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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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.

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MaineHealth & Anthem to Form Joint Insurance Venture

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.

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Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now

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.

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CDC: Many Adults Skip Diabetes Meds Due to Cost

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.

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Home Health Changes in CMS Rules: Implications for Primary Diagnosis

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.  

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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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USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “recommends genetic testing if a woman’s history suggests a potential for inherited cancer risk, but even then, only if the test results will help her make decisions about further evaluation and treatment.”

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CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients

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.

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AMA Urges CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden on Physicians

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."  

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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE

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.

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Legislature Returns to Augusta for a Day August 26th

The Maine Legislature returns to Augusta today (Monday) for a day to consider a group of bond bills proposed by the Governor.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics

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

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2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: September 10th at the Augusta Civic Center

Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) from 5-8:30pm.  Free presentation, registration required. Read More


2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: MICIS Fall Presentations

Fall dates announced for the MICIS presentation of 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update.
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VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th

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.

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Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, 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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Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th

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) Training Program - October 9

The 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 partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.

MMA continues to partner with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians. Read More


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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


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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Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon

Bread and butter surgery, with high volume elective surgery and low volume emergency surgery. Upper and lower endoscopy ability required. Breast surgery preferred, but not required.
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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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Physician Director of Primary Care

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health has an exciting physician leadership opportunity for a Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of three family medicine practices.
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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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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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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