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June 19, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Professionalism Conference Draws Enthusiastic Crowd and Impressive Reviews
News and Views from the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting
AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite
MMA Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 10, 2017
HHS Update on WannaCry and New OCR Resources on Reporting After Cyberattacks
MMA Files Comments on Licensing Board Rules on Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain
FDA Requests Halt to OpanaŽ ER Sales
Is Your Staff Checking BP Correctly?
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Call Your State Representatives: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Passed the Senate!
UPCOMING EVENTS
June 20 Webinar: Recognizing When Patients Have Concerns About the Cost of Their Health Care
National Medicare Education Program June 28
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Save the Date: MICIS Presentation on Opioid Prescribing in Auburn on Wednesday, July 19
16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 15-17
Patient Safety Academy - September 29
Maine Providers Standing Up for Healthcare Schedules Press Conference for this Friday in Lewiston
Register Now for the MMA and Maine Health Management Coalition 2017 Symposium on October 11
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, 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
Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader - Portland, ME
Family Medicine - Windham, ME
Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Wanted
Physician - Lubec, ME
Nurse Practitioner - Swift River Family Medicine - Rumford, ME
Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner - Bridgton, ME
Hospitalist - Brunswick, Maine
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, Maine
Ophthalmologist - Brunswick, Maine

 
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Call Your State Representatives: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Passed the Senate!

L.D. 46, An Act to Provide Consistency Among Medical Professionals with Regard to Jury Duty Exemption, was introduced at the request of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. MMA took no position on the bill, following discussion during one of the weekly calls of the Legislative Committee. But when the bill was heard before the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary, the lobbyist for the Judicial branch presented an amendment which eliminated all of the current exemptions. When MMA representatives were advised of the amendment, we attended the work session but none of the outside interests were provided an opportunity to present the arguments against the amendment at the work session. The bill, now with the amendment, passed the Senate on June 19th by a vote of 16-9.
 
A recent survey by MMA of membership on the question of whether physicians should remain exempt from jury duty showed strong support for retaining the exemption (68% in favor, 20% opposed and 12% with no opinion). It would be helpful for physicians to call your state representatives to discuss your views on the bill as well as the process issue (no hearing on the amendment, despite it being directly contrary to the bill's intent), the difficulty it would pose to the efficient operation of medical and dental practices, and the difficulty, inconvenience and expense for patients.   

It is essential that MMA members contact our legislators so that they hear the message: physicians are doing their share.

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