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April 2, 2018

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Licensing Boards Issue New Joint Rule Chapter 21 re: Opioid Prescribing

The Board of Licensure in Medicine, joined by the State Board of Nursing and the Board of Osteopathic Licensure have recently issued the new Chapter 21 Rule, effective March 24, 2018. The amendments to the prior version of the rule are very substantial with the original guidelines becoming requirements in a number of instances.  

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Maine Providers Standing Up for Health Care Press Conference Tuesday in the State House Welcome Center

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3rd, is the deadline for the LePage Administration to file with CMS the State Plan Amendment (SPA) to implement ACA Medicaid expansion in Maine. You are welcome to join those advocating for expansion at a press conference in the State House welcome Center at noon.  

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Step-by-step Naloxone Education Video Now Available

This new resource is available on the American Medical Association's (AMA) opioid microsite.  See the links in the article.

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National AAP to Award Senator Susan Collins the Excellence in Public Service Award

 The American Academy of Pediatrics will award Senator Susan Collins the Excellence in Public Service Award (EPSA), the Academy’s highest honor bestowed to a public servant for distinguished service to the nation’s infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. 

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CDC Reports Opioid Overdose Deaths Increasing in Nearly All Segments of US Population

From the AMA Morning Rounds, summaries and links to news stories about the US CDC's report of widespread increases in opioid overdose deaths. Maine is not alone.

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Open Payments Reminder: 45-day Review-and-Dispute Period Starts April 1

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.

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New AMA Survey: Patient Clinical Outcomes Shortchanged by Prior Authorization

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.

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Take Our Survey: Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?

If the answer is ‘yes’, we’d like to hear from you.  Please take our 8-minute survey.


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Legislative Call This Tuesday, April 3rd

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, April 3rd, at 8 p.m.

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Legislative Report: Destigmatizing language changes, child services, and more

A brief summary of some of the hearings and work sessions that took place during the last week, and a look ahead.

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Maine Senate's Initial Vote on MMA PA Bill, L.D. 1032, Strongly Favors Passage

Thanks to all who acted on MMA's Legislative Alert last Friday and contacted your legislators. After a brief debate in the Maine Senate this (Monday) morning, the vote in favor of MMA's position on L.D. 1032, An Act to Ensure Protection and Health Insurance of Patients was 19-13 with three members absent.

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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

MMA and Jackson Laboratory Seeking Volunteers to Assist with 2018 Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative Forum - April 6-8

The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative will hold its 2018 Forum April 6-8 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.  MMA has been asked to help staff the Forum and is seeking 4 or 5 volunteers from the ranks of our retired members to assist with registration and hosting of the attendees. In exchange, the volunteers will receive housing and free registration to the conference. Read More

FREE 8-Hr. MAT Waiver Training Being Offered in Dover, NH - Friday, April 27th

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

Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting - Friday, May 4th

The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons will hold their Spring Educational Program and Business Meeting on Friday, May 4th at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, ME from 11:30am - 5:00pm. Read More

Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8

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.

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Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, ME - May 18-20

The Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons will hold their Annual Meeting from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, ME. Read More

One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018

River Awareness fundraiser on the Androscoggin River.

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New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management

Discussing memory concerns with your patients can be difficult. Alzheimer's and other dementias are complex, and patients often have many questions and concerns.

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Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

Free program for those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Read More

Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

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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Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is seeking a BC/BE part/full-time Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist clinician-educator or clinician-scientist to join the Department of Psychiatry. Read More

Psychiatric Medical Director

Tri-County Mental Health Services has multiple current and developing programs including Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Homes. Read More

Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program

PCHC in Bangor, Maine is seeking Board-Eligible Internal Medicine or Family Med Physician to join our team of doctors and advanced practice providers in our Community Care and Geriatrics department! Read More

Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers

PCHC is recruiting Family Medicine Physicians for locations in Belfast, Old Town, and Bangor. This is your chance to work for a nationally recognized FQHC that is a leader in integrated primary care! Read More

Medical Board Physician

Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS or Retirement System) seeks to engage an additional Psychiatrist for the Medical Board.  Read More

Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus

The Central Maine Medical Group seeks BE/BC Internal Medicine physician to join cohesive, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Lewiston, Maine.  Read More

Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center

Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) has a unique opportunity in our small independent, community-based primary care facility offering great quality indicators, team atmosphere and excellent working conditions. 
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Hospice Physician Lewiston, ME

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

Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician

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

Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine

Eastern 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

Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician

Sacopee Valley 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

Clinical Cardiology Opportunity

Maine 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

Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

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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