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

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  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
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  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

 

Azar: HHS to rewrite health care privacy rules

Congressional Quarterly (7/26, McIntire, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said his department intends “to begin rewriting federal health care privacy regulations.”

 

[from AMA Morning Rounds]

HHS will “release requests for comment on three laws, including the anti-kickback statute and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, in the ‘coming months,’ Azar said during a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation.” He added, “Following those requests for information, we will be taking regulatory action to reform these rules.” Azar explained that “the laws are decades-old and revamping them will help in the health care sector’s ongoing transition from paying for volume to value.” HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will lead this effort.