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July 22, 2019
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Court Upholds non-ACA-Compliant Short-term Health Plan Rules
A federal judge has approved administration rules allowing short-term health plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions or otherwise comply with the ACA.
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.]
People opposing the new Maine law eliminating non-medical exemptions to vaccine requirements are out in force, trying to gather enough petition signatures to force a "people's veto" referendum.
Governor Janet Mills called for an opioid summit conference at the Augusta Civic Center, and over 1,150 people attended...a fact that underscores the concern that Mainers from a variety of backgrounds feel over an epidemic that has been killing hundreds of people around the state in recent years.
Responding to a joint request from the AMA and the American Heart Association (AHA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination expanding covered indications for the use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in diagnosing hypertension to include suspected masked hypertension, where in-office blood pressure readings may be lower than those taken elsewhere.
The MMA's Annual Golf Tournament is one of our annual fundraisers for the scholarship funds of the Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET). The next will be the Silent Auction at the Annual Session.
The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) is offering 1-hour individual Academic Detailing sessions on two topics: Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Paid who Are Prescribed Opioids and Overview of Office-Based Buprenorphine Prescribing. www.micismaine.org
Nominations are due by Wednesday, July 31 for the 2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer.
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Now that the Maine Legislature has adjourned sine die, our MMA legislative calls are on hold. Watch this space in late autumn for information about an in-person meeting to prepare for the Second Regular Session (2020) of the 129th Maine Legislature.
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.
Quality Counts is hosting an education program for hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) with training and technical assistance on initiating buprenorphine in the ED.
The 2019 ACU Annual Conference
entitled "Stronger Teams, Healthier Communities" is
set to take place July 28th through July 31st at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. We hope
you will join us for this special occasion. Read More
Presentations can be scheduled at medical practices and hospitals on clinical and legal opioid updates, co-prescribing benzodiazepines & opioids, and opioid use disorder & medication assisted recovery. Learning objectives and descriptions are available at www.micismaine.org.
Collaborating to Address the Complex Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Maine Youth
conference for family and pediatric providers and school nurses. Read More
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) has its final training program
for 2019 on October 9 at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine
Chapter. MCMI training will be listed as the Youth Concussion Track. Read More
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
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