Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 10/16/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Perinatal Quality Conference This Saturday
•  MMA Announces Support for ACA Medicaid Expansion Ballot Question 2
•  New Laws Effective Nov. 1, 2017
•  New CEO for PCHC
•  Failure to Vaccinate Likely Cause of Measles Outbreaks
•  Free Personalized Assistance to Help You Prepare for Quality Payment Program
•  Webinars on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety
•  Brief Survey for Pediatric, Family Providers
•  CMS Releases PQRS and VM Reports
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
•  Legislature to Convene for Special Session October 23rd
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative Training October 17th
•  University of New England Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop October 28th
•  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 3-hour presentation in Wells on November 1
•  9th Canadian Conference on Dementia - November 2-4, 2017
•  Turquoise & Tapas With the Lung Association November 9th
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: October 25 & November 18 at EMMC
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Chief Executive Officer
•  BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
•  Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
•  Chief Executive Officer
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Outstanding full-time opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner with Central Maine Heart Associates in Auburn, Maine
•  Palliative Care Provider
•  Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
•  Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
•  Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME
•  DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
•  Outpatient Opportunities Loan Repayment, Sign-On & Relocation
•  Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 

MMA Announces Support for ACA Medicaid Expansion Ballot Question 2

MMA President Charles F. Pattavina, M.D. announced the organization's support at a press conference hosted by the Portland Community Health Center last Wednesday morning, October 11th. 

 

As reported last week, the MMA Board of Directors voted to support Question 2 on the November General Election ballot to expand Medicaid as permitted under the ACA during its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 4th.  The Yes on 2 Campaign asked MMA to make its announcement during the press event already scheduled for the 11th.  Hosted by a Maine Primary Care Association member, the event featured representatives of that group, MMA, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians, and the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians, all endorsing the ballot question.  MMA's position is consistent with its long-standing support for the ACA (despite some acknowledged faults) and for Medicaid expansion bills in the Maine legislature.  You can find the MMA's press release on the topic here.