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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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Trump Proposal Seeks to Reduce Some Medicare Drug Prices, Encourage Employees to Purchase Health Insurance

[from the AMA Morning Rounds]

The New York Times (10/25, Pear) reports during a speech at HHS on Thursday, President Trump proposed that “Medicare pay for certain prescription drugs based on the prices paid in other advanced industrial countries – a huge change that would save money for the government and for millions of Medicare beneficiaries.” The article says, “As part of a demonstration project covering half the country, Medicare would establish an ‘international pricing index’ and use it as a benchmark in deciding how much to pay for drugs covered by Part B of Medicare.”

The AP (10/25, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that the proposal “would not apply to medicines people buy at the pharmacy, just ones administered in a doctor’s office, as are many cancer medications and drugs for immune system problems.” In addition, it will take more than a year to implement the plan, which “is structured as an experiment through a Medicare innovation center empowered to seek savings by the Affordable Care Act,” the law “which Trump is committed to repealing.”

The AP (10/23, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports that on October 22nd, the Trump administration said it will unveil “new options for small employers to use tax-free accounts for providing health coverage to workers.” The objective “is to expand so-called ‘health reimbursement arrangements’ to allow employees to buy their own individual health insurance policies.” The article says HHS, Treasury and Labor department officials “provided a broad overview of the proposed regulations Monday evening ahead of an official announcement, expected Tuesday.” Critics are warning that this move “will undermine traditional job-based coverage.”

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