Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 01/22/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Changing of the Guard at MMA Board Meeting: A New President Takes Over
•  Senior Section Luncheon January 24 Features Speakers on Precision Medicine
•  2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One
•  5 tips to help your patients make their new year a healthy one
•  US DHHS Proposes New Conscience and Religious Freedom Rules for Health Care
•  Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration
•  Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine
•  Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018
•  Claims-Based Quality Reporting for MIPS: Submitting MIPS Quality Codes on CMS-1500 Claims
•  Community Health Options Sues Federal Government for $5.7 Million
•  Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd
•  Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers
•  Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2
•  28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics - March 16-18
•  QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  MD/DO
•  Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration

The Trump administration has extended its emergency declaration for the opioid crisis after three months.


The extension, scheduled to expire this Tuesday, was announced by the acting secretary of HHS in a notice posted on the U.S. DHHS website last Friday. No top officials have yet been named to lead the agencies combatting the opioid crisis, and according to a report in Politico last week the administration is proposing a 95% cut in the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for 2019. No new funding has been proposed to help states deal with the crisis. The administration has updated guidance on how states can expand access to inpatient treatment under Medicaid, clarified how physicians can share information without violating HIPAA, and discussed how the National Institutes of Health can increase research into non-opioid pain medication.

An HHS spokesperson said of the extension, “This is further evidence of the Trump administration’s strong, ongoing commitment to addressing this crisis and protecting the health and well-being of the American people.”

This new declaration is scheduled to expire on April 23, 2018.