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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MMA Legislative Committee Meets to Prepare for Next Legislative Session

The MMA Legislative Committee held its organizational meeting for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature on Monday, December 11th. Committee chairs Katherine Pope, MD and Stephen Meister, MD chaired the meeting that was held both in person and by conference call.

 

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Online Links to Opioid CME

If you want to continue prescribing opioids in 2018, you must get your 3 hours of Category 1 CME on opioid prescribing before 12/31/17. Here's how.

 
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Congressional Stopgap Spending Plan Fails to Include CHIP 2018 Funding

NBC News (12/8, Fox) reported that the continuing resolution signed by President Trump Friday keeps the federal government from shutdown until December 22, but it did not fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2018.

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Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: Open Enrollment Ends Friday

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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New AMA, CMS Resources Aid Transition to the New Medicare Card

The AMA has created a webpage to help physicians prepare for the new Medicare card. The cards will significantly impact physician practice workflows, so practices should take steps now to prepare. 

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Sanofi Genzyme: Arthritis Medication Should Not Be Used Due To Side Effects

The Boston Globe (12/8, Saltzman) reported Sanofi Genzyme issued a product hold on about 18,000 packages of Synvisc-One (hyaluronan), which is used to treat knee arthritis.


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Maine CDC Message on Immunizations

In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), the Maine Immunization Program would like to encourage providers to continue vaccinating against the flu and provide you with activities, print materials and key messaging to share with your patients. NIVW kicks off on Sunday, December 3 and runs through Saturday, December 9.

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Naloxone Research Shows Importance of Post-Administration Intervention

See information about a naloxone study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.


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Opportunities for Year-End Giving at MMA

 As you consider your year-end contributions to your favorite charities and non-profit organizations, we hope that you will consider a gift to one of several funds at MMA.

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Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Monday, 12/18 at EMMC

 Last chance 2017 opioid prescribing workshop in Bangor Read More


Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Free program for those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns

The Maine Legislature is in recess at present. The Weekly Update will feature articles concerning aspects of that work of interest to medicine. Legislative report articles will resume, and Legislative Committee calls will begin, when the Legislature returns to Augusta in January 2018. The first call will be Tuesday, January 9th, at 8 p.m., so mark your calendars now. Read More


Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 911 (c. 267) Prohibiting Gifts to Practitioners from Sellers

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


UPCOMING EVENTS

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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Webinar on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, December 13

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

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services

Pines Health Services, one of the nation’s top Federally Qualified Heath Centers and community-based physician practice in Aroostook County, Northern Maine is seeking a Chief Executive Officer.
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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


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


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


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


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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