Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/30/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine Medical Center and Tufts Continue Collaboration for Medical Education
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for August 21 in Brewer
•  CMS Releases Proposed 2019 Medicare Payment Rule
•  Licensing Boards Discuss Nursing Home Exception to Opioid Requirements
•  MMA Board of Directors Meets Friday for Summer Board Meeting
•  Prescription Monitoring Program User Survey
•  Time to Volunteer for an MMA Committee
•  Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) Myth
•  Azar: HHS to rewrite health care privacy rules
•  Correction of Last Week's Update
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
•  Childhood Development and Behavior Conference At Colby August 2-3
•  Maine Quality Counts Offers Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment Course
•  17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23, 2018
•  Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October
•  Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
•  Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute
•  Advanced Hanley Center Training Available for PELI and HLD Alumni
•  Behavioral Health Consultant
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Medical Board Physician
•  Medical Director/Family Practice Physician - Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
•  Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
•  Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


Prescription Monitoring Program User Survey

Deadline to complete the survey is Friday, August 24, 2018.  Survey conducted by Hornby Zeller Associates.

As you know, the misuse of prescription drugs in Maine has become a substantial problem in need of immediate attention.  Public Law Chapter 488 and subsequent rules address one aspect of the problem through prescribing and dispensing regulations under the auspices of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

In order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of regulations surround the PDMP, the Department of Health and Human Services' Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) has contracted with Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc., a Public Consulting Group Company (PCG) to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Maine's PDMP.  As part of the study, PCG is gathering and analyzing data related to utilization of the PDMP across the state.

Your responses will be crucial to recommendations aimed at improving the system.  Please use the link below to access and complete the survey.  The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and is confidential.  Data from the survey will be reported in aggregate only.  In the event you are unable to complete the survey in one session, you can "save" and reopen the survey later.  When the survey is complete, please click on the "submit" button.  

Survey Link:

If there are technical problems with the survey itself, please contact Matt Powers or Tim Reed

Thank you for your time and commitment to helping DHHS address Maine's opioid problem.


Megan Hawkes, MPH

Research Supervisor, Hornby Zeller Associates, a Public Consulting Group company