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


George J. Mitchell and Michael Botticelli to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session this Weekend in Bar Harbor

The Honorable George J. Mitchell and Michael Botticelli will speak at the meeting which convenes with an opening night reception on Friday evening, Sept. 7, at the Poolhouse of the Harborside Hotel. Although the hotel room block is sold out, it is not too late to register for the meeting and receive a list of alternative accommodations. Registration is available on the MMA website at


Four and one-half CME hours are available at the meeting with an additional three hours offered for the opioid prescribing course (required by law every two years).  

Former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell served in the United States Senate from 1980 to 1995. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senator Majority Leader, a position he had held since January, 1989. Senator Mitchell served as Chairman of the Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland and under his leadership, the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the political parties of Northern Ireland agreed to the historic Good Friday peace accord. At the Request of President Bill Clinton, Senator Mitchell served as chairman of an International Fact Finding Committee on violence in the Middle East. In 2009, President Obama appointed Senator Mitchell as Special Envoy for the Middle East. MMA is proud to have Senator Mitchell keynote the Friday evening opening session.
Michael Botticelli will keynote the Saturday morning session. He will speak at 10:00am following the General Membership meeting. Mr. Botticelli currently serves as Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. He is one of the nation's leading addiction experts and served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama. He previously served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The Annual Session concludes on Sunday morning with a Gubernatorial Forum featuring three of the four candidates running for Governor. The Forum will be held from 9:00 to 10:30am Sunday morning following a one hour CME program featuring four physicians in Maine who are serving in executive capacities at hospitals in the state.
Presiding at the meeting will be MMA President Robert Schlager, M.D. Dr. Schlager is a family physician serving as Vice President, Senior Physician Executive of Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.

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).