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


Physicians' Day a Success!

At least 35 physicians, along with a few medical students and Physician Assistants were present in the halls of the State House for this year's Physicians' Day at the Legislature.

White coats were evident throughout the building as doctors gathered for Physicians' Day. After convening in the Hall of Flags among displays by the MMA, the MOA, and various specialty societies, attendees met with Governor LePage for over an hour in the cabinet room. It was a fine opportunity for us to make known to the Governor our concerns about major issues affecting public health and the practice of medicine, and it also afforded the Governor an opportunity to explain to us the reasons for his positions on a variety of pending bills. The discussion was thorough, positive, and very cordial.

Later in the day groups of doctors met with Speaker of the House Sarah Gideon and with Senate President Michael Thibodeau and assistant Senate minority leader Andre Cushing. The meetings were excellent opportunities to explain matters such as medication assisted treatment and public health nursing to legislative leaders in greater detail than they usually are afforded.

The doctors present also had a chance to speak with their individual legislators and to attend sessions of the House and Senate to observe the sometimes baffling process by which bills become law. "Talking point" sheets were available for members to learn the bases for MMA positions on three bills of particular importance before meeting with legislators.