Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 02/25/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Pursues Prior Authorization Reform in 129th Maine Legislature
•  HHS Releases Proposed Rule on Drug Rebates
•  Legislation to Address Gun Violence Advances in the House
•  Maine Seeks Federal Waiver to Assist Opioid Response
•  Medical Care a Bit Rough in 1860s Maine
•  HHS Final Rule Seeks to Curb Title X Funding
•  MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 26th
•  State House Highlights of the Week: A Packed House in HHS for Hearings on Banning Liquid Nicotine, Requiring Vitamin K Injections
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MaineGeneral Offering X Waiver Training March 9th in Waterville
•  Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6
•  Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting March 23, 2019
•  NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Board Certified Family Physician
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
•  Part-time Physician for Academic Year Contract Position
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Legislation to Address Gun Violence Advances in the House

The MMA, the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians are working with the Maine Coalition Against Gun Violence and other stakeholders on state legislation to address the threat of gun violence to the public health.

 

On Feb. 13, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee favorably reported HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, by a vote of 23-15. The AMA-supported bill would implement near-universal background checks for the purchase of firearms, effectively closing loopholes that allow sales at gun shows or through online sales to evade the current requirement that applies to federally licensed firearms dealers.

Polling shows overwhelming public support for this requirement, including among gun owners. It is one step that can help keep firearms out of the hands of those who are not legally entitled to possess them. The bill is expected to be considered on the House floor in the coming weeks along with another measure, HR 1112, which would extend the time the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has to complete a background check before a dealer may deliver the firearm to the purchaser. While HR 8 is expected to pass in the House, its fate in the Senate is less certain.

The 129th Maine Legislature also will consider several bills on gun violence and the MMA is very much involved in this advocacy along with the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Maine Coalition Against Gun Violence. The MMA membership passed a resolution at the 2018 Annual Session directing the MMA to step up its long-standing advocacy in favor of legislation to address gun violence.