September 16, 2019

In This Issue
Photos from the 166th Annual Session of the Maine Medical Association
Cell Phone Driving Ban, Other Laws, Become Effective Thursday
Edmund Hardy Road Race Results & Photos
Maine Perinatal Quality Collaborative Launches Oct. 1
MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
October 10 Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial: Protecting Your Income
Caring for People Living With Dementia? Diagnostic & Management Tools for Health Systems and Clinicians
PMP Password Policy Change
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled
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.
MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
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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Maine Perinatal Quality Collaborative Launches Oct. 1

Improving Perinatal Health in Maine: Launching the Perinatal Quality Collaborative for Maine (PQC4ME)

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Time: 8:00 am Registration - 4:00 pm.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, Maine

*This learning session qualifies for a maximum of 5.75 CME credits.

Maine has one of the highest infant mortality rates in New England. This daylong learning collaborative brings together key players to discuss and plan strategies around improving the state of perinatal health care in Maine, under the direction of expert perinatal clinicians utilizing evidence-based practice when available, who represent the full range of perinatal choices and birth options. 


1.  Engage hospital teams and others in a common agenda to improve perinatal outcomes in Maine through a Perinatal Quality Collaborative for Maine. (PQC4ME).

2.  Highlight current perinatal data in Maine including bright spots and gaps in care.

3.  Discuss national data and trends and how these apply to Maine providers.

4.  Provide an overview of PQC4ME priorities in Maine and for the Northern New England Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN)

5.  Highlight upcoming quality improvement work including a specific initiative on Safe Sleep.

6.  Set the stage for a more comprehensive Perinatal System of Care in Maine.


Keynote: Martin McCaffrey, MD

Dr. McCaffrey is the Director of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC) and a recognized expert in the pursuit of quality in perinatal care.

Other Speakers Include:

Amy Belisle, MD, MBA, Chief Child Health Officer, Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Kelley Bowden, RN, Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator for the State of Maine

Lisa Capra, MD, Director, Normal Nursery; Director, Hospitalist Program at MetroWest Medical Center; Assistant Professor,Tufts University School of Medicine.

Ed Doherty, Executive Director, March of Dimes New England

Katherine Flaherty, Principal, Katherine Flaherty Consulting, LLC

Jennifer Hayman, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, MaineHealth Maine Safe Sleep Physician Champion

Maryann Harakall, Maternal and Child Health Program Director, Maine CDC

Erika Lichter, ScD, MS, MA, Lead Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Maine CDC

Alan Picarillo, MD, Specialist in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at MaineHealth

Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., Director, Maine CDC

Gina Trachimowicz, MD, Neonatologist at MMC

Nell Tharpe, MS, CNM, FACNM, Perinatal and Women’s Health Consultant

*AMA Designation Statement

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CCMEA Accreditation Statement

Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) to practicing physicians. 

Joint Sponsorship

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Qualidigm. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.

Funding Statement

Funding for this project has been provided by March of Dimes of New England, and by the Hannaford Charitable Foundation for Qualidigm staff time.


(207) 620-8526, Ext 1036



Quality Counts has merged with Qualidigm, a national healthcare consulting organization who has a strong presence in New England. As one unified organization with over 50 years of combined experience delivering healthcare quality improvement services, we are committed to transforming the quality, safety, and value of healthcare by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. We look forward to working with you to make New England the healthiest region in the United States.

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