February 11, 2019

In This Issue
Governor Mills Issues Executive Order to Implement Immediate Responses to Opioid Epidemic
Maine Attorney General Releases Overdose Death Report for First Three-Quarters of 2018
Historical Society Exhibit on Medical Stories of Maine
New State Biennial Budget Proposes Funds for Medicaid Expansion, Opioid Response
New 2019 Post-surgical Opioid Prescribing Recommendations
MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 12th
Report from the State House
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income - Tuesday, February 12th
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
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

Doctor of the Day Ryan Best, MD, MMA board member and chief resident in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center, performed double duty last Thursday. In addition to his DoD service, he testified that afternoon to the Health and Human Services Committee about his volunteer work at the Portland Free Clinic during consideration of LD 181, a bill to appropriate $100,000 to Maine's several free clinics to assist with their operating expenses.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, various administrators from programs in the Department of Health and Human Services presented overviews of their work to the HHS Committee. Several of the presenters were "Acting" directors, while the department begins the process of naming its candidates to fill those positions. For example, word on the street is that a national search is being conducted for a person to serve as Director of the Maine CDC. There was also testimony on LD 177, a bill that would fund additional resources in nursing homes for bariatric patients, in order to lessen the pressure on hospitals.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee took testimony on LD 94, a bill to allow parents a greater say in the types of literary and other resources their children are allowed to see in school. Concerns were expressed by the sponsor and several witnesses about depictions of various sexual situations, violence, and suicide. Opponents cautioned against censorship and unintended consequences.

At this point in the session, much of the work is simply referral of bills to the various committees, and those committees are beginning to hear evidence on a few of them. That pace will pick up markedly in the coming weeks.


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