Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/03/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  State Budget Agreement Reportedly Reached
•  DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties
•  Board of Licensure in Medicine Proposes Changes to Chapter 1 Rules
•  Vote is Delayed on U.S. Senate "Better Care Reconciliation Act"
•  Loan and Trust Committee Approves $515.000 in Loans to Medical Students from Maine
•  AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite
•  MMA Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 10, 2017
•  Nominations for the 2017 Mary F. Cushman Award Due By August 1
•  Legislative Highlights of the Week
•  Physicians Lose Jury Duty Exemption
•  Legislature Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
•  Opioid Prescribing Presentation: Wednesday, July 19 from 5-8:30pm in Auburn
•  16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 15-17
•  Patient Safety Academy - September 29
•  Register Now for the MMA and Maine Health Management Coalition 2017 Symposium on October 11
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  Call-in Program on MIPS and APM
•  Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, 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
•  Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
•  Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
•  Ophthalmologist - Brunswick, ME
•  Family Nurse Practitioner - Sacopee Valley Health Center
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician Livermore Falls, ME
•  Internal Medicine Physician - Bangor, ME


Board of Licensure in Medicine Proposes Changes to Chapter 1 Rules

The Maine Board of  Licensure in Medicine has proposed to repeal and replace existing Rule Chapter 1 which  governs a number of administrative functions at the Board. Deadline for comments on the proposed changes is 5:00 p.m. July 14, 2017.

The comments may be sent to Dennis E. Smith, Executive Director, Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, 137 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0137. The proposed Chapter 1 rule may be found at the Board's website, here.

The proposed changes relate largely to processing of licenses, fees, and requirements to notify the Board upon the occurrence of certain events. One proposed section authorizes the staff to issue citations in lieu of formal disciplinary action for certain actions. The proposal also puts into the Rule the statutory requirement enacted as part of Chapter 488 last year which requires licensees who continue to prescribe opioid medication to complete three hours of CME on this topic prior to Dec. 31, 2017 and every two years thereafter. Although this requirement in the proposed rule impacts only prescribers of opioid medication, conversations with Board staff suggest that the final Rule could be broadened to include all licensees which would presumably include all MDs and PAs licensed by the Board.
MMA legal staff has reviewed the rule and will prepare written comments by the July 14 deadline. Copies of the comments will be placed on the MMA website at