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December 10, 2018

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129th Legislature Convenes

The 129th Maine Legislature convened on Wednesday at the State House, with MMA President Robert Schlager, MD, serving as Doctor of the Day. Senators elected Troy Jackson of Allagash as Senate President and House members re-elected Sara Gideon of Freeport as Speaker. At a joint convention of the bodies on Wednesday afternoon, Bangor attorney and current House member Aaron Frey was elected as Attorney General.

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Report on Dec. 5 MMA Board Meeting

The MMA Board of Directors met last Wednesday in the newly renovated conference room in the Frank O. Stred Office Building which houses the MMA offices. The Directors took action on a number of interests to Maine physicians.

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Fewer Mainers sign up for Health Coverage in Exchange

As in the neighboring state of New Hampshire, fewer Mainers have signed up for health insurance under the ACA exchange than in previous years. Open enrollment closes on Dec. 15.  As of Dec. 1, New Hampshire enrollment was approximately 20% lower than one year ago. Nationally, enrollment is down about 11%.

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Important Notification to Physicians & Staff from CMS

All Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, & Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program contracts expire on December 31, 2018. Starting January 1, 2019, there will be a temporary gap in the entire DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program that CMS expects will last until December 31, 2020.

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Many US Healthcare Workers Born Outside US

Reuters reports that nearly 17% of all healthcare professionals in the U.S., including about 29% of all physicians, were born outside the country.

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PCSS Offers Free 8-hour X-waiver Course for MAT

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) has developed a new 8-hour MAT waiver course, funded by SAMHSA, that's entirely online. No more looking for local trainings. No more traveling out of town or even out of state. Get the training you need to prescribe buprenorphine to your patients with opioid use disorder.

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Five Medical Court Cases That Mattered in 2018

Whether it was trying to influence the U.S. Supreme Court on issues of antitrust, medical ethics and free speech or working to protect tort reforms before the highest courts in five different states, the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies had an active year.

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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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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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Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Ends on 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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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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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

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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Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety - Monday, December 17 5pm Augusta

Presentation by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) at the Augusta Civic Center 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 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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Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME

AFC Urgent Care is hiring for an Urgent Care Physician in South Portland, ME.  The incoming Physician will perform a fundamental role in the development of this new practice. 
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Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full-time BC/BE Family Medicine Physician to join a well-established practice located at Brunswick Station.
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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 – 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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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

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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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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