February 19, 2018

In This Issue
AMA Advocacy Conference Highlights High Drug Costs, Regulatory Relief and Coverage Concerns
MMA Board to Address Several Critical Issues at Annual President's Retreat in March
Use EMR System Defaults to Reduce Opioid Prescribing
CMS Projects Health Care Spending to Increase Significantly in Next Decade
Purdue Pharma Announces Cessation of Marketing Oxycontin to Prescribers
Health Access Network Names New Chief Executive Officer
Notes from the American Medical Association
3 Ways to Maximize Employer Diabetes Prevention Tools for Your Patients
Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 20th
Legislative Report: "Conversion therapy" and More
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
MMA and Jackson Laboratory Seeking Volunteers to Assist with 2018 Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative Forum
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
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Legislative Report: "Conversion therapy" and More

  • Health & Human Services Committee: The Health and Human Services Committee continues to discuss using the Fund for a Healthy Maine to fund both one-time and ongoing expenses for school based health centers and obesity counseling. They also held a work session on LD 565, a concept draft that may serve as a receptacle for various opioid related matters. The discussion focused on naloxone availability and the possible elimination of the sunset provision in last year's law allowing pharmacists to prescribe the life-saving opioid antagonist.
  • Judiciary Committee:  The Judiciary Committee continues to work a drug price transparency bill carried over from the First Regular Session (LD 1406). There is considerable interest in proceeding with the bill among Committee Democrats, but some Republican members, including Senate Chair Lisa Keim (R-Oxford), also have shown interest in the topic. Sen. Keim has taken an active role in work sessions on the bill.
  • Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee: The LCRED Committee had a packed room on Wednesday for public hearings on LD 912, a bill that would prohibit the use of "conversion therapy" on patients under the age of 18. This controversial method is used by some counselors in an attempt to change a patient's sexual orientation or gender identity. There were several witnesses on each side of the issue, with the MMA joining the AAP, the AMA, and MAPP in supporting the bill.  During a work session last Thursday, the Committee voted unanimously "ought to pass as amended" on LD 958, a bill to adopt a version of the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (UEVHPA).  MMA supported the bill.

Upcoming public hearings and work sessions this week:

EDU Presentation:

  • Opioid Task Force

HHS Work Sessions:

  • Continued discussion in the medical marijuana subcommittee
  • LD 1063 SUD & Pregnancy
  • LD 1189 Consent for Children's Mental Health Treatment
  • LD 1682 Recovery Residences
  • LD 1711 Homeless Opioid Users Pilot
  • LD 1713 Bridging Rental
  • LD 1730 Veterinarians & PMP
  • LD 1737 Medication Management
  • LD 1712 Healthcare Ombudsman
  • LD 1820 Child Habilitative Services Rates

JUD Work Session:

  • LD 1406 Drug Pricing Transparency

LCRED Work Session: 

  • Rep. Golden presentation on Veterans' Credits
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