|If this page doesn't display properly in your email, go to: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/mainemed/issues/2019-10-21/email.html|
October 21, 2019
Forward to a Friend
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.
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."
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."
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.]
The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine (HPA) has partnered with Sapphire Digital to implement their SmartShopper® tool for Alliance members.
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.
MaineCare, Maine's Medicaid system, has added generic buprenorphine/naloxone tablets to its list of preferred medications on its Preferred Drug List.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session.
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.
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.
Qualidigm is hosting an education program for hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) with training and technical assistance on initiating buprenorphine in the ED.
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.
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 continues to partner with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians. Read More
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.
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.
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
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
ensure delivery of Maine Medicine Weekly Update,
please add 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to your email address book or Safe Sender List.
If you are still having problems receiving our communications,
see our white-listing page for more details: http://www.commpartners.com/website/white-listing.htm
For more information or to contact us directly, please visit www.mainemed.com | ©2017