Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 08/20/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Maine Legislature Seems Poised to Return in Special Session to Consider Bills on the State's Child Protective Services System
•  MMA Membership to Consider Bylaw Amendments Establishing Student and Resident Sections at Annual Meeting
•  MMA Headquarters Undergoing Major Renovations
•  CDC: Drug overdoses killed 72,000 in 2017
•  Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine AM Best Rating Rises
•  Familial Hypercholesterolemia Common Among Those With French Canadian Ancestry
•  Another Vaccine Shown to Not Cause Autism
•  New AMA Website Urges Grassroots Advocacy on Prior Authorization Reform
•  MMA Senior Section Meets on August 22 with Presentation by Richard Kahn, M.D.
•  Register Today for 165th MMA Annual Session, Sept. 7-9 in Bar Harbor
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for August 21-Brewer & September 12-Auburn
•  MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training September 22
•  17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23, 2018
•  Maine AAP Sponsors SBIRT Training Sessions
•  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
•  CMS National Training Program Workshop in Chicopee, MA
•  CMS National Training Program Workshop in New Hampshire
•  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


MMA Headquarters Undergoing Major Renovations

The MMA Headquarters, the Frank Stred building, is in the middle of significant renovations that will improve members' meeting experience.

The Frank O. Stred Building is undergoing the most substantial renovations since it was built in 1987.  The focus of the renovation project is the large conference room (the board room) on the second floor of the building.  The project has three phases which have been approved by the MMA board.  The first phase will make the building accessible to individuals with disabilities by the installation of railings leading to the front entrance and an automatic door.  It includes installation of a wheelchair lift to the second floor.  Within the large conference room itself, the first phase renovations include two new air conditioning units, a new ceiling and improved lighting, and new electrical wiring to support a state-of-the-art AV system.  This phase also replaces the ceilings and lighting throughout the offices on the first floor.  Phase 2 of the project is the AV system designed to improve meeting participants' experience when they come in person and for those who must participate remotely.  Phase 3 of the project will be new carpet, paint, window treatments, and furniture in the large conference room.

The renovation project is overseen by an Ad Hoc Committee of board members Richard Flowerdew, M.D., Michael Parker, M.D., and Susan Woods, M.D. and staffed by Diane McMahon and Andrew MacLean.  J.F. Scott Construction of Waterville is the General Contractor and Pro AV of Portland has designed and will install the AV system.

 We expect the project to be complete in the early Fall.  Enjoy the "under construction" pictures below!



The front walk is being prepared for the addition of ADA compliant hand rails.

Interior modifications include improved lighting in all work and public spaces along with replacement of irreparable ceiling tiles.