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July 17, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Latest on the Senate Republican Health Care Proposal
Maine Quality Counts Taps Larry Clifford as Executive Director
DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties
Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Webinar on Wednesday, July 19 12pm
PMP Peer Reports Expected Soon
Board of Licensure in Medicine Proposes Changes to Chapter 1 Rules
Loan and Trust Committee Approves $515,000 in Loans to Medical Students from Maine
Nominations for the 2017 Mary F. Cushman Award Due By August 1
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Many Physicians, Still Fuzzy on Details, Feel Unprepared for QPP
MMA Annual Golf Tournament
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Report
State Budget Vote Report
UPCOMING EVENTS
Opioid Prescribing Presentation: Wednesday, July 19 from 5-8:30pm in Auburn
Call-in Program on MIPS and APM - July 26, August 9 & August 30
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
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
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
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
Family Medicine Physician - Scarborough, ME

 
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Many Physicians, Still Fuzzy on Details, Feel Unprepared for QPP

Regardless of their size, specialty or level of preparedness, medical practices are concerned that the implementation of Medicare's QPP will be burdensome and time consuming, according to a new survey conducted by the AMA and the KPMG consulting firm.

"It's a big challenge all the way across" practice types, said Carol Vargo, director of physician practice sustainability at the AMA, who said this finding was the survey's "big takeaway."

The AMA and KPMG surveyed 1,000 practicing U.S. physicians involved in their practice's decision making regarding the implementation of the QPP, whose two pathway options include the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the adoption of an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). The survey was conducted between April 25 and May 1, prior to the recent release of proposed QPP updates to the program by CMS.

The survey is seen as a baseline to measure MACRA implementation progress and a tool to help guide education efforts and policy decisions. The AMA is working to provide a "glide path" for physicians to transition to value-based care, she said. This includes launching an educational campaign, "One patient, one measure, no penalty," which provides physicians with resources to guide physicians on meeting the minimum requirements for this year.

"Our resources include a step-by-step video on minimum reporting requirements to avoid a penalty in 2019 and a payment model evaluator that offers a brief assessment of where a practice stands," AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, said in a statement. "In just 10 steps, physicians can successfully meet the standard under MACRA."

To learn more about CMS' "pick your pace options," listen to this recent ReachMD interview with Kate Goodrich, MD, CMS' chief medical officer and director of its Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.

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