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September 11, 2017

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MMA Concludes 164th Annual Session

MMA concluded its 164th Annual Meeting on Sept. 10. Held once again in Bar Harbor, over 150 members and guests attended and considered four resolutions (see details below), elected four new members of the Board of Directors and presented awards to deserving members and organizations. Representatives attended from the AMA, state medical societies in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and the Province of New Brunswick.

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Photos from the Annual Session

Here is a sampling of photos from the 2017 Annual Session, starting with President Charles Pattavina and his wife, Katie. For more photos, click through.


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Attorney General Janet Mills Releases Overdose Numbers for First Half of 2017

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills last week released statistics on drug overdoses during the fist half of the current year. Between January and the end of June, 2017, 185 deaths were caused by a drug overdose, with 84% caused by an opioid.  

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Secretary of State Modifies Wording of Medicaid Expansion Referendum

After requests were filed with his office to change significantly the wording of the upcoming referendum question addressing Medicaid (MaineCare) expansion, Secretary of State Mark Dunlap made minor modifications. Will they affect the outcome? Read More

Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 3-hour presentations in September

Registration is open for two 3-hour programs scheduled for September 19 in Augusta and September 27 in Caribou.

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Can Police Take Blood From a Patient Without a Warrant or Consent?

A nurse in a Utah hospital was arrested, handcuffed and driven away for refusing to allow a police officer to take blood from an unconscious patient who was not suspected of a crime. She was correct.

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Thanks to MMA Members for Feedback on DHHS Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver Application

In its application for a Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver, the DHHS made substantial changes to its draft application which was the subject of public comments earlier this year.  

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Federal Court Upholds Constitutionality of Maine's "Wrongful Birth" Law

A U.S. District Court decision has just upheld the constitutionality of a Maine statute prohibiting malpractice suits for failure of contraception resulting in the birth of a normal, healthy child.

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Annual Road Race Winners

The MMA 37th Annual Edmund Hardy Road Race was held Sunday in conjunction with the MMA Annual Session. Overall winners were Garreth Debiegun, MD for the men and Cora Best, Esq. for the women. See all winners by clicking the link.

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Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns

The Maine Legislature is in recess at present. Should they return for a special session in the fall of 2017 (which the Governor has said will happen), the Weekly Update will feature articles concerning aspects of that work of interest to medicine. Otherwise, legislative report articles will resume, and Legislative Committee calls will begin, when the Legislature returns to Augusta in January 2018. Read More


AMA Physician Leadership Webinar September 12

A physician leadership webinar specifically for women physicians. Read More

A Meeting to Discuss Drug Rescue and Redispensing - September 15

Maine clinicians are invited to join hospital and nursing home professionals in planning for the rescue and subsequent redispensing to needy Mainers of those still-usable prescription drugs routinely destroyed by nursing homes and other institutions. 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

5th Annual Health Care for Maine Conference on September 26

Early bird registration ends September 1st. Read More

Join the Caring for ME Clinician Leadership Program

QC is recruiting clinical leaders to build leadership skills and discuss innovative approaches to address the opioid crisis in Maine.

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MMA & Maine Health Management Coalition Symposium - October 11

3rd Annual Symposium to be held on Wednesday, October 11 at USM's Abromson Center in Portland. 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

New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management

Discussing memory concerns with your patients can be difficult.  Alzheimer's and other dementias are complex, and patients often have a lot of questions and concerns.

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Home Care Director (Nurse Manager RN BSN) - Farmingdale

J. Gaudet Associates is working closely with Home Care for Maine (Farmingdale) to manage its search for a Home Care Director. Read More

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant at Digital Health Company

The Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will serve an invaluable role to ensure our patients are connected with care in an expeditious and clinically appropriate manner. Read More

Exciting Physician Openings - Loan Repayment, Sign On & Relocation Bonus

Live and Work in Coastal Maine! Choose the right fit from 3 distinct Outpatient Opportunities in Machias and Jonesport. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Medicine Physician - Scarborough, ME

Maine Medical Partners is seeking a BC/BE Family Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in Scarborough, Maine. Read More

Nurse Practitioner - Springvale, ME

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.  Read More

Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader

The Maine Medical Center (MMC) and Maine Medical Partners (MMP) are seeking an outstanding clinician-educator to serve as the physician leader for the Portland Family Medicine Center and as Associate Medical Director over both the Portland Family Medicine Center and the Falmouth Primary Care Practice.   Read More

Physician - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.  Read More

Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices. Read More

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