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November 26, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Medicaid Expansion Wins Another Round in Court

In a court order issued Nov. 21, Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy directed DHHS to take seven steps to comply with the law ("Act to Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care") which is expected to provide health care coverage to as many as 80,000 eligible Mainers. Rules to implement the law must be in place by December 5, 2018.

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Legislature’s Coverage Task Force Issues Report

The Maine Legislature’s Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All of Maine issued its final report last week. It has issued recommendations in three subject areas.

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Maine Pertussis Cases Spiked in October

Maine reported 64 cases of pertussis statewide in October, which puts it on track to nearly match the highest-in-the-nation 2017 rate.

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5 Barriers to Hypertension Control, and How to Address Them

Learn about the biggest hypertension-control barriers and what you can do to address them in your practice.  

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Visits to Physicians for Primary Care Declined From 2012 to 2016

Office visits to primary care physicians have declined, while visits to nurse practitioners and physician assistants increased.

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US Abortion Rate Hits Historic Low

New figures from the US CDC indicate that the abortion rate is lower than it has been at any time since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

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Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Now Through December 15, 2018

Open Enrollment for 2019 health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 1 and ends on December 15, 2018.

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Rule Amends Blood Test Requirement for Newborns

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has adopted new requirements for its newborn screening program. 

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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE

Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers

Presiding officers and leadership have been determined for the upcoming 129th 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.

 

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MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6

All are welcome to help the MMA determine its legislative agenda for the 129th Maine Legislature.

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128th MAINE LEGISLATURE

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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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


11/27 Webinar - Opioid Use Disorder & Medication Assisted Recovery: Caring for Our Communities

Maine Quality Counts 1-hour noon webinar presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) Read More


MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentation - 11/28 Brewer

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.

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Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment at Discounted Price: November 30th

 

Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's sixth cohort of its Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course.

 

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Maine Suicide Prevention Program/NAMI Maine Presents 2 Programs for Clinicians Nov. 30

NAMI Maine, in partnership with MMA, will present educational programs on Suicide Assessment and Prevention & Management of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in the Healthcare Setting.

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Maine AAP Hosting a Holiday Concert and Dinner at Stone Mountain Arts Center on Dec 9

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MaineGeneral to Offer X-waiver Course Dec. 11

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.

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Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6

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.

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in multiple locations – BlueWater Emergency Partners

As evidenced by our greater than 90% retention rate, BlueWater is the employer of choice for emergency providers throughout New England. It is our mission to provide outstanding emergency care with thoughtfulness, respect, and compassion.
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Seeking Medical Director for Family Medical Practice in Waterville, ME

Elmwood Primary Care, a hospital-employed outpatient Family Medicine practice located in the lakes and streams region of Maine, is recruiting for an experienced Family Medicine physician as the practice Medical Director.
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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.
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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


Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

Nasson 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


Primary Care Physician

Hometown Health Center, Newport, ME, seeks a doctor to serve as a leader within its patient centered medical home model.
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PCHC wants to add more Family Physicians at Multiple Locations!

PCHC is recruiting Family Medicine Physicians for locations in Belfast, Old Town, and Bangor.
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Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine

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


Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)

Franklin Health Internal Medicine is an office based Internal Medicine practice tucked in the beautiful western mountains of Maine, and owned by Franklin Memorial Hospital, a member of Maine Health.
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Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician

Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Westbrook is seeking a BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.
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Anesthesiologist - Kennebec Anesthesia Associates PA

Kennebec Anesthesia Associates PA seeks an Anesthesiologist to work in Augusta and Waterville, Maine. Read More


Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

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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