October 21, 2019

In This Issue
Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA
Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot
Surprise Medical Bills: Physicians Want Market-Based Fixes
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
MMA Gala October 26th - Tickets Still Available
MaineCare Adds Buprenorphine/Naloxone Tablets to Preferred List
Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinars
MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25
Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.
From The Alzheimer's Association: Diagnosing Patients with Dementia
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
CDC to offer webinar on new law requiring Lead Testing for all 1 & 2 year olds - October 21
MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 10/24 Dedham, 10/30 Portland, 3 November Dates
Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Nurse Practitioner
Physician Director of Primary Care
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
Medical Director - Bucksport, ME
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine

News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine

The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine (HPA) has partnered with Sapphire Digital to implement their SmartShopper® tool for Alliance members. On October 1, the Maine Education Association Benefits Trust became the first HPA member to launch this program for their 58,500 covered lives, and HPA anticipates that additional members will be implementing SmartShopper® in the near future.  

Like LD 445, the "Right to Shop" bill, the SmartShopper® tool provides patients with information on the price of healthcare services at provider sites of care around the country and rewards those who use the tool to "shop" for a range of healthcare services with incentive payments.  HPA and its members believe that providing patients with this kind of transparent price information, and the incentive to use it, helps to drive consumerism and avoid added expense, which is particularly important as more and more of the cost of healthcare is borne by individuals.  It also helps to control purchasers' healthcare costs, which continue to escalate and consume other budgetary priorities, like wage increases and infrastructure investment.

Some large insurers in the State of Maine, including Anthem, have implemented the SmartShopper® program for some of their insured clients.  The provider cost data and analytics used in the SmartShopper® program for HPA will be similar to, if not the same as, the provider data used for the program implemented by the insurers.  To learn more about how the SmartShopper® tool works, visit their website https://www.sapphite-digital.com/smartshopper/.  If you would like to better understand how your costs compare to your peers in the Maine market, HPA encourages you to visit the Maine Health Data Organization's CompareMaine website or reach out to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine.

The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine is a non-profit collaborative of private employers and public trusts dedicated to lowering healthcare costs and improving quality.  Through collective action and innovative strategies, Alliance members drive the change they want to see in Maine's healthcare market.

For information about HPA, contact:
Trevor Putnoky, Membership and Communications Director
(207) 400-2078

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