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August 26, 2019
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MMA Annual Session in Bar Harbor September 6-8
The Maine Medical Association will hold its 166th Annual Session in Bar Harbor on September 6-8, 2019. This year's session marks significant changes in MMA staff leadership and presentations from a number of health leaders in Maine government.
MaineHealth and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield have decided to join forces in a joint venture to provide Medicare Advantage (Part C) health insurance in 2020.
Please join us this fall as the Maine Medical Association celebrates the past 65 years of consecutive leadership and accomplishments! Brick South, the event center at Thompson's Point in South Portland, will be the site of an MMA Gala Celebration on Saturday evening, Oct. 26. We will celebrate the executive leadership of Dan Hanley, M.D., Frank Stred and Gordon Smith who sequentially led MMA for sixty-five years from 1955 into 2019.
According to data released by the US CDC, almost one in seven adults with diabetes did not take their medication as prescribed because of the high cost.
The Home Health industry is looking toward significant changes on January 1, 2020 related to the Medicare reimbursement and payment. The industry will transition to a Patient Driven Grouper Model (PDGM) which will require a greater focus and importance on the Primary Diagnosis. The Primary Diagnosis will be a key factor in determining home health reimbursement as well as patient care and services.
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.]
August is Vaccine Awareness Month, and the US CDC has developed a series of videos to help pediatricians and others talk about vaccines with their patients.
The AMA recently submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Request for Information on "Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients Over Paperwork."
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.
The Maine Legislature returns to Augusta today (Monday) for a day to consider a group of bond bills proposed by the Governor.
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.
The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) is offering 1-hour individual Academic Detailing sessions on two topics: Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Pain who Are Prescribed Opioids and Overview of Office-Based Buprenorphine Prescribing. www.micismaine.org
Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) from 5-8:30pm. Free presentation, registration required. Read More
The VA Maine Healthcare System will be hosting a community mental health summit focused on Medication assisted Treatment for substance use disorder September 11, 2019, at the Togus VA Center.
Quality Counts is hosting an education program for hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) with training and technical assistance on initiating buprenorphine in the ED.
Obesity continues to skyrocket and most patients are not
getting the help they desperately need. Join us for one lecture or all 12 lectures (monthly) and learn the science behind
obesity and current clinical guidelines in treating
it. 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
MMA continues to partner with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians. 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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