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

 

Legislative Leaders Selected; Constitutional Officers Elected

Presiding officers and leadership have been determined for the upcoming 129th 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 129th 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.

One of the first orders of business for the new legislature was the selection of the three “Constitutional Officer” positions. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap will retain his position for another two years, his final two because of term limits. Attorney Henry Beck will be the State Treasurer, the post previously held by independent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes. Succeeding Governor-elect Janet Mills as Attorney General will be former State Representative Aaron Frey (D-Bangor).

The Legislature is scheduled to reconvene on January 2nd.