October 16, 2017

In This Issue
Perinatal Quality Conference This Saturday
MMA Announces Support for ACA Medicaid Expansion Ballot Question 2
New Laws Effective Nov. 1, 2017
New CEO for PCHC
Failure to Vaccinate Likely Cause of Measles Outbreaks
Free Personalized Assistance to Help You Prepare for Quality Payment Program
Webinars on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety
Brief Survey for Pediatric, Family Providers
CMS Releases PQRS and VM Reports
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
Legislature to Convene for Special Session October 23rd
Maine Concussion Management Initiative Training October 17th
University of New England Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop October 28th
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 3-hour presentation in Wells on November 1
9th Canadian Conference on Dementia - November 2-4, 2017
Turquoise & Tapas With the Lung Association November 9th
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: October 25 & November 18 at EMMC
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Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
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Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Outstanding full-time opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner with Central Maine Heart Associates in Auburn, Maine
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Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Outpatient Opportunities Loan Repayment, Sign-On & Relocation
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

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New Laws Effective Nov. 1, 2017

The law eliminating the current exemption for physicians, dentists and lawyers was presented as an amendment to a bill prepared on behalf of nurses in advanced practice (APRNs) who had hoped to obtain the same exemption as physicians.  Instead, in a disappointing result to say the least, the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary accepted an amendment prepared by the state's Judicial branch which eliminated all the existing exemptions except for the Governor and active military personnel.  MMA opposed eliminating the exemption but we ultimately lost this legislative fight during the last week of the session.  We faced an uphill battle all the way as the amendment had achieved unanimous support from the Judiciary Committee.  We also had little or no assistance from the other professions involved, including dentists and attorneys.   The issue became quite contentious and we used up some significant political capital in opposing the amendment.
The elimination of the exemption for physicians is consistent with the trend across the country to broaden the pool of potential jurors.  Fewer than five states currently have an exemption for physicians.  We have been working with Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Ingalls Saufley on a communication to go to all licensed physicians preparing them for what to expect if they are called for jury duty.  Deferments are certainly expected to accommodate patient needs but eventually the court will expect the physician to be available.  Watch your mail for such communications once the law becomes effective on Nov. 1.
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