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URGENT REMINDER

E-prescribing for Opioids Required as of Saturday, July 1

All prescribers of opioids should remember that as of this coming Saturday, July 1st, all such prescriptions MUST be in electronic form unless you have obtained a waiver from the PMP.  The application is here.


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Senate to Vote on Republican Health Plan This Thursday

Senate Republican leadership has announced an intention to vote this week on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The bill would repeal most of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its cost estimate on the Senate bill early this week. Call Senator Collins's office now. The number is at the end of this article. Read More


Budget Agreement Continues to Elude State Legislators

As of this writing (July 26th), there continues to be no agreement among Maine state legislators on a budget for the fiscal year beginning this Saturday, July 1st. Read More


News and Views from the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting

Maine physicians Robert McAfee, M.D., Charles Pattavina, M.D., Maroulla Gleaton, M.D., Richard Evans, M.D., and Jack McGill, M.D. represented Maine in Chicago.  Tufts University School of Medicine, Maine Track students Kimberly Dao, Corinne Carland, and Nabil Saleem also participated in the meeting. Read More


AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite

As part of its continued advocacy efforts to help reverse the nation's opioid epidemic, the AMA last week launched a microsite focused on providing physicians with state- and specialty-specific education and training resources. Read More


Maine Providers Standing Up for Healthcare Hold Press Event in Lewiston

On Friday, June 23rd at the CMMC Family Medicine Clinic in Lewiston, the state-wide grassroots organization Maine Providers Standing Up for Healthcare weighed in once again on the national healthcare debate. Read More


MMA Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 10, 2017

Registration is still available for MMA's Annual Benefit Golf Tournament. Read More


HHS Update on WannaCry and New OCR Resources on Reporting After Cyberattacks

The AMA recently notified physicians of a global ransomware attack known as WannaCry, which jeopardized the security of computers and medical devices. Read More


MMA Files Comments on Licensing Board Rules on Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain

On June 1, MMA filed comments with the Board of Licensure in Medicine on proposed Rule, Chapter 21, Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain. The proposal was prepared jointly by five licensing boards representing prescribers including Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Podiatrists and Dentists. Read More


CMS Releases Proposed MACRA Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule updating the requirements of the quality payment program (QPP) for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. Read More


Nominations for the 2017 Mary F. Cushman Award Due By August 1

 Nominations for the 2017 Mary F. Cushman Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer are due by Tuesday, August 1st. Read More


128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Katherine Pope, M.D. and Stephen Meister, M.D. thank all who participated in the weekly legislative calls through the legislative session. The Legislative Committee will have another organizational meeting in the late fall or early winter to prepare for the second regular session of the 128th Maine Legislature, due to start work in the first week of January. Read More


Legislative Highlights of the Week

Read what happened this past week in the Maine Legislature: floor votes in the House and Senate, budget negotiations, and more. Read More


Physicians Lose Jury Duty Exemption

By a vote of 26-9 the Maine Senate passed a bill that will now require physicians, attorneys, and others (except the Governor and active duty military personnel) to serve on juries. LD 46 passed the House without a roll call. Read further to see the nine senators who supported Maine's physicians on this issue. Read More


Legislature Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

In a major victory for public health and disease prevention, the Maine House and Senate voted overwhelmingly this week to raise the age for tobacco purchase to 21.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

National Medicare Education Program June 28

Save the date, June 28th, for a CMS Medicare webinar. Read More


Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

Take Advantage of Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - Available 24/7 now from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN) Read More


Save the Date: MICIS Presentation on Opioid Prescribing in Auburn on Wednesday, July 19

The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) will be presenting a session on opioid prescribing on July 19th in Auburn that is designed to fulfill your 3-hour opioid CME requirement. There is no charge for this session. Read More


16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 15-17

Spread the word across the country!  The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons will be presenting the 16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium at the Harborside Hotel & Marina in Bar Harbor, Maine September 15-17, 2017!   Read More


Patient Safety Academy - September 29

Join us for the 8th Annual Patient Safety Academy!  This day-long event is open to anyone interested or engaged in patient safety activities. Read More


Register Now for the MMA and Maine Health Management Coalition 2017 Symposium on October 11

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Opioid Prescribing Presentation: Wednesday, July 19 5-8:30pm in Auburn

 3-hour presentation from 5:00-8:30pm in Auburn, presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) Read More


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME

Sebasticook Valley Hospital is seeking a full time Family Medicine physician to join Sebasticook Valley Family Care a modern practice located just off I-95 in Pittsfield. Read More


Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center

Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician, board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice.  Read More


Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus

The Central Maine Medical Group seeks BE/BC Internal Medicine physician to join cohesive, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Lewiston, Maine.  Read More


Part-time Clinical & Part-time Research Position in Central Maine

Central Maine Medical Center and Maine Research Associates seek a physician to work 50% in your specialty and 50% as medical director of its clinical research company.   Read More


Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME

Winthrop Family Medicine in Winthrop, Maine is recruiting a Family Medicine Physician! Read More


DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME

Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency (MDFMR), a community of allopathic and osteopathic physicians in Augusta, Maine who love to teach, is seeking a DO or MD Physician to join our faculty. Read More


Family Medicine Physician - Waterville, ME

Waterville Family Practice, a five provider private practice in downtown Waterville, Maine, is seeking a Family Medicine Physician to join the all outpatient practice. Read More


Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader - Portland, ME

The Maine Medical Center (MMC) and Maine Medical Partners (MMP) are seeking an outstanding clinician-leader to serve as practice leader for the Portland Family Medicine Center.  Read More


Family Medicine - Windham, ME

Maine Medical Partners Lakes Region Primary Care is seeking an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics or Family Medicine trained physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in Windham, just outside the greater Portland, Maine area.  Outpatient call only, with no attendance at deliveries or hospital call required.
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Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Wanted

Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant wanted to join rural health clinic practice located in beautiful coastal DownEast Maine.  Seeking FNP or PA with experience treating acute and chronic illnesses for patients of all ages. Read More


Physician - Lubec, ME

Regional Medical Center at Lubec seeks a physician willing to lead and expand our Medication Assisted Treatment services program.  Read More


Nurse Practitioner - Swift River Family Medicine - Rumford, ME

The Nurse Practitioner is responsible for providing primary healthcare to patients and families of all ages, focusing on health maintenance, disease prevention, patient education and counseling. Read More


Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner - Bridgton, ME

Bridgton Hospital, part of the Central Maine Medical Family, seeks a physician assistant or nurse practitioner to join its well-established hospitalist program. Read More


Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME

Mid Coast Hospital is seeking a full time Hospitalist to join its established hospitalist service, which is expanding due to growth. The candidate should be BC/BE in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Read More


Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full time BC/BE Gastroenterologistto join an established Gastroenterologypractice with two Physicians and two Nurse Practitioners. Read More


Ophthalmologist - Brunswick, ME

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full time BC/BE Ophthalmologistto join an established, comprehensive practice with locations in Bath and Brunswick, Maine. Read More


Family Nurse Practitioner - Sacopee Valley Health Center

Sacopee Valley Health Center has a position available for a full-time Family Nurse Practitioner to join our provider team.  SVHC is a multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located between Portland, Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Read More


BC/BE Family Medicine Physician Livermore Falls, ME

Western Maine Family Health Center seeks a BC/BE Family Practice physician to join three nurse practitioners and a clinical social worker upon the retirement of a long-term physician. Read More


Internal Medicine Physician - Bangor, ME

St. Joseph Hospital, in Bangor, has a full time opening in our Internal Medicine group (for Ambulatory only practice). Read More


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