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March 19, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
President Proposes Cutting Opioid Rx by 1/3, Death Penalty for Sellers, Other Measures
Congress Confronts Another Must-Pass Spending Bill Deadline: March 23rd
New AMA Survey: Patient Clinical Outcomes Shortchanged by Prior Authorization
RWJ Foundation Releases County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report
Maine Quality Counts Publishes new "Choosing Wisely" Toolkit for Employers
Diabetes Alert Day - March 27: 3 Strategies that Change the Conversation You Have with Patients on Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
MMA Board Approves Climate Change Resolution
Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Bill to Ban “Gag Clauses” on Prescription Savings
Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Call This Tuesday, March 20th
Legislative Report: Female Genital Cutting, Medical Marijuana, and More
Med Student/MMA Board Member Knowland Testifies on Student Loan Bill
Governor Approves Meningococcal Vaccine Rule
UPCOMING EVENTS
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 - April 6-8
FREE 8-Hr. MAT Waiver Training Being Offered in Dover, NH - Friday, April 27th
Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8
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
Medical Board Physician
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Hospice Physician – Lewiston, ME
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Operations Director
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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MMA Board Approves Climate Change Resolution

The resolution was based upon a report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a report published in the Lancet which called climate change, "The biggest global health threat of the 21st century."

The resolution was voted on favorably at the Annual Session in the fall of 2017 and was recently approved by the MMA Board in accordance with the bylaws.

It reads as follows:

Therefore, Be it Resolved

 1.       That the Maine Medical Association urges the Congress and President of the United States of America to enact, without delay, legislation to reduce carbon emissions in the US, considering, among other options to address that, a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend.

2.        That the Maine Medical Association stands ready to work with any level of government, groups interested in health, and the people of Maine initiatives such as, to advance the development and maintenance of alternative energy sources to reduce Maine’s dependence on fossil fuels; to encourage energy conservation initiatives including fuel efficient vehicles and active transport (walking and bike riding); to promote development in the public health workforce to better respond to health threats posed by climate change; to advocate for improvement in the surge capacity of the healthcare system in Maine; to communicate to the public and health care providers the health effects of climate change including risks and ways to reduce them; to support scientific research on the health effects of climate change; to monitor and report on environmental conditions and disease occurrence related to climate change; and to develop methods of response and adaptation to climate change effects.

 

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