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February 4, 2019

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State House Report: MMA Testifies on Gun Violence and Patient Protection Bills

Each week this article will report on public hearings, work sessions, and other developments that occurred in the Legislature during the previous week.  We also will include grassroots "Calls to Action" here.

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MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey

The Maine Medical Association is conducting a study of physician wellness. Please help by taking a 5 minute survey. Details after the link.

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E-cigarettes Better Than Other Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Researchers find that “e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges and patches.”

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Azar Proposes Shifting Drug Rebates From PBMs to Consumers

On Thursday, the Trump administration “proposed bringing transparency to one of the most secretive aspects of drug pricing by ending the widespread practice of rebates to middlemen – an effort to reduce what consumers pay for prescription medicine.”  

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AMA State Advocacy Summit: 8 Physician Advocacy Wins that Set the Stage for 2019

AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. addressed physicians at the recent AMA State Advocacy Summit.
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Researchers Say Outpatient Use of Benzodiazepines Increasing

Research is showing a concerning increase in the prescription of benzodiazepine medication, with about half of all such prescriptions coming from primary care physicians. This is particularly concerning because benzodiazepines are implicated in a growing number of overdose-related deaths. Addressing prescribing patterns may help curb this growing use.

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MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 5th

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, February 5th, 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 Extended to February 8, 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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Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income - Tuesday, February 12th

Free webinar next Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm presented by Baystate Financial.

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Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 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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NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019

NAMI Maine is excited to announce that Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is our keynote speaker.

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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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PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!

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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

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

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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