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November 20, 2017

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Current News Moves MMA to Remind Physicians of Guidance on Boundaries in Physician-Patient Relationships

The MMA has become aware of several recent complaints to the Board of Licensure in Medicine against physicians by patients for alleged "boundary violations."  Legal practitioners who regularly represent physicians and other health care practitioners in licensing matters also report an increase in complaints of this type.  Accordingly, the MMA reviews here the ethical and legal guidance in this high risk aspect of a physician-patient relationship. Read More

Webinars on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 12/5 & 12/13

Quality Counts 1-hour webinars presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) on Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 13 from 12-1 pm.

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Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: 3 weeks left for Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment Period for 2018 will end on Friday, December 15. Enrollment assistance is available at locations around Maine, online and by phone.

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MMA Leadership Listening Session in Portland on Tuesday, December 5

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Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, 12/6 in Portland

5:00-8:30 pm at the Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland - Register Now

REMINDER:  Pursuant to P.L. 2017, Chapter 488, health care practitioners who prescribe opioid medications must have completed 3 hours of CME on opioid prescribing by December 31, 2017. Read More

House Passes CHIP Reauthorization

The House of Representatives passed legislation reauthorizing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. Passed in early November by a 242-174 vote, the Championing Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3922), also includes reauthorizations of other significant programs, including the Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education  program.   Read More

2018 Another Transition Year for Quality Payment Program

As Medicare moves to the second year of its Quality Payment Program (QPP), 2018 will largely serve as another transition period. Most physicians and other health professionals who bill Medicare won't have to participate in 2018 and hardly any are projected to receive a penalty that will affect their payment in 2020.  Read More

News from the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting

MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Delegates Richard Evans, M.D. and Maroulla Gleaton, M.D., and student Delegates Kim Dao (Tufts-MMC 'xx) and Corinne Carland (Tufts-MMC 'xx) attended the recent meeting to represent the State of Maine. Read More

2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Provides Regulatory Relief for Physicians

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).   Read More


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

Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 479 Requiring a Opioid Prescribing Policy

The general effective date for legislation enacted during the First Regular Session (2017) of the 128th Maine Legislature was earlier this month on November 2, 2017.  For the next several months, the MMA will highlight one enacted bill each week in this newsletter.  We hope this helps your organization's compliance efforts and please call the MMA legal staff with any questions you may have. 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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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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Clinical Cardiology Opportunity

Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is seeking an invasive general cardiologist (non-interventional) for their practice located in their Augusta and Waterville, Maine locations
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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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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

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

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

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

Anesthesiologist - Augusta/Waterville

Kennebec Anesthesia Associates PA seeks an Anesthesiologist to work in Augusta and Waterville, Maine. Read More

Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full time BC/BE Physiatrist to join an established practice of one Physician and one Nurse Practitioner. 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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