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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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Hamilton Confirmed as DHHS Commissioner

The 25-9 Senate vote, during the October 23 special session, followed a confirmation hearing last Friday in the Legislature's Health & Human Services Committee, where the vote to recommend confirmation was 10-1. Hamilton has worked in the department many years and was nominated for the position by Governor Paul LePage after the former Commissioner, Mary Mayhew, resigned recently to run for governor.

Hamilton vowed to maintain open communications with the committee about the operations of the department, including monthly meetings where he would be available to answer the committee's questions. He also promised to recruit strenuously to comply with the legislature's mandate that all 50 public health nursing positions be filled. At present there are approximately 12 public health nurses in the field, and no supervisors.

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