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March 18, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Great Attendance at Physicians' Day at the Legislature
MMA Board of Directors Meets with US DHHS Region I Administrator John McGough
Case of Mumps Confirmed at York High School
Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Rule for Office-based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Egg Consumption Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, March 19th
State House Highlights of the Week: Immunization Bills Draw Hundreds, Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting March 23, 2019
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on April 6 and June 8
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program
Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
Part-time Physician for Academic Year Contract Position
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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MMA Board of Directors Meets with US DHHS Region I Administrator John McGough

The MMA Board of Directors conducted its second regular business meeting of 2019 in the newly renovated large conference room in the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester on Wednesday, March 13th. Most of MMA's officers and many board members had spent some time at the State House for Physicians' Day at the Legislature and/or at the Blaine House for a Tea with Governor Mills and Director of Opioid Response Gordon Smith.

MMA President Robert Schlager, M.D. welcomed Physicians' Day participants in remarks in the Hall of Flags and President-elect Amy Madden, M.D. and Board Chair Karen Saylor, M.D. joined a great crowd of physicians at the Blaine House Tea, all before the board meeting.

The priority topics on the board business agenda featured a visit with guest John McGough, the US DHHS Region I Administrator, who spoke about the priorities of US DHHS Secretary Alex Azar, including the opioid crisis and prescription drug prices. The other priority topics for the Board were amendments to the 2019 MMA operating budget and highlights of the current legislative session. Leadership reports covered the AMA's National Advocacy Conference, MMA's Physician Wellness Summit scheduled for April 10th, and updates on the MMA CEO search process and the Ad Hoc Committee on Physician-assisted Death.

Board members are enjoying the much improved atmosphere of the renovated conference room and remote participation has been greatly enhanced through the Zoom technology now available.

The MMA Board will hold its next regular business meeting on Wednesday, April 24th.

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