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January 22, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Changing of the Guard at MMA Board Meeting: A New President Takes Over

Robert Schlager, M.D., becomes the new president of the Maine Medical Association upon the resignation of Charles Pattavina, M.D. after seventeen months of service.

 

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Senior Section Luncheon January 24 Features Speakers on Precision Medicine

The MMA Senior Section will meet over lunch on Wednesday, January 24 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Featured speakers on the topic of Precision Medicine are from the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative and Jackson Laboratory.  Any MMA member is invited to attend.

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2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One

The Washington Post reports that this year’s influenza outbreak is widespread and severe…and it has yet to peak. The paper reports that more people sought treatment in the second week of January 2018 than in any similar period in nearly a decade.

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5 tips to help your patients make their new year a healthy one

The new year is a wonderful opportunity for your patients to make a brand new start—particularly when it comes to their health. Follow the link for tips on helping patients deal with diabetes and blood pressure risks.

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US DHHS Proposes New Conscience and Religious Freedom Rules for Health Care

The Trump administration last week announced new regulations and a new federal office in the Department of Health and Human Services, the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division,” related to complaints from health care workers who refuse to perform certain medical procedures on the grounds that they violate their religious or moral beliefs.

 

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Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration

The Trump administration has extended its emergency declaration for the opioid crisis after three months.

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Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine

Once again in 2017 the number of Lyme Disease cases in Maine rose to a new record high. Anaplasmosis is doing the same.

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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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Claims-Based Quality Reporting for MIPS: Submitting MIPS Quality Codes on CMS-1500 Claims

Webinar on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:30am Read More


Community Health Options Sues Federal Government for $5.7 Million

Maine's insurance cooperative Community Health Options sued the federal government this week for $5.7 million seeking reimbursement the company alleges should have been paid during the last three months of 2017.  

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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd

The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions resumed this week, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to start up again. The next call will be Tuesday, January 23rd, at 8 p.m.

 

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Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers

A brief summary of some hearings that took place last week.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2

Did you know that approximately half of those who die by suicide are seen by a medical provider in the month before their death? Attend Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training to learn how your medical staff can be prepared.

 

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28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics - March 16-18

Join us for the 28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics at the Sugarloaf Resort & Conference Center. Read More


QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Maine Quality Counts (QC) will host their annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center. QC has decided to host a half-day conference this year, focused on a select number of topical innovations that are of strategic importance to QC’s members, partners, and stakeholders. 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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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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MD/DO

Community Health Options is interested in contracting with a MD/DO, licensed in Maine, to assist in the Prior Approval process.  Read More


Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health

Dynamic, experienced, leader sought by a growing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in beautiful Portland Maine. Read More


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


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


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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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


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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