Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 11/05/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  CMS Issues Final Medicare Physician Payment Rule
•  VOTE!
•  Signatures being Collected for Citizen Initiated Proposal on Physician Assisted Death
•  New Web-based Decision Support Tool Helps With Chronic Pain Treatment
•  Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Now Through December 15, 2018
•  AMA Urges FTC to Act on Insulin Prices
•  MaineGeneral to Offer X-waiver Course
•  Ten Takeaways from the Surgeon General's Opioid Report
•  "Great American Smokeout" November 15th; "Tar Wars" Anti-smoking Education
•  Webinar: The Changing Landscape of Retirement - Tuesday, November 13 5pm
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
•  MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis: 11/7 Presentation Scheduled
•  Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Friday, November 9
•  Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentation - November 26 in Portland
•  Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment at Discounted Price: November 30th
•  Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Dec 8, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
•  Physician – Leeds
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Primary Care Physician
•  PCHC wants to add more Family Physicians at Multiple Locations!
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  OB/GYN Physician Opportunity
•  Franklin Health Behavioral Services is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist/Medical Director
•  Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
•  Podiatrist (Non-Surgical)
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Seeking Medical Director for Family Medical Practice in Waterville, ME
•  Internal Medicine Physician
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6

All are welcome to help the MMA determine its legislative agenda for the 129th Maine Legislature.

 The organizational meeting of the MMA Legislative Committee for the 129th Maine Legislature will take place on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. (dinner available at 5:30 p.m.) at the Frank O. Stred Building, 30 Association Drive in Manchester.  Because the Committee will be discussing the MMA’s legislative agenda for the next two years, medical specialty societies are strongly encouraged to have one or more representatives at the meeting.  Any interested member also is welcome.  Please RSVP to Sarah Lepoff at or 622-3374, ext. 213.

The leadership of the Maine Legislature has set December 21, 2018 for cloture, the date by which new bills to be considered in the 129th Legislature must have sponsors and titles submitted.

While the date is not certain, since the newly elected leadership of the next (129th) Legislature can change it, this action makes it highly likely that cloture will not occur before that date. Any party or organization that wishes to have a bill considered in the 129th Legislature must have located a Senate or House sponsor and have at least a title for the bill, if not the whole language, in time for the bill to be submitted before cloture.