Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/17/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  The Latest on the Senate Republican Health Care Proposal
•  Maine Quality Counts Taps Larry Clifford as Executive Director
•  DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties
•  Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Webinar on Wednesday, July 19 12pm
•  PMP Peer Reports Expected Soon
•  Board of Licensure in Medicine Proposes Changes to Chapter 1 Rules
•  Loan and Trust Committee Approves $515,000 in Loans to Medical Students from Maine
•  Nominations for the 2017 Mary F. Cushman Award Due By August 1
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Many Physicians, Still Fuzzy on Details, Feel Unprepared for QPP
•  MMA Annual Golf Tournament
•  Legislative Report
•  State Budget Vote Report
•  Opioid Prescribing Presentation: Wednesday, July 19 from 5-8:30pm in Auburn
•  Call-in Program on MIPS and APM - July 26, August 9 & August 30
•  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
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  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
•  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
•  Family Medicine Physician - Scarborough, ME


DHHS Announces 31 Day Grace Period for Enforcement of E-prescribing Penalties

The Department of Human Services recently announced that it would not enforce penalties for violations of the e-prescribing mandate which took effect on Saturday, July 1. MMA had asked for a delay given the state shut down and some of the confusion regarding what was covered by the mandate and what was not. 

The mandate to e-prescribe any opioid medication was established in Public Law Chapter 488, An Act to Prevent Opioid Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program which was enacted by the 127th Legislature and took effect July 29, 2016. But many elements of the law had delayed effective dates including the e-prescribing requirement which took effect on July 1, 2017.

So while the legal requirement to prescribe electronically any opioid medication unless granted a waiver under the law is now in effect, there will be no penalty for violating the law until August 1. After that date, individuals who violate the law can face a civil fine of up to $250 per violation, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year.
MMA has partnered with Dr. First, a major provider of e-prescribing solutions across the country to make its software available at a discount to MMA members. As a result of the grace period, we are presenting an additional informational webinar at noontime on July 19 and further information is available in an announcement in the Upcoming Events section of this Weekly Update. The Dr. First contact in Maine is Eric Landry and he can be reached at 888-481-4303 or via e-mail to elandry