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January 22, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Changing of the Guard at MMA Board Meeting: A New President Takes Over
Senior Section Luncheon January 24 Features Speakers on Precision Medicine
2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One
5 tips to help your patients make their new year a healthy one
US DHHS Proposes New Conscience and Religious Freedom Rules for Health Care
Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration
Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine
Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018
Claims-Based Quality Reporting for MIPS: Submitting MIPS Quality Codes on CMS-1500 Claims
Community Health Options Sues Federal Government for $5.7 Million
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd
Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers
UPCOMING EVENTS
Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2
28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics - March 16-18
QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
MD/DO
Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration

The extension, scheduled to expire this Tuesday, was announced by the acting secretary of HHS in a notice posted on the U.S. DHHS website last Friday. No top officials have yet been named to lead the agencies combatting the opioid crisis, and according to a report in Politico last week the administration is proposing a 95% cut in the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for 2019. No new funding has been proposed to help states deal with the crisis. The administration has updated guidance on how states can expand access to inpatient treatment under Medicaid, clarified how physicians can share information without violating HIPAA, and discussed how the National Institutes of Health can increase research into non-opioid pain medication.

An HHS spokesperson said of the extension, “This is further evidence of the Trump administration’s strong, ongoing commitment to addressing this crisis and protecting the health and well-being of the American people.”

This new declaration is scheduled to expire on April 23, 2018.

 

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