Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 03/19/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  President Proposes Cutting Opioid Rx by 1/3, Death Penalty for Sellers, Other Measures
•  Congress Confronts Another Must-Pass Spending Bill Deadline: March 23rd
•  New AMA Survey: Patient Clinical Outcomes Shortchanged by Prior Authorization
•  RWJ Foundation Releases County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report
•  Maine Quality Counts Publishes new "Choosing Wisely" Toolkit for Employers
•  Diabetes Alert Day - March 27: 3 Strategies that Change the Conversation You Have with Patients on Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
•  MMA Board Approves Climate Change Resolution
•  Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Bill to Ban “Gag Clauses” on Prescription Savings
•  Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?
•  Legislative Call This Tuesday, March 20th
•  Legislative Report: Female Genital Cutting, Medical Marijuana, and More
•  Med Student/MMA Board Member Knowland Testifies on Student Loan Bill
•  Governor Approves Meningococcal Vaccine Rule
•  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 - April 6-8
•  FREE 8-Hr. MAT Waiver Training Being Offered in Dover, NH - Friday, April 27th
•  Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8
•  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
•  Medical Board Physician
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
•  Hospice Physician – Lewiston, ME
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Operations Director
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8

Are you frustrated by poor communication and waste in your work processes? Lean has recently transformed the way many hospitals and health systems operate. This full-day workshop on May 8 in Augusta provides those who lead hospitals, health centers, practices, and related service industries with an introduction to Lean thinking and process improvement tools.


The first half of the day will cover the principles of Lean thinking and provide several exercises so participants can compare traditional processes to Lean processes. The second half of the day will share an overview of some of the important Lean tools and challenge the class to identify applications for Lean in their organization.

Lean Healthcare East has over 30 years combined experience in leading organizational transformation and have many engaging exercises and examples to share from their experiences implementing Lean improvements at hospitals and other healthcare related organizations.Click here to learn more and register for the workshop. If you have questions or want to schedule a workshop at your practice please contact the Lean Healthcare East team.