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May 15, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Anthem Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Rejection of Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger
Cigna Abandons Merger Efforts
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
MMA Leadership Listening Session in Machias on May 22
Updates on Opioid Health Homes, Pharmacist-Provider Meetings & Opioid Task Force
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
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting - May 19-21
Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Free Webinars on May 24 and June 7
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 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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Cigna Abandons Merger Efforts

This decision is the result of nearly two years of tireless physician advocacy which featured a coalition of many state medical societies working in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) before the US Department of Justice, Congressional committees, federal courts, state attorneys general, and state insurance commissioners.

“With the finality of this decision, the Maine Medical Association, the American Medical Association and our partners throughout organized medicine, as well as our coalition partners, again prove we can make a major difference in the lives of physicians and those we care for,” said Charles Pattavina, M.D., MMA president. “Because of smart and tireless advocacy, we have at once protected access to care and the patient-physician relationship from two simultaneous existential threats.” 
 
MMA staff worked with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Maine Attorney General's office to block this anti-competitive move by Anthem and Cigna and a similar, related attempt by Aetna and Humana.

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