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February 26, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 27th
Legislative Report: The Laws Governing Minors' Consent to Treatment and More
UPCOMING EVENTS
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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Operations Director
Associate Director/Director of Compliance, Privacy, Risk and Legal Affairs for Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 27th

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Stephen Meister, M.D. and Vice Chair Katherine Pope, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27th, at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number:  207-480-4790

Passcode:  057614#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour. The MMA staff lists a suggested position for each bill and any medical specialty particularly affected by the bill.  

If you have an opinion about any of these bills, but cannot participate in the call, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel at amaclean@mainemed.com or 480-4187, or Peter Michaud, Associate General Counsel at pmichaud@mainemed.com or 480-4199.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.

Because there are no newly printed bills of interest to medicine, the call will feature a discussion of several pending bills. In addition, MMA EVP Gordon Smith will discuss the status of various opioid-related bills in relation to the work of the Legislature's Opioid Task Force.


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