December 31, 2019

In This Issue
Dr. John Yindra to Step Down from MMA Committee for Physician Quality
Licensing Boards Propose Rule Changes for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Prescribing
Human Genome Editing is Here. How Should It Be Governed?
Five Big Medical Court Cases that Made a Difference in 2019
Agreement Reached On FY 2020 Federal Funding and Extender Package
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Vaccine Vote Update: Healthcare Advocates File Citizens' Guide Statements
Latest ACA Ruling: What it Means Now For Doctors, Patients
Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit
Resources From The Alzheimer's Association
MMA Legislative Calls Will Begin Tuesday, January 14th
Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
8-Hour Free Live Course for Buprenorphine Waiver Training @MMC - January 27th
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
Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
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
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

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Agreement Reached On FY 2020 Federal Funding and Extender Package

 [From AMA Advocacy Update]

Leaders in the House and Senate reached agreement on fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills before adjourning for the year on Dec. 20. Provisions of interest to AMA members include the following.

  • The minimum age for purchase of tobacco products will be increased from 18 to 21.
  • Gun violence research programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive $25 million.
  • Reauthorizes the Conrad-30 program for foreign physicians.
  • Timing for reporting requirements related to clinical diagnostic laboratory tests will be delayed for one year (to Jan-March, 2021).
  • Medicaid funding for US territories provided for 2020 and 2021.
  • Repeals the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, the sales tax on health insurance and the excise tax on employer-provided health insurance plans.
  • Provides a process to allow biosimilar or generic drug developers to obtain samples of reference products for securing market approval.

    Other popular health care "extender" programs have been funded through May 22, 2020:

    • The current floor for the work geographic practice cost index (GPCI) of the Medicare physician fee schedule;
    • Support for quality measure endorsement, input and selection;
    • Community Mental Health Services demonstration program;
    • Delay of Medicaid disproportionate share reductions for hospitals.;
    • Impoverishment protections for spouses of Medicaid patients;
    • Health professional workforce programs, including the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP);
    • Community Health Centers and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program;
    • Temporary assistance for needy families and related programs;
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