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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  Legislative Leaders Selected; Constitutional Officers Elected
•  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
•  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


End-of-year CME Opportunities Available Through AMA

The American Medical Association offers online CME opportunities for those who may need a few credits as the end of the year approaches.


As the end of the year approaches, physicians can look to the AMA for many continuing medical education (CME) activities, including:

  • Watch the AMA's three-part video series on electronic prior authorization (ePA), entitled Electronic Prior Authorization: A Better Way, and earn 0.25 credits of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. This video series shows how ePA technology integrates with practices' electronic prescribing workflow and can speed up the prior-authorization process and accelerate treatment.

  • For one CME credit listen to an audio podcast and download written materials on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy, security and breach-notification rules. This toolkit will help explain what is included in the three core compliance areas of HIPAA. It also helps physicians determine next steps to be done to review and update HIPAA-compliance plans.