July 29, 2019

In This Issue
McKusick Lecture Welcomes Tufts Maine Track Class of 2023
Change in Referral Policy to the Public Health Nursing Program
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award - Nomination Deadline Extended
U.S. House Committee Reports Surprise Billing and Other Legislation
Maine Family Planning (MFP) Reacts to Title X Funding Loss
MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Scrutiny of CVS-Aetna Deal Shows AMA's Powerful impact
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
MICIS Opioid Education Presentations Available
Complex Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Maine Youth - August 16
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Physician Director of Primary Care
Nurse Practitioner
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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Change in Referral Policy to the Public Health Nursing Program

Maine CDC’s Public Health Nursing Program (“PHN”) values its important partnership with Maine’s Birthing Hospitals.  Together, we work to ensure the health and safety of mothers and their babies.  Previous Department directives for referrals to PHN indicated that PHN served only families who were MaineCare-insured or uninsured with “indicated health concerns.”   Starting today and moving forward, all prenatal and postpartum women and all newborns and infants up to 12 months of age may be referred to PHN for appropriate services and supports, regardless of insurance status.

PHN postpartum services for women include:

  • Postpartum clinical assessment
  • Breastfeeding consultation
  • Safe sleep assessment
  • Postpartum depression screening
  • Domestic violence screening
  • Identification of long-term support services

PHN newborn and infant services include:

  • Healthy newborn assessment, support, and education
  • Case management services for infants with conditions including, but not limited to, birth injuries, oral feeding difficulties, and intrauterine growth restriction

Providers and/or birthing hospitals may refer clients to PHN via the CradleME referral form. The CradleME form is designed to assist providers in identifying which services an individual client requires. Once a form is received, PHN’s referral specialist or patient navigator will review the information and assign a client to a PHN or requested service within 24 hours of receipt, during regular office hours, 8 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of patients, please call (888) 644-1130 and ask to speak with a PHN referral specialist.

PHN is also reviewing the entire CradleME referral system to identify gaps and areas for improvement.  As a first step, PHN is planning to expand the information collected on the referral forms to ensure that clients receive all necessary supports and services by the appropriate agency.

Your feedback is essential to this improvement process.  Please contact PHN by calling (207) 287-4112 with any comments or suggestions as this project progresses.

Thank you for your continued support and valued partnership. PHN is available to answer any questions you may have about the program generally, the CradleME system, or these referral guidelines.


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