September 3, 2019

In This Issue
MMA Gathers for Annual Session in Bar Harbor This Weekend
Portland's PIER Program Featured in New York Times Article
US CDC Asks Physician Help on Vape-related Lung Diseases
New Resource Elucidates Climate Change Impact on Health and Health Care
Maine CDC to Hold Rulemaking on Death With Dignity
EEE Found in Maine Horse
Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 million in Opioid Case
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
DHHS Commissioner Lambrew and Insurance Superintendent Cioppa Host Health Care Forum
Home Health Changes in CMS Rules: Implications for Primary Diagnosis
CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: Tuesday, Sept 10th at the Augusta Civic Center
MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled
VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th
Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
Nurse Practitioner
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
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
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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DHHS Commissioner Lambrew and Insurance Superintendent Cioppa Host Health Care Forum

Last Thursday, August 29th, Maine DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew, Ph.D. and Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa co-hosted an event entitled, "All In:  A Forum on Health Care Coverage and Affordability in Maine." The Forum took place at the DHHS office in Portland and featured panels of state and national experts in health policy addressing the following panel topics: New Insurance Options; State Innovation (1332) Waivers, Reinsurance, and Related Strategies; Health Insurance Marketplace Options; Controlling Costs; and The National Context. 

Commissioner Lambrew welcomed a the stakeholder representatives from the health care practitioner and provider community; health insurance carriers; small and large business groups; health care purchasers; employee benefits experts and insurance producers; legislators; and consumer interests.  Governor Mills joined Commissioner Lambrew in closing remarks for the Forum. 

The evening news carried the Mills Administration's announcement of its intention to develop a state exchange under the ACA, an initiative that will produce a more capable web-based marketplace for Mainers to explore their health insurance options. The Forum was timely because the legislature's Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee soon will begin a series of meetings to discuss several health care reform bills carried over to the Second Regular Session of this legislature. The Forum also was carried on Facebook Live.

MMA members will have an opportunity to hear more about the Mills Administration's views on health care in our state at the 166th Annual Session in Bar Harbor this weekend. The keynote presentation beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7th will feature Governor Mills; Commissioner Lambrew; Director of Opioid Response Gordon Smith; Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D.; and DHHS Senior Advisor for Delivery System Change Lisa Letourneau, M.D., M.P.H.




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