Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/17/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Governor-Elect Mills Nominates Jeanne Lambrew, PhD as HHS Commissioner
•  MMA Holiday Hours
•  U.S. Federal Court in Texas Strikes Down the Affordable Care Act
•  Maine on the Short End of Federal Opioid Funding
•  Important Notification to Physicians & Staff from CMS
•  PCSS Offers Free 8-hour X-waiver Course for MAT
•  Measles Cases Rise, Pockets of Vaccine Refusal Threaten Community Health
•  End-of-year CME Opportunities Available Through AMA
•  AMA Podcast on Alternative Payment Models
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Leaders Selected; Constitutional Officers Elected
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety - Monday, December 17 5pm Augusta
•  Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment: January 30, 2019
•  Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME
•  Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO
•  Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Primary Care Physician – Family Practice
•  Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in multiple locations – BlueWater Emergency Partners
•  Physician – Leeds
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
•  Anesthesiologist - Kennebec Anesthesia Associates PA
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Maine on the Short End of Federal Opioid Funding

Maine's overdose death rate, which rose from 11th in the nation in 2016 to 9th in 2017, was used to determine a much smaller share of federal opioid program funding than similar states.

 

Maine received $4.4 million, compared to Delaware and Rhode Island which tied for 10th place and each received $12.5 million. Both of those states have smaller populations than Maine's. New Hampshire, with a similar population, received $22.8 million based on its third-highest per capita overdose rate.

The money came through the State Opioid Response grant program, using funding from the 21st Century Cures Act.

Maine's congressional delegation is already working for a better funding model for 2019. The full story, from the Portland Press Herald, may be found here: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/16/trump-administration-funding-formula-causes-maine-to-lose-out-on-millions-in-federal-opioid-funding/