July 3, 2017

In This Issue
State Budget Agreement Reportedly Reached
DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties
Board of Licensure in Medicine Proposes Changes to Chapter 1 Rules
Vote is Delayed on U.S. Senate "Better Care Reconciliation Act"
Loan and Trust Committee Approves $515.000 in Loans to Medical Students from Maine
AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite
MMA Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 10, 2017
Nominations for the 2017 Mary F. Cushman Award Due By August 1
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Physicians Lose Jury Duty Exemption
Legislature Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
Opioid Prescribing Presentation: Wednesday, July 19 from 5-8:30pm in Auburn
16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 15-17
Patient Safety Academy - September 29
Register Now for the MMA and Maine Health Management Coalition 2017 Symposium on October 11
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Call-in Program on MIPS and APM
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, ME
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
Ophthalmologist - Brunswick, ME
Family Nurse Practitioner - Sacopee Valley Health Center
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician Livermore Falls, ME
Internal Medicine Physician - Bangor, ME

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DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties

The mandate to e-prescribe any opioid medication was established in Public Law Chapter 488, An Act to Prevent Opioid Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program which was enacted by the 127th Legislature and took effect July 29, 2016. But many elements of the law had delayed effective dates including the e-prescribing requirement which took effect on July 1, 2017.
So while the legal requirement to prescribe electronically any opioid medication unless granted a waiver under the law is now in effect, there will be no penalty for violating the law until August 1. After that date, individuals who violate the law can face a civil fine of up to $250 per violation, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year.
MMA has partnered with Dr. First, a major provider of e-prescribing solutions across the country to make its software available at a discount to MMA members. As a result of the grace period, we are presenting an additional informational webinar at noontime on July 19 and further information is available in an announcement in the Upcoming Events section of this Weekly Update. The Dr. First contact in Maine is Eric Landry and he can be reached at 888-481-4303 or via e-mail to elandry @drfirst.com.
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