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March 26, 2018
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President Trump signs $1.3 Trillion Budget Bill; $4.6 Billion for Opioid Crisis
In yet another must-pass budget deal, the Congress passed and President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion budget bill last Friday (March 23). The bill represented many compromises but both parties heralded the allocation of $4.6 billion this year to fight the opioid crisis which cost 42,000 individuals their lives in 2016 and likely a larger number in 2017.
CMS has proposed a new rule to exempt states providing a majority of services through managed care plans.
Data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show a sharp increase in US obesity in the last decade.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to publicly report, on an annual basis, items of value that are given to physicians and teaching hospitals by drug and device companies. Before the public data release, physicians are given a brief window of time, which typically begins in early April, to review their data and dispute errors. Read More
The AMA wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on March 12, urging action on common-sense solutions to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America. While supportive of plans to vote on the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909), which passed the House on March 14, the letter recommended a more comprehensive approach to this public health problem. Read More
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.
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Legislative Call This Tuesday, March 27th
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 27th, 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.
Now is the time to contact your Senator and Representative to urge them to vote in favor of the Minority "Ought to Pass as amended" report from the Insurance & Financial Services Committee on L.D. 1032, An Act to Ensure Protection and Health Insurance of Patients! Read More
Diabetes Alert Day - March 27: 3 Strategies that Change the Conversation You Have with Patients on Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
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.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MARCH 27
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.
River Awareness fundraiser on the Androscoggin River.
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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