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April 8, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Committee Releases Updated Policy Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide Before Legislature's Debate of Issue
Maine School Immunization Rates Continue Downward Trend, Pertussis Rises
Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on CVS-Aetna Merger in May
Kentucky Physicians Pass Bill to Fix Prior Authorization. Will Maine Do the Same?
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, April 9th
State House Highlights of the Week: Tobacco, Tanning, and Public Health in HHS; Short-Term Health Plans and Consumer Assistance in HCIFS
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
22nd Maine Pain Symposium on May 1 8am-4:30pm at University of New England
April 24 - Meeting Medicare's Quality Payment Program Requirements: Overview & Assistance
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner
Gastroenterology Lead Physician - Bangor, Maine
Physician for Maine Maritime Academy Summer Training Cruise
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
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
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on CVS-Aetna Merger in May

[from the AMA Morning Rounds]

Reuters (4/5, Bartz) reported that Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who is “reviewing an agreement between the government and CVS Health Corp allowing the pharmacy chain to buy health insurer Aetna,” on Friday signaled “that he wanted to hold a hearing in May to hear from critics of the $69 billion deal.” Leon “said in a court hearing that he would likely take a week to hear from the American Medical Association and other opponents of the transaction, which closed in November.”

The Wall Street Journal (4/5, Kendall, Subscription Publication) reported that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said Friday he will hear from witnesses objecting to the $70 billion purchase of Aetna by CVS, which the Justice Department recently approved. The proposed settlement must be approved by the court, though a CVS lawyer said no judge has ever decided to hear witnesses in a case of this type. The Journal added that in court, Judge Leon heard from health care and consumer groups, including the American Medical Association, that are in opposition to the merger.

 
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