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December 2, 2019

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5 things Doctors Need to Know About 2020 Medicare Fee Schedule

The 2020 Medicare physician payment schedule contains news about coding revisions for outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services that promise to reduce administrative burdens for physicians in 2021. But the 2,475-page document  also contains information on a multitude of tweaks to the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) and a plethora of other details affecting how physicians will be paid by Medicare starting Jan. 1.

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AMA Comments to CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule

The AMA has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2020 physician fee schedule and quality payment program (QPP) proposed rule.

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15 Physicians Fired From Chicago-area Health System, Replaced by APRNs

At least 15 physicians were fired from suburban Chicago's Edward-Elmhurst Health to cut costs. They were replaced with APRNs in select Immediate Care locations.  

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MaineCare "Provider" Application Fees to Rise

Effective January 1, 2020 in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) application fee requirements, MaineCare will increase its provider enrollment application fee.

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US Life Expectancy Continues to Decline; Maine has 4th Greatest Rate

Life expectancy in the U.S. has declined for three consecutive years, in contrast to other industrialized nations. Maine's midlife (25-64) mortality increase rate of 20.7% was fourth highest among the states. New Hampshire had the highest increase of 23.3%

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Maine Native, Med Student, Featured in NPR Story on Opioids

Maine Native Matthew Braun, a first-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA, was featured in a recent NPR story about opioid prescribing.

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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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IMD Exclusion for SUD and SMI/SED 1115 Waiver Application

On November 26, 2019, MaineCare submitted a 1115 demonstration waiver application to CMS with the goal of improving the SUD service delivery system. If approved, this waiver would allow for additional federal funding for residential or inpatient SUD treatment for MaineCare-enrolled adults and would provide state flexibility to pilot four services focused on MaineCare-enrolled parents with SUD who are involved with or at-risk of involvement with Child Protective Services.

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Safe Sleep Research Project - Provider Survey to improve recommendations for parents

To better guide providers in counseling the parents of infants about safe sleep, and share key resources with parents, a short survey was developed to allow an evaluation of what factors influence how pediatricians, family practitioners and advanced-practice providers discuss this topic with their patients’ families.

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HealthCare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment Ends on December 15

Open Enrollment for 2020 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends in less than 3 weeks on Sunday, December 15.

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From The Alzheimer's Association: Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, can be difficult and time consuming to discuss with patients.

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MMA Legislative Calls Will Start Again in January; Organizational Meeting 12/10 at 6 p.m., MMA HQ

An in-person meeting to prepare for the Second Regular Session (2020) of the 129th Maine Legislature will be held Tuesday, December 10th, at 6:00 p.m. at MMA Headquarters in Manchester, and regular legislative calls will resume the first week of January.

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Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List

The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session. Click through for lists, by subject and by sponsor, of those bills which have received initial approval. Appeal is still available for those not receiving initial approval.


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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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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

10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020

This all-day conference will focus on the interprofessional nature of patient safety, with the theme:  Vision 2020 - Looking at the Future of Patient Safety 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.
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Family Medicine Physician

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is seeking a full time Family Medicine physician to join Sebasticook Valley Family Care, a modern practice located just off I-95 in Pittsfield. 
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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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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 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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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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