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December 31, 2019

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Dr. John Yindra to Step Down from MMA Committee for Physician Quality

After co-chairing the Maine Medical Association’s Committee for Physician Quality (CPQ) for the past several years, John Yindra, M.D. has decided to wind down from professional activities with an eye toward fully retiring. 

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Licensing Boards Propose Rule Changes for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Prescribing

The Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Nursing have proposed rules and rule changes to govern the use of medication assisted treatment in opioid use disorder and the prescribing of controlled substances for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The public comment period deadline is Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

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Human Genome Editing is Here. How Should It Be Governed?

If used responsibly, genome editing can foster dramatic innovation in patient care, including eradicating many diseases. But ethical and legal questions persist.

 

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Five Big Medical Court Cases that Made a Difference in 2019

The AMA and the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies covered a lot of legal ground in 2019, from the U.S. Supreme Court and state courts, where the nation's oldest and largest physician organization served as a powerful, unified voice for the nation's doctors and their patients.

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Agreement Reached On FY 2020 Federal Funding and Extender Package

Leaders in the House and Senate reached agreement on fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills before adjourning for the year on Dec. 20. 

 

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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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Vaccine Vote Update: Healthcare Advocates File Citizens' Guide Statements

Advocates fighting against the repeal of Maine's new vaccine law this week filed statements explaining the negative effects of the proposed repeal.

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Latest ACA Ruling: What it Means Now For Doctors, Patients

 The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in the case of Texas v. United States that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision is unconstitutional. While that ruling affirmed a portion of the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the appeals court did not go along with district court ruling vacating the entirety of the ACA, which has expanded health insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans.  

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Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit

MaineHealth has developed two learning modules for providers.

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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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129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION

MMA Legislative Calls Will Begin Tuesday, January 14th

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee. The first MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, January 14th, at 8:00 p.m.

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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 EVENTS

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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8-Hour Free Live Course for Buprenorphine Waiver Training @MMC - January 27th

The IMAT Team is offering training for those interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, physicians are required to take 8 hours of training.  NPs and PAs can also take this course and receive credit for 8 hours.  This will then apply to their 24 hour training requirement.
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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


HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team. 
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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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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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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