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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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Legislature's Health Care Reform Task Force has Conversation with MMA

The 128th Maine Legislature's Health Care Reform Task Force held its most recent meeting last Tuesday, October 2, 2018 during which members discussed reports from its subcommittees, its final report, and the potential for continuing a bipartisan health care reform discussion in the 129th Legislature. The legislature created this Health Care Reform Task Force by Joint Order because of bipartisan frustration in the Insurance & Financial Services Committee with aspects of the current health care system in our country. IFS Committee members Representatives Bob Foley (R) and Heather Sanborn (D), as well as Senator Geoff Gratwick, M.D. have been primary advocates of this effort. 

Although the MMA was not represented on the Task Force, we were offered an opportunity to share the MMA perspective on health care reform last Tuesday. MMA Deputy EVP & General Counsel Andrew MacLean and Philip Caper, M.D. testified before the Task Force about the MMA's current health care reform policy statement, a Statement on Reform of the U.S. Health Care System, developed by an ad hoc committee of MMA members in 2016 and adopted by the MMA board of directors in early 2017. Dr. Caper was a member of the ad hoc committee that drafted the current policy statement. Task Force members were interested to hear the MMA's perspective on health care reform and were happy to have physicians engaged in the conversation.

The MMA leadership would like to hear physicians' opinions about this policy statement and the ongoing health care reform debate in our country. If you would like to share your views on this topic, please contact Andrew MacLean, at amaclean@mainemed.com or 207-622-3374, ext. 214.

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