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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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

President Proposes Cutting Opioid Rx by 1/3, Death Penalty for Sellers, Other Measures

In a speech that lasted roughly 35 minutes, President Trump called several people to the microphone for brief statements, including the family of an overdose victim, an immigration agent, the manufacturer of Narcan®, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar. He spoke of increasing penalties for drug traffickers (including the death penalty), and he cited "sanctuary cities" like Lawrence, Massachusetts and Boston as sources of "fentanol" being sold in southern New Hampshire.

The president also applauded the manufacturers of naloxone for providing the "life-saving" opioid antagonist to high schools, colleges, and first responders at no charge. We need, he said, to work on the problem of relapse. Trump also promised to work on lowering drug prices, including the price of naloxone, and he spoke in support of "right to try" legislation.

President Trump finished with a call for "trust in our citizens, pride in our country, and faith in our god," stating that with those, "We will not fail" in our fight against the opioid crisis.

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