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December 3, 2018

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

129th Maine Legislature Convenes this Week

The 129th Maine Legislature will convene on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at which time the election of the constitutional officers including the Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer and State Auditor will take place. Following the session, legislators are expected to adjourn until January 2, 2019.

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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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MMA Board of Directors to Meet on Wednesday

The MMA Board of Directors will meet on this coming Wednesday, Dec. 5, in MMA's newly renovated conference room in the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester.  

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Measles Cases Rise, Pockets of Vaccine Refusal Threaten Community Health

Measles cases are increasing around the world, fueled at least in part by parents refusing to have their children immunized. Vaccine refusers are disproportionately represented in early stages of outbreaks. Public health officials are concerned about clustering of vaccine refusers which can provide the critical mass to start outbreaks.

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MaineCare Issues Emergency Rule on Opioid Heath Homes

Last week, the state Office of MaineCare Services issued an emergency rule amending the opioid health home chapter of the MaineCare Benefits Manual and increasing substantially the payment for eligible services. The rule was effective upon adoption and will remain in place for 90 days unless action is taken by the incoming administration to the contrary.

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End-of-year CME Opportunities Available Through AMA

The American Medical Association offers online CME opportunities for those who may need a few credits as the end of the year approaches.

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AMA Podcast on Alternative Payment Models

How do Alternative Payment Models (APMs) affect physician practices? Listen to this podcast reporting a joint AMA-RAND Corporation study.

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New Tick Arrives in US From Asia

A new tick that has spread human and animal pathogens in other parts of the world has just arrived in the United States.

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

Open Enrollment for 2019 health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends on Saturday,  December 15, 2018.

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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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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


Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment: January 30, 2019

 

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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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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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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Primary Care Physician – Family Practice

The Primary Care Physician provides the full scope of primary care services commensurate with his/her field of training and State of Maine licensure; duties include, but not limited to, diagnosis, treatment, coordinator of care, preventative care and provision of health maintenance services to patients of all or applicable life cycles. Read More


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


Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

Partners for World Health has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries. Read More


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