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December 9, 2019

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MMA Legislative Committee Organizational Meeting This Evening, 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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It's That Time of Year! Snow Shoveling Sends 11,500 to EDs Annually

The Washington Post (12/6, Searing) reported, “About 11,500 people in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to snow shoveling” annually, and, “on average, 100 of those injuries are fatal, generally heart attacks.” According to an analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio performed a few years ago, the most common are soft tissue injuries at 55%.

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Congressional Leaders Reportedly Reach Consensus on Surprise Medical Bills, Tobacco 21

TheNew York Times (12/8, Sanger-Katz) “The Upshot” blog reports that the leaders of key committees in the House and Senate “have reached a consensus on how to eliminate” surprise medical bills “increasing the chance that legislation on the issue will pass Congress this year.”  

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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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Resources From The Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is a source of resources and Information on caring for people living with dementia, tools to assist with cognitive assessment, diagnosis and care planning.

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Final Week for HealthCare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment

Mainers have more health coverage options than ever before.  Open Enrollment for 2020 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends next Sunday, December 15.

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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.

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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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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 - Portland, ME

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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