February 25, 2019

In This Issue
MMA Pursues Prior Authorization Reform in 129th Maine Legislature
HHS Releases Proposed Rule on Drug Rebates
Legislation to Address Gun Violence Advances in the House
Maine Seeks Federal Waiver to Assist Opioid Response
Medical Care a Bit Rough in 1860s Maine
HHS Final Rule Seeks to Curb Title X Funding
MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 26th
State House Highlights of the Week: A Packed House in HHS for Hearings on Banning Liquid Nicotine, Requiring Vitamin K Injections
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MaineGeneral Offering X Waiver Training March 9th in Waterville
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6
Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting March 23, 2019
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
Board Certified Family Physician
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
Part-time Physician for Academic Year Contract Position
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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HHS Final Rule Seeks to Curb Title X Funding

The New York Times (2/22, Belluck) reported that the Trump Administration unveiled a rule “barring organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money, a step that could cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood.” The article notes that, “many women’s organizations said the new requirements will interfere with health providers’ responsibilities to fully counsel patients about reproductive health.” The regulation, “which has been expected for months, is almost certain to be challenged in court. It also requires organizations that receive funding under the program, called Title X, to have ‘physical and financial separation’ between abortion-related services and programs that involve birth control or other family planning services.”

The Washington Post (2/22, Cha) reported that “Health and Human Services Department officials have said [these changes] were necessary to ensure transparency and the legal and ethical use of taxpayer funds.” But critics, among them “15 governors and the American Medical Association, decried the change as a ‘gag rule’ that would undermine the physician-patient relationship.” In addition, some critics characterized “it as an indirect way to defund Planned Parenthood, which has long been...the nation’s largest provider of reproductive care services.”

The Hill (2/22, Hellmann) quoted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., as saying, “Millions of women depend on the Title X program for access to much-needed health care including cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and other exams. ... This is the wrong prescription and threatens to compound a health equity deficit in this nation.”

To read the AMA’s full statement on Title X gag rule and funding restrictions, click here. For more AMA coverage on the new federal regulations, click here.


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