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


MMA Legislative Committee Meets to Prepare for Next Legislative Session

The MMA Legislative Committee held its organizational meeting for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature on Monday, December 11th. Committee chairs Katherine Pope, MD and Stephen Meister, MD chaired the meeting that was held both in person and by conference call.



In addition to a review of the political makeup of the Legislature and a few of the MMA's legislative initiatives like the "Doctor of the Day" program, MMA staff reviewed for the attendees the current status of Medicaid expansion and gave a quick overview of bills carried over from committee, carried over from the Special Appropriations table, approved by the Legislative Council, and submitted by departments and agencies.The committee was filled in on the work of the opioid task force and the new Health Care Reform task force.

There was spirited discussion of a few significant issues including the upcoming midwifery rules and licensing board rules on opioid prescribing and CME. Participants in the meeting included a good number of physicians, along with allied health care advocates and liability insurance representatives.

Regular weekly legislative committee conference calls will start up again on Tuesday, January 9th, at 8 p.m. Watch the legislative section of the Weekly Update for call in numbers and topics to be discussed.