Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 03/25/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  MMA Extends its Appreciation to Maine Physicians in Observance of Doctors' Day, March 30th
•  Insurers' Progress on Fixing Prior Authorization is Disappointingly Slow
•  New Resource Shows How to Counsel Patients About Firearm Safety
•  Stopping the Scourge of Social Media Misinformation on Vaccines
•  MIPS Deadline: Submit 2018 Data by April 2nd
•  Photos from Physicians' Day at the Legislature 2019
•  Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Rule for Office-based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, March 26th
•  State House Highlights of the Week: Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee, HHS Takes Testimony on Extended Opioid Prescriptions
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on April 6 and June 8
•  NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
•  Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
•  Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program
•  Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


State House Highlights of the Week: Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee, HHS Takes Testimony on Extended Opioid Prescriptions

Click through for news on the past week's developments in the Legislature and from the Governor's office.


Last Thursday, the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee held a public hearing on three bills opposed by MMA:  LD 1082, a bill that would require a physician to recommend an alternative treatment for pain before prescribing an opioid pain medication; LD 1072, a bill that would require all physicians to have 2 hours of CME credit in Alzheimer's disease and dementia; and LD 943, a bill that would specifically authorize the use of a laser in spine surgery.  The MMA's testimony is posted on the MMA web site,

In the Health & Human Services Committee, hearings were held on LD 493 (shared decision-making for lung cancer screening); LD 500 (extended time periods for opioid prescriptions in some cases); and LD 511 (Alzheimer's disease & dementia coordination in DHHS), among a few other bills. The hearings were relatively uneventful and non-controversial. The committee did have some questions about how shared decision-making is coded for reimbursement purposes.

After the long hours and strong feelings expressed in the public hearings on the immunization bills, one could certainly consider this a relatively quiet week!