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


New AMA Website Urges Grassroots Advocacy on Prior Authorization Reform

 See more about the AMA's prior authorization efforts.  At the urging of the MMA, the 128th Legislature enacted a prior authorization reform bill, L.D. 1032, in the 2018 session, but the Governor vetoed the bill.  The MMA anticipates another legislative effort on prior authorization reform during the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The AMA recently launched, a new website dedicated to spurring grassroots advocacy for prior authorization reform. The website targets physician and patient audiences, with online experiences that detail prior authorization burdens from both perspectives. The physician and patient tracks end with a common "share your story" call to action, and the AMA will be leveraging the collected anecdotes in its prior authorization advocacy.

The website's story gallery offers a powerful overview of the patient and physician experiences gathered to date and will be continually updated with newly submitted examples of how prior authorization impacts both patient care and practice workloads. The website also includes a resources section that links to news stories and various AMA educational and advocacy tools on this issue. Follow the Physicians Grassroots Network's Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date on the campaign to #FixPriorAuth.