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March 4, 2019

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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.

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CALL TO ACTION: Bills on Prior Authorization, Step Therapy, and Clinical Peer Utilization Review Before the Legislature Next Week

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.

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Physicians' Day at the Legislature March 13th...With an Extra Added Attraction!

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.

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State Seeks Medicaid Waiver for Behavioral Health Patients

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.

 

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Physician Organizations Weigh in on Surprise Billing

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.

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Governor’s Supplemental Budget Includes MAT Funding

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).

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Diabetes Update: Senators Tell FDA to Speed Approvals of Generic Insulin

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.”

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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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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE

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.

 

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State House Highlights of the Week: Protection for Scope of Practice, Obesity, Skin Cancer, and Vitamin K

Click through for news on the past week's developments in the Legislature and from the Governor's office.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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MaineGeneral Offering X Waiver Training March 9th in Waterville

MaineGeneral is offering a “half and half” waiver training on March 9 in Waterville. It's free and open to all medical staff.

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Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting March 23, 2019

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).

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Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on April 6 and June 8

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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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.  
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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. 
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BC/BE Family Medicine Physician

Strong Area Health Center seeks aBC/BE Family Medicine Physician to provide medical care to people of all ages. Read More


Part-time Physician for Academic Year Contract Position

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) seeks physician for a part-time, academic year contract position.
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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


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


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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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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