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November 12, 2018
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Before a packed ballroom during the opening session of the AMA House of Delegates on Saturday, November 10th, the American Medical Association presented MMA's EVP Gordon Smith with a Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award presentation was a highlight of the AMA's 2018 Interim Meeting at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, MD. See some pictures of Gordon addressing the crowd and more about the Interim Meeting in this week's edition. Read More
The MMA recognizes the service of members and their staffs who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Read More
The Changing Landscape of Retirement: Are You Correctly Allocated For These Financial Times?
The Maine Medical Association recognizes the hard work of campaigning for elective office of 8 physician candidates for the 129th Maine Legislature and congratulates the 5 physicians who won their races. The 8 candidates include 3 incumbents (Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D., Heidi Brooks, M.D., and Patricia Hymanson, M.D.) and 5 challengers (former House member Linda Sanborn, M.D., Ned Claxton, M.D., MMA Past President Richard Evans, M.D., Ted Sussman, M.D., and Pat Nobel, M.D.). To the best of our knowledge, this will be the highest number of physician legislators in Maine in 100 years, and the high level of physician engagement in politics and public policy in Maine is inspiring!
News organizations are reporting rising gun-related death rates in the US. The AMA President, Barbara McAneny, MD, discussed that issue along with others in her address to the AMA Interim Meeting.
Very concerning data about marijuana use by pregnant women. Education is needed about brain plasticity.
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.
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.
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.
In a comment letter responding to the "Request for Information regarding the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty," the AMA urged the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to create a new value-based anti-kickback safe harbor to facilitate coordinated care and to promote well-designed alternative payment models (APMs). Read More
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
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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