November 25, 2019

In This Issue
MMA Legislative Calls Will Start Again in January; Organizational Meeting 12/10 at 6 p.m., MMA HQ
Former Oregon Health System CEO to Lead Northern Light EMMC
Highlights of CMS' 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Physician Files Constitutional Challenge to Certificate of Need
Safe Sleep Research Project - Provider Survey to improve recommendations for parents
HealthCare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment Ends on December 15
From The Alzheimer's Association: Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia
Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Physician Director of Primary Care
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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Physician Files Constitutional Challenge to Certificate of Need

A North Carolina physician, Dr. Gajendra Singh, has filed a legal action against the state's Department of Health and Human Services challenging the constitutionality of the certificate of need requirement. Dr. Singh seeks to overturn the North Carolina law requiring him to obtain a certificate of need before purchasing an MRI scanner. He claims the law is unconstitutional because its purpose is solely to protect existing providers from competition.

A state superior court judge has denied the Department's motion to dismiss the case, ruling that it is not necessary to go through a statutorily required process to challenge it. According to Dr. Singh's attorneys, the North Carolina Constitution specifically outlaws state-enforced monopolies and requires that laws be applied evenly to protect citizens' right to pursue their chosen businesses.

The case is being handled by the Institute for Justice, a non-profit, libertarian, public interest law firm.

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