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March 19, 2018
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President Proposes Cutting Opioid Rx by 1/3, Death Penalty for Sellers, Other Measures
President Donald Trump set out his plan to combat the opioid crisis in a speech March 19th at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire. The plan includes cutting opioid prescriptions, interdiction of illegal drugs, prevention, and medication-assisted treatment.
Congress must act on a temporary spending bill again this week as the previous funding bill expires on Friday, March 23. Discussions continue about whether and how to stabilize the ACA insurance markets and it is possible that a new Collins/Alexander proposal will be included, but the proposal faces significant hurdles.
New collaborative opportunities underway to create positive change - see below. MMA is pursuing a bill, L.D. 1032, advocating the AMA standards for prior authorization in the current legislative session. You can help by contacting your own Senator and Representative and encouraging them to support the minority "ought to pass as amended" report of the Insurance & Financial Services Committee on L.D. 1032. You can find your legislators here. Look for more information in this newsletter when L.D. 1032 comes up for debate in the House and Senate.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its report on County Health Rankings for 2018.
Maine Quality Counts has put out a new toolkit to assist employees in navigating the healthcare system and choosing the care that is right, and most affordable, for them.
In the current medical system, managing and preventing chronic disease requires a strong partnership between patients and doctors. Consider the statistics around prediabetes: 84 million U.S. adults have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 don’t know it.
In a recent meeting the MMA Board of Directors approved a resolution submitted by the Public Health Committee and championed by Dr. Paul Potvin on the issue of climate change.
Senator Susan Collins and others have proposed a new bill to prohibit pharmaceutical benefit managers' "gag clauses" that prevent pharmacists from talking to customers about how to save money on their prescriptions.
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Legislative Call This Tuesday, March 20th
The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions have resumed, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to continue. The next call will be Tuesday, March 20th, at 8 p.m.
A brief summary of some of the hearings and work sessions that took place during the last week, and a look ahead.
Nicholas Knowland, a Tufts-Maine Track medical student and member of the MMA Board of Directors, testified last week on LD 1834, a bill that would provide student loan debt relief to those staying in Maine.
Governor Paul LePage has approved the DHHS rule adding the meningococcal vaccine to the list of required vaccines for school attendance.
QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Maine Quality Counts (QC) will host their annual
conference at the Augusta Civic Center. QC has decided to host a half-day
conference this year, focused on a select number of topical innovations that
are of strategic importance to QC’s members, partners, and stakeholders. Read More
Helping connect the dots to more effectively address opioid use disorders.
The New Hampshire Medical Society, NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol
Services, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and New England Addiction
Technology Transfer Center Network are pleased to offer FREE 8-hour
buprenorphine waiver training in Dover, NH on Friday, April 27th. Read More
Are you frustrated by poor communication and waste in your work processes? Lean has recently transformed the way many hospitals and health systems operate. This full-day workshop on May 8 in Augusta provides those who lead hospitals, health centers, practices, and related service industries with an introduction to Lean thinking and process improvement tools.
Discussing memory concerns with your patients can be difficult. Alzheimer's and other dementias are complex, and patients often have many questions and concerns.
Free program for those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Read More
Take Advantage of Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - Available 24/7 now from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN).
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Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS or
Retirement System) seeks to engage an additional Psychiatrist for the Medical
Board. Read More
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice seeks a part time (20 –
24 hours per week)* physician for its growing hospice programs, including home,
long term care and general inpatient facility. Read More
Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Westbrook is
seeking a BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established
outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area. Read More
Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician,
board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our
well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice. Husson Internal Medicine
is one of seven primary care practices operated by Eastern Maine Medical
Center. Read More
Health Center has a position available for a Medical Director/Family
Practice Physician for our multi-service,
progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved
area. Read More
Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is seeking an invasive clinical
cardiologist (non-interventional) for their practice located in their Augusta
and Waterville, Maine locations Read More
Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices. Read More
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