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

 

News from the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting

MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Delegates Richard Evans, M.D. and Maroulla Gleaton, M.D., and student Delegates Kim Dao (Tufts-MMC 'xx) and Corinne Carland (Tufts-MMC 'xx) attended the recent meeting to represent the State of Maine.

As another Interim Meeting came to a close this week, physicians adopted a number of new policies to improve the health of the nation. Highlights include opposition to Medicaid work requirements, the removal of categories from the essential health benefits (EHB) package and waivers of EHB requirements that could lead to the elimination of EHB categories and their associated protection against annual or lifetime benefit limits and out-of-pocket expenses.

The AMA House of Delegates also adopted a new policy that seeks to facilitate consistent coverage of genetic medicine and more transparency in how coverage is being determined. The new policy calls for more transparency and clarity in the processes that determine coverage and payment. Read more AMA Wire. Read more news coverage of the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting.