September 4, 2018

In This Issue
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
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
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
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Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
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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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Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program User Survey: Extended Deadline Friday September 7

Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program User Survey - Extended Deadline Friday, September 7.

As you know, the misuse of prescription drugs in Maine has become a substantial problem in need of immediate attention. Public Law Chapter 488 and subsequent rules addresses one aspect of the problem through prescribing and dispensing regulations under the auspices of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

In order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of regulations surrounding the PDMP, the Department of Health and Social Services’ Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), has contracted with Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc., a Public Consulting Group Company (PCG), to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Maine’s PDMP.  As part of the study, PCG is gathering and analyzing data related to utilization of the PDMP across the state.

Your responses will be crucial to recommendations aimed at improving the system.

Please use the link below to access and complete the survey. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and is confidential. Data from the survey will be reported in aggregate only. In the event you are unable to complete the survey in one session, you can save and reopen the survey later. When the survey is complete, please click on the “Submit” button.

Survey Link: https://surveys.hornbyzeller.com/Maine-PMP.aspx

If there are technical problems with the survey itself, please contact Matt Powers (mpowers@pcgus.com) or Tim Reed (treed@pcgus.com). 

Thank you for your time and commitment to helping DHHS address Maine’s opioid problem.

Megan Hawkes, MPH, Research Supervisor  mhawkes@pcgus.com

Hornby Zeller Associates

a Public Consulting Group company

373 Broadway South Portland, ME 04106

(207) 773-9529 Ext. 7215 or (207) 369-7215 (Direct Line)


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