Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/05/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Physicians' Day a Success!
•  MMA, Lown Institute and Colleagues Present "Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change" in Portsmouth, June 17
•  MMA Board of Directors to Meet on Wednesday, June 7
•  Harvard Pilgrim Seeks 39.7% Premium Increase in the ACA Marketplace, Smaller Increases Sought by Anthem and CHO
•  Physician-Owned Practices Dip Below 50 Percent
•  U.S. Senate Deliberates on Health-System Reform Legislation
•  CMS Releases New Resources to Help Clinicians Successfully Participate in QPP
•  Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
•  Legislative Highlights of the Week
•  Call Your Legislators: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Poses Threat to Physician Practices
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  Time is Running Out...Will You Be Compliant on July 1st With The New E-Prescribing Mandate? Free Webinars on June 7 & June 14
•  How Can I Choose Wisely? A Community Conversation on Healthcare Changes and Rising Costs June 8
•  June 20 Webinar: Recognizing When Patients Have Concerns About the Cost of Their Health Care
•  National Medicare Education Program June 28
•  Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
•  Family Medicine Physician - Maine Medical Partners Primary Care - Standish, ME
•  Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Part-time Clinical & Part-time Research Position in Central Maine
•  Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME
•  DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
•  Family Medicine Physician - Waterville, ME
•  Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader - Portland, ME
•  Family Medicine - Windham, ME
•  Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Wanted
•  Physician - Lubec, ME
•  Nurse Practitioner - Swift River Family Medicine - Rumford, ME
•  Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner - Bridgton, ME
•  UNE Graduates First Class of Dentists


MMA Board of Directors to Meet on Wednesday, June 7

The 25 member MMA Board of Directors will meet on this coming Wednesday, June 7 at 4:00pm for a regularly scheduled meeting at MMA offices in Manchester. Priority topics include the Task Force being established to review MMA's position on the Death with Dignity legislation and other legislative topics of concern and significance.

The Death with Dignity Task Force is expected to meet between now and the Annual Session Sept. 8-10. The goal of the group is to review the current ethical provisions regarding physician-assisted death and to review the experience in those states which have permitted the practice, including most recently, the State of Vermont.

The proposal advanced this session by Sen. Roger Katz (R, Augusta) passed the state senate by one vote but was defeated in the House by a significant margin. The bill is expected to be introduced again in 2019. A survey of MMA members revealed an even split in opinion by the members so the Association did not take a position on the final proposal this year.
Volunteers are being sought for the Task Force. If you are an MMA member and interested in serving, please communicate directly with either MMA President Charles Pattavina, M.D. at or EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. at
Legislative items will include L.D. 456 regarding pharmacists attempts to broaden their scope of practice to include childhood immunizations, L.D. 46 which would eliminate the current exemption for physicians from jury duty, L.D. 445 which is an amended version of the so-called right to shop (for medical services) bill and L.D. 1557 limiting charges of out of network providers in circumstances where the patient would not have made a knowing choice to use an out of network provider (emergency services are exempt).
The Board is chaired by Robert Schlager, M.D., a family physician serving as CMO at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.