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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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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, May16th, 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.

As we approach the deadline (often honored in the breach) for committee votes on 100% of bills and the ramping up of House and Senate votes, a smaller part of the calls will be devoted to new bills while a larger portion will be dedicated to updates on "our" bills' progress through the system and occasional calls for members to contact your legislators on bills of particular importance to medicine.

LD 1594: An Act Regarding the Dispensing of Naloxone Hydrochloride by Pharmacists (Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Public Health) (Oppose) (discussed in last week’s call)

*LD 1600: An Act To Establish an Opioid Addiction Prevention and Rehabilitation Treatment Program Funded by a Tax Imposed upon the Sale of Opioids (Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Public Health) (monitor)

LD 1605: An Act To Increase Consumer Prescription Drug Protections (All) (monitor)

*LD 1607: An Act To Prioritize Family Members as Surrogates for Medical Decisions (All) (monitor)

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