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April 23, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Opioid Prescribing for Pain Continues to Decline in Maine

Prescribing of opioid medication continued to decline substantially in Maine based on nationwide data released last week by the American Medical Association in cooperation with the health data information firm IQVIA. Opioid prescribing for pain declined 32% from 2013 through 2017 while 22.2% fewer opioid prescriptions were filled nationally.

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MMA is 165 Years Old on Saturday, April 28, 2018

A small group of physicians from across the State met at the Tontine Hotel in Brunswick on April 28, 1853 and established the Maine Medical Association.  A plaque on a granite post in front of the Tontine Mall in Brunswick was placed there on April 28, 2003 and dedicated to these pioneer physician leaders. Members are encouraged to stop by and see the plaque the next time they are in the area. All the names of the physicians present at the meeting are listed.

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MMA Listening Session in Presque Isle on Tuesday, May 15 6-8pm

All Aroostook County physicians and their guests are invited to join MMA officers and executive staff at a Listening Session.

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MMA Board Meets on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The MMA Board of Directors holds its next regularly scheduled meeting this coming Wednesday at 4:00pm at the offices of the Association in the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester, Maine. The meeting begins at 4:00pm and any MMA member is welcome to attend.

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Hanley Center Health Leadership Development Class XI Graduates Twenty-nine Healthcare Leaders

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership on April 13, 2018 recognized twenty-nine leaders who had completed the most recent HLD class. In a program held at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, Sheila Hanley, MPH, one of four children of Daniel and Maria Hanley, offered congratulatory remarks.

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MICIS: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis

2018 Maine Independent Clinical Information Service opioid education presentations.

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AMA, Specialty Societies Ask CMS to Reduce 2018 MIPS Reporting Period

 See current MIPS information from the AMA here.

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Consumers for Affordable Health Care to Honor MMA EVP Gordon Smith at 30th Anniversary Celebration on June 7th

The health care advocacy organization will honor Jack Comart, Trish Riley, and Gordon Smith with its 2018 Distinguished Health Care Hero Awards at the event planned at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell.  See below if you would like to attend. Read More


Maine Education Department Announces School Immunization Changes

The Maine Department of Education has announced the recent changes in the immunization requirements for school children in 7th and 12th grades, adding meningococcal meningitis vaccine to the list.

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24 Maine Hospitals Report Sentinel Events

 The 2017 "Sentinel Events Annual Report" states that 34 of Maine's 38 hospitals reported a total of 256 sentinel events in calendar 2017, according to an article from the Maine Hospital Association.

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Doctors Without Borders Coming to Maine May 1st

On Tuesday May 1, 2018 you are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a recruitment information session in Portland, ME. This is your opportunity to meet their recruitment team and learn about how you can join the pool of dedicated aid workers. They are currently recruiting for a variety of medical and non-medical positions. 

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Looking for Help in Paying for Medical School?

 Do you know any Maine resident students seeking funding for medical school? If yes, we hope that you will make the attached Maine Medical Education Foundation Loan Program brochures available to any Maine resident students who have expressed an interest in or are already attending medical school.

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

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

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128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

Final Legislative Call of the Session This Tuesday, April 24th

The Maine Legislature returned to Augusta, passed some bills, and adjourned...or did they? We will have what we anticipate to be our last Legislative Call of the 2018 session this Tuesday, April 24th, at 8 p.m.

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Legislative Report: Adjournment?

Last Wednesday, or rather Thursday at 01:30 a.m., the Maine House of Representatives adjourned "until the call of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House." There were fireworks just after midnight!

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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 & 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.

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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

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


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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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


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


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


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


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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