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May 6, 2019

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MMA and Leading Medical Associations Hail Ruling in Maine Case Over Medication Assisted Treatment in Jail

The Maine Medical Association and other leading national and New England-based medical associations joined together to applaud a federal appeals court ruling that a Maine jail must provide a woman with medication assisted treatment for her substance use disorder while she serves a 40-day sentence. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston upheld an earlier ruling from the federal district court in Maine.

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Eat, Sleep, Console Update

QC for Kids and the Perinatal Quality Collaborative for ME (PQC4ME) have received some additional funding from the Hannaford's Community Relations Giving Program to support the implementation of Eat, Sleep, Console in Maine.  

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Tick Aware and Tick Alert - May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine

Lyme disease remains the most common tickborne disease in Maine.  Providers reported over 1,400 cases in 2018 (preliminary data as of 3/25/19). While ticks can be active at any temperature above freezing, they are most active in warmer months. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is asking health care providers to help stress the importance of tick education.

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Trump Administration Reveals New Refusal Options for Healthcare Personnel

President Trump has announced a new DHHS rule allowing health providers, insurers and employers to refuse to provide or pay for services claimed to violate certain religious beliefs.

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Alfond Leaders Program Seeking More Applicants for Student Debt Relief - Applications Being Accepted Through May 15

The Harold Alfond Foundation and the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) opened another application cycle to provide student loan debt relief for Maine residents who are employed by a Maine-based business in the STEM-related fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Applications can now be accepted through May 15, 2019.

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Federal Judge Agrees with AMA, Strikes Down Gag Rule

A federal judge in Oregon has ordered a national ban, striking down the administration's gag rule intended to limit what physicians can say to their patients about family planning and other reproductive health matters.

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This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA

Click through for a brief update on recent public health issues, provided by the American Medical Association's electronic publication, Morning Rounds. [This article is updated weekly.]

 
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Experts Fear Rising Number of Unvaccinated Children Will Lead to More Measles Outbreaks

U.S. health officials are putting all they have into extinguishing measles outbreaks, while battles rage in state legislatures over exemptions from school vaccination requirements.

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Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1

Tri-County Mental Health and the United Way are sponsoring free X-waiver training at CMMC on June 1.

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Lawrence B. Mutty, M.D., M.P.H., 1934-2019; MMA President 2004-2005

The MMA family mourns the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Larry Mutty, and extends its condolences to Dr. Danielle Mutty and the extended Mutty family.

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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE

MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 7th

The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1660 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, May 7th, at 8 p.m.

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Vaccine Vote Drama and Other State House Highlights of the Week

Please see a summary of the MMA's legislative advocacy at the Maine State House last week.

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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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Cumberland County Physicians: Join the MMA at the Foreside Tavern in Falmouth on Thursday, May 16

Cumberland County physicians are invited to join the MMA for informal conversation with friends and colleagues and to let us know how MMA can better serve you.

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Treatment & Prevention of Medical & Mental Health Emergencies -Substances & Gun Violence -May 17 & 18

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Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program

Quality Counts is hosting an education program for hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) with training and technical assistance on initiating buprenorphine in the ED.

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"Trust Me, I’m a (Certified) Doctor: Innovations and Improvements in Maintenance of Certification” - Thursday, May 23

Learn about changes to the Maintenance of Certification Program and changes being instituted by the American Board of Pediatrics. Presenter: Marshall L. Land, Jr.

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MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta

Choose one of two dates for this three-hour presentation by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS): Wednesday, May 29 at Jeff's Catering in Brewer or Wednesday, June 5 at the Augusta Civic Center.

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MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3

MaineGeneral is offering a “half and half” waiver training on June 3 in Augusta. Please share the attached flyer with your provider networks. It is free and open to all MaineGeneral medical staff.

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The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs – June 21 and October 29

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering two training programs in 2019. The first will be June 21 in Waterville at Colby College. And the second on October 29 in South Portland at the Double Tree hotel as the Youth Concussion track at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. Read More


Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019

Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings -  3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019. Read More


2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer

The Maine Medical Association presents the Mary F. Cushman Award each year to recognize the humanitarian service of Maine medical volunteers.  Nominations for the 2019 award are due by July 31.

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Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations

2019 MICIS learning objectives and descriptions are available at www.micismaine.org.

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exciting leadership opportunity for a BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of five well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Bangor community.
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BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner

Western Maine Family Health Center (Livermore Falls, Maine) seeks a BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or experienced Family Nurse Practitioner to provide healthcare to people of all ages.
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Gastroenterology Lead Physician - Bangor, Maine

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exceptional opportunity for a physician leader to join our growing hospital based practice.
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Physician for Maine Maritime Academy Summer Training Cruise

Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a physician for its annual training cruise this summer. 
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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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Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity

Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist or NP/PA to join its expanding team located in Rockland, Maine.
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Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers.
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PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!

Penobscot Community Health Care is seeking a Pediatrician in our Penobscot Pediatrics in Bangor. Become a part of the legendary Penobscot Pediatrics, at our new location set to open fall of 2019.
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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


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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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