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October 29, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Election Day is Next Week: 8 Physicians are Candidates for the 129th Maine Legislature
Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Begins Thursday, November 1
Ten Takeaways from the Surgeon General's Opioid Report
Bangor Daily News & Portland Press Herald Oppose Question 1
Trump Proposal Seeks to Reduce Some Medicare Drug Prices, Encourage Employees to Purchase Health Insurance
Pen Bay & Waldo Hospitals Host Cancer Education Series November 7: Understanding Lung Cancer
"Great American Smokeout" November 15th
MMC Medical Education Department Launches Medical Journal; Submissions Sought
Webinar: The Changing Landscape of Retirement - Tuesday, November 13 5pm
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment at Discounted Price: November 30th
AMA to CMS: Fund Quality Measures Developed by Physicians
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
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
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentation - Portland - November 26
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Primary Care Physician
PCHC wants to add more Family Physicians at Multiple Locations!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
OB/GYN Physician Opportunity
Franklin Health Behavioral Services is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist/Medical Director
Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
Podiatrist (Non-Surgical)
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Seeking Medical Director for Family Medical Practice in Waterville, ME
Director of Finance
Physician – Leeds
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Internal Medicine Physician
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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AMA to CMS: Fund Quality Measures Developed by Physicians

 Recently, CMS announced private-sector cooperative agreements to partner with the agency in developing quality measures for Medicare's Quality Payment Program (QPP). These cooperative agreements, authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), represent the first funding initiative supporting public-private efforts to develop measures for the QPP.

The AMA was instrumental in ensuring MACRA included funding authorization for quality measure development. However, the AMA is extremely disappointed that CMS only issued a single announcement, funding only seven projects. Some of the awards were given to large provider systems and existing Medicare contractors, rather than adhering to the intent of the law and being given physician-led specialty organizations and PCPI®. In addition, much of the work involves re-specifying and/or re-tooling existing measures, which is traditionally work handled by CMS' existing measure development and support contractors.

Therefore, the AMA sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma voicing physician concern and urging the administrator to issue additional cooperative agreements that would focus on small projects by physician-led organizations. The AMA also requests that CMS ensure that current and future projects are coordinated with specialty societies and that practicing physicians are actively involved during the development, specification and testing of the measures. Key to achieving MACRA's goals is the availability of an adequate portfolio of appropriate quality measures that allows for all physicians, regardless of specialty or subspecialty, to meaningfully participate in the program.

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