March 19, 2018

In This Issue
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?
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
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
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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Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?

As part of our response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating Maine communities, the Maine Medical Association is part of a collaborative effort to expand the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)* for people with opioid use disorder.  

We’ve all heard the frustration in our communities that there is a shortage of treatment that is local, affordable, and immediate.  In order to share accurate information with patients and stakeholders, as well as fill gaps in regional treatment capacity, we are assisting in the development of a community resource map that accurately reflects MAT prescriber and addiction counselor capacity in every Maine county.

The information we collect will be compiled and stored here at the Maine Medical Association, and it will be available in database and mapping formats to inform community planning and response efforts.  

If you hold a DEA X-waiver, please help us put a sharper focus on available resources for MAT. Your input is very important to us and to the thousands of Maine people with opioid use disorder and their families.  This survey will take less than 10 minutes.  It is designed for current MAT prescribers and addiction counselors, as well as for anyone who holds the licensure but has not yet joined a collaborative MAT effort in their community.  

Thank you for helping us collect and confirm this important information. 

Link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MaineMAT

*SAMSHA Definition: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment

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