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January 7, 2019

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Janet T. Mills Inaugurated as Maine's 75th Governor, Issues Executive Order Number 1

Janet T. Mills of Farmington was inaugurated as Maine's 75th Governor last Wednesday evening, Jan.2, 2019. Her inaugural address included references to many health care issues including MaineCare expansion, the opioid epidemic, the cost of medication and health care costs generally. She also called for action on climate change. On Thursday, Jan. 3, she issued Executive Order 1.  

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Governor Mills Nominates Three Sitting Commissioners to Continue Serving

Governor Janet Mills has nominated three currently sitting Commissioners to continue leading their departments. They are Anne Head (Department of Professional and Financial Regulation), Patrick Keliher (Department of Marine Resources), and Major Gen. Douglas Farnham (Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management).

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Photos from Governor Mills's Inauguration

Click through to see photos from the inaugural ceremony.

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Mayhew Leaves CMS for Florida

Mary Mayhew, former Maine DHHS Commissioner, has left her new post as head of the federal Medicaid program after less than three months to take a position in the administration of new Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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Drug Manufacturers Raise Prices on Hundreds of Drugs

In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal reports that drug manufacturers are raising prices on hundreds of drugs this year.

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FDA Accuses Juul, Altria of Reneging on Promise to Keep Away From Minors

The FDA is accusing Juul and Altria, makers of vaping and e-cigarette systems, of failing to live up to their representations that they would keep their products away from minors.

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Flu Activity Across Most of Country is Now Widespread

The flu is now active everywhere in the U.S. except Tennessee.

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Lyme Incidence Declined in 2018

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Maine CDC figures indicate a significant decrease in the incidence of Lyme disease in Maine in 2018.

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PCSS Offers Free On-line 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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MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, January 8th

The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions resume soon, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to start up again. The next call will be Tuesday, January 8th, at 8 p.m.


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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.

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

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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Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO

Northern Light Inland Hospital is seeking a full time board certified/board eligible MD/DO to join a well-established outpatient practice for outpatient internal medicine and geriatrics. 
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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

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

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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