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

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  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
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
•  MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  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

 

"Great American Smokeout" November 15th; "Tar Wars" Anti-smoking Education

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November.  The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event.

 

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event. 

Read more about the Great American Smokeout HERE.

 Another program, "Tar Wars", is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach children about the short-term health effects and image-based consequences of tobacco use, and about being tobacco free by providing them tools to make positive decisions regarding their health and promote personal responsibility for their well being.

Tar Wars was developed by Jeff Cain, MD, and Glenna Pember of the Hall of Life, a division of the Denver Museum of Natural History, and Doctors Out to Care (DOC) in 1988. Since the development of Tar Wars in 1988, the program has reached more than 10 million children worldwide.

The program is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The Tar Wars program is implemented in classrooms by volunteers. By utilizing a community-based approach to mobilize family physicians, educators, and other health care professionals, Tar Wars can accomplish its goals.