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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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Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Bill to Ban “Gag Clauses” on Prescription Savings

[from the AMA Morning Rounds]

The Hill (3/15, Hellmann) reports a bipartisan group of senators proposed legislation Thursday to prohibit so-called “gag clauses” that “keep pharmacies from proactively telling customers they could save money on a prescription if they paid out of pocket instead of through insurance.” Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the bill. Collins said, “Americans have the right to know which payment method – insurance or cash – would provide the most savings when purchasing prescription drugs.” The article mentions that the Trump Administration has said it will target drug prices, noting FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, recently “criticized pharmacy benefit managers last week for not passing along the savings they get from rebates from drug manufacturers on to customers.”

       STAT Plus (3/15, Silverman, Subscription Publication) reports that the “federal legislation comes as a growing number of state lawmakers around the country have eyeballed the issue” and at least five states have enacted laws to prohibit gag clauses. Another 18 states have pending legislation, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy.

 

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