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


Legislative Calls Over for 128th Legislature; Veto Day Wednesday

The Maine Legislature will return to Augusta on Wednesday, May 2nd, to decide whether to override the Governor's vetoes of several bills.



Among the bills with pending vetoes are the following bills related to health care (links are to the veto messages):

LD 1388: An Act to Prohibit the Falsification of Medical Records

LD 1187: An Act to Amend the Child Protective Services Statutes

LD 1771: An Act to Stabilize Vulnerable Families

LD 1866: An Act to Increase Youth Mental Health Awareness in Schools

LD 1874: Resolve, To Ensure the Continued Provision of Services to Maine Children and Families

LD 1892: An Act to Clarify the Prescribing and Dispensing of Naloxone Hydrochloride by Pharmacists

LD 1587: Resolve, To Study the Feasibility of the Establishment of Paid Family Leave in the State

The Legislature is expected to act on all of those bills when it returns to session on Wednesday, May 2nd. A two-thirds vote of both the House and the Senate is required to override a veto.

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Stephen Meister, M.D. and Vice Chair Katherine Pope, M.D., along with the MMA advocacy staff, would like to express our appreciation to all who participated in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee throughout the session, which began in early January. The next action of the Legislative Committee will be an organizational meeting after election day in late 2018.