February 26, 2018

In This Issue
Drug Overdose Deaths Increased 11% in Maine in 2017
MMA Board to Address Several Critical Issues at Annual President's Retreat in March
Center for American Progress Unveils "Medicare Extra for All"
Purdue Pharma Announces Cessation of Marketing Oxycontin to Prescribers
3 Ways to Maximize Employer Diabetes Prevention Tools for Your Patients
Notes from the American Medical Association
Information for MaineCare Providers
Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 27th
Legislative Report: The Laws Governing Minors' Consent to Treatment and More
Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2
March 6th Quality Payment Webinar
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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Associate Director/Director of Compliance, Privacy, Risk and Legal Affairs for Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine
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Center for American Progress Unveils "Medicare Extra for All"

The plan would allow employers and individuals to join Medicare Extra, but it would not be required, preserving a role for employer coverage and the health insurance industry.
The Center is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Their aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country. Former U.S. Senator Thomas Daschle is the chair of the group.
"Medicare Extra for All" is modeled on the Medicare program, but it would be available to everyone regardless of income, health status, age or insurance status. It would also preserve employer coverage as an option for those Americans satisfied with their current coverage. It would include enhancements to the current Medicare program including an out-of-pocket limit, coverage of dental care and hearing aids, and integrated drug benefits. Medicare Extra would eliminate underinsurance, offering coverage with zero or low deductibles as well as no-cost preventive care, generic drugs, and treatment for chronic disease. Premiums would be capped based on income to ensure affordability and handled automatically through the tax system.
Payment rates for medical providers would reference current Medicare rates and employer plans would be able to take advantage of these savings. Medicare Extra would negotiate prescription drug prices by giving preferences to drugs whose prices reflect value and innovation.
The full plan, Medicare Extra for All:  A Plan to Guarantee Universal Health Coverage in the United States, is available from the Center.
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