Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 11/20/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Current News Moves MMA to Remind Physicians of Guidance on Boundaries in Physician-Patient Relationships
•  Webinars on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 12/5 & 12/13
•  Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: 3 weeks left for Open Enrollment
•  MMA Leadership Listening Session in Portland on Tuesday, December 5
•  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, 12/6 in Portland
•  House Passes CHIP Reauthorization
•  2018 Another Transition Year for Quality Payment Program
•  News from the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting
•  2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Provides Regulatory Relief for Physicians
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
•  SAVE THE DATE: MMA Legislative Committee Meets December 11th to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
•  Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 479 Requiring a Opioid Prescribing Policy
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Chief Executive Officer
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
•  BC/BE Physician - C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital
•  VA Psychiatrist
•  BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
•  Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
•  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
•  DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
•  Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Anesthesiologist - Augusta/Waterville
•  Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 

SAVE THE DATE: MMA Legislative Committee Meets December 11th to Prepare for Next Legislative Session

The MMA Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Katherine Pope, M.D. and Stephen Meister, M.D. invite you to participate in the MMA's legislative advocacy work.  The MMA Legislative Committee will hold an organizational meeting for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature on Monday, December 11th from 6 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.  Please plan to attend and RSVP to Sarah Lepoff at slepoff@mainemed.com.

The Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature will begin on the first Wednesday after the New Year and is scheduled to end in mid-April.  The Legislative Council, the 10 members of the bipartisan leadership of the legislature are scheduled to meet this Thursday to begin the process of reviewing bill requests for the second session.  Unlike the First Regular Session when legislators may submit bills without limitation, during the Second Regular Session, bill requests are limited to those of a fiscal or "emergency" nature and must be admitted by majority vote of the Legislative Council.  During the second session, the legislature also will consider bills carried over from the first session and bills submitted by the Governor.

You can find a list of bill requests by sponsor on the legislature's web site here

The general effective date for legislation is 90 days after adjournment, though bills passing with an emergency preamble take effect immediately upon the Governor's signature and some bills have an effective date specified within the body of the bill.  For the First Regular Session of the current legislature, the general effective date is November 1st.  You can find the MMA's PowerPoint summary of the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature here