November 19, 2018

In This Issue
Expectations High for Mills Administration on Health Care Issues
Legislature’s Coverage Task Force Issues Report
Athenahealth Inc. Sold
Maine Suicide Prevention Program/NAMI Maine Presents 2 Programs for Clinicians Nov. 30
Rule Amends Blood Test Requirement for Newborns
AMA Urges OIG to Create Value-Based Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor
New Web-based Decision Support Tool Helps With Chronic Pain Treatment
Visits to Physicians for Primary Care Declined From 2012 to 2016
Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Now Through December 15, 2018
Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers
MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MaineGeneral to Offer X-waiver Course Dec. 11
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentation - 11/26 Portland & 11/28 Brewer
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment at Discounted Price: November 30th
11/27 Webinar - Opioid Use Disorder & Medication Assisted Recovery: Caring for Our Communities
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in multiple locations – BlueWater Emergency Partners
Seeking Medical Director for Family Medical Practice in Waterville, ME
Physician – Leeds
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
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)
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Internal Medicine Physician
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

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Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers

Presiding officers and leadership have been determined for the upcoming 29th Maine Legislature. House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) will retain her position, while Senator Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) will assume the position of Senate President as the result of the change in majority party in the Maine Senate.

In the House of Representatives, all of the other party leadership positions will be occupied by new people. Rep. Matt Moonen (D-Portland) will be House Majority Leader and Rep. Ryan Fecteau, who formerly chaired the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee, will be the Assistant Majority Leader. On the Republican side, Rep. Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford) is the incoming House Minority Leader, and Rep. Harold “Trey” Stewart III (R-Presque Isle) will be the Assistant Minority Leader.

On the Senate side, Sen. Nate Libby (D-Lewiston) will be the new Senate Majority Leader, with Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic) as Assistant Majority Leader. The Republican side will feature Sen Dana Dow (R-Waldoboro) as Senate Minority Leader and Sen. Jeff Timberlake (R-Turner) as Assistant Minority Leader.

Several candidates have announced their interest in serving in the three “Constitutional Officer” positions. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap appears to be unopposed in his bid to retain his position. Attorney Henry Beck is vying with recent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes for the office of State Treasurer, the post Hayes presently holds. Among those who have expressed an interest in succeeding Governor-elect Janet Mills as Attorney General are State Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Houlton) (who previously held the post), State Senator Mark Dion (D-Portland), State Representative Aaron Frey (D-Bangor), Kennebec & Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, and Attorney Tim Shannon of Portland.

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