September 24, 2018

In This Issue
Attorney General Releases Overdose Death Numbers for First Half of 2018
Dr. Dora Mills Joins MaineHealth Community Health Efforts
MMA Seeks Contract Academic Detailer/Prescriber Educator
US Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Gag Clauses for PBMs
2019 CPT Code Set Released
MEJP, Speaker Gideon Urge CMS to Approve MaineCare Expansion
Richard A. Evans, M.D. Honored as Outgoing Chair of New England Delegation to AMA
MMA Listening Session in Newcastle on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:00-8:00pm
Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training
MaineHealth Announces 2018-19 Tobacco Treatment Training Program
12/31/18 Deadline for All MDs Who Do NOT Prescribe Opioids
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Health Care for Maine Conference October 1
Invitation to join Older Adult ECHO Program beginning October 4th - Applications close 9/28.
Maine Concussion Management Initiative final training program for 2018 on October 16
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - Augusta 10/16, Wells 10/17, Portland 11/26
Harvard Professor and Author Philip Landrigan, MD speaks at UNE evening of Friday, Oct 19
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Friday, November 9
Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
BC/BE Family Physician
Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
Internal Medicine Physician
Franklin Health Behavioral Services is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist/Medical Director
Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Internal Medicine Outpatient 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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Health Care for Maine Conference October 1

6th Annual HC4ME Conference

HC4ME’s 6th annual conference, The Opportunity of Extraordinary Times, will focus on the accomplishments realized this past year in preserving and expanding health coverage through the ACA, CHIP, Medicaid and programs serving the uninsured. The conference will highlight the need to continue working together to address challenges many Mainers still face in accessing quality, affordable health care.  Register at this link.

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Tentative Agenda
Breakout Session Descriptions
Plenary Descriptions
Keynote Speaker

Elena Hung, Cofounder of Little Lobbyists https://www.littlelobbyists.com/

Elena Hung is co-founder of Little Lobbyists. She is Xiomara’s mom and she believes in the power of stories to change hearts and minds.

Little Lobbyists began as conversation between friends who shared their concerns for their community of kids with complex medical needs. Elena worked with other families to form a simple plan. They took photos and shared stories of kids with complex medical needs directly with their legislators. The deliver them in person with their own kids (and their trachs, ventilators, oxygen, wheelchairs, walkers, leg braces, feeding tubes, and more…) so lawmakers could see first-hand who needs the protection of the very laws and programs under threat.

Their goal is for the United States to become a place where the government does not repeal, but rather advances and champions, policies and laws that protect the livelihood and future of our children. They hope one day soon all parties will come together to map a path to better health care, education, and community inclusion for every person with complex medical needs and disabilities.

Elena has been an immigration lawyer since 2006: helping families to reunite, U.S. employers to sponsor workers, and asylum seekers to flee persecution.

Tentative Break Out Sessions:

  • State Action to Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs

    Vincent Demarco and Ann Woloson

    Rising prescription drug costs impacts our ability to access the medicine we need and is contributing to increases in the cost of health insurance and health care in general. Learn more about efforts in Maine and other states to increase transparency about rising drug costs including requiring drug companies to report details on how they set their prices.

  • Community Conversations: Bringing Civility Back to Policy Making

    Mark Hews, and Amy Regan Gallant, others unconfirmed at this time…

    Maine Revives Civility is a project of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD). This workshop will focus on civil discourse in our health care conversations and will include tips and tricks to help Revive Civility.

  • Diving Deeper into Children’s Health Care Issues

    Nancy Cronin, Julia Underwood, Dr. Margaret Curtis, Elena Hung

    When Maine children have health care coverage, they can get the preventive care they need to thrive. But with the continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), children’s coverage is at risk. Learn what’s at stake and what’s being done to advocate for the health and well-being of our children.

  • Getting to Universal Access

    Joe Lawler, Trish Riley, Mitchell Stein, Tom Saviello, and Erika Ziller

    While the Affordable Care Act has enabled many Mainers to acquire health insurance, there are still tens of thousands who are uninsured. Others have insurance but struggle to afford care. This panel discussion will look at different options to improve access to health care through more insurance coverage and better coverage within insurance plans.

  • MaineCare Today and A Look Ahead

    Christine Hastedt, DrewChristopher Joy, Kathy Kilrain del Rio

    What’s happening with the new law expanding Medicaid and the Section 1115 waiver the LePage administration has submitted? Are there opportunities to improve Mainers health through MaineCare policy change? What’s on the horizon for this vital program? Advocates will discuss the current landscape and explore what could be possible for the Medicaid program in Maine.

  • Building Good Health: The Foundational Role of Social Determinants

    Rebecca Boulos, Ana Hicks, Kalie Hess, MPH, and Malory Otteson Shaughnessy

    There has been increased awareness that improving health and reducing health disparities will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. This workshop will provide an overview of these social determinants of health and allow for discussion of some public policy efforts to address them.

  • Changes in the Marketplace

    This session is your chance to find out what changes were made to health insurance plans offered in Maine in 2019.

NEW! Lunch Plenary:  Investing and Building Capacity to Foster Health Equity in Maine

The Maine Health Access Foundation recently announced a new initiative aimed at addressing health inequity in Maine.  MEHAF is investing in organizations led by and serving communities that face disproportionate barriers to health and well-being, including communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, people living with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness.

Learn more about MeHAF’s investment in organizations working to address inequality in Maine communities:
Moderator: Jake Grindle
Grantees and speakers: TBA

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