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March 25, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Extends its Appreciation to Maine Physicians in Observance of Doctors' Day, March 30th
Insurers' Progress on Fixing Prior Authorization is Disappointingly Slow
New Resource Shows How to Counsel Patients About Firearm Safety
Stopping the Scourge of Social Media Misinformation on Vaccines
MIPS Deadline: Submit 2018 Data by April 2nd
Photos from Physicians' Day at the Legislature 2019
Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Rule for Office-based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, March 26th
State House Highlights of the Week: Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee, HHS Takes Testimony on Extended Opioid Prescriptions
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
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
Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity
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
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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State House Highlights of the Week: Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee, HHS Takes Testimony on Extended Opioid Prescriptions

Last Thursday, the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee held a public hearing on three bills opposed by MMA:  LD 1082, a bill that would require a physician to recommend an alternative treatment for pain before prescribing an opioid pain medication; LD 1072, a bill that would require all physicians to have 2 hours of CME credit in Alzheimer's disease and dementia; and LD 943, a bill that would specifically authorize the use of a laser in spine surgery.  The MMA's testimony is posted on the MMA web site, www.mainemed.com

In the Health & Human Services Committee, hearings were held on LD 493 (shared decision-making for lung cancer screening); LD 500 (extended time periods for opioid prescriptions in some cases); and LD 511 (Alzheimer's disease & dementia coordination in DHHS), among a few other bills. The hearings were relatively uneventful and non-controversial. The committee did have some questions about how shared decision-making is coded for reimbursement purposes.

After the long hours and strong feelings expressed in the public hearings on the immunization bills, one could certainly consider this a relatively quiet week!

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