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May 29, 2018

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Community Health Options to Continue Participation in ACA Marketplace
Wording Proposed by Secretary of State for Home Health Referendum
MMA Past President Dr. Charles Pattavina Testifies to U.S. Senate Committee
CMS Releases SIM Report
Shaun Alfreds Appointed as Head of HealthInfoNet
Update Will Change Buprenorphine MME Display in Most State PMPs
Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month: Making the Case for a Healthy Diet as a Tool for Diabetes Prevention
New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Report: Appropriations Committee Meets May 30th
UPCOMING EVENTS
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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128th MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Report: Appropriations Committee Meets May 30th

The Appropriations Committee is not expected to discuss or pass all of the bills currently on the Special Appropriations Table. Following are the bills on the Table that relate in some way to health care:

Children’s Issues (14):

·         LD 49: An Act to Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine’s Students

·         LD 274: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group to Study Background Checks for Child Care Facilities and Providers

·         LD 687: Resolve, Regarding Reimbursement for Speech and Language Pathology Services

·         LD 816: An Act to Promote Academic Achievement Through Hunger Relief for Maine Children

·         LD 1130: An Act to Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools

·         LD 1321: An Act to Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development in Early Childhood 

·         LD 1433: An Act to Protect Maine Children from Lung Cancer by Requiring Radon Testing in Schools

·         LD 1494: An Act to Increase the Availability of Foster Homes

·         LD 1542: An Act to Support Lead Abatement in Older Residential Properties

·         LD 1684: An Act Regarding Meals in Public Schools

·         LD 1710: An Act to Restore Maine’s School-based Health Centers 

·         LD 1820: Resolve, Regarding Increases in Reimbursement Rates for Certain Children’s Habilitative Services Under MaineCare 

·         LD 1868: Resolve, to Increase Funding for Evidence-based Therapies for Treating Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Children 

·         LD 1870: Resolve, to Create the Task Force to Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine’s Early Childhood Special Education Services 

Elder Issues (12):

·         LD 20: An Act to Reimburse Nursing Homes for the Loss of Coinsurance and Deductibles for Skilled Nursing Beds under Rules Adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services

·         LD 192: An Act to Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids

·         LD 401: An Act to Require Reimbursement to Hospitals for Patients Awaiting Placement in Nursing Facilities

·         LD 643: Resolve Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home-based and Community-based Services 

·         LD 842: Resolve, to Support Home Health Services

·         LD 1006: An Act Regarding Housing Insecurity of Older Citizens

·         LD 1188: An Act to Facilitate MaineCare-funded Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes 

·         LD 1196: An Act to Assist Seniors and Certain Persons with Disabilities in Paying Property Taxes

·         LD 1204: An Act Regarding Absentee Voting by Residents of Nursing Homes and Other Residential Care Facilities

·         LD 1466: An Act to Adress Severe and Ongoing Shortfalls in the Funding of Direct Care Workers in Long-term Care Settings and to Establish the Commission to Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues

·         LD 1708: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Allow Relatives and Legal Guardians to Provide Home and Community-based Services to Eligible Members

·         LD 1742: Resolve, to Support Vulnerable Seniors by Funding Assisted Living Programs

Mental Health Issues (20):

·         LD 59: An Act to Provide Funding for a Therapeutic Adult Day Service Center

·         LD 106: An Act to Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder

·         LD 111: An Act to Establish and Additional Veterans’ Treatment Court

·         LD 323: An Act to Fully Fund the Waiting List for the Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder Waiver 

·         LD 401: An Act to Require Reimbursement to Hospitals for Patients Awaiting Placement in Nursing Facilities

·         LD 524: An Act to Amend the Laws on Domestic Violence

·         LD 902: Resolve, to Develop MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

·         LD 966: An Act Regarding Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Jails and Correctional Facilities 

·         LD 967: An Act to Ensure Access to Community Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism 

·         LD 1000: Resolve, to Increase Access to Brain Injury Waiver Services

·         LD 1133: An Act Regarding Access to Appropriate Residential Services for Individuals Being Discharged from Psychiatric Hospitalization

·         LD 1188: An Act to Facilitate MaineCare-funded Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes 

·         LD 1314: Resolve, to Improve Access to Neurobehavioral Services

·         LD 1321: An Act to Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development in Early Childhood 

·         LD 1322: An Act Regarding Mental Health First Aid Training for Corrections Personnel

·         LD 1517: Resolve, to Ensure Access to Behavioral Health Services 

·         LD  1709: An Act to Allow the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Baord Access to Investigations of Suspicious Deaths and Mortality Reviews Performed by the Department of Health and Human Services

·         LD 1737: An Act to Preserve Medication Management for Persons with Mental Health Needs 

·         LD 1868: Resolve, to Increase Funding for Evidence-based Therapies for Treating Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Children 

·         LD 1879: An Act to Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine

Opioid Issues (12):

·         LD 105: An Act to Create the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet

·         LD 111: An Act to Establish an Additional Veterans’ Treatment Court

·         LD 377: Resolve, to Establish the York County Jail Drug Detoxification and Rehabilitation Pilot Program

·         LD 966: An Act Regarding Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Jails and Correctional Facilities 

·         LD 1429: An Act Regarding the Epidemic of Opiate Abuse 

·         LD 1430: An Act to Develop a Statewide Resource and Referral Center and Develop Hub-and-spoke Models to Improve Access, Treatment and Recovery for Those with Substance Use Disorder 

·         LD 1682: An Act to Ensure the Quality of and Increase Access to Recovery Residences

·         LD 1707: An Act to Reduce the Cost of Care Resulting from Blood-borne Infectious Diseases

·         LD 1711: Resolve, to Save Lives by Establishing a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Pilot Project Within the Department of Health and Human Services

·         LD 1713: An Act to Improve Housing Support in the Bridging Rental Assistance Program

·         LD 1783: An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs 

·         LD 1885: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis in the State Regarding Increased Access to Drug Courts 

Practice of Medicine Issues (6):

·         LD 503: An Act to Continue the Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program

·         LD 1280: An Act to Require Drug Manufacturers to Comply with Federal Law

·         LD 1287: An Act to Strengthen Efforts to Recruit and Retain Primary Care Professionals and Dentists in Rural and Underserved Areas of the State

·         LD 1407: An Act Regarding Prescription Drug Step Therapy

·         LD 1714: An Act to Clarify Liability Pertaining to the Collection of Debts of MaineCare Providers by the Department of Health and Human Services

·         LD 1886: Resolve, to Provide Funding for a Pilot Project to Evaluate and Address the Transportation Needs of Maine’s Veterans

Miscellaneous Healthcare-related Issues (8):

·         LD 267: Resolve, to Increase Certain Chiropractic Reimbursement Rates under the MaineCare Program

·         LD 320: An Act to Provide MaineCare Coverage for Chiropractic Treatment

·         LD 720: An Act to Provide Lung Cancer Screening for MaineCare Recipients

·         LD 998: An Act to Adequately Pay for Emergency Medical Services

·         LD 1162: An Act to Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in Maine

·         LD 1301: An Act to Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services

·         LD 1762: An Act to Ensure Sustainable Health Care Access in the Jackman Region 

·         LD 1857: An Act to Address Maine’s Nursing Shortage by Creating an Apprenticeship Pathway for Licensure of Health Care-trained Veterans and Expanding Access to Nursing Education

 

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