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February 19, 2018

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AMA Advocacy Conference Highlights High Drug Costs, Regulatory Relief and Coverage Concerns

MMA President Robert Schlager, M.D., Past President Charles Pattavina, M.D. and EVP Gordon Smith were on Capitol Hill last week meeting with all four members of the Maine Congressional Delegation and attending the 2018 AMA National Advocacy Conference. 

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MMA Board to Address Several Critical Issues at Annual President's Retreat in March

The 29 member Physician Board will hold its Annual President's Retreat at the Regency Hotel in Portland March 9-11, 2018.  

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Use EMR System Defaults to Reduce Opioid Prescribing

You can use your technology to help nudge you toward reduced prescribing of opioids. It's simple. Here's how:

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CMS Projects Health Care Spending to Increase Significantly in Next Decade

U.S. health care spending is projected to rise an average of 5.5% annually from 2017 to 2026, caused by many factors including an aging population and increasing prices for medical goods and services. Read More

Purdue Pharma Announces Cessation of Marketing Oxycontin to Prescribers

Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma LP announced last week that it has cut its sale force in half and will stop promoting opioids to prescribers. Read More

Health Access Network Names New Chief Executive Officer

Health Access Network (HAN), a Lincoln based community health center has named Nicole Morrison, RN, as their new Chief Executive Officer.  Morrison was appointed by the Board of Directors as the permanent CEO effective February 5, 2018. 

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Notes from the American Medical Association

A few notes, with links to longer articles, from the AMA's Morning Rounds publication.

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3 Ways to Maximize Employer Diabetes Prevention Tools for Your Patients

For many of your patients, work makes up—and takes up—a great deal of their lives. In fact, it’s probably where they spend most of their time. So it only makes sense that their jobs would support them in their health, especially when it comes to type 2 diabetes prevention.

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Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 20th

The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions have resumed, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to continue. The next call will be Tuesday, February 20th, at 8 p.m.

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Legislative Report: "Conversion therapy" and More

A brief summary of some of the hearings and work sessions that took place during the last week, and a look ahead.

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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

MMA and Jackson Laboratory Seeking Volunteers to Assist with 2018 Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative Forum

The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative will hold its 2018 Forum April 6-8 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.  MMA has been asked to help staff the Forum and is seeking 4 or 5 volunteers from the ranks of our retired members to assist with registration and hosting of the attendees. In exchange, the volunteers will receive housing and free registration to the conference. 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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Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

Free program for those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Read More

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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Associate Director/Director of Compliance, Privacy, Risk and Legal Affairs for Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine

PCHC is looking for an individual with some combination of expertise in implementing, modifying, and/or overseeing PCHC’s compliance plan, privacy program, risk management activities, and coordinating its day-to-day legal affairs in close partnership with PCHC’s general counsel and senior leadership. Read More

MD/DO - Lewiston, ME

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

Clinical Cardiology Opportunity

Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is seeking an invasive clinical cardiologist (non-interventional) for their practice located in their Augusta and Waterville, Maine locations 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

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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