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June 10, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Governor Signs Bill Enacting "Prudent Layperson" Standard
Maine Public Health Association Awards to Dr. Lani Graham and Others
Maine Medical Center Wins $14 Million Grant from AMA
Women Officers Highlight 2019 AMA Annual Meeting
CVS-Aetna Merger Hearing Concludes
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 11th
Firearm Safe Storage Bill Fails in House, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - June 5 in Augusta
Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
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
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
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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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE

MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 11th

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The last MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, June 11th, at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. To date the Legislature has printed approximately 1700 bills, and as the deadline for committee consideration is approaching the number of bills printed each week is beginning to dwindle. While that makes the work of the legislative call shorter, it also allows for more in-depth discussion of significant matters.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number: 1-603-766-5646

Participant ID - 699139#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. (For those not familiar with the term, a "concept draft" is a bill that contains only a title and a brief description of what it is intended to do. It does not contain the actual bill text.) We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first.


Following are the bills of the week: 

June 11, 2019

LD 1837,  Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 1: Adult Use Marijuana, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Office of Marijuana Policy. Provides for legislative review of the rules being drafted by the Department of Administrative & Financial Services.

LD 1838,  Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Examine Options for Upper Payment Limit Adjustments for MaineCare Services. Review of rate limits for MaineCare payments, with instruction to negotiate with federal government. Passed unanimously out of committee.

LD 1839,  Resolve, To Provide Sustainable Funding for Assisted Living Facilities. $570K per year to increase DHHS payments to assisted living facilities under contract, increase number of med passes per day from 3 to 6.

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