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October 15, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Listening Session in Waterville on Thursday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
Mayhew to be Appointed to Lead U.S. Medicaid
Agenda for MMA Board Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Rates of Unvaccinated Children Have Quadrupled Since 2001, CDC Says
CPT®/RUC Workgroup on Evaluation and Management Convened
U.S. Department of Justice Approves CVS-Aetna Merger
MPHA Annual Conference October 16th: Addiction and the State of Public Health in Maine
MMA Communicating with All State Legislative Candidates Regarding Lack of Progress in Addressing Maine Opiate Collaborative Recommendations
Legislature's Health Care Reform Task Force has Conversation with MMA
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
Tentative Legislative Cloture Date December 21, 2018
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
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
Invitation to join Older Adult ECHO Program - Applications will close October 19!
Harvard Professor and Author Philip Landrigan, MD speaks at UNE evening of Friday, Oct 19
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training
Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis: 10/30 & 11/7 presentations scheduled
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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Podiatrist (Non-Surgical)
Unique Leadership Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Cary Medical Center, Caribou, ME
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Seeking Medical Director for Family Medical Practice in Waterville, ME
PCHC wants to add more Family Physicians at Multiple Locations!
Director of Finance
Physician – Leeds
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
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
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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CPT®/RUC Workgroup on Evaluation and Management Convened

[from AMA Advocacy Update]

The AMA has formed a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®)/Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Workgroup to develop an alternative to a provision in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program proposed rule that would collapse the current five levels of evaluation and management (E/M) office visits for new and established patients down to two. The Workgroup has convened five meetings, four two-hour conference calls in August/September and one five-hour meeting on Sept. 29. More than 200 individuals have participated in each meeting. Several CMS staff, CMS medical officers and medical contractors have attended each meeting. 

The Workgroup has solicited feedback, via a formal survey mechanism, throughout the process to ensure that maximum input is acquired to achieve consensus. More than 60 national specialty societies and national health care professionals have responded to these surveys. The Workgroup continues to make progress and will submit a coding application to the CPT® Editorial Panel in November. All national medical specialty societies will have the opportunity to comment on the CPT® proposal via their CPT® Advisor. The CPT® Editorial Panel will consider this proposal in February 2019.

If adopted, the modifications will be implemented in CPT® 2020. The next meeting of the Workgroup will take place via conference call the evening of Oct. 23.

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