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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Free Personalized Assistance November 2 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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Megan Sanders Named PCHC General Counsel

Penobscot County Health Center has announced that Megan A. Sanders, Esq., currently PCHC's Vice President of Human Resources and Associate General Counsel has been named Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel of the organization.  

 

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November is National Diabetes Month

Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage every day.

 

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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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The Virtual Group Election Period is Now Open for MIPS in 2018

 As advocated by the AMA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule that solo practitioners and groups can choose to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a virtual group for the 2018 performance period. The intent of virtual groups is to allow small groups to come together and pool their resources for greater success under MIPS. To form a virtual group, solo practitioners and groups would need to engage in an election process. For the 2018 performance year, the election period runs to Dec. 1, 2017. Read More


U.S. C.D.C. Issues Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory on Treating Patients Returning from Hurricane-Affected Areas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies and global health partners in response to recent hurricanes. CDC is aware of media reports and anecdotal accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food, and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases exist.  Read More


MHDO Updates Comparemaine.org Website

The Maine Health Data Organization has updated its price comparison website to add more information on additional procedures.

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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


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


Opioid Task Force Meets Tuesday

The Maine Legislature's Opioid Task Force is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

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WEATHER IMPACT UPDATE

MMA Hopes to Open Office Tomorrow

Like many Mainers today, the MMA office in the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester was without power and most of the MMA staff was without power in their homes.  The power outage affected the entire MMA campus including the Hanley Building and Maine Quality Counts, the Maine Dental Association, and the MPHP in the Dalco House.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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


AMA Webinar November 15th: Diabetes Care Begins With Diabetes Prevention

When you know better, you do better, so awareness is key. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and it's critical that people know their risk for diabetes.

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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


Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: November 18 at EMMC

Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor has scheduled two presentations of Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety on Saturday, November 18. 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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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


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


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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