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October 23, 2017

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Patients Pay for Ending Cost-sharing Reduction Payments

Federal cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments, which helped lower health insurance deductibles and co-payments for millions of low-income Americans obtaining coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, will be discontinued this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Oct. 12.

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Less Wealth Means Greater Disability, Shorter Life

A JAMA Internal Medicine study, reported in Reuters Health, suggests that people with fewer savings, investments, retirement accounts, and other assets have a higher likelihood of disability and premature death than those with greater wealth.

 

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Congress Continues CHIP Negotiations

Discussions are continuing in Congress over how to pay for the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other expired health care programs.  

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Free Personalized Assistance to Help You Prepare for Quality Payment Program

Join us on November 2 at the MMA for light refreshments and personalized assistance to help you develop your strategy for successful MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) implementation in your practice. Register Now

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MMA Senior Section Meets Wednesday, Topic is Mental Health Services with AMHI Consent Decree Court Master

Former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and current Court Master under the AMHI Consent Decree, Daniel Wathen, will address the group.  The "Chief" is an engaging storyteller, so don't miss it! Read More


AMA Outlines Next Steps for Health Reform

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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

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


Hamilton Confirmed as DHHS Commissioner

A. Ricker Hamilton, acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Health & Human Services, has been confirmed as commissioner by the Maine Senate.

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Rep. Stanley Proposes Bill on Closure of Hospital Services

Representative Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) seeks to introduce a bill to require public hearings and an impact report whenever a hospital is considering closing a major service.

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SAVE THE DATE: MMA Legislative Committee Meets December 11th to Prepare for Next Legislative Session

The MMA Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Katherine Pope, M.D. and Stephen Meister, M.D. invite you to participate in the MMA's legislative advocacy work.  The MMA Legislative Committee will hold an organizational meeting for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature on Monday, December 11th from 6 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.  Please plan to attend and RSVP to Sarah Lepoff at slepoff@mainemed.com. Read More


UPCOMING EVENTS

University of New England Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop October 28th

The University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation is pleased to announce an opioid use disorder (OUD) and medication assisted treatment (MAT) workshop.

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York County Drug Takeback Day October 28th

The "Choose to be Healthy Coalition" is sponsoring a drug takeback day in Kittery on Saturday, October 28, at several locations around southern York County.

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Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 3-hour presentation in Wells on November 1

 Registration is open for the November 1 presentation at Village By The Sea in Wells, Maine.

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9th Canadian Conference on Dementia - November 2-4, 2017

The Canadian Conference on Dementia (CCD) is a biennial national conference dedicated to advance knowledge on dementia in scientific research and clinical care.  Over 2 and half days participants will engage with eminent researchers and renowned scholars on cutting edge topics in dementia. Read More


Turquoise & Tapas With the Lung Association November 9th

The American Lung Association invites all to join them in honoring Senator Susan Collins and local Lung Force Hero Lisa Eid Thursday, November 9th, at Cellardoor at The Point in Portland beginning at 5:30 p.m. Read More


Emerging Technologies - Advances in Diagnosis & Laboratory Testing: Annual Conference November 15 in Augusta

Maine CDC, Division of Disease Control, DHHS Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 15, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center.  Topics will focus on a range of infectious diseases, immunizations, and emerging technology. 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 many questions and concerns.

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Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: October 25 & November 18 at EMMC

Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor has scheduled two presentations of Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety on Wednesday, October 25 and Saturday, November 18. Read More


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

BC/BE Physician - C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital

C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital seeks a BC/BE physician to join their Emergency Department/Hospitalist team.  Current members of the team are Board Certified in Family Medicine and/or Emergency Medicine, but any combination of relevant training and experience will be considered. Read More


VA Psychiatrist

VA Maine taking care of those who have served. We are seeking a Psychiatrist to join our VA team.
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Chief Executive Officer

The CEO is the primary liaison to MPCA’s Board.  S/he also sets MPCA business development, member relations, and staff performance expectations.
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BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME

Central Maine Medical Center, a growing regional referral center in Lewiston, is looking for a BE/BC Family Practitioner to join their expanding practice. 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


Chief Executive Officer

Health Access Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Lincoln, Maine, is seeking a dynamic seasoned leader to provide overall direction and administration of health center operations, assuring the center and staff meets the goals and objectives of the health center’s mission. 
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Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician

Sacopee Valley Health Center has a position available for a Medical Director/Family Practice Physician for our multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved area. Read More


Outstanding full-time opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner with Central Maine Heart Associates in Auburn, Maine

Central Maine Medical Center, a 250-bed hospital with a 440 provider well-established medical group, seeks an experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner to support the recently created transitions of care heart failure clinic.  Read More


Palliative Care Provider

Mid Coast Hospital is searching for a part-time (20 hours/week) Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join the Palliative Care Program. Read More


Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full time BC/BE Gastroenterologist to join an established Gastroenterology practice with two Physicians and two Nurse Practitioners. 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


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


Outpatient Opportunities Loan Repayment, Sign-On & Relocation

Live and Work in Coastal Maine! Choose the right fit from 3 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


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


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


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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