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


Maine Legislature Seems Poised to Return in Special Session to Consider Bills on the State's Child Protective Services System

Governor LePage has declared his intention to ask legislators to return to consider several bills from his office on the topic in the wake of highly publicized child abuse and neglect tragedies earlier this year.

The MMA has been concerned about the potential that physicians and other health care practitioners will be affected by bills seeking to amend the long-standing child abuse and neglect reporting laws.  In the most recent newsworthy cases, no one has asserted a failure to meet reporting obligations by a health care practitioner.  

 Earlier today, the MMA received news that the legislature would return to Augusta to consider the Governor's bills tomorrow, but then we were advised that the legislature likely will return next Thursday, August 30th.  The MMA has alerted the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maine Academy of Family Physicians to be prepared to participate in this debate.  

The Child Protective Services system was on the agenda of the Government Oversight Committee which had previously received a report from the state Office of Program Evaluation & Governmental Accountability (OPEGA). 

To find the OPEGA report, look under "OPEGA Reports" on the left hand side of the web site.

 The MMA understands that one bill with funding implications is in the possession of the Appropriations Committee and that several other bills still are in the Revisor's Office and are likely to be referred to the HHS Committee because they deal with Title 22, the health and human services statutes.  One of these bills will make a failure to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect a Class E crime while another apparently will attempt to further define or clarify a "reasonable cause to suspect child abuse and neglect."  The MMA anticipates that these bills will be made public some time this week, but interested parties will have very little time to analyze them before developing a position and public comment as hearings by the HHS Committee could be scheduled prior to the Thursday session next week.

The MMA will be engaged in the legislature's debate of these bills along with the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians, and other interested physicians.  If you would like to be involved in this advocacy, please contact Gordon Smith, EVP, at or by cell phone at 207-215-7461, or Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel, at or by cell phone at 207-215-7462.