Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 08/06/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Board Votes Opposition to Question One
•  Watch for Next Issue of Maine Medicine
•  CMS Rule Changes Advance Price Transparency & EHR
•  Maine Reinsurance Program Gets 1332 Waiver
•  MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training
•  California Insurance Commissioner Opposes CVS-Aetna Merger
•  CMS Releases Proposed 2019 Medicare Payment Rule
•  Licensing Boards Discuss Nursing Home Exception to Opioid Requirements
•  Prescription Monitoring Program User Survey
•  Time to Volunteer for an MMA Committee
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Maine Quality Counts Offers Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment Course
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for August 21 in Brewer
•  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
•  Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14th
•  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
•  Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
•  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
•  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

 

California Insurance Commissioner Opposes CVS-Aetna Merger

Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., President, American Medical Association, issued the following statement in response to the action by California's Insurance Commissioner.
 

 “The American Medical Association commends California Department of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for taking a strong stand against the proposed merger between CVS Health Corporation and Aetna. We urge other state regulators to review the evidence and take similar action.

"The AMA agrees with Commissioner Jones that allowing this anticompetitive merger to proceed likely would harm consumers. If left unblocked, there is every indication that the merger would raise prices, reduce choice and stifle innovation in five poorly performing markets: Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plan, pharmacy benefit management services, health insurance, retail pharmacy, and specialty pharmacy.

“Commissioner Jones extensively cited evidence presented by the AMA and prominent experts in antitrust law, economics and health policy demonstrating that there are no potential benefits of sufficient magnitude and certainty that would outweigh the anticompetitive effects of the proposed merger.”