December 10, 2018

In This Issue
129th Legislature Convenes
Report on Dec. 5 MMA Board Meeting
Fewer Mainers sign up for Health Coverage in Exchange
Important Notification to Physicians & Staff from CMS
Many US Healthcare Workers Born Outside US
PCSS Offers Free 8-hour X-waiver Course for MAT
Five Medical Court Cases That Mattered in 2018
Measles Cases Rise, Pockets of Vaccine Refusal Threaten Community Health
End-of-year CME Opportunities Available Through AMA
AMA Podcast on Alternative Payment Models
Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Ends on December 15, 2018
Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MaineGeneral to Offer X-waiver Course Dec. 11
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety - Monday, December 17 5pm Augusta
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment: January 30, 2019
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Primary Care Physician – Family Practice
Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in multiple locations – BlueWater Emergency Partners
Physician – Leeds
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
Anesthesiologist - Kennebec Anesthesia Associates PA
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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129th Legislature Convenes

The Legislature has now adjourned until Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019at 10:00am when it will reconvene for the inauguration of incoming Governor Janet T. Mills. The inaugural ceremony will take place at the Augusta Civic Center. The Legislature is then expected to stay in session until mid-June. Each day the Legislature is in session MMA and the Maine Osteopathic Association will be expected to recruit a physician to serve as the Doctor of the Day.  Any physician interested in serving should contact Sarah Lepoff at MMA at slepoff@mainemed.com. 

Senators Linda Sanborn, MD, David Miramant, Heather Sanborn, and Shenna Bellows take the oath


Doctor of the Day Robert Schlager, MD, with Senate President Troy Jackson
Over one third of the members of the 129th Legislature are new although some had previously served in the House or Senate but had taken at least one term off. Included in the 186 members sworn in on Wednesday were five physicians, three incumbents and two new State Senators, Linda Sanborn, M.D. of Gorham and Edward "Ned" Claxton, M.D., of Auburn. The incumbents include Senator Geoff Gratwick, M.D. of Bangor, Rep. Patty Hymanson, M.D. of York and Rep. Heidi Brooks, M.D. of Lewiston. All five of the physician-legislators are Democrats.


 MMA EVP Gordon Smith with Senator Ned Claxton, MD
Committee assignments will be announced during the week of Dec. 17. It is possible that for the first time in Maine history (to our knowledge) both the Senate and House chairs of the Health and Human Services Committee could be physicians. 
Also on Wednesday, the Legislature voted to change a number of its joint standing committees. The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee will be divided into two separate committees, the Innovation, Development and Economic Advancement and Commerce Committee and the Labor and Housing Committee. The Insurance and Financial Services Committee has been renamed the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, reflecting a greater emphasis on the issues surrounding private health insurance.  
Among the first items considered by the Legislature after re-convening in January will be any steps necessary to implement MaineCare Expansion. A major project during the session will be development and enactment of a biennial budget to begin July 1, 2019.
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