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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MMA Concludes Successful 165th Annual Session

Great attendance, good weather, an impressive array of speakers and some very special award recipients highlighted the Association"s 165th Annual Session this past weekend in Bar Harbor. Well over 200 members and guests attended and heard the Honorable George Mitchell and Michael Botticelli keynote the Friday evening and Saturday sessions. Three of the four candidates running for Governor participated in a Forum on Sunday morning which concluded the two day Session.  

 

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You Could Be Doctor of the Day!

This Thursday, September 13th, is likely to be the last day of the legislative session this year. We need someone to serve as Doctor of the Day. The session begins at 10:00 a.m. and is likely to last for only a couple hours (there are no vetoes). What do you get? A standing ovation from every member of the House and Senate! But seriously, if you're willing to serve on Thursday, contact the MMA's Sarah Lepoff at slepoff@mainemed.com.

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Report on MMA Board Meeting, Sept. 7, 2018

The MMA Board of Directors met on Friday, Sept. 7 in Bar Harbor as part of the Association's 165th Annual Session. Among other business, Directors elected Karen Saylor, M.D. to chair the Board for the coming year. Dr. Saylor is a geriatrician practicing with Southern Maine Geriatric Associates.  

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Six New Members Elected to MMA Board of Directors

The MMA Board of Directors will welcome six new board members at their next meeting, Oct. 17, 2019 as a result of members approving the slate of nominees presented by the MMA Committee on Nominations at the General Membership Meeting held on Saturday, Sept. 8.

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Annual Meeting Adopts By-law Changes, Resolutions on Diabetes and Firearm Violence

At the 2018 Annual meeting, the MMA membership adopted changes to the Association's by-laws to create two new sections: a medical student section and a resident section. Members also voted overwhelmingly to support two resolutions.

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CMS Moves to Allow Step Therapy in Medicare Advantage Plans

CMS proposes to allow step therapy protocols in Medicare Advantage Plans beginning in January 2019.

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Fewer Uninsured Hospitalizations Linked to Insurance Access Under ACA, Research Indicates

Decreases in hospitalizations for serious cardiac conditions have been found to be linked to increased insurance access under the Affordable Care Act, with greater decreases in states which have expanded Medicaid.

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12/31/18 Deadline for All MDs Who Do NOT Prescribe Opioids

All professionals licensed by the Board of Licensure in Medicine (MDs and PAs licensed by that board) are advised to remember that they are required by Board rule to have taken three hours of opioid CME by December 31, 2018, even if they do not and will not prescribe opioids.

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More Annual Session Photos (Part 1)

Click through for more photos from the 2018 Annual Session.

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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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Governor Signs 4 Child Protective Bills Into Law

Governor Paul LePage today (Monday) signed into law four child protective bills passed by the Legislature two weeks ago.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty. Read More


Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October - Enrollment Deadline: September 10

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


CMS National Training Program Workshop in Chicopee, MA - September 11

Medicare Open Enrollment: What you need to know Read More


MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for September 12 in Auburn

All licensees of the Board of Licensure in Medicine must take 3 hours of CME on opioid prescribing every two years whether they prescribe opioids or not.

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Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute - Enrollment Deadline: September 12

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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Recognizing & Responding to Opioid Overdoses - Training September 12

The City of Portland's India Street Public Health Center will be presenting a training on Opioid Overdose Recognition and Response. Read More


CMS National Training Program Workshop in New Hampshire - September 20-21

Medicare Open Enrollment: What you need to know Read More


17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23

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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MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training in Augusta - September 22

MaineGeneral is offering a “half and half” waiver training on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Augusta.

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Health Care for Maine Conference October 1

HC4ME invites you to a one day conference with tracks dedicated to those who want to more about assisting Mainers navigating the health care systems in Maine and a second set of tracks dedicated to those interested in getting involved in health care policy. This year’s theme will be The Opportunity of Extraordinary Times. The event will be held at the Augusta Civic Center October 1, 2018.

 

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Maine Concussion Management Initiative final training program for 2018 on October 16

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative has its final training program for 2018 on October 16 at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. MCMI will be a presenter and not the sponsor / organizer. MCMI training is listed as the Youth Concussion Track. Read More


Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know - Friday, October 19

Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to hear from someone who has shaped public health policy and saved the lives of children around the world. Please help us welcome Dr. Philip Landrigan. Read More


Maine AAP Sponsors SBIRT Training Sessions - Oct 20, Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6

The Maine AAP will be offering one day Saturday sessions in several regions of Maine, providing training and coaching to Pediatricians and Pediatric Specialists in SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and effective conversational skills in Motivational Interviewing.   

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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


Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14

Since 1983, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Disease Surveillance, Department of Health and Human Services has organized an annual infectious disease conference targeting public health issues of emerging concern to medical practitioners throughout the state. Presentation topics will focus on a range of infectious diseases. Read More


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth

Full time FNP position available in the Ellsworth location of the Bucksport Regional Health Center. 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


Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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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


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


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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