Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 04/30/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  The Honorable George J. Mitchell to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session
•  New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
•  MMA Acknowledges the Passing of Jordan Shubert, M.D. and Mark Cooper, M.D.
•  Consumer and Healthcare Groups File Suit for Medicaid Expansion Implementation
•  MMA Listening Session in Presque Isle on Tuesday, May 15 6-8pm
•  MICIS: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
•  AMA, Specialty Societies Ask CMS to Reduce 2018 MIPS Reporting Period
•  Doctors Without Borders Coming to Maine May 1st
•  Legislative Calls Over for 128th Legislature; Veto Day Wednesday
•  Legislative Report
•  Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational & Business Meeting - Friday, May 4th
•  Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8
•  Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, ME - May 18-20
•  One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018
•  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
•  Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
•  Psychiatric Medical Director
•  Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
•  Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


Consumer and Healthcare Groups File Suit for Medicaid Expansion Implementation

On April 30, 2018, Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP) held a press conference announcing they have filed a lawsuit in Maine Superior Court to require implementation of Medicaid expansion as enacted by Maine voters in a 2017 referendum.



Robyn Merrill, Executive Director of MEJP, announced the action against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by MEJP, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, the Maine Primary Care Association, Penobscot Community Health Care, and several individual plaintiffs who would be eligible for coverage under the expanded form of Medicaid. The claim is based on “a simple legal issue,” said Jamie Kilbreth, Esq., lead plaintiffs’ attorney on the case: the State’s failure to file a State Plan Amendment by April 3, 2018, as required by the referendum.

Ms. Merrill stated that the plaintiffs had waited for the Legislature or the Governor to act on the issue, “but we couldn’t wait any longer.”

Governor LePage’s office stated that he can’t comment on “active litigation.”