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May 29, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
American Health Care Act Leaves 23 Million without Coverage including 117,000 in Maine
HHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Resigns Effective May 26; Deputy Commissioner Ricker Hamilton Named Interim Commissioner
MMA Salutes Physicians of Washington County at May 22 Listening Session
MMA, Lown Institute and Colleagues Present "Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change" in Portsmouth, June 17
Physician-focused Payment Models Recommended to Secretary Price
AMA Reaffirms Principles on Health-System Reform Legislation to Senate Leaders
Updates on Opioid Health Homes, Pharmacist-Provider Meetings & Opioid Task Force
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Physicians' Day at the Legislature, May 31st
Call Your Legislators: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Poses Threat to Physician Practices
UPCOMING EVENTS
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Free Webinar on June 7
How Can I Choose Wisely? A Community Conversation on Healthcare Changes and Rising Costs June 8
National Medicare Education Program June 28
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
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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Updates on Opioid Health Homes, Pharmacist-Provider Meetings & Opioid Task Force

MaineCare's new Opioid Health Home (OHH) program has begun accepting applications from organizations wishing to be considered for the designation. Amy MacMillan (previously Dix) at MaineCare can be reached at Amy.MacMillan@maine.gov. Currently, Section 93 Emergency Rule is in effect at https://www1.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/10/ch101.htm/  Comments are being taken until May 18th. We encourage groups to submit comments at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/proposed.shtml#anchor741339

In addition, the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services has a program to cover uninsured for MAT treatment. The coverage will be provided through contracts to agencies that are approved as providers for Opioid Health Homes. As applications are received and approved, the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services will reach out to OHHs to encumber funds. Mike Parks, Associate Director, DHHS, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, can be reached at michael.parks@maine.gov for questions about this part of the program.  

Pharmacist-Provider Meetings: Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP, is organizing these meetings as a follow-up to the Caring for ME discussion last month. If you are interested in participating, please email Stephanie at nicholss@husson.edu. 

The next meeting of the Opioid Task Force will be on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 1-3pm in Room 127 at the State House in Augusta. Email Lock Kiermaier to be added to the meeting notification list and ask for the link to the broadcast.

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