Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/11/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  MMA Legislative Committee Meets to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
•  Online Links to Opioid CME
•  Congressional Stopgap Spending Plan Fails to Include CHIP 2018 Funding
•  Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: Open Enrollment Ends Friday
•  New AMA, CMS Resources Aid Transition to the New Medicare Card
•  Sanofi Genzyme: Arthritis Medication Should Not Be Used Due To Side Effects
•  Maine CDC Message on Immunizations
•  Naloxone Research Shows Importance of Post-Administration Intervention
•  Opportunities for Year-End Giving at MMA
•  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Monday, 12/18 at EMMC
•  Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
•  Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
•  Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 911 (c. 267) Prohibiting Gifts to Practitioners from Sellers
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Webinar on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, December 13
•  Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
•  BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
•  Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Palliative Care Provider
•  Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
•  Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
•  DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


Congressional Stopgap Spending Plan Fails to Include CHIP 2018 Funding

NBC News (12/8, Fox) reported that the continuing resolution signed by President Trump Friday keeps the federal government from shutdown until December 22, but it did not fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2018.


The stopgap measure “simply calls on the Health and Human Services Department to re-allocate any remaining funds to the most desperate states.” The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying, “The short-term funding agreement to fund the government until Dec. 22 only includes a patchwork measure to provide funding to a handful of states.” The American Academy of Pediatrics added that the following states may run out of funding by the end of the year: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Utah. NBC News quotes Dr. Lanre Falusi, a Washington, DC area pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, who said, “There’s a huge domino effect here. Playing politics and kicking the can down the road…will surely have long term health adverse outcomes for these kids.”

CNBC (12/8, Mangan) reported that “HHS so far has not said what states will get any such re-allocated money or how much is available.” CNBC also mentions the list of states from the American Academy of Pediatrics that “are on the verge of running out of their existing CHIP funds by the end of the year.”