Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 09/04/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  George J. Mitchell and Michael Botticelli to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session this Weekend in Bar Harbor
•  CMS Moves to Allow Step Therapy in Medicare Advantage Plans
•  Maine Legislature Acts on Several Child Protective Bills
•  Fewer Uninsured Hospitalizations Linked to Insurance Access Under ACA, Research Indicates
•  12/31/18 Deadline for All MDs Who Do NOT Prescribe Opioids
•  Maine Prescription Drug Monitoring Program User Survey: Extended Deadline Friday September 7
•  Diabetes and Gun Violence Resolutions Among Business at 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
•  Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October - Enrollment Deadline: September 10
•  CMS National Training Program Workshop in Chicopee, MA - September 11
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for September 12 in Auburn
•  Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute - Enrollment Deadline: September 12
•  Recognizing & Responding to Opioid Overdoses - Training September 12
•  CMS National Training Program Workshop in New Hampshire - September 20-21
•  17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23
•  MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training in Augusta - September 22
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative has its final training program for 2018 on October 16
•  Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know - Friday, October 19
•  Maine AAP Sponsors SBIRT Training Sessions - Oct 20, Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
•  Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
•  Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14
•  Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  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


Diabetes and Gun Violence Resolutions Among Business at 165th MMA Annual Session, Sept. 7-9 in Bar Harbor

The keynote speakers and CME program for the Association's 165th Annual Session in Bar Harbor Sept. 7-9, 2018 is the strongest in many years. Make plans now to join your colleagues for a weekend of education, networking and fun. The Honorable George Mitchell and former director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli are the keynote speakers.  Register now to join your colleagues in Bar Harbor!


The program begins with an opening night reception at 5:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 7 (note that the MMA Board meets earlier, at 3:00 pm). Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell speaks at 6:00 pm. The Saturday morning business meeting begins at 7:30am followed by Michael Botticelli's keynote presentation at 10:00 am. His presentation is followed by two panels focusing on strategies to address the opioid/heroin/fentanyl crisis and alternatives to opioids for pain, including medical marijuana and acupuncture.

Saturday evening will feature the Annual Dinner with several awards being presented and a new President-elect being introduced. 50 year pins will also be given to those members attending who are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their graduation from medical school.  
Sunday morning the 38th running of the Edmund Hardy, M.D. Road Race will begin promptly at 7:00 am (course is about 3 miles and walkers are welcome). The educational program beings at 8:00am with a panel of physician executives leading hospital organizations in Maine. At 9:00am the meeting concludes with a forum featuring the four gubernatorial candidates. The meeting concludes by 11:00am Sunday.
A special thank you to the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership which is facilitating two of the three CME panels.
Register now on the MMA website at Today, MMA has posted two resolutions to be considered by the membership at the business meeting scheduled for Saturday morning. The resolutions address diabetes care in Maine and the public health crisis of gun violence. Although the Harborside Hotel is sold out, several other facilities within walking distance of the meeting are available and staff at the MMA office can assist members with securing alternate housing (622-3374 and press 0 for assistance).

Note that the various parts of the Annual Session will be taking place at the Poolhouse behind the Bar Harbor Club, not in the Club building itself (except for the Friday MICIS session, which will be in the Club).