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May 20, 2019

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Maine Legislature Will Discuss Health Care Reform Later this Year

The Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services (HCIFS) Committee has carried over four bills to its Second Regular Session beginning in January 2020 and will meet several times during the Fall to discuss health care reform issues. For several weeks, the MMA has had a very brief (2 questions) survey in the field seeking physicians' opinions on the topic of health care reform.  We want your opinion, so if you have not yet had a chance to complete the survey, you'll find a link in this article.

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Maine Physicians Run Soggy Road Races in Carrabassett Valley Yesterday

Congratulations to Christine Hein, M.D., Cameron Trubey, M.D., and Charles Pattavina, M.D. for completing the Sugarloaf Marathon, and to Ganesha Santhyadka, M.D. for finishing the Sugarloaf 15K.  Dr. Hein was, in fact, the second woman to cross the finish line.

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Bangor Interfaith Service Focuses on Opioid Deaths and Recovery Hopes

A gathering organized by the Bangor Area Recovery Network last Thursday recognized those lost to drug overdose, but it focused on hopes for recovery from substance use disorder. It began with an informational session that included instruction in overdose recognition and the use of naloxone.  

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Ellsworth Hospital to Hold Vaccine Forum & Free Vaccine Clinic

Pediatrician Dr. Carolyn Stwertka, and other physicians and hospital personnel at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, have scheduled an informational forum on immunizations and a free vaccine clinic for Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m.

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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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Federal Judge Orders Hearing on CVS, Aetna Merger

Richard Leon, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, has ordered up to three days of hearings next month on the proposed merger between CVS Health Corp and Aetna.

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AMA Hires First Chief Health Equity Officer

The American Medical Association announced last week that it has hired Aletha Maybank, M.D., M.P.H., as its first ever chief health equity officer. Dr. Maybank was formerly deputy commissioner and founding director of the Center for Heath Equity, part of the New York City Public Health Department.

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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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MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 21st

The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1760 bills printed. As we approach statutory adjournment date (June 19th), public hearings and work sessions are beginning to tail off while voting on bills increases. There's still work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, May 21st, at 8 p.m.

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Vaccine Drama Comes to a Big Vote, 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 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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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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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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Topics in Gastroenterology 2019 Update - June 1, 2019 Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine (6 CME)

The Maine Gastroenterology Society invites you to the "2019 GI Update"  (6 CME).  Please contact Gail Begin gbegin@mainemed.com for more information.
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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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Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center

The MPHP is inviting all interested to join us for a comprehensive 1-day wellness conference on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 Read More

2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland

National Government Services, serving as your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), is dedicated to providing superior customer service and is committed to finding new ways to improve upon that service. We appreciate your commitment to excellence, your efforts in working with us and in serving our beneficiary community. As a result, we are inviting you to participate in the annual ‘National Government Services Listening Tour’. Meeting sites have been set up by state and you are invited to attend the location nearest you.
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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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Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist

Northern Light AR Gould Hospital is seeking an additional Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist for its outpatient health facility in Presque Isle.  This is an outpatient only position with 24/7 Hospitalist support for all admissions.
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Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

Belgrade Regional Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) to provide primary care to people of all ages. As a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, the health center offers accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services.
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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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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


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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