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January 28, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA's Gordon Smith Named Maine's Director of Opioid Response
AMA Outlines Policy Proposals to Combat Prescription Drug Price Increases
Researchers Say Outpatient Use of Benzodiazepines Increasing
AMA Survey of States: Top Issues Facing Organized Medicine this Year
New Moves by FDA Could Increase Naloxone Access
More Information About the Origins of the Opioid Problem
Medicare-for-all plans: How Do They Compare?
PCSS Offers Free On-line 8-hour X-waiver Course for MAT
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, January 29th
Report from the State House
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline: 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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME
PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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Report from the State House

Events at the Legislature this week focused primarily on "Interested Party Introductions," where groups like the MMA who appear frequently before certain committees are allowed a few minutes to introduce ourselves. Our introduction in the Health and Human Services Committee was particularly poignant, since Gordon Smith joined Peter Michaud at the podium to tell the committee, "I'm leaving the MMA next week, but I can't tell you yet where I'm going." (See this week's lead article to learn where Gordon is going.) "But I expect to see you here often," he added. As a result of advocating for quality health care before this and other committees for so many years, Gordon is well known to many committee members.

This coming week committees begin their public hearings, with the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services  Committee taking testimony on LD 1, a bill that will codify various protections from the Affordable Care Act into Maine law. There will also be hearings on the first of several bills on firearm safety (Taxation) and opioids (Education & Cultural Affairs). The big event in Health & Human Services will be the hearing on Jeanne Lambrew's nomination to serve as commissioner of the Department of Health & Human Services, to be held Thursday afternoon.

On Monday, Acting Commissioner Lambrew announced the appointment of the new Director of MaineCare Services. Michelle Probert comes to the Department from Bath Iron Works, where she is Manager of Integrated Health Services and is responsible for the oversight and strategic management of employee health, wellness, and welfare related benefits. Prior to joining Bath Iron Works in 2014, Probert served the Department as Director of Strategic Initiatives for MaineCare from 2011-2014. Probert recently served on the Board of the Maine Health Access Foundation, and as Chair of the Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine and was a 2016 Bruce Bradley Fellow for The LeapFrog Group, which focuses on steering employees and their families to safer, higher-quality hospitals and health systems.

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