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March 4, 2019
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MMA Convenes Diabetes Stakeholder Meeting
On Wednesday, February 27th, the MMA convened a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the state of diabetes treatment in Maine in the wake of the closure of the diabetes clinic at MaineGeneral Medical Center last year. Several speakers discussed the issue from a variety of perspectives.
You have an opportunity to comment on your experiences with health insurance carrier prior authorization practices, "step therapy" protocols, and the qualifications of individuals performing utilization review activities before the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee on Thursday, March 14th.
Make plans to wear that white coat you dig out of your closet and plan to join your colleagues in the State House Hall of Flags on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 9:00am - 3:00pm for Physicians' Day at the Legislature. Meetings are being scheduled with House and Senate leadership and with the Governor. This is an unusual opportunity for physicians to be heard directly, and it's a good time to meet with your own state representative and senator. Plus, this year there's more.
The state Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is seeking waiver authority under Section 1115 for medically necessary services provided to patients with certain behavioral health diagnoses.
Patients, physicians and policymakers are increasingly concerned about the impact that unanticipated out-of-network medical bills are having on patient out-of-pocket costs and the patient-physician relationship.
Governor Janet Mills’s $7.5 million supplemental budget for 2018-2019 will include money for steps to improve medication assisted treatment for substance use disorder (SUD).
The Hill (3/1, Weixel) reports that Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tina Smith (D-MN) have asked FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., to amend recent guidance they said poses “unreasonable approval delays for insulin products that could help patients with diabetes.”
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, March 5th
The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1,100 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, March 5th, 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.
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).
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.
NAMI Maine is excited to announce that Dr.
Sally Spencer-Thomas is our keynote speaker.
Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
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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