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November 5, 2018
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CMS Issues Final Medicare Physician Payment Rule
CMS released its annual Physician Payment Rule last week and several revisions made to the proposed rule responded to physician concerns about collapsing the Evaluation and Management Codes to just two codes. There will be three codes instead of two and the implementation of this change has been delayed until 2021, allowing for more analysis and comments.
You've heard it all many times. Please vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6th. Elections have consequences for those of us involved in health care.
As Mainers vote on Tuesday, they may be asked to sign petitions authorizing an assisted-dying bill, modeled after Oregon's law, for presentation on a November, 2019 ballot.
Patient–provider communication is critically important in pain management and predicts patient satisfaction better than actual decreases in reported pain. A new web-based decision support tool helps patients with chronic pain and their health care providers work together to better manage chronic pain. The tool is free of charge and can be accessed at ThePainAPP.com.
Open Enrollment for 2019 health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 1 and ends on December 15, 2018.
The AMA expressed strong concern to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an Oct. 26 letter about the sharp rise in insulin prices among manufacturers. The AMA urged the agency to monitor insulin pricing and assess whether anti-competitive actions were driving higher insulin prices.
MaineGeneral Hospital is offering a "half & half" opioid treatment course with Dr. RIchard Fein on Saturday, December 11, 2018. Get your DEA X-waiver and provide medication assisted treatment to your patients who need it.
In a new report on the opioid epidemic, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, highlights the need for a cultural shift in the nation's perception of substance-abuse disorders (SUDs). He emphasizes that SUDs are chronic-but-treatable diseases.
For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event.
The Changing Landscape of Retirement: Are You Correctly Allocated For These Financial Times?
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
During the two sessions of the 128th Legislature, the Maine Medical Association advocacy team monitored well over 300 pieces of legislation involving some aspect of healthcare. With the session now nearly concluded, MMA attorneys are available to present a one hour CME talk on the new laws of which physicians need to be aware.
All are welcome to help the MMA determine its legislative agenda for the 129th Maine Legislature. Read More
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings. Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty. Read More
This free presentation by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) will be held in Portland on November 7 from 5:30-8:45pm. Advanced registration required.
Lean Healthcare East presents a full day workshop on Lean process improvement for hospital and practice leaders.
Since 1983, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Disease Surveillance, Department of Health and Human Services has organized an annual infectious disease conference targeting public health issues of emerging concern to medical practitioners throughout the state. Presentation topics will focus on a range of infectious diseases. Read More
All licensees of the Board of Licensure in Medicine must take 3 hours of CME on opioid prescribing every two years whether they prescribe opioids or not.
Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's sixth cohort of its Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course.
Maine continues to see deaths from opiate use increase. Rates of opiate use are highest in the 18-25 year old group and data from those entering treatment suggest that the majority begin using before the age of 17. Maine AAP is committed to helping practitioners identify youth on this path earlier and intervening earlier! SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) is one evidence based approach to doing this.
Physician – Leeds
DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in central Maine. We are seeking a full time Physician, for our Leeds location.
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three
community health centers in central Maine. We are seeking a full
time PMHNP, for our Leeds location. Read More
Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with
a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive
primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home
model of care delivery. Read More
Northern Light Eastern
Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician,
board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our
well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice. Read More
Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices. Read More
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