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


Governor-Elect Mills Nominates Jeanne Lambrew, PhD as HHS Commissioner

On Friday (Dec. 16) Governor-Elect Janet Mills named Washington insider Jeanne Lambrew, PhD to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services. Once confirmed by the Legislature, Lambrew will take over the largest Department in state government with a budget of over $3.4 billion and 3,400 employees.


Lambrew grew up in Cape Elizabeth and is the daughter of Costas "Gus" Lambrew, M.D. and Pat Lambrew, RN.  Dr. Lambrew practiced cardiology at the Maine Medical Center for 40 years and he and Pat reside currently in Scarborough.

A graduate of Amherst College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Lambrew has had a distinguished career in academia and in government. From 2009-2011 she served in the Obama White House as Deputy Director of the Office of Health Reform and was a key contributor in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act. She had previously served in the Clinton Administration where she helped analyze health issues and develop proposals as a program associate director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as the senior health analyst at the National Economic Council.
Lambrew began her academic career as an assistant professor at Georgetown University. She moved to the Department of Health and Human Services during the 1993-94 push for health care legislation, and she went on to coordinate budget proposal analysis in 1995. She later worked at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services as an associate professor. She moved to the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, where she served as an associate professor of public affairs. She has also served as senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and co-authored a book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Healthcare Crisis, with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
Most recently, she has been a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation where she conducted research on policies to improve health care access, quality and affordability. 
Lanbrew's appointment is the first cabinet level position to be announced by Governor-elect Mills. Lambrew is expected to begin work at the Department immediately following confirmation hearings and Senate votes which will take place over several weeks following the Jan. 2 inauguration of Governor Mills.