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July 16, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Legislature Overrides Veto of Medical Marijuana Reform Bill

Legislators last Monday overrode the Governor's veto of legislation which fundamentally changed the state's medical marijuana law. The amended law, which will take effect 90 days from the date the Legislature finally adjourns (they are not yet adjourned), removes the list of conditions previously required and allows a physician to prepare a certificate for any patient they think might benefit from it.

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USDA Convenes Opioid Roundtable in Bangor

Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary (of Agriculture) for Rural Development, convened a roundtable discussion in Bangor last Thursday to discuss the impact of the opioid problem on rural areas. She was joined by Senator Angus King, Representative Bruce Poliquin, Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, Dr. Trip Gardner of Bangor, and others representing various aspects of the fight against the opioid problem.

 

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MMA Holds Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The MMA today (Monday) held its annual golf tournament at the Augusta Country Club. As always, net proceeds go to the MMA's educational scholarship fund for medical students who will become the doctors of Maine's future. It was a beautiful day! See photos after the link.

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MMA to Present at Presque Isle Community Forum on Tuesday

The public is invited to attend a community event on the drug crisis at the pubic library in Presque Isle this Tuesday night, July 17 at 6:00pm.  MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. will discuss the physician and the community role in addressing the public health crisis.

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Vaping: Isn't It a Good Way to Quit Smoking? Or Is It?

After several years of claims about how vaping helps tens of thousands of people to quit smoking, the studies are beginning to come in. What do they show?

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Addresses Drug Issues in Portland

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Portand to promote Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS) which is intended to be an enforcement surge in 10 U.S. Attorney's Offices Districts, including the District of Maine.  

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Time to Volunteer for an MMA Committee

The MMA Committee on Nominations is seeking nominations for the MMA Board of Directors and all MMA Committees. These nominations will be considered at the MMA's 165th Annual Session to be held this year at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor Sept. 7-9, 2018.

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Trump Administration Cuts ACA Navigators’ Funding From $36.8 Million to $10 Million

For years the government has funded grass-roots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance. Now the US DHHS will cut payments to those groups and will for the first time urge them to promote health plans that bypass the law’s consumer protections and required benefits.

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Electronic Death Certificates: Are You Registered to File Them?

If you are a medical professional who certifies cause of death, you are now required to submit such certification electronically; paper certificates are no longer accepted. Here's how you can register to use the system if you haven't done so already.

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Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is offering a three-day seminar series that explores innovation-based strategies as a source of competitive advantage in an industry with strict regulation and limited financial resources.

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2018 Mary Cushman Award: Nominations Due by August 1

Three weeks until the deadline for 2018 nominations.  

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128th MAINE LEGISLATURE

MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available

During the two sessions of the 128th Legislature, the Maine Medical Association advocacy team monitored well over 300 pieces of legislation involving some aspect of healthcare. With the session now nearly concluded, MMA attorneys are available to present a one hour CME talk on the new laws of which physicians need to be aware.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Childhood Development and Behavior Conference At Colby August 2-3

The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center's Child Development and Behavior Conference at Colby College is a program that brings a science and evidence based approach to understanding interventions that endeavor to improve the lives of children with complex needs. National speakers join with regional and local experts and policy makers to bring science to service and policy.

 

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Maine Quality Counts Offers Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment Course

Through the generous support from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, this program (beginning August 16) seeks to improve the lives of patients and families living with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) by enhancing the capacity and quality of services available to patients in their communities through their primary care practices.  

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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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Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October

The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is delighted to announce that enrollment is now underway for tits inaugural Provider Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) specifically for Advanced Practice Professionals.   Read More


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


Advanced Hanley Center Training Available for PELI and HLD Alumni

The Hanley Center’s newest leadership development initiative, the Next Level Leadership Seminar Series, focused on Innovation in Leadership is filling up!  This is a fantastic opportunity to gain more depth in your leadership skills, reconnect with the Hanley alumni network and build new relationships.    Read More


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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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


Medical Director/Family Practice Physician - Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine

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


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


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


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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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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