Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 11/19/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Expectations High for Mills Administration on Health Care Issues
•  Legislature’s Coverage Task Force Issues Report
•  Athenahealth Inc. Sold
•  Maine Suicide Prevention Program/NAMI Maine Presents 2 Programs for Clinicians Nov. 30
•  Rule Amends Blood Test Requirement for Newborns
•  AMA Urges OIG to Create Value-Based Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor
•  New Web-based Decision Support Tool Helps With Chronic Pain Treatment
•  Visits to Physicians for Primary Care Declined From 2012 to 2016
•  Health Insurance Marketplace 2019 Open Enrollment Now Through December 15, 2018
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers
•  MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MaineGeneral to Offer X-waiver Course Dec. 11
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentation - 11/26 Portland & 11/28 Brewer
•  Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment at Discounted Price: November 30th
•  11/27 Webinar - Opioid Use Disorder & Medication Assisted Recovery: Caring for Our Communities
•  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
•  Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in multiple locations – BlueWater Emergency Partners
•  Seeking Medical Director for Family Medical Practice in Waterville, ME
•  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)
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  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 slepoff@mainemed.com 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.