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December 18, 2017

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Opioid Task Force Issues Final Report

The December 2017 Final Report of the Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis in the State was issued this past week. The executive summary lists the 20 recommendations of the Task Force, and the full report includes Appendices A through Y. Recommendations include suggesting legislation on drug education and prevention, action by various state agencies to develop recovery housing and integrate treatment programs, and expressions of support for treatment programs in correctional facilities.

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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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Maine Falls to #23 in America's Health Rankings

After reaching a high of #8 in 2010, Maine has now descended to #23 among the states in America's Health Rankings, a study by United Health Foundation based on US CDC data.

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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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8 in 10 Doctors Have Experienced a Cyber Attack in Practice

Physicians, overwhelmingly, are finding themselves the target of cyberattacks that disrupt their practices and put patient safety at risk.

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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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AMA Statement on Proposed Aetna-CVS Merger

The President of the AMA, David Barbe, MD, MHA, issued a brief statement in response to CVS's announced proposal to acquire Aetna.

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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.

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Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 593 (c. 63) Medical License Renewal

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.

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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).

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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

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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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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