Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 02/19/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  AMA Advocacy Conference Highlights High Drug Costs, Regulatory Relief and Coverage Concerns
•  MMA Board to Address Several Critical Issues at Annual President's Retreat in March
•  Use EMR System Defaults to Reduce Opioid Prescribing
•  CMS Projects Health Care Spending to Increase Significantly in Next Decade
•  Purdue Pharma Announces Cessation of Marketing Oxycontin to Prescribers
•  Health Access Network Names New Chief Executive Officer
•  Notes from the American Medical Association
•  3 Ways to Maximize Employer Diabetes Prevention Tools for Your Patients
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 20th
•  Legislative Report: "Conversion therapy" and More
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
•  MMA and Jackson Laboratory Seeking Volunteers to Assist with 2018 Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative Forum
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Associate Director/Director of Compliance, Privacy, Risk and Legal Affairs for Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine
•  MD/DO - Lewiston, ME
•  Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 

Legislative Call This Tuesday, February 20th

The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions have resumed, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to continue. The next call will be Tuesday, February 20th, at 8 p.m.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Stephen Meister, M.D. and Vice Chair Katherine Pope, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 20th, at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number:  207-480-4790

Passcode:  057614#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour. The MMA staff lists a suggested position for each bill and any medical specialty particularly affected by the bill.  

If you have an opinion about any of these bills, but cannot participate in the call, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel at amaclean@mainemed.com or 480-4187, or Peter Michaud, Associate General Counsel at pmichaud@mainemed.com or 480-4199.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.

Following are the bills of the week:

LD 1842: An Act To Require Education and Training Regarding Harassment for Legislators, Legislative Staff and Lobbyists.

(Again there is only one bill printed this week that relates to medicine.)