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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  Legislative Report: Is This a Wrap-up?
•  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
•  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


APM Set Forth for Opioid-use Disorder Treatment

The AMA and ASAM jointly developed and released a concept paper detailing a groundbreaking alternative payment model (APM) for use by teams of addiction specialists, primary care physicians and other health professionals to manage the full array of medical, pharmaceutical and psychosocial care for opioid-use disorder (OUD) patients.


The Patient-Centered Opioid Addiction Treatment (P-COAT) model is expected to increase the number of OUD patients who are able to lead satisfying, productive lives through successful management of their condition while also reducing spending on preventable costs associated with addiction, such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations. 

P-COAT aims to broaden access to proven, effective treatment for OUD by supporting coordinated care by multiple health professionals and ending the fragmentation and service gaps that have often characterized addiction treatment. P-COAT includes a number of innovative features, including an add-on payment for participating treatment teams that make use of clinically validated digital care management tools to improve patient adherence to treatment plans. 

ASAM and the AMA are now seeking physician practices and insurers interested in pilot testing the new payment model, who can submit their contact information here. The organizations are also working with the House Energy and Commerce Committee on potential inclusion of a provision establishing a Medicare demonstration project of an alternative payment model for OUD in the legislation the committee is developing to address the opioid epidemic. A discussion draft of such a measure was included in legislation that cleared the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee April 25.

Read more at AMA Wire.