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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Legislative Report: Appropriations Committee Meets June 11th, Votes "Ought to Pass" on Bill Package

This (Monday) afternoon the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously to combine 13 bills into a package to be known as LD 925. There was very little discussion “on mic”, although several members commented that they had all worked hard and well together to attain this intermediate goal. More work remains to be done, and several more bills are expected to be approved by the Committee and referred to the full House and Senate. For the list of included bills with text available, follow the link.

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MMA EVP Gordon Smith Honored at CAHC Event

A sizeable crowd was in attendance at the 30th anniversary celebration of Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC)  last Wednesday. The event was notable for its inclusion of many people who have been at the center of healthcare reform and Medicaid expansion over the past 30 years. Among the honorees was the Maine Medical Association's Executive Vice President, Gordon Smith.

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Court Orders DHHS to File State Plan Amendment for MaineCare Expansion

On June 4th the Kennebec Superior Court ruled that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services must submit a "state plan amendment" implementing the voter-approved Medicaid expansion law. Read More


Report from Chicago: Maine Delegation at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting

Read about the hot topics at the mid-point of this year's Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, which began on Saturday, June 9th and concludes on Wednesday, June 13th.
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MMA Board Selects Starboard Leadership Consulting LLC to Assist with EVP Search

Accepting the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the MMA Board of Directors last week voted unanimously to contract with Starboard Consulting Group, LLC in Bangor to assist with the search over the next 12 months for a new Executive Vice President.   Read More


Harvard Pilgrim and Community Health Options File Lower than Expected Rates for 2019 Individual Policies Offered on the Exchange

Last week, the two health insurers still offering individual policies on the ACA exchange filed proposed rates for 2019 that averaged just over 9 percent. Lower increases would be offered if Maine reinstates a reinsurance program. Read More


3 Ways to Help Patients Identify and Lower their Risk for Gestational Diabetes Pre-pregnancy—and Type 2 Diabetes Post-pregnancy

When your patients are trying to conceive, it’s an opportunity to talk to them about their lifestyle and work with them to develop healthy habits. This is incredibly important not only for a healthy pregnancy and baby, but also for the long-term health of moms-to-be. A recent study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise revealed that expectant mothers who were more fit before pregnancy were at a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes. Read More


Androscoggin County Medical Association Announces Grants for Medical Students from Maine

Beginning immediately the County Association is offering awards of $1000 to medical student applicants from Maine. Read More


Mary Cushman Award Nominations Due By August 1

The Mary F. Cushman, MD Award is presented by the MMA each year to recognize the humanitarian service of Maine medical volunteers. Read More


Michael Botticelli to Keynote Saturday Morning Program at 165th Annual Session

Michael P. Botticelli, former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will keynote the Saturday morning program at MMA's 165th Annual Session in Bar Harbor on Sept. 8. Read More


New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention

An important part of preventing type 2 diabetes is lifestyle changes. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that people with prediabetes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent when they participate in a structured lifestyle change program.

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128th MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Report: Appropriations Committee Meets June 11th, Votes "Ought to Pass" on Bill Package

This (Monday) afternoon the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously to combine 13 bills into a package to be known as LD 925. There was very little discussion “on mic”, although several members commented that they had all worked hard and well together to attain this intermediate goal. More work remains to be done, and several more bills are expected to be approved by the Committee and referred to the full House and Senate.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

River Awareness fundraiser on the Androscoggin River.

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Wednesday, June 13 in Augusta: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis

3-hour presentation from 5-8:30 pm at the Augusta Civic Center.

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X Waiver Course in Waterville June 16th

AAAP’s “Half and Half” course with Dr. Richard Fein is a free American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry program that combines 4.25 hours of face-to-face/in-class instruction and 3.75 hours of online training.

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MCMI Training Programs - Level 1 and Level 2 - June 22

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) will to holding a training program on June 22 in Waterville at Colby College. It is appropriate for athletic administrators/directors, school nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Read More


Tuesday, June 26 in Auburn: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis

 3-hour presentation from 5-8:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch. Read More


Save the Date: Webinar on Diabetes Prevention Thursday June 28 at 12-1pm

Check the MMA weekly update next Monday for the link to register for the June 28 webinar.

 

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17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23, 2018

Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium taking place September 21-23, 2018 at the Harborside Hotel & Marina in Bar Harbor, Maine presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

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Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3

Save the date for the NNESAM 2018 Annual Conference taking place at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont November 2 & 3, 2018. Read More


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

Medical Board Physician

The Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS or Retirement System) seeks to engage a Psychiatrist with a keen interest in working collaboratively with other medical physicians for the Medical Board.
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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


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


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


Behavioral Health Consultant

Sacopee Valley Health Center is seeking a full time LCSW/LCPC to join our Medical Team as a Behavioral Health Consultant. 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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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


Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician Opportunity

Western Maine Primary Care is seeking a BC/BE Internist for their well-established outpatient practice located in the Norway, Maine. 
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Ob/Gyn Physician Opportunity

Western Maine OB/GYN is currently seeking a BC/BE OB/GYN physician to join our exceptional team of providers.
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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


Psychiatric Medical Director

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


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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