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January 2, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Happy New Year and Predictions

The Maine Medical Association wishes all its members and their families all the best for 2018.  We appreciate your membership and the dedicated medical care you provide to your patients. Below are some predictions MMA staff are offering for the coming year. 

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Please Join Us at the Legislature: Be Doctor of the Day

The Maine Legislature returns to Augusta on January 3rd. The MMA and the MOA work together to provide a physician to serve as Doctor of the Day for every day the Legislature is actually in session. It's a great opportunity...and not just for you!

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ACA Enrollments via HealthCare.gov Decreases Slightly

More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage in 2018 under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, about 80,000 fewer sign-ups than an initial count provided by the government one week ago.  The small decrease was due to late cancellations, according to a spokesperson for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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MMA Past President Russell Radcliffe, MD, 75, Dies in Florida

Dr. Russell V. Radcliffe, MD, who served as president of the Maine Medical Association in 1996-97, died peacefully at his home in Florida on December 15th.

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MICIS to Continue Offering Opioid CME in 2018

The MMA's MICIS (Maine Independent Clinical Information Service) program will continue to offer CME on opioid prescribing and Maine's opioid laws to help prescribers meet their 3 hour opioid CME requirements.

 
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What is the Difference Between the Two Meningococcal Vaccines?

A new rule from the Maine CDC requires vaccination of children in 7th grade, with a booster in 12th grade, against meningococcal meningitis. See below for an article from the CDC's Immunization Program about this important vaccine.

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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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Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018

An important press release from the Office of MaineCare Services about changes that became effective January 1, 2018.

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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Calls to Resume January 9th

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: Naloxone Laws

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. This month we will highlight the two new laws relating to the prescription and use of naloxone (Trade name: Narcan) for opioid overdose treatment. 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

Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine

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. Husson Internal Medicine is one of seven primary care practices operated by Eastern Maine Medical Center. Read More


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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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


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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