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

Return to Graphical Version

 

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

 

HHS Final Rule Seeks to Curb Title X Funding

The New York Times (2/22, Belluck) reported that the Trump Administration unveiled a rule “barring organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money, a step that could cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood.”

 

The New York Times (2/22, Belluck) reported that the Trump Administration unveiled a rule “barring organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money, a step that could cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood.” The article notes that, “many women’s organizations said the new requirements will interfere with health providers’ responsibilities to fully counsel patients about reproductive health.” The regulation, “which has been expected for months, is almost certain to be challenged in court. It also requires organizations that receive funding under the program, called Title X, to have ‘physical and financial separation’ between abortion-related services and programs that involve birth control or other family planning services.”

The Washington Post (2/22, Cha) reported that “Health and Human Services Department officials have said [these changes] were necessary to ensure transparency and the legal and ethical use of taxpayer funds.” But critics, among them “15 governors and the American Medical Association, decried the change as a ‘gag rule’ that would undermine the physician-patient relationship.” In addition, some critics characterized “it as an indirect way to defund Planned Parenthood, which has long been...the nation’s largest provider of reproductive care services.”

The Hill (2/22, Hellmann) quoted American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., as saying, “Millions of women depend on the Title X program for access to much-needed health care including cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and other exams. ... This is the wrong prescription and threatens to compound a health equity deficit in this nation.”

To read the AMA’s full statement on Title X gag rule and funding restrictions, click here. For more AMA coverage on the new federal regulations, click here.