Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/29/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Community Health Options to Continue Participation in ACA Marketplace
•  Wording Proposed by Secretary of State for Home Health Referendum
•  MMA Past President Dr. Charles Pattavina Testifies to U.S. Senate Committee
•  CMS Releases SIM Report
•  Shaun Alfreds Appointed as Head of HealthInfoNet
•  Update Will Change Buprenorphine MME Display in Most State PMPs
•  Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month: Making the Case for a Healthy Diet as a Tool for Diabetes Prevention
•  New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
•  Legislative Report: Appropriations Committee Meets May 30th
•  One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018
•  HPV Summit in Brewer June 7th
•  Wednesday, June 13 in Augusta: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
•  X Waiver Course in Waterville June 16th
•  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
•  Behavioral Health Consultant
•  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


Wording Proposed by Secretary of State for Home Health Referendum

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has released the proposed wording of a citizen-initiated referendum that would tax high earners to create a universal home care program in the state. The proposal will be on this Fall's ballot.


The proposed wording of the ballot question is, "Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program, which will provide services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who need daily assistance in their homes, funded by a new tax of 3.8% on individual income over $128,400?" The initiative was drafted by the Maine People's Alliance and was presented during the second regular session of the 128th Legislature but was never given a public hearing. The title of the bill is, "An Act to Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities."

Comments on the wording of the question will be accepted through June 15.  The wording could be revised, based upon those comments.
MMA has not yet taken a position on the referendum question. The Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Hospital Association along with several other organizations have formed a coalition to oppose the referendum. It is anticipated that MMA will take a position prior to or at the Annual Meeting in September (September 7-9) in Bar Harbor. Member input will be widely sought prior to a position being taken. 
 At a press conference on May 3, opponents of the ballot initiative focused on their claim that the proposed law was unconstitutional and would violate federal medical privacy laws.