Passes American Health Care Act 217 to 213. Senate Vows to Start from Scratch
AMA Reacts to ACHA House Vote
AAP Reacts to AHCA Vote
Anthem asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Rejection of Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger
MMA, Lown Institute and Colleagues Present Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change, in Portsmouth, June 17
New England AMA Delegation Meets in Providence, R.I.
MIPS Web-interface and CAHPS for MIPS Registration Open Until June 30
Maine DHHS Now Accepting Applcations for Opioid Health Homes
Physician-focused Payment Models Recommended to Secretary Price
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
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
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
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
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
Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Family Medicine Physician - Waterville, ME

 
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Anthem asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Rejection of Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger

Both the American Medical Association and the Maine Medical Association had opposed the proposed merger since it was announced and both had worked with the Justice Department to build a case against it. MMA lawyers had met with the Justice Department back in January of 2016 and expressed concern about the impact of the merger on Maine physicians and their patients. The AMA submitted an amicus brief to the appellate court in support of preserving the merger injunction issued in February of this year.  Based on existing policy established by the AMA House of Delegates, the AMA advocated in 2016 that the Department of Justice block the two proposed mergers between health insurers Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills also entered the litigation against the Anthem and Cigna merger. In July, 2016, MMA joined a group of organizations led by the AMA and Connecticut State Medical Society in urging the DOJ to carefully review the impact of large insurance company mergers on individual states and the country as a whole. Ultimately, the trial court found that the Anthem-Cigna merger would harm patients because ti would likely lead to higher premiums, eliminate the existing head-to-head competition between Anthem and Cigna, reduce the number of national carriers from four to three, and diminish innovation.  

The ruling is the result of 21 months of advocacy by the AMA and the coalition of physician organizations, including MMA, before the DOJ, congressional leaders, state attorneys general, insurance commissioners, and federal court. Barring an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision last week concludes a successful campaign by the AMA and 17 state medical associations - on behalf of patients and physicians - to stop the Anthem-Cigna merger.

 
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