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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  Legislative Leaders Selected; Others Seek to Become Constitutional Officers
•  MMA Legislative Committee's Organizational Meeting Scheduled for December 6
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
•  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
•  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


Expectations High for Mills Administration on Health Care Issues

Governor-elect Janet Mills has begun to assemble her team that will hit the ground running on Jan. 2, 2019 and she has repeatedly stated that among her first priorities are MaineCare expansion and tackling the opioid/drug epidemic.


Expectations are running high in the health care community as the Governor-elect, the first female Governor of the State, has a substantial interest in and much background on issues impacting physicians, hospitals and other health care practitioners and organizations. She was one of the three founders of the Maine Opiate Collaborative, organized in September, 2015 and also was a member of the Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis in the State which presented its report in December, 2017 to the Second Session of the 128th Legislature. During the campaign she issued a detailed 10 point plan to address the opioid/heroin/fentanyl issue in the state.  Among those recommendations are removing the two year limit for medication assisted therapy (MAT) in MaineCare and increasing reimbursement to providers of MAT.

During the 128th Legislature, Governor-elect Mills presented legislation to increase the transparency of steep increases in drug costs and more recently has advocated for lowering the costs of health insurance premiums. She has named MidCoast Hospital CEO Lois N. Skillings to her transition team which is charged with making recommendations for the major cabinet positions, including Commissioner of Health and Human Services.
MMA looks forward to working with the Mills administration as positions are filled and the Governor-elect takes office.