Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/07/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Listening Session in Presque Isle on Tuesday, May 15 6-8pm
•  Jeffrey Barkin, MD, DFAPA Receives MAPP Lifetime Achievement Award
•  Update Will Change Buprenorphine MME Display in Most State PMPs
•  New Scrutiny for an Old Drug
•  New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
•  Consumer and Healthcare Groups File Suit for Medicaid Expansion Implementation
•  Maine Physicians Participate in Regional State Medical Society Meeting in Connecticut Last Weekend
•  APM Set Forth for Opioid-use Disorder Treatment
•  The Honorable George J. Mitchell to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Report: Is This a Wrap-up?
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Introduction to LEAN in Healthcare: Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8
•  MaineHealth MORE Conference - Managing the Opioid Response Effort - May 17th
•  Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, ME - May 18-20
•  Monday, May 21 in Brewer: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
•  Inspiring Hope: How to Support Recovery Ready Communities - May 24 Conference
•  One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018
•  MCMI Training Programs - Level 1 and Level 2 - June 22
•  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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician Opportunity
•  Ob/Gyn Physician Opportunity
•  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

 

Maine Physicians Participate in Regional State Medical Society Meeting in Connecticut Last Weekend

The meeting of New England state medical society delegations is a regular event in preparation for the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago in June.

The Maine Medical Association's delegation to the meeting at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, CT included AMA Delegates Richard Evans, M.D. and Maroulla Gleaton, M.D., as well as MMA President Robert Schlager, M.D. and Deputy EVP & General Counsel Andrew MacLean.

During the first part of the meeting on Saturday, May 5th, Dr. Gleaton presided as President of the Council of New England State Medical Societies (CNESMS) which presents a regular opportunity for the New England state medical societies' leadership to share the highlights of their organizations' recent work.  Dr. Schlager joined the Presidents (or their designated substitute) of the other societies in presenting reports.  Dr. Schlager introduced himself to the group and commented about the MMA's advocacy work on Medicaid expansion, the opioid crisis, and the administrative hassles of prior authorization, as well as tasks assigned at the MMA board retreat in March on EVP succession planning, Stred building renovations, and board member and MMA member engagement.  As usual, the Presidents' reports revealed a number of common themes - the importance of advocacy, responding to the opioid abuse crisis, and member engagement, for example.

During the latter part of the morning meeting, Dr. Evans presided as Chair of the New England Delegation to the AMA.  The agenda for this part of the meeting began with review of proposed resolutions to the AMA House of Delegates on issues such as firearms safety (several in response to recent mass shootings), e-cigarette ingredients, payment methodology, and Direct Primary Care.  The firearms resolutions prompted a lengthy and vigorous discussion.  Following the resolution discussion, the group heard updates on various AMA Councils and Task Forces and noted several New England delegation members who are candidates for elected positions within the AMA.

The AMA Annual Meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago from June 9-13, 2018.