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

 

Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers

Presiding officers and leadership have been determined for the upcoming 29th Maine Legislature. House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) will retain her position, while Senator Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) will assume the position of Senate President as the result of the change in majority party in the Maine Senate.

 

 

Presiding officers and leadership have been determined for the upcoming 29th Maine Legislature. House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) will retain her position, while Senator Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) will assume the position of Senate President as the result of the change in majority party in the Maine Senate.

In the House of Representatives, all of the other party leadership positions will be occupied by new people. Rep. Matt Moonen (D-Portland) will be House Majority Leader and Rep. Ryan Fecteau, who formerly chaired the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee, will be the Assistant Majority Leader. On the Republican side, Rep. Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford) is the incoming House Minority Leader, and Rep. Harold “Trey” Stewart III (R-Presque Isle) will be the Assistant Minority Leader.

On the Senate side, Sen. Nate Libby (D-Lewiston) will be the new Senate Majority Leader, with Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic) as Assistant Majority Leader. The Republican side will feature Sen Dana Dow (R-Waldoboro) as Senate Minority Leader and Sen. Jeff Timberlake (R-Turner) as Assistant Minority Leader.

Several candidates have announced their interest in serving in the three “Constitutional Officer” positions. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap appears to be unopposed in his bid to retain his position. Attorney Henry Beck is vying with recent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes for the office of State Treasurer, the post Hayes presently holds. Among those who have expressed an interest in succeeding Governor-elect Janet Mills as Attorney General are State Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Houlton) (who previously held the post), State Senator Mark Dion (D-Portland), State Representative Aaron Frey (D-Bangor), Kennebec & Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, and Attorney Tim Shannon of Portland.