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May 21, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Conclude Successful Meeting in Kennebunkport
Trump Administration Releases Drug Pricing Blueprint
Maine's is Named One of the Best Medical Examiner Offices in the Country
Urge Patients to Confirm Mailing Address for New Medicare Card
Pain Specialists Report Significant Barriers to Care
Medicaid Waivers: Work Requirement OK'd in N.H.; Lifetime Limits Denied in Kansas
Nominations Sought for Mary Cushman, MD Award
Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month: Making the Case for a Healthy Diet as a Tool for Diabetes Prevention
Update Will Change Buprenorphine MME Display in Most State PMPs
New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Report: Primary Elections June 12th
UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, May 21 in Brewer: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
Inspiring Hope: How to Support Recovery Ready Communities - May 24 Conference
One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018
HPV Summit in Brewer June 7th
Wednesday, June 13 in Augusta: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
X Waiver Course in Waterville June 16th
MCMI Training Programs - Level 1 and Level 2 - June 22
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
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Behavioral Health Consultant
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician Opportunity
Ob/Gyn Physician Opportunity
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatric Medical Director
Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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Maine's is Named One of the Best Medical Examiner Offices in the Country

"The accreditation and accolades by the national association is an extraordinary acknowledgment and validation of the good work and team effort put in by Dr. Flomenbaum and the OCME staff," said Janet T. Mills, Attorney General. "Their hard work providing closure to families ensures that we get it right when investigating and understanding unexplained deaths. This is not easy work-and I commend their commitment and dedication."

During its accreditation report, the office was specifically cited for having a "a staff that is enthusiastic and committed to high professional standards and completing high quality reports furnished with exemplary speed and accuracy". The Medical Examiner Office received full accreditation for the maximum of five years.

The twelve person office is led by Mark Flomenbaum, M.D., PhD, who was appointed by Governor Paul LePage in August 2014 after serving as Deputy Chief under the direction of Dr. Margaret Greenwald.

"I am so proud to work alongside a team of such dedicated, talented, and focused individuals," said Dr. Flomenbaum. "Each step of the way, our staff meet opportunities and challenges with enthusiasm and vigor to raise and exceed our work standards. They are consummate professionals who deliver the highest quality of service with the sensitivity and dignity that all Mainers deserve. I am so glad that we have been acknowledged for this on a national level."

Under Dr. Flomenbaum's leadership, the OCME has: Reduced the backlog of cases from multiple hundreds to zero. Reduced turnaround time for case completion from 4-5 months to less than 3-4 weeks. Upgraded and improved mortuary equipment to increase efficiency and protect health of staff. Created new position to manage and track data for demographic, statistical, and other forensic purposes. Received acclaim from federal agencies that Maine was number one in speed and thoroughness out of 34 national medical examiner jurisdictions participating in research collecting data on drug abuse and violent deaths.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is a statewide system that is charged with the investigation of sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. OCME investigations determine cause and manner of death and when necessary, perform autopsies to assist in that determination. Over 3,000 deaths are reported to the OCME each year.

Dr. Flomenbaum added, "This is a team effort-not just with the central office staff in Augusta, but also with the dozens of physicians around our state who volunteer their time and expertise and are a crucial part of the success of our mission."
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