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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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California Insurance Commissioner Opposes CVS-Aetna Merger

 “The American Medical Association commends California Department of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for taking a strong stand against the proposed merger between CVS Health Corporation and Aetna. We urge other state regulators to review the evidence and take similar action.

"The AMA agrees with Commissioner Jones that allowing this anticompetitive merger to proceed likely would harm consumers. If left unblocked, there is every indication that the merger would raise prices, reduce choice and stifle innovation in five poorly performing markets: Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plan, pharmacy benefit management services, health insurance, retail pharmacy, and specialty pharmacy.

“Commissioner Jones extensively cited evidence presented by the AMA and prominent experts in antitrust law, economics and health policy demonstrating that there are no potential benefits of sufficient magnitude and certainty that would outweigh the anticompetitive effects of the proposed merger.”

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