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September 3, 2019

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MMA Gathers for Annual Session in Bar Harbor This Weekend

Join your physician colleagues this weekend, September 6-8, for the Maine Medical Association's 165th Annual Session. Headlining the event will be a keynote panel presentation by Governor Mills, Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew, Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah, Senior Advisor Lisa Letourneau, and Maine's Director of Opioid Response, our own Gordon Smith. You don't want to miss it!

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Portland's PIER Program Featured in New York Times Article

The Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program, developed by Maine Psychiatrist William McFarlane, MD of Maine Medical Partners, is featured in a recent New York Times article. The program is based on the idea that an impending psychotic break can be prevented if identified early and treated appropriately.

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US CDC Asks Physician Help on Vape-related Lung Diseases

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking physicians around the country to report possible cases of vaping-associated pulmonary illness to their state public health departments or CDCs.

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New Resource Elucidates Climate Change Impact on Health and Health Care

A just-published resource in the New England Journal of Medicine  contains an excellent interactive resource on how the climate crisis is impacting health care and health care systems, and what health care providers can be doing about it. 

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Maine CDC to Hold Rulemaking on Death With Dignity

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is hosting a public stakeholder meeting on September 12th at 5:00 pm to seek input for its new rule required by An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act. It seeks input from physicians on reporting requirements and data collection.

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EEE Found in Maine Horse

The Maine CDC has just sent out an advisory that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has shown up on a York County horse, the first such case in Maine since 2013. The virus can be transmitted to humans via a mosquito vector.

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Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 million in Opioid Case

An Oklahoma Judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state of Oklahoma $572 million in the first decided case against an opioid manufacturer for the negative effects of liberal opioid dispensing.

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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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DHHS Commissioner Lambrew and Insurance Superintendent Cioppa Host Health Care Forum

The MMA joined other stakeholders for a day of panel discussions with national health policy experts on aspects of health care reform.

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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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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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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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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: Tuesday, Sept 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

MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled

Registration is open for Fall 2019 presentations of 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update.  Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).
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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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Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training

Qualidigm 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

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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MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.

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



Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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Nurse Practitioner

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 
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Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians

TeamHealth is now partnering with Northern Light Health to provide integrated emergency medicine and hospital medicine services in Northern Light Health Hospitals throughout Downeast Maine.
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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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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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