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September 4, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
George J. Mitchell and Michael Botticelli to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session this Weekend in Bar Harbor
CMS Moves to Allow Step Therapy in Medicare Advantage Plans
Maine Legislature Acts on Several Child Protective Bills
Fewer Uninsured Hospitalizations Linked to Insurance Access Under ACA, Research Indicates
12/31/18 Deadline for All MDs Who Do NOT Prescribe Opioids
Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program User Survey: Extended Deadline Friday September 7
Diabetes and Gun Violence Resolutions Among Business at 165th MMA Annual Session, Sept. 7-9 in Bar Harbor
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October - Enrollment Deadline: September 10
CMS National Training Program Workshop in Chicopee, MA - September 11
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for September 12 in Auburn
Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute - Enrollment Deadline: September 12
Recognizing & Responding to Opioid Overdoses - Training September 12
CMS National Training Program Workshop in New Hampshire - September 20-21
17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23
MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training in Augusta - September 22
Maine Concussion Management Initiative has its final training program for 2018 on October 16
Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know - Friday, October 19
Maine AAP Sponsors SBIRT Training Sessions - Oct 20, Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
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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Fewer Uninsured Hospitalizations Linked to Insurance Access Under ACA, Research Indicates

Reuters (8/29, Rapaport) reports that thanks to “increased access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...fewer uninsured patients have been hospitalized for serious heart conditions,” according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. Researchers found that states which “expanded Medicaid in 2014 saw the uninsured proportion of hospitalizations for serious heart problems decrease by 5.4 percentage points, from 13.1 percent before the ACA took effect to 7.7 percent afterward.” In a second study, researchers “examined diagnosis of early-stage cancer before and after the ACA.” They discovered that the share “of uninsured cancer patients declined across all of the states in 2014,” and that the “decreases were greater” in states which expanded Medicaid.

 

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