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February 25, 2019
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MMA Pursues Prior Authorization Reform in 129th Maine Legislature
In response to substantial complaints from the front lines of medicine in Maine about the burden of health insurance carrier prior authorization processes, the MMA is working with Senator Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D. as the prime sponsor of L.D. 705, An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes in the current session of the legislature. Read more and see how you can help the effort!
As reported last week, US DHHS Secretary Azar recently discussed his agency's efforts to address prescription drug pricing with an audience of physicians at the AMA's National Advocacy Conference. This article describes some of the current Administration's efforts in this regard.
The MMA, the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians are working with the Maine Coalition Against Gun Violence and other stakeholders on state legislation to address the threat of gun violence to the public health.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says it plans to ask the federal government for a Section 1115 waiver to allow the State to seek new ways to deliver and pay for health care services. The purpose of the waiver will be to give Maine more flexibility in spending Medicaid (MaineCare) dollars to address the opioid situation.
Historian Annette Vance Dorey spoke at the Auburn Public Library last week on "Early Health Care Options in Auburn and Lewiston."
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 Maine Medical Association is conducting a study of physician wellness. Please help by taking a 5 minute survey. Details after the link.
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 26th
The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1,000 bills printed. All committees are holding public hearings and work sessions and voting on bills. That means there's lots of work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, February 26th, at 8 p.m.
Click through for news on the past week's developments in the Legislature and from the Governor's office.
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.
MaineGeneral is offering a “half and half” waiver training on March 9 in Waterville. It's free and open to all medical staff.
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.
The Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (MSOS) is hosting its Annual Meeting on March 23, 2019 at the Maine Medical Association. The meeting will focus on current issues facing Orthopaedic Surgeons in Maine and initiatives of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
NAMI Maine is excited to announce that Dr.
Sally Spencer-Thomas is our keynote speaker.
Board Certified Family Physician
East Bay Community Action Program, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has a full-time opportunity for a RI-licensed, board-certified Family Physician to join our location at 6 John H. Chafee Boulevard in Newport, RI.
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Westbrook is seeking a BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
Area Health Center seeks aBC/BE Family Medicine Physician to provide medical care to people of all ages. Read More
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
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
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
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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