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April 9, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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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MMA Receives Quality Improvement Leadership Award

The Association received the prestigious Quality Improvement Leadership Award from Maine Quality Counts at its Annual QC Conference on April 4th.  The award was presented to MMA President Robert Schlager, MD, and EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. in recognition of the Associations work in responding to the opioid crisis.

 

 

MMA President Robert Schalger, MD and EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. after receiving prestigious Leadership Award from Maine Quality Counts.

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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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Applications for Rural Medical Access Fund Assistance Due by May 3, 2018

The Rural Medical Access Fund was established in the 1990's to subsidize professional liability premiums for obstetrical and prenatal care in rural areas.  

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Maine Health Workforce Crisis Forum Explores Critical Shortages in Labor Force

Last Friday, April 6, the Maine Health Workforce Forum brought together dozens of stakeholders to develop strategies to better quantify the workforce needs so healthcare employers can better plan and respond to existing and future shortages of essential health care workers.

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Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine to Discuss New Chapter 1 Requirements on Tuesday

The Board of Licensure in Medicine will discuss its Chapter 1 rule at 9:00am on Tuesday, April 10 during its regular monthly meeting.  The meeting is open to the public.

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Physicians ask HHS to Withdraw Proposed Rule on Conscience Rights in Health Care

In response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on "Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority," the AMA sent a letter to Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to express opposition to the measure, citing concern for vulnerable patient populations and asserting that conscience rights for physicians are not unlimited.

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Senator Collins Honored by American Academy of Pediatrics

Senator Susan Collins last Wednesday received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is 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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Extortion Scam Targets DEA Registrants

DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. 

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Adolescent Addiction Medicine Expert Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP Speaking on Saturday 4/14

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Take Control of Debt - April 24 Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial

Webinar for MMA members on Tuesday, April 24 2018 from 6:30-7:30 pm.

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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Call This Tuesday, April 10th

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 10th, at 8 p.m.

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Legislative Report: Repeal of Pharmacist Prescribing Authority "Sunset", Other Healthcare Bills, Passed Over Vetoes

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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