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October 21, 2019

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA

Today begins a busy week of activities at MMA. The Senior Section meets at the MMA headquarters in Manchester on Wednesday, October 23rd. The Board of Directors is hosting a "Listening Session" for members on Friday, October 25th at the Portland Regency Hotel. The Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala will take place on Saturday evening, October 26th at Brick South at Thompson's Point in Portland. Finally, the MMA Board of Directors will conduct its annual President's Retreat in the mornings of Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th at the Portland Regency Hotel. Please see more about these events in the article below and in related articles in this issue.

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Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot

Supporters of a bid to overturn Maine's recent vaccine exemption law turned in over 79,000 valid signatures, well over the 63,067 needed to get the initiative on the ballot in the next statewide election after November, slated to take place on March 3, 2020. The MMA strongly urges its members to oppose the referendum by voting "No."

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Surprise Medical Bills: Physicians Want Market-Based Fixes

See a summary of efforts by the AMA, MMA, and many other physician organizations around the country to inform the U.S. Congressional debate on "surprise medical billing."

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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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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.

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MMA Gala October 26th - Tickets Still Available

Time is getting short: MMA's Gala recognizing the contributions of former Executive Vice Presidents Gordon Smith, Frank Stred, and Daniel Hanley, M.D. is just 19 days from now!  Please plan to join friends and colleagues at the incomparable Brick South venue at Thompson's Point in Portland on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for a fun evening of networking, dining, dancing, and celebration.  A link to the event page on the MMA web site is below.

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MaineCare Adds Buprenorphine/Naloxone Tablets to Preferred List

MaineCare, Maine's Medicaid system, has added generic buprenorphine/naloxone tablets to its list of preferred medications on its Preferred Drug List.

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Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinars

Join Qualidigm for this webinar series, offered as part of the MMA's Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), an innovative educational outreach program designed to provide independent clinical information to Maine physicians and other prescribers of medications. 

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MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25

Join the MMA on Friday, October 25 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Portland Regency Hotel for an information Listening Session with MMA board members and senior staff.

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Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.

Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17, 6-8 p.m.

This year the celebration will honor Lani Graham, M.D., for her crucial role in the passage of first-in-the-nation legislation to phase out toxic chemicals in food packaging.

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From The Alzheimer's Association: Diagnosing Patients with Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) jointly issued four criteria and guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, including recommendations for clinical office settings.

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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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Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session

The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session.

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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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CDC to offer webinar on new law requiring Lead Testing for all 1 & 2 year olds - October 21

DHHS and the Maine CDC will be hosting a webinar and Q & A on the new state law, LD 976 that requires Universal Lead Testing for all children in Maine at ages 1 and 2 featuring Karyn Butts, MPH, Manager, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit, and Andy Smith, SM, ScD, the CDC’s State Toxicologist. 

The webinar will be on Monday, October 21st from 12 noon- 1 pm via via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/8061423002 or phone +19292056099,,,8061423002#.  They are interested in hearing your questions, challenges, and opportunities around implementation of the law. The CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit sent a statement to providers a few weeks ago with information and they are developing a FAQ document.
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MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 10/24 Dedham, 10/30 Portland, 3 November Dates

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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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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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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Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th

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


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


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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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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Physician

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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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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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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Medical Director - Bucksport, ME

Come join a FQHC located in the small community of Bucksport, Maine. 
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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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