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October 23, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Patients Pay for Ending Cost-sharing Reduction Payments
Less Wealth Means Greater Disability, Shorter Life
Congress Continues CHIP Negotiations
Free Personalized Assistance to Help You Prepare for Quality Payment Program
MMA Senior Section Meets Wednesday, Topic is Mental Health Services with AMHI Consent Decree Court Master
AMA Outlines Next Steps for Health Reform
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
Hamilton Confirmed as DHHS Commissioner
Rep. Stanley Proposes Bill on Closure of Hospital Services
SAVE THE DATE: MMA Legislative Committee Meets December 11th to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
University of New England Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop October 28th
York County Drug Takeback Day 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
Emerging Technologies - Advances in Diagnosis & Laboratory Testing: Annual Conference November 15 in Augusta
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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
BC/BE Physician - C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital
VA Psychiatrist
Chief Executive Officer
BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer
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
Palliative Care Provider
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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Congress Continues CHIP Negotiations

[from AMA Advocacy Update]

On Oct. 4, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reported two bills, the Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable (HEALTHY KIDS) Act (H.R. 3921) and the Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation (CHAMPION) Act (H.R. 3922). Taken together, the bills would reauthorize CHIP for five years and extend for two years funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education and other programs.

While all these programs enjoy broad, bipartisan support, there remain disagreements over how the cost will be offset. The CHIP bill, H.R. 3921, included provisions related to Medicaid third-party liability, the treatment of Medicaid beneficiaries whose income is affected by lottery winnings, and further income relating of Medicare Part B and D premiums.

H.R. 3922 includes provisions to effectively shorten the grace period for non-payment of premiums under the ACA from 90 days to 30 days, unless a state chooses a different period, and to eliminate $6.35 billion from the ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund over 10 years.

Continued disagreement over how to finance the bills add uncertainty to the timing of a House floor vote, although the consensus view is that CHIP will be reauthorized before the end of the year. In the meantime, the administration has made special funding available to some states that are facing an immediate funding shortfall.  

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