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

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  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
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd
•  Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  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

 

Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018

An important press release from the Office of MaineCare Services about changes that became effective January 1, 2018.

 

[from the Office of MaineCare Services]

Effective January, 1, 2018, in accordance with the CMS application fee requirements, the MaineCare provider enrollment application fee will increase to  $569.00 per service location for new, reactivating or revalidating providers, or when adding new service locations to an existing enrollment. You can pay the application fee by credit or debit card at the time of application submission.

Providers will not be required to pay the application fee to MaineCare if they have already paid the fee to Medicare or to another state Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for enrolling or revalidating their services location(s) within the past 12 months.

See the Application Fee Spreadsheet for more detail about provider types that will be required to pay an application fee for each service location.