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August 6, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Board Votes Opposition to Question One
Watch for Next Issue of Maine Medicine
CMS Rule Changes Advance Price Transparency & EHR
Maine Reinsurance Program Gets 1332 Waiver
MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training
California Insurance Commissioner Opposes CVS-Aetna Merger
CMS Releases Proposed 2019 Medicare Payment Rule
Licensing Boards Discuss Nursing Home Exception to Opioid Requirements
Prescription Monitoring Program User Survey
Time to Volunteer for an MMA Committee
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
Maine Quality Counts Offers Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment Course
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for August 21 in Brewer
17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23, 2018
Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14th
Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute
Advanced Hanley Center Training Available for PELI and HLD Alumni
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
Behavioral Health Consultant
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Medical Board Physician
Medical Director/Family Practice Physician - Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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CMS Rule Changes Advance Price Transparency & EHR

[from CMS]

This final rule and others issued earlier this week will help improve access to hospital price information, give patients greater access to their health information and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

The IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule also updates geographic payment adjustments for IPPS hospitals. CMS looks forward to continuing to work on geographic payment disparities, particularly for rural hospitals, to the extent permitted under current law and appreciates responses to our request for public input on this issue. By allowing the imputed wage index floor to expire for all-urban states, CMS has begun the process of making geographic payments more equitable for rural hospitals.

In addition, CMS is updating the LTCH PPS standard federal payment rate by 1.35 percent. Overall, under the changes included in the final rule, CMS projects that LTCH PPS payments will increase by approximately 0.9 percent, or $39 million in FY 2019. In addition, CMS is finalizing the proposal to eliminate the 25 percent threshold policy in a budget neutral manner.

(read the text of the entire press release at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2018-Press-releases-items/2018-08-02.html )

 

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